Truck Driving for Pepsi

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  1. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

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    And they're usually pretty quick to get back to you. The whole process takes awhile, but they'll get you a contingency offer pretty quickly
     
  2. Bigez22

    Bigez22 Bobtail Member

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    Anybody here currently work for Pepsi?
     
  3. Nero Angelo

    Nero Angelo Bobtail Member

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    Can anyone give me a bit of advice?. I have a pretty long problem/dilemma that I'd like some advice with.

    I recently went to Trucking School and got my Class A CDL. I'm looking for a job and by a string of luck or some god smiling down upon me I got TWO job offers. One from Lowe's and the other from Pepsi. They are both for driver positions. In the Lowe's job you drive a straight truck flatbed, load your truck with a forklift, drive it to where it needs to go and unload with forklift. Repeat. With the Pepsi it's those side load truck. You make 15-20 stops per day moving cases of soda/water in a hand truck in and out of stores.

    Lowe's pros:
    >21.81/hr
    > good company/benefits/people(good neighborhood near San Francisco lot of cash)
    > full time with predictable two days off
    > not so labor intensive(forklift does heavy lifting/physical part would be chain securing)

    Lowe's cons:
    > bridge toll is 5 dollars every day
    >25-30ish miles commute
    > driving a straight flat bed so no tractor trailer experience

    Pepsi pro:
    >20.98 per hour
    > the plant is in my city literally 10 min drive
    > benefits
    >tractor trailer experience

    Pepsi con:
    >merchandising product/having to deal with pissy store manager and customers
    > more physical fast paced work
    (That's not too bad, plus I'd probably stay a bit fit)

    I'm 21 and I need to work my CDL for experience. If I choose Lowe's
    I could do the Lowe's #### for 3 years, then see a good local tractor trailer gig where you can clear $70k. But they tell you they want 2 years of Class A experience. So I'd be screwed. Maybe I could apply at WM or something later tho.

    If I choose Pepsi it'd be a lot more physical work but I'd be getting tractor trailer experience so it's better for my career.

    Which should I go for? I am a lazy ####### so working itself puts me off but muh animes can't pay themselves. A reason I got my CDL Class A was so I could work an easy job but that's not the case with Pepsi. Pepsi would be good for experience in the long term but suck because of hard work. The Lowe's job is one of the ezest jobs since all you do is pretty much drive.
    pls respond
     
  4. christinew86

    christinew86 Bobtail Member

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    Can someone please tell me how long it takes for Pepsi to contact you after you've been given a contingent offer?
     
  5. Nero Angelo

    Nero Angelo Bobtail Member

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    The next business day. I went to my face to face, they told me I would get an email letting me know if I passed in two weeks because "they still had other interviews to go through", but I got emailed the same day with the contingent offer. It was on a Friday and they're off weekends so they called me the Monday after.
     
  6. Scott101

    Scott101 Medium Load Member

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    If flatbed is what you eventually want, I'd go with Lowe's. I'm guessing it's a Class B rig? The flatbed/forklift experience will open a lot more doors then a sideloader tractor trailer beverage truck in my opinion. Especially if you want to jump ship sooner then later. Plus, kinda sounds like you are trying to talk yourself out of the Pepsi gig already. -- I don't blame you...

    I don't recommend job hoping, but if you truly stick it out with the second outfit for awhile it won't look too sketchy on your work history. So as soon as you learn some skills loading and forking, start putting in apps with flatbed companies if you are itching for a trailer.
     
  7. JV_620

    JV_620 Light Load Member

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    I did not know that Pepsi will train you to obtain your CDL A? :eek:
    I have an A permit myself. Now it's either spend $4K or $5K for training :(, or sign on with a "bottom dweller" as it's been said. If Pepsi would hire a CDL holder with just a permit, then train me, that would be :biggrin_1square:...but I would think that enough Class A people would be selected first. Oh well, I'll apply anyways..
     
  8. christinew86

    christinew86 Bobtail Member

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    Can anyone explain to me what base pay 50% and commission 50% means? And annual target pay?
     
  9. AnthonyM757

    AnthonyM757 Light Load Member

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    Wow I have two face-to-face interviews with Pepsi next week (Different locations but close to where I'm staying)

    They bypassed the whole phone interview process. (unless these facilitates don't do phone interviews)

    Anyway does the Route Relief drivers have to do a road test? I'm just worried because I've never alley docked and that's what failed me on my road test with a different company.
     
  10. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

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    I don't know anything about the 50% pay thing. The road test- is hit or miss. Some plants do it. Some don't. Luck of the draw I guess.

    As far as back breaking work- it has its moments. It also has its moments of being very easy. its called work for a reason. Don't listen to the naysayers and rule it out is all I'm saying
     
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