PAM Transport

Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by cpm0487, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Spunasone

    Spunasone Bobtail Member

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    PAM does suck, but they are middle of the road. Been here now 8 months and have talked to drivers that now work for PAM, from all the other companies! Every one of them is going to suck for the 1st 6 months. Like everything in life, you gotta pay your dues...and if your starting out, get use to sitting, unless you team up! They are going to team you up regardless, so its better to find someone on your terms not theirs! After you prove yourself in regards to timely pick-ups & deliveries, without moaning about it everytime, they will treat you right...$850 avg. a week with a new truck...Like any job, approach it as a challenge, and try to prove something to yourself & them, and they will see it and appreciate it.
     
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  3. cpm0487

    cpm0487 Bobtail Member

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    I have yet to see $850 a week before taxes, even with the $500 bonus on two of my checks! And a new truck???!!! How did you get one? See my profile pic? That's every week for me and my co-driver...i'm sitting next door to the Freightliner in a hotel broke down at this very moment...we were promised a new truck months ago, but have yet to see one...oh well, i've got a few leads on other jobs and PAM won't see a cent of what they think i'll owe them. I understand getting the green off of me for the first year but ####, i don't like my truck getting repossessed while i'm out on the road because i can't make any money here...yes, it happened, and i'm still trying to catch up. I don't get it. I'm accident\ticket free, clean inspections twice from D.O.T, and haven't been late once besides when my truck breaks down. I'm kinda done ranting about this company, i'm so sickened that i'm just getting the heck out. Unless my trainer request goes through, and i get a new truck that way....:biggrin_25511:
     
  4. WidowMaker91

    WidowMaker91 Bobtail Member

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    Welcome to trucking, ROOKIES. BS happens, things could go south on you real quick, for instance, the truck not starting, you not getting your CDL after 3 to 4 weeks, getting a real crappy trainer that smells like last weeks trash pile, the truck not stopping even on a level road with no traffic.
     
  5. trknon

    trknon Bobtail Member

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    why did you have to change from your good trainer(1st) to bad trainer (2nd)? :biggrin_25512:
     
  6. Spacer

    Spacer Medium Load Member

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    Get tape. Record all those conversations, and of course, let 'em know they're being recorded... don't run afoul of arbitrarily enforced wiretapping laws, so make sure your notice is part of the recording. Hopefully that'll get 'em thinking, but I doubt it. PAM is pretty crappy all around.
     
  7. Beer Runner

    Beer Runner Medium Load Member

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    I was an Instructor and all I could do was teach you how to drive and pass the test. I was not allowed to do anything else. Sure I gave it shot (to teach them more) from time to time, but got warned not to do it again. I left after a year. I hope my former students are doing ok. It's all about the money just like the rest of the business. I was even doing it on my time and was told no.
     
  8. cpm0487

    cpm0487 Bobtail Member

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    My first trainer went home for Christmas and new years, and they sent me out with a different guy after new years.
     
  9. cpm0487

    cpm0487 Bobtail Member

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    When were you there? I wasn't placing blame on the instructors, you guys were great, but i couldn't believe that a "truck driving school" wouldn't even show you a 90 or 45 degree maneuver for backing...or even a quick demo on coupling\uncoupling a trailer...i've watched a few noobs at the Pam yards scratch their heads when a trainer asked them to pull the 5th wheel release, or lower the landing gear, lol.
     
  10. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    New trucks go to senior drivers or experienced drivers who've proven their worth. Rookies are told they'll get a new truck just to sucker them into hiring on. Lots of crooks and suckers in this world and for whatever reason they all seem to gravitate towards the transportation industry moreso than others. I was never late, never complained, didn't tear stuff up and it took me 4 years to get a brand new one. Suck it up and quit crying. You'd tear up and beat on a new one that's why they gave you an old one to learn in...
     
  11. cpm0487

    cpm0487 Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, i'm a rookie, sure. I understand getting an old truck to learn in, but the least they could do is maintain the darn thing! I've been with Pam for 8 months, and i'm #### proud to say that i haven't done a single bit of damage to their equipment or anything else for that matter. I'm consistently on time and professional, yet i haven't received any recognition from a soul in the company. I figure that's standard in my first year. My DM got pissy with me on the phone everytime i had to call him and let him know i was broke down and the load needed repowered, like i was the one who caused the turbo to seize up, or the headlights to quit working (crappy rewiring at a company shop was the culprit), the lightning that struck the truck and fried 2 of my batteries, the starter that went out, (thanks to Opti-Idle i'm sure), the EGR valve that went right after the turbo, not to mention having to get a tire or a light fixed nearly every time i hooked a different trailer...i have to complain, sorry. If i didn't i would have probably snapped and done something incredibly stupid by now. Sure rollin coal, don't complain...just remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil...and that's why i'm happy to report that my persistence got me in a 2010 tractor with low miles and i'm finally rolling a little bit...if now i could only get a reliable co-driver, i'd be set...i guess we can't have our cake and eat it too. And yes, i have sucked it up. I simply wrote what i did to inform potential students of what to expect...had i stumbled across this article, and i did check this site out before i went to school, i would have definitely chose a little wiser. However, i do love this industry and i can't wait to earn my stripes and move onto bigger and better things.:biggrin_25520:
     
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