Empire Express out of Memphis, TN.

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  1. Saturday

    Saturday Medium Load Member

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    I have seen a few questions asked on the forum about this company, so I thought I would give a run down of my experiences here.

    http://www.empireexpress.com

    First off this is the only company I've ever seen where a rookie fresh out of school can be making .43cpm after just 6 months experience, which does not include your bonus. They offer a .07cpm bonus for 6 six months based upon your previous 6 months performance, averaging 6.5mpg, delivering on time, miles ran, no accidents or incidents. Each category has a maximum of points you can get, which all add up to a grand total. Based on that total you'll either get no bonus, a .03cpm bonus or the full .07cpm. It's not hard to get the full bonus. You get .01cpm extra after a year with the company, .02cpm after 3 years, .03cpm after 5, and .04cpm after 10.

    Empire has around 200 trucks. Peterbilt model 384s, 589s, KW T660s, and Frieghtliner Columbias they bought as gliders. We mostly run east and Midwest and down south. I average 2500 miles a week. My pay is high enough to where even a lazy week pays well. If I feel like burning the candle at both ends I can push over 3k if I wanted to. They have the freight to keep me moving.

    Because it is a small company they do have that small company atmosphere and I'm not treated like a number, but instead like a person.

    Orientation is three days long. You spend 6 weeks out with a company trainer if coming in with little to no experience. They have tution reimbursement.

    You get a weeks paid vacation after a year with the company. You get 401k with company matching and the health insurance isn't that bad. This is a dry van company and they prefer you have your hazmat endorsement. They will reimburse you for the background check fees. TWIC card is not needed.
    Maintenance is pretty good on our trucks. Things get fixed and tractors and trailers are inspected by maintenance each time we roll through the Memphis terminal. Our CSA scores aren't that bad, but every carrier that hires rookies is bound to take a ding on CSA scores.

    The Cons:

    They are testing out outside and inside facing cameras on a few trucks in the fleet. I don't know if that will become a fleet wide thing or not.

    No power inverters are allowed to be hooked directly to the batteries.

    No APUs just bunk heaters.

    Forced dispatch - meaning no refusing loads unless you have good reason.

    That is about all I can think of right now. Check their website for hiring areas, pay, ect.
     
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  3. Saturday

    Saturday Medium Load Member

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    Also they like to give slow loads over the weekend so you can refresh your 70. If your recaps are good just let your dispatcher know and they'll run you till the wheels fall off.
     
  4. satmantoo

    satmantoo Light Load Member

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    I've read both of your posts and having driven for them over six years find myself qualified to make a couple corrections to your story.
    They are putting power inverters in all their new trucks and the newer trucks are getting APU's. Tim told me that he is going to put the cameras in all the trucks as soon as he decides which model to use.
    The company in my opinion was one of the best of the best prior to their new COO coming on board. Now he is turning it into just another run of the mill company although they really do pay well, better than most.
     
  5. Apayne

    Apayne Bobtail Member

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    Update on empire o/o
     
  6. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

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    Woulda considered them, but driver facing cameras are an absolute, line-in-the-sand deal breaker.
     
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  7. Apayne

    Apayne Bobtail Member

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    Any comparable companies to o/o with in 200 mi radius
     
  8. antoinefinch

    antoinefinch Light Load Member

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    hey would like to get on with them if i can get a pete with apu and inverter i have 1 yr+ OTR hazmat,tanker/doubles-triples and a near perfect driving record got a ticket in Ind 7 miles over in Sep 2016 only thing i have, but I live in Alabama(georgia line)(phenix city,al/columbus,ga) if i could get a truck equipped LIKE THAT i would stay out a month at a time if they allow it with only 2-3 days home SIGN ME UP. And cameras Swift has had them for the last year!I don't even notice it anymore
     
  9. Scooda954

    Scooda954 Bobtail Member

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    Wow cameras suck no thanks
     
  10. Milechaser

    Milechaser Light Load Member

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    Any info on how they pay their trainers? And what are the requirements to be a trainer with this company?
     
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