Jim Palmer Or Wil Trans

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DC.'s Comment
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Does anyone here currently work for either of these companies? I am in my 2nd week of school looking to climb aboard with someone. The reason I ask is because someone mentioned to me they are now owned by Prime, and I was told I might want to reconsider. But I figured I might run this up the flag pole and see what someone who currently drives for them has to say.

thank you in advance.

Old School's Comment
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The reason I ask is because someone mentioned to me they are now owned by Prime, and I was told I might want to reconsider.

DC, we totally get your concerns. "Someone" mentioned something to you. The problem with trucking is that there are about two million "Someones" out here who say really stupid unsubstantiated stuff. As newbies it concerns us, because we think that these "truckers" ought to know what they're talking about.

Here's the truth... Prime does not own them. They pull freight for Prime, but that's because Prime is awesome and treats the folks pulling their freight really great.

Ask yourself this question next time somebody starts blowing smoke up your skirt. "Why would it matter to me who owns them?" I'm serious. It makes no difference who owns the company. The owner has zero effect on your success. Trucking is completely performance based. You do a great job and you'll have great success. You do a really poor job and you can be one of the nuts who blames the owner or the company. That's the way it works out here.

Be very wary of people who try to get you to focus on the ownership or the name on the truck's door. Those people will always lead you astray.

You are in charge. You will be responsible for your success and/or your failure at this.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

DC.'s Comment
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Old School, you've obviously been around awhile. Thank you for your response.

The reason I asked is because I don't just take anyone's word for things, I make an attempt to verify. Having never been in this business I've heard lots of stories about companies that one probably would not want to work for. I was in the automatic transmission business for 40 years, there are some great companies and there are some crappy ones that I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy to work with. That is why I was trying to find someone who currently drives with them to see if they are a decent company to drive for.

Based upon your answer, is what you're saying, I can basically go to any company and it will be great? Every trucking company out there is a great company and I shouldn't check out who I drive for? Is that what you're telling me?

Thank you again for taking the time to respond to an old newbie like me.

DC

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I can basically go to any company and it will be great?

Any of the major carriers, yes. Small companies are the ones you have to look out for because they're often under-funded, managed rather poorly, they have poor equipment and few opportunities. The major companies are all the best of the best. They're the largest, most successful companies in the industry and they're all great places to work.

But that only applies to solid drivers. Lousy drivers will be miserable anywhere they go. You need a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and a lot more to succeed in this industry. If you have what it takes, any of the major carriers are great places to work.

Here is some great information:

Episode 4: Why Stick With Your First Company One Full Year?

Episode 9: Are Major Carriers Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

PlanB's Comment
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Hang around here a little while and you'll see that there are many driver's on this forum who are very happy and successful working for those "Megas" that people like to bash.

Prime, Swift, CRST are just a few of the common subjects of trash talk. You'll find happy driver's from every one of them on this forum.

I drive for Prime, and love the company.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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My son drive's for Wilson Logistics and is doing well. He has completed about 7 months solo give or take. They treat him well and has no issues other than rookie mistakes. Good Luck.

PlanB's Comment
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Just to add, Jim Palmer and Will Trans are both owned by the same company I believe. Wilson logistics unless I'm mistaken.

They are both very often seen pulling Prime trailers and are welcome at Prime terminals. They work closely with Prime but are not owned by Prime.

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.

DC.'s Comment
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Thank you for the answers. This is the info I was looking for.

DC

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