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the absolute worst company you can work for. They have good trucks Kenworth T680 loaded out but the owner also owns a KW dealership. They push you into a lease and to break your hours of service and call you nonstop when you are in the sleeper. You cannot win or get ahead with this company everything they tell you is a lie. You will get miles but you will not get the money for them bc they get you in the hole so you more or less work for free bc they do everything possible to make sure you don't get out
I worked here for 18 months because I had no other option I was a trainer for a year here. My paychecks were 820 a week gross on 3000 miles. 600 or so after taxes. For a lease purchase guy that is a slap in the face I’m not making 1500 a week company with free health insurance and a great 401k plan roughly 1800 a week if you add in benefits. I don’t pay to get truck fixed or any of that garbage. When I was a trainer here I would gross 1300 to 1600 a week running team 4500 to 5500 miles a week. They had nice trucks but you’ll be broke. My gross annual pay was 47000 a year for a trainer!! The first year I was there grant it I only trained for the last 6 months of that year. I had no health insurance or any benefits. I was broke as a joke I would take off 1 day hometime every 3 weeks and that’s all I made. This is the bottom feeder of the bottom feeders company 2 years for dui they hire felons after a couple years. Most people here have a criminal background. This company wasent great I did manage to get 2800 to 3000 miles a week tho solo but only gross 830. You end up paying more in taxes since your a 1099 employee if you have any other options as far as companies go go there I don’t care if it’s swift or prime the one student I had had no criminal background clean record I looked at him and told him to go anywhere else he said he wanted to lease he ended up leaving after the first couple paychecks. I’m being 100% with you guys. Don’t work here sure the people in the office are nice but they laugh at you behind your back for being so stupid to work there. No life no money but hey if this is the only company that will hire you like me when I was in your shoes you gotta do what you gotta do for now on that case be a company driver here never lease here period you’ll actually make more ad a company guy here
Made promises did not keep left me stranded in Dallas TX I'm from Ky said bus ticket was at bus station got there it was not
This is a company not for women. Again you have good DM'S and then you have bad DM'S . The fact is they just think they can pacify the matter. They think you are not smart. They say what they think you want to hear. Them men Drivers threaten to kill them and beat them and they get all the respect in the world. So maybe we as women need to do the same in order to get what we need done without issues. Then they don't like to call you back, and you can hear when the DM'S are passing the call around. This is NOT HOW YOU HELP BUSINESS SUCCEED. IF I WAS NOT SCREWED IN THIS LEASE I WOULD WALK AWAY. BUT IN JUNE I WILL NOT BE WITH TRANSAM. I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IF YOU ARE A WOMAN
ive been driving long haul with transam for almost a year now and there is a couple things I learned #1 - you are going to be on the road for a long time, get used to it or get out of the trucking business #2 - the dispatchers are not your friends but yes we all agree it is better if they are at least nice. i am lucky that my dispatcher nick is a good guy but i know other drivers at transam and other companies that hate their driver manager
am a former TA driver also truck 29012 from May 2014 to June 2015. I enjoyed my
time with TA. Keep in mind its an apprenticeship of sorts. You will make a
paycheck as opposed to 98 percent of the lease drivers. You will want to move
on after 6-12 months. You will do many swaps that may cut into your miles and
sometimes you may benefit from the swaps. As a company driver, you will need to
do what they need you to do. Its ok. Remember its a foot in the door into the
industry. An apprenticeship! To me, trucking has been a godsend, a salvation
and a deliverance of sorts. I love what I do. The traveling, interacting with
shippers/receivers, even sleeping in the truck. The TA trucks are nicely
spec'd! When I was there we could only run 62, but then at a Raleigh NC KW
dealer, they turned mine up to 65.
The reason TA swaps so much is to a) Insure on time delivery and b) to help you get your hometime ontime. They were pretty good at it.
Satellite radio (you have to pay for that yourself, but I can handle that), Satellite tv with HBO and NFL Sunday Ticket and a DVR, refrigerator, cb and an inverter. 96" condo cab that a guy 6'4" can stand all the way up in and to top it all off it's a KW. Pay sucks as all your second tier companies do but I'll be very comfortable while I rack up the time and miles it'll take to be hired by a top tier, well paying company.Full Discussion
learn that manual!! Know it backwards and forwards. Only way to know if their
screwing you or not. Training can be spotty, and that manual can truly help you
out.I did my 1st comcheck, right out of the book.
Make sure you know how to get into the employee system to check pay. Remember, they are only required to keep a copy of your logs for 6 months. Ask how you can get a download of it. You'll need it for tax purposes.
all my years as a company driver with transam. Transam is designed to keep
their fleet at 70% lease drivers and 30% company drivers.
Company drivers do a lot of swaps (repower load). When you get a swap it probably won't be because load is on time. In order to make sure you don't get blamed for the late load you have to let your dispatcher know over qualcom (treq) that it will be late and it's previous drivers fault. It's best to make sure your DM knows on mon thru fri. The Night and weekend dispatch may not make notes on who caused late load.
issue with the hometime request is that you enter your request by qualcom/treq
unit, then that request goes into their computer system to see what days are
open. I believe only 25% of drivers can be on hometime at one time. So drivers
will put request in 3 weeks or more ahead of time. They tell you to request 8
days ahead but you would not get days you want in that short of time frame.
(If you want 4 days off such as friday to monday. You request thursday at 2001/8:01 pm till Tuesday at 0759/7:59 am.) This way you end up getting 5 days at home and you can always tell your DM you can't leave till a day later. (excuses; doctor, lawyer, dog ate homework, etc.)
the other part that you need to look into is truck speed. I'm governed at 65 and I pass Trans Am trucks all the time, just something to think aboutFull Discussion
have a 11 day training program for newbies and then they let them go on their
They do push lease , all you have to do is refuse a lease.
Just stay company.
They have great trucks KW 680 & 700's
Fridge , APU and I think inverters.
The swaps come because people run out of hours so they give their load to someone who as hours and then you will take their load that still has plenty of time on it.
TransAm at least has top of the line equipment with all the driver ammenities.Full Discussion
Trucks at transam are governed at 62 if ur company 65 if u lease which I don't recommend at all they are scam artistsFull Discussion
trucks are good and you get the direct tv, so resets won't be too boring. You
will average about 2700 miles per week. My advice is go company for at least 3
months, even tho they will push lease on you hard. No sense learning how to
manage your time and fuel on your dime when you can do it on theirs. Yes, the
lease always sounds good, I mean .84 instead of .31, but untill you learn time
management and fuel management, you'll make more getting that .31cpm.
Otherwise they aren't too bad a company to work for as starter companies go. After 6 months to a year you can then go about anywhere and start making more.
TransAm has a terminal in Rockwall Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas. If you do go to TransAm, you may want to move from Houston to the Dallas area, to be much closer to the terminal. During home time, you could park your truck at the terminal for both safety and repairs / maintenance that may be needed on the truck.Full Discussion
say nothing bad about them at this point. I started out lease, first check was
$727 after all expenses for 2725 miles. Little less miles the next week but
will get close to 3000 this week.
But if you want to spend your time in truck stops or 4 days at home, lease probably isn't a good idea.
First 3 days are classroom, the next week 4 days of pad, backing etc. Then 11 days out with a trainer. Was worried at first about only 11 days, but if you got common sense you'll be fine when u got your own truck.
I'll keep this updated for those thinking of leasing and let you know how things go. Heard a lot of bad things but so far I got no complaints, but then I'm not sitting but driving. I mean that's what I get paid for and a sitting truck makes no money.