Southwest Traders (Temecula,CA)

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Joseph D.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have any info on Southwest Traders? I may have an opportunity to pack it all up in Illinois and move to California 😎.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Why leave Illinois for California? I don't mean to start a thread about the differences between the states, but what is it that tempts you to move: romance, weather, returning to where you grew up?

There are any number of companies you could work for and have your home base be California. I'd say that the move is more important than this particular company.

VMG's Comment
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I am starting orientation for Southwest Traders, in Stockton CA. I'd imagine the pay rate and job tasks are similar to Temecula. If anything I'd imagine SWT Temecula pays a tad higher than Stockton. 15.20$/hr, with a guarantee pay of 14 hours a day. First 8 at regular, next four hours at time and half, last 2 hours at double time. They offer 40$ a day for performance and an additional 40$ a day for safety. Sixth day is optional, at 14 hours at 1.5 rate, performance and safety as well. If you do not work any weekends, nor get performance or safety bonuses your expected annual income would be(1,350$/wk 72,500$/yr.) If you are super man, and get everything, you can make (2,100$/wk 109,000$/yr.) I believe that's what I estimated, anyways, I'd imagine you could be fired for poor performance, so let's say you likely will make 85-90k/yr If you actually do your job, without being HeMan and blowing out your knees and back.

Another thing, if you know anything about McLane, the job task is pretty similar (my uncle works with em, and I have a current friend that drives a rigid for SWT Stockton) You drive to about 15 locations a shift, and unload product at each location (roughly 9 hours driving, 4 hours lumping). They give you a QR scanner to clock in and out time at each delivery location. Most of their trucks are Freightliner/Volvo autoshifts now, but you may be required to drive a 10 spd manual occasionally. I'm not 100% sure on the product Temecula transports, but I'd imagine it's similar to Stockton and Pleasanton. Milk, Starbucks (coffee and food), Pete's coffee. All items up to about 60lbs(milk, coffee) much lower (sandwiches.)

I believe Southwest Traders will higher you with minimal experience. They check MVR , not DAC. If you do accumulate more than 3 points on your driving record or failure to pass a drug test, you're gone. They have first day health benefits. It's w2, not 1099. It took me about about 20 minutes to fill out their online application. 20 minutes for final paperwork and interview. 15 minutes for a road test. 30 minutes for an off site drug test. Almost 2.5 weeks to give me the clearance to start orientation. Im not sure where in ILL you're coming from, but if it was me, Temecula would be my last choice between the valley, bay and socal. But if you like all that congestion, choose either Temecula or Pleasanton. I believe living costs are higher in Pleasanton.

I've been doing otr for 1.5 years now, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed every morning. I've done 12 hour shifts lumping 50lb boxes, and I'm used to driving now. So I'd imagine the day to day tasks at SWT will be a pleasent change. Oh yeah, shifts are usually grave yard.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

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