Heading to Covenant Orientation in Chattanooga, TN on the 27th of April. Any advice?

Discussion in 'Covenant' started by AmericanPatriot, Apr 18, 2015.

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    Good Company for beginners but not good for longevity?

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    Great place to work and they keep their word.

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    Suggest looking elsewhere for a different company to start at.

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  1. FatDaddy

    FatDaddy Road Train Member

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    There are worse companies out there....of course there are better companies as well...I'm sure you'll find both positive and negative but from what I understand you will run and that's the point of this profession. I'm not big on the teaming...as I have heard some horror stories from ex drivers about that aspect of it.
     
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  3. orangepicker

    orangepicker Road Train Member

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  4. Night Train Logistics

    Night Train Logistics Bobtail Member

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    You are welcome sir.
    I thought of one more piece of advice for you.
    In my opinion running out west makes more money and is so much easier than doing the north east.
    1. Less traffic
    2. Better roads
    3. Weigh Stations are easier to deal with except New mexico, Arizona, and California,
    Have your ducks in a row when you go thru there, They are strict and they check a lot.
    4.And it seems you can all ways find a good place to park even late at night with a little bit of planning.
     
  5. orangepicker

    orangepicker Road Train Member

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    At one point the turn over was so high they had to buy the motel...if you need or want health insurance good luck....this was the point i walk out of orientation they were trying to sell me a supplemental insurance policy at $54 a week claiming at was because of Obama care..liars
     
  6. AmericanPatriot

    AmericanPatriot Bobtail Member

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    Thank you Night Train, I'd like to run teams for a little while as they require you to run teams for 90 days after the training is over with. I'd really like to go solo OTR for a while once I'm done training to get some experience and miles under my belt so I have broader options. I've already got my HAZMAT endorsement as well as tanker and doubles/triples so I know I will have options with some miles. Ive done the process for my TWIC card but I'd like to see if they will cover the cost so I just did all the paperwork and pre registration for it. One thing that also draws me there is I get paid extra for having my Hazmat endorsement even if I'm not hauling any hazardous materials. Not to mention there tuition reimbursement program, school was a pretty penny.
     
  7. Night Train Logistics

    Night Train Logistics Bobtail Member

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    .You are welcome Sir.
    I thought of one more piece of advice.
    In my opinion running out west makes more money and is a lot easier than doing the north east..
    1. Less traffic
    2.Better roads
    3.Weigh Stations are a lot easier to deal with except New Mexico, Arizona and California.
    have your ducks in a row while going thru there ,, they are strict and they check a lot so get familer with what they want to see and be able to do it quickly and professionally.
    4 Seems you can all ways find a good place to park even late at night with a little planning.
     
  8. Night Train Logistics

    Night Train Logistics Bobtail Member

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    Wow those are all great things you are talking about ,
    I have TWIC but not hazmat.
    I see them in a lot of ports I go to also,, and would probably see them even more if they had TWIC card drivers like you are planning to be.
    I can see you do have your ducks in a row and I think you are going to do very well.
    And I am thinking this company and any other company you apply to will be very proud to have you on there team.
    Yea I can understand team driving for a while till you get comfortable on your on.
    ask lots a questions and learn all you can from positive people out there and you will be making lots of money soon you will be proud of...
    It is very nice to see some one really trying like your self to be a true Professional Driver..
     
  9. Night Train Logistics

    Night Train Logistics Bobtail Member

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    And yes I am almost positive they will cover the cost of the TWIC and be happy to do it
    I am thinking dispatchers will be fighting over you.
    cause you will be able to do so many different things... without a good drivers like you they make nothing. but min wage..
    Dispatcher=Salesman=commission
     
  10. AmericanPatriot

    AmericanPatriot Bobtail Member

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    Well thank you for the positive feedback. I've really tried to do everything I can before I go, alot of people said don't pay for the HAZMAT myself but they will reimburse me and I'd rather have it so I don't have to fight reopening everything just for that one endorsement and then when it comes time to renew I can either keep or drop it. I'd rather have everything I possibly can so that way I'm as qualified as possible so I truly do have options. Like I've said before, I'm very excited and ready to start. I've learned that trucking isn't a job or career but a lifestyle, one that very much attracts my attention. I enjoy talking and meeting new people as yourself as well as traveling so hopefully all goes well. If you don't mind me asking, what company do you work for?
     
  11. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Time will tell.I hope you come back and make a thread about the fabulous exp you're having with Covenant.
     
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