My Averitt adventure

Discussion in 'Averitt' started by SmokeMac, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. flyingmusician

    flyingmusician Road Train Member

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    no it's no secret and well documented across the forum who I drive for. I guess you're spending too much time making sure you've got the right shoes, shirt and pants on and that you're clean cut enough for the powers that be to click 2 times on my profile page to see who I drive for.....so i'll save you the time and effort and say I drive and train for Epes out of Greensboro.

    of course that comment was as facetious and sarcastic as yours was.

    I actually am on my 2nd trainee that came to us from averitt and they both tell the same story. low miles, low pay, too much micromanagement, too worried about 'image' and too much sitting. one of them was there 8 months, the other 6. these guys aren't slackers. they run hard, they know how to manage their time and are good drivers overall. they weren't given the opportunity to succeed with averitt. if it was just one guy I could see it being a disgruntled issue. 2 of them telling the same story looks more like a pattern. they both were pleased to be running now instead of sitting and what their check looked like. both said they made substantially more the first week on my truck as a trainee than they did at 8/6 months respectively previously solo.

    that said, I imagine it's like any other company and there are those that learn to work within the system and work it to their advantage and succeed, and those that don't.


    the main thing for both of us is that we found somewhere that works for us. personally I can't be told what to wear, how to look and how to act. puts me in the mind of tmc or ups or any other company where image and looking the part means more than anything. my company puts a premium on job performance, not how long my hair is or what kind of shirt and shoes I wear.....within reason, of course they do require we present ourselves in a professional manner and be well groomed and clean and that's as it should be.....but they don't make it a condition of employment to look just like every other driver and protect their 'image'. Our on time, quality customer service is our image, not what we look like.

    it doesn't say anything bad about either one of us. it works for you and you're happy. mine works for me and I'm happy. sounds like we're both doing well where we are......I know I am at over 50k into my second year and tracking to do mid 50's this year. that put's us both way ahead of 90%+ of the drivers out here who aren't happy where they are.
     
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  3. SmokeMac

    SmokeMac Medium Load Member

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    I am not a flat bedder, I run the Diamond Chrystal account. I lefet the house on Tuesday the 1st for a 3 stopper in Cleveland, then picked up a load going to Hanover PA. Then deah headed to Baltimore for a load coming back to Savannah to deliver Saturday at Diamond Chrystal in Savannah the miles were under 2000 for the week but was excited about enjoying the weekend. By the timeI got loaded for Savannah I had received a load assinment going from Savannah going to Chicago picking up Saturday delivering Monday, So got the load back to Savannah dropped it and picked up the Chicago with just enough time to run to the bank and get some cash. The load went uneventful and had a preplan going back to Savannah. I got back to Savannah on the Tuesday the 8th and by the time I within 100 miles of Savannah I received another load going from Savannah to Elizabeth NJ leaving out the 9th and delivering the 11th. No sooner had I arrived at my first drop that I received my return my load for Savannah. I got In yesterday afternoon about 5.

    The negatives about this account are grocer warehouses and truck maintenance. We have no mechanics in Savannah so have to get the trucks Serviced on the road. The way I look at it is I am on the road to make money. If I am sitting at a Service center waiting to get the truck serviced I am not making money. Also our pay tops out at .37 pm. About .05per mile under the top pay for truck load.

    Now the positives are the account manager is a carreer tranportation guy with a masters degree from the school of hard knocks. He started out as a driver and took over this acount about 10 years ago and has grown it into 25 trucks. He is also mentoring a young collge guy. The 2 of them really keep me rolling

    These are just my experiances and am not trying to recruit anyone. If Averitt is not for you fine.
     
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  4. MUSTANGGT

    MUSTANGGT Road Train Member

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    You could have just said EPES but I understand. Thank-you.
     
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  5. flyingmusician

    flyingmusician Road Train Member

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    Well I'll edit my comments as well and we can both gracefully exit the conversation and both be the better men and agree to disagree on almost every point.

    I simply answered a question based on information I have first hand from people who have been there that mirrored other comments made about the company.

    I'll unsubscribe from this thread because as you state their policy clearly does not affect me nor will it ever.

    as I stated before where we're at works for each of us and that's all that matters. It puts us both way ahead of the majority.
     
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  6. Raven_Whitefox

    Raven_Whitefox Bobtail Member

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    Your pay does not top at .37 pm. I know this because I am making .41 pm and that is not the top of the pay scale either.
     
  7. SmokeMac

    SmokeMac Medium Load Member

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    .37 PM is the top pay on the Diamond Chyrstal account. We get paid pratical mile though
     
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  9. SmokeMac

    SmokeMac Medium Load Member

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    Got over 2600 miles for the week, did a Savannah to Bremmen GA then from there deadheaded to Deluth GA to Pick up a load going to Eau Clare WI. From there dead headed to Marshfield pick up a load coming back to.Savannah. During the week I had the truck servmiced in Chatanooga. they APU went out on me Thursday morning found out it was just the reset switch.
     
  10. MOBee

    MOBee Road Train Member

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    Uniforms aside, I think we all know drivers who get out of their trucks wearing clothing that should of already hit the rag bag. Wether it was the T-shirt that had profanity on it or the sweats that had holes in them or the pants that showed more then just a plumbers crack I think we have all watched these drivers and cringed. If you want to wear that stuff at home or on your 34 hour restart fine, but when you walk in to represent yourself if a professional manner then you should act and dress accordingly.
     
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  11. A-Game

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    Well I can say this. I think they have a good conception "paper", but there are some flaws. I'm hired out of cdl school with them. I have military experience driving flatbed, so they put me in their 3 week training. I felt a little set up for failure. My trainer was good, but he like other trainers I here focus on e log training. When you get you own truck , you're on paper logs. I've been with them for about a month on my own now, and I'm looking for the exit.
     
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