Experience at Wal-Mart DC in Bentonville, AR?

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  1. ConsciousTrucker

    ConsciousTrucker Bobtail Member

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    I've read the obvious available resources online about working for Wal-Mart, pros and cons. Today I talked with a Walmart driver from Michigan who told me the online chatter about trucks being mic'd is nonsense and they've done away with driver-facing cameras. I don't know how much of the variation in online driver reviews -- some stellar, and some terrible -- might be specific to regional DC's? Much of the online information seems outdated, too.

    So would anyone with recent experience driving at the Bentonville, AR Wal-Mart DC be willing to share your insights? I have these questions currently:

    1. Are drivers allowed to answer phone conversations with a hands-free headset? What about tapping "play" and "pause" with a single finger to a mounted phone for audiobooks or music while driving?
    2. Are drivers allowed to go any speed up to the speed limit? What are the consequences of going 70 mph in a 70 or 75 mph zone?
    3. Are trucks slip-seat or assigned?
    4. If you live near Lincoln and want to get home daily for your 10-hour reset, is that feasible? If so, do you still get paid the $42 reset pay?
    5. Is there any possibility of bringing a truck-experienced, non-destructive, well-behaved dog along?
    6. What don't you love about working here?
    7. What do you love about working here?

    I'm currently with an awesome company that treats us like responsible grown-ups capable of making sound decisions about phone conversations and listening to audiobooks while driving; allows my dog along; and is generally hands-off about how my job gets done, as long as my performance remains excellent. I'm reluctant to leave such a comfortable, wonderful place -- but I need to move back to AR and have home time at least weekly, and preferably daily, instead of living full-time on the road like I've been doing the past couple years. This September will mark 30 months OTR. What else do you think someone considering this decision might like to know?

    Thank you!:)
     
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  3. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Walmart is so anal. The drivers can’t make decisions. You need to be decisive to drive a truck. Otherwise is unsafe. They’re not allowed.
    Examples..,
    I had just pulled forward from trailer. Doing paperwork, logs. Driver walked up. Asked me if I could move. He’s not allowed to back into the trailer next to me with me there.
    I just made it into the DC in a snowstorm. A driver came up to me. We talked with him tucked inside my door in a snowstorm. Said he just barely made it in. Saw I did the same. Has a load there to head out. Should he take it? Or wait.
    I had WAllyworld ask me to work for them. No thank you.
     
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  5. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    You don't ever have to worry about a 75mph speeding ticket Lol. .......unless downhill and heavy
     
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  6. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    (1.) you are allowed 60 minutes of talk time on the driveline. no call can be over 10 minutes long. (2.) trucks are set at 65mph. (3.) yes you slip seat trucks. im a sunday out. so sometimes they use my truck for my 2 days off. (4.) you have to call and ask a manager about going home on your 10 hour break. theres no taking the truck home. if you claim the $42 and your not in the truck. then thats stealing and your gone. (5.) this isnt a trucking company. no cats and dogs. (6.) the time limit on the phone calls. (7.) the respect from shippers and vendors. walmart lets you be the true captain of the ship. its been the best thing for me.
     
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  7. diesel guy454

    diesel guy454 Light Load Member

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    You won't get home daily. They don’t allow pets and you slip seat until you get on a program. You can talk on your phone using a headset. If you do the job the way you are supposed to you are left alone.
     
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  8. slow.rider

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    What's the deal on the dress code?
     
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    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    uniforms. shirt and shorts or pants.
     
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    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    phone policy still with head set
     
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  11. diesel guy454

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    You wear the uniforms they provide.
     
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