Experienced driver considering JB Hunt Intermodal

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by Thrasher28, May 12, 2022.

  1. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Bobtail Member

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    Hello, 2 years local experience, 1.5 years OTR for my background. Was offered a position from JB for out 5 days, 2 full days home each week. Position is doing intermodal based out of Chicago, but said they can get me home to KY a couple days a week. Was quoted 64cpm along with the additional pay with an average of 1600/wk + sign on bonus. Average yearly income of 83,000-87,000 according to recruiter. I didn’t ever see myself considering working for a mega, but if these numbers are accurate, it’s not off the table. Main reason I looked into JB Hunt is because I’m looking to relocate when my lease is up in 6 months and I know JB would have accounts anywhere.

    My questions are: Is this average actually accurate? Just based on the cost of living where I’m at and the only regional jobs paying higher around here being home for a 34 only, I was curious if accurate, because that’s doable for me. Home daily jobs where I live are paying 60-75k besides night shift linehaul LTL. If it’s only actually going to be 12-1350 a week, then I’m better off taking a simple drop and hook home daily run.

    Other question is if any experienced drivers went to JB or mega carrier for intermodal, how was the transition? I know it’s not a small company environment and probably stricter, but how is it? I’m the type that just wants load info, and some faith from a dispatcher. I don’t want my phone ringing because I stopped for 12 minutes to use a bathroom, but I know they’ll manage pretty closely early on.
     
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  3. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Medium Load Member

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    A dedicated company I worked for lost their contract with a large retailer. JB Hunt took over the contract. I liked working for the retailer so a couple of years later when I was looking for a job I asked JB Hunt if they had any vacancies. Nope - but since I've got you on the phone....

    All their opportunities were touch freight and ~$500/week less than comparable jobs in the area (PNW). When I informed their rep she chimped out and said, "Well, why don't you go work for them?". My dedicated position was DC to DC, no touch freight for just under $2k/wk. JB Hunt offered me store deliveries for a different retailer behind strip malls in a 53' trailer with a liftgate for $1,200/wk! I will say they don't have the OnlyFans option (driver facing cameras). Between the low-balling and the melty I'll never work for them.
     
  4. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Bobtail Member

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    That’s pretty much how it’s been every time I see a JB, Schneider, or other mega carrier account posted ads for drivers. Always laughably underpaying, but then I occasionally see a decent paying account by the same carriers and never knew if they were actually paying decent or if it’s just a vacancy they need filled and started stretching numbers on ads to cover it.
     
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