worked for them several years. understaffed and underpaid, we were worked long hours and not treated very well.. we had to fight and argue to get reviews and pay raises. we were all told frequently if you dont like it , there is the door.. not a good company and a high turnover rate..
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The company, Averitt, is fine. Typical trucking company but with uniforms. The account, Shoe Carnival was mostly OK, but had one huge problem, retail shoe store managers. Some of these managers were great, a pleasure to work with. The majority were not. It is sad how that tiny bit of power can turn a person into an arrogant, condescending, POS, especially to someone they see for an hour about once a week. I got into trucking because I don't like people much, and I especially don't like arrogant, condescending, POS people, so I quit after 3 months. They cant keep people and are offering 5k bonuses just to get drivers in the door. Some cant handle the physical work, you'll move 1000 boxes, on rollers, out the back of the trailer, but I think the real problem is dealing with petty, arrogant, condescending, POS retail store managers. I expect other divisions of Averitt are different...
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MOSTLY: Easy Company. Friendly. Professional. Courteous. New equipment. Good home time. Flexible time off when needed. I had a good dispatcher and got good miles, over 2000 per week. Mon-Fri. Home weekends. Atlanta OTR 7 years with Averitt.
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They are really good about getting you home when you need. They have many service centers to park your truck, and are usually near their customers. Every 6 months you can request to transfer to anotger division for example, Dedicated. Profit sharing is a big plus.
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Good work environment. Great benefits. Decent pay. I would highly suggest this company to anyone interested in driving semi trucks.
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Q: Are any of you on here doing OTL with Averitt? I went to the orientation at NAS this week and got really interested, looks fun but doesn't sound like you would see home much. Just wondering how y'all are liking it. I have to give them a answer by Monday…..OTL is "On Tour Logistics"
A: all I know is that you are out till the end of the tour
I hear the food is good at the venues and your only labor is adding load straps
in the trailer.
A: It depends if you're on a production run or Tour. Production pays mileage and Tours are salary which is $1200 a weekFull Discussion
Q: Wondering how the day to day experience is of a city driver? Hard physical labor? Lots of hours? Monday thru Friday?
Wednesdays & Thursdays off. Physical labor not much. 60 hours in 5 days
typically, Start at 0030.
Maniacs = many.
Illegals = Even more
Tonight & tomorrow will also have the above, only badly impaired cause of the weekend. Good part is once they pass out or get arrested or crash, then the rest of the day is relatively light traffic.
Area = Phoenix & surrounding metro areas / 6th largest in the nation. With occasional trips to Flagstaff, Tucson, and Prescott.
A: Lots of Traffic, Lots of labor (unless you run cans), and must work 10 hours. Don't forget about early morning starts or night driving. I worked a local flatbed route that required strapping, moffett, and early AM starts.Full Discussion
Hello, I saw there is a shuttle driver position in Charlotte. I've heard
averitt shuttle jobs are
highly sought after. Is there a reason no one is accepting the job internally?
l have over a years experience, most of which is driving team for a reefer
Am I right in assuming averitt shuttle drivers drive nights from terminal to terminal, mostly drop and hook? I am willing to take a bit of a pay cut for less stress (I enjoy driving nights) and maybe a bit more home time. Thank you for any help!
more likely it is a night run and should be all drop and hook
some run to a terminal and work on the dock for a few hours then run back to the home terminal
if your interested bid on it if you want it
A: I have spoken with a lot f Averitt drivers. Every one of them has said, they were home every weekend with a few rare exceptions/ Not a bad starter company. You wont get rich there but you should be home every weekend.
I had the same experience with Averitt that Trooper did. They would get you
home most weekends. I stayed out a few times for 2 but for the same reason
trooper did. They were BIG on running legal- even said theyd fire the DM that
run their trucks illegal while I was there. They were pretty good to the
drivers (I got 3 raises the first year)but being a driver who was used to
running 3000+ miles a week, I just could not get used to the cut in miles.
There were a lot of 20+ year drivers with them when I was there (and you dont stay with a company that long unless you like it- not in trucking) and I even worked with them (as head of shipping for another company) and never had a problem with the office crew back many years ago. They were pulling Doubles at that time I think?
I really believe if you start with them young and stick with them, there is plenty of room for advancement in the company. The owner himself started as a Dockworker with the company. When asked why he bought a trucking company, he replied "Cause I needed a job. Mr Averitt was retiring so that was going to put me out of work so I had to do something fast!" LOL
I had a great DM with many years of experience and there was mutual respect between the two of us for the entire time I was there. A lot of the drivers said he was hard to get along with but I never had a problem with him. His name was Jackie and if hes still there (probably retired by now) and you end up with him, you will have a hell of a DM as long as you do your job.
They have OTR, Linehaul, Regional and Local out of one of their many terminals so if you like local, its possible to work into it there- may take a while though. They also had pretty good benefits when I was there.
A: Averitt does have a tattoo policy, here's some of their orientation requirements. There were a couple of guys that had them on their forearms when I was in orientation, they simply covered with a bandage or long sleeve shirt.
Please arrive clean-shaven; mustaches are
acceptable but must be neatly trimmed and not extend past the corners of the
Visible tattoos should be covered at all times (keep this in mind when packing for orientation).
We look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your selection coordinator or service center director.
So I'm looking through Averitt's available positions in my area (Portsmouth VA)
Seems that the shuttle position is all that's available at the moment...
Looks to me that it's a home daily position... Is this correct??
