oakley trucking

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by bconn, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Mortar Man

    Mortar Man Road Train Member

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    XM - radio trucking show
     
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  3. Big John

    Big John Road Train Member

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    That's how they get your name and info so they can call you and bug you about joining the Oakley Experience!
     
  4. Big John

    Big John Road Train Member

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    I know who he is, I would rather listen someone playing a violin bad for eight hours straight.
     
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  5. RogueX

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    I am headed to BO for orientation next week, end dump div. One thing I don't understand about some of these posts I have read....if they pay the same $ by the mile, dh or loaded, why are there loads that guys won't take? Being a former Prime slave I know all about the dispatch favoritism and good vs mediocre vs awful paying loads, and getting treated like crap for weeks or sittin for days just because you refused one lame load. Part of what attracted me to BO was the fact that its all the same pay-no bad loads, right? If they are all the same-$1.44/mile in end dump currently-whats the difference? What is it about these loads that makes them bad or worth refusing. Anyone with exp there please reply, would like to know what I'm gettin myself into:biggrin_25510:...
     
  6. groundpounder

    groundpounder Road Train Member

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    Might come down to personal choice, some guys don't want to run in certain parts of the country because of tolls, high fuel costs, traffic etc...
     
  7. joendeniese

    joendeniese Medium Load Member

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    We have been talking to Oakley too, (Bruce Oakley) Need input from drivers there. There-in lies the real truth.
     
  8. rollinoilcan

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    Big John seems to have a negative attitude.Yes there is somethings that some O/O can handle and some that cant.It totally depends on what you are looking for, so you cant talk bad about Oakley just because it didnt fit your preferences and lifestyle. Oakley is not a bad company to work for.I'm on the frac sand loads in PA and make #### good money. Yes there is the BS that goes with every trucking job,but for the most part I am pretty happy.And no you dont really have the favoritism in dispatching. They divide the trucks up to what ever wells are running at the time you need loads.The plus side is if you're not making money the dispatchers arent making money because they make their money by % of load pay as welll that they dispatch out. Someone said in a previous post it wasnt worth it for the money theyd be making with $4 fuel. Well then you either need to get out of trucking or stay with who you are with if its worth it, because ive been in trucking for 12 years and have never in my career made us much as I am making now! No company is entirely perfect and if you're going to be in this industry you have to just find the best that works for you. And whats best for one may not be for another. So if you have specific questions that you want answered PM me and Ill help the best I can,but if you get into the right division I dont think youd be disappointed with Oakley!
     
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  9. RogueX

    RogueX Light Load Member

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    Well its been a while so I thought I would check back in here.... I lasted 2 months at Bruce Oakley. While I cannot disrespect the company as a whole, the office people were nice for the most part, nice hotel during orientation, good training, etc. But I MUST say my dispatcher was an absolute jerkoff-to put it as mildly as I can. Just plain rude at times for no reason. The work was dirty and disgusting, back breaking labor, not for me! Call me a steering wheel holder if you must, but I pulled food grade liquid tanks for 3 years, did my share of non-driving work, gotten dirty, covered with palm oil on occasion. Nothing compared to the outrageous level of filth and hard ### work I had to do at Oakley. The driver who posted saying you are just a company driver with a truck payment hit it right on the head! As an owner operator I feel I deserve options, not orders. At Oakley you go where they tell you or you go home. Those that like it there, good for you and I wish you success. But those of you that got their recruiting video and have seen the driver who talks about how great and easy it is to dump your load, pull away and move on to the next are in for a very very rude awakening! As for me, I got a gravy job now, Indy to Laredo, dedicated, drop and hook on both ends, as much work as I can handle. Best of luck, but heed my advice!:biggrin_25519:
     
  10. Allan M

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    Many guys quit the first time at Oakley but many also come back and stay a long time.
    I think most go there with the impression that it's going to be easy work and are shocked like you were.
    You and your truck are always dirty. The reason some guys don't want to haul certain loads is because some just run out slick as grease when you raise the trailer and others need a lot of coaxing. I loaded cotton seed in Arkansas one winter and when I raised the trailer at a dairy farm in Minnesota to dump only half the load came out because the moisture in the load had frozen the product to the trailer. Lucky for me that Mexican farm hand was willing to climb up the load to the top and push it down a little at a time using his feet as a shovel because I sure wasn't going up 40 feet in the air to do it myself.
    It was not a "perfect job" and I had many days where I wanted to quit but I am seriously thinking about going back because I want to buy a new Glider in the spring and I am absolutely confident that I will have year round steady revenue to make those truck payments leased to them. They were even busy through the recession as I understand. You just have to get in the mindset that as long as your moving your making money and it doesn't matter where you are going. I enjoy self dispatch but I tend to get a little too choosy and lazy when I don't have any payments so a dispatcher working on percentage of my loads is good for me.
    To each his own I guess.
     
  11. Drifter42

    Drifter42 Hopper Heartache

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    I don't work for Oakley, but I pulled pneumatics for 6 years. If you can get on pulling pneumatics, that would probably the way to go.
     
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