Which companies are the best

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by Delx37, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Delx37

    Delx37 Bobtail Member

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    I'm about to go to school at alliance for a month and have already paid the deposit. I've heard some bad things about them but i think things did not work out for that person who made those posts. Who knows but after the schooling i'll be able to be recruited by many companies. I'm wondering which ones are the best overall. Which companies pay well? What are the basic things i'm looking for in these companies? What should i be weary off from them? I'm willing to do what it takes but i also want to make some money and not get screwed over every day.
     
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  3. MattsWays28

    MattsWays28 Bobtail Member

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    Well to be honest with you man everyone has to start somewhere I recommend schneider there training program is the best I can vouch for that personally...lets just say before I came to schneider I couldn't back for crap. But now I can back in any hole I want and get this It doesn't take me no more than 2 pull ups ever!!!!. As for what to look for stay away from JB Hunt. They are terrible people and they lie. All I can say is go with schneider get your 2 years experiance and look for a small mom and pop company. I'm going to work for Q Carriers on Monday.
     
  4. jimnfor

    jimnfor Light Load Member

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    you are asking the million dollar question my friend, that so many of us have asked in our heads a thousand times. all i can say is do your research, try to talk to a driver of the company your interested in. go to a truck stop close to home to do that. use this forum, but use caution as well. patience and tolerance are key traits to have in this industry.
    good luck
     
  5. cajun

    cajun Light Load Member

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    i never went to a truck driving school, learned from my old man. ex-marine at that, might have been treated better at the hanoi hilton. so, i can't help you out with the school issue but,knowing what i know now. work for a company that is only running about 100 or so trucks. companies like that are usually big enough to offer pretty good benefits but small enough to know your name. also, try to work for one that has a terminal within 2 hours of your home. now, the best piece of advice i can give you is get yourself into a tanker job. you won't be able to do it at first, you'll probably have to spend a couple years with a dry box or something first, but i'd work my way in to it. i don't know it for fact, but i've heard schnieder has a pretty good training program and they have a tanker division. good luck
     
  6. agindtown

    agindtown Bobtail Member

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    Click on the good trucking companies link at the home page of this web site. Those are a few good options. But every company has a different experince for each driver, and it also depends on what type of person you are. I work for USA truck and I here guys complain all of the time about not getting miles and not getting paid for this and that. I have had my issues, but never have I not got paid right or sat somewhere too long without being properly paid. Basically as I tell everyone, read my signature. so true. so true. companies don't give a #### about you sitting up. They will let you become a department store manicin if you keep being patient with them. Good luck on your search bro!
     
  7. CaptJack

    CaptJack Light Load Member

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    Two of the best companies I've driven for were Maverick and ATS. I've had no bad experiences with either and they both are pretty straight up.
     
  8. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

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    Some tips for determining what is a good company.

    1. Pays Actual miles as in hub miles (usually union pays this). Next best is PC MILER practical miles.
    2. Decent late model equipment preferably 1 to 3 years old. Some companies will keep trucks longer but know the older the truck is the more breakdowns it will have.
    3. Benefits. Should include Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life, Direct deposit, 401k or profit sharing,
    4. Accessorial pay. Such as multi stop pay (pay for EVERY stop is best), congestion pay, detention pay, loading, unloading, (authorized lumpers best).
    5. Additional perks. Assigned truck, paid sick days, personal days, holidays, vacation, safety bonuses.
    6. Payscale should be above .40 cpm.

    If you find companies offering the above you will most likely be looking at Union jobs, or private carriers such as Frito Lay, Sherwin Williams, Walmart, Or Precision motor Group.

    Each driver will have to decide for himself what he is willing to work for. The large companies are fine for cutting your teeth but there are MUCH better outfits out there available once you have some experience under your belt.
     
  9. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Good advice right there. I work for a company with about 200 trucks give or take also live less than an hour from the main terminal. Big enough to have a good mix of drop and hook with the live loads plus pretty good benefits. Small enough to answer the phone when it rings, not put you on hold, know who you are when you first open your mouth, and will work with you when you need time off as long as you know how to communicate effectively (and professionally). Plus, you would be surprised, some of these smaller companies will train newbs and reimburse for schooling..
     
  10. LeslieAnn

    LeslieAnn Bobtail Member

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    thank you :biggrin_25525:
     
  11. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    I think newbies can scratch Wal Mart and probably Frito Lay off the list. Most experienced drivers need not apply either they are picky.
     
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