Great company to work for straight out of school, been there 14 months now and very happy with the job.
A great union job, with top pay, benefits, and a clear contract for expectations on both sides, my first job out of driving school and after a year with the company I don't see a need to look for another company.
First trucking job and love it. Great pay and benefits. Home every day or every other day. Average 2500 miles per week and paid for everything. Even weather and traffic.
Pay Inequality for new drivers. Some new drivers get top pay from day one. Most get 85% depending on which terminal hired you and how badly they need drivers st the time.
Unstructured management and quick to blame. Inadequate training. Never received a thanks for an extra effort done, I was even let go after several days agreeing to come in and start at an earlier time to help out. Little did I know that I was only helping myself out of a job sooner by cleaning up my route area.
Jackson used to be a much bigger terminal than it is now. I know a guy that worked there for a few years and loved it. Don't really know much about the runs they have. I've worked for YRC for 11 years. It's been good and bad. The pay and benefits keep me here. I'll try to post a picture of the current wages. Remember it takes 3 years to reach full pay. Your first year will be the worst. You'll start out on the extra board and will have absolutely no life but if you can make it thru that year you will like the job. Freight hauling is not for everyone. You will work all 3 shifts in some weeks and is very difficult to learn when to sleepFull Discussion
YRC Driver School Questions?
Q: I see you can now apply for YRC's CDL School. Can anyone tell me about the training? Company culture? Pay, benefits, etc? Thanks!!
A: I just finished with their school. I passed my driving test today. Before you start the school you need to get your cdl class a permit. Proof of getting your hazmat finger printing complete and your DOT medical card. All on your dime. You will need to get your doubles/ triples endorsement, tanker, and hazmat endorsements before school ends which is 4 weeks, M-F 7-3:30. They do not pay you during school and you sign a one year contract with them. If you quit within that time frame you owe them 4 grand. ( after being officially hired)
Once you pass the school and get into orientation it's 17.89 an hour and .47 per mile. 100% paid benefits( medical, dental, vision) for you and your spouse and kids. You always will get paid either by the mile or hourly for breakdowns, drop and hook, traffic delays, waiting for your load etc... The pay is 85% of scale and you will have to join the teamsters union.
The trainers were awesome! They teach you all the stuff you need to know and all the tricks for backing. Very patient and cool dudes. Small class sizes, mine had 8 guys. They teach you in a day cab with a pup trailer.
I hope this gives you some info. They started their own school because most of there drivers are between 50-80 years old. Seems like a great start to truck driving.Full Discussion
Q: Looking at them and thinking about Yrc as an option, would be first job with class a, so no exp, but 2 yrs class b tanker hazmat. Can anyone give me a lowdown on what I could expect? Like dock work for a cpl months first, or would I be waiting in line for a driving job? Hours? Thanks
A: The senior guys will be working days. The senior guys who work nights will be the ones with the long runs.
At the bottom of the list at YRC, when you do get called to come in expect to be doing something along the lines of a combination run, which will include some dock work, at night that nobody else wants any parts of.
A: They don't have "recruiters" plenty of people come to them, no need to rectuit. They offered me a job with no experiance. You start on call. You are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You are only guaranteed 10 hours off between shifts. You have to be available at all times and may have to report to work within 2 hours. You may be called to work the dock, p and d, or line haul. It is not considered full time to start, and no guarantee of any amount of hours per week. Very irregular. You have to put up with this until a route opens up, it could be years, and then as the new guy, you get last bid on routes. After they told me all of this, I politely said no thanks, the guy laughed at me. I found something else local.Full Discussion
I did the YRC driver training program last summer to upgrade my CDL. I was put on ft after completion in Sept, worked about 5 more weeks and was put on layoff early Nov. Layoff just basically means your called and given options to work various shifts. They called almost everyday however I work out of a bigger break bulk terminal in Dallas. Since being back I am liking it a lot, very laid back and many helpful co-workers in case you need help or have questions. I do a variety of jobs because currently I'm unassigned but I kind of like that. I may start off on dock checking or stacking and than I may be asked to go bump dock, hook, shuttle. I choose my hours and am guaranteed 40 and right now freight volume is high so I am getting asked if I want OT 3-4 days a week. On Mondays they have been offering routes because of call offs and more freight to be delivered from weekend. Right now they are in need of many drivers for P/D and Linehaul like a lot of other LTL companies. I am keeping options open in future to make a move to ABF or UPSF since I don't have a lot of time invested but really can't complain as long as I'm able to get the extra hours right now and the healthcare is paid.Full Discussion
From the time I applied online, was about two weeks, give or take. Did a short phone interview and she set up a face to face with the TM for the next week. Went to San Antonio, and talked to Alex for about a half an hour, and then he sent me for a drug screen, and arranged for a road test the same day. I may have had a slight advantage getting in the door, as I worked for one of the YRC owned companies for 7 years ( Reddaway ). After that it was another 2 weeks until I heard back from Corporate, and was sent the offer letter.Full Discussion
Yrc Road Driver
Q: Can you make decent money your first year as a driver.
A: Pretty sure you start in the .50+ range, plus drop and hook, put you in the motel. Hourly if you break down. Once you get your 30 days in you go on the seniority list. Not sure when the benefits start, but once they do, 100% paid medical and pension. Only negative is not sure where the pension is headed.Full Discussion
Ltl companies overtime
Q: Which companies pay overtime and after how many hours?
