Researching a company

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  1. fngmoto

    fngmoto Light Load Member

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    Aside from speaking to other drivers, how do you research a potential employer? What are some of the things you look for when going into an interview? What questions do you ask during an interview to figure out if its a legitimate place to work or its ########. I'm in the search phase and have a few interviews lined up next week. I want to make sure I'm making the most informed decision so I'm not looking to jump ship in less than a year. Any assistance is appreciated
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    go the the FMCSA site and run the companies you are interested in. It will show their OOS (Out of Service) percentage and also the national average OOS %. Companies with an OOS higher the the national average may not be the best choice.
    You can also see their inspection history for the different categories.
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  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    The answers to questions don't mean much unless you know which answers you want to hear. What do you want, specifically? Check the company CSA score on SAFERWEB, like @kemosabi49 said. That will give you some idea about the size of the company and how the company measures up versus the national average. What do you want? Does the drivers at the company get the pay/schedule/equipment quality/etc fit what you are looking for?
     
  5. terryg247

    terryg247 Light Load Member

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    When I was looking I would drive over to the company and take a look at their yards. I was looking to see how new and well maintained their equipment was. When I was in the interview I asked about driver retention, actual runs and a breakdown of the pay
     
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  6. fngmoto

    fngmoto Light Load Member

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    Just want to know what red flags to look for? Thigs that may stand out to an experienced driver that a noob like my self may miss.
     
  7. fngmoto

    fngmoto Light Load Member

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    I never considered asking about driver retention, thats a great question to ask. Thanks.
     
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    fngmoto Light Load Member

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    Thanks for that, those are useful tools I forgot I had access to.
     
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    At some point you're going to have to roll the dice and take a chance. Doing your homework is good and talking to current drivers is the way to go but the only way to really know a company is to work there.
     
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  10. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

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    I Google the company and read reviews, and I go to Indeed.com and read company reviews. Read a lot of them, not just a few, and you’ll start to get a feeling for the company.
     
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    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Ask current drivers, look at terminal yard, (condition, how many trucks sitting there)
     
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