Question About Prime's Application Process

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Doug C.'s Comment
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Hey Will I hope we do get to meet up somewhere. Thanks. Are you hoping to start in May also?

Rainy 's Comment
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If they put in your file that you are interested in coming in May i can totally understand them not responding.

They get paid on recruits like drivers get laid miles. If they are dealing with you who may or may not come to orientation four months from now, then they are mssing people who are ready to come now. Its the same feeling drivers have about sitting at customers for hours.

Plus, there is nothing they can do to help.process you because any background or application woukd have to be done again in April. That means you waste their time and money.

Also there have been people here who applied to companies multiole times and kept changing the dates. This made them appear indecisive. And a waste of resources so they werent accepted later.

Remember most drivers apply to multiple companies and wait for offers to come in. they are used to people fishing.

Rainy 's Comment
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Prime is one of rhe few companies that spells out step by step what school and training is like on their website.

The only thing not current is the recent 2cpm raise we got. This should answer any questions you may have. Then apply in April.

Prime CDL Paid Training

If you can't find your answers then ask us, we may be able.to.help.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thank you Rainy. I wasn't sure just when I should apply. I thought maybe they might have a long waiting list of people trying to get in. I have been to their website. I'll make sure to re-apply again in April.

Rainy 's Comment
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I was sure about what i wanted and wanted it ASAP. I applied on a weekend, got a call from Lance on Monday, told him i would be ready ASAP and he said "Great, we have a new class every Monday". On Wednesday he called and said "You are approved, im sending you an email and a bus ticket for Saturday. What bus terminal do you wanna leave from?" It all took less than a week.

I was sure and adamant which meant fast and guaranteed money for him. Some call and are indecisive and wishy washy. They call for.months and months with the same questions over and over...most that are answered on the website.

i could never deal with that job. Could you see me doing that? Squeaky wheel thing be darned. I'd be like, "the answer hasn't changed since the 1500th time you called six months ago. Since you have a poor comprehension and communication skills, you have been banned from our rolls. have a nice day bothering CRE".

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Seriously one member here bashed his recruiter for no longer taking his calls. "I have been working with him for 10 months and now I am getting the silent treatment!" uh yeah...you dangled a commission in front of him and he moved on to real money and less annoying people even if you did sign up it wouldnt have been worth the hassle.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Like you, I am sure just what I want, and have no time for wishy washy. I can imagine some of the people these poor recruiters have to deal with. I don't think I could put up with it very long. After all they have to make a living to. Prime's website answered just about all my questions. One of the biggest things that appeal to me is the amount of time they give with a trainer after you get your CDL. Prime just looks like a good place to learn, and somewhere to get a start. I don't plan on company hopping around. Wherever I go for training that's the company I plan to stay with if, they want me.

I started looking at the different companies sometime ago. Prime and Millis seemed to standout over the others, although there are many others that are good. I live too far out for Millis and besides you only go with a trainer for 15,000 miles. Which is okay, but longer sounds better to me. I'm excited, and had planned to go in March. But I help manage apartments, and my friend and co-worker is having brain surgery and won't be on his feet until into April. So I need to be around to help him and see to the complex until he is able again. I'm chomping at the bite to get all these hurddles can behind me and finally get behind the steering wheel. My twin brother used to drive, and he told me that there is noting in the world like looking through that windshield sitting in the drivers seat. He drove a big Kenworth 900.

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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Wow...ill keep your friend in thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

As for Millis, do they require you park the truck at the terminal on home time? Otherwise terminal distance doesnt matter. Im dispatched out of MO but im from NJ. Dont rule out a company for location unless they require you to park the truck there.

Prime is a great company but like any company they have a few bad apples. The great thing about prime is that when issues arise, problems get solved. The drivers are very helpful.to each other and most are wiling to unofficially mentor a newbie once they go solo.

and when i said as a recruiter "you" i meant "you" as in "anyone" not you you lol sorry if it came across that way. i usually do my jersey youz guyz accent 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.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks or the prayers. His prognosis looks good for a full recovery. When I called Millis they said that I lived too far out of their hiring area. I 'd have to park the truck in Wisconsin. That's about 4 hours from where we live now. When you said "you" I understood what you meant. It's cool! I hope to go with Prime, but being new with not a lot to offer I'll go with whoever will take me. Whatever opportunity is afforded it will be up to me to make the most of it. No matter where I wind up I plan on being the best I can and learning all I can. I'm also going to fill out the form that Brett put together here, so should I fill it out closer to the time I want to go?

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Man you definitely got the correct attitude as far as I can tell.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Spaceman Spiff, thanks or the reply. When are you planning on going to school and which company?

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