After upgrade, trainees will receive the following compensation:
Yes, the amount varies depending on fuel savings and average MPG on a sliding scale.
Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance, life, dental, vacation, 401k, and employee stock plan.
90 days from date of hire (CDL training does not count towards this 90 day waiting period).
1 week of vacation is earned after 1 year of continuous employment, paid at approximately $680.
2 weeks vacation after 2 years of employment paid at approximately $1,400.
The pay and benefits, including bonus pay, seems to be right on par with the industry average for refrigerated carriers. But make note that 30% of the freight at FFE requires the driver to unload the freight. This is significantly higher than most other carriers. Depending on the individual, this could be a positive or negative aspect.
On one hand, truck drivers tend to lack exercise and this is a great way to help stay in shape on the road. It'll also help increase paychecks since drivers are paid extra anytime they unload (that can add up!). But if you have any physical ailments or simply don't want any physical labor responsibilities, it's something to keep in mind.
Some drivers can transition directly into regional or dedicated positions immediately, but typically must wait a minimum of 3 to 6 months before these positions become available. Regional and dedicated positions are only given to drivers with a safe driving record and on-time performance.
A relatively new position that has become available at FFE is hauling water to and from oil rigs in the Odessa / Midland, TX area. This is a local tanker truck operation and students must live or relocate to the local area. But if this is something that interests you, they are currently qualifying CDL students to transition directly into one of these local tanker operations. Please note that you must be pre-qualified to transition into this opportunity.
Southeast: Texas to Florida and as far north as North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
Southwest: Texas to California and as far north as Colorado and Utah.
No NYC freight.
To ensure drivers receive the most miles possible all trucks are under forced dispatch.
Drivers who live near major cities may get to the house every 1 to 2 weeks for 1 to 2 days of time off. This is not guaranteed home time and varies greatly depending on the city. OTR drivers should plan to be out for 3 weeks and home 3 to 4 days with a maximum of 5 days off at a time. Home time is earned 1 day home for every week out.
Regional drivers are usually out 2 weeks and home for 2 days but drivers who live near a major interstate or freight lane may see home more often.
Approximately 70% drop and hook freight.
Future opportunities in dedicated or regional freight seems to be available. While regional opportunities are mostly limited to the Southwest and Southeast portions of the United States, dedicated accounts are offered nationwide. Living near major cities and interstates will help land one of these positions and the time required to drive OTR (3 to 6 months) before opportunities become available is fairly generous.
If you're interested in a regional or dedicated position in a relatively short period of time, FFE could be a great option for you.
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