An honest account at MAY TRUCKING

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

  1. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    So, I'm assuming you've worked for May, England & Swift?

    I worked for May for almost 2.5 years. I got along just fine there. Of course I had my issues from time to time. Where don't you in real life?

    I have a good friend who just retired at Swift and still does part time driving for them. He likes Swift and did well with them.

    I also know a guy that worked for Interstate and said they were a joke and quit after 2 months. Does that mean Interstate is bad through and through?

    Probably not...

    That's the problem with most of these assumptions and broad sweeping characterizations, they are mostly anecdotal.
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  2. tow614

    tow614 Road Train Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    Cookeville, Tn
    All i look at is what the companies provide for their drivers and conditions they require them to work in.
    No, i have never worked for may,knight or swift because i was not willing to subject myself to what they offered.
    My wife and i did team for a year with interstate before i took a local job and they treated us very well.
    I do agree that each of these companies have employees who have managed to stay with them and have been quite content but from everything i have gleaned from drivers over the years who have been with them that is not the norm.
  3. smokey12

    smokey12 Light Load Member

    May 30, 2012
    Southeast USA
    I have been with May for a little less than a year..they are my first company. So far my experience has been mostly positive. They have good equipment, have treated me well for the most part, and keep me rolling. I wish the pay was better for trucking in general. Considering the amount of responsibility and skill required for this job should be no less than a grand a week for an otr driver in my opinion..I know thats not realistic.
    Again, I don't think a new driver can go wrong starting out with May. Prove you will drive the miles, work hard and you will do fine. I have never been questioned about idle time..
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  4. Burrito Warrior

    Burrito Warrior Bobtail Member

    Oct 29, 2016
    May does have good equipment but other than that I hated my life driving for them to the point of thinking of ending my life. The grass turned brown for me pretty fast in how I was treated. I was treated harshly by a training management for a rookie mistake backing up, intimidating me and threatening to fire me which never happened. I just took his verbal abuse but felt pretty sour for several weeks after that. Safety department was better in treating me. All they asked was why it happened, what I could have done better, and then writing me up. The training management guy was like all over me. I hated that guy and soured my view of May trucking afterwards pretty badly. The management guy thinks that I am a perfect machine and that I already should know everything about the trucking industry and that some rookie mistake is unacceptable and opens me up to severe questioning, verbal abuse, and threats over my job security. It's like he thinks I don't give a #### about safety when in fact I want to learn from my mistakes and not do them again.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2016
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I made a grand a week pulling reefers for YRC Logistics running OTR.. Almost all tanker drivers "take home" at least a grand a week. Trimac Transportation Elite Fleet drivers make over $100K per year. A&R Logistics drivers make over a grand a week and that's easy money. The jobs are there, but you have to look for them.
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  6. TheDevilIsALie

    TheDevilIsALie Bobtail Member

    Jun 21, 2017
    Here is a real honest review of May.

    2-4 weeks with trainer. Suck it up buttercup. You came this far.

    Company has a great csa score. Well maintained equipment. And you will get about break even miles for your flat rate guarantee. That's about 2,333 miles per week no matter what your guarantee level. (See my other posts)

    Insurance is with UMR and if you Google them, you will see they deny almost every claim. But insurance isn't what it used to be anywhere. I digress.

    Good luck finding a company that has good equipment, a good csa score, allows pets, has a rider policy, and is almost entirely automatics...that gives you a pay guarantee.

    The terminals aren't anything to brag about. Brooks showers have rotten egg water, Denver shower is exactly like the movie Saw only never cleaned with razors and semen on the floor. Also Denver has port a potties. Of course some terminals are better than others.

    But you won't be using toilet seat sheets. One way around it, just stay at the truck stops unless you have to be at the terminal.

    Fleet is going completely Freightliner Cascadia auto.

    Some dm's are good some aren't. A lot of it is your attitude. I can say this, May gets rid of bad. It's only a matter of time. So suck it up. You could do much worse.
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