Waste Management, WM hard to get into?

Discussion in 'Waste Removal and Garbage Truck Driver Forum' started by wastetrucks, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. wastetrucks

    wastetrucks Light Load Member

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    I have 15 years CDL B driving experience in a box truck that is similar to what they drive. It is not a waste truck but it is the same size and it is similar in other ways. I have applied to several jobs and have had only one "phone interview" and that was a long, long time ago. I applied to jobs since with no "phone interview". I have applied to "commercial" jobs which I was told guys that already work there take and guys outside rarely get, but i have applied for "residential" jobs which I was told is where most guys start because its the tougher of the jobs, which is just A-OK with me. I don't mind hard work, I love hard work if you get a good wage, and WM around here is a good wage. So why is it so difficult to get in there? Or is it just me? I have not one ticket in my history of driving, no DUI's, no accidents and I took OSHA safety training because employers like safety, WM LOVES safety. Thanks for any help.
     
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    I think it's more who you know? I use to haul into a WM landfill. I didn't much care for the boss there. He was always yelling at someone. You could tell when he was mad, his whole face got beat red. He was a preacher too, lol. One day he jumped on me while I was getting ready to dump. I forget it was something stupid, but I raised my bed and stretched the garbage out like I was spreading gravel, lol. He was so mad he went and got his seagull rifle. I got the hell out of there. :)

    When I quit my job he offered me a job. I turned him down. I was set on going back OTR and I couldn't work for a hot head.

    Try hanging out where the drivers take lunch and get to know one of them. Then they'll refer you when an opening comes.
     
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    yeah..i tried appling with them a few places and get the same email that i wasn,t qualified.lol
     
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    It's that hard to get a minimum wage job?
     
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    Minimum wage job? Around here residential garbage drivers make 60 plus grand. Commercial drivers, guys that pick up garbage dumpsters make more.
     
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    In Houston, Tx it is all Mexicans and they get minimum wage.
     
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    Oh I had no idea, sorry for them. They are union here and make big bucks. Are sure they are WM guys or just garbage guys?
     
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    WM and all garbage haulers.

    There are no unions in the south. All the cheap foreign labor has reduced truck driving jobs to minimum wage. It's pathetic.
     
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    That is sad, I'm sorry it is that way. I'm NOT making any judgements, but that is what we are trying to fight against up here. Right to work is a scam disguised as something nice and sweet and innocent for the employees. It does nothing but lower wages to unlivable.
     
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    I had worked with Waste Services in FL years ago and got out of it. Now I'm trying to get back, so I applied with Waste Management in Clw and was told not enough experience. Thats after 2 years with WSI. I'm getting tired of filling out apps.