Lying Recruiters And The Dirty Lies

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Sonny B.'s Comment
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Recruiter said between $1400 - $1800 hundred a week. I said to myself I'd do what ever it takes to do this job and I did - I passed all my tests and then when I was seeing that no one made close to this amount (by looking at their paychecks) and talking to them I went to my FM and Safety Person and asked about my pay - they couldn't tell me what cents I was getting per mile ................. I was dismayed by this........After my first run to NYC , no problems - I left right away to the shipper and sleep over night in their dock and was ready to roll out next morning. I'm okay with hard work and the Truckers Lifestyle of poor diet , being away long periods and yes having to be far from bathrooms, but FRANKLY I decided from the get - go that I would follow this path no matter what unless I found out the money wasn't there - will it wasn't -- so after talking to my FM and Saftey Person I handed in my two weeks and left on good terms.

I mark it up to being too trusting I guess and being new

Anyway - know I know what I want and it's OTR Heavy Hauling and Rigging - I know at least that'll be hard work that will lead me to where I know I want to go.

Always put Safety First

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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
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This is like the 3 or 4th time someone is asking...were you 1099? was this a percentage of the freight pay? if so, they wouldnt be able to tell you a CPM. You should have known that before you started.

Do you understand yet that you could.possibly make $1400 plus if you learned the ropes?

Big deal you looked at the other driver pays..were they good drivers? I can name 3 bum drivers who.make half of what i make at my company. I can name team drivers who make less than me. Lease ops too.

its not always about working hard its about working smart. and many weeks overlap. I might run a 2000 mile load one week that delivers the following week. That means week 1 is crapoy and week 2 is huge. it all averages out. you didnt give it enough time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Anyway - know I know what I want and it's OTR Heavy Hauling and Rigging - I know at least that'll be hard work that will lead me to where I know I want to go.

You thought you knew what the pay would be. You thought you picked a great company. What makes you think you know heavy haul? You need years of proven experience.

Honestly, i would try to work it out with your company. Ask your FM what his top performers do and if one can mentor you over the phone to be the best and make money.

its not about the company. its about the driver. you can keep bouncing from company to company and never make what you think you should earn. not because of them but because of you.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
Sonny B.'s Comment
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Rainy-

No I'm new - I don't understand any of that and none of that was mentioned to me

If it was I'd still be there

No one told me anything about pay evening out

I was taught your word is your bond.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Alexander/ Sonny,

Please answer a few questions:

Did you attend a Private Driving School or Company Sponsored Training?

Names please?

Did you pay up front for your training or finance it. If you financed it have you paid the loan off?

Were you a Company Driver or Lease Operator?

You really do not know the difference between a 1099 and a W2?

Would you please give us your age?

Please help us out here.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Trucking is more like commission pay for playing a game of chess.

You must strategically plan your loads and week to maximize your available time so you can run more miles and make money.

Not all weeks are the same. One week could be 3200 and the next 2500 miles.

Its not about word and he didnt lie so get it out of your head. $1400 is doable if you take the time to learn, but it isnt handed to you. You are stuck in the normal job mentality of pay per hour. this isnt it. My trainee got off my truck and made $1300-$1400 per week. But he took the time to learn from me and ask questions.

$1400 means calling customers to get the appointments moved up, asking FMs for preplans, making sure you budget your HOS week or take a 34 so you have available hours.

You got caught in the Terminal Rat trap by listening to a bunch of underperforming drivers. They implanted negativity in your head.

You did good by getting to the customer early and taking your break there! great job!

Another think is bonuses...my company doesnt pay certain bonuses until 6 mos solo. that is another pay increase so didnt stay lomg enough to make.

Get over the "recruiter said" crap. The recruiter absolutely in no way said "you will start at $1400-1800 per week". I know it. It was probably "Our drivers average x per week..." or "the potential is $1400 per week".

As far as taking eveything at someones word...you said you would do anything to get it done. I take you at your word. But you didnt, you quit. Rather than harping on you for that....Im going to encourage you to manage your time and seek out top performing drivers at your company to give you their secrets.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Alexander/Sonny B.

Did you wake up one morning and think you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth?

YOU NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU!

I don't think you actually listened to the recruiter, you heard $1400-$1800 and that's all you listened to him/her. I drove before and now I'm coming back to it. But I asked questions like crazy when I was in Orientation. I have a good understanding of of the responsibilities I have as a rookie driver again. When you're in the terminals you can pick out the terminal rats right away. Stay clear of them. They are a cancer. I don't know your age, but you sound very naive and young to believe what a recruiter said to you regarding the pay you will get without checking it out first. You have been given so many very good and sound advice from some very intelligent people on this forum.

Brett started this website for the soul purpose of showing and sharing his KNOWLEDGE and the KNOWLEDGE of other experienced drivers here and you call them morons. Who's the moron for not checking to see if what the recruiter said was accurate? The moderators on here have more patience than I.

You need to grow up and go back to the company that you were with, and eat crow if you have to. Get your job back, do your job and the money will come.

AS YOU WERE TOLD, THIS IS PERFORMANCE BASED BUSINESS. NOT PAID BY THE HOUR!!!!!

RAPTOR

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sonny B.'s Comment
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Wrong - Some Trucking jobs (at NEMF) for example {which is a union job}) pay hourly + over time

Who let the simpleton out of the asylum ?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Wrong - Some Trucking jobs (at NEMF) for example {which is a union job}) pay hourly + over time

Who let the simpleton out of the asylum ?

SOME drivers..drivers who earned it. They dont just hire new people.

Old School's Comment
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Man, it must be a full moon or something. The experts are out in full force today. One minute they're begging our help and the next they're telling us how we're wrong. It's pretty lively in here today!

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