Crete Carrier And Shaffer Trucking

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Darren R. (Aka snapper)'s Comment
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Would crete carrier and shaffer be a good company for someone not brand new to trucking just alittle inexperienced? If anyone who is or has worked for them could fill me in alittle bit that would be great. I have talked to shaffer and they would hire me but I'll be with a trainer for 8 weeks. I don't mind that but the training pay for the 8 weeks will hurt.

Sambo's Comment
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There are plenty of articles on this site for researching various companie . Try a search in the bar up top.

I think most companies are going to be about the same...meaning, you'll likely be out with a trainer for 4 to 6 weeks. Each company has their own level of training pay, and I don't know what they all are.

As far as the Crete group goes, I don't know much about them, but I have heard they are one of the highest paying trucking outfits out there.

Anchorman's Comment
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$600 dollars a week is great training pay to get you through the 8 weeks of training. Then after that, as Sambo stated, they are one of the highest paying out there. 37CPM for new drivers, then after 6 months bumped up to experienced driver tier which starts at 48 to 51CPM depending on experience.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

G-Town's Comment
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They are in here as well: Trucking Company Reviews

Considering your experience, if you progress quickly they may reduce your training.

Good luck.

Darren R. (Aka snapper)'s Comment
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They are in here as well: Trucking Company Reviews

Considering your experience, if you progress quickly they may reduce your training.

Good luck.

I was hoping maybe if I did progress well they possibly would shorten it bit either way the extra experience could only help. Thanks a lot for all your help.

G-Town's Comment
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They are in here as well: Trucking Company Reviews

Considering your experience, if you progress quickly they may reduce your training.

Good luck.

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I was hoping maybe if I did progress well they possibly would shorten it bit either way the extra experience could only help. Thanks a lot for all your help.

Would not be the first time I have seen an abbreviated training schedule for an experienced driver.

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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Darren R. I've talked to drivers and others about Crete/Shaffer and have gotten nothing but positive comments. I start orientation with Shaffer the 29th in Tennessee.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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If you're thinking reefer , then Shaffer is one of the best outfits out there, between being a national carrier (and the perks that come with being employed by a large company) and having some of the best pay of the mega carriers. Experienced driver pay is between .48-.51 cpm. Now compare that with Prime Inc., another fantastic reefer company. Prime pays .46 cpm if you're in a smaller truck (lightweight), and if you don't choose a lightweight you'll be at .41 cpm. Still decent pay for a national reefer company, but that shows how good Shaffer's pay is, especially since you could be .05 more and yet in a normal size truck with Shaffer. The .05 cpm difference averaged at 2500 miles per week is a $500 dollar gross difference in pay per month. Of course mileage always fluctuates, but this is just to demonstrate how .05 cpm can make a difference in pay. Again, both are great companies, but I only compare to Prime to illustrate how well Shaffer pays. If I was looking at a national reefer company, I'd give a hard look at Shaffer - great equipment and pay. You can find reefer outfits that have better equipment (more bling and extras), but usually the pay goes down.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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Darren R. (Aka snapper)'s Comment
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Thanks for the info Florida buckeye. If you get a chance let us know how things go for you in training.

toonces's Comment
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I just went through orientation with Crete/Shaffer in Wilmer, TX last week. I'm on my third day of the 8-week training.

Most of the people in my orientation class were experienced. The only ones that had to do the full 8 weeks were me and another girl that were both fresh Cdl school graduates. The others had to do only 4 weeks of training.

Even with the training though, it's still great pay, like the others mentioned. My trainer seems a little nuts but overall it seems like a good company.

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  • 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.
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