Sherwin Williams

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Jerry S.'s Comment
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Any Sherwin Williams drivers here? Good or bad place to drive for? JS.

Greg M.'s Comment
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No experience but I did speak to a recruiter once. From what I recall they had 2 types of driver jobs available.

The first was line haul , basically moving loads between DCs, suppliers large customers, etc. The pay was above average and the benefits were very good.

The second and much higher paying job involved delivering to SW retail stores. Since nothing in life is free it sounded like you really earned it on this one. For starters once you look around most SW stores are not truck friendly. In addition the driver unloads and puts product into store rooms. This is paint we are talking about, very heavy. If I remember correctly there were additional delivery bonuses based upon how many 1000 pounds you had to handle. There was also additional drop pay and other ways you were compensated.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Old School's Comment
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Jerry, how's your Walmart gig going? Are you already looking for greener pastures?

Jerry S.'s