Quitting without a notice is a poor move

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ad356, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    I guess I have a certain perspective here, a positive viewpoint towards my boss. I started here with very little experience. He gave me a shot. I've proven my competence by not destroying his equipment, getting to the farms on time, and always getting the load to the plant. When I started here, I did only drop and hooks, a couple of years ago I started doing some plant deliveries. For the longest time its been deliver 1 load and leave the other in the yard for a transport driver to deliver in the morning to Campbell ny. I dont have enough time in the day to take all of the loads to Campbell, however I've figured out that every other day I have enough time to fit a Campbell in between farms. Campbell is a 3-4 load that pays $95. Since when I was hired the route was drop and hook, he pays me transport pay on top of farm pickup. With this guys departing I am delivering every trailer I load now. People are stretched thin, myself and another driver are taking loads to Campbell, and the transport driver is now required to load at the farm. Will I complain heck no. I like it here, i work hard and he rewards me. Normally it takes 5 years to obtain 2 weeks of paid vacation, I've been here 3-1/2, so I asked him is it possible I may get that now? He didn't hesitate. My paychecks are always over $1,800 gross sometimes as high as $2,100. I think he's a show me guy. Show me what you can do, show me you dont damage equipment..... and he showed me right back. One hand washes the other. I always do what he needs and I do it well.

    If I did ever leave for any reason, I would give him as much notice as possible. He is extraordinarily fair with me. I'm only a local milk hauler but I've proven myself and from where I stand, he is too bad.

    I really like my job
     
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  3. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    Yeah, life is way too short for drama. I gave two weeks, or more when quitting. I've only quit two jobs, and I believe there's a reason I'm on my third job in a little over 20 years. But I'm pretty sure I could go back to either of my previous jobs very easily.

    But on the other hand, if the boss is a jerk, the company is crooked, or whatever, maybe the best thing is to jump ship without a notice. At those points, prolonging the misery for two weeks would be stupid.

    One guy quit here with no notice. He simply cleaned out the truck on Friday afternoon and never responded to calls or texts from the boss. Poof, just gone. The boss drive to his house to see what the issue was and the former employee just said it wasn't working out for him anymore. He then applied to UPS and used my boss for a reference. He got a nice review from the boss and they're still friends.
     
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  4. reeferwrencher

    reeferwrencher Medium Load Member

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    If you dont mind me asking what happened, did they lose business cause of Corona or something?
     
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I kind of expected it when I took the job. This particular dealership chain is known for mass hirings and mass layoffs. I took a gamble coming to work for them knowing a layoff was quite possible.

    It was more a combination of the 'rona and low oil prices. The last 2 weeks before they booted a couple hundred of us it was mostly make-work projects.
     
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Most places are "at will" meaning employee/employer can end the job without notice etc. I've had 100 jobs over the years and done it both ways. I went with M.Bruenger out of Wichita one time, They were expanding their operation they said and hired 100 new drivers, but 30 days later, they fired the same drivers. Without notice, Dec 8th ! Just before xmas. 1000 mi from home ! And I've given 2 weeks notice also plenty of times. Texting an ending is common now-a-days, right ? Although I've never texted a girlfriend it's over. You run a business, you take chances. One of your star employees can quit or run over a mini van full of kids or curb 2 tires. it will cost the business owner either way.
     
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  7. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    Always like the remark that the company will not give you notice if they fire you. A company has a set of rules for the driver to follow. So the driver knows if they break the rules they can/will be fired. So the company really does give you notice.
     
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  8. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    I had a boss at a former employer (small 3 trucks) that was constantly trying to get me to run illegal. I refused from the beginning and never would. I went to the owner of the company and told him what was going on, and he said he would have a talk with him. A few weeks later my boss ordered me to buy a second log book and head out on a cross country trip as I was returning from being out for 10 days. I refused, and my boss told me that this is the job, and if I don't like it I should quit. I told him that was a great idea, and I quit. Pulled the truck into the yard, left my keys in the cup holder, cleared out my stuff and I was gone. Over the next 4 days I got several calls begging me to return, and it was my fault for leaving them in a tough spot. I asked the owner how his talk with my boss went, and he said the boss called me a whiner. I told the owner that my boss was going to cost him his company, and wished him luck. That was the day I decided to not work for anybody else and become an O/O.
     
  9. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    The same is true with any company and not just trucking. If a company you are leaving is poorly managed, it doesn't matter if you give 2 weeks notice or not. My son left a job this week after being there for 6 years because the management sucked and the place was falling apart. He gave them 2 weeks notice, and they didn't hire a replacement for him in that 2 weeks. On his last day of work, the managers were asking how he did various tasks, and were in full panic mode on how to cover his duties. You just can't fix stupid.
     
  10. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I don't believe in giving notices. As others have stated, you're not going to get a notice if they want to fire you. It's no different. I have the right to fire them without notice; goes both ways. That said, I think it's a chicken crap move to quit by text. At least act like you've got a pair whether really you do or not. If you can't do it in person because you're never around the terminal, then call and tell them.

    But, I'll do you one better than the texter. I work for a small 25 truck outfit too. We had a guy park his truck on the yard after hours one day, get his stuff out of it, got in his car and took off without saying boo to anyone. The next day when it was way past time for him to show up the boss starts trying to call him to see what was up. He never answered. lol

    What's the moral to be derived from the two *no balls* characters here? Try to be the best at whatever you do in this life. In this case, I would say our *park and run* guy was better at having no balls than your *text to quit* pilgrim. ;)
     
  11. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    This is very true. I got fired from a management position for breaking COBC policy, at the direction and understanding of my bosses because “that’s how we always did it”. I figured some day it could possibly bite me and it did. The firing however was all one sided. I did it all on my own and even the boss sat there and lied to save himself. They wanted information out of me to go after others but they already had the box there to collect my things. I told them whatever I say won’t change the outcome so they can figure it out on their own.

    It took them 6 months and 4-5 guys working together to get things running smooth again. They replaced me with my co manager across the hallway. One boss had my company phone and couldn’t believe all the calls and emails I got. Just shows how little they looked and listened while I was there.

    As far as a notice, I rarely give them. I do trucking and oilfield for mostly medium to large companies. The only void I leave is another good employee walked out the door. They only feel that way for a short period than it’s back to normal. Good employees aren’t valued much anymore.

    I have 4 companies I walked out on without notice over the years and went back to work for and walked out again without notice. And all of them would take me back a third time. A few have asked LOL. I gave them all a second try after being told things got better. It was always a lie. That’s why I have no loyalty. Would be different if it was a small company and maybe i wouldn’t walk out on them at all, just depends on situation.
     
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