SNL Distribution Company

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  1. MustangMark83

    MustangMark83 Light Load Member

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    I have been working here for 4 months now. Its a local job, I do about 10 hours a night, 5-6 days a week. Pay is pretty good, $12/hour detention pay (including the first hour), $16/hour for "yard work", and I gross about $900-$1200 a week on average. That's not a bad pay rate for Florida and a local job. Most local jobs that pay this much are usually hazmat. They have the contract at many Flowers bakeries across FL and in other southern states. I pick up a load of bread, drive it to a nearby warehouse, and hand-unload with a dolly. I've lost 40 lbs in the last few months and I feel amazing. It's not a job for everyone since you have to do more than just drive, but I like it because it's like getting paid to goto the gym.

    I think I am finally happy with the company I work for. It's a pretty good feeling. I've worked for 5 companies in my career and this is by far the best. Probably because it's a smaller company, our terminal in Lakeland only has 17 drivers.
     
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  2. xlsdraw

    xlsdraw Road Train Member

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    Are you guys hiring? And do you think a 51 year-old can hang with that type of work? I have 21 months experience OTR.
     
  3. Smokey Point Dist.

    Smokey Point Dist. Bobtail Member

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    Congratulations on loosing the weight. Tough to do.
     
  4. jdabest31

    jdabest31 Bobtail Member

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    Looking into this company. Trying to find out if you still like it. Looking here in the Atl area
     
  5. MustangMark83

    MustangMark83 Light Load Member

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    I've swapped loads with people out of ATL before, they seem happy. We have a contract with Flowers Baking Co and we pull all the loads for them - pick up at the bakery, goto nearby warehouses and unload using a dolly. I have been there about 9 months, work 8-10 hrs a day, 5-6 days a week, home daily and usually gross about $1k. I never drive more than 200 miles a day and I get to unload the truck myself, so basically no waiting around. I love it. You'll definitely stay in shape at this company.
     
  6. MustangMark83

    MustangMark83 Light Load Member

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    I am pretty sure you need 3 yrs experience to get hired.
    And I've seen 51 year olds working at my company but they rarely unload, they've been there forever and have developed knee/back issues and they just drive - this job is rough on your body. You might not last long. No offense. But hey there's always exceptions.
     
  7. MustangMark83

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    The pay is .32 cents a mile, which is pretty low but we get paid $5 to stop and $50 to unload the truck (takes 1-2 hrs to unload). So if I get two loads a day from Lakeland to Orlando that's 230 miles total x .32 a mile, around $74 in mileage pay. $5 stop pay times 2, that gets me to $84, then $50 per trailer to unload is $100 total and I'm at $184. If you have a 57' trailer, (they pay you extra if you have a 57 footer) so add $5 and you're looking at $190 for about 8-9 hrs work for that night. If you have to wait for an hour or two at the bakery on the load you're easily over $200 a night. EASY money, hardly any driving, and it pays #### good to unload. I am so glad I don't have to deal with slow lumper outfits anymore.

    edit: the other day I had two loads from lakeland to kissimmee. Made $180 and only worked from 4 pm to 11 pm. 7 hours work total and made almost 200 bucks. Can't beat it around here for local gigs in Florida.
     
