First Fleet

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  1. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Heavy Load Member

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    Anyone know much about this company it appears they have lots of dedicated routes and new equipment
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I worked there a long time ago. My horrible experience may not be relevant today.
    All the terminals were highly politized at that time. One company I worked for closed the doors and about 22 of us, or more, were recruited by First Fleet.
    Within about 3 or 4 months only one of us was left. We quit! If the drivers didn't kiss up to the people in the office, they were pretty much SOL.
    I did long runs; Tennessee to California and in between. Had to go to the Arizona terminal a lot and it was as screwed up and the rest of them.
    Just one example, and this was not uncommon; took a loaded trailer to the Arizona Terminal and told the guy in the office, "I'm supposed to drop this loaded trailer and get an empty to take to Los Angeles." The guy went into a rage and accused me of being lazy and trying to dump my work on his drivers. I said, No, that's what I was told to do. He screamed , B## S### and told me to get moving. ;I did the several stops and at each stop the store managers were PO'd about getting the delivery so early; weren't supposed to get that candy for another 3 or 4 weeks. The last stop, the store wasn't even built yet, so no where to take it. Ended up going back to Arizona to the First Fleet terminal and was told I really screwed up and should have dropped the loaded trailer there and not made the delivery. The clown in the office denied telling me to make the deliveries, which of course was his way of covering for himself.
    Anyway, all the terminals were run the same way, all over the USA. When I got back to Tennessee, I quit.
     
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  4. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I currently work for FF. IMHO, its a good little company. The company is fine.... its the local managers & supervisors here that are weak.

    FF mostly runs strictly contracts. They are not a general freight carrier meaning, they don't just pick up loads here & there. All of their divisions are from a dedicated carrier in a specific location out to various locations.
    They have yard jockey, city, local, regional & OTR positions.
    They normally keep 3 year old or less International, Peterbilt & Volvo trucks. I have recently heard (dont know for sure) they are getting away from International & going specifically with Pete's & Volvo's.
    Good benefits including 401K, medical etc.
    I run what they call a "Local" route which is a short regional to me. Its generally speaking, 4 states.

    I like the company, but the site manager is a bimbo with barely over a year experience, is lazy & has no idea how to dispatch. She just hired a new, no experience, supervisor & is trying to teach him to dispatch so he has no clue. While its not his fault, its a mess.
    They do not have camera's in trucks
    Trucks are governed at different speeds depending on what they do & where the contract. Usually 65 - 70 depending.
    They do a lot of drop & hook.
    I'll try to answer any questions you have.
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Be patient and when qualified, get a tanker job.
     
  6. Zoltan1a

    Zoltan1a Heavy Load Member

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    Or drive an ice cream truck
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I've hauled ice cream sometimes. For some reason there were always some damages of my favorite kinds. Hated to throw it in the dumpster, so I ate it.
     
  8. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I have a question ( raises hand ).

    How did the unqualified bimbo land the terminal manager position?
     
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  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    "She turned around and gave that big booty a slap, next thing you kno', she hit the flo', shorty got low low low low low low low"
     
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  10. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Affirmative action hire, not enough college grads had jobs?

    "English major? Its a mighty official looking piece of paper, Close enough, go manage logistics"
     
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  11. Northern Nomad

    Northern Nomad Light Load Member

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    It probably depends on your terminal, if it’s good or bad. However, I always, ALWAYS see ads that they are looking for drivers, and to me, that is a huge red flag.
     
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