Prime

(877) 774-6356

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Based on 19 Reviews

Salary

The Indeed.com average salary for drivers at Prime is $798.00 per week. 

Company drivers at Prime are offered the following benefits:

  • Major Medical
  • Pharmacy Card
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Worker’s Comp
  • 401K 
  • Paid vacation after one year
  • 24hours off every 7 days
  • Passenger and Pet Policy

Independent Contractors at Prime are offered the following benefits:

  • Quarterly Mileage Incentives over 50,000 miles per quarter
  • Longevity Incentives – 6 Years- extra 1 cent per mile – 8 years- extra 2 cents per mile
  • Rider and Pet Policy at no cost
  • Home Policy

All drivers at Prime are also offered the following benefits:

  • Award Program
  • Education Benefits
  • Safety Award Program
  • Millionaire’s Program for those that have driven over one million miles without a preventable accident
  • Driver Referral
  • CLC Lodging Program


Reviews Review this Company

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Pros
Very good equipment and facilities
Cons
Some of the fleet managers are very bad and they give this good company a very bad name

Prime is a very good company but some of the fleet managers are abusive and very inconsiderate. I feel that some of the fleet managers are the reason for most of the bad reviews. They give you loads to make the truck note and fixed cost payment for the week, then low ball the #### out of you lying saying that there’s very little or no freight. I’m not going to say any names but my last lease was about three years and for at least 2.5 of that three years, the lying fleet managers that I had to deal with was coming with that little to no freight mess. For starters if that was true, Prime wouldn’t be in business now. Bottom line is some of the fleet managers discriminate and show favoritism. Be careful

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Pros
They use Michelin tires and self-inflating tires on trailers.Smart compassionate leaders can be found at SpriMo location.
Cons
You will have to pay out of pocket to make sure they did not give you a communicable disease.If you dare to differ in any way from the rest of the group they will rub it in your face.

Managers at Salt Lake's terminal lack not only wisdom,but also vision and people's skills.Instructors having no idea about decency of speach and expressing themselves like angry forklift drivers.Inapropriate joke commonly used.

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Pros
Brand new trucks, equipment maintenance top notch,p.
Cons
Nasty people in dispatch, rude and abusive personnel at terminals, manipulation with rates and your time, make you sit l

Only good for 1 year experience and still you will be rubbed in the daylight. They give you enough to pay your lease an than low ball pay for you barely make 1000$ before taxes. Total nonsense, over the road, don't see your kids and family or friends and make basically what you can do in McDonalds. No matter how hard you try they give you loads, you are in their hands completely, they will do anything they want with you and your revenue. Criminals.

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Pros
You have a new truck, you get a apu
Cons
You have to pay for all the stuff as a company driver except for the fuel and truck payment, I hated prime

Before going to the school you had to pay $100 to save your spot. Then the all the people there was rude and did not care about you as a person. Prime sucks don’t go there they are a scam I was out on the road for 3 months before I was able to go home for the first time.

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Cons
Very tricky not there to help u just themselves

They fired me for excessive speeding when alot of times they pushed me any way and then trying to charge me 12000 dollars for a walk away lease I stayed out forever never going home

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Pay
$900 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Years of CDL Experience
6-11 Months
Location
Currently Employed at Company: No
Pay
$42,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Reefer
Years of CDL Experience
1 Year
Location
Springfield, MO
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$195,000 per Year
Position
Owner Operator
Trailer Type
Dry Van
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
NJ
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$244,000 per Year
Position
Owner Operator
Trailer Type
48'
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Tulsa
Pay
$1,000 per Month
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Van
Years of CDL Experience
4 Years
Location
Springfield
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Discussion


Sean_Memphis
Getting into UPS Freight...

Prime has highest training pay. 600 bucks a week for all 4 weeks before taxes.Crst makes u team drive wit u another newbie after training with trainer. Swift and Crengland has low pay after training. Good Luck !!!