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  8. haulinfreight99

    haulinfreight99 Bobtail Member

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    This is absolutely by far one of the worst trucking companies I have ever worked for. Loads are never on time. You may have a start time of 2pm, but then you get the text informing you your load time has changed to 5pm, then 8pm, and can be as late as 11 pm. You get 2 days off, where I am at it is Saturday and Tuesday, however the workload from the day before is never ready before 10pm. So your day off is wasted sleeping to try to catch up on lost sleep. I go through 3 to 4 sets of clothing each night because the warehouses you deliver to are not air conditioned. The trucks are governed to go only 60 mph, to reserve fuel. If someone else calls out, you are stuck picking up loads they didn't take. The driver manager never responds and the dispatcher... well lets just say there isn't one. They have a horrible company website and you cannot get a corporate phone number to save your life. Oh an the pay?? if you work your tail off you may be able to clear 700 to 900 a week<----- WORKING YOUR TAIL off.... Hauling bread is not a joke... This stuff is heavy, most all of the dolly's are broken, they won't replace them, you go through gloves like they are going out of style, and there are times that the loads are packed so tall that the stacks will literally fall on you when you pull them out of the truck. Then you have to "break down" some loads... not just pull them off the truck, literally separate them either by the piece or by the stack at the "proper" door for the smaller trucks to pick up. <----And if you are delivering at the warehouse when the workers come in, be prepared to be hounded for their stuff..... if you deliver within a certain distance of the bakery, you only get $5 per FULL TRUCK (that could take any where from 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs to unload)<----- oh and did I mention that you have to pick up "stales" and "empties" and take back to the yard? Some routes have more than one stop without additional pay for that stop too.... Delay time only pays $10.00 per hour... Some loads do pay a little better... could be anywhere from $50 to $120 depending on the complexity of the load... you do get mileage pay, but it is only .29 per mile, not .32.... Don't question a pay check, because you will never get an answer except that they "paid you right" and you better be sure to track your stops because they will jip you if they see the opportunity to do so (esp the Saturday runs) You do not earn vacation or sick pay or holiday pay <---or any thing extra until you have been there 1 year.... No additional life insurance other than a company paid amount equal to 1 years worth of pay.... IF you request a day off, they will third degree you and make you think you are going to get written up for asking off.. Oh and if/when you get an interview, don't be fooled by what they say..... it is bold faced bull.........If you still want to work for them, then all I can say is TAKE MY JOB!!!!! Please?????
     
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  9. TruckaT

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    snl is full of bull and empty promises. especially at the Atlanta terminal. for starters the bakery will change up and have your supervisor lie to you about what time you should arrive to pick up your load and they don't take into consideration their miscalculation on the arrival time which means you could arrive and wait for several hours before you even get your first load. they expect you to be like a machine and never get tired. if you're a hard worker it would be wise to not make it known, because if you do they will always run you and call on you to bail them out of the screw ups they commit. they may put you on a route that pays very well, then suddenly out of the blue they will change it and give you some nonsense excuse as to why the change happened. they don't value the driver at all. Kenneth buckus will lie to you and always say he will get back to you whenever its a work issue, a raise or situation etc. and your supervisor will always say "oh well ken doesn't like to talk to drivers". also getting time off is like having heart surgery, they grill you bout your life and ask dumb questions like is it really that important.the favors or bail outs that you help them with will soon be forgotten once the smoke clears and you need a favor. also the off days are split. and if you don't watch it they will have you working on your day off once the clock strikes 12. their only concern is the freight...no matter what regardless of safety or road conditions basically bottom line this is a company that will get you off over the road but its not a company you retire from, its only purpose should be transitional into a more ideal job. they know they are a screwed up outfit because they come at you with a paper saying that you will not talk about them publicly while you work there in a negative light. SNL is one of the worst companies I have ever worked for in my history of trucking. if you do decide to work here just be ready to be flexible, a yes man, gullible, and also make snl and flowers bakery your life. but if you knew what I know you wouldn't even go to an interview
     
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  10. Worlddriver

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    I feel sorry for you since your experience is not so good. When all you are use to is driving and not hard work you get what you put in to it. I have worked for this company 23 years and have dealt with all kinds of time and load problems and none of them can't be fixed over night nor can you predict when machines break down. All food service industries suffer from this. I will almost bet the OVR drivers suffer just as much with delays on loads or downtime between loads when they don't make money. We pay good money for the work done. You didn't express that on the break down of loads when we pay extra for that as well. You facts on load pay in inaccurate as well as checking your pay. All terminals have your breakdown of pay per week and can show you at any time exactly what you earned. Your entire entry sound like you are here to put down the job and the company.
     
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