Good Knight or nightmare

Discussion in 'Knight' started by flash8515, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. flash8515

    flash8515 Bobtail Member

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    I am new to the industry and have been accepted into the Squire program.
    I have heard good things and bad things about Knight. I am at the mercy of these postings as I have no experience with any company. In this nasty economy I know I am fortunate to even have a trucking job but I have to start somewhere. Oh ya..here is my question. Is this a good company or am I going to be disappointed. Help me Trucking Yoda where ever you are.....you are my only hope!:UFO:
     

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  3. Kabar

    Kabar Road Train Member

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    The Squire program is a good program. It's a great place to start. After training you will work there for 6 mos. Then go to Knight Trans for 6 mos. Then if you want you can go to knight Refrigerated or stay at Knight trans. Yes some drivers have had problems with them but they are like any other company. No worse no better. You get what you put into it.
     
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  4. tracyq144

    tracyq144 Heavy Load Member

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    That's the key. Trucking, at it's best, is not an easy job. But if you are a certain type of person, it's probably about the best job out there.

    I've been doing it for almost 20 years, could not imagine doing anything else. Even with all the rules and regs, Company and government, there is still more freedom than anything else I have ever done.

    Good luck, and don't listen to all the negative things you will hear, as Kabar said, it's attitude that counts in the end.
     
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  5. flash8515

    flash8515 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you Kabar and tracyq144 for the Input. My main concern is switching companies over and over. This is a huge career change for me and would like to find some stability with a company. When I do something it is with 110% dedication. As with anything, what you put into something dictates what you will get out of it. I had my sights on Knight since I started trucking school and is the reason paid attention and graduated top of class. I heard they only take the best. That may sound a bit arrogant but as I said, this is a huge career change and who wants to start out miserable.

    Holy crap.. If I drive for 20 years I will be 117, I think....wheres my calculator.


    :biggrin_25511: How come when I put my 2 Cents in, it now will cost me 1 1/2 in tax...Yep..Change is comin!!
     
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  6. Worlock1422

    Worlock1422 Bobtail Member

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    Flash lol I gotta say your Sig is just great!
     
  7. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Like most companies, Knight has its good and bad points. If you happen to get a good dispatcher, you should be OK. I did not know they were taking "trainees" now. When I worked there, they would not consider anyone who did not have two years OTR experience.

    I did hear that they dropped that to six months a few years ago. I worked for them out of the Denver terminal, and had an awesome dispatcher. The problems came when I would be in areas he had no control over, particularly, I SAY PARTICULARLY the dweebs in the Las Vegas terminal.

    When I worked there, some of the problems were: having to fight to get your "extra" pay. They were continually behind on it, and seemed to be quite willing to just "forget" about it, if you did not stay on top of things. Another problem, that I understand has now been corrected, is having to search for empty trailers. I've been sent over fifty miles, (without pay) to pick up an empty trailer that somebody else had already picked up. Also back then, they had a 62 MPH governor on their trucks. Don't know if that is still the case or not.

    Again, this was several years ago, but trying to get their shop in Phoenix to do anything with the tractor, was a nightmare. OTOH, if you could get into the shop in Salt Lake City, they would bust their butts to get you back on the road again ASAP.

    But overall, as the big companies go, they really were not too bad to work for. They had decent late model tractors, and were working on upgrading their trailers. However a lot of their trailers were just plain junk.
     
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  8. flash8515

    flash8515 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Big Don.

    As with ANY company, as in ANY industry, you are bound to find something that doesn't sit well. It is all how you deal with it. As I said, this is a huge change for me so I hope to make the correct decision. Reading all of the posts about trucking companies is very interesting and have come to the conclusion that I would rather be a lifeguard in Hawaii. Anyways...Knight is basically the company that I chose even before I found this trucking forum and to be totally honest, no matter what negative or positive responses I receive, would not likely change my mind. I just wanted honest opinions from the experienced who have countless miles under their belts.
    I appreciate all replies and now I must prepare for my journey into the great unknown. I am ordering my assless trucker chaps with rhinestones and start memorizing the truckers lingo handbook 78' paraphrased version and downloading C.W McCall songs.

    KooooCoooo Good buddy.

    P.S...Is it still legal to drive with a monkey?
     

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  9. flash8515

    flash8515 Bobtail Member

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    Good Knight My Young Squire
    Well its official, I Think.. I will be attending the Squire Training program this coming Monday. I was supposed to be there this last Monday but as They only take 2 grads at a time, there were not enough trainers. My instructor let me know in advance and didn't give me a song and dance and leave me hanging. So, unless things change, I will be off on my new adventure.

    The reason for this information is I thought it would be interesting to post my dealings starting from an unsignifigant pond dwelling 4 wheeler to an aspiring Squire studying under the tutelege of an over the road war seasoned wizard who will mold me into daunting Red Knight that will conquer the evil trucking empire with a sharp blow to the head with a force unseen since Jean Luc Picard destroyed the Borg with...........

    Uhhh....oops. Got a bit carried away

    Anyway, I have found it interesting reading following students into their orientation and into the first month or so of driving and then never hear from again.

    I will find it even more interesting however as I input my experience from day one of orientation with my hope of actually being employed by a company I have been wanting to drive for since my first day of truck driving school.

    Will I still have the golden vision of Knight or will I fall under the disillusioned category as other new drivers have after a short time?

    Will I post useless rants about how unfair I am being treated because I expect trucking to be easy peasy and will have absolutely no labor or work involved?

    Will I turn down loads and and spend more time at home or taking scenic routes amusing myself with all the splendors of America's landscape and then blaming the company because I am starving and not making any money?

    Will I suck it up and realize that this probably will not be the easiest thing I have ever done but listen, learn and do the best I possibly can to earn a living at something I hope I will enjoy very much?

    Who knows....Good luck to me and carry on my wayward son..

    Have a great day all. See ya soon

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    If I were a mouse I would either be looking for cheese or pointing to things on your computer screen.
     
  10. ssbowles

    ssbowles Heavy Load Member

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    Not exactly. You go out with a trainer for 4-6 weeks, and then you drive Squire for 90 days. After that you go into a Knight dry van, possibly refer if there's an opening.
     
  11. Sad_Panda

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    Naw you still go on empty patrol. I've hooked onto loaded trailers that they kept telling me that I couldn't be hooked to that trailer, it was 1,000 miles away. The trailer tracking system doesn't work, but they have been getting some new trailers which are nice. I've talked to a couple of O/O who have bought ex Knight trailers, and some of the "junky" old ones are nicer than the one hooked to my truck, and for the price Knight sells them for, they should keep them. One guy told me he bought one for $2500 with plans on knocking the axles off to use as storage, but when he got it, it was in such good shape he pulls it.

    Just a couple of months ago I would have to say my number one complaint was local that you got sent over the qualcomm, trailer hunting was next, now it's getting to be more driver complaints about "new ways" to jam it into the drivers, busted fuel routing, and slip-seating OTR drivers.
     
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