Myself and some other obvious Central employees have been defending our company. Everyone keeps asking about positives about working here, so here are some of my own personal reasons: 1. This place is like a family and it's like you are working with your brothers and sisters. I think that's why some of us take the bashing that has been given out so personal. I used to drive for Vitran. I felt like a number. I felt like everyone from my dispatch, to term mgrs, to dock workers to even my fellow drivers were just there doing a job and I was just another worker bee. There was no oneness or feeling of belonging. You came in, did your job with as little interaction with one another as you could and went home. Central is far from that. Everyone at Central is welcoming and friendly to get along with. From the day you meet people, you feel like you've know them for years. There are always smiles on faces and it's a very hard place to feel negative. There are exceptions, but the atmosphere here is night and day from the big V. 2. The atmosphere. There is no yelling and screaming and infighting here like I saw at Vitran. Are there disagreements at times - sure. But ehy get worked out as adults without the pressure and insults I have personally experienced at Vitran. An example - we have very strict cut times on our line haul which I run. I had to be late the other day. No way around it. I called my line haul and instead of yelling, screaming and putting me down, their response was "OK, do what you can. The earlier you get here the better, but I'd rather you come late than not at all". You want to know what that did? That made me feel appreciated and I will I promise you, I will go out of my way to do extra for them. I can bet the reaction at Vitran would have been the polar opposite. I would have been yelled at, put down, berated to the point I would have showed up to work as late as possible and would have probably held a grudge and tried to screw with them every chance I got. 3. Operations. As I said, our cut times are pretty strict. Ya know what that does? Consistent start times. City and linehaul know when they are starting. No coming to work and sitting around not getting paid for hours. I come in and the majority of the time I am loaded and ready to go. When I am not, I don't have a long wait at all. Don't take this as there are never problems or hiccups, there are, but for the most part things run smooth. 4. Our checks always cash. This gets tossed around and downplayed as a bull**** excuse, it's not. How many of you guys wondered when working at Vitran if you were going to have a job in 6 mos, 1 mos or even next week? I know I did. There is no uncertainty here. Central is like a cockroach, it will survive the end of the world. This place is going no where and the purchase of Vitran only solidifies that. With the backing we have, I have no worry at all about ever losing my job due to economics or lack of money. As long as I do what is expected of me, I will get my check, and it will cash. I could go on and on but to be truthful, I don't know how many of the negative Vitran drivers I want to convince to come over. This place in my opinion is great and don't take offense, I don't want my company turned in to another Vitran. I don't want to come to work with grumpy, complaining, bad attitude co workers. I don't have that now and it's very, very refreshing. If you guys can come over and work as a team, awesome. If you can't, please don't bother. This isn't the type of place where we want people who complain that the trucks are ugly and dirty, the terminals aren't pretty and so on. If that is your biggest concern, you got other issues and don't belong here. Also, understand no where is perfect. I have been behind the wheel at both. For me, this is a way better company. Maybe not the newest equipment, maybe not the top of the line pay, but none the less it's a great place to work with other unseen benefits that for me, offset the negatives. I can also tell you as I said in another post, it's better than the alternative you guys were facing which was a locked gate when you showed up for work. My advice, don't bite the hand that feeds you, and make up your own mind after you personally experience it. There will be those that stay and like me think it's great. There will be those who don't and complain and complain some more. It's the way of the world. If you have any specific questions, pm me and I will do my best to answer them. I've only been here a little over a year so I don't know everything but will do my best.