Od or YRC, advice on which one I should work for?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by gym23, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. gym23

    gym23 Bobtail Member

    Jan 19, 2021
    Got a interview for both and trying to get some insights on each company before I make my decision. I’m honestly looking forward to being at a company for as long as I can and possibly work there for 20 years. I’m a new driver zero experience so don’t really know what to expect after getting off the phone with both and my recap of that is OD pays a dollar more but I would be in there new driver program and possibly work the docks more than I get drive time I was told I could be on the docks up to a year before I get my own route if none are available. YRC says I would start out driving more and only work the dock 20 percent of my shift plus it’s Union and 100 percent free benefits. I’m leaning towards OD because on this site I hear more positive about them than I do YRC.
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  3. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    Have you ever seen a YRC truck?. :eek:
  4. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Look at the profit per year at each company. Should tell you what you need to know and who you should work for.
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  5. EuropeanTrucker

    EuropeanTrucker Medium Load Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    Go to your local YRC terminal and take a look at their equipment. That will answer your question real quick
  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Company profit means squat to a driver.
    Many times it may mean poor working conditions for the driver.
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  7. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    I haven't driven for either company. But I would pick Old Dominion.

    Ask OD if you can get stock options. OD stock is good.

    I think YRC is flirting with bankruptcy.
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  8. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    YRC is $1.5 billion in debt. I wouldn’t trust them to be around for as long as you’re hoping to be around. Old Dominion is top notch and it’s worth it in the long run. YRC is the place you go if you have no other half decent option, or if you desperately need their great health benefits.
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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    YRC has been flirting with bankruptcy for literally decades; even back in the 1980's.
    The health insurance and pension plan makes up for the older trucks at some terminals.
    When I worked there over 20 yrs. ago the same rumors of bankruptcy were floating around.
    The big investors probably start those rumors to drive stock prices down so they can invest even more money in the company stock.
    My uncle drove for Roadway, which YRC owns, in the 1940's & 1950's and I was told he was always complaining about the company going bankrupt and he may have to find other work. He quit and wasted those years he had worked there for some pipeline job in the Dakotas.
    YRC and OD are both good choices. OD has the best equipment, so figure out your priorities and make a decision from those.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2021
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    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Definitely OD.Sure, you'll probably be a grunt on the dock, be on call, filling in for veteran drivers, but OD all the way.Jmo
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  11. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    The Kenan Advantage Group aka KAG West is a perfect example of this.
    They temporarily cut driver pay by two dollars an hour to make up for a revenue drop due to too many dead head miles. They had to give their investors 9+% return and they found the needed money to do it in the driver's pockets.
    So technically the company did have great profits.
    Funny thing was that when they returned the pay to normal they bragged about giving everyone a two dollar raise.
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