Prime Inc Good Starting company?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by b947, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    I don't know what all this whining is about home time. Wanting specific days. By a certain time. Yadda yadda.... This is BS.... Especially when a person is new. How many do you think want Thanksgiving off?
    Quit the whining! You work a job on the road. You get routed to home when it works. The company doesn't exist to give you home time on exact days you demand. They have a business to run.
    When I talked to an excellent recruiter at Prime. She told me about 3 to 5 weeks out. Then home time. I told her that all I wanted in the near future is to do my taxes. Some kind of time off in March would be fine with me. Just enough to get taxes done. Maybe a few days if there are any problems with the taxes I need to address. Otherwise one day is good with me. She said that's easy.
    I want to be easy with the company I work for. If I'm easy with them. They're easy with me. We work together toward one common goal. (that's the definition of a company) I'm looking at an OTR job. I accept all that comes with that job.
    And BTW: Yes, I am specifically requesting Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, to be working. I'm requesting work for all Holidays. I can take time off when everybody else is working.
    This does not mean I am definitely going to work for Prime. Even though Prime is in a very small group at the top of my list. The excellent recruiter also told me to reapply after my CDL school. Regulations don't allow them to hold onto applications for more than 30 days. It will only take 24 to 48 hours for the background check. Then she can tell me to come on in. The door is open.
     
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  3. augiedoggie41

    augiedoggie41 Light Load Member

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    I couldn't do OTR in one of those lightweight trucks. Plus they need to bump that 62mph up to 65 like Crete did.
     
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  4. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Those two things are worth 10 cents a mile to a driver's income.
     
  5. Hoofbeats

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    I can't do 65mph in a 75mph. Especial with a Prim truck in front of me on a two lane.
     
  6. Jfairley00

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    Don't go around comparing YOU and your wants and needs to other people. If you want to roll like that FINE, do the #### thing, I dont.
     
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  7. b947

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    First of all nobody is complaining. What does it matter to you if we want certain days off ? If im out 5 weeks i think i can say when i want my ####ing home time to be. Some of us actually care about certain holidays. I would much rather be looking at the smiles on my family's face when they open up their gift instead of being on the road alone. Sure if i cant get that day home whatever i tried . But dont compare your needs to ours. I could give 2 ####s if im home on march for taxes but u obviously want a day off in that month. The company is not there to make sure you have a day off in march or to make sure you get your taxes done. They have a business to run. .... see.
     
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  8. mem

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    I've driven for Prime for a few years and have no complaints. Pay is good, office personell have never given me grief and pretty much leave me alone, equipment is nice, plenty of miles in reefer.

    Never had issues getting home time, although I will say there is a difference in the two dispatchers I've had. My first had been dispatching 20 some odd years and if I requested to get home on a certain day, I 100% of the time would get home on that day. A lot of times I would just tell him I'm ready to go home (no advance request, just as soon as you can) and he would pretty much route me straight there. One time he had to bounce me around a few days first because there just wasn't freight going that way. The other dispatcher I've had we were literally always ahead or behind the date requested by one or two days. It is a mystery.

    It doesn't matter anymore for us as we run a dedicated run and get home weekly. And I like my new dispatcher just fine, just had that oddity with hometime.

    The one thing I think some people would not like about Prime is them wanting you to run 3-4 weeks at a time. Some people just can't do that. Pretty standard in the OTR world though.
     
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  9. b947

    b947 Light Load Member

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    I Wouldn't mind being gone 3 to 4 weeks .In my old job I was gone for 3 weeks at a time and home for 2 . Could rookie drivers get that, be home every weekend or is that something you have to work your way up to. Because I know I'd love to be home every weekend but if not than thats okay. Is the pay different?
     
  10. Jfairley00

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    I also was interested in prime dedicated routes but unfortunately they only offer them up north and I live in southern mississippi.
     
  11. TravR1

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    Some people need to get home on time for medical/dental appointments. I can definitely understand the frustration in having to reschedule or just flat out miss appointments. Meanwhile, while their teeth rot out of their mouths.
     
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