Carolina Cargo... Door Opener... Good Job...

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Nolaman's Comment
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I worked for Carolina Cargo for almost a year before I had to move to a company that could guarantee me home by certain dates... (legal reasons). I really liked it there, and I miss C.C. Being a team driver company, it wasn't easy for them to get me home when I was required to be, so I had to leave and get a job with a company that guarantees home by a required date. I won't say the name of my new company, but they are large, solo driving, and let drivers take their trucks home. I NEVER worried about my truck at C.C., and it was often gone over with a fine tooth comb by the mechanics, as required by Randolph. I am always having problems at my new "better" company. As a matter of fact, I'm sitting in a hotel room as I type this because of truck problems... again! If you find yourself "having" to go to C.C., just have a good attitude, apply yourself, drive, prove yourself responsible and dependable, and appreciate the opportunity. The "terminal" sucks, and there is no shower or driver lounge. One warning... the 1st month is the toughest to make it through financially. They pay per trip, and it takes 3 "legs" to make a trip, so you will need to squeeze every penny for the first month. Try to have a couple of hundred bucks on you if at all possible, even if you have to borrow it until you get rolling. After that, you'll be just fine. They pay little, but there are bonuses and incentives that will raise your pay considerably. Actually, I'm not making much more here than I was at C.C. It doesn't matter how much you get per mile if the miles aren't there! Anyhow, I really enjoyed C.C., and I keep in touch with them as I made a lot of friends there, both with other drivers, and with the office people. It was like family there. It's a job here.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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That goes to prove that the TT theory about how the name on the side of the trucks doesn't matter. If you have what it takes to do this job, you can be successful anywhere.

I know CC is generally known for accepting drivers that other companies won't or can't. It's good to know they're an OK place to work. Thanks for sharing.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Done Gone, I would like to talk to privately. Please contact me here, trucking.kw.bigscott@spamgourmet.com By your post, we may be in the same boat.

Nolaman's Comment
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Hi Susan. I truly enjoyed Carolina Cargo. One has to do so much there, and go anywhere. Deals with brokers, driver managers, other drivers, time management, etc... Actually, the training, situations, trips, etc... at C.C. caused me to be a much better driver than people I've met who have the same experience as I, but I've seen a lot more situations than they have. When I posted my first post about C.C., Brett actually responded by saying I have already learned an important asset...ATTITUDE!! He said I'd be successful anywhere with a great attitude. I try daily to have the best attitude of anyone I may meet. I LOVE driving, and I'm at a good company, but it was more like family at C.C., whereas it's more like a job here. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but it's just different. That, plus the fact that I have a sincere appreciation for the opportunity C.C. gave me, and I am a very loyal person. I feel a sense of loyalty to them. They are a good company, and they do NOT cheat drivers.

Driver Manager:

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.
Nolaman's Comment
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Big Scott... I did respond to the email address you gave. I gave you my contact information.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Big Scott... I did respond to the email address you gave. I gave you my contact information.

Thanks. I just responded.

Nolaman's Comment
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That goes to prove that the TT theory about how the name on the side of the trucks doesn't matter. If you have what it takes to do this job, you can be successful anywhere.

I know CC is generally known for accepting drivers that other companies won't or can't. It's good to know they're an OK place to work. Thanks for sharing.

I truly enjoyed working at CC. I was and am very thankful for CC. The dispatchers knew me by name, and after they got to know me, joked around with me and cared about me as a person. I was constantly rolling, and they thanked me often for my efforts. Their name causes people to look down on the drivers, but I believe I could have gone up against anyone in so many areas of driver responsibilities and skills. Some of the "docks" we had to dock to were in muddy fields and spots where a 53' trailer couldn't fit without the driver being "creative". I would put my backing skills up against anyone. I've had drivers with 20 and 30 years of experience who didn't realize that I was a new driver at the time tell me how impressed they were with my backing skills. We'd have to make 5 pick ups. It was our responsibility to schedule, coordinate, and make them. We'd have to scale often, then maybe have the load reloaded or have some product removed because almost every broker used us to get every ounce they could on the trailer. Many times I had to have a couple of pallets removed because I was over 80,000 lbs!! In spite of the hard work, I LOVED it. It was a challenge. I knew some drivers made snide remarks about us, but I didn't care. They were not paying or providing money for me. Carolina Cargo was! I'd see other trucks that had lost control and ended up in the median or shoulder as I, a lowly Carolina Cargo driver, continued past them. Bottom line is... You're correct... anyone can succeed irrgardless of the name on the door IF the driver fits there, has a good attitude, and put forth the effort. "Gratitude is an attitude, and attitude is everything."

Dispatcher:

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.
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