Sysco Or Performance Food Group?

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Rufio Pockets's Comment
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Hey guys, need some help on deciding on these similar companies! Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

Rob T.'s Comment
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I haven't heard of performance good group, but I currently work at Sysco in the warehouse, all the drivers I've talked to like working for the company, great pay, great benefits, only downside is the amount of time it takes them to unload each pallet. In the warehouse we build pallets using a triple Jack (building 3 pallets at a time) and sometimes the first stop will be at the bottom,of your pallet so you need to un stack entire pallet just to get your first stop. Also you have certain order selectors that don't care how things are stacked so it may take extra time to find cases buried in wrong area of pallet you need. If you have questions in general about Sysco I may be able to help, but again I work in Warehouse at the moment so I'm unable to provide any really detailed information about driving for them. One thing to keep in mind though is Sysco redid their pay structure for drivers and warehouse in the past couple years (essentially a pay cut as there were many warehouse workers were making 80k to 100k a year ) so some information you may find online about the pay and reviews regarding the company may not sound good, but the company is still doing great, and you're paid based on how hard you work. In the warehouse for example, I'm on pace to earn 60k this year (first year), and I'm not even close to being topped out in pay since I'm still learning ways to be most efficient and make more.

Anchorman's Comment
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...(essentially a pay cut as there were many warehouse workers were making 80k to 100k a year)...I'm on pace to earn 60k this year (first year)...

If you all are making this much, then how much do the drivers make?

Rob T.'s Comment
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...(essentially a pay cut as there were many warehouse workers were making 80k to 100k a year)...I'm on pace to earn 60k this year (first year)...


If you all are making this much, then how much do the drivers make?

I am not sure exactly what they're pay rates are for drivers at our DC but i know they are paid on "DIP" (Driver Incentive pay) . It's a great way to get workers to get the work done as quickly as possible. I do know that we have a couple of guys that drove for a little bit and decided to come back to the Warehouse because as drivers they were taking home only couple hundred more a week, but they were also working a ton more hours, plus the very early mornings weren't working for them. I havent been able to find out from the Driving management about their DIP pay at my DC, as they are currently looking into helping me obtain my CDL. Now the guys i asked about the pay that came back to the WH, could be many different reasons why their pay was about what we were making including they work slower and putting in longer hours, or they had the crappy routes (seniority based). With the DIP Pay they have an Hourly rate that they pay, but you only make that if your "DIP" pay is lower which it shouldnt be. We are a non-union DC, as the union was voted down because we feel Sysco is taking care of us well enough we dont need to waste our money on union dues. I did find a Thread on truckers report in their "LTL/Local Hauler" area, and one person laid out how the DIP works at their DC in Albany.

The incentive pay breaks down like this:

$20.60 x 1.5 for required work before and after your route. Doesn't take nearly that long. $25 for not getting hurt $25 for not having an at fault accident $15, $20 or $22 for how fast you work. If you work 95%, 100% or 110% you get those "bonuses" $2.50 for keeping your total stop time idle % under 4% $3.75 per stop and invoice. Sometimes you might have 8/0, sometimes 15/25. .1485, .1683 or .1948 cents per case. If your average cases for the day are under 40, you get the highest bracket. Between 41-70 middle, 71+ lowest. $.10 for 1-150 miles, $.12 for miles 151-200, $.15 for 200+ miles. Ex $36 for 300 miles You also get a $100 bonus for getting called in on your normal off day.

The pay works out great. I've got two identical routes a week for the 9 stops with ~300 cases and 40 miles. $200 in 4.5 hours. I float the other two days. I normally work 32 hours a week and gross $1000. My best check was $1490 gross pay.

Senior guys who work 5 days a week have easy routes normally make $1800 at least.

I've seen a route for 1 stop with 2986 cases. The guy also got called in to do it. It's a quarterly route to a prison in MA where they even unload it with pallet jacks. Took 4 hours total and was worth $675.

This is how 1 DC pays their drivers, i've heard all DC's do it just a little different but its the same concept. Seniority will definitely help you, its just a matter of being able to stick with the routes that make you work harder and pay less before you get the "gravy runs"


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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...(essentially a pay cut as there were many warehouse workers were making 80k to 100k a year)...I'm on pace to earn 60k this year (first year)...


If you all are making this much, then how much do the drivers make?

Also, I have read on Glassdoor, etc. that company average is 65-70k a year, however have read on multiple sites about some drivers pulling in 80-100k, with up to 120k running linehaul at night. Who knows how accurate all that stuff is, as some information on the internet isnt reliable.

Hope this information helps Rufio.


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.
Josh S.'s Comment
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Pfg and Sysco are going to offer pretty much the same work environment. Both delivering to restaurants. If recommend to look at their benefits, pay, etc and see who seems like you'd be happier with.

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