I'm Headed To Springfield Prime Fri

Topic 23500 | Page 5

Page 5 of 12 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Mike D.'s Comment
member avatar

Quick question...I noticed Rainey and Splitter commenting on their FM on another thread and that he was a good FM. Can a recruit request a FM by name at Prime?

Thanks

Fm:

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
member avatar

FMs are assigned depending on your trainer and whether you go company or lease. FMs are specifically company or lease...for.this reason they never pressure the company drivers to go lease. i make my FM a lot of money and he would lose a good driver if i went lease.

Therefore, im a company trainer, when splitter went company, he got.my FM. if he went lease he would be put into a pool that they assign people.

If your trainer was a lease op, you MIGHT be able to talk to a couple company FMs and try to get assigned, but you wouldnt know any unless you went asking around. and truthfully...drivers either love theirs and will do anything for the FM or they hate them and jump to another fleet. so many drivers think theirs is the best.

Kanelin here from TT and i met at the terminal and argued over whose was better. turned out we had the same guy lol

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.

Fm:

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.
Mike D.'s Comment
member avatar

Thanks for responding Rainey. My plans are to go company only. Maybe I will get lucky with a good FM too if Prime takes me aboard. :-)

Fm:

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.
Splitter's Comment
member avatar

Thanks for responding Rainey. My plans are to go company only. Maybe I will get lucky with a good FM too if Prime takes me aboard. :-)

Word of caution. If you get a lease op for a trainer, they will pour it on thick to try convincing you to go lease. They get a nicer bonus if you do. I always tell rookies to yes them to death & stick to your guns. There’s just too much a rookie doesn’t know to be profitable as a lease op. Good luck.

Fm:

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.
Mike D.'s Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

Thanks for responding Rainey. My plans are to go company only. Maybe I will get lucky with a good FM too if Prime takes me aboard. :-)

double-quotes-end.png

Word of caution. If you get a lease op for a trainer, they will pour it on thick to try convincing you to go lease. They get a nicer bonus if you do. I always tell rookies to yes them to death & stick to your guns. There’s just too much a rookie doesn’t know to be profitable as a lease op. Good luck.

Thanks Splitter. thank-you.gif

Fm:

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.
PlanB's Comment
member avatar

Fake News

I had a lease trainer. It doesn't matter to them at all if you go company or lease.

Their bonus are retention based. Once you pass your tests they get a bonus. Once you upgrade and get your own truck they get a bonus. If you stay with company for a year they get a bonus.

Have absolutely nothing to do with you going company or lease.

double-quotes-start.png

Thanks for responding Rainey. My plans are to go company only. Maybe I will get lucky with a good FM too if Prime takes me aboard. :-)

double-quotes-end.png

Word of caution. If you get a lease op for a trainer, they will pour it on thick to try convincing you to go lease. They get a nicer bonus if you do. I always tell rookies to yes them to death & stick to your guns. There’s just too much a rookie doesn’t know to be profitable as a lease op. Good luck.

Fm:

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.
Turtle's Comment
member avatar

I don't know anything about the bonus thing, but a lot of lease operators will try to convince you to go lease. I see it every day in the various groups. In reality, I think they're just trying to convince themselves they weren't suckered into a raw deal.

My L/O trainer actually suggested that I stay company, as he knew he wasn't making any more than a good company driver. He began training simply because he couldn't make enough money otherwise. That was straight-up honesty, and I appreciated it.

Not that I needed any convincing though. Common sense already told me the game was skewed.

Rainy D.'s Comment
member avatar

The FMs get a bonus when you test out too and if you stay on their fleet as lease, they make more money which some of these FMs refer to as a "bonus". Give the FM a well trained driver and what happens? brownie points ie "bonus". whether company or lease that is true.

Fm:

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.
Austin O.'s Comment
member avatar

I disagree about the money being close to the same for lo and company. I've added up my miles to the rate of what I'd make if I was company and both amounts are very far apart. It all comes down to you, how you manage your clock and your dispatcher. I'm lease and I've never felt worried about payday and infact I'm surprised on most fridays because I wasn't expecting the amount to be higher than I thought. I took off a week for labor day weekend and the load I had before going home I made the mistake of accepting it to close to my hometime days. It dumped me 800 miles away from home but there was a death in my family and I needed to be home. So I deadheaded those 800 miles took a week off and STILL made a good paycheck. To be honest I really dont see how lease and company could be close unless the lease driver has a bad dispatcher , accepts low paying loads, or doesn't like to work. But lease is not for the long term. You'd be foolish to keep renewing a lease. That's ALOT of money you'd be out year after year.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.
Old School's Comment
member avatar

Austin, I can't make any sense of this. If you are confident you're making considerably more money as a lease operator, then please explain this further remark of yours...

But lease is not for the long term. You'd be foolish to keep renewing a lease.

Can you explain that to us? Because if I am confident I've found a great way to make more money as a Truck Driver, I'm sticking with it for the long term.

Page 5 of 12 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More