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evofd
6 months at Prime, Inc.

Been 6 quick months with Prime now and they have kept me very busy....

I do lease from them and and although I have read many terrible experiences regarding leasing I have yet to have a bad one. Avg pre-tax income is currently 55 cpm after expenses. Avg'ing about 3kmi per week and out for a month or two at a time...so not home much. Already received Top Driver for month and got a small bonus. So I have to say Prime has really come thru with flying colors for me. If you are thinking of driving for Prime and have any questions feel free to send'em...I do not get on here daily so be patient and I'll respond as soon as I can. Drive safe!

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moose97
Prime Inc tanker YouTube

Q: I am considering going with Prime on either reefer or tanker, I have experience in both. Do you have any insight as to what the pros and cons are of tanker v reefer? Do you think that geographic location is a factor in which would be a better choice? I am in Florida on the east coast.

 

Do you lease or company driver?

 

Thanks for the info, it is very timely. I look forward to watching your videos.

 

A: Almost everything you have asked is answeredin one of my videos. The short answers are:

 

Tanker is fewer miles, but different pay to make up for the fewer miles, so I see it as not having to work as hard as reefer for the same pay.

 

Depending on exactly where in Florida, tanker may not work for you. Contact recruiting to see for sure.

 

Lease.

 

Enjoy the videos and comment if you have more questions

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Calvin Stewart
PSD training with Prime Inc.

First, take everything you experienced at swift with regards to pay and accounts and throw that out the window. Prime doesn't do stupid accounts. Second, the rate you get paid in a Walmart account is more then regular otr. When I ran the Walmart account I was averaging $.53/mi. They pay you really well for running walmart accounts.

 

The lease purchase program requires a $14,000 down payment and an additional $1,000 if you want the apu. There is no waiting period for that.

 

The regular lease program you can enter as soon as your training is done. Don't recommend that though. Drive company until spring of next year. I say that because by the time you finish training and then 6 months solo you'll be right smack dab in the middle of winter. Not a good time to come on board as a lease driver. Freight is low from the first of the year to March/April. Unless you're familiar with running a successful business that is profitable I would wait.

 

As a company driver you're taken care of very well and usually first over lease trucks.

 

Just remember, prime is way different from swift. Leave all your past baggage at the bus station and keep an open mind. Don't compare everything to how swift was or did it. It'll make the transition to a real company easier for you

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darthanubis
PSD training with Prime Inc.

With the attitude your displaying here. Swift's loss, Prime's gain. You'll do fine!

There is a wealth of information in this forum and even real Prime drivers are more than happy to share, exchange numbers, the whole bit. I've been taking care of very well in my last 8 months. This is my first trucking experience. I've done company for eight months and just went lease. There have been bumps along the way, but nothing directly related to the company. Just individual personalities as with anywhere. My year will be up in August, and unless I'm offered something super sweet in the Southeast, regional, sick of winters, I'll be staying with Prime. If I do get the itch to move, I'm making sure it's on great terms, because I could see coming back to Prime. I'm hoping I can get a good SE regional with Prime.

 

Anyway, this ain't about me.

 

Good luck to you driver!

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Ryan Brooks
Interested in Prime Inc.

Question: When you go to Prime in Missouri, how do they have you claim residency in that state if you really live in another state? They have you get a Missouri permit and cdl A. Do you have to transfer it back to your home state or can you keep the MO cdl?

 

A: You get a MO CDL then must transfer it back to your domicile state.

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pauly66
Prime Inc. or KLLM/FFE Transport to begin a trucking carreer?

I worked for Prime for almost 6 months; no one pushed the Lease program. Once I stated I wanted to go company, no one else mentioned the Lease program again.

 

I would say that Prime is an excellent place to get get your CDL and gain some experience. The facilities are top notch. There equipment is very good. They pay, I believe to be the best while you are in training.

 

And Prime is 62 mph for company trucks on cruise control, foot on the pedal its 58 mph. They take safety and fuel economy very seriously and you are compensated well for your performance on both.

