Any Experience With Moving Companies?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Wondering if anyone has experience with military contracted moving companies. They say they are willing to hire people fresh out of school. Was wondering what to expect. Apparently they run for united van lines.

Susan D. 's Comment
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You realize that with moving companies, the driver not only drives the truck, but loads and unloads and sometimes has to pack the customers household goods too, right?

Me personally, I'd take a pass on that lol.

Deke's Comment
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I worked for Global Van Lines for a short period in a previous early 20’ I wasn’t a driver, I did the lifting, loading, unloading. The operation I worked for had packers that went in ahead of us so most everything was packed up in boxes by the time we got there. We would just have to pack everything into the truck. I seem to recall thinking the driver had a pretty good gig as most of them would stay in the trailer and instruct us in where/how wanted things loaded. A few would help carry things out but most of the OTR drivers that I worked with rarely left the truck. The driver paid us from his pocket so I guess depending on how hard he wanted to work would dictate how many of us “laborers” he picked up from the warehouse.

We did do a fair amount of military moves. Most of them we did were coming from overseas though so all their household goods were in large wooden crates.....Those were a pain in the butt on occasion because the contract required us to unpack everything if the customer requested. It could make for some long days.


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NeeklODN's Comment
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You realize that with moving companies, the driver not only drives the truck, but loads and unloads and sometimes has to pack the customers household goods too, right?

Me personally, I'd take a pass on that lol.

Yes I do realize that. I'm only 27 and in decent shape. The reason I ask is because there is a local company called Pensacola moving and storage. Figured maybe I could get home more often for my woman.

Also, thanks for the reply deke.

G-Town's Comment
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Residential moves in residential spaces with a 72' long truck. If I were you Neek, I'd give that a serious second thought.

For an experienced driver this type of job can be very challenging. As an entry level driver; do you realize the degree of difficulty associated with manauvering on roads designed for Mom's minivan and the USPS cans delivering the mail? Not sure where you live, but spend an afternoon driving through residential neighborhoods and think like a truck driver with a 53' long "tail" wagging your "dog". Your perspective while doing this should be a heavy dose of reality.

The other thing of importance; most moving companies are agents of the well known movers, like United and Bekins. They are typically small companies scraping by. They'll expect a lot of you from the very start and have less tolerance of rookie mistakes.

My concern is they are likely not well equipped to offer the level of road training required for an entry level driver.

Not that you asked, but I wouldn't do it. Not as a rookie.

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