Carolina Cargo Analysis

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Bryan E.'s Comment
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I have 4 duis and a felony that I later did get dismissed. I have a record but it's old. Been clean and sober ten years. I've covered this on another topic. Studying for my cdl. There is a slight chance I will be a corrections officer but I'm leaning on truck driving. I NEED this in this chapter of my life.

I've contacted many companies. I got two offers and waiting on a third. I'm taking the third if I get it. CC is one of my two. My other offer is better but hey if i would drive for CC if I didn't have nothing better.

There is a lot of disagreement regarding CC, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them.

They will give someone s chance no one else will. Yes they pat low. The company made that decision to hire the undesirables and pay them low, but once the experience comes they can move companies and make 60000 plus a year after a few years. Not bsd for somebody right out of prison and trying to do right with their lives. There are many people like me (I never been to prison just the county), that made mistake in life and changed. It don't always happen but it does happen.

NO it is not better for someone to flip burgers than work for CC. Youl still make the same in three years. If you drive truck and get the experience even with CC doors will open up. Yes they pay low but they do give raises and you will get your experience. Now if no-one else will hire you how will you get that experience. The company decided to go that route and it's a win win for the company, and for the guy that can't get a truck driving job with their record.

Regarding pay, it is 24 to 31 cents an hour teams, then it's split. And it's long haul. Let's say they put 6000 miles for the week let's do the math 6000 x .24 = 1,440 divided by two = 720 dollars. Not bad for a guy getting put of prison. That's more than I make. Let's try this 6000 x .31 = 1,860 divided by 2 = 930. Not bad for a guy getting out of prison after working with them a year. I understand it's lower than most companies, but the found a niche and it's a win win.

Regarding the person who works for CC and does good. That convicted felon (and I don't mean anything disrespectful toward the person) will have a wonderful truck driving career and the doors will open up with other company. They'll have to stay clean with the drug testing and will be a productive member of society.

Better than working a not so good job and getting stuck in poverty. I worked my whole life but never made real good money and it's almost like you get trapped.

CC can keep their labor costs down and be profitable while at the same time giving someone that really needs a second chance.

I'm not lying but I really like that company. I've been frustrated myself not getting jobs because of background checks. And if my other offers remit I'd drive for them. It appears to me you can break 40 k the first year with them, and that is standard. It is what it is.

Please look at all sides when it comes to things like this. Somebody who has a clean record and background don't have the hirability as someone that dont. When you got a guy the made mistakes but changed his life around it means alot to have a company give them a chance when no one else could. I think it is absolutely awesome that somebody that screwed up in the past can get a truck driving career gping, and so what you don't make what other drivers do the first year but they'll be over 60 k in a few. Never to get in trouble again. We hope anyway.

CC touched my heart and I'm not joking. Getting teary eyed thinking about it. I probably won't have to go with them. Better doors for me are opening but if I had to id be greatful, as I got things making me harder for me to get this career going than most. You won't starve on the 700 bucks a week for the first year. You would starve on 600. I make 560 a week. It's a small sacrifice to make less for a period of time to maybe say 1200 a week, buying a house, car whatever, planning family vacations with family etc. Etc. a few years later.

I minister to alcoholics, drug addicts, excons, etc. at a rehab center so this CC thing means a lot to me. I believe the owners heart does wanna help people, and yes he is able to probably keep his shipping costs down with his customers. He is a businessman, but I also hear he is a christian, and that means a lot to me. If his heart is in the right place I don't see anything wrong with how he runs his company. Much respect to him.

That is my rant and analysis of Carolina cargo. I'm not saying I'm 100 percent right but seriously God Bless that company.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

LDRSHIP's Comment
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We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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I'd like to talk to him. I'm kinda intrigued by Carolina cargo.

We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

icecold24k's Comment
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That is a really good perspective and a really good way to look at things. You seem to have a really positive attitude. Good luck to you and I truly wish you the best. With the good attitude I am sure you will do just fine there.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I'd like to talk to him. I'm kinda intrigued by Carolina cargo.

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We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

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I'll call him and see if I can get him to jump on and add to this.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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Thank you. That would be great.

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I'd like to talk to him. I'm kinda intrigued by Carolina cargo.

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We had a driver on the forum that started at Carolina Cargo. Yes there base pay is low; however,they pay bonuses for just doing your job. Like arriving on time and what not. If he shows up he could explain their pay better. The way they pay is kinda odd as well.

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I'll call him and see if I can get him to jump on and add to this.

Nolaman's Comment
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I started with CC. I loved it there!! I was very thankful for the opportunity they gave me, and I still am. I keep in touch with them. It's all about your attitude. Once Corey, Curtis, Tonya, and the dispatchers know they can trust and count on you, they WILL keep you rolling. If they can count on you, you can count on them. You will learn a lot, and work hard. You will go everywhere carrying anything. Their pay isn't terrible, and after just 6 months, it's quite good. The toughest parts are making it through the first month, learning to slide the tandems correctly, and dealing with a co-driver who's a jerk, lazy, dirty, or selfish. Jeff is easy to talk to, Joey is cool, and Wendy & Leah get your pay right. Jim, the owner, picks you up to bring you to orientation!! Very good man. Randolph keeps the trucks in great condition. Great company to open doors to all those who said no, but then open arms to you. Again, attitude and a thankful heart go a long way. Big Scott's friend...Done Gone.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bryan E.'s Comment
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My problem is this. I would work with CC but I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. How would I get home for my hometime? Cause they said I'm on my own getting home. It's not like I can get a plane ticket home from s. Carolina to Michigan for 5 days hometime. It's wired I actually feel a pull to work there. Problem is I have a family. How much did you make the first year of you don't mind asking. I also hear jim Crowder is a Christian and praying man. That means a lot because the gool ole lord had everything to do with my life change. Can we email back and forth. My email is ekbergbryan@gmail.com.

I started with CC. I loved it there!! I was very thankful for the opportunity they gave me, and I still am. I keep in touch with them. It's all about your attitude. Once Corey, Curtis, Tonya, and the dispatchers know they can trust and count on you, they WILL keep you rolling. If they can count on you, you can count on them. You will learn a lot, and work hard. You will go everywhere carrying anything. Their pay isn't terrible, and after just 6 months, it's quite good. The toughest parts are making it through the first month, learning to slide the tandems correctly, and dealing with a co-driver who's a jerk, lazy, dirty, or selfish. Jeff is easy to talk to, Joey is cool, and Wendy & Leah get your pay right. Jim, the owner, picks you up to bring you to orientation!! Very good man. Randolph keeps the trucks in great condition. Great company to open doors to all those who said no, but then open arms to you. Again, attitude and a thankful heart go a long way. Big Scott's friend...Done Gone.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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