Going Over the Road with Knight

Discussion in 'Knight' started by Misesian, May 23, 2014.

  1. Misesian

    Misesian Road Train Member

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    I plan on going over the road in late August with Knight and starting out in their squire program. I have 7.5 years experience in trucking as night and weekend dispatch, driver manager, and load planner but this will be my jump into driving. Knight is one of those companies that gets a bad rap but they have most of what I want from a company; pet policy, a training program, pay during training, a decent bonus structure (up to .05CPM), and decent pay. They have a sliding scale 500+ .35, 300-500 .38, 200-300 .41, <200 .44. Pay could be higher but that is the story at most places. With them I will average .37 CPM base and will work my tail off for the bonuses to avg. at least .40 CPM. I look forward to posting my experiences with Knight on here and in the meantime if any of you guys and gals have questions for someone "on the inside" feel free to ask.
     
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  2. 8thnote

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    I will be interested to hear your impressions of being a driver since you have so much experience "behind the curtain". We, as drivers, are often confounded and amazed by the things that dispatch comes up with. And the whole thought process, or lack there of, is a total mystery to us company drivers out on the road. I guess it's pretty common for drivers to make the transition to operations, but not vice-versa. Good luck to you on your new endeavor, and keep us posted.
     
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  3. Misesian

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    I hear you. Working in dispatch or in load planning gets interesting. It seems every time you get a plan together one of those factors falls through and you are back to square one. I don't dislike what I do but I am far from a people person and I am tired of politics and bosses that think they have something to prove. I just want to do me for awhile if that makes any sense.
     
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    Yep, it makes sense. The solitude of driving OTR is something I cherish. Absolutely no politicking involved.
     
  5. scythe08

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    I look forward to your updates! This is going to be really interesting getting your opinion from the steering, with your experience on the other side of the fence and also getting info on Knight Refrigerated. There isn't very much recent info on that side of Knight
     
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  6. ChefBrianN

    ChefBrianN Light Load Member

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    I'd be interested in hearing about them as well.
     
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    Good luck to you.
     
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    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

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    Looking forward to it....
     
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  9. STexan

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    You'll still be dealing with the "politics" as a driver at a large company with eLogs, during peak periods. You'll be swapping loads for a host of reasons you know nothing about ( you will rarely be told all of the back story regarding the swap) other then you will most always be coming out on the short end of the stick (will end up with more wait time and/or fewer miles for the week, because either ...

    1- somebody dropped the ball in the office
    2- a lazy, unproductive driver can't get it done and/or dropped the ball ("over-slept")
    3- a driver with seniority didn't like the load or a part of the load (you will find out what later)
    4- a driver wants to get home to go to attend his friend of a frind's bachelor party
    5- or a driver simply did not have sufficient hours to prosecute the load to it's final destination

    Point is you'll be dealing with the other side of the politics
     
  10. Surfer Joe

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    You're gonna work your tail off all right.
    All for a whopping $600.00-$750.00 a week. You might make $35,000 - $38,000 a year. Maybe. All this for up to 100 hours a week.
    Crummy job; pays peanuts.
    And if you want any benefits, you will pay for them out of this salary (BTW, very expensive and kinda lousy).
    Don't do it.
    But if you do, by all means, keep us posted.
     
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