Old Dominion - Dock worker to P&D Driver

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Blues Junkie, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Blues Junkie

    Blues Junkie Bobtail Member

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    Got a call from OD today was told about a driver training program, where you start on the dock and then move to a P&D trainee. I would have to sign a contract and stay a year... which wouldn't be bad considering they are a great company. I'm worried about how long I'd have to "work" the dock before I'd start driving... the plus side is I wouldn't have to pay for school the down side is I wanted to Team with my wife who just graduated from CDL school. I was told they wouldn't team new drivers. She could sign on doing P&D for OD

    Would this be a good way to get started in the industry? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,.
     
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  2. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

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    You are lucky. Take it!
     
  3. Matt1924

    Matt1924 Light Load Member

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    I’ll second Radman, take it. I here great things about OD. Plus, they’re all over the country so you’d have some prospects if you ever decided to move.
     
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  4. Blues Junkie

    Blues Junkie Bobtail Member

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    I need to apply tomorrow... but it seems very promising.
     
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  5. Matt1924

    Matt1924 Light Load Member

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    Good luck with that! OD is one of those companies that when I bump into a guy, he usually is very satisfied with his job and tells me something along the lines of “I’ve been here 25 years.” That speaks for itself.
     
  6. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Run....don't walk. OD is THE ltl company to work at from every driver I have ever talked to.
     
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  7. Blues Junkie

    Blues Junkie Bobtail Member

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    Any idea on how long the dock work could last?
     
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  8. dennisroc

    dennisroc Road Train Member

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    What terminal is it that you will be working ?
    Did you send them a resume / Apply on internet or go there in person ? I heard someone say go in person is better.
    I am overseas right now but would like to get on with them in Indianapolis when I move back to Indiana in December.
    I have been on this site for a long time and ODFL is probably the best job out there for driving a truck from what I read.
    Congrats , and I hope you keep us all posted on your progress.
    Husband and wife teaming , I think would lead to some great times and major $$$$$$$$$$$$
    Good Luck !
     
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  9. Anywhichwaybutloose

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    There may be a short period of time that you will be a dock worker before you start training. They usually try to get a few people onboard together for a class and they want to make sure you can show up for work every day.
     
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