TMC Transportation offers its employees the following benefits:
· Health Insurance: Single Coverage $31.50 Week, Family Coverage $122/week
· Employee Stock Ownership Plan
· Flexible Spending Account
· 401 (k) with some company matching
· Weekly pay through direct deposit
· Paid vacation
· Rider program for immediate family (minimum age: 10 years old)
· TransFlo: Free document scanning
· Web access to weekly settlements, truck tracking, kid's club and more
· Free rooms for the drivers at TMC Hospitality Center when in Des Moines
· Apprenticeship Training Program approved for the GI Bill®
· More than 90% of our fleet is home on weekends and they average 52 hours of home time per weekend.
· Drivers who take pride in what they do want clean equipment. TMC pays to have all of its trucks washed weekly.
· We also support you with round the clock road repair service as well as exceptional operational support.
· Once you are assigned a truck, your name goes on the driver's side door of that truck.
TMC offers its employees the following pay options:
This option pays you a percentage of what the company is paid by the shipper to haul their load. Percentage rates start at 26% for Recent Graduates and 27% for experienced drivers. This is the rate you will receive through the first full calendar month that you are with TMC. Your percentage rate for each month after that will be based on your performance. Percentage rates go as high as 34%. Drivers with 1 year of service with TMC are guaranteed a base percentage of 26%. Drivers with 2 or more years of service with TMC are guaranteed a base percentage of 27%.
Drivers earn $0.48 - $0.62 per mile, plus additional pay and ESOP benefits.
Average first-year earnings for a driver with TMC is $55,000 and top performers can make over $70,000!
TMCs antiquated policies and appetite for rapid growth are starting to tank the company’s once stellar image. They continue to hire drivers in staggering numbers and push them harder than they are prepared for- resulting in more accidents, load claims, and burn outs. Their safety manager childishly maintains a public shout of every driver who makes a mistake- complete with his name and truck number. The dispatchers (known as fleet managers) often have more than 50 drivers they are responsible for, and the high stress level coming from the operations side of things is clearly palpable. If you want to work like an indentured servant, be continually micromanaged, manipulated by a fictitious salary scheme, and drive at dangerously slow speeds just to get your name in shiny gold script on the door: this is your company.
Hm time: 34-42hrs Trailers not very well maintained. Terminal tech are so-so at best. New fleet mgr and staff do not really care for drivers.
Still shaken up. Just witnessed a funeral procession on Rt. 2 going onto rt. 128 in Concord, Massachusetts. Dirty Water patches on the motorcyclists. So a TMC TRANSPORTATION truck flying almost hit the motorcyclist stopping the traffic. THE DRIVER cut into the procession cutting them off. I was so furious. Called the state police while following the trailer truck then called the company and raved to the ‘safety officer’. PEOPLE.....slow down. Watch out for other drivers, motorcyclists and for God sakes, funerals!! http://www.tmctrans.com/contact-us/
Been with TMC for 1 and a half. Good basic pay you make on average 1,200-1400 a week. Some of the times you get a load that pays crap. Dispatchers are rude when you call them out on an issue, not all but most of them. They cry when you try to leave TMC because they get bonuses for keeping drivers.
Good company to wet your whistle into flatbedding done well. Hopefully the drive to fill seats doesn’t push them any further in the wrong direction
iam starting tmc cdl program on the 25th. Pretty sweet gig if i do say so. Its
3wks long. So i do orientation while doing the cdl portion. So really i only
add one extra week on
Because there training is already 2 weeks long as it is so iam just adding on a week. Then out with the trainer.
I see a lot of questions about TMC on here and thought I would try to give some perspective from someone with experience with them.
Lets start at the beginning.
Orientation: This is a two week process in Des Moines, Ia which I drove to myself instead of getting a TMC provided bus ticket. It was a 5 hour drive but, if you are able to do it, you will be glad you did. There are no "loaner" vehicles provided to you while your there for the two weeks. They do stop at Walmart on the way back from "school" twice a week for guys to get provisions.
Keep in mind that orientation starts as soon as you check in at the Baymont. You are given a quick run down of the rules right at the front desk and yes, keep off the grass is one of them. Keep in mind that TMC owns the Baymont and everyone working there works for TMC. Act accordingly.
You will need to be at the pick up area at 06:00 Monday morning for the ride to the training grounds. If you miss the bus, check out and find a way home.
The first couple of days are spent gathering information both for you and for TMC. Then comes the drug test and the real training. You will be tested on a lot of different things on the computer. Math, maps, decision making etc. Take it seriously, you must pass these tests to move on in the training.
You will move onto driving skills which is in the training yard. A lot of backing and manuvering and then you will go out with a trainer on the local roads to get a better feel for driving the truck. During this time you will be doing load securement as well. Pay attention, this is the most important thing you will need to learn. TMC hauls a lot of different freight with a lot of different securement that needs to be done the right way every time.
If you pass all of the requirements you will be assigned a trainer which is where you will learn the most and its a 5 week process. The key is getting a good trainer. The training dept will check in on you every week and if your having problems with your trainer, let them know so they can fix it. I was lucky and got a great trainer right off the bat.
These 5 weeks will go fast and you will be getting a lot of information from your trainer. Take notes!! You will be glad you did.
