is it worth the switch?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Despawned, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Despawned

    Despawned Bobtail Member

    Jun 5, 2019
    So I applied for another trucking job, with one of the best smaller companies around my area and got the job and they've offered me $21.50/hr at 50 hours a week overtime starting at 40 obviously but the current company I'm at I signed a 1 year contract with them and if I break it I owe them $2,700 so I was curious if you guys think its worth it to take the hit and go with the company or stick it out for 4 more months? I don't know when or even if this company will be hiring in the near future. I currently am running teams and make about $1200/week and the new job I would be home daily.
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  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Go for it. U will be able to pay that contract off in no time. Not to mention less stress being away from team driving and a mega. Congrats on the new gig
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  3. Coffey

    Coffey Light Load Member

    May 14, 2019
    Have you saved any money while teaming
  4. Coffey

    Coffey Light Load Member

    May 14, 2019
    If so just pay it off and forget it
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  5. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Forget the overtime. Hourly trucking companies do
    Everything in their power to avoid paying it.
    If you get it,great, but don't count on it.

    Now, can you live off of the 860'a week gross,
    Before taxes with your 40 hours a week.
    This is not some once in a lifetime job.
    They'll be hiring again a month now. Trust me.

    We've already been screwed with these fake
    Dream jobs so you don't have to go thru it.
    My advice, stay where your at and finish the
    Last 4 months of your contract.

    You heard it here first!
    Your going to take at least a 3 to 4 hundred dollar
    Paycut everyweek if you take the job.
    And you'd have to pay back the 2700 on top
    Of that.
    You made it this far, don't screw it all up now.
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Depends on how much you want to be home. If you don't mind the OTR team driving I'd say stay and finish the contract.
    If you hate it and want to be home with family take the hit and go for the local job.
    I also don't agree with Western Flyer about no overtime. Around here they prefer to pay overtime than hire a new driver. When they hire a new driver, it's because even with everyone getting all the ot they want, they still have coverage issues.
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  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    It seems a simple math problem.
    Will you make more than you will owe in that time period if you break the contract to go with the new company?
    An extra $650 per month should do it - IF you could be sure you would make that much more.
    And that much would have to be deducted from your earnings to pay the debt.

    The grass on the other side is not always greener.
    Promises made are not always promises kept.
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  8. Despawned

    Despawned Bobtail Member

    Jun 5, 2019

    I don't mind OTR what just makes me mad with this company is I'd like to be home on friday around 1-3pm and they want us staying out til like 8-9pm and sometimes we sit for like 15+ hours/week while they find us a load which cuts into our miles and our paychecks and we don't start making detention pay until after 2 hours and even after that its only $7.50 / hr for me. The company that is hiring my dad has worked at for 25+ years and I know for a fact it's a good company I'm just nervous leaving my current partner (brother inlaw) in the wind and having to pay back the $2700 even though I have saved the money.
  9. Despawned

    Despawned Bobtail Member

    Jun 5, 2019
    IMO it's more then a simple math problem cause its OTR vs local. No I won't make more or less money in that time period but I will also be away from my family more. I love running the road but like I stated above in the response its annoying when on friday they want us(me and my partner) out til like 8-9pm after we've already been out all week and I don't think we've went a week without sitting for atleast 5+ hours waiting for them to get us a load yet they've got advertisements out for more team driving positions.
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  10. Doealex

    Doealex Light Load Member

    Feb 21, 2018
    A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

    I would stick with a family till the contract is up. But that’s just me. Hourly companies will avoid paying overtime as much as they can, in my experience. Usually, managers’ bonuses reversely proportionate to employee overtime.
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