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Eckoh's Comment
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I have made the choice to leave swift before finishing my first year. I did not want to when this other company first offered me a job, however swift did some things that just made it very hard to keep with them in the face of the new offer.

Basically it works out to a 9cpm pay raise for doing the same job and according to the drivers i have talked to the same average weekly miles. Also the new company has or allows you to have everything swift says you cannot such as pets and power inverters.

I am giving more then 2 weeks notice with Swift and will turn the truck in at a terminal to make my departure as professional as possible despite some of the unprofessional people i have dealt with at swift.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Where you headed?

Eckoh's Comment
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Where you headed?

Crete Carriers. Gonna go to orientation the in 3 weeks

Anchorman's Comment
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Where you going for orientation?

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Great choice

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Eckoh, I'll look forward to any updates you provide on your new experiences with Crete. I came very close to signing on with them. I had an orientation date picked for Crete last July. I couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to go linehaul with OD or OTR with Crete. The plan was to roll with Crete just to have that OTR experience for a year or so, because I knew that once I hired on with OD, there'd be no turning back. OD has a no rehire policy.

At any rate, I don't regret my decision in going with Old Dominion for multiple reasons, money being one of the most obvious, although not most important one. I wave to all the Crete / Shaffer trucks on the road. Their New Kingstown terminal is very close to my house, and my home OD terminal. If I ever had to go OTR, Crete / Shaffer would be my choice, with Prime being a close runner up.

Looking forward to hearing about your Crete adventures.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Eckoh's Comment
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Most likely the one they have in Tenn, the PA terminal i think is a bit farther. The only drawback is I got to ride with a mentor again for 2-3 weeks because i am not at one year, but for a 9 cpm pay raise it is worth it.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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I have made the choice to leave swift before finishing my first year. I did not want to when this other company first offered me a job, however swift did some things that just made it very hard to keep with them in the face of the new offer.

Basically it works out to a 9cpm pay raise for doing the same job and according to the drivers i have talked to the same average weekly miles. Also the new company has or allows you to have everything swift says you cannot such as pets and power inverters.

I am giving more then 2 weeks notice with Swift and will turn the truck in at a terminal to make my departure as professional as possible despite some of the unprofessional people i have dealt with at swift.

What happened at swift to make you leave

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Eckoh's Comment
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I have made the choice to leave swift before finishing my first year. I did not want to when this other company first offered me a job, however swift did some things that just made it very hard to keep with them in the face of the new offer.

Basically it works out to a 9cpm pay raise for doing the same job and according to the drivers i have talked to the same average weekly miles. Also the new company has or allows you to have everything swift says you cannot such as pets and power inverters.

I am giving more then 2 weeks notice with Swift and will turn the truck in at a terminal to make my departure as professional as possible despite some of the unprofessional people i have dealt with at swift.

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What happened at swift to make you leave

not gonna Bad mouth the company. I'll just say they did some things that screwed my pay for the next year if i was to keep working with them.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Good luck Eckoh! I know the general feeling by the moderators is to stay with your first company for a year, but I don't regret leaving Roehl to go to Marten. Things are far from perfect especially since this is a newly acquired account and the bugs aren't worked out yet, but I am much happier here. I too will be interested to hear how things go with Crete/Scheafer. Are you going dry van or reefer?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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