Name Three Things You Love About Your Company

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Joe Mc's Comment
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I work for Knight, dry van division, Las Vegas NV, 11 western states region. 1. The people. Everyone that I deal with regularly or have just encountered once or twice at Knight have treated me fairly and with respect. That’s huge for me. 2. Patience. I am celebrating my six month anniversary as a solo driver tomorrow. My Driver Manager (dispatcher) and Driver Development Manager have been patient with me and my bonehead rookie mistakes and questions. My DM has been kind enough to help me learn this trade and I would do anything for him. 3. A chance at a new career. I applied to Knight and they hired and trained me. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it meant a lot to me. They took a chance on me and gave this 55 year old guy a shot. Wow. There were no lies or misrepresentations regarding training, pay, truck assignment or home time on Knight’s part. They have given me a little home on wheels. I am a gypsy, with my home two steps behind my office. I have an opportunity to travel all over the western U.S. and see things and places that make me appreciate how awesome and special our country is.

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.

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.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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1. I get to see the country for free. 2. I have a moving house that is warm, cool, and most of all DRY. 3. And I get paid for traveling.

Sounds like a great company to work for.

Raptor

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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For a relatively new driver I am truly amazed that they know who I am. I come into the office and the compliance lady, the maintenance manager for trucks and the maintenance man for trailers know who I am. Granted we aren't a huge company but we have 200 to 250 drivers at any time.

I love my old dispatcher who is now a load planner but he still helps me out when I have issues. And he lets me know to call him anytime I have a problem with my new dispatcher who is trying to find his own way.

My trainer. I still talk to him every week. Funny because he's a guy that I probably wouldn't be friends with but the four weeks I was with him we became incredibly tight. I remember the last day I was with him. He told me I was his favorite trainee, and he has trained over 70 people... we trained in his Peterbilt automatic and then they gave me a Kenworth manual transmission and I was almost ready to freak out all I ever did was Drive maybe 150 miles during CDL School. He told me let's go for a drive and we spent almost four hours driving that truck around Kansas City getting me used to the manual again. That was something he didn't have to do.

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.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Trucks. I love the way our all black trucks with white lettering looks.

Work/life balance is great while still earning a great paycheck. Work 4 days a week and if they have additional routes that need to be covered they'll ask if anyone is interested otherwise they'll contract them out to outside companies. No pressure or guilt tripping into working an extra day.

The best thing about my company is how much they help those in need. Last week they donated a trailer of bottled water to a town in Iowa that has contaminated water. Today they announced they're donating 4 full trailers of bottled water, roughly 100,000 bottles for those affected by the floods in Nebraska. We have stores in Columbus and Norfolk Nebraska and all routes in are completely submerged. They haven't gotten their shipments since I believe Tuesday so I'm sure they're nearly empty as they get trucks nearly every day of the week. Right now they've just staged the trailers in the general area so once they can get in they can get them what they need. I cant even imagine what those affected are going through.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
NeeklODN's Comment
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Summerford

1. Sweet home Alabama family feel to the company.

2. Laid back dispatcher hasn't hounded me about being somewhat inefficient in my first couple weeks. Or said anything for that matter. I told him I know I'm not being as efficient as possible and that I'm working on it. He said we'll get there no worries.

3. Great shop and competent lead mechanic. They seem to take pride in their equipment.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I work for a big company with a small company feel (Schneider)

Here are the top 3 things I like:

1) They are never condescending when I make a mistake

2) when I make a mistake, whoever corrects me is courteous and professional

3) maybe this should be #1: They are focused on safety.

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