I couldnt have said it better myself!
I used to work for a warehouse mgr who said "Take care of your people and they will take care of your profit."
Remember the tv commericial with the California cows? "Happy cows make better cheese!" Well, we are the "cows' " , I, for 1, am NOT HAPPY!
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Hey oldnew, give it some time. Everybody is busy driving instead of being on line right now!
I have some time with Knight, but not five years. No way could I have made it that long. However I did run into quite a few guys that had been there for many years. Most of the ones that were happy were on dedicated runs and had not been "messed with" much. But as I said in another post, it has been several years ago.
When I was with them, they wouldn't look at anyone with less than two years verifiable OTR experience. But apparently that has changed.
Trucking used to be a well paying job, as a driver you were compensated for the sacrifices you made to get the job done.
Now days the attitude is that the sacrifeces is part of the job,
"Take it or leave it"
you need experience, and pretty much all of the company's that will give it to you are turds. just try to find the turd that doen't smell the worst. I don't know if it would be knight...
"Right now, still early in the decision-making process, I'm leaning heavily toward working for Knight Transportation. What I'm looking for is responses for Knight drivers with more than 5 years with the company. If you're out there, please tell me why you've stayed with them for 5 years (or more)."
It's been about a week since I posted the above request for responses. I didn't actually ask a question, I just wanted to hear anything from Knight drivers with 5 years with the company. So far, nothing! I did get some responses from drivers who had some time with the company but not 5 years. So, let me relax the request. How about some responses from any Knight drivers who have something GOOD to say about the company.
P.S. I live close to the Gulfport terminal and most of my interest in Knight has something to do with proximity but I'll go anywhere for training.
I'll try and give you some of the things that I like about Knight Refrigerated, I dont know alot about the "dry side".
Depending on where you are based, MOST, but not all trucks have EZ Pass for tolls and weigh stations.
They offer daily or weekly pay. Daily pay is sort of misleading, you will get paid the NEXT DAY after you deliver a load, provided you get your paperwork Trans-flo'd before 9am Phoenix time. So if you deliver a load every day, and turn in your bills daily, you get paid daily!
Something else, they will NOT issue an actual check. You must have direct deposit or your pay will be loaded onto your Comdata card. Also, they do not issue WRITTEN pay statements. They will print up a pay statement at any terminal or you can check it online. (I still havnt figured out the online thing!)
In the 11 months, I've been here, payroll has yet to make a mistake! (knock on wood)
Any other questions? I'll be totally honest.
Hey Trucker Dave,
Finally, some good news! I know all is not well at Knight but I'm thinking that maybe their Squire company is a good place to go for training. Questions: 1) Have you had any contact with drivers who have been through the Squire program and, if so, what did they have to say?, 2) Do you know anyone currently in the Squire program? If so, do you know if any of them read The Forum?, 3) Finally, do you know any Knight drivers who operate primarily out of the Gulfport terminal?
I hate like hell to take up your time so if my questions are out of line, just say so. I'm a big boy now! Also, anything, anything you have to say about this company that could influence my decision to persue them at a prospective employer would be appreciated. Don't worry about turning me off to them. I'll make my decision based on all accumulated information. I've got the luxury of being able to go wherever I want to go (of course, as long as a company shows an interest in me).
Thanks very much,
I have not met anyone from that terminal yet, so I cant address that question. I imagine that those drivers have very similar experiences as the rest of the company.
I have had the chance to talk to a Squire driver, he seemed grateful for the oppurtunity to train, but wasnt real happy with the pay package! As I understood it, once they complete the time partnered with a trainer (in which the student is doing almost all the driving), the new driver starts out at .27 cpm! The Squire driver also stated they run him ragged! Which makes sense as the company makes more profit on those miles b/c they dont have to pay as much in wages.
My advice would be to make sure you can live on 2200 miles a week (about $600 BEFORE TAXES). Personally, the job and all the garbage that goes with it, $600 is just not enough anymore!
I can live on less than that, if necessary, but for the short term only - say about a year. I could live on it for longer than that but I couldn't/wouldn't live with it! If after a year a company doesn't voluntarily give me a raise commensurate with my contribution, oh well, SEE YA!
On the other hand, if they didn't give me a raise maybe I'm not doing the job for them. I don't expect to be God's gift to trucking. So the SEE YA! could come from the company!
Again, thanks for your time
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