STARTING A NEW CAREER WITH JBH
STARTING A NEW CAREER WITH JBH
am signed on to do the Mission Foods dedicated regional account out of New
Brighton Mn so i thought i would document this journey for the curious from the
start and report as regularly as i can on here. I leave for Cedar Rapids Iowa
tomorrow and orientation starts monday and suppose to go till wednesday. Hotel
is paid but double occupency unless you want to pay an additional $26 bucks a
night for your own room. Think im gonna chance it and cross my fingers on the
roomate. He's gonna have to put up with my snoreing so im bringing baggage into
this also. Breakfast is covered by hotel and lunch is covered by JBH so i just
need to cover dinner each night. Orientation pay is a whopping 7.25 an hour so
that kinda sucks but o well. I could have got a free bus ticket but i declined.
Its about a 280 mile drive for me so im just gonna swap my pickup for my
daughters saturn and drive myself. Since they offered a bus ticket Im working
on getting reimbursed for the drive but havent heard back yet and kinda
doubtfull that will happen.
Just a little bit about me. Im not a brand new driver but only have had my cdl
for 14 months. This is a second carreer for me because up untill the summer of
2013 i was a golf course superintendent for 18 years. My course was turned to
houses and i went on to large golf cart distributer and was there for 2.5 years
and that is where i stumbled into my CDL. Now i think/hope im ready to go from
driving a truck for my job to being a truck driver. From what im being told its
not like im gonna be living in the truck so definately not like the hardcore
OTR'ers out there anyways.
the drive and checked in late. Initially I was really worried about the bait
and switch but what helped a lot was when the fleet or account manager (can't
remember what title he told me) from Mission contacted me (with a local phone
number) saying he saw I'm on the orientation list and asked me if I have any
questions. I actually brought up the bait and switch routine that all these
companies are known for and he assured me they need drivers and there is a
space for me on this account and explained a bit about what the schedule
could/should be. He wasn't 100% sure when I'd start training. Either Thursday
the 25th or Saturday the 27th. Since I was told I wasn't leaving in a truck I
drove thinking that if it all went to pot I could just bolt outa here real
1 orientation went well. Kinda like closing on a house, lots of signatures.
Watched a few videos. Those pr guys earn there pay. The history of Johny Bryan
and the JBH story is pretty well done and even a bit inspirational. Did
urinalicist and folical sample plus a light personal performance physical test.
Went over beni's and perks. They have a drivers legal plan that's pretty
interesting. Basically a DOT lawyer retainer program. So far so good.
I lucked out. My roommate sprung for his own room so I have a single for no
charge. When I arrived it was late and the desk girl said she doubted anyone
would show up after me. There is only 4 of us here. 9 where scheduled. The food
is great also. Nice full breakfast buffet and the lunch was very good too. This
is a full banquet facillity. Chef and all.
I'm still very pleased with what I'm being told about the account I'm going
too. If there is anyone reading this that lives in Iowa you should check into
the regional intermodal out of Cedar Rapids. Being told it's the highest avg
pay in all of JBH. Think he said top 10% are doing 80k. Have to have a Iowa
2 went good. Did a 93 on the road test. Just went for a quick spin. Think they
just want to see you use your mirrors, signal, turn, and change lanes properly.
Need to be comfortable with a clutch. You can float shift but they want to make
sure you can double clutch, and downshift properly. Had to back into a spot at
a truck stop but the place was a ghost town plus it was a giant place.
Intermodal guys have to do a jackknife alley dock style backup. If you've
driven at all it's a piece of cake. More paperwork, videos, and safety
training. Since our class is so small were gonna be done by lunch tomorrow. We
did lose a guy today. Have no idea why.
really curious what's on the JBH orientation thread so I'm gonna finally read
it. I can tell you my experience has been just fine. Boring in a lot of ways
but I would think any company has to show you all the safety vids, and all the
procedural stuff. I think the two other guys were lied too bye a recruiter
about hometime but how is that a surprise? So far what I was told has been
legit. Can't say 100% till I start training at the account though. I did have
more interaction with people in JBHs safety department than I did with my
recruiter cuz of something I knew I had on my psp. I needed some assurances
before I gave notice to my last job.
ur looking for a job just be sure you get a copy of your psp befor you start
applying with anybody and if something is iffy on it have the recruiter get you
to the safety department right away and talk to them. That should avoid any
surprises at orientation. For me everything got checked and signed off by
quality control before i get to orientation and I suspect that is most common.
I don't know how common it is to talk with the actual fleet account manager you
are going too but that help calm my nerves a ton.
done with orientation and home. Final day went fast and we finished just after
lunch. Very good instructer. We trained on their people net system. It's the
e-logs and tons of other stuff. Little confusing now but I'm sure after a
couple of training days it will make my life easier. Speaking of training I
start tomorrow. Now I will find out the Ins an outs. Think I'm doing A Chicago
suburb run right out of the chute. If I can't report tomorrow night I'm
supposed to be back Friday eve.
first training trip went well. You team it with the trainer. I started and
drove from Mn to the nw suburbs of Chicago. Had to top off the tanks so that
took 7 hours to first destination. Made 2 stops in Chicago suburbs and then
took 294 to Indiana for final stop. Was kinda worried cuz it was morning rush
hour (drove by Ohare airport at 730am) but traffic flowed great and it was
pretty much speed limit driveing on the tollway. Off the freeway is another
story cars are constantly moving in and out of your lane but your moving so
slow that its not really a problem once you clear intersections. The delivery
locations can be tight but managable as long as you think it thru. The
unloading is pretty easy with the electric pallet jack and lift gate. Avg time
at a stop is 20min to an hour depending how many accounts you are delivering
too at each stop. I didnt make it too my final stop because of my 11 so the
trainer took over. I was dreading the team thing going in but actually it
worked great. It turned what would have been a 32 hour trip to 24 hours. I
wouldnt want to do it on a consistant basis, the trucks are just too small for
two people. E logs are pretty cool. I was on countdown at the end and went 10
hours and 58min. Went from 1030pm too about 1145am. Overall its pretty good
just need to get all the procedural stuff down. Adjusting the body clock was
tough but expected that. Think when done training and on my own i should adapt.
I beleive after i can get adjusted, get the process down, and they can trust i
will be in the right spot at about the right time the money will be there.