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    Chattanooga, TN

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    3 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Considering the switch

Hello and welcome aboard. You can't go wrong with either company. Really depends on what you want to haul and where you want to run. Also it depends on how often you want to be home. If you want more home time options, I'd go with Maverick. I drove for them for 2.5 years, great company. They have regional flatbed, otr flatbed, otr reefer, regional glass and or glass as well as boats. Prime doesn't offer as much home time I don't believe but you will see more of the country there. They run all 48 if I'm not mistaken. Mavericks glass does 48 and Canada I believe. Flatbed is mostly east of i35. As far as getting your cdl, both have cdl sponsorship programs. Prime's is more refined since Maverick hasn't been doing it very long. They will send you to a local school in little Rock to obtain your cdl, and I believe prime is all in house. There are plenty prime drivers here and a few current maverick drivers, so feel free to ask any questions.

Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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Status Update

The hiring process for FedEx was a long one but worth the wait so far. Felt weird to leave Maverick since it was my first driving job. It's nice to get a break from tarping lol

Posted:  1 week ago

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Giving notice

Honestly man your best bet is to call them and try and leave in good standing. When I was there I never missed work, always on time and did my job. Anytime I called and needed time away from the truck, they made it happen. You never know what they can do for you unless them call and ask. Like I said before, I believe they offer 30 days of absence. If you did that, maybe you could come back for a little while and put in a notice. Also, I'm not sure about tcd, but on the flatbed side money was no issue. I Never needed the guarantee as I exceeded it with ease. I don't want to jump on your case or anything but I gotta defend maverick here even though I left the company.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Giving notice

Well as you said, they do pay for the bus ticket or will refund you the cost. You may want to get the procedure done while you're employed to help with cost. The COBRA coverage is a joke and ridiculously expensive. Even if you lose your truck, unless you got one of those nice brand new ones, they're all pretty much the same. Not sure where you're getting the hundreds of dollars from, only cost me about 60$ in gas to get home. They had me DH to the nearest terminal under a load to have it repowered. I cleaned it out, turned in my keys and badge and that was it.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Giving notice

Yo you're with maverick still right? I just left a month ago, had no issues at all. Best thing you can do is call your FM and explain the situation. They do offer 30 days of absence I believe but it's unpaid. Not sure where the closest terminal to you is, but you should drop it off there for sure. I had my wife pick me up and we drove home. Be sure to clean your truck out the best you can.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Status Update

Thanks turtle, I'm still a skateboarder at heart lol. And bobcat yes, we work the dock plenty. It's mostly the lower guys such as myself on the line haul side. Drivers with bids or higher on the extra board may do an hour or so on the dock till their back haul is ready. I'm literally the last guy so I do more a good mix of shuttles and dock. Not sure about the city drivers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Status Update

Hey what's going on everyone. It's been a while since I've posted here but I have been lurking. Anybody remember me? Anyway, a lot has happened in the last month or so since I was an active member. I am no longer with Maverick Transportation. My situation at home changed and being over the road, even 5 days at a time was no longer doable for me. I have nothing bad to say about the company. I worked there for 2.5 years as my 1st driving job and they delivered on everything I had hoped for. I left about a month ago on good terms and was told I'd be more than welcome to return if I wanted to. I took my time and made sure I had a job lined up prior to leav. I ended up going with FedEx Freight. The ltl biz is an entire different world from flatbed. I now work the dock and pull doubles, which can be a challenge. I'll try to make a new thread for FedEx at some point or add to an existing ltl thread. If anybody wants any information on Maverick or FedEx let me know.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Cdl third party testers in North Georgia

Wow small world. I also went to that school, I loved it. I asume Mr B would be Mr Browder. Great teacher and driver.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Rain

Better than snow and ice

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Stuck between prime or maverick

Where do you live exactly? I can get a better idea of what we have in the area

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Stuck between prime or maverick

I had my cdl before I joined maverick so I'm not too sure on the details. I believe that you will go to a local college and get your cdl there, which maverick sponsors. You'll be asked to stay for a certain period of time no matter which company you go with. Both companies pay quite well and have good equipment. I went with maverick because of the home time. You say you live in KY, depending on where you live you could have really good home time. The closer to Cincinnati or Louisville the better. You will see more of the country with prime and get more miles for otr. If you do regional with maverick you'll likely stay east of I 35.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Speaking of guaranteed pay (Maverick)

They haven't given out the details yet, but we'd probably have to be available all 5 days (Monday through Friday), be on time, not hit stuff etc. I'm curious how they will factor in bonuses and tenure. I have over 2 years but I'm not topped out yet. The guarantee is only there to provide a safety net if they can't get things done on their end. If someone is lazy and is ok with 1000 a week then have at it. I'm sure there will be rules however.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Instructor announced 1st Time EVER Newbie Hiring @ UPS & J.B. Hunt!

My uncle is a ups feeder driver. He does line haul pulling doubles on a 600+ mile round trip Monday through friday. He is at the top of the pay scale there. He grosses over 100k a year and yes with team driving he could get near those numbers you posted as I've seen his pay stubs. With that being said, he's also been there since before I was born and I'm 28. So I wouldn't say the instructors were entirely lying but definitely not telling you everything about those jobs. I think that unions can be a good thing in the trucking industry, and I'd gladly work there if I could.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Working For Maverick

I know I'm super late to this post, been on home time. Anyway I just wanted to ask what point you're trying to make? I remember the other post you made and how you made the switch. You seem to be defensive about people's replies. Are you saying that tcd is better than flatbed overall? Tcd is better for you? You can make more money doing tcd? Whatever your point is, the fact is you can make decent money with this company. Yes we just got a raise on the flatbed side but I'm sure tcd will get one as well if they haven't yet. If you're making more money and you're happier what's the issue?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

I glanced over it but yes I think you're right. either way it's good news for everyone. Competition is only going to continue and we will all benefit in some way.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Maverick flatbed glass division it is.....

I'd wait at least 6 months before going forward to be safe. Failing a drug test is a big deal, even if it was due to medical reasons. Like andhe said, we don't have a lot of flatbed stuff up there but there is a glass plant in Geneva we run glass for. You are correct though, glass does not offer the best home time unless you land a dedicated gig.

PS. this post is 2 years old, might be time to make a new thread lol

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

How exactly does the sliding scale work?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

Staying out the way you guys do I'm sure you're doing pretty good

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

Whoa, I literally signed in to post the same thing. We got a fleet message today that Maverick otr and regional drivers in glass, flatbed and tcd I believe will get a .05 cpm increase. So now the base pay will be .52-.59 cpm base pay. That doesn't include the up to .06 cpm bonus which is very easy to get. They also announced a minimum guarantee between 1000-1200 a week depending on tenure I think. The message was a little confusing but it looks like the carriers are competing for drivers which is good for us.

Posted:  5 months ago

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I've been accepted to Maverick! Any other Mavericks with opinions?

Don't like where this thread is heading lol. I think what Kevin is trying to say is tcd is easier and worked better for him. Flatbed does have its pros and cons, and so does tcd. The biggest pro for me is the hometime and depending less on loaders and unloaders and more on my own efficency most times. If you don't want to or can't be home weekly, you can't go wrong with any of the divisions here. Not sure what Kevin meant by working 85-90 hrs a week, maybe he just meant long days. Also, when he said a few fellow students were on track for 34k, I assume it's what they had made so far this year or maybe they just started. I will say that Kevin probably didn't give flatbed enough time, but if he's still here and happy it's all good I guess.

Ps. If you try to break down the pay to an hourly rate it will never look good on paper.

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