A: YRC pays overtime after 40 hours.Full Discussion
Just want to give you all a heads up being a Road Driver at YRC Freight for those looking for a job. Note that we also hire newbies and even train people to drive, so dont let anything stop you from checking out YRC.
I have worked Conway and YRC and have been offered a job at UPS Freight, FEDEX Freight and Estes. It may appear like FEDEX has the best pay and Conway has the best overall package. But the Union benefits and the work conditions at YRC is miles ahead of the competition even with the recently implemented 15% temporary pay reduction. In the end YRC works out to be better pay wise as you get more miles and other types of compensation such as 30 minutes for fueling or layover pay etc., etc., etc.
You never touch freight. Stay in decent hotels. One I stay in Cleveland, OH is a Clarion Resort with an indoor Olympic size pool and King Size beds. Other may be not as good, but I hear some are even better.
Most of the time the set is already hooked up. You just get in and drive. At the destination, park your truck and check out, not even unhook or bump the dock. Occasionally at some terminals you may have to drop and hook.
You get paid for everything even including being stuck in traffic.
Best of all, everyone, even senior management, calls me by Mr. mylastname. Never, a "hay driver". Its a culture that cannot be beat. Being a Union shop, I was very skeptical, but the Union is a real brotherhood. I never had one snitch on me or not proactively give me a hand often without even asking.
Nobody yells at you. Nobody questions you like they don't believe your story. The culture is that everyone does their job and people trust each other and watch each others back. I have pulled a 53 ft. trailer with manifest for 47,995 lbs. I was sure I will get a ticket, but went over three scales with no problems. Thats how good the dock crew that loads the trailers are.
I didnt even know jobs like this existed in America anymore.
Yes, our equipment is not the best, but hey it does the job and if it breaks down help is dispatched immediately and you get paid by the hour. Yes, you see some negative drivers, but they too have been their for a lifetime and wont leave, though they may say stuff like this job sucks... go to UPS etc. They are pissed about their pension that got cut by 75%. Thats what that is. But I will take 25% pension over no pension elsewhere.
I am not a recruiter. Do not get referral fee. I have asked a lot of questions on this board and a people helped me here. Just returning the favor.
Dont take my word for it. Aks any YRC driver how long he's been there. 95% will tell ya, 20, 30 years, 35 years etc... They leave only when they no longer can drive. That should tell you something.Full Discussion
This is a long post but I am a proud YRC alumni myself and here's my take on the job. I started out getting hired in the city as a NEWBIE for the first 30 days at the Richfield OH terminal. Those first 30 days were spent covering runs for guys on vacation, sick, injured, or called off. We worked every day usually 10-12 hours all paid by the hour. After my 30 days was up we would make our bids (We bid every 5-6 weeks). My first bid was on the dock and as a newbie I wasn't real happy about that because I wanted to drive. An old hand said to me learn how to load city and linehaul freight properly by asking questions and watching the old timers so when your driving you can look at that load and determine if its safe or has to be reworked. So I followed the advise and a lot of good brothers took me under their wing. So I learned how to load freight properly (blocking, bracing, airbags, and weight distribution). Next bid was the yard.
I spent two consecutive bids out there. At first the yard was difficult my backing wasn't the best back then but not terrible either. The yard guys were awesome to me. They taught the NEWBIE back then how to break doubles/triples, build doubles/triples, pretrip all that stuff PROPERLY (Pins, Lines, Legs, Tires,Lights) and how to back that #### dolly while attached to the trailer. GREAT LESSONS learned from the old timers. After six months of working the city doing switches, city runs, dock, and yard I went out to the road with a new level of confidence knowing I was taught by some of the best freight movers in the business. Does the company have issues....Yes it does but put that out of your mind for a bit and just learn the job. Will things improve. I think they are going to have give the brothers their 15% and then some along with normal pension payments. People do this job for stability and financial reward. And YES HOFFA/HALL has to grow some balls with management or be thrown out. Just my .02 cents about YRC. Great brothers over there and miss my friends.Full Discussion
I may be able to clear some of this up as a current Yrc driver. Here is a easy way to think about it. Anything you do job related that does not involve driving you are paid scale for which I would have to look at my stubs but I think its $20.77 a hour. So fueling up at a truckstop ,break down, waiting at a terminal for them to hook/unhook your trailers, etc you are paid for on the sleepers. On the day cab side you hit the motel and in a nutshell you have to give the company 10 hours but after 14 you are paid 12 and then hourly after that. Confusing I know but once you work here you get used to it. I was fortunate that I started out on the line haul and I never had to work the docks or city work so that side of the buisness I know little about. Sure Yrc or Yellow as us old timers call it isn't perfect but its easy work. I prefer to work the sleepers however every once in a while I'll jump out and run the extra board and run some day cabs. Its all seniority so the longer you are there the better runs you get. Yes, we took a 15% pay cut to keep the company going but yet we still make more than your non union ltl carriers. If I was a young guy I wouldn't hesitate a bit to come here instead of working for a long haul company and making next to nothing. $70-$110 a year isn't nothing uncommon here if you want to work. Starting out can be rough getting the hang of it but then again no job is easy starting out.As far as union ccompany's go I would have to admit thou that currently ABF has a slightly better deal then we do. Slightly better pay and better pension terms. Where I live its hard to beat the union jobs but I know in different parts of the country it may be a different story. If anybody has any questions I'll do my best to answer them.Full Discussion