If your doing well with the trainer TMC may try to move you into a truck before the 5 weeks are up. They asked me to get in a truck the middle of my 4th week with the trainer. I declined and finished the 5 weeks and was glad I did. I cannot stress enough the importance of the time with your trainer, take it in.
When you complete the 5 weeks you will be assigned a truck and your first load. It will most likely be from SSAB in Bettendorf Ia. There are usually other TMC trucks in there picking up as well if you have questions as well as yard guys to ask.
The rest is on you. You are expected to get the load where it needs to be safely and on time. This for me was a stressful time. A lot of thinking involved and second guessing myself. I talked to my trainer probably 3 or 4 times that week just to be sure I was doing things the right way.
Your Fleet Manager will answer a lot of questions too and are there to help. If your FM seems to get annoyed, can't or won't answer your questions, get a different one. You can also keep in touch with your training coordinator for help.
Your FM should be trying to get you home every weekend for the first month or so to give you time out of the truck. Keep in mind that this is trucking. You will be out some weekends depending on where you live and the loads your hauling.
As you gain experience you have the chance to advance in the pay scales. This will all be explained at orientation too. It's up to you to advance. Some guys will advance easily and others will struggle. The ones that struggle and give up are the ones you find in these forums complaining after they quit.
I have read on here other opinions of TMC having a strict "military" attitude. In some cases I would say this is true. Mainly when it comes down to safety. They don't mess around in this area. They want you to do the job the safest way possible and not get yourself in unsafe situations.
As far as endorsments go its up to you. Double/triple is pointless. Hazmat can be a plus if you also get TWIC (transportation worker identification card) and have a PassCard/Passport. This will get you points to move up in pay. If you stay in Linehaul, I would not get them. All are expensive and you just don't get the payback for what you pay to get them. I have all endorsments and will not renew any except my Passport and TWIC.
Now, Let's get to my opinion of TMC.
I went through orientation August of 2009 and got in the truck in September the same year. As I said before it was stressful at first for me but, everyone handles it differently. I lost 30 lbs in the first 3 months and really didn't start getting a compfortable routine down until after 6 months. I have been to every state in the lower 48 except Rhode Island and California and I love 2-3 day runs where you can put on miles and enjoy the view. You will be out some weekends. This is trucking, no way around it, it happens. You will have bad times as well as good times. I've had a lot more good than bad. It is what you put into it.
I am now in the dedicated BBG boat division out of New York Mills, MN and enjoy it. I mainly run in Canada and I get home most weekends.
My experience is that TMC is a good company and has treated me very fairly. The pay is average within the industry and the equiptment is top notch. If there is a problem with your equiptment it will be fixed. TMC will not allow an unsafe truck on the road.
I hope this helps anyone considering TMC.
Keep in mind that this is not easy work and requires some thought and reliance on your training. You will get your exercise but its not terrible.
For those wondering if they are too old, I'm 46.
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Very good description of tmc. A couple things of my own about them. Your first load will probally be ssab IF you get your truck from dsm. I picked mine up in gaston and the first load came from flakeboard in bennettsville, sc. Also helped a just released guy with his first at nucor in huger, sc. 44k coil, he was thrilled but wasnt afraid to ask for my help. There are many different dedicated divisions that required different skill sets. You in the boat division need to know about o/d loads, special securement techniques and such. When im on owens corning outta kearny, nj, i gotta know how to handle nyc (some very tight backings, dealing with crazy traffic, or just beating it by timing it right) turn and burn to get a second load for the day off loaded, ect.
Overall, like you said, tmc is a great company to work for, any problems from mechanical to fm relatations are handled professionally. And like always, STAY OFF THE GRASS!!!!!Full Discussion
I worked for TMC for a long time. They often bent over backwards trying to give new guys a break. I know of one guy that failed his road test several times. They put him with 2 different trainers for remedial training. I was one of the trainers at the time. He drove fine, but freaked out at "test time". After failing the roadtest that many time the decision was made to let him go. Todd figured if he gets that flustered, the next test he failed may get someone killed. As for eating dinner, if you are going to des Moines, there is a cafeteria in the terminal, just across from the hotel. And lots of places deliver too. But where the terminal is on the south side of des moines, it is a loooong walk anywhere. And cabs in des Moines are spendy.
I was a driver for TMC from Apr 98-Feb 99. I quit there because of pay reasons..I was moving freight but I got like 3 weeks of nothing but 480.00 loads of lumber. I was at 29% so it wasn't too good. I only left for better pay. Everything else about TMC was real good. The people were awesome, the facilities were awesome, even the driving was cool. The equipment is top of the line, home time was okay. I just recently tried to go back to TMC but I can't because of no "recent experience"...meaning in the last 3 years. I am gonna find something else to get that and then try again in awhile to come back there. I did have some small issues...but they got resolved. Hope you guys do awesome in the training..it is a good company to work for I will say that. Some people I know, and 1 of them was a trainer there, left as well and are negative about them, but everyone has his/her own agenda. By the way, about the no "recent experience" thing...I have been driving, but I was a tester for the MRAP vehicles and more for our troops working for DoD at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for the last 6 years, but due to budget cuts and a reduction in force got laid off. Like the one riverrat had posted on his profile pic. Again, hope you guys do good in the training...be safe out there.