Yeah I agree with everything said here too...I have only been with GTI a short time but have nothing bad to really say at all..they have little issues but doesn't every co.? In the southwest they seem to keep us busy. I have just completed my training period and am really looking forward to getting on my own....good luck to everyone trying to come aboard....
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i'm a driver 25yrs experience no tickets no accidents 12yrs + excellent record so finding someone to hire is not a problem, finding a place that lives up to promises PROBLEM!! checked out gordon trucking pretty good they said all the right things during the hiring process.
went to green bay for orientation usual stuff
was hired as company driver driving a gordon truck
at gordon if you want your gordon owned truck washed the driver must pay for it 19.00$ more or less told them there truck would turn to dust before i paid them to wash it. yes thats $19.00 even if washed at gordon terminal
trucks set at 63 (below most standards)
1st dispatch was a 77 mile haul that could not deliver for 7hrs later
2nd was a 525mile to mpls (not bad)
3rd was dispatched at 8am on a load that was 150miles could not deliver untill 8am next day
you see were this is going lol
if you run midwest were they have frieght miles will be low short haul runs if you get outside the midwest they use brokers and seem to take anything and everything with no regard for driver
was send to oklahoma drop and hook at walmart dc deadhead to kcmo to get broker load kcmo to columbia sc sounds great ? ya think? load not ready ended up being 2 pickps which was never told took 9 hrs to load got 2 hrs detention took to columbia set all day to find another broker load (no pay) got load to lexington ky delivered set alday looking for broker load. truck due for service the day they put me on it was asked to take deadhead to indy then load to chicago reminded dm about service "oh yeah you cant take that load service was in indy. ended up dh to indy for no pay 10 days out 2900 miles we parted ways
equipment very substandard truck i got had no door seal on bunk door you could see daylite around entire door
so what im saying is this promises are just words till they back them up gordon seems to be all words beware
I seeking for information about Gordon, so here is the drama:
We are a team from Colorado and looking to make good runs (over 500 miles), good weekly miles (wich in our concept is over 5k miles/w) and we dont like much to go to Canada.
How is Gordon for teams out of Colorado?
How the trucks are, i heard that are all freight's, do they have APUs?
Is any dedicated runs towards colorado area that take teams?
How is reefer div. too much dock time?
How many miles Shoud i expect to do ?
im new to driving truck otr,ive drivin localy for three years in wisconsin.and i filled out the app. online,and within a week they called and said i was approved.no questions asked!mind you i have never been otr but for one week!they say i will go to greenbay for three days and then im on my own.why would they not want me with atrainer?then i read bigblues post ,and it makes total sence now!so what happens if i bang up the truck? do i lose my job?do i lose my class A? oh ya,!buy the way,nobody can answer the question of per deum,do we get it or not? i have 4 kids and a wife<lost my job due to no work and this is all i have left.can anybody seriously help me understand the trucker way of life!? i never realized how much bull you men go through just to put food on the table!its rough out there,and i need some good advice,please!
@bbrau: Oh, my, where to start...?
OK, first, if by per diem you mean periodic payroll advances, the answer is no. They will advance you money for tolls, purchases needed for the equipment, stuff like that. I have heard that they willl *occasionally* advance cash if something happens and you have none to live on, but I do not know that first-hand.
Second, don't mess up during the first 90 days or so. Gordon, like most companies, has a probationary period and will use it if necessary. I've made screw-ups that I full expected to get canned for working for them, but they settled for an ###-chewing and a warning letter. Fair enough, I thought.
Third, ask your recruiter for a trainer if you feel unsure about your skills. Most of them are decent folks that want to help. They may send you out with one for an abbreviated time, but realize that you will only be paid a training wage ($70 a day, I think...) Worth it if you feel you need the help.
Now for the advice:
If you are one that needs to be home 2 days every 2 weeks, expect short miles. They will keep you close to home as to get you home when you ask to be there.
If you can stay out 3 to 4 weeks at a time, you will get longer runs and make better money. (I have over 30 years experience total. I run solo in the Temperature Control division and have been with them 2 years. I go home when I can't take it anymore... I ran 135,000 the first year and am over 155,000 miles this year. I don't care where they send me and don't complain about the runs I get.) I will say I have worked for worse companies... The miles are there if you want them.
If you have a question, ASK!!! Every company has policies and ways of doing things, so you need to find those out.
Best of Luck!scottied67 Thanks this.
Per Diem for OTR drivers is not a payment that you get from the company you work for, instead, it is a deduction on your tax return based on how many days you were away from home. It is about $53.00 per day and will significantly reduce your taxable income. Some companies split your pay per mile, part regular income, part per diem. There is an entire thread on the subject, but, IMHO that method is a rip-off for the driver. You need to talk to midwest drivers at GTI to find out what's what where you live.
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