Work 7 days a week, average $800 pay because pay check is tied up in lumper fees and trailer washouts. I’m not going to pay KLLM to drive their truck. Good luck getting reimbursed. You’ll make phone calls and send emails regularly just to be sure you are being reimbursed. By the time 2 weeks has gone by you will never be sure if you were reimbursed or not. Those phone calls are as bad as calling AT&T. Shorted on my miles driven average 60 miles per load not counting out of route trailer washout miles they don’t pay either. This means in 20 years you will have bought a truck for KLLM. It’s despicable not to pay a man for his work. I spend more time waiting than driving on several occasions most always! Drivers are required to be on the truck during 34 hour reset. I’m not paid for guard duty. Company policy does not consider a drivers life!! Example: Drivers are not allowed to carry a firearm according to company policy. However, drivers are required to put a heavy duty lock on every load. If thieves want in the trailer, they cannot get in the trailer. They have to come to the driver for the key to the lock. Meanwhile, a key to any other Freightliner will fit my truck door lock! A perfect recipe for #### and murder. I have a right to defend my gift of life just like everyone else. Most of my loads are 700 to 900 miles. Communication with dispatch is nearly non existent. Never have gotten me home on time once. This not only hurts me but it hurst my children to expect dad on a certain day and then they have to add a day and add another day and family plans get canceled. Right now, waiting for a response from dispatch after waiting 18 hours on a load thats not coming. I can see loads on load boards online that would get me home on time. They are supposed to be in touch with me 5 hours ago with another load to get me rolling. That makes 23 hours of sitting. They either don’t know what they are doing or don’t care. I’m quitting soon anyway. This past year has been a horrible strain on my family that nearly ended in divorce. It could have been relieved with straight forwardness with the pay and getting me home on time.
If youre going to work for them just remember that their bottom line is going to come before yours. They have great equipment, they keep everything in tiptop shape if the driver tells them about it, but dont be surprised when you #### your dispatcher off and wind up with two weeks worth of loads that have you sitting on your hands for a day at a time. Some weeks are better than others. Their dispatchers are a mixed bag, but the good ones are great and the bad ones will make you think about a new job very seriously. My policy is not to talk to my dispatcher at all unless its an emergency, and it seems to be working in my favor. On the lease side, expect to have to make a fuss every once in a while to keep steady miles over the road. If you dont stand up for yourself, you'll wind up with 500 a week in your pocket and see of anyone gives a darn. Also expect to get stuck in new england where the fuel is expensive and the hills eat the fuel. But, if youre just looking to make ends meet for a few years and then wind up with a decent truck, its not a bad program. Dont get too ambitious though. Also, if you're company, home time is 2 days earned for every seven days out, but you can only accrue 14 days max and you have to use it all at once or lose whats left over. Id be happier with 1 day per week but you can keep it all and use it when you want, like most everyone else. One excellent thing is, as long as you run on time, you can do 8.5 to 9 hours a day and save your clock for recaps. A lot of companies want you to burn all ten and do a reset every week, but these guys really get down with a driver who's consistently available.
My dispatcher is the best! She cares about my well being and my pocketbook:) Our CEO has an open door policy and has run this company for many years and cares about us like family
Very poor company because tgey do not treat you like a human who requires sleep. They say, "Rest up for a few hiurs while you can". Any break over 11 hours is a violation of company policy. You don't have a life if you work for them. That's why they pay $5000 to get you in the door.
I feel bad for all these cry babies who cant make it at this company. OTR side is understandable, run regional. I'm midwest, home about 4 night out of the week and I'm still netting between 1600-2200 a week. Get friendly with dispatch and dont suck at your job. Not a real hard task to accomplish. Do some favors and dont turn down loads just because you dont feel like going to that state or whatever. I run around 9-15 loads a week. All I do is say my name and everyone in that office knows it's me. Call me a suck up to dispatch all you want but my paychecks are great and my home time is awesome.
I remember that old FFE Trailer Lot, the slope of it the way it lies behind the
shop and in front of the LTL building will ease your trailer out of being
straight, don't forget to add a touch of wheel to "Get under it" to
just hold it where you want against the slope of that hill. Ive seen new ones
forget that small detail.
Your learning is pretty intense right now. As it should be. The best thing you can do in there is to be good to all the people you meet and talk to them. Get to know them. It takes time. But it's well paid invested time and talk when it comes time to have certain things that could be done but might give you the work instead because billy and joe and david are too busy wrestling over the local game score on the corner television.
Congratulations on your progess. Before anything...
To Walmart you go, get a large one inch thick book preferably hardback with a legal sized paper in it ruled lines.
Write down your entire dispatched load into that book by trip number and so on. Take a green marker and check off that load (It should fit one page maybe two at most per load) after you are paid properly for it. Write down everything. Be careful not to be putting down PRECISE times into that book, you want to be paid for every load you touch, interchange, haul, load, drop hook, etc
When you settle down ask Mempis Dispatch if they have McKesson Loads for you. These are picked up in Memphis already loaded and sealed. you go deliver it and STAY in the dock while they reload with cardboard. Run it straight back to memphis... drop hook another McKesson and go.
Pretty soon you will see it as a series of gravy train loads, very intense in defending against robbers and killers and hardly stopping. However... you can pretty much count on cardboard back to memphis and to a certain degree depend on knowing what your future is a couple of days at a time.
Q: Do they put you with a roommate or do you have your own room?
A: When you at the hotel they will put you in a room with someone. Once they move you into a dorm you will be by yourself.Full Discussion
I got contacted by airen who runs the BASF account a month later I called him and asked to be on his fleet he told me he didn't need anybody at the time and gave shane's contact info. who runs lms I know those 2 fleets you get a 5 cent raise and been doing ok on it...been on it since last September...Full Discussion
got the account for their lease drivers to pull. KLLM pockets $1.50/mile for
free off it since its their trailers, pays the lease driver $.85/mile so that
the driver can eat bread and bologna for the three years of the lease.
There's a reason why they never allowed company drivers to pull a Tyson trailer.
no one answered and I got my orientation date already, here is what happened.
My question was - “How long is the hiring process with KLLM?”.
Well, it could be done in a couple of days I think.
But for me, it took almost three weeks. Luckily, KLLM checked everything before they sent me to the orientation.
Otherwise, without checking they would send me home I guess.
Because I moved to the US in 2008 and ever since my wife and I were self employed, I had a hard time to proof my employment history.
And BOY is KLLM into employment history.
I applied to a couple of companies and was invited by every company without further documentation of my employment history. So I guess it is a bit different with KLLM.
Anyway, I drove semi trucks back in Germany 10 years ago and it is worth nothing here in the US. I already knew that and have no problem with that and liked the idea of training on the road as well.
Also, I already got my CDL by myself before applying with KLLM or any other company.
But without any employment history it took me a couple more documents and phone calls to get things rolling.
I really have not a lot of choices here in South Florida. Most of the companies hiring just experienced driver. Other companies hiring just north of Orlando or Lakeland. And some even flight you in every time you go on the road for a couple of weeks.
Ok, thats my story and sorry for my English.
Still trying to improve my grammar
OMG,If I only knew what I know now..I would have never in a million years got involved with this company. They're truly trained to lie to the truck drivers and the truck drivers are the most important..They could care less if you wanted home time,more miles or better yet,to be treated with the up most respect as a person..I was lied to from the start,never go off what they say,make sure you get a name and everything in black and white...As for tuition reimbursement,you only get it if you attend their school,which they don't tell you..the 3000 sign on bonus,let's just say,forget about it...an by all means record your mileage,they cheated me out of 572 miles on my very first check,I was told 3 different lies by payroll...an to this day they haven't even tried to get my pay right..the dispatchers are for the company NOT YOU!!So if you're thinking about going here,You will be better off at McDonald's ..An yes I just recently walked away.like 4 days ago....Full Discussion
A lot of what you mentioned is the norm industry wide. Rarely does any company pay for you to deadhead home after unloading. Most truck company's pay Randal McNally miles which are zip code to zip code and none pay for 100% of miles driven, lease drivers should have the right to turn down loads since they are considered contractors, shippers/receivers won't pay you detention of you are late no matter the excuse, also by working by the mile the company keep most of the profit at $.90 a mile plus fuel surcharge yet the load of strawberries from Cali to the east coast will run around $9000 give or take per load. If you want to be a company driver then work for a company who has all company drivers so you don't have to compete with lease drivers. P.s. I've met many happy drivers at Kllm and some who paid off their truck. I consider their earnings per mile low compared to others but if you get your miles you should do okay.Full Discussion
I was with kllm for about 4 yrs.You can make more than 700 on the company side.If your looking to get experience,run company for 6 months and lease for 6 months after that it becomes stale.Full Discussion
Q: I live in little rock and got a prehire from KLLM what is the closest drop yard to little rock, AR and do you get anyhome time while in training with your trainer and by chance can anyone give me how much the insurance is for driver and wife no kids
Jackson and Dallas are probably the closest. Many customers will allow you to
drop your trailer for hometime. I have a friend who has a big gravel lot about
100 yards from my driveway. He lets' me drop my trailer there on hometime. Some
truck stops, businesses, even churches will let you drop your trailer for a few
days. As for hometime in training, you can probably forget that. My training
time, with orientation, 6 weeks on the road, then getting my upgrade, my truck
assignment and a load going home was a couple of days short of 2 months. I
never even got within 100 miles of my house. The training time is when they see
what you're made of. I have heard of some guys getting homesick and getting off
at a truck stop and not getting back on.
If you can't stay out for that time, you probably wont want to stay out for 3 or 4 weeks when you go solo. You are in training and learning to be a long haul/ OTR driver. I find that after being out, for that 2 months, it's easier for me to be out 4 to 5 weeks before hometime.
Now, that being said, I do occassionally get a chance to do a fly by while I'm out on my 4 to 5 weeks. I have been close to the house and done my 10 hour break at home or even a 34 hour restart. Sometimes, I just call to see if my wife is at home, and stop for 30 minutes or an hour, grab a shower and a meal (or whatever) and off I go. I promise that it does get easier as you go out. Sure, you miss home and the wife and kids or in my case the dogs, but it does take some adjustment. The key is having a good wife at home, whom you trust to hold down the fort while you're gone. That is something I do have.