5 months in, need a new company.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by travelsizegirl, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. travelsizegirl

    travelsizegirl Light Load Member

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    Hi there! I posted months ago about my experience with Swift Academy, and my teammate and I have been working for Swift ever since. It hasn't been completely awful, but I'm very frustrated with the attitudes we receive from support staff, and communication seems to be a constant problem. The biggest problem is the condescending attitude we get from our drive manager. It's a pet peeve of mine that causes me a lot of stress. We'd like to change companies, but I'm a little lost on where to start looking, and I thought you guys might be able to help.

    Info:
    OTR Team (both female, if that matters)
    Coming up on 6 months experience.
    Based out of Houston
    Have a dog with us
    Want an automatic truck
    Benefits are a plus, but the dollar is most important as the goal is to save up and buy our own used truck as quickly as possible
    Dry van only for now

    Thanks very much for any help! :)
     
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  2. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i think US Express has automatics.
     
  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Quest Global is good and does long runs coast to coast. I think they have a guaranteed minimum weekly pay of $1200.00 for each driver. 3 mos. experience required, so you both are qualified.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Lynden Transport hires new cdl grads for teams and I think they hire in Houston & may have a terminal there.They have some long runs as far as Alaska.
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  5. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Have you tried requesting a new DM?
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    For dry van:
    Contract Freighters - www.cfidrive.com
    Transport America
    Abilene Motor Express
    Titan Transfer
    Danny Herman Trucking - no Northeast.
    FFE (Frozen Food Express) - reefers out of Dallas.
    Take a second look at reefers though; with Elogs they're "driver no-touch freight." Personally, I prefer reefers over dry van.
     
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  7. travelsizegirl

    travelsizegirl Light Load Member

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    I'm not opposed to reefer, except I think it means we have to go out with trainers again? I barely made it through that once, I'm not terribly keen to do it again.

    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I'll look into them. :)
     
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  8. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    Teams are in high demand. You two should be able to do very well, even at 6 mos experience. Put your feelers out there and don't be too quick to pull the trigger.
     
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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Maybe not; just ask.
     
  10. Aradrox

    Aradrox Heavy Load Member

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    Reefer or can shouldn't effect needing a trainer. But at 6mo exp some companies may require you to go with a trainer so be sure to ask.
     
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