well i am in forest park at marten for orentation i will update in a week or so when i can get my puter from home(wife brought me down here and is takein it back with her). i will share my experinces when i get done experinceing them. in the mean time yall be safe and ill catch ya on the flip flop.
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Thank you so much for posting. If you would, when you get rolling, could you please list your total number of miles per week and the times you delivered/pick up'd at?
What i'm trying to establish are if the work schedules are steady---do you deliver and pickup within acceptable boundaries or are they "all over the clock?" In other words, am i going to be sleeping and working at the same general times per day, or will it be unpredictable?
Here at Marten appt times are all around the clock. In the last week my appts were
Del 2300 in Urbana,Il on Monday
Del 0300 in omaha,Ne on Wednesday
PU 0900 in Oakland,Ia on Wednesday
Del 0100 in Cranberry Township,Pa on Friday
Pu at 0900 in Natrium,Wv on Friday
PU at 1300 in Parkersburg,Wv on Friday
Del 1000 in Fontana,Ca on Wednesday well tomorrow
That's about it for reefers, it doesn't matter what reefer co. you work for.
Grocery warehouses and shippers are 24/7/365
There are some weeks, i just can't get off the night shift. Then there are weeks, with 'normal' working hours.billsgirl Thanks this.
Thanks again for posting.
Well, at least you seem to be getting good miles---especially considering the "supposed" bad economy. The food business does not seem to be slowing down?
If we go by monday to monday, it looks like you got at least 2750 miles?
i was trying to analyize your del/p'up times and i thought maybe if, theoritically i/we were on the 1am to 9am sleep pattern, then there would have only been one instant where we had to stay up later than the regular bed time---the 3am omaha. This is the only time that week, and to me one time per week is acceptable.
But then, i realized this probably wouldn't work either as it takes time to unload---possible 45mins or longer.
So, i guess this is pretty normal for marten and other refer companies?
Are the appt times pretty much concrete? Or can you, the driver, request changes?
If not, this is unfortunate because i'm planning on returning to OTR pretty soon and Marten, along with shaffer, were at the top of my list. Mainly because, from what i hear, Marten is a good company. But also due to the fact that the refer companies don't seem to be slowing down at all during a) the "slow" period of Jan to march ish and b) during the bad economy.
Here at Marten, if your running late you send a late Mac with a good reason why your late. IE: WEATHER / BAD ROAD CONDTIONS .
We are no way suppose to call the customer if we want to change the appoinment. For most part they are set in stone. Our Ops Managers get pissy that we called the customer.
Sometimes, however your dispatcher might be able to pull strings with cust serv. and get a change, say earlier appoinment.
You are correct, reefers are doing pretty good, because no one is volutarlry(sp) going to stop buying food.
3rd quarter of 2008 we showed a profit.
i may have no choice but to go with a refer company if things are really bad for dryvan. The crete guy who posts his diary seems to be doing ok though.
One paper, it looks doable. But i've lived the ragged lifestyle of irregular sleep patterns and it just doesn't work for me----yet i may have no choice now.
i've done refer work in the past. Produce, which can involve alot of night driving. But at least it's consistent--same time at night. And food distribution, which while requiring a lot of hand unloading also tends to be consistent as far as when you work and sleep.
Well im back from orentation......Marten was not for me. I hauled 2 loads for them and realized they were not a company for me. I felt like i was havein to walk around on eggshells and i didnt like that. But on the other hand i thank it was more pullin a reefer than anythang. I just aint cut out to pull a reefer. I like to know my load aint goin to move around while im goin down the road....better than 2 or 3 load locks. I know quitin this early could end up hurtin me in the long run as far as gettin another job, but i was just to misarable pullin a reefer.So i am back at home and i am workin tryin to get one of 3 local jobs that have just come up. If not i have talked to my previous job and they said they would put me back on a bus route in a monemnts notice. So we will see what happens. holler if uns got any questions.
yep it takes special people to put up with the reefer, #### noisy thing, and the early am apts, then bust ### to make a pickup for the next morning and most grocerys arent very easy to work with,,,hope you find something to your liking,,,, also your right marten will probably put a hit on your dac report some companys live by that report others not so much ,good luckMrrollinthunder18 Thanks this.
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