I work jbs for 2 yr and 6 yr total in 3 trucking companies experience. Yes, jbs has good trucks, and nice people. However, turnover rate is very high. I can tell you from my western greeley regional experience. Each division has to be different, but my division happens to be hardest. 1. Payscale is low for amount of work we do, which takes hours to wait at beef plant and produce, very fragile load, beef is heavy requiring frequent sanitized trailer washouts, and adding fuel, going big cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, and Chicago, very difficult to find parking, but demanding multiple stops within 14hr limits. Above conditions, we are not highest payscale companies in the industry. I got two parking tickets already. 2. Because we wait so long at loading, they make very tight apointments to meet miles we have to drive. Most grocery customers set early morning delivery, but they do not allow street parking so we have to drive overnight alot. I have talked drivers, and law enforcement people. The way JBS dispatch requires very long waiting, and drivers have to do the job as off duty or sleeper berth, and as soon as you get a load, you expect to start a 14 hr clock which is very difficult for human to do. We have biological clock, and we can not keep waking up 18 to 20 hr straight. I am reporting to FMCSA if this long waiting off duty is even legal, or not. 3.fuel bonus system is almost impossible to achieve for western regional because of mountains, and heavy load. If you do not follow fuel solutuon which assign places like under construction, very small fuel stop, you lose bonus. There is a reason for fuel to be cheap and so many mega carriers use same fuel routing software, ends up with very crowded and takes forever to fuel. 4. This year, they applied new dashcam which falsely claims you are driving bad, such as you didn't stop at stop signs, overspeed, following too close, etc. Then, you have to take safety meeting, or lose safety bonus. New dashcam is still premature technology, and gives out false claims. But, safety does not understand the point which annoys most experienced drivers. 5. You should understand if you have watched TV series, under cover boss. I am really curious why management team is so indifferent from the way drivers suffer over the road, and JBS needs change of leadership very quicky. If you are military type, or minority who is hard to make above average income in the US, you can work here. But, many owner operators made well over 100k after all expense in 2018. JBS expects so much from drivers, but gives out medium to lower pay in trucking industry. I do not believe many drivers stay in the company for the reasons.
Company has cameras and lane assist in there trucks that they use as a discipline tool. First offense a final written warning second offense is termination. It's too stressful on the driver. Hard to tell whats going to happen from day to day. Pay is load pay and its low. Trucks are nasty dirty. Jbs wants the driver to wash truck on there time. dm acts like all the trucks are his trucks and wont fix anything.
I've worked for jbs 3yrs.they are lost.I'm getting ready to quit. Had enough lies for a lifetime. But the shop in Greeley very good. The dispatch in Greeley awesome. Just stay away from Hyrum, utah they are really sorry excuses especially the new terminal manager. Couldn't tell the truth if his life dependent on it
When I started home time was every two weeks, now they are switching to every week. The people you work with are understanding and appreciate what you do for a living. Most of the office workers (dispatchers and higher up) are ex-truck drivers. Pay is good
I was offered a local driving position from JBS carriers in Guntersville, AL, pulling out of the Pilgrims Pride in Guntersville. They have recently closed the Boaz Al Pilgrims Pride location where a "terminal" was located. So I apply online and less than an hour I get a call from a recruiter, who calls asks me to come out a week later will fly me, and buy my ticket ect. Told me how much it paid a day, ect. Where the problems lie, she wasnt able to tell me where the daycab would be parked, she kept saying I could park it in Boaz at a non existant plant, and also i asked her to find out where the runs would go, and never got a response. Pulled my reports, everything all good, said due to high costs for airline tickets, she would buy me a non refundable ticket on Thursday to come out on the following Monday. Well Wednesday night i got on here and read mostly ALL the JBS pages and heard about the sleep apnea test, ha I would fail in a NY minute. I am 308 6'1 not round just big and a 19.5 in neck BMI of 41. Well THERES A RED FLAG. I called the recruiter the next morning (when they were supposed to by my ticket) asked about that. She said it was incorrect, and that other drivers "put information to make the dr think otherwise" on their medical information. Well that day i put out some more feelers for local companies, and got a call from another carrier running local in a sleeper truck offered me a job they are out of TN, right up the road, took their offer and called JBS and said thanks but no thanks....did i make the right decision to save me alot of headache? The recruiter kept telling me they give you a 6 month medical card, and after insurance kicks in after 90 days, you can use it to get your sleep study...so wait a minute, you think im fat, you think i have sleep apnea, and you think i need to pay for this when you require it?
Thanks for the offer JBS, hopefully you didnt buy my ticket already when I left the VM saying im not coming, cause then your going to stick it to me on my DAC
Here's one that's NOT on this list and should be, JBS Carriers. A warning to folks thinking of going over from another carrier to this one, don't. I was born and raised in southern, CA. I had no training or driving experience in ice and snow, JBS knew this ahead of time and I made certain I reminded my DM constantly of that fact. I got my CDL through Swift last year during the summer and then went over to JBS right around November thinking they were a better company. I was wrong. They insisted I drive into weather I still had no experience in and when I had a few small issues, like a broken fender on a ice pack that I slightly hit trying to back into a dock where a shipping company piled snow and it had hardened, it was of course put on my DAC. I continued to drive on the east coast right into the worst recorded snow/ice patterns in the last few years. I was scared when I literally could not see where I was going by blowing snow flurries, got stuck in mud one night doing the right thing by pulling off into a parking lot to check my map instead of trusting the Nav-go system, cost them a tow out but no equipment was damaged. I never had any major accidents, but had five small private property incidents that eventually got me fired. So, got fired and went back home, and found out JBS had LIED ON MY DAC REPORT, falsely listing two major incidents on my report that NEVER HAPPENED. Consequentially I was denied unemployment benefits and can not get another trucker job because other companies have told me I'm an unsafe driver because of the two things they lied about. I'm in the middle of a dispute with "HireRight" to clear all this up, but the damage is done. EDD has again told me I'm ineligible to receive benefits because they won't look a second time at my dispute with JBS through HireRight. They say I was fired justly even though JBS lied. I know for a fact the only reason JBS lied was to get out of paying Unemployment benefits to me. Now they have recanted their lies but I still can't get benefits. It's the after effect I want to point out here. I have found out I am NOT the only driver to be fired and then got the shaft from JBS after they let them go. Other drivers have been given this treatment from them, not just me. DO NOT BELIEVE JBS, they look good at first but screw you in the end.