I Think I've Found The Perfect Company.

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Chris eff's Comment
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I think I've found the perfect company and i almost cant wait to apply or try to work there. Its not just about pay..ive been researching and i like and want just about everything they have to offer! I got about six more months until i have a year at my current company. They're a good company and are treating me well its just i think i found everything im looking for at the moment. Its like boiling inside of me to get there. How bad would it be if i only ended up giving my current company 7 or 8 months?

David D.'s Comment
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Well if your perfect company is indeed perfect I don't see where it would hurt as you will probably be employed there for life. Now, having said that, how confident are you that your perfect company is in fact perfect. Personally I don't think there is such a thing. I've had very good jobs and one's that I really liked, but frankly none of them came close to perfect, even the ones I owned. Have you talked to other folks that work there? Have you read Internet reviews of the company. Now I will be the first to tell you that Internet reviews of anything should be taken with heaping portions of salt. However, if you read 10 reviews and they're all talking about some specific issue then there is probably something to them. If they just say something like "ABC company sucks" then I pretty much ignore them. If the only information you have is something you got from a recruiter I would also take that with a heaping portion of salt. I guess what I'm trying to say is I have real doubts that such a perfect company exists because if it did every driver in the world would work for them. Just be very sure before you burn any bridges. Also, if you owe your current company any money make sure you can pay them the day you walk out the door, because if your perfect job doesn't work out you'll have a debt to pay and no income from which to pay it. As always your mileage may vary.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Look at this from two perspectives...

One, did you feel the exact same way when you picked your current company? If not, then why? If yes, then what's to say this move won't end up like your current company? You know that saying about green grass. I've made the jump before (albeit I'm still a DoD contractor) and I've learned the grass is at best the same hue, shade, tone, etc. I'm back at my favorite contractor in the world (literally) and I get multiple offers every week to move and I turn them all down. You need to weigh the pros and cons... make yourself a list of why to stay and why to leave for both places. As I've said before, I'm here until this ride ends and then I'll go somewhere else.

Two, look at this from a hiring manager's perspective. Here comes Chris who put in all of seven months with his last employer. How can I be sure he'll stay more than seven months with me? And if he finds something else again...

Chris eff's Comment
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Well if your perfect company is indeed perfect I don't see where it would hurt as you will probably be employed there for life. Now, having said that, how confident are you that your perfect company is in fact perfect.

My only real problem i see with this company is that they dont hit all 48 which is on my bucket list but the cover the places i really want to go and some ive already been to. Ive done alot of research and the reviews are pretty much the same via internet, youtube, job magazine, trucking forums and the company themselves. The only thing i haven't done is chatted with other drivers, although they have filmed reviews ehh shoulder shrug.

Chris eff's Comment
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Look at this from two perspectives...

One, did you feel the exact same way when you picked your current company? If not, then why? If yes, then what's to say this move won't end up like your current company? You know that saying about green grass. I've made the jump before (albeit I'm still a DoD contractor) and I've learned the grass is at best the same hue, shade, tone, etc. I

Thanks i agree with what your are saying. My current company i did not see as perfect. I chose them because i already had alot of info on them and was talking to them before I got my cdl. We were going back n forth on me coming over for over a year to say.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Chris...

What is it about this company that deserves a 10 out of 10 perfect score? And your current company? 6 months you’ve been there, so what makes them not so perfect? How do you fit into that scenario?

I’ve been working since age 14, I’m now 59. In all of my consulting engagements throughout my career, I’ve never come across anything remotely approaching “perfect” in any company. Considering the nature of running a profitable business, it’s virtually impossible to achieve perfection. Excellence, yes. But there is always, always, always room for improvement.

Without any supporting information, your post doesn’t really doesn’t help anyone or doesn’t provide anything that indicates to me you’ve really thought this through or why it’s up for consideration.

My opinion? Focus on becoming a top performing driver where you are currently employed for at least 1 year. If for some reason you do not belief that is possible, then we’ve got something more tangible to discuss.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Two, look at this from a hiring manager's perspective. Here comes Chris who put in all of seven months with his last employer. How can I be sure he'll stay more than seven months with me? And if he finds something else again...

This was exactly my thought. If something doesn't work out with company 2, company 3 is going to think that you are a new driver with two jobs in a year, how long can I expect him to stay?

Also, company 1 is the one that took a chance on a new driver with no experience, if they are treating you well, and living up to their end of the bargain, they deserve that year. After that year, you might find that they look better, they may increase your pay and benefits, give you more miles, etc.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I think I've found the perfect company

Care to share?

I would just add that I assume the rest of that thought includes "for me and what I want to do." On the off chance we are similar in those area, I would love to see more details on both the opportunity and your objectives.

Thanks!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Heres a thought..just because they run all 48 doesnt mean you will see them as a solo driver.

I have been to all but South Dakota, i could have hit it but avoided a storm by not going.

Many solo company drivers at Prime run east of Denver most of the times. we do have a western 11 regional , but as a team i have hit the west much more than as a solo. Also, im am more likely to go west and far north in the winter when lease ops do not want to go there. And there is no way to enjoy those places under ice and snow.

good luck on your decision

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris eff's Comment
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Im going to stay the year. The new company has nice equipment and new. The new part doesnt matter as much but that its nice amd functioning. They also have the trucks i want to drive. The pay is good and ill get extra for having an endorsement. The haul some hazmat paint and oil. Also the people that seem to work there seem to really value the job and equipment and seem like they are responsible. As least thats the way its portrayed. Current company is great and i definitely think they deserve the year if not more.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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