USAL offers its employees the following benefits:
Dangerous place to work,Bad equipment.Health insurance is expensive and bad.Good pay.Fellow drivers are good people.Dispatchers are ok.Shop and maintenance is a bad joke.There equipment is a danger to the public
A good company to work for if you get loaded and get on the road and keep a low profile. Management SUCKS, I worked there for 10 1/2 years only to be fired by an “unethical” HR manager that blatantly LIED to me, he only 10 months of service with the company. Bottom line... good pay, UNETHICAL management!
I've been released from USAL's training program about 2 weeks now.I have made around $2200 the last three weeks.Only been broke down once in the last 3 weeks.I have been able to get some loads thru the house for the weekend.I have been averaging around 38 hours at home weekends.I been using up my 70 hours each week.Once I get faster loading and unloading the home time will increase.I have found that some places are easier to load at than others.I loaded up in Lawrenceville Ga for the 1st time.It went good.Loaded in about 1:45.All the cars were small though. All the USAL dispatchers and drivers have been very helpful.The drivers go out of there way to help you with directions to dealers and advice on load placement.Going to climb in the bunk now I'm beat.
I was considering driving for them around 2012. I talked to a driver who was there when they were Gulf States and he said " You don't want to work here. It all gone down hill and they used to be a good company but they made a lot of changes and have gone down hill." I have a lot of experience and they sent me a letter that said I didn't fit their bill. I have an unblemished record too so I figured it was because I wasn't green and teachable enough. In other words they prefer young drivers that they can pay less and convince that they have to pay their dues.Full Discussion
I've been with USAL for 90 days.I came here with 23 years in trucking but zero experience in car hauling.The trainers in Houston and in Birmingham have all been great.The USAL drivers have been helpful and friendly.All the loadmasters with the exception of one have been amazingly helpful and full of useful knowledge.I would have not survived without the help load master Hal in Lincoln.I've made some good friends since I came here.I was told that learning car hauling would be hard and it has been.They put me in a blue Western Star that has been in there shops for a total of 15 days.Plus 2 days broke down in Alexandria La in the 90 days I've had it.I'm wondering if learning this new trade would have been easyer in a different truck.Drivers keep telling me that if I master this truck I'll be a great car hauler.It's hard not to get discouraged with all the truck issues.I see the potential to make good money when my trucks not in the shop.I hope USAL is just going through growing pains and the equipment issues are going to improve.I have talked to a handful of our drivers with different levels of experience and they say they have equipment issues too.I've ran into some experienced car haulers that have come to USAL and they say they are happier here than where they came from.When I started this new trade I planned on giving it a year with USAL before I made any more job changes.This is just my fair experience here.I'm just trying to stay positive and survive the maintenance issues.