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Sam IV's Comment
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Please keep us updated if you could. I am in school currently and considering Pepsi or Coke. I understand the pay isn't too much to start however. Do you know what you'll be making?



Hello everybody, I had my first interview with Pepsi on Tuesday. I think it went well and after the information they gave me I am going to Millis in the first part of April. It is a Union and the starting fee is $125 plus 10% of your wages, $45,000 to $55000 per year. The position I went for was Relief driver full time. Well in the job description it says they will take cdl permit but when I went to interview they are only hiring for cdl holders no cdl permits. I only have a cdl permit. For the relief driver position, you would have 5 different job functions. The start time for the 5 different jobs is between 2 am to 6:30 am. They ask me what I want at Pepsi and I told them I want to became a regular driver(not relief) eventually. They kind of chuckled and said you will be waiting a while because everybody has 10 years or more getting into that kind of jobs.


Forgot to mention that also....PEPSI IS A UNION JOB. Good luck getting promotions. My friend worked there and all the old guys were in positions with no intention on leaving. 45K-55K a year is a lie trust me. You'll barely see 2K every two weeks.

I wouldn't mind the work because I do it everyday at my Walmart warehouse. But the whole thing sounds fishy I don't know how people work for this company.


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.
Turtle Tail's Comment
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I drove OTR for about six months then ran Coke for 5 years. I stayed that long just to lock in a pension but it was a lot harder to go local back when the economy crashed. Did about 5-6 hundred cases a day in 6-10 stops and remember you will touch each case a few times stacking and down stacking. We switched to what is called E-Z pallets which are pretty much half a pallet and a special pallet jack for convenient stores they hold about 20 cases so no stacking. Got to know most store managers enough i would actually use a full size electric pallet jack and go right into the stores. Good bennies and insurance but don't plan on taking anytime near holidays off they black those out. If you enjoy working out its actually pretty good job. I ended up quitting for a union LTL gig and no looking back. Only did about 45k a year ******* soda the first couple years. We were commission and base pay non union, money is a lot better in the summer than winter. Good city experience I usually ran a 35 ft lift gate sometimes a 53 ft for bulk routes when i filled in.


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


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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