Got on with a FedEx Contractor

Discussion in 'FedEx' started by X-Country, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. KingG239

    KingG239 Medium Load Member

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    Does anyone know how I can get on with Fedx or ups? If I have a box truck? And does it worth doing?
     
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  3. Hotplate

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    X-Country getting .41 cpm to pull doubles?!?!? I wouldn't do it. What about benefits, paid holidays, vacation/sick leave, 401k, etc? Probably not worth a tinker's ####.

    The problem with FedEx Ground is that you're working for the contractor, not FedEx. Too many hands in the cookie jar: FedEx gets their cut, the contractor gets paid, and then the driver. UPS parcel drivers doing the exact same job for $80-$100k, full bennies, and a UPS pension, to boot. No middleman there, they work directly for UPS.

    About 15 years ago, I worked for Roadway Package Systems which is what Ground is now. We were all making money hand over fist. Then FedEx bought out Caliber Systems of which RPS was a part of. FedEx got greedy so most of the RPS guys jumped ship even the founder of RPS Dan Sullivan. FedEx is a cheap, cut-rate outfit. Unless you work in the Freight or Express division I would steer clear of em'.
     
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  4. KingG239

    KingG239 Medium Load Member

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    OK thanks man. I was thinking about driving the straight trucks withe the tractor head but Idk if they make money
     
  5. Kalin72

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    I have offer from FedEx contractor for 0.60 cpm, split, team driving, Chicago-Dallas or Chicago Denver, after taxes $1150-1200 per week. I am new driver, and will drive for about 5-6 months starting next March to August or September.
     
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  6. dca

    dca Road Train Member

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    doubles or more require some practice.

    good luck
     
  7. Kalin72

    Kalin72 Light Load Member

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    I will gain the experience during the driving :) I drive very calm, no sudden moves, I am easy on the brake and gas pedal, have good driving experience from overseas.
    Thanks :)
     
  8. X-Country

    X-Country Medium Load Member

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    been there almost 7 months and not a single issue, accident, incident or mishap. :) driven I-80 in the snow and low visibility and gone over Eisenhower and Vail when it's nasty and chain law is in effect with my doubles now.


    It's been pretty crazy up North with the winter weather and the wind, but so far nothing I haven't been able to handle.

    Our dispatchers are pretty good people though, if it's been getting really bad, they send us over I-70 to Grand Junction instead. If both I-70 and I-80 are that bad...they just call us off for the day and tell us to stay home. That does hurt the paycheck a little bit, but I'm glad to have some competent dispatchers that err on the side of caution, as opposed to putting us into a situation where something like what happened last April on I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne can happen again. (YouTube it if you haven't seen it).


    look in your local craigslist section under transportation. All kinds of FedEx ads in there. You will work hard, but the money is good.

    nonsense. I have full benefits, paid holidays, paid vacation and 401K. and I'm at $0.42 cpm now with pneumatic chains on my truck. UPS would never give their drivers pneumatic chains to my knowledge.

    UPS does make more BUT you have to start at the bottom as a package handler first and work your way up. You can't just walk in the door and say oh here I am, you start at the bottom and work your way up. it's a seniority thing there. Plus I could never allow a company to dress me up like a walking turd in that clown suit they make their employee's wear.


    doubles requires common sense and slowing down in inclement weather such as snow, sleet and ice and high winds. if it gets too bad, know when to pull it over and shut it down. Aside from that, it takes a month or so of practice to adjust to pulling doubles. It's not that hard really.

    just take it easy, build confidence but don't get overconfident. Take your time and watch how your trailers and dolly react. You have to go much slower when the white stuff starts falling. If it sleets or starts that freezing rain nonsense, you need to pull it over right away and sit it out.

    If its windy out...gusts of 35-50 mph, you need to reduce speed to about 50 mph. anything over 50, I'd recommend sitting somewhere till the winds subside. I've driven in 55 mph crosswinds, and that ain't fun, but I was doing 35 mph and taking my sweet time and had to go US-30 from Walcott Junction back to Laramie because the winds were more powerful on I-80.

    Fact is, don't take unneccesary risks when pulling doubles. Doing so is the quickest way to the ditch or being on your side.

    Good thing is doubles are easier to stop with FedEX because they are never loaded to full weight capacity. Don't think I've ever carried more than 25,000 pounds of freight between 2 trailers since I started here and each trailer weighs 10 lbs. So 45,000 lbs + tractor (about 19,000 lbs) = 64,000 lbs is all I've ever managed to pull here so far even during our peak season last month.
     
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  9. Hotplate

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    Brother, those are sin wages for pulling doubles. You're pulling an extra box for less than what some truckload carriers pay to pull a 53'. Hell, the going rate for LTL drivers to pull doubles is .56-.65 cpm.
     
  10. Kalin72

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    I did not know the pay is associated with the length of the trailer :)
     
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  11. X-Country

    X-Country Medium Load Member

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    for my 2nd real gig and only a little over a year experience when I was hired on and coming from the dumpster fire that was Werner at $0.26 cpm...I am not gonna complain. Making more money in my life right now than I ever have before. I'm just thankful to have a job considering my rough start at Werner. But looks like I have found my niche.

    In 2017 I can explore the possibility of getting a better paying gig.
     
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