Need Company Recommendations From OTR Drivers

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ThunderDome, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. producelove85

    producelove85 Light Load Member

    Jul 17, 2013
    Lehighton, PA
    Chinatown said it best! I heard about that story of the guy with the blowout on the scale. I heard he fought it and won and the kind Trooper found himself without a job.
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  3. ThunderDome

    ThunderDome Bobtail Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    I'm pretty sure I'll have to get with the companies my school is affiliated with to get my first 1 to 2 years experience unless the government program I'm going through can get me with the right company to start with. I'm not going to have to own anything back at the school when I get out.

    I'll have to check Tyson out and I've heard of Western Flyer Express. TMC seemed like my kind of company cause I do actually have other goals after getting my years of experience of becoming my own owner/operator and doing some ice road trucking jobs in Canada.

    I'll definitely be considering getting my Hazmat and Tanker endorsement later on after my first 1 to 2 years cause I hear if you have your Hazmat you don't wait as long as someone who doesn't have it. Less time waiting for loads that fit your endorsement. Plus better pay right?

    Also I'm not in to trucking for the pay I'm getting in to this cause it just looks fun and apparently from my classroom instructor Mike he's telling us we're getting in to the Golden Age of trucking with all the new stuff thats happening. Plus also hearing that we're getting back all our industrial factories from China back here to the USA so there will be more semi trucks on the interstates and the economy will be picking up.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You do not have to go with a company just because the school recommends it. Start the application process now with the online applications and don't even mention it to the school. Many new CDL grads get the best jobs by applying to companies on their own. Many aren't aware of how many companies will hire them until they do some research on this forum. I read your schools website before posting to ensure I posted valid information; your school only "recommends" certain trucking companies, as do most schools.

    The manufacturing plants aren't moving back to the USA from China; they're moving to India and Vietnam. I spend a lot of time in China and read the Chinese news sites. Funny, the Chinese factory workers are complaining because their jobs are being outsourced to India and Vietnam. They thought they could get higher wages and more benefits if they complained or went on strike; instead their jobs are being moved to other countries.
  5. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Sooner or later, these manufacturing plants are going to run out of countries to outsource to.
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  6. Truckermania

    Truckermania Road Train Member

    Oct 13, 2011

    I just went through Maverick orientation about 3 weeks ago and can offer some insight. Basically Maverick is strict but fair. They are looking to see if you have a good attitude and can follow directions. Main thing to remember is "to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late". Maverick wants to see you succeed but they will weed out those that are, in their words "late, lazy, liars". They will not tolerate any of these 3 things but will work with you on about anything else. Good luck in your search.
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  7. Guitar Man

    Guitar Man Medium Load Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    State Of Confusion
    I'd also look into Con-way truckload. (Used to be CFI) They too take student grads and I've never read a whole lot of negative on them? They're affiliated with Melton (or at least they used to be?) Anyway,good luck with whomever you choose,and stay safe out there. ;-)
  8. Aireal

    Aireal Medium Load Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Garden City, TX
    AS Chinatown said you don't have to go with a company the school is affiliated with. I spent the better part of a week filling out app's for my husband ( he was still working, I wasn't) when he decided to go OTR. Most of the companies that got back weren't the best, he choose J.B. Hunt as having the most of what he wanted knowing that he needed OTR and more tractor trailer experience.

    What I'm saying is, fill out the app's for the "better" companies that say they need more experience, all they can say is "no you don't have enough experience". That is alot of what my husband ran into, but after about 3 months at J.B Hunt, he started getting alot of calls from other companies. At 8 months He switched to Melton... Not that I would recommend doing that, pick the best company you can get and stay with them for a year or more.
  9. BigBluePeter

    BigBluePeter Heavy Load Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    I would say look into Averitt They have a large terminal right off 24, they run flatbed, they have APUs and they train. Might be a good fit. The down side, they are all automatics and have a dorky red "uniform" they make you wear LOL Im kind of curious why China says forget them. Disclamer, I have never run for these people b4
  10. Nukem

    Nukem Road Train Member

    May 11, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I'm curious myself about the reasoning behind Chinatown's comment about Averitt.
  11. Magnanamus

    Magnanamus Bobtail Member

    Aug 4, 2014
    On another note,.... I only run a 1200 watt inverter, and I have a little crock pot from Walmart. Cost me 9.00$ i think. Excellent for eating healthy, I throw roast and carrots/potatoes in it in the morning , and when I get parked, Dinners ready! Bag up leftovers and throw them in the fridge, they make great burritos the next day.
    My favorite so far.. Pork Roast with cabbage and red beans. But dude, somedays its tough dealing with all that delicious aroma while driving!!
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