FedEx Freight

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  1. FreightHolla

    FreightHolla Bobtail Member

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    I joined the middle lane chain gang two years ago , we Fedex Freight drivers are LTL drivers , pulling mostly twins and triples with day cabs .

    At Freight nothing is free but you do get paid for all you do , to hook a set , drop a set , meet a driver and fuel , detention is at minute one due to road hazard , inclement conditions, etc . Detention for waiting for a meet driver starts after my half hour break . This is paid at 36 dollars an hour , and dispatch trusts you to tell them when to start and stop detention. The thing about freight is they trust your word until you prove otherwise.

    Pay is .79 cents a mile for singles and doubles , .84 cents a mile for triples , with task pay included ( fuel , hook , drop etc ) , pay averages .90 cents a mile . I am on a 610 mile round trip bid per night that pays 2650 dollars for 3050 miles a week , or .88 cents a mile .

    The work week at Freight is Monday thru Friday or Sunday thru Thursday, weekends off , extra runs can be available on the weekends but it cannot be forced , as are layovers , which are optimal if offered . The work IS a grind , you will hook and break and stow 4-6 trailers a night , push gears , etc .

    The mottos at freight are simple , I dig that . Don’t get hurt and don’t crash the truck is our safety motto . The work environment is positive, the bosses all have an open door policy and at freight we take care of each other , it really is a work fam . The work environment is patriotic and pro military , with walls honoring veteran drivers , the Taco Truck arrives sone Tuesdays and is at the yard all you can eat from 10 am to 10 pm . Sometimes a Hawaiian Luau is catered , sometimes steak dinners .

    The highest paying bid out of my barn is a 656 mile round trip , five days a week with triples , this run pays 165k a year . All of the runs out of my barn are great , easy to get to , even the short runs pay well , for instance , 360 miles a round trip , a 7 hour day will earn you 85k a year .

    So yea . I plan on retiring from Freight , as a driver or in another position. It’s not for everyone but as far as LTLS go , Freight is up there with Brown , OD, SAIA etc .
     
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  3. FLHT

    FLHT Road Train Member

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    Tell us about your retirement options and health care costs ..
     
  4. FreightHolla

    FreightHolla Bobtail Member

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    The insurance is Blue Cross , this rate is for a family plan , 401k is matched and is the Vanguard fund
     

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  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    FedEx does a lot of weird ####, too much for my comfort, but if you’re happy there then God bless.
     
  6. Hawkeye72

    Hawkeye72 Light Load Member

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    If I'm not mistaken 401k is 8% match. They ended the pension plan a few years ago. Drivers chose to stay in pension or move to higher match 401k.

    Curious what barn you run out of?
     
  7. FreightHolla

    FreightHolla Bobtail Member

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    North Salt Lake , the 401K performs really well , I didn’t know about a previous pension .
     
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  8. FreightHolla

    FreightHolla Bobtail Member

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    True ! lol . FedEx is very compartmented, departments don’t communicate well with each other and the buck is passed around quite a bit , that part can be frustrating. A good weird thing that happened to me when I was in the middle of a bid and ran out of hours ( my mistake in calculating my hours ) is I contacted central dispatch and they in turn contacted the load planner for a solution , I offered to reset for 34 hours on a Friday but the planner told me he wouldn’t have me set on the road away from home for my reset , told me to start my clock and then sent me a tow truck , and I was paid 36 dollars an hour , for the hook to take me and my set back to the house .
     
  9. Hawkeye72

    Hawkeye72 Light Load Member

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    Two years and a long bid run is pretty impressive. I've been a road driver out of DSM for 5 years and currently lower on extra board than when I started. Going to a bid run next bid, it's been pretty slow here.
     
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  10. FreightHolla

    FreightHolla Bobtail Member

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    They combined all of Wyoming and Idaho into NSL and hired 50 drivers when I signed on and we still have drivers furloughing in , I was on the Rawlins bid I’m on now in the first two months I signed on . They have a s ton of freight , none of the senior guys want Wyoming in the winter for reasons . The AM and PM bids to Rawlins are thirty trailers a day , thirty to Wamsutter
     
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  11. The one california kid

    The one california kid Light Load Member

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    I gotta tip my hat to one of your drivers that was pulling triples one day. I was parked in the lot of a mall and he was leaving the lot, and the third trailer started leaning into the ditch when he turned right out of the driveway! Thought for sure he was gonna lose it, but he did right, and gassed on it and brought it back upright. Wished I would've been recording that day!
     
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