An honest account at MAY TRUCKING

Discussion in 'May Trucking' started by Ernest P W, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. Ernest P W

    Ernest P W Bobtail Member

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    Many, many drivers (myself included) are treated with little respect, and are primarily viewed as commodities. May is NOT a family oriented company. Driver managers are trained to push a driver past their maximum limits to ensure the greatest profitability. Office personnel will ridicule a driver for wanting 'home time' with any regularity, such as at bi-weekly or monthly intervals. Drivers will experience frequent errors with pay, almost always as a result of driver manager negligence. Most driver managers are overworked and underpaid, which might be the reason for their general apathy toward drivers. This has contributed to a culture where drivers are the punch line of office jokes and the general 'water cooler' banter. The overall hierarchy at May is particularly opaque. Drivers who would consider working at May should take note that upper management puts a great deal of pressure on office personnel, particularly those who oversee driver performance, and that this creates a culture of disunity, misinformation, manipulation, resentment and near frequent conflict over what many drivers perceive to be predatory exploitation. Entry Level Drivers are largely powerless to leave the company within the first year as upper management is well aware that most ELDs need the full one year OTR experience in order to be considered a professional driver and thus move onto a reputable and professional company. Despite keeping my head down and biting my tongue, and despite the fact that I was ALWAYS within the fleet's top ten percentile in terms of overall driver performance (miles, safety, etc) and was consequently paid a much higher CPM than my peers, I decided to leave May after eighteen months. Very simply, I found the office personnel to be very petty, the company culture to be exhausting and the company PR positions to be largely based on lies. Perhaps there was a time when May Trucking was a decent company where drivers and driver perception was an integral part of company culture, but that time has long since passed. I hope my insights will not be perceived as inflammatory, but might aid those drivers who are weighing their options.
     
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  2. belowspeedlimit

    belowspeedlimit Medium Load Member

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    Pretty standard for any trucking outfit.
     
  3. tow614

    tow614 Road Train Member

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    There are some very good companies out there.
    I have never considered May as one of them and have never considered driving there.
     
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    51.50 Medium Load Member

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    I did not experience any of the problems you described. If I hadn't developed severe night blindness, I would still be hauling for them.
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Having to stay with your first company a year is a myth.
     
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    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

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  7. BUMBACLADWAR

    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

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    Do they still take money out of your paycheck for your "idle time". A driver I know tried to work for them,said they picked up at Purina all the time,think it was Arizona or California.Anyway they would load you overweight by 3 to 5 thousand lbs evertime.They would refuse to "cut the load".Leave you risking the ticket,which they Would Not pay.This sound familiar?
     
  8. Ernest P W

    Ernest P W Bobtail Member

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    ELDs start over again with driver training when they join with a new company. Again orientation, and 3-6 weeks OTR driver training, and then a solo out test before they can roll solo again. ELD flat pay in this period is a third of what a normal driver makes on CPM. Only drivers with more than one year OTR can road test and roll when they start somewhere new. I'm not quibbling, but ELDs are greatly disadvantaged when they switch companies within the first year.
     
  9. tow614

    tow614 Road Train Member

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    Interstate will take you with six months and are far better than May
     
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  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    10 days with Watkins-Shepard
    11 days with TransAm
    Shop around; some companies you make one trip with a trainer just to learn the customer protocols and procedures, then on your own after that.
    Put your location on your profile and you'll probably get some good tips from drivers.
     
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