Melton Trucking

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Michael M.'s Comment
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I am an experienced flatbed driver with degree and excellent safety record. Just went to orientation for Melton in Birmingham and was subjected to humiliation and ridicule by the Melton rep conducting the class. Talked to several drivers at the terminal who said they are getting ready to quit Melton. I am not a spring chicken which apparently worked against me since the younger guys got a pass on everything that I got a royal a$$ eating for - usually in front of the other recruits. Recommend staying away from this company and looking for a company that doesn't think so highly of themselves.

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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Details please...

SamTon's Comment
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Can i ask how old you are? I am 50 and plan on starting with them in March. please give more details. I have talked to drivers over the phone and met with several at truck stops and have not heard one single bad thing about this company. The only downside to some people is staying gone for weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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This story is full of undisclosed information. I personally know waaay too many Melton drivers to even give a tiny bit of veracity to these claims.

James R.'s Comment
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I'm very curious about the details of this one too, I consider Melton reputable although that's based on rather limited information. Details please.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Old School's Comment
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You guys are not going to get the details. At least not the ones that are true. This is just another "experienced" driver who is quite sure he knows more than the instructor.

I know some of you think I am being harsh, but I can assure you I am not mistaken on this.

James R.'s Comment
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You guys are not going to get the details. At least not the ones that are true. This is just another "experienced" driver who is quite sure he knows more than the instructor.

I know some of you think I am being harsh, but I can assure you I am not mistaken on this.

Reading your posts is like hearing my thoughts before I filter them into something more palatable. I often listen to other drivers at my company talk about how they don't make enough money and my grumpy bull**** meter goes off but I never call them on it. confused.gif

I admire your crass truthfulness, I may very well be the same one day.

Dm:

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.
SamTon's Comment
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Old school will you be my trainer?

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I am an experienced flatbed driver with degree and excellent safety record. Just went to orientation for Melton in Birmingham and was subjected to humiliation and ridicule by the Melton rep conducting the class. Talked to several drivers at the terminal who said they are getting ready to quit Melton. I am not a spring chicken which apparently worked against me since the younger guys got a pass on everything that I got a royal a$$ eating for - usually in front of the other recruits. Recommend staying away from this company and looking for a company that doesn't think so highly of themselves.

So because of 1 apparently bad trainer, the entire company is bad? are you still with them? Since you probably tried selling yourself as experienced, and with a degree even, more was expected of you. So, when you made obvious rookie mistakes. you took it as an attack, instead of constructive criticism of your obvious superior skills, when the trainer pointed this out, most likely in a professional manner. Your ego got hurt, so now you are lashing out at their high falooten ways. Maintaining a teachable attitude, is always a must. Even "old" non spring chickens can be taught new things. So what if you have a degree. A lot of drivers do, but i can bet a lot of them remain teachable, always striving to be a better, and safer driver.

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.

SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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As a Melton driver I have to call BS on this one. I have not seen this type of behavior from anyone at the company and all drivers I have spoken with love it here with one exception. And he's one of those that got into trucking without any knowledge of how the industry works, such as home time and all that. When I went through orientation the instructors were very professional. Yes they were conducting and 8 day interview and watching everything, but they were trying to help us succeed. Even had one guy they sent home because of falsified info. The guy left cussing and yelling acting like an idiot but they still extended professional courtesy. One guy voluntarily left, said he would fail the drug test. Guess what, they bought his bus ticket back home. In fact everyone that was sent home was provided a bus ticket on Melton's dime. When we were on the yard learning securement and tarping the instructors were very professional when they pointed out mistakes. They didn't criticize anyone or point fingers and laugh. And if anyone had trouble with anything, such as lifting a tarp up on the trailer they were good about showing us ways to get it up there, like rolling it up a v-board. Sounds like this guy probably went in with a serious attitude problem or something else and got sent home. Now he's all butthurt about it and wants to blame it all on Melton. Just like all the haters we get from Swift or Werner or any other company.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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