Worked for them from 2004 to 2006 running reefer.
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.
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.
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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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...
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.
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.BriFar Thanks this.
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