Anybody Work For Saia?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Lotsa Bellyfat, May 28, 2024.

  1. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Road Train Member

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    Its pretty decent. like 30 bucks you and spouse. 250/500 deductible, 5k max out of pocket. 10 bucks for scripts I believe. Free after 10 years of service.
     
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  3. High Stepper

    High Stepper Light Load Member

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    I don't work for Saia but I run a 48 foot liftgate everyday on a long peddle route. I do residentials a lot, its up to you to contact the customer and see if you can get down there or if they need to meet you somewhere and put it in their vehicle.

    I use streetview on the map to see if I'm getting into a bad situation and see if it's something our box truck needs to deliver.

    The best way to describe P&D is to look at every business and house you see as a potential delivery spot. Sometimes you will google an address and it's just a field. Sometimes you will be parked on the shoulder of a 4 lane highway delivering. You just never know til you get there.
     
  4. Linehaul Guy

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  5. Linehaul Guy

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    I hated residential deliveries you never know what to expect..And you have to watch for customers that will lie and say you have enough room to make it down the their street and it’s a total lie!! But Saia also has electric pallet jacks now so it makes the job a little easier
     
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  6. Lotsa Bellyfat

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    Well, my career with Saia begins this week. It was a tough choice, for me anyway, between Estes and Saia but it all came down to working hours:

    Estes was linehaul and working overnights, staying out 5 nights a week and sleeping during the day in hotels, supposedly good pay though.

    Saia is P&D, great morning starting times, and home everynight, weekends off unless I choose to do a Saturday linehaul for some extra work….pay’s pretty good too, $37.00 hourly with OT after 45.
     
  7. Linehaul Guy

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    Congratulations welcome to the Saia family!.It’s the best job I’ve have ever had hopefully it works out for you those electric pallet jacks make P&D super easy
     
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  8. Old_n_gray

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    Good luck to you, keep us posted on your journey.
     
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  9. Someguywithquestions

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    Where are you located? 37hr is pretty insane for P&D. I'm in Washington and P&D is around 30-35hr for most ltl companies. Mandatory OT after 40 hours here.

    Running P&D, I mostly just look forward to weekend linehaul. In one easy day I make half of what I made working a 40 hour week running peddle. Looking to jump over to linehaul when a spot opens.

    Also, staying in hotels and sleeping during the day in them absolutely sucks. Did that for years, probably took a decade off my lifespan doing that. Some people can sleep through a tornado. Not me, many many days of laying in a dimly lit room with earplugs and a white noise machine and the AC running wide open laying there awake for hours and hours while house keeping stomps around, kids play in the halls, and bedbugs naw on you. It took me about 3 months of hotel living before I wanted my sleeper cab back.

    The per diem pay on hotel runs is nice though. Our company rarely uses hotels but when they do the per diem is 78 dollars a day. Sometimes we get conscripted to stay at another terminal. 5 nights of per diem in a hotel plus linehaul pay. Doesn't happen often but you can make an absolute killing.
     
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  10. viper822004

    viper822004 Medium Load Member

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    Congrats! Keep us updated. When I was there it was tough to get Saturday runs since senior drivers would sign up for them. Also, getting over 45 hours was also tough.
     
  11. Lotsa Bellyfat

    Lotsa Bellyfat Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for all your well wishes everyone.
    I’m working up in the Northeast. First day of training was today and things went well… nothing dramatic either way so I’ll take it.
    When I was being interviewed for this job, I could see that my interviewer was, to say it best, reluctant, to hire me since I’m in my early sixties. He was polite and didn’t overstep any boundaries, but when you know… you know. I’m going to show him that the old school is still a force to be reckoned with, and will remain so for awhile, and I told him as much. Needless to say I was hired soon after.
     
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