PRIME INC Has CHANGED! Working For Prime Is HORRIBLE Now.

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Greg H.'s Comment
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I understand completely where you're coming from but, you might want to tone it down a bit.

My training was only supposed to last 3 to 4 weeks, it lasted 7. 15 days of it was spent in a hotel room in Jurupa Valley, CA (Ontario) going back and forth from the terminal because, they simply did not have trainers available in that area. At least, smoking trainers anyway. I vape....

My Driver Coordinator was very kind about the whole deal and made sure I got paid the whopping $500 a week. I'm being sarcastic because I'd come from a low income job before getting back into trucking. Well, it paid ok but, work dwindled along with my pay... Soooo, anyway..... $500 was a treat to me. Even while I was with a trainer, regardless if the truck broke down, or for whatever reason, my $500 a week income was secure. I got paid. It wasn't my fault btw, getting stuck in Jurupa Valley for 15 days. Long story... another day.

I mentor/train now, and students are always in such a hurry to get anywhere. Slow it down a bit y'all and learn.

Students be asking me, 'how long do we PreTrip?'. And I'm sitting there thinking, 'you lazy a**'. I grin and reply, 'as long as it takes'.

I get laid over with a student, and they're like, 'we don't have a load yet?'. And I'm like, 'if you're looking for something to do, I have a small broom and dust pan, you could clean out the truck'. And they look at me like it's beneath them.

Honestly, I think there is only one student that I wasn't really glad to see get off of my truck.

And, from my knowledge, it cost Swift, the company I'm working for now, $6000 to train each trainee.

So, woohoo.... ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Not only are Prime drivers getting another raise, but fuel bonuses are increasing too.

That means new reefer driver start at 45cpm (condo) or 50cpm (lightweight) plus fuel, safety on time delivery bonuses.

Sounds terrible!

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CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Today the announcement came regarding pay and bonus changes for company teams. They are as follows:

Team Truck split of 55cpm up to 3000 miles

3001 to 4000 miles is paid at 80cpm 4000+ miles is paid at 85cpm

Example of 5000 mile week:

55xpm x 3000 miles = $1650 80cpm x 1000 miles= $800 85cpm x 1000 miles = $850

$3300 รท by 2 drivers = $1650 per week per driver, as brand new drivers.

PLUS fuel bonuses ranging 50% to 100% of the savings. Plus OTD and safety bonuses.

Yes, they are encouraging teams. And team trainers got an increase too. No, no one is forced to do it permanently.

I still say upgrade, run as a company team for a month or so then go solo.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Anyone here haul hay and can give this one a few weeks of serious work?

Trucking enslavement, that's cute. I'm new out here but this is far from hard work, stressful and it can be frustrating protecting yourself and others from amazingly bad decisions yes, but not hard work.

PackRat's Comment
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Trucking enslavement, that's cute. I'm new out here but this is far from hard work, stressful and it can be frustrating protecting yourself and others from amazingly bad decisions yes, but not hard work.

Hold on! I had to work on a trailer door latching rod cam mechanism this morning. It took me nearly 30 minutes of mechanical persuasion, but I got the door closed and latched. That four foot long piece of steel pipe I carry for extra special occasions works great every now and then. I did sweat some, so I call that HARD WORK!smile.gif

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Wow we are getting a pay bump? Didn't see that yet in the app but thanks for the heads up Rainy.

What's the deal with the Starbucks announcement?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Wow we are getting a pay bump? Didn't see that yet in the app but thanks for the heads up Rainy.

What's the deal with the Starbucks announcement?

I get the inside scoop! hahahha

There is a new Starbucks kiosk at the main terminal. Diver Driver said it was decent.

Also, they changed the old inbound bays near the tire bays into "Express Lube" bays for truck and APU. They are first come first serve. In addition, there are bays dedicated to nothing but truck assignments for drivers switching trucks or getting new trucks. This is part of the renovations to improve efficientcy to get trucks ready for drivers. Everything is getting done in one shop now instead of tires, detail shop, tractor shop etc.

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

midnight fox's Comment
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Trusting my life in my trainers hands, if he crashes we both die.

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Imagine how the trainer felt. rofl-1.gif

icecold24k's Comment
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Trusting my life in my trainers hands, if he crashes we both die.

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Imagine how the trainer felt. rofl-1.gif

Exactly.. This works both ways.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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See.... IceCold loves Prime so much he is still wearing the Prime cap in the picture. hahhahha

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