Swift Vs CFI?!!

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JWiz99's Comment
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I completed on boarding for CFI and I leave with a rental car to Missouri on 11/9. On the other hand Swift starts you out with more CPM and Higher Training pay.

Now I know the first year of trucking is going to be the deal breaker. So for long term goals and happiness,What company would be better or has been better for you.

Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I completed on boarding for CFI and I leave with a rental car to Missouri on 11/9. On the other hand Swift starts you out with more CPM and Higher Training pay.

Now I know the first year of trucking is going to be the deal breaker. So for long term goals and happiness,What company would be better or has been better for you.

Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

IMHO, they are both fine companies~!! Have you read G'Town's posts re: Swift? And Big T ?? And MANY more?

How about Big Scott with CFI? PackRat worked there, as well.

Only a question YOU can answer..which FITS you best. CFI is already 'liking' on you..why upset the apple cart ?!?!?

Wish you well, either way; please keep us 'in the loop' for sure~!!

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~ Anne ~

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

PackRat's Comment
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Swift is a great company to start with. It's the largest truckload carrier in the US.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI will give you several pay raises during your first year.

There are other possible additions and bonuses to your pay. However, CPM is not the same as miles.

What about home time?

Best of luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Rick S.'s Comment
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Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

Many companies hire north of I-4 - but EVEN MORE hire north of I-10.

I'm stuck in Fort Lauderdale - where pretty much NO ONE HIRES.

Rick

MrZ's Comment
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Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

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Many companies hire north of I-4 - but EVEN MORE hire north of I-10.

I'm stuck in Fort Lauderdale - where pretty much NO ONE HIRES.

Rick

I’m in Miami and was hired by CFI. I received my CDL in 2018, but did not drive. CFI is sending me to Trainco in Ohio for a 2 week refresher course, and then onto Joplin for orientation and training. Schneider also hires drivers out of South Florida.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

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Many companies hire north of I-4 - but EVEN MORE hire north of I-10.

I'm stuck in Fort Lauderdale - where pretty much NO ONE HIRES.

Rick

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I’m in Miami and was hired by CFI. I received my CDL in 2018, but did not drive. CFI is sending me to Trainco in Ohio for a 2 week refresher course, and then onto Joplin for orientation and training. Schneider also hires drivers out of South Florida.

Great news. Welcome to the family. When will you get to Joplin?

I expect to be in Joplin to pick up a student later today or tomorrow.

You are jumping in at a time of great changes and growth for CFI. Best of luck.

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.
MrZ's Comment
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Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

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Many companies hire north of I-4 - but EVEN MORE hire north of I-10.

I'm stuck in Fort Lauderdale - where pretty much NO ONE HIRES.

Rick

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I’m in Miami and was hired by CFI. I received my CDL in 2018, but did not drive. CFI is sending me to Trainco in Ohio for a 2 week refresher course, and then onto Joplin for orientation and training. Schneider also hires drivers out of South Florida.

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Great news. Welcome to the family. When will you get to Joplin?

I expect to be in Joplin to pick up a student later today or tomorrow.

You are jumping in at a time of great changes and growth for CFI. Best of luck.

Thank you Big Scott, I will be in Ohio until June 4th, I will then travel to Joplin and start orientation June 7th. As a matter of fact, I have been a long-standing lurker here on Trucker Truth, and I reading through your experience with CFI and doing research made the decision to join CFI that much easier. I’m 47 and a career changer. My son is leaving off to college and I’m pursuing my dream to drive across the country. I’m going to orientation with an open mind and with eagerness to learn as much as I can in order to be successful in this industry. This forum has been truly a magnificent research tool. I’ve read many many postings about CFI, and trucking in general. I can’t wait to get started and embark on my new journey.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

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Many companies hire north of I-4 - but EVEN MORE hire north of I-10.

I'm stuck in Fort Lauderdale - where pretty much NO ONE HIRES.

Rick

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I’m in Miami and was hired by CFI. I received my CDL in 2018, but did not drive. CFI is sending me to Trainco in Ohio for a 2 week refresher course, and then onto Joplin for orientation and training. Schneider also hires drivers out of South Florida.

double-quotes-end.png

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Great news. Welcome to the family. When will you get to Joplin?

I expect to be in Joplin to pick up a student later today or tomorrow.

You are jumping in at a time of great changes and growth for CFI. Best of luck.

double-quotes-end.png

Thank you Big Scott, I will be in Ohio until June 4th, I will then travel to Joplin and start orientation June 7th. As a matter of fact, I have been a long-standing lurker here on Trucker Truth, and I reading through your experience with CFI and doing research made the decision to join CFI that much easier. I’m 47 and a career changer. My son is leaving off to college and I’m pursuing my dream to drive across the country. I’m going to orientation with an open mind and with eagerness to learn as much as I can in order to be successful in this industry. This forum has been truly a magnificent research tool. I’ve read many many postings about CFI, and trucking in general. I can’t wait to get started and embark on my new journey.

Best of luck to you. I might be in Joplin around that time.

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.
Emerald D.'s Comment
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I completed on boarding for CFI and I leave with a rental car to Missouri on 11/9. On the other hand Swift starts you out with more CPM and Higher Training pay.

Now I know the first year of trucking is going to be the deal breaker. So for long term goals and happiness,What company would be better or has been better for you.

Edit: (I heard prime is good as-well but I’m in Florida).

Hello, I have been with SWIFT Transportation for a while and I am enjoying it. I am based in El Paso, TX, and run Dedicated. This is my 17th month with them. This Dedicated position helped me gaining experience and my supervisors are very special. During the last 17 months, I was able to keep my DriveSmart Safety Score at 0. I've been hauling for CardinalHealth and their business partners Sterogenics. They have a plant in El Paso. I and my co-driver bring the finished products to CardinalHealth/Sterogenics distribution centers in Charlotte, Buford (GA), Waukegan (IL), and occasionally to Ontario, CA. Then we pick up raw materials from shippers and bring it to the plant in El Paso or sometimes Nogales, AZ. Very rewarding job.

A large company such as Swift has a large network. You can rely on them, especially when you have a breakdown or need On-Road Services. They are very quick in responding to our calls. The communication is very good. The base is El Paso. Mostly, we drive along the I-10/I-20/I-85 weekly and the back trip to El Paso usually leads along I-40/I-30/I-20/I-10. This is usually the route we drive weekly. Sometimes, we go to Waukegan to deliver and pick up in Mundelein, IL, or Shawano, WI, and go back to El Paso. Occasionally, we pick up in Windsor Locks, CT, driving along the I-81/I-84.

Swift is good for gaining experience and keeping the safety score low. Zero is the best safety score you can get. I like their network and the many terminals they have. It is also possible to park at a Knight Transportation terminal if necessary. I saw Knight trucks parking at Swift terminals as well.

In December 2021, I will have my first two years completed with them. The trip scan and the pay is always on time and there haven't been issues here so far.

Swift has been a good experience so far.

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.

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.

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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