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Jonathan F.'s Comment
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So I am starting school Monday, I’ve read tons of bad reviews and that they had a lawsuit but was wondering if things have gotten better? They offered me some pretty good stuff like a $1200 sign on bonus paid over 180 days time and $60,000 my first year.

Banks's Comment
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So I am starting school Monday, I’ve read tons of bad reviews and that they had a lawsuit but was wondering if things have gotten better? They offered me some pretty good stuff like a $1200 sign on bonus paid over 180 days time and $60,000 my first year.

I considered Pam when I started my search but decided against it because I didn't want to team for 6 months.

As for the bonus and money, that should be lower on your list because it's generally the same across the board. You'll make that amount if you manage your clock and run hard. I'm sure that factors in to the 60k Pam is advertising.

When looking at a company my determining factors were home time, fleet options (dry van, flatbed etc) and if I can bring my dog with me at some point.

The most important factor to consider is will the company hire you. I got a no from prime and TMC and a yes from roehl, Swift and Pam. If Pam is giving you a shot, run with it and make the best of it. Ignore the reviews and let your experience be the review.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
PackRat's Comment
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Look up any company, not just trucking, and there will be tons of bad reviews. Means nothing! PAM must be doing something okay because I see tons of their trucks all over.

Errol V.'s Comment
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According to the reviews you can find, the following truck companies are really the ones to stay away from:

All trucking companies

90% of reviews are writren by people who couldn't figure out the business, had immature expectations, or who somehow knew more about trucking than the management of some of the largest truck transportation companies in the USA.

If you're getting a sign on bonus, I assume you have your CDL already? That's cool. Now for that $60k your first year: read the fine print around that number. Is it "average" or "up to" or some other qualifier? I'm not knocking the number, but 60 grand your first year is stretching it.

You might want to look through other resources here at Trucking Truth. Click on the three-bar menu at the top left. Look through company reviews for PAM, or into the Trucking Wiki for all kinds of information.

Welcome to Trucking Truth, Johnathan. Stick around and share your PAM experiences with us.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jonathan F.'s Comment
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Thanks. I wouldn’t mind doing teams if I find someone I get along with because the 60k a year is for team drivers running 5000 miles and splitting $2200 but my recruiter put me down for solo and to let them know if I get along with someone In class and change my mind.

Jonathan F.'s Comment
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According to the reviews you can find, the following truck companies are really the ones to stay away from:

All trucking companies

90% of reviews are writren by people who couldn't figure out the business, had immature expectations, or who somehow knew more about trucking than the management of some of the largest truck transportation companies in the USA.

If you're getting a sign on bonus, I assume you have your CDL already? That's cool. Now for that $60k your first year: read the fine print around that number. Is it "average" or "up to" or some other qualifier? I'm not knocking the number, but 60 grand your first year is stretching it.

You might want to look through other resources here at Trucking Truth. Click on the three-bar menu at the top left. Look through company reviews for PAM, or into the Trucking Wiki for all kinds of information.

Welcome to Trucking Truth, Johnathan. Stick around and share your PAM experiences with us.

Don’t have my cdl yet but I have my permit and the $1200 sign on bonus I will get $50 each week in school for 4 weeks and after 90 days employment I’ll get $500 and after 180 days I’ll get the other $500.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Thanks. I wouldn’t mind doing teams if I find someone I get along with because the 60k a year is for team drivers running 5000 miles

$60K each, or $60K split/$30K each per year? $60,000 a year, first year out is probably less than 10% of new drivers. A very lofty number to achieve. Did the recruiter tell you what your starting cent per mile pay will be?

C T.'s Comment
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Just want to point out that unless you will be salaried (doubtful), they can't offer you 60k. It's probably a ballpark figure they came up with. In this industry you pay depends heavily on you and your ability to adapt to the new lifestyle. Don't go in expecting to be handed 60k in your 1st year. Also read into team driving and see if it's really something you want to do before you sign anything.

PackRat's Comment
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To get $60,000 first year, that’s driving for 45 weeks and grossing $1,335 each payday.

45 weeks actual driving is after taking 4 days off each month (4 X 12 = 48 days....7 weeks not driving).

You would need to start at .54 CPM , doing 2500 per week solo/5000 team each week to reach $1,335 a paycheck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Jonathan F.'s Comment
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.44cpm split starting off and .46cpm split after 3 months, solo is 30cpm and 35cpm after 3 months

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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