My Year is Over

Discussion in 'PAM' started by Scoundrel, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Scoundrel

    Scoundrel Light Load Member

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    When I started with PAM last year training was 4 weeks. I had driven trucks before, but had been out of it a few years and had to start all over. My trainer was a good guy and we got along well. We're still friends and talk once in a while.

    After training I took a while to get into a good truck. The first couple I was assigned to had some issues. But, once I got a decent one I was rolling. They sent me out solo at first and freight was not steady. Some weeks I'd do okay and others not so much.

    After about 6 weeks I was offered a dedicated lane out of San Antonio with a co-driver. This was a pretty good gig. My co-driver was cool and we got home every weekend. Money was alright.

    Once I'd been with the company for six months I became a trainer. Trainer money is GOOD. With a good student I was putting $1200 to $1500 in my pocket after taxes. But, most of the students weren't good and the home office wanted us to run like a team when most of these guys couldn't even keep a proper log. I had to be awake at every stop and watch the back in. I couldn't get enough sleep and ended up getting into a small accident. No more training for me.

    Next I was offered a job making trips from the Irving yard down to the Buda yard just below Austin and back. Home every night and off on weekends. Pay is a little low, but it's consistent. The trouble is, sense the 4th of July holiday there hasn't been enough freight. I only worked two days last week and they just called and told me not to come in tonight.

    I have to say PAM has done everything they said they'd do and if they can keep me busy, I'll stay with them. But, I'd really rather not go back out over the road. I may have to look around for another job.
     
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  3. Noggin

    Noggin Road Train Member

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    Well, that's good to hear. good to hear that they are at least trying to keep you happy.

    But...if you ever feel like leaving PAM, and doing flatbed... we have a yard east of Dallas on US80, in sunnyvale...park your rig there, leave your car there... if you catch my drift ;)

    If you want some info, let me know. :p
     
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  4. skokz

    skokz Light Load Member

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    Those are some nice blue trucks yall roll around in noggin!
     
  5. Noggin

    Noggin Road Train Member

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    lol....you know you wanna come drive one skokz...
     
  6. skokz

    skokz Light Load Member

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    Im not gonna deny it, i ill come drive one any day but work for them thats different story, i looked into them at one time. I just didnt want to stay out that long and i wasn't interested in flatbedding at time either. I make close enough to you guys and all i have to do is swing two doors open and closed.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012
  7. airforcetoo

    airforcetoo Heavy Load Member

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    I've been wondering about why it's been slow ever since the 4th of July ... I see it's not only me.
     
  8. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

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    Good job sticking out your year. Most don't make it. Now, onward and upwards!
     
  9. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

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    Let me clarify my onwards and upwards comment. I stayed with PAM too long. I got complacent. There are a lot of better jobs out there. PAM is a training company.
     
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  10. Catheryn

    Catheryn Bobtail Member

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    Hey Scoundrel, im considering OTR and looking at Pam for training. Is there a school in Texas (im down in San Antone) ? how do they treat the trainees while there? Im a lady and considering second career. Have few friends who worked with other companies for training and said they were trainwrecks (CRST). Wondering if the money is livable for the first few months. Thanks for your thoughts
     
  11. skokz

    skokz Light Load Member

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    2nd this! Move on to where your a name and not a truck number!
     
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