Thoughts on Mclane company?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Roger03_, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. Roger03_

    Roger03_ Bobtail Member

    Feb 21, 2021
    Considering working for Mclane company does anyone have any pros and cons?
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  3. Cobrakaiguy

    Cobrakaiguy Light Load Member

    Nov 16, 2020
    Should be plenty on them just do a search on here, I see that give a good hiring bonus, but that also means the turnover can be high as well, if all else fails when you see them unloading ask them if they like the company, and what the pros and cons are.
  4. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    I understand very good. Good pay too.
    Job will keep you in good shape. Unlike us other drivers.
    Similar are Sysco and... can’t remember others right now.
    I’d love to do that. Just not in shape for it.
  5. Bossplayasonly

    Bossplayasonly Bobtail Member

    Feb 16, 2021
    McLane has two divisions: 1) Grocery - delivering to 7-11, grocery stores, and pharmacies. 2) Restaurant - delivering to Ruby Tuesdays and Wendys.

    Pros: You make good money - Most drivers make at least 80K and some hard workers pull in 100k; Typically the equipment is good and the maintenance is often excellent; ability to work in a two-man team or solo if you like; Benefits are excellent; opportunity to relocate are outstanding; they have started to give guys two days of per week in most locations.

    Cons: It is mostly night driving unless you are high on the seniority totem pole; Everything is done by seniority; time windows can be tight and this leaves no room for laggards; People can choose not to work with you and make it hard for you to make any real money; Running up and down that ramp is some tough business; Routes are expected to be completed even if it requires some creative logging; loaders have no training so trailers are often a hot mess.

    I will give a good and bad story and you can be the judge

    Good story: Guy had a solo route that took him to several stores and he had a start time of 4 AM. He was often done by 1-2 PM. It was only about 10 stops and the weight was about 15K. If he pushed he said he could do it about 8-9 hours. Especially, when the winter hit and the amount of bottled water go down.

    Bad Story: Guys has a two-man route that often ran over 42K. With drive time to start and end route, it was about a 16-18 hour route. They had to run this route Monday and Wednesday. If they hit traffic or had any type of delay they could be out well into the 20+ hour range. Their trailer would often be loaded for s@#$ and they would have fallen loads and have to dig around to find stuff. If they did it the legal way they probably would well into Day 2 trying to finish. They often put their next days load into jeopardy. They were good guys and didn't want to rock the boat so they always finished. But, lesser drivers would have brought stuff back and killed our efficency. They even sometimes had to layover in order to finish.

    So, take form this information what you like. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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  6. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    ^^^^^^THIS RIGHT HERE^^^^^^ You just got the straight scoop. You do not need to read any more answers! If you are young and in good physical shape to start out with, you will be miles ahead. If you are fat and out of shape, like me, it will either kill you......or......tough it out for 6 months, and you will be in the best shape of your life and make some really good money. Good luck!
  7. WIlee81

    WIlee81 Light Load Member

    Aug 19, 2019
    SE Louisiana
    I agree with what Boss said. It's really like that at any food/beverage delivery place. It all comes down to seniority and what route you end up on. I do beverage delivery and our sideloader routes range from an average of around 140 cases a day all the way up to 300+. You'll make bank on the bigger routes, but be ready to max out your hours a couple times a week. I lucked out landing my route. I'm pretty much in the middle at an average of around 225 a day. I've got any given day's route efficient enough to where i can get it done in 7-10 hours. And don't get me started on the loaders lol.
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  8. MOBee

    MOBee Medium Load Member

    Apr 27, 2014
    Longview, TX
    You will work your arse off and you had better be in pretty good shape before you start. If you are in the QT DC area, talk to them as well, those guys make excellent money, but again work their arses off.
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  9. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

    Mar 21, 2020
    I worked for grocery out of Longmont, CO. I'd slit my own throat with a rolled edge rusty spoon before I ever went back to something like it again. The loaders didn't give a flying F about doing their job right, management ships on the drivers, and customers are usually the worst power hungry 7/11 night shift types you'll ever deal with. Also, if you do get an injury due to weather or falling loads (80lb tote on top of flimsy cardboard) you will be found at fault for your injury.

    There were 3 good things about working for McLane. My backing is ###### good, I've got a ###### good friend in the partner I ran with, and quitting.
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  10. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    Imagine touching 40k every night and putting it by hand on a hand cart. Run it into a store, then back up the ramp to repeat. Yeah they get paid well, you will be in shape, and of course turn over rate is high.
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  11. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    You can't pay someone enough to do physical work. Either they are willing to work or they arent.

    My company does a little food service on the side. The fleet I'm on also requires drivers load. The most I made in 1 week was 3400. The guy I was training didn't last long. He didn't even have to do any of the night driving. I let him try it, but he kept hitting the rumble belt, and he fell asleep at a fuel island.

    After he got off my truck and with a partner, he had to night drive and he wouldn't do it. He wanted to stay awake all day, video chatting his wife. He said he will start driving at 8AM. Lol. You can guess how that went down.

    Those are the same guys that will complain the most about their pay. Well, you need to drive to make money, buddy. Your partner did his job, now he's out of hours. Its your turn to get behind the wheel and keep the truck moving. Parked truck = no pay.
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