Overall a good company.....

Discussion in 'TWT' started by ProPilot, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. ProPilot

    ProPilot Light Load Member

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    Worked for them from 2004 to 2006 running reefer.

    Good points:

    Late model PB379's and KW's - It'll take a while to move up to the newer equipment. I was in an older PB short-nose with chronic electrical problems that never quite got resolved.

    Pay was always spot-on. Reimbursements for scales, lumpers, etc. paid with no hassles. Detention paid automatically - never needed to ask.

    Good DM's but coverage was a little spotty on weekends as there was only one person handling everything.

    Breakdown is good - will get help to you without a lot of delay.

    Maintenance was above average once they got rid of the drunk - they actually have a tire crew that will spot-check your rubber and if it even looks like it's going flat, they'll pull you around and change it right there.

    No truck wash but they contracted a portable wash crew to come and do exteriors on trailers but they would wash your tractor FCFS.

    27-3000 miles/wk.

    PrePass

    Good terminals but with limited facilities at some (Shower, shop, etc)

    They have a very good community-college driving school affiliate that can, but does not train exclusively for them. Will train and employ noobs - good starter company. Good trainers. 6 week minimum with trainer.


    Not-so-good points:

    CA I-5 - OR I-5 - WA I-5. Had the occasional fish load SEA/WI or divert into PHX for Sara Lee but LA to Seattle was the norm.

    Tight loads. Fine but towards the end of your 70 they "push" you to get it there, do "whatever" you have to do...real bone of contention.

    95% heavy loads with a heavy tractor. Lots of running on 1/4 - 1/2 tanks and lots of refueling.

    Home time is great (and they will eventually get you there) but if you don't live close to one of the terminals or yards (Spokane, Pasco, French Camp or Fontana) or somewhere on the I-5 corridor, it can be a hassle sometimes.

    Orientation 3 days - very tedious and structured - lots of videos and it is presented by a crabby individual who has been there for years and really doesn't like his job..or so it seems..

    If you are a left-coastie and especially if you are starting out, you really could do a whole lot worse.


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  2. BigR

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    What kind of pay do they offer newbies? How much do they pay for training?, also do they slip seat or are trucks assinged, thanks.
     
  3. ProPilot

    ProPilot Light Load Member

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    I'm not sure what they offer right now, but in '04 it was well above average .28 to start - It's probably in the mid-30's by now.

    Not sure what training paid since I never did it. But I never heard many complaints concerning that...

    No slip seating -assigned tractors - Petes and KW's - smaller sleepers on the older equipment - I believe it's '05 and above now..

    If you are interested in running flats, they have the blue side of the company, System transport which is 48 state. They have pretty good no-tarp boat and forklift divisions in which the boat div runs WA to FL and back..

    They are listed as Trans-System on the web.

    They have their particular issues but as I said before,starting out you could do a WHOLE lot worse...
     
  4. BigR

    BigR Medium Load Member

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    Since they mainly serve western states, would being employed by TWT still qualify as OTR experince if i applied for another job?, Also, do you get to take their trucks home or do you have to leave them at the terminal/ drop yard? Thank you.
     
  5. BigR

    BigR Medium Load Member

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    Anybody have any new news on this company? I heard now you have to work for System for at least six months before you can go to TWT.
     
  6. beltrans

    beltrans Medium Load Member

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  7. ProPilot

    ProPilot Light Load Member

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    Heard thru the grapevine that freight is down for both sides - but they always did encourage/point/command you to go System if you are a new driver...

    But I still see lots of their flats all over the country so it can't be that bad..
     
  8. Palazon

    Palazon Road Train Member

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    Just got off the phone with reefer division. Pay for 1.5 yrs exp is .31/mile and $10 while docked (starts at appt time). Average dispatch 900 miles (hmm... good grain of salt). Petes and Kenny's. Some APU's. WA, OR, CA, and maybe AZ. 10-14 out.

    Overall, looks better than Swift HH, so I think it maybe time for a change.
     
  9. serriaman

    serriaman Bobtail Member

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    Am just starting out with twt reefer division. Will let you know how it goes. Right now am waiting on a truck.

    Serriaman
     
  10. jeff1200

    jeff1200 Light Load Member

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    They are a good company. I've been an o/o on the blue side for 20 some years. IF you are a good driver with a good record they appreciate you. If you whine and complain you won't get the best loads. They have 24/7 road service contracts with tire outfits etc. to handle problems. The pay is garanteed I have NEVER had a late paycheck every two weeks like clockwork. They have an open door policy. If you are having problems that can't be resolved thru dispatch, contact driver services and Jeff Benesh will take care of legit complaints. Like anybody they have their moments and I sometimes question what the heck they are doing. But overall ok.
     
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