Waste Management Or Mclane?

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Cory D.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I have two interviews two weeks from now with one being with WM and the other at Mclane Foodservice. I'm hoping to gather some insights from other drivers here on what they think would be the best options. They both are home daily, benefits, and have 401K. However, with Mclane I'll be working 4 days(Can be 5 if I choose to do so.) making 203 a day. I'm currently with Schneider GP atm, the pay is alright but it could be better plus I really do want a local job. I don't know what WM is offering yet but I imagine it could be slightly less than Mclane.

What are some thoughts?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Shiva's Comment
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Hey everyone, I have two interviews two weeks from now with one being with WM and the other at Mclane Foodservice. I'm hoping to gather some insights from other drivers here on what they think would be the best options. They both are home daily, benefits, and have 401K. However, with Mclane I'll be working 4 days(Can be 5 if I choose to do so.) making 203 a day. I'm currently with Schneider GP atm, the pay is alright but it could be better plus I really do want a local job. I don't know what WM is offering yet but I imagine it could be slightly less than Mclane.

What are some thoughts?

Do both interviews and see what's best for you and your needs

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Steve L.'s Comment
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They are two VERY different jobs. Lots of manual labor with McLane, lots of trash with WM.

Which will provide the job you want? Money is important and I like having as much of it as possible. But...The physical demands, schedule, company "work environment" and other factors might be more important.

A friend started with McLane in Georgia recently. He loves it and the money is great. But he's only been at it about five weeks AND it's his 5th or 6th "truck driving" job in 2 1/2 years. So...

Make sure you keep YOUR goals in mind.

Good luck.

Cory D.'s Comment
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They are two VERY different jobs. Lots of manual labor with McLane, lots of trash with WM.

Which will provide the job you want? Money is important and I like having as much of it as possible. But...The physical demands, schedule, company "work environment" and other factors might be more important.

A friend started with McLane in Georgia recently. He loves it and the money is great. But he's only been at it about five weeks AND it's his 5th or 6th "truck driving" job in 2 1/2 years. So...

Make sure you keep YOUR goals in mind.

Good luck.

Thanks, I should also add the position is shuttle driver. They told me I'll be going to Memphis, Tennessee from Jackson, Mississippi. So I assume I'll only be doing is drop and hooks.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

G-Town's Comment
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I cannot help but find this humorous, like trying to decide on being either an undertaker or baby doctor.

My vote (not that it counts for anything), McLane. DOT loves pulling in trash trucks for inspection, plus with McLane, you'll never need to worry about seagull droppings all over your windshield from dumping at the local landfill.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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A coupla lifetimes ago I managed convenience stores serviced by McLane. The drivers have to bring the order into the store. Frozen, cold and "regular".

I was always impressed by the attitude and professionalism of the McLane drivers. And I believe they're "always hiring".

G-Town's Comment
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I concur with Errol. I've met several McLane drivers while delivering to Walmart, all have conducted themselves professionally and respectfully.

I know my initial answer was a bit "tongue-in-cheek", but again if it were me McLane would be my choice.

Good luck.

Rainy 's Comment
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Find the episode of undercover boss for WM and take a look at their job. It might entail a whole lot more than you expected.

True, its exaggerated for TV, but I'm sure some of it is real. Good lucj

Last Shadow's Comment
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I worked for WM, in the summer you'll missed the AC, that's all I got to say about that, there a good company, by the book, but I came back to my AC truck, good luck.

Find the episode of undercover boss for WM and take a look at their job. It might entail a whole lot more than you expected.

True, its exaggerated for TV, but I'm sure some of it is real. Good lucj

Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm not too familiar with Mclane however I know they pay decent. Financially I'm sure you would make more with Mclane compared to Waste Management, however many food service company's are union (not sure about terminal you would be based from) and although your being hired as a shuttle driver that could very easily change if somebody with more seniority decides they want that route. I worked in the warehouse at Sysco for 2 years, and am now at a different food service company that will be be sending me to school for CDL beginning next week. With Sysco and current company the drivers "bid" on routes every 6 months. For me, if I didn't want to be huffing up and down a ramp pushing a dolly with groceries on it I would inquire with Mclane about likelihood of being "outbid" from the shuttle route. I've been in training so I can get a first hand look at what the job is on a route for the past week and a half and I can tell you what many of the veterans here have to say about it is very accurate,tight backing, most of your time is spent physically unloading your trailer (pushing/pulling a 2 wheel dolly that at times is loaded up to 400 pounds up/down steps). For example, yesterday I started at 4am with a truck of 800 cases and 19,000 pounds of product. Clocked out around 5pm. Despite being "on duty" for 12 and a half hours (because half hour lunch) my trainer was only on Driving status for 4 hours because we were out in a rural area. Most days it's only been 2 hours Driving because we've been in the city which will happen most days. Just wanted to give you an idea of what youd be facing if you would get outbid on your route and forced into delivery. Like I said just ask in interview if that's something that could happen or if it would be your route until you chose to change. Also to consider Mclane has been advertising here in Iowa medical insurance starts day 1 of employment. What was the position you were applying for with Waste Management?

Please keep us updated on what happens. Good luck.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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