And can new CDL holders apply for this and actually get it?? (I'd hate to apply for shuttle and train only to be told that I have to go OTR)
A: Some weekend regular TL take it from SVC to SVC and it is broken down there. I made a lot of money working weekends just doing this. Shuttle drivers usually run three SVC drop and hooks a night and this is including where they start out of. Then there are some LTL jobs that just deliver during the day to pretty much anywhere and some are dedicated routes or city drivers.
As for my experience... I'm still here. (see above) But like
ANY company I have my good weeks and not so good weeks for miles. So yes
sometimes I grumble about doing 2 days of 2-300 mil runs, then get 2 days of
600 mile runs... It averages out, but again good with the bad. But if you read
up on all the post I and others have made about Averitt WJJ, you will see why
most people stay and has close to 900 people within the company who have been
here 20 years or more.
As for why I am online instead of driving? I have a local delivery tonight at 2200. Don't like starting out my week at night, but see above... LOL
The company just put up a podcast on their account called On Tour Logistics
(OTL). The podcast explains it's a division of AVRT that specializes in hauling
freight for music tours, entertainment industry production, trade shows, etc.
The podcasts explains you may be out 5-6 weeks and the pay is salary per week
rather than mileage or hourly.
If anyone knows about this OTL, I'd like to know what is a day/week like with them? Are your only duties driving or also pushing freight on/off the truck? Is it well organized or are most decisions left for the driver to negotiate? OTL requires HazMat and passport as trips to Canada are likely.
I'm not sure what the salary is now but it would have to be dam good to be away
from home that long . I know the amount I heard about 3 years ago wasn't worth
it. I make just as much or near that on a dedicated account and I was home
every weekend, I'm still dedicated but in a day cab now
I have done the job before when I lived in Illinois so I do have knowledge of the job
99% on the shows are union and all you do is drive the truck. Teamsters usually unload and load the truck and once it hit the dock stagehands take it from there. A lot of the tours have catering on them so you can eat for free and what food I had was pretty dam good.
there shouldn't be any hazmat required but you will need a passport and maybe a twic card to get into Canada
I know once a tour starts you are on it till it ends with no hometime. I know I like seeing my wife more often than that
most of your driving will be at night and you will sleep mostly in the daytime
there is no interaction with the stars, you start trying to be a rock star and you wont be around long
Q: Hey everyone. I have read through most of the Averitt forums and am stuck with a decision. I just finished CDL school last Friday and have been offered jobs with Averitt and Maverick. I am scheduled for Averitt orientation starting Jan 4th. I am still waiting on an orientation date from Maverick. I really like both companies and am having a very difficult time deciding what to do. I know I can make more money at Maverick initially, but I think Averitt may offer more opportunities in the long run. I am leaning toward Averitt, but really need some reassurance from some current drivers regarding equipment, miles, and such. Any insight anyone can give would be appreciated.
Averitt was fantastic all around. Great training, good trucks, facilities are
excellent and it's just all around good. What really sets them apart is the
backing school. That saved my skin many times once I was on my own, remembering
what my Instructor had taught me. Averitt also has a jackton of service centers
and drop lots for you to be able to park at the vast majority of the times
you're out running. I rarely hit up the truckstops, saving those for when I ran
in an area with out service centers or for when my stopping time put me
in-between available centers. Maverick doesn't have one and as flatbedders
don't generally back too often, it can be REALLY difficult to get used to the
movement of the 10'2" split trailers. You need quite a bit more room to
back those especially because since the trailer wheels can't pivot like a
In the end, of course, it's up to you but Averitt would be a great choice for the newer driver because of how they run their training and how the company is run. I would leave flatbedding for when you have more experience if that is what you choose.
A: I drive for a contractor that pulls for UPS, FedEx and Averitt. I have been to many Averitt terminals east of I-35. Everyone of them have the friendliest and happy company drivers that I see anywhere. I don't know what Averitt does to keep them all happy. But whatever it is it works. They treat contract drivers and drop shipment drivers with the same respect. Go with Averitt.Full Discussion
Q: I just applied for Flatbed driver out of the Nashville terminal. I've been a local flatbed driver for the past year and a half, just looking to go back to OTR/Regional. Any of you guys flatbedders on here? Can you elaborate on the miles you get each week? Is it strictly cpm pay or do they pay you a % on short-hauls etc? I worked for a flatbed outfit a couple of years ago and some runs had something like $125 minimum pay if it was less than 100-150 miles. Just wondering if Averitt did anything like this.
A: $60 tarp pay, $15 for strapping or chains. So $75 if load requires tarps. Start at .43 a mile. Be topped out at .46 after 18 months.
A: Home weekends, haven't left without 34 hr. Reset yet. I Average 2400 a week.Full Discussion
was hoping some of you could give some insight on the pay they offer besides
Other Pay Items
for what the actual pay is for these and what all it entails. Thanks.
oh and do they have any sort of rider program?
A: Loading / Unloading pay (Over 90% No-Touch Freight!) -- 25 for partial trailer / 50 for whole Stop pay -- 20 per stop (I.E. if you have a 3 stop load - 40 bucks. Last stop doesn't count) Breakdown pay - 14.50 per hour up to (I think) 8 hours. After that 140 for the day Layover pay - 140 if you get stuck somewhere with no load Bump Dock pay - 10 to move a trailer to the dock Driver referral reward program - depends on area/position
oh and do they have any sort of rider program?
Rider is spouse only. No kids or pets
Now these are for truckload number off the top of my head... Talk to a recruiter if you want current data for a position your interested in.
A: Layover pay is only 50.00 breakdown is 14.00 hr up to 10hrs per dayFull Discussion