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Discussion in 'Report A BAD Trucking Company Here' started by flatlined, Jul 10, 2022.

  1. flatlined

    flatlined Bobtail Member

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    Just giving information as unidentifiably as I can. This is all to the best of my knowledge given current figures at the time of posting from a company driver.

    • Trucks won’t idle under 102 degrees.
      • Yes they have an EPU/optidle
      • The climate system struggles to keep up in hot weather and the vents are only in the bunk. You have no AC if you’re sitting in the front
      • Some trucks won’t even idle with the tractor break disengaged
      • The optidle won’t work if you’re sitting longer than about 12 hours. The system is supposed to load shed and turn the truck on, but it stops doing the latter after 12-15 hours of sitting. If you’re on a 34 or sitting for breakdown you’re going to have to sit in the front on the accelerator.
    • 2022 and newer trucks won’t let your RPM above 950 when idle
    • The only thing I’m the bunk is climate and light controls. No 12v and no radio
    • Tv Mount can technically handle a 32inch tv, but only one or two models actually fit between the fridge and cabinet
    • The fridge is average with an extremely small freezer. Keeps food cold for the most part.
    • There are no bars or catwalks on the back of the truck. You can’t strap anything down outside your truck unless you get creative. No doghouse on the passenger side because of the climate system.
    • 1500 Watt inverter
    • 68 on the cruise and 65 on the pedal. As soon as you touch that pedal you’re going back to 65. Pass Smart, but it’s set at 68. So all it does is allow you to override the adaptive cruise for a whopping 30 mins a day.
    • Breakdown is a nightmare. You’re sitting at least 24 hours anytime you go to a shop. Expect nothing less. Avoid the shops at all cost.
    • Equipment isn’t maintained as well as you would think. Trailers are trash. Even brand new trailers already have damage and tire issues. Trucks aren’t kept much better.
    • .56 per mile under 2 years experience. .60 a mile after 2 years. You lose .02 if you take over diem
    • They use drivers to recruit. So you get a bonus for everyone who gets seated and .02 per mile for every mile each recruit drives for 2 years. They call them ambassadors. It seems as though the people who hustle really well get treated better and have better loads and support. Don’t trust drivers telling you how great this place is. They are out for the money. They also earn paid vacations every year if they recruit enough people.
    • You don’t have a dedicated dispatcher. You have a community of 7 or so people who monitor or 200+ trucks. The community you get in matters. If you get in a bad one you won’t see miles or preplans.
    • The “optimizer” doesn’t exist anymore. Even though they’ll tell you in your orientation packet it does. Trucks are being planned by planners again.
    • Insurance is sub-par. The Allstate supplemental insurance is pretty good, but the rest is not.
    • Fuel Card is US Bank and it does NOT work with the weigh my truck app. Go inside and pay or pay for it yourself. If you need something in the store (fluids, straps, lock, etc) and you want to use the company card, do NOT have them run it as a company card. It won’t work. Also, it comes off your check as an advance and then you get reimbursed. You might as well just pay for it yourself and get reimbursed. Reimbursements take a while. Keep an eye on your paystubs to make sure you’re getting all your money correctly.
    • They do a split trip policy where if you run a certain percentage of your trip by Sunday they split it and give you what you’ve run on that week and the rest on the next week. This is not optional. Many drivers are unhappy with this policy because they end up with too many miles one week (tax issues) and not enough the next week.

    • Some good things
      • Fuel stops aren’t mandated. You can fuel wherever you want at the mega stops.
      • You route yourself within reason. If you start getting towards 100 miles out of route just call and explain your situation. They’ll give you a go or no go.
      • Pay is decent
      • 68 mph
      • They seem to be legitimately trying and want to make the company better. They have town halls within the communities and a main town hall for the company. All done over zoom. The problem is they want feedback but only seem to listen to some of it. They have a long way to go and the bad is starting to outweigh the good.
     
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  3. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    Tales from the modern day plantation.
     
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  4. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    No more BS.
    Just same old BS.
    Just not more.
     
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  5. Bumper

    Bumper Road Train Member

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    Less is more!!
     
  6. Boondock

    Boondock Road Train Member

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    More or less the same.
     
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  7. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    Do they have coffee? Asking for a friend.
     
  8. merv85

    merv85 Light Load Member

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    how many company trucks are there in variant? do you get fuel bonus for all the anti idle policy?
     
  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    "It seems as though the people who hustle really well get treated better and have better loads and support."

    This line stuck to me for some reason. I don't know if the driver that gets empty first always gets the best loads, but drivers that are efficient do. Also drivers better have the 2 "abilities:" Reliability and Availability. Both contribute largely to your success on the road. I hope you find a company that best suits your needs, OP.
     
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  10. Veteran driver

    Veteran driver Medium Load Member

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    Two words. Strong Solo.
    Brokers or dispatchers love that. Strong solos are the cream de la crème of the driver pool.
    They run hard, manage their time well, don’t mind running at night, or during snowy weather. They get it done efficiently as bryan 21384 said.


    Those drivers get the freight because they’re tried and true.
     
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I like that ..... "Strong Solo." I just added that to my personal trucker vocabulary. I'll credit you every time I use it.
     
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