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    Help 2 Orientation at Tyson???

    I've been pre-hired at Tyson and will probably be there on March 29th for Orientation.....so was wondering if anyone knew anything about their Orientation.

    My instructor told me that they have a pretty tough backing test and so I'm just looking for more information about what all I can expect.

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    Did Tyson come to your cdl school, or how was the contact made? What is their starting pay?

    Thanks....

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    Tyson is one of the companies that hires students from my school (Crowder, in Neosho, Mo). I called them about a month ago, talked to a recruiter. She faxed the application, I filled it out, and faxed it back. Then things went on hold while they tried to line up trainers and one had a problem where he had to stop for awhile. Now things are straightened out and as soon as I graduate (next week) she'll get me into Orientation.

    Starting pay is $400 a week and you are with a trainer for 8 weeks. Then you get your own truck. That's about all I know right now.

    A recruiter is coming to school today, 3-15, so I will get the chance to talk to him in person (have talked with him on the phone a few weeks ago). I'll come back in tonight and let you know what I found out.

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    I used our Search option to find these threads on Tyson:

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/tru...on+orientation

    Best of Luck!!!

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    Thanks for the link, Kickin, but the page says there's nothing there.

    The guy that came up yesterday is not a recruiter, he is the Safety Manager (or something like that) and he used to drive for Tyson. Tyson feels that a driver would be better able to represent the company than just a recruiter. Anyhoo, this is what we learned.

    Orientation is 5 days, they put you up in a hotel, and lunch is catered in from the steak house. You have a physical, learn all about the company, and the road test is the same one that we do at school to get our CDL license. They pay $400 for the Orientation, plus the cost of a bus ticket for those of us driving in. (Which in my case wouldn't be much since it's only about 90 miles from me)

    They just hired 5-6 new trainers. The trainers spend 2 days at Tyson, then come up to our school in Neosho for 1 day. (I know my instructor was down there last week so that was probably what he was doing). I will get put with a female trainer, and possibly one that smokes, YIPPEE. We will be out for 8 weeks, but only 2 weeks at a time and then home for 2 days. If we are coming close to home on our way in, I can get dropped off at the house. After the 8 weeks, we get our own trucks.

    All the trucks are 2007 or later automatics with a 53' reefer or a dry van. Then you are out 8-10 days at a time with 1 day off for every 7 out. They travel to all 48 states and your starting pay is .38 a mile. Dispatched and Practical miles. 87% of the loads are drop and hook. If for some reason you get layed-over for at least 24 hours, they put you in a hotel and pay you $85. They also pay all Unloading Fees. After 1 year your pay goes to .39 and after 3 it goes to .40.

    Holiday pay is $115, you can choose to have Thanksgiving or Christmas off, but if you choose to work Christmas you get an extra $250 incentive pay. After 1 year you get your birthday and 1 extra holiday.

    The insurance looks pretty good. For Basic coverage, for my son and I, it's $20.35 a week, for Premium it's $40.70. After 6 months you get dental and vision for free.

    Vacation is 1 year-5 days, 3 years-10 days, 10 years-15 days. The days are Mon-Fri so if you come in on a Friday night, you end up with 7 days off. Pay is calculated based on your last 13 paychecks.

    Tuition reimbursement is $2,000 (paid at $150 per month) and he's trying to get it up to $2,700.

    Rider program is 13yo and up, any family member, and the cost is $16.50 per month.

    They have a 401K program with matching funds starting out at 1 or 2% and after a year they go up to 5%. When you leave the company you get to take all of your 401K with you.

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    That all sounds GREAT !!!!!

    The Very Best of Luck To You !!!!!

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    Excellent information, musicgal. Big thanks to you......

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    You're quite welcome.

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    Are they Switching to all Macks MG? I have seen a lot of Mack Condos on I-40 in TN.

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    Road Train Member musicgal's Avatar
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    I have no idea, Kinghunter.

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