Driver manager position. Can I work remotely?

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  1. DesiTrucker

    DesiTrucker Light Load Member

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    anyone have any insight or experience being a driver manager or a fleet manager?

    Can these jobs be worked remotely from your own home or minimal office time?

    I have been driving for 3 years now and I do like my job and the freedom it gives to take my lunch/break whenever I want, no one watching over at all times, etc etc.
    however I do miss working 8 hours and calling it a day. I typically average about 11-12 hours daily as a P/D driver.

    Any sight would be appreciated...
     
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  3. White Dog

    White Dog Road Train Member

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    A GOOD "Driver and/or Fleet Manager", would be available 24/7.....if you only want to put in 8 hours a day, 5 days a week....you won't be good at your job. Just my opinion.
     
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  4. 8thnote

    8thnote Road Train Member

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    I'm a former driver and I now work as a fleet manager/load planner/freight broker for a small trucking company (we run about 30 trucks. 10 company, 20 o/o).

    I can tell you that it is a very stressful job and much harder than driving a truck. It pays quite a bit less too. I can't speak for a mega carrier fleet manager, but my job is far from bankers' hours. I have to answer my cell phone 24/7 if my drivers need something. I'm in the office about 55 hours per week. I guess it could be done from home if you had a fast internet connection and a good printer/scanner.

    Despite the long hours and relatively low pay, I do enjoy what I do. It's very challenging but very rewarding too.

    Feel free to ask if you have any specific questions
     
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  5. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

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    that my be the case but it seems to me my first two jobs in this industry sni and knight both dm or whatever you want to call them did 8 hours a day after that you delt with call center
     
  6. White Dog

    White Dog Road Train Member

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    Schneider and Knight? Thanks for backing up my statement. You too @8thnote !
     
  7. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I had a dispatcher that worked a lot out of his home.You'll have to look I'm sure there are dispatching jobs working at home.
     
  8. STexan

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    I guess it would depend on what "level" of drivers you had on your board. If half your drivers had little motivation or desire to excel, and/or could not be depended on consistently, and/or were afraid of a little snow or wind ... you're going to be dealing with crap 24/7
     
  9. bulldawg trucker

    bulldawg trucker Medium Load Member

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    It depends on the job. I have had my cdl for almost 20 years now. I have been in management for the last 6. I am getting out of management this month. Bought a truck and am putting it on the road. At the level I am at now, I make more than when I was driver. I took a pay cut to get in the door tho. All of my experience has been with private carriers (delivering our own product to our customers). At my last gig we had 250 drivers on staff and I was directly responsible for about 40 of them. All day routes with customers that needed their product on a daily basis. I almost lost my marriage over that gig. 70 hours between the office and out on routes babysitting drivers. Mind you the delivery job at hand was not easy by any means. The old 80/20 rule applied. 80 percent of the problems came from 20 percent of the work force. I say it was 70 hours a week but the phone was 24 hours.

    Move on to my current get. A lot less stress. Responsible for 24 drivers.(that's our entire driving force at my particular opco/warehouse). Delivering product to our customers. The difference is it is a bit of a different customer base and we run less stops on the truck here. And also my youngest driver is 33 and oldest is in his 50's. A lot more mature and responsible than most of problems at my last gig. This job I do an honest 50 hours a week with the occasional late evening call or weekend call. I don't hate this job,although I am a bit burned out, and if it were not for the fact I have been contemplating buying a truck for years and finally having the ability to do so, I wouldn't be walking away from this one. Really the part that burns me out is dealing with "corporate". You have to be able to adapt. I have always been able to but I am at a point now I am choosing not to. There is always someone at the big office 500 miles away that thinks you should do things different at your particular opco or all of the opco's for that matter but it has been years since they actually done your job or the job of anyone else at the local level for that matter. And yes both companies I was with were large corporations with facilities across the us.

    So it all depends on the actual gig if it is worth it or not.
     
  10. 8thnote

    8thnote Road Train Member

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    You would not believe the levels of laziness, arrogance, entitlement, and outright stupidity that I deal with from drivers on a daily basis. Some of the things I deal with makes me wonder how these people have made it thru life thus far, let alone drive a truck. I have about 5-6 drivers, out of our fleet of 28-30 trucks, that I can depend on to consistently get the job done. The rest require varying degrees of hand-holding. Company or o/o, doesn't matter.
     
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  11. Longarm

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    Yes we would.
     
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