Competing For Freight With Company Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by jldilley, May 28, 2020.

  1. jldilley

    jldilley Medium Load Member

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    Hello, all. I'm just curious who among us is leased on to a carrier that employs company drivers. If you are, do you lose good loads or have to compete for freight with the company guys? I've heard it said multiple times that it's not wise to lease on with a carrier that employs company drivers. Thanks for your insight.
     
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  3. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    I’m not leased on but have company trucks plus owner ops and I run them all identical. However, I’ve heard before what your saying. I’m sure it’s somewhat common but it’s also human nature to think your not getting as good as you could or should do. So, I take it with a grain of salt.

    I guess it sort of matters how you are paid as well. If it’s percentage I could see that making much more difference then by the mile. Also, if you have certain places you refuse to run, times or what have you then don’t expect to be ran the same. The fact is, your not the same in that case.
     
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  4. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    I would be shocked if larger companies didn't have an algorithm that determined which loads were more profitable for company drivers to pull versus owner-operators.
     
  5. jldilley

    jldilley Medium Load Member

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    Interesting. I guess my question is, if it's more profitable to run company guys, then why bother with owner operators at all (assuming you can attract qualified drivers)?
     
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  6. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I’ll add, if you think you’re being neglected. You need to communicate it to Dispatch, if you haven’t already. They may think you’re perfectly happy. Also, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, at bigger Companies. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.
     
  7. jldilley

    jldilley Medium Load Member

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    All very true.
     
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  8. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    What is your deal with where your leased on? How much you making and getting deducted? Where do you run?
     
  9. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    I'm sure there are loads that are advantageous to use company drivers, and loads that are better for owner operators. For the company, mind you.
     
  10. 88228822

    88228822 Medium Load Member

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    Because this conclusion is illogical and is the product of flawed reasoning.
     
  11. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    All that matters is that they’ll load their trucks before you, if no load available, you will do the DH to the next load.
    They still make money off you, actually more, they don’t have fuel/Maintence/driver wages, just a phone call or two and some emails.
    But they have to keep their drivers happy, or they’ll quit.
     
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