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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by 25(2)+2 View Post
    This is from a former driver I was aquainted with, he liked them. "They are small enough to know who you are and big enough to get the frieght." He had an autoshift truck for his last truck. They tend to run more in the south but they have accounts all over the lower midwest.
    1st, Auto shift trucks dimminish your skills and make you dumb and lazy. "nd PTL dose a lot of Chicago and the upper midwest, some south, and California. They haul a lot of groceries, paper rolls, and most loads are very heavy. But hereīs what you really need to know.... 2 classes per week for orientation= 40 drivers x 50 weeks = 2000 drivers x 10 yeras= 20,000 drivers to fill 950 trucks.


  2. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by dammyankee View Post
    1st, Auto shift trucks dimminish your skills and make you dumb and lazy. "nd PTL dose a lot of Chicago and the upper midwest, some south, and California. They haul a lot of groceries, paper rolls, and most loads are very heavy. But hereīs what you really need to know.... 2 classes per week for orientation= 40 drivers x 50 weeks = 2000 drivers x 10 yeras= 20,000 drivers to fill 950 trucks.
    Auto shifts dont diminish your skills unless your a complete moron. It might take a day to get back into sychronizing again, but its like a bike, once you learn you never forget. And whats wrong with going to California, outsides their we can make our own laws thing. Lots of drivers love going into Cali. You mention that most of their loads are heavy, well if any driver doesn't want to pull a heavy load then maybe they should go buy a p/u and start running hot shot runs. Every driver or student driver should know that trucks are allowed up to 80k. There for you should expect to be running at that weight most, if not all of the time. As for your orientation numbers, I want to know how you are getting them numbers. Is PTL sending you the information so you can belittle them on the net? I think not, so why not give it up. Just because you can't hack it in the real world, doesn't mean that everyone else can't.

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by dammyankee View Post
    THE TRUTH IS THAT PTL MAY BE ONE OF THE WORST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR. THIS WAS NOT SO YEARS AGO. FORGET MAKING MONEY WITH THESE GUYS! SOME DRIVERS DO, MOST DONīT. THUS THE VERY HIGH TURN OVER RATE! THE STAFF TREATS DRIVERS LIKE THEY ARE A BOTHER. IN THE SEVERAL YEARS I WAS WITH THEM I NEVER MET THE OWNER. HE DOSE NOT HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY! NOR DOSE HE EVEN HAVE A DRIVER RELATIONS REP! WHAT DOSE THAT TELL YOU?MMMMM... HE BOUGHT OUT OTHER COMPANIES. YET, FAILED TO INVEST IN APUīS TIL RECENTLY. THEY EXPECT YOU TO FREEZE IN THE WINTER AND BAKE IN THE SUMMER! BECAUSE YOU BETTER NOT IDLE THE TRUCK TO BE COMFORTABLE WHEN YOU SLEEP! THEY WILL HARRASS YOU ABOUT IT AND FIRE YOU! IT TAKES A FIGHT TO GET ANYTHING DONE THERE. THATīS WHY DRIVERS DONīT BOTHER TO GET A TIRE FIXED. IT CAN TAKE YOU 5 HOURS TO GET A RESPONSE FROM ROAD MAINT! GETTING HOME WAS ALSO A BIG PROBLEM EVEN THOUGH I LIVE NEAR THE BROWNSVILLE TX YARD! IT WAS AS IF TX FELL OFF THE #### MAP! I MISSED DOCTORS APPTS, BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS EVEN THOUGH I GAVE THEM MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME. IF BETTER, WHEN YOU QUIT, THEY WONīT EVEN ASK WHY! BECAUSE THET DONīT GIVE A ####! IF YOU SIT IN THE DRIVERīS LOUNGE IN MURRAY YOU WILL HERE THE SAME STORY NO MATTER WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK OR FROM WHO IS THERE. PTL JUST DONīT CARE. WHEN KATRINA HIT I WITTNESSED A PHONE CALL IN WHICH PTL WAS ASKED IF THEY WOULD DONATE A TRUCK TO HAUL WATER TO THE VICTIMS. THE RESPONSE BT THE MANAGER WAS ĻNOT FOR FREEĻ THATīS THE KIND OF PEOPLE THEY ARE! REAL CHRISTAIN AMERICANS LOL SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU RAN THOUGH HELL WITH DRAWS DRENCHED IN GASOLINE THAN DRIVE FOR PTL!

    tou got to be crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you will be sorry!!! 2 classes of 20 to 30 drivers per week for 50 weeks for orientation.... Thatīs 20x2=40 x 50=2000 drivers per year for about 950 trucks!! 2000 x10 yrs = 20,000 drivers!! They go through drivers like crap through a duck!!!!!!!!!!!!! The numbers donīt lie!!!
    No driver relations or open door policy, then could you please explain how you was able to "witness" a phone call about hauling water for Katrina. Kinda hard to "witness" something if your not in the office to hear it. As for the tire situation, a lot of drivers don't get them fixed because they are in to much of a hurry to get on down the road and know that once they drop it its the next drivers problem. There's no respect or brotherhood in trucking no more. It's every man for himself, I know I'm young but my dad drove and he told me the way it used to be. Driver's stopping to help each other when brokedown, getting stuff fixed to help out the net guy. I could go on and on but I don't have the time or space.

