Is This Job Offer Reasonable?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Nicholasaaron, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. Nicholasaaron

    Nicholasaaron Bobtail Member

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    I’m currently looking for a new company. I received an offer from someone who I believe to be the owner of a very small fleet (33 trucks) and I wanted to ask your opinion on his offer as I’m still new (1.5 years) and am not sure what a reasonable offer is especially in the Oversized aspect of the industry, which I have no experience at all. I’ll just bullet what I’ve learned from talking to him so far.

    Oversized loads hauling mod boxes for apartments - weekly hometime and home all major holidays and Christmas bonus - 1500-1800 a week - some equipment has fridges and inverters, some don’t - no benefits - dedicated to VBC, Champion, Ritz, Excel.

    This is what Iver learned so far. Does this sound like a reasonable offer or am I being played? Like I said, I have no experience with oversized loads so getting my foot into this aspect of the industry would be interesting. And are there any other questions I should be asking? I appreciate anyones advice.
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Sounds like a 1099 job with the lack of benefits. If so you need to not walk, but run away.
    The very vast majority of 1099 companies are running illegal on how they pay. If they advertise to you they don't care about the law, why expect them to follow the law for other matters. Stuff like HOS, maintenance, or even pay.
     
  4. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    That kind of pay and home weekly?
    Sounds dubious.

    Some trucks have the perks and some don't?
    Sounds dubious.

    No benefits.
    Dubious.

    ZVar is right.
    Run away.
     
  5. Nicholasaaron

    Nicholasaaron Bobtail Member

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    he didn’t say anything about 1099 but again I didn’t ask. I did however check their inspection history by their DOT# and saw they had a 50% out of service record. I don’t know if oversized loads are more likely to be put oos but that struck a chord for sure. I do think I’m going to walk on this and keep looking.
     
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  6. Nicholasaaron

    Nicholasaaron Bobtail Member

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    The benefits were an immediate flag for me, I’m not paying for private health if I can help it. As far as the trucks, like I said he’s a very small company so he probably buys them when he sees a deal but that’s also a red flag and after checking their inspection history and seeing 50% out of service rating, I can’t help but imaging the mechanical condition those trucks may be in.
     
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  7. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    50% out of service...with oversized. My instincts tell me that some of those aren’t mechanical but come from bootlegging OSOW and violating the terms of the permits and provisions. Those are 4 to 5 digit fines to the driver. Where is this business located at? I’d wager that @Superhauler knows them and could give you better detail.
     
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    My company insurance costs just as much as private. And just as worthless. So far.
     
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  9. Long FLD

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    How many inspections have they had? If they’ve had 2 and failed 1 that’s a 50% OOS rate. With that few trucks they may not be getting inspected that often.

    And the difference in equipment isn’t a red flag on the surface. He’s a small company, probably buys a truck or two at a time, may even just buy what’s on the lot when he needs one.

    The health insurance is your call. He’s small enough he isn’t required to provide it.

    But if it’s 1099 instead of W-2 I wouldn’t even think about it.
     
  10. Nicholasaaron

    Nicholasaaron Bobtail Member

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    150 inspections. I’m not sure yet on the 1099 but I’ve already decided I think I’ll pass on the offer.
     
  11. Nicholasaaron

    Nicholasaaron Bobtail Member

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    I don’t know much about oversized like I said, I assumed they were all mechanical but still something I don’t want it deal with. I don’t want to drag the owner through the mud however so I’ll leave it at that.
     
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