Need some reassuring

Discussion in 'JB Hunt' started by Samcraig, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Samcraig

    Samcraig Bobtail Member

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    Currently I drive otr with prime and am looking to be home more often. After I posted my resume online jb hunt called and offered me a regional position and said that I'd be home every Friday and Saturday. It's an intermodal position and sounds great. No touch freight, 2200 miles per week average, 42cpm which is only 2cpm less than what I make now. But after checking indeed reviews it seems like they do a lot of bait and switch with people to get them in the door and then tell them the regional spot is no longer available. My question is, how much should I believe? I don't want to quit prime and end up still doing otr but making less. I don't want to get every weekend off but only run 1000 miles. So what are the real answers?
     
  2. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Medium Load Member

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    I did Chicago intermodal for a year and a half before switching to dcs local. I made 66k and was home 2 days guaranteed. If they didn't have a load to get me home they dead headed me and they pay deadhead miles home. You always have a load ahead and you do mostly 95% drop and hook.
     
  3. Samcraig

    Samcraig Bobtail Member

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    More worried about all the bait and switch claims
     
  4. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Medium Load Member

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    That was JB hunt back in the day.

    That was JB back in the day. Otr fleet is so little today you don't have to worry about that. They have their turn over just like everyone else and intermodal is in need of drivers . If they hire you for intermodal that's what you will run. I ran it 2x and 2x I went to orientation. Your good. They really are a pretty good place to work
     
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  5. frontrange

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    When I lived in Colorado Springs 2 years ago, they had a dedicated position in Pueblo, CO they advertised pretty heavily for on Craigslist as well as other websites, including their own website. The job was for dedicated 5 state area, home 2 days a week, avg $1000.00per week, blah blah blah, all of the usual too good to be true stuff. A guy that I worked with called and talked to them about the position, filled out all the paperwork, was approved and accepted. He gave his 2 weeks notice to our employer, and JB sent him his itinerary for orientation, and I thought it was odd that they were putting him on a Greyhound to attend orientation in Dallas, TX. He went to Dallas, and after orientation...............Drum roll please................... "Oh we don't have any openings on that account, you will have to run OTR until something opens up." Maybe things have changed with them, but I wouldn't bet on it.
    Good Luck on whatever you decide, and I hope everything works out for you
     
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  6. Samcraig

    Samcraig Bobtail Member

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    I don't know if it will work but I'm going to try and get 3 weeks off with prime. I'll make something up. That way I can go to orientation and see what's up and if they screw me I can just go back to prime.
     
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  7. GCDMN.

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    I am just ahead of you. DCS dedicated account. Just finished orientation. Start training tomorrow. My experience has been very positive so far. Only 4 in my class and 3 of us made it thru. Can tell you all 3 of us are going to the accounts we signed up for. The 2 others are going to a different one than me. Sounds like the recruiter may have lied to them about home time. For me everything that was said had been true to this point.
     
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    After I was signed up for orientation the account manger for the DCS account I was going to contacted me and that settled my nerves a ton when I was able to ask my future boss questions. I read all the same stuff you did and man it can be paralyzing. Not saying everyone is wrong just saying what has happened so far in my case.
     
  9. Samcraig

    Samcraig Bobtail Member

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    The hiring manager called me today after I sent an email asking about the claims of bait and switch. It definitely calmed me a bit but I myself am still undecided. I love the idea of being home every Fri and sat but still worry about how much that will cost me in pay. On top of that I worry about switching companies. I have prime figured out at this point. I have never been late for pickup or delivery, I have never had to repower a load, and I average 2800 miles a week. I do all of this and never drive at night. I don't feel safe driving at night so I hope I can get the same from jb. I know I won't get the miles but I'd still like to at least make 900$ a week
     
  10. jtaran06

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    Where are you going to run intermodal out of? There are a ton of JB hunt intermodal threads with a lot of current guys who can tell you what they make. I did Chicago for 2 years.... 65-70k is easy for a hard runner. I am on a DCS account now for the last 2 years but since I left intermodal they have raise the pay .

    I won't lie it will take some time to figure out the Ramps and chassis flips etc especially if your out of Chicago. Once you learn rail yards and the way JB hunt has you do their system the money is there.
     
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