Love's or Pilot/Flying J?

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  1. Exit310

    Exit310 Medium Load Member

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    I applied for a fuel delivery position at Pilot on Monday & i received an e-mail on Tuesday to set up a time for a phone interview, however it`s Friday & i haven`t heard from them.
     
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  3. Exit310

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    Does anyone know how their process works or timetable for actually getting hired on?
     
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  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    The position I applied for I got a call from someone (regional manager??) within 2 days. Then I got a call from "lead driver" at the site within 1 day. I talked to lead driver, and met him with 1-2 days. I recall the regional manager saying it takes them about 30 days to hire you. This is a holiday weekend so that will delay any response from the white-collar crowd. The position with PFJ I looked at was 5 day weeks (not M-F) and 12 hour days. You would load at whichever loading terminals have the best prices and deliver to PFJ stations & truck stops in your region. I think the lead driver said it could take 4-6 weeks to get your card at each terminal as the head honcho at each terminal wants to see you properly load each product EXACTLY by the book. Until you have your cards you are on trainee pay, about a dollar an hour less than final pay. There are numerous bonuses, you typically share the same truck with one other co-driver. Their turnover comes from new-hires getting tired of not getting a M-F days schedule after 3 months of work.

    The site I applied to indicated your schedule would be regular in hours and days until someone left or until 2 drivers could agree to make a switch. It wasn't rotating hours or days off. Fuel is a 365 business so you work holidays as they fall on your work days or not. You get bonus pay or bonus hourly pay for holidays. They provide money for uniforms and safety gear. It seemed like a good gig, it was too much like my last gig which I burned out doing. I didn't want to jump from one Groundhog Day into another Groundhog Day over and over. I also didn't like looking at 12 hour days for as far as the eye can see. I work just to eat groceries and live indoors. If I could pay my bills working 8 hours per week I would. I think the base hourly pay after training was $21-ish, and they pay overtime after 40. There are regular raises.
     
  6. Lav-25

    Lav-25 Light Load Member

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    ....loading racks are VERY picky and VERY safety consenice , when you get into your first one, you'll understand ( piping, pumps, and fuel. ) when the morning rush and evening rush start, it can be hecktic.Most racks have set days for training and paper work, and the ojt training then the actual certification, thats why its so long. As for lead driver, he/ she has done it for awhile so look, learn, and listen and take down notes. I did it for 12 yrs , and it will be the easiest thing involving a truck you' ll ever do. Good luck
     
  7. Exit310

    Exit310 Medium Load Member

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    I went to the fuel racks in Birmingham,Al & it almost looks intimidating with all of those fuel racks everywhere, how or why so many of them?

    I did talk to a few Fuel delivery drivers & got more info, they all said it was simple once they learned the system.
     
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  8. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

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    Racks are easy. I was bored this winter so I helped a friend and did fuel/kero deliveries part time, piece of cake. Biggest issue is to never overfill the truck or a tank and never cross drop! With the advances in automation bottom loading is almost brainless and really clean. Top loading (had to for kero where I was loading in Macungie) was smelly and could be messy but even that was simple enough.

    Getting my card for Buckeye Allentown and Fullerton was as simple as asking for it, no test or practical, Macungie took about an hour of review and training. Only messed up once at the rack, no spill but I tripped the Scully alarm because I misjudged how much would fit in my #1 compartment. Thankfully the tank monitor did it's job and I learned a valuable lesson, if unsure always triple check!

    As for pay rates, not sure about the rest of the country but here in Northeastern Pennsylvania $24 an hour seems typical for both the transports as well as the bobtails doing home deliveries. It was simple and fun, may do it again next winter since that seems to be my slow time with the trade show and seminar circuit as a safety consultant.
     
  9. flengojenkins

    flengojenkins Bobtail Member

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    21 an hour??? geez i was thinking they were one of the better paying companies. all the beginner driver companies around here start at 19-21 an hour, & fds & williams tank lines start at 24 with ot after 8 - sentinel in sacramento starts at 26
     
  10. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    $21.00 per hour with OT after 40, if you work 70 hours per week, is $1785.00 per week or $89,250.00 per year, assuming you worked 50 weeks and took 2 weeks' vacation. This is the same money you'd make earning $25.50 per hour on straight time, for the same amount of hours.
     
  11. flengojenkins

    flengojenkins Bobtail Member

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  12. flengojenkins

    flengojenkins Bobtail Member

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    Well that's great and all, but van De pool , sentinel and fds all pay overtime after 8 or 40 here in Stockton and Sacramento so well yea ...... 21 an hour with or without ot is simply low pay .... You'll be needing to work 70 hrs a week every week for the entire year never missing a day or 2 or 3 to earn your added up amount, while you'll earn that working 55-60 hrs a week at other places --- and there is no guarantee what so ever that you are going to work 3640 hrs every year due to any number of reasons - moral of the story, 21 an hour is crap and you can do and deserve better -- my 1st trucking job was 22 an hour ot after 8 and 40
     
  13. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    I guess you missed the part where I said $21 an hour with OT after 40 is akin to $25.50 an hour on straight time.
     
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