  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggare1980 View Post
    Auto shifts dont diminish your skills unless your a complete moron. It might take a day to get back into sychronizing again, but its like a bike, once you learn you never forget. And whats wrong with going to California, outsides their we can make our own laws thing. Lots of drivers love going into Cali. You mention that most of their loads are heavy, well if any driver doesn't want to pull a heavy load then maybe they should go buy a p/u and start running hot shot runs. Every driver or student driver should know that trucks are allowed up to 80k. There for you should expect to be running at that weight most, if not all of the time. As for your orientation numbers, I want to know how you are getting them numbers. Is PTL sending you the information so you can belittle them on the net? I think not, so why not give it up. Just because you can't hack it in the real world, doesn't mean that everyone else can't.
    Sounds like PTL driver mentality . You are allowed 80,000 lbs. therefore you should expect to run that weight most . , Why ? Lighter loads use less fuel , put less wear on the truck , and often pay better . I rarely gross over 77,000 , only about 45% of my miles are loaded , and I know I make better money and have better equipment than any PTL driver .

  5. #35
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    I've lived about 5 miles from their HQ in Murray the last 15 years but I admit I really know diddly squat about them. From the sound of things it's one to avoid. It's a shame since they're so close to me.

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    suckkkkkkksssssssss!!!!!!!

    Worst place ever worked at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. #37
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    PTL... DRIVERS BEWARE. THEY WILL HIRE ANYONE THAT GOES TO ORIENTATION, AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR A LOAD THEN ONLY GET A FEW HUNDRED MILE RUN..ONCE YOU GET YOUR TRUCKYOU WONT HAVE A LOAD.... THEY MAKE $2500 A HEAd EVERYONE THEY HIRE. THEY WILL HIRE YOU, BUT WONT GUARENTEE YOU WORK..LOL..
    I LEFT THEIR TODAY.... DONT GO..LOL..

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    Dont goooooo..

  9. #39
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    i worked with ptl back in 03 as a company driver, it was forced dispatch then, but not forced north east of nj Newark area and n east wasnt forced if i remember correctly and they paid extra for going there as for miles BACK IN 03 when economy was better i was getting apx 2800 per week, and i did go to elpaso alot but i was fortunate to not have to go to CALI to often maybe 3 times a year i went to cali.
    I LIKED THEM, autoshifts, perdiem pay not sure what it is now. avg loh for me was 800 miles back in 03 and o4, but come 08 due to bad economy dropped to about 400 miles. As a company and owner op with them i never had to unload a trl they always paid the lumpers no matter how ridiculus the price, but didnt get that much grocery whs friegt anyway.

    in 2004 i owner op with them, and they were pretty good then for owner operators at least for me. but in 2008 frieght started getting pretty bad due to economy so i came up with the brilliant idea of moving to JB freakadeak Hunt, (i thought that the large carriers might be doing better on frieght even in tough times) Man was that a mistake, (im getting apx 1400 miles per week or less. ) now im planning on leaving them soon, to move to cdn logistics, mercer, or ceva ground. the above three carriers owner op only i believe. (at jb i have to compete with intermodel, company drivers, so that is why there is less frieght for dry van jb sends alot of their loads threw the railroads. ) dont come over to jbhunt. ....

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    Well folks...I've heard it all!!! Listen I've been working at PTL for about 15 years now, and yes I heard about that team....and I know the team, yes wife was killed and the husband is still alive.....but the real truth is that didn't happened to them at PTL...it happened to them after they left PTL and went to their next company!!! I would tell you the name of the next compnay, but the husband is a friend and I wouldn't want him to have to read this, he is still very upset!!!! So when you talk trash, make sure you have your facts straight, you could be effecting other drivers just like you!!!! As far as PTL, they have been GREAT for me!!! If your husband is not happy at PTL...then by all means LEAVE! THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES HIRING! If your a GOOD DRIVER, any company would snatch you up!!! PTL has been very GOOD to me, if your willing to run, and not go home every turn of the wheel, you will do GREAT at PTL!!!!!

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