Trucking company reviews can be a big help to the truck driver on an active job search.
Every trucker has certain priorities in mind when seeking out a new driving job. Each person has different expectations of a job, depending on their needs.
For most truck drivers, big wages are at the top of their list, others are looking for a small trucking company to work for, while some truckers look for a company to work for with fancy, high dollar long hood trucks. Everyone has something different in mind.
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The Role of the Carrier
Trucking companies have the ability to make or break a trucker’s career. Some companies pay a low mileage rate and pay an incentive or bonus to their drivers. But beware, these incentive plans often only benefit the company, not the driver.
Some companies even specifically target women as recruits to fill their empty seats in the looming trucker shortage, as they believe women will be attracted by the meager wages offered by an OTR trucking job.
Carriers utilize dispatchers as their important front line of communication with their drivers. Many make the mistake of filling the dispatcher positions with college graduates who are able to maneuver complicated dispatch software programs and answer phones, rather than some one who has some knowledge of the industry or who has driven a truck. We wonder if this new age style of dispatcher is contributing to the shortage of drivers?
In today’s trucking industry, companies tend to try to do whatever they can, to avoid spending any more money than necessary on their most valuable resource: their drivers. Their time and money would be well invested in finding out what makes their drivers tick, rather than on new equipment and fancy office towers. Satisfied, fairly paid drivers will ultimately bring a company success, a concept which many trucking companies have not yet mastered.
Trucking Company Reviews & Pay Packages
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Onfreight Logistics, Windsor — I am a new driver (8 months). When I came out of school, my first job was with a company that almost made me quit trucking right out of the gate. I stayed a month and then moved on. I found Onfreight Logistics and I have had the best experiences so far. They treat the drivers with respect, the pay is good and I’m home everyday. The owner of the company is always gracious and will always stop to say hello and ask how things are going. He’s always available to talk to as well. I like this company because it isn’t huge, but we are always on the go. I can see myself staying here as long as they’ll have me. If you’re looking to work for a great company and you also happen to be a new driver, check them out. (Steve, Windsor, ON)
Draxler Transport, Marshfield — I worked there as an owner operator, and later as a company driver. Great place.
Sammons Trucking, Missoula — I pulled for them for years. Not only do they treat you like family, they have excellent freight for the heavy haulers. I can’t say enough about these guys. They are the best trucking company I have ever worked for. (By Mark Johnson, NM.)
F.Y.I. This carrier appears on the top 20 list of ‘best carriers’.
Crete Carriers, Lincoln — Debt free company and good equipment. Dispatch offered the driver about 3 dispatch choices to choose, from which was unique. (By William Harrington)
Waters Vacuum Truck Services, Reno — Local pumper truck service, a small company with 22 trucks.They have a very low turnover, 2 years here and I am still a newbie. The owner is hands on and a nicer guy I have never met. He always has something good to say about his employees, even when they mess up.
Trucks are well maintained. Check out the company CSA report. Pay is hourly 16-18 USD, benefits after 90 days. Home every night, paid weekly, monthly bonuses for safety, customer relations. Hourly pay means you GET PAID for every minute in your log book, not just rolling miles. Average driver gets 45 -50 hours/ week with OT after 40 hours.
Company started in 1952 same location in Reno NV. Trucks are 10 wheelers to Super B trains,with 18 speed transmissions. They will train new drivers if the drivers are willing to take care of equipment and follow company rules.
All in all, I feel lucky to be here. Great job, good people.(Cliff Gray)
Denis Gray Trucking Inc. — My interview with this small flatbed trucking company in Washington State, and their new and improved pay package structure.
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