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Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Kind of frustrating!

This isn't a company bashing post or a black-list to anything.

Decided to join a company hiring drivers with at least 6 months experience in a CMV. Cool I've got at least 8 at my last job, better pay and other non relevant subjects of matter.. Talked on the phone with a recruiter, liked the info I was given and pursued. I was told paid orientation plus training.. Great! I had no "straight 10" exp, I told the recruiter before I went any further they said and I quote "they'll go over all that with you" so me thinking I will be payed for "training" I thought that was for the manual trans too.. Just found out the days they are teaching me to shift I am not paid...

I was already looking at a large pay cut taking the "training" pay.. Now not getting paid at all! Woah!!

I'm getting better by the day(started shifting training Monday). My instructor told me today I've got a good rythem but I'm lacking a "smooth shift" I think I'm doing good enough to begin the "paid" portion of my training... But then again I'm no pro!!! So what I think and what is true may be two totally different things... It's just frustrating when I'm not being paid(I know it's only Tuesday! I only started on Monday with NO EXP with a 10-spd)

now to be fair this "class" or refresher im taking most people have to pay for, as in schooling course(3 or 4 week course) but I only require shifting help.

bottom line here is that I'm kind of frustrated and just wanted to rant a bit here...its way to late to back out now(cost of reimbursement for dot drug screening and all that fancy stuff is a pretty penny!!). With all considered it does kind of put a fire under my bum to hurry me up!! Haha! Lesson here is to be very specific when asking your recruiter questions.. Example:
me: "do y'all pay for training on manual transmissions?"

recruiter: "sorry no we do not, only the time your out on the road with a trainer is the only time your compensated."


thanks for reading y'all & be safe!!

- Mike

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

It does help, i was looking at cypress bc I dont have a cdl at the moment and they will train me local.

They do have a training class - CTC (cypress training center) you will work with a man named Rick. He's currently helping me with my shifting skills. Very insightful individual. Has a lot of great information to share. Listen to him carefully and don't talk back, he will test your patience but I can assure you he means well(he's got quite the humorous side aswell!). I'm not too sure the length of classes they have to offer.. Maybe call inquiring further information.
Drive Safe -Mike

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

Just went through orientation with cypress, now doing a "refresher" this week - considering I have no straight 10 exp.. The company seems pretty well run, very safe! Not As big as the "big boy company's" but not small enough to be considered a ma-n-pop company. They do say home time every weekend.. Offering competitive pay, there equipment is fair. Don't have much other then that though.. Hope this helps! Good luck and gratz on marriage!good-luck.gif

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Cypress Truck Lines/Sunbelt Trans.

Orientation finished off today 1700 went real swell the last week, some portions of orientation went by a bit too fast.(..considering Monday was a holiday) Over-all went real good! There is alot of real good guys willing to share there experiences & whatnot, always willing to help - no question is a stupid question. Very professional business, very safe style of how they preform there work(flatbedding is no joke!!!) from what I've seen they like to keep there trucks rolling(good!) orientation is payed, with meal and board to boot... Not too shabby!! They have pretty competitive pay considering I have low to no time experience with these majestic beasts of the open road.. REGIONAL TOO!! I've never done 'OTR' but starting regional for me is awesome! Seeing that I'd like to see my family every weekend, sweet!! There fleet looks great! The 'top performers' & seniorities get the brand new peterbilts and internationals.. But there used fleet isn't the worst! I don't have enough input for much more then what I have seen... But it looks great! Just wanted to help someone's decision in choosing a career at Cypress Truck Lines/Sunbelt Trans. Thanks for reading! -Diesel

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Calling all rookies.....

Thanks for old schools helpful reply to my thread - countless stories I have searched and red about what to expect(pros,cons) slot of very helpful and honest information I believe. More stories not to scare but to put the truth out and saying some of the worst things that have happened or may happen..(and the rewards!!)All that stuff really helps for someone like me - not in the trade but soon embarking.. So thank you everybody that contributes!!! Not to mention the backing maps provided by errol those are very fun to figure out! Very helpful and enjoyable guys keep up the grrreeeaatt work!! Thanks - Mike

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Introduction & Starting CDL School

Welcome! & good luck!! I'm going to start my career trucking aswell! I've read a lot of reviews about the company in joining - some good some bad.. But everyone is different, some people have good attitudes and bad ones too.. Different ways and ideals.. All in trying to get at is that you just need to try it for yourself! This forum helps a lot too with whatever pickle you may find yourself down the road so feel free to air it out on the forum! A lot of good people are here to help! Good luck on your new journey!! Hope all goes well for you!!

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Wanting to start trucking career

Hey Zachary & Welcome! Good luck with the job hunt! Cypress is stationed in Jacksonville aswell! That's where I'm going next week - I think they do training for you, I'm not too sure though. Cypress is currently hiring for regional drivers(southeastern states to be exact) ftom what I see on videos and even on the road there equipment looks nice newer models.. Don't have much feedback for them maybe after I work for them a little ill be able to supply more info.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Starting my journey soon - any feedback??

I got my CDL A at a small school with my own dime - took a week vacation and 'got-er-don' ! Haha The bud idea was just something to try instead of regional/OTR - we have been thinking about this change for 3 years .. But this bud job is more about deliveries and not so much about driving.. The pay was good, but just not the field I foreseen myself in...

Thanks so much for the feedback old school!!! This helps me a great deal! I will try this out - maybe get a couple years and then shoot for a local/short haul position. The time away from family sounds hard I can't lie about that. Even though I'll only do a week out at a time and home weekends(so I was 'promised')but even a week out sounds kind of rough.. I will definitely be here on the forum on my downtime, thanks again so much for the feedback!!

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Off to School!

Good luck!

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Starting my journey soon - any feedback??

Working for a Budweiser dist. For about a year now... I'm thinking of shifting gears, the job is an honest one and hard work is your bible - No problem with that. But the road is calling my name... The best part of my day at my current job is jumping up in that truck seat and trucking to my next stop(which is unfortunately 10 mins max away haha) the company in my cross-hairs is "Cypress Truck Lines" they offer 'garuanteed home time' which will work perfect considering I have a young family waiting for me at home.. Along with some other perks(Flatbed exp. teaching me how to drive a 10 speed-yes my bud truck is an automatic unfortunately...) Does anybody have any tips/tricks of the trade or advice/information on cypress they'd like to share with me?

Thanks so much! Mike

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