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pauly66
Prime Inc. or KLLM/FFE Transport to begin a trucking carreer?

If you looking to be trained properly Inwould recommend Prime if you don't have a cdl. You can go to their truck school and it's free if you work for them 1 year. Their PSD trainers earn their $ via bonuses for you passing your skills test with the least amount of retries. This basically requires them to teach you how to back up a truck and drive since their goal isn't actual miles. After getting your CDL, if you lucky, you will have same trainer for TNT training and run much harder. Neither is perfect like any other set up but I've come across drivers from both companies who struggled to back into a parking spot. Those normal attended a truck school outside Prime. Not many companies will take the time to train you do drive the truck properly without focusing on miles at the beginning of you use them to get a CDL. Their main terminal is across the street in from MO Department of Transportation so things aren't as loose as it was when I got my CDL via CR England.

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moose97
Prime, Inc Lightweight International Prostar & Freightliner Cascadia Video Tours

To be clear, I'd definitely want a full size if I was OTR (and with Prime's current options, would lease a Freightliner Midroof). First off, I'm 6'7". Second, just have more storage space plus the cabinet for a real fridge (which I'd have) if I wasn't home as much. All this said, if I was told that I had to have this Int'l as an OTR truck, I could make it work - and guys make both the Int'l and Freightshaker LW's work as OTR trucks. Just know that they have their limitations, plan for them and you'll be fine.

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smalloy
New Driver for Prime Inc.

Welcome to Prime! I started Nov 3rd, and now I'm driving alone and its great. Just pray you get a good Trainer. And everything else you need to know is at the link above...

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silenteagle
New to Prime INC - What to expect (Springfield edition)

Welcome to the thread that I hope will explain what you are going to experience when you arrive at our facilities in Springfield Missouri. Most of you will be riding the dog (Greyhound) from wherever you are to our terminal. Make sure you have the phone number for the Prime shuttle. They will come get you from the bus station and drop you off at The Campus Inn (Prime's hotel and training facility).

When you arrive at the hotel you will check in and receive a room.The hotel DOES NOT COST YOU ANYTHING WHILE IN TRAINING. If it is late, or just after a meal has ended, they will give you a boxed lunch that has a sandwich and some other goodies. (If you have high BP due to sodium, don't eat the ham sandwich) If you are starting from scratch (no CDL) you will be sharing a room with someone. Others with a CDL that are just transferring from another carrier will probably be given a room to yourself, but don't expect it. (availability drives this) Look around, get your bearings and get yourself situated in the room. There are a few restaurants nearby, and a WalMart just a block away. (Go to the front of the hotel, look left, and start walking toward the Culvers restaurant, Wally world is just past this place.) There is an Applby's by the WalMart, but let me remind you,DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE YOU ARE IN ORIENTATION! You will find yourself on the curb in front of the Oasis, paying your own way home. 

Meal Card: If you arrive early in the day you will probably get a meal card from the cafeteria. If you arrive late, you will get it at breakfast or lunch the next day. This card is your food for the week. It does not buy you everything you want, as each meal has a price limit that will get you the main meal and a drink. You will have to pay the difference if you want more than the basic meal. 

Money: I would recommend bringing $200 with you. $100 will be the fee Prime charges you, $50 for your CDL permit, and $50 spending cash because sometimes the meal just doesn't fill you up, or you need that soda and candy bar just to stay awake. You shouldn't need more than that.

You should be given a packet with a bunch of application questions and stuff to fill out. Make sure you fill it out as soon as you can. You will need it completed on day one. It will be used for your background interview. The packet will be a repeat of most of the information you provided to the recruiter. DO NOT LIE OR TRY TO HIDE ANYTHING! All trucking companies must investigate every applicants work, driving, and criminal history. EX: If you have a misdemeanor for peeing in public, tell them.

Day one of orientation is hectic and confusing, so get a good night sleep.

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