Excellent reefer company. Top notch equipment. All trucks have fridge, APU, and inverter. Little to none micromanagement. No New England, NY, California, south west. A lot of Midwest, Northwest, and South.
I'm a new driver. Within 8 months of working here I was making .50 per mile. Trucks are all blue Peterbilt. A couple trucks are different brand, but those are "experiments". Home time policy is basically go home as often as you want for as long as you want (within reason) and give 10 days notice prior. Very accommodating. New drivers to the industry start out at .36 per mile. Then we have performance pay, which is based on mileage, mpg, being on time, safety, tickets, etc. up to .50 cpm. You are reevaluated every 4 months. Hazmat is required and you get an extra .05 cpm on hazmat loads. In 8 months I've hauled 3 hazmat loads. I'm kept plenty busy. I averaged 3041 miles/week over my first 6 months.
Im a local driver for the dedicated division, the only real complaint I would have is that there is a total breakdown of communication between the customer, Dispatch, drivers and maintenance. Getting things fixed is a huge pain. Otherwise small things (personal preference) all the new trucks are automatics governed at 63, the spotter trucks are either in poor shape and or bare bones ill equipped and there seems to be a bit of micromanagement but that seems standard for most local jobs. Good bunch of guys to work with, no forced Dispatch within reason, if you like to work generally and like overtime you'll fit in well.
On a personal level, everyone from dispatch to managment is friendly and generally pleasant to work with. Magnum wants to grow into a larger carrier. Time will tell how these aspirations effect drivers. Recent changes they have made like switching to an all automatic fleet and adding outward facing cameras with a driver coaching program are reminiscent of larger carriers.
The company has a "Paid by Performance" program, meaning you get paid if you meet certain criteria. The criteria however, is set by Magnum, and it is not clearly defined. Ask them for a list of the criteria, you won't get one, it doesn't exist.This is best described as the "Fox guarding the Hen house". For example, one of the criteria is a " certain" miles per month. If you don't reach that goal, you don't meet their "Paid by Performance" standard. Here's the catch, "they" dispatch you. So, if "they" don't want you to reach the "Performance" criteria, they simply dispatch you on runs that fall short of the miles needed to qualify . If you need 12,000 miles to qualify, they just dispatch you on 11,000. Guess what? You don't qualify for the so-called "Paid by Performance". Sorry Driver, you're not eligible. They make money by keeping wages low as possible. Ask yourself this "Why would a company dispatch you so that you would reach maximum pay?" They wouldn't, bottom line. Why pay a driver maximum pay, when you can simply say "You didn't qualify". And, about that "non-existent" list. If you qualify for the miles, they simply say " You didn't meet this criteria". The "Fox is guarding the Hen house". They win, you lose. If you think you're going to drive for .50 cents a mile you're dreaming. It ain't gonna happen. The higher the pay, the less the miles. And, guess what, you didn't qualify. Get the picture? Here's how it works: 90% of their runs are 500 miles or less. Good pay for them and nothing for you. First, you need to load (3 hours) and next, deliver (3 hours). You would need to deliver 24 loads a month to meet the "Performance". There are only 30 days in a month driver. Sounds good until you do the math. Cut and dried , it's impossible. You will starve in a month. Oh well, next driver please. The only winner in "Paid by Performance" is a total screw job. Don't fall for it.