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Chicon's Comment
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Hey guys and gals, I wanting opinions from anyone driving for any of these companies. How's the overall pay, miles, benefits, equipment, dispatchers, loads...etc . According to each of their websites, they all seem about the same, that's why I'm asking for input.......THANKS IN ADVANCE TO ALL WHO REPLY.....GO........

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Anchorman's Comment
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According to each of their websites, they all seem about the same...

I think you just answered your own question...They are all great so I would focus on things such as benefits and hometime to see what fits your personal needs best.

Chicon's Comment
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Assuming it was that simple, Anchorman....from what I've been told all companies say what they "need" to say, to get you there, but like I say, that's what I hear. I want to know who is telling more of the truth than the other.lol

Errol V.'s Comment
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Assuming it was that simple, Anchorman....from what I've been told all companies say what they "need" to say, to get you there, but like I say, that's what I hear. I want to know who is telling more of the truth than the other.lol

Chicon, it IS that simple. The recruiters will say what they need to say, but the companies are pretty much the same.

How's the overall pay, miles, benefits, equipment, dispatchers, loads...etc .

Now there are differences in these, and there are three sources you can use. The recruiters, certainly, will put things in the best light. You can go to truck stops and check with drivers there. Chances are you'll be speaking with someone who works for the company, but doesn't have any irons in the fire to get you on board like a recruiter does. (In other words a pretty honest assessment from one driver.) And finally, there's posts on Trucking Truth.

People are pretty honest here. We do get the "horror stories", but these people get picked apart pretty quickly. (For fun, search here for "bbq sauce guy")

So look into miles, bennies and policies like riders & pets, that you may be interested in. Some companies do try to get you on the road for a month or more, some have plenty of home time programs.

We have fair evaluations here: Trucking Companies, and a way to Help You Choose A Company.

Wander around the site, and if you want the closer details, someone can provide their own experiences.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anchorman's Comment
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Sounds like you are interested in flatbed. Have you looked in to McElroy?

We have a thread started that has a few current drivers that are active in it.

Old School's Comment
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Chicon, judging from your list of choices I assume you want to pull a flat-bed.

Here's the deal - what Anchorman said is spot on. You are focusing on all the wrong things to determine which company is going to suit you best, and it is probably because you have already read so much B.S. on the internet about how this company or that company is treating their employees... "they aren't giving me any miles, my dispatcher doesn't know what he's doing, their equipment is always breaking down, they wanted me to go to New York... waaah,waaaah, waaaaaah... I want my mommy.... I thought I wanted to be a truck driver, but these S.O.B.s are so heartless I can't even make enough money to buy a box of crackers for breakfast!"

Does any of that sound familiar? Because if it does you have been "looking for love in all the wrong places."

Chicon, every one of those companies you listed are top shelf choices, yet you are going to still find the losers (the wannabe truck drivers who are not even working anywhere, and are living in their mommy and daddy's basement spending all their time on trucking review sites) blaming all their failures on these company's policies and practices. Keep in mind everyone of those operations has loyal drivers who have been there for years, some of them are million milers, and they are happy as a "pig in mud!"

We've developed a strange situation in this industry where truth has been dropped from the landscape just as really and unavoidably as a trailer whose kingpin latch has been pulled, because there are so many people who try to get into this career and then, like a slap in the face, they find out this is not easy street, this is tough. I'm actually going to have to work my tail off and prove myself if I am going to make it. The truth is that all those companies will treat you like a king IF you prove yourself to them as person who can face down all the difficulties and problems that come along with this career, and brother there are a lot of struggles, especially for a new rookie driver.

Focus on tangibles, like Anchorman suggested. Which one of them provides the kind of home time you are looking for, which one has your insurance needs covered, do they have a 401k that you would be interested in, do they have the brand of truck you think you would prefer to drive... The intangibles are opinions that there is absolutely no way for you to verify. Take this as an example, I recently was fueling at a truck stop, and a guy at the pump next to me sees my truck and who I'm working for, so he asks me "How are they treating you over there?" I tell him that it is the best job I could ever hope for, and they treat me like royalty - which is exactly how I feel. He says, "I used to work for them out of the Gulfport Terminal , and they suck over there at that terminal, I was an owner operator and because of them I lost my truck!"

Oh really? Isn't that interesting, since that is the same terminal that I work out of. Well Chicon, which one of us are you going to believe?

Forget about random opinions and look at the things that you can actually verify, and hey, if you like big shiny black Peterbilts... go with TMC!

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anchorman's Comment
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...because you have already read so much B.S. on the internet about how this company or that company is treating their employees... "they aren't giving me any miles, my dispatcher doesn't know what he's doing, their equipment is always breaking down, they wanted me to go to New York... waaah,waaaah, waaaaaah... I want my mommy.... I thought I wanted to be a truck driver, but these S.O.B.s are so heartless I can't even make enough money to buy a box of crackers for breakfast!"

And then they finally find our site...where we tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...and debunk those other crazy sites...where they have already been so brainwashed that they think we are the crazy ones.

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Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chicon's Comment
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Old School, Anchorman, I really appreciate your feedback, that's why I'm on this site. I wanted to start my career, as a truck driver, last year....but the timing just wasn't right. I visited about 10 different websites, where everyone on it, made it seem like being a trucker was the worst job that anyone could ever have, I thought to myself. ...there's no way this could be the case....I never remembered my uncle being as miserable as any of the people on those sites, so I searched on and found truckingtruth.com. I immediately knew this was a different site. While I had to put my career change on hold last year, I never stopped coming to this site and reading and researching. This site is the reason I asked the questions I did in this post, being I don't particularly have the time to go sit at the truck stops, I was hoping that by chance a driver for one of those companies my be bored and would share their experiences. I've searched this site and I've seen people's post about the 4 companies in question, but I have only found from orientation to when they get their truck, but really nothing after. Sorry for rambling on, I really do appreciate yalls input.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chicon's Comment
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Sounds like you are interested in flatbed. Have you looked in to McElroy?

We have a thread started that has a few current drivers that are active in it.

Anchorman....are you still with McElroy? I was trying to find a review on here about them and came across a post saying that was where you were going.

RedGator's Comment
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From what I have read Maverick has the highest paid training. Ive also met quite a few drivers and never heard complaints. I looked into tempered glass way back when but flatbed just isn't my style rofl-3.gif

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