Prime Inc The Truth?

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Adam C.'s Comment
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For current Prime inc drivers,

I’m a new CDL Grad and want to head to Prime Inc to get started but I’m hearing conflicting info from the recruiters and drivers.

My first question is: (After I complete the training) Do they make you “lease” their truck in order to continue working solo for them? Such as you pay for everything (fuel, maintenance etc.) and end up not owning the truck in the end?

Second question: what exactly do they pay CPM? I heard 3 different pay rates.

Third question: is their any other curveballs I should know about?

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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No they don't make you lease. There is a recent thread on their newest CPM.

Super curve ball, it takes time to develop your skills.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am a company driver not lease team trainer and have been there 5 years in a couple weeks. We have 4 different divisions, 2 types of trucks and different pay for teams... So yes the pay is different.... And we just got a raise I announced here last week....

Reefer is now starting at 46cpm for a full size and 51 cpm in a lightweight

Including bonuses you are looking at about 51cpm in the full and 56cpm in the lightweight to start. If you consume less fuel and don't use sick leave you can earn more.

That is for starters... We have so many additional bonuses based on performance and longevity that each persons average is going to differ

Team pay starts at 55cpm split and increases with the miles. My friends just did 5400ish miles this week which paid them $2023 each. It came.out to like 74cpm split or 37cpm something like that.

As far as being force lease.... We have separate fleet managers for company drivers. I cannot stay with my FM if I go lease, and my FM does not want to lose. Trust me when I tell you that once you decide to go company and get your truck no one will try to push you lease. Will they ask you to team or train.. Sure. But you will never be asked to leave your FM and go lease.

Btw the cpm pertains to company drivers only. So the concept of being forced to go lease is stupid. What is the point of giving a cpm if you are forced to lease at % of the freight?

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

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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The pay chart is right on the prime site. Not sure why the confusion. It lists all divisions and teams. As well as lease 72%

The pay increase of 1cpm for all trucks and 1cpm for the team bonus tier goes into effect next week I believe. It is not listed on this chart as of yet.

Prime pay chart

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Adam C.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for the info. I always love hearing from those in the trenches living it everyday. That’s where the real intel comes from. Aside from the opinionated idiots.

I am a company driver not lease team trainer and have been there 5 years in a couple weeks. We have 4 different divisions, 2 types of trucks and different pay for teams... So yes the pay is different.... And we just got a raise I announced here last week....

Reefer is now starting at 46cpm for a full size and 51 cpm in a lightweight

Including bonuses you are looking at about 51cpm in the full and 56cpm in the lightweight to start. If you consume less fuel and don't use sick leave you can earn more.

That is for starters... We have so many additional bonuses based on performance and longevity that each persons average is going to differ

Team pay starts at 55cpm split and increases with the miles. My friends just did 5400ish miles this week which paid them $2023 each. It came.out to like 74cpm split or 37cpm something like that.

As far as being force lease.... We have separate fleet managers for company drivers. I cannot stay with my FM if I go lease, and my FM does not want to lose. Trust me when I tell you that once you decide to go company and get your truck no one will try to push you lease. Will they ask you to team or train.. Sure. But you will never be asked to leave your FM and go lease.

Btw the cpm pertains to company drivers only. So the concept of being forced to go lease is stupid. What is the point of giving a cpm if you are forced to lease at % of the freight?

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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