Best Company To Work For OTR In Grand Junction, CO

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David H.'s Comment
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Hi I am graduating from my CDL Class here in 3 weeks and looking for a good OTR trucking company to get my 1 year experince in. I have been referred to go to Werner but hear a lot of bad news from them? Just curious if there is other companies out there that I can get hired on at and be trained with a good company.

CDL:

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.

OTR:

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.

Bud A.'s Comment
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My suggestion would be to go down to the Loves and the Pilot on the west side of town and talk to some drivers there to see if they regularly travel I-70 and whether they like the company they're with. I know I see a lot of companies based in SLC there, but there are plenty of others, too. If you're thinking of flatbedding, System runs a lot of loads on that corridor.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi I am graduating from my CDL Class here in 3 weeks and looking for a good OTR trucking company to get my 1 year experince in. I have been referred to go to Werner but hear a lot of bad news from them? Just curious if there is other companies out there that I can get hired on at and be trained with a good company.

Werner is a good company. You will only get "war stories" and other negative stuff that way. Did you speak with any actual Werner drivers? Were they negative about the company they work for?

Here's our Werner review. You can check out more companies HERE

And you can apply everywhere all at once using this tool: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs.

CDL:

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.

OTR:

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.

David H.'s Comment
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I did talk to a recruiter and they sounded great and everything what I had hoped for it was like you said the "War Stories" from other people that worked for them. I will check that link out and thank you for your help!

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Hi I am graduating from my CDL Class here in 3 weeks and looking for a good OTR trucking company to get my 1 year experince in. I have been referred to go to Werner but hear a lot of bad news from them? Just curious if there is other companies out there that I can get hired on at and be trained with a good company.

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Werner is a good company. You will only get "war stories" and other negative stuff that way. Did you speak with any actual Werner drivers? Were they negative about the company they work for?

Here's our Werner review. You can check out more companies HERE

And you can apply everywhere all at once using this tool: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs.

CDL:

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.

OTR:

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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David, Have you ever heard of SWIFT? They get bashed every way but Sunday all over the internet and every truck stop on the planet. I went through their training and have been solo for a month. I'm gonna get close to 3000 miles this week. My 4th week solo!! I pick up and deliver on time. They give me another load. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. My DM has never called me, no one from the company has, unless they are returning my call.

Trucking Companies are in the business of moving freight from point A to point B, thats it. If you can do that productively and efficently with a good ATTITUDE, it does not matter who you work for. If you want to get the resl scoop aboit this business, I would suggest that you put aside several hours,minimum, and read thorough Old Schools posts on this site. I've never met the Man in my life. He may not know it, but he has Mentored myself, and many others, just through his honesty and fact of the matter posts. I owe the man for the things he has "Taught" me through his posts. Good Luck!

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.
Bart's Comment
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Welcome David. I live 60 miles south of you in Montrose. I drive for Swift and I am home usually once a week if not more often. I did my 1 year otr with swift then went on a swift dedicated Walmart fleet. We have loads going to GJ, Delta and Montrose everyday. So occasionally I will be home for a 34 and maybe a 10 in one week. When I started looking at companies to drive for I would sit at the Sun Valley truck stop in Motown and count trucks. Swift has a huge amount of freight that travels the I70 corridor as well as on 6 & 50. Werner came in 2nd then C R England and Schneider. With my dedicated Swift/Walmart route I average 2900 to 3200 miles per week. 2 weeks ago the Trucking Gods smiled on me and all of my stars were in line and had my best week in my 3 yrs and had 3755 miles. Momma was very happy. Good luck in your decision Bart

OTR:

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.

David H.'s Comment
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Wow thank you Bart! I really appreciate your reply I was at my school today and my instructor was even telling how many people bash Swift and he told me they are a great company to work for and your right about how many swift trucks there are at truck stops! Thankyou so much for your help!

Jaguwar's Comment
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I'd say Swift as well. I['ll be going with them as soon as I get all my stuff together (that's along story!). My friend with whom I traveled as a passenger for 3 months has been driving for 17 years, and of all the companies he worked for (Including Shcneider, Swift, PTL and others) Swift was his favorite. They're well organized, own a pretty large share of the freight market (which translates into mileage for you), and they seem to communicate very, very well indeed with their drivers. Moreover they have terminals literally all over the country and will allow you to take home time at any of them.

If you want to keep rolling and still get the occasional chance to see the country, this sounds like a good choice to me. G'luck!

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.

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