Well to start off ive been on the road for a month and have not been home yet. BUT thats because i love being on the road making money. You cant make money sitting at home. Now as far as loads go i have only sat 1 day since ive hit the road and thats because i wanted to be out of service to get my truck serviced and a few things changed. My fleet owner Otis with YWC Express is very helpful when it comes to repairs. The shortest run ive had thus far is 600 miles and panther offered a bonus because of the short miles. I usually wont take a load under 1,000 miles.
Dispatchers are young with no life experience. Some won't let you finish in your "other office" or let you review the load offer. Most get irate if you refuse the load regardless of the reason. "Fleet Experience" team doesn't actually care how you're doing or if you have any concerns and some will make excuses for the negative attitudes of the dispatchers. Some fleet owners will tell you to be more aggressive in getting loads, but the Contractor Relations department won't do anything for you if you call them. Bonuses have gone extinct and sometimes it's a battle to get tolls getting to the load let alone anything else. Some fleet owners (especially mine) do care about their drivers, but do your homework on them. Some are snakes. The high maintenance score I gave was for my fleet owner. He cares about his driver's and his trucks.
Drivers Beware!!!! Rip off Alert!!!! Panther Pays the fleet owners not the Drivers. The Fleet owners will steal from you. The fleet owners will never want you to go home, home-time is very short.The truck runs ok, but the fleet owners hate paying for repairs.So the owner I was with would try to do repairs himself. Feet owners will charge you for insurance, and an escrow. They will want you to do a sleep apnea test if you are a little over weight, but wants you to pay for it out of your pocket. Fleet owners will also deduct the Orientation, DOT physical,Travel , and hotel out of you first check. They are going to promise that you will make all this money. However it is the fleet owners that makes the money, then pays you what he/she feels you deserve. New Drivers should avoid this company at all cost.
Not a great place to work...they offer you a load to the sticks and get mad when you don't jump at the chance you sandbag your own earnings...dispatchers get a percentage of what they don't offer....ask one about double paycheck weeks...
I was on owner operator with Panther for almost 15 years which tells my satisfaction with them company. On their road I listened to drivers complain. Their would cherry pick loads and wonder why they were'nt running; looking for loads that would pay their van pymt. Key to making it was to keep them wheels turning which means accepting them good with them bad. Too many drivers who have no idea how to run their business.
I drove at Panther for 4 yrs never any issues...Never late for pickup or del. Regional dispatch so you werent always dealing with same person on a steady basis. some disptch not as nice as others but thats the same with any company.. money was always right, they always did what they promised thru the QC.