What company would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Archibald, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Archibald

    Archibald Bobtail Member

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    Here is my situation. I just got a CD LA license, didn't go to accredited driving school. The school was 2 weeks long, they just trained me for the road test, nothing else. I need to be trained properly. I live in Staten Island, NY. What company would you recommend? I want to go OTR, but would like to be out for not more than 3 weeks in a row. I'm 40 y.o. with wife and kids. I'm looking for a dry van or a refer company. Thank you in advance.
     
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  3. kw550cat

    kw550cat Medium Load Member

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    You could try nfi in jersey. I do not remember if they train or not. Then there is Schneider, swift, and the other big companies. TMC wouldn't be too bad if you were interested in flats. But try nfi.
     
  4. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Heavy Load Member

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    Mayflower. United van lines
     
  5. Boomer 1

    Boomer 1 Medium Load Member

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    Being as you already have your CDL, many of the larger have what is called a refresher.... like two weeks out with a trainer. Don't really know if you qualify though, just a thought.
     
  6. Archibald

    Archibald Bobtail Member

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    Thank you guys for your help.
     
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  7. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

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    The truth is that you want to go with any company that will hire you. Your first job is just to get your feet wet so to speak. Being gone for three weeks is the norm starting out. After you have a year in, then you have a much larger choice of companies to work for. Chinatown is the best source on these threads for someone to recommend companies. Once he does give you a list, go to the Good Company thread and find someone who works for that company. Then contact that person and ask him to recommend you to the company. That way he will get a bonus for recruiting you and you will get a company mentor.

    Truckers are like a big family. I just want to point out that I was adopted into that family. I am really a railroader.
     
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Yes, NFI in New Jersey would be good.
    Other dry van=
    Swift
    Schneider
    Western Express
    Paschall Truck Lines (trucks have APU's)
    Ozark Motor Lines (trucks have APU's & replacing all their trucks with new 2014 Freightliners)
     
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  9. Dinomite

    Dinomite Road Train Member

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    With a fly by night school, and living in the NYC area. You will be lucky to get a job with anybody. Even the bottom feeders listed above. You might find some Russian who will let you haul a container around for a couple hundred bucks a week.
     
  10. Ford L8000

    Ford L8000 Medium Load Member

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    You can also try LTL companies like FedEx Freight, ABF, UPS Freight, Con-Way Freight, etc. They have dock to driver programs where you work the dock and then they will train you to drive. Since you already have your Class A, I would look at these type companies.
     
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  11. Craymarris

    Craymarris Light Load Member

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    DID HE SAY SWIFT?


    Oh please if your a new driver stay far far far away from SWIFT. they have the worlds worst trainers.
    so bad SWIFT actually stands for Swing Wide It's a Freaking Trailer.

    please stay away we have enough bad drivers on the road already
     
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