Looking for a good trucking company for OTR

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ProSonic83, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. ProSonic83

    ProSonic83 Bobtail Member

    I need a large company with good pay, paperless logs, take home trucks.
    i want to go OTR but don't want to sign a contract and need good home/work time, was thinking about Swift but I need the thoughts of others, plz help
  2. jakecat22

    jakecat22 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Need a little more info.

    Do you have a license or will you be going to a CDL school on your own or looking for a company sponsored program?

    If you go with private schooling then you will not need to sigh a contract with your first company. However, if you get company sponsored training, you will most likely have to sign a contract to drive for at least a year.
  3. ProSonic83

    ProSonic83 Bobtail Member

    I got the CDL part taken care of will graduate from Fox Valley tech in October
  4. Bigarmin88

    Bigarmin88 Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    Tampa Bay Fl
    First of all if you thinking you going make $35k - $50k a year like those ads you see on the web and papers,you will not be happy after you learn hard old truth.

    Now you will make money but more likely around $20k - $25k your first year.

    Now that being said,who ever you go with you going be on the road with a trainer for at lease 4-8 weeks,some companies let you go out 3 weeks take a week off and finish your last few weeks of training.As far Swift go's I don't think they offer that so if you head out with Swift,you going be out 6 weeks with a trainer and then another week or two maybe 3 weeks before you can get home.Most companies want there drivers out from 14 - 21 days,the trucking jobs that offer home weekends are the ones where you need 1-3 years experience on your belt.Only very few companies out there that let there drivers go home every weekend.

    Best bet is to do lot of research on companies your interested in,this forum will help to answer most of your questions.
    Everett Thanks this.
  5. groundpounder

    groundpounder Road Train Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    original post removed.......swift is a bottom feeder enough said..
    American-Trucker Thanks this.
  6. ProSonic83

    ProSonic83 Bobtail Member

    that still doesn't answer the question, i know all that, Swift offers 12 days on 1-12 off and 4 weeks in training
  7. ProSonic83

    ProSonic83 Bobtail Member

    groundpounder, i'm moving to NC thats why i'm asking what i'm asking so i can't go with local
  8. American-Trucker

    American-Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    if you want good money....Swift and good money dont belong in the same sentance

    paperless logs and good money also do not go in the same sentance.....at least with a new driver working for a BFI

    American Trucker
  9. American-Trucker

    American-Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    lots of great companies hire out of NC

    American Trucker
  10. ProSonic83

    ProSonic83 Bobtail Member

    i need a national company to start here so i can transfer down there, even if Swift isn't good money is it at least a good company to start with and gain experience?
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