Trying To Pick One!

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Scott L.'s Comment
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Ok I know everybody has sour grapes about sum thing it is in our nature but I am new to the career path and need honest truths about a couple of companies.

1. Prime good or bad

2. Roehl good or bad

3.melton good or bad

4. crete good or bad.

Again I know people have hang ups with a couple if they don't put the right amount of crap paper in the stalls but since i am just getting into trucking I would really like an unbiased opinion if that is possible. Thanks in advance, Navy Chief, Navy Pride!!!

Bill A. Parking Lot's Comment
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Ok I know everybody has sour grapes about sum thing it is in our nature but I am new to the career path and need honest truths about a couple of companies.

1. Prime good or bad

2. Roehl good or bad

3.melton good or bad

4. create good or bad.

Again I know people have hang ups with a couple if they don't put the right amount of crap paper in the stalls but since i am just getting into trucking I would really like an unbiased opinion if that is possible. Thanks in advance, Navy Chief, Navy Pride!!!

MT1(SS)Ret.!! Go Navy!! Can't tell you much other than that I considered Roehl and looked into then very deep. They seem to invest a ton of time and money into new drivers orientation. First good indicator, they fly you in vs. a bus ticket. 2nd, they pay more for orientation than many other companies. 3rd. When I told the recruiter I was placing his offer on hold to see how a management interview pans out he was supportive, encouraged me to come back if it did not pan out, and did not try to "sell" me. They have solid CSA scores across the board as best as I remember. Was hard to find negative comments about them on the web too. Best of luck, Bill

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Eddie B.'s Comment
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Thank you for your service...I looked into Crete for a couple of reasons. They don't make you drive as a team with your trainer...that makes sense since you can't learn anything from them in the bunk...(at least I hope not), they also seem to have very nice equipment and the drivers I talked to about them had nothing bad to say. Unfortunately they don't hire in my area, so I'm headed to Con-Way truckload. Good luck and stay safe!

Special Ed AO2 US Navy 1981-1990 USS Carl Vinson Plankowner

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Scott!

Ok, the way to go about this is to figure out what you're looking for in a trucking company and then narrow your choices to the ones that seem to suit you the best. Then from that list you apply to them all, see who offers you an opportunity, and then go with the one you feel suits you best.

You're asking about companies ranging from flatbed to refrigerated to dry van. The first two things you have to figure out are:

1) What type of freight would I like to haul

2) How often would I like to get home

Those two answers alone are going to eliminate a lot of companies. So you'll have it narrowed down quite a bit at that point.

As far as the "good companies versus bad companies" thing - that's a topic that comes up daily and will for all eternity. Our general feeling about it is simple - you decide your own fate in trucking, not the companies. If you're hard working, safe, reliable, and get along well with people you're going to do well anywhere you go. If you're not, you're going to be miserable anywhere you go.

Trucking is performance-based. Those who run the hardest, are safe & reliable, and know how to get along with people will wind up turning a lot of miles and get treated fairly the overwhelming majority of the time. You'll get great miles, you'll get home when you're supposed to most of the time, and you'll get those special favors you really need from dispatch every so often.

So in my opinion there is no such thing as "bad companies". They can all be a great place to work. It's a matter of finding a company that suits you well and then going in there and showing em you're as good as it gets. That's how you make your way in trucking.

Here's some resources to help you out with your research:

Our truck driver's career guide is awesome. I consider it essential reading for anyone considering a career in trucking.

Our Truck Driving Jobs will give you some great ideas about which companies hire from your area.

We also have a group of articles on How To Choose A Trucking Company which will help you understand the differences between the various types of freight, small versus big companies, and all kinds of stuff like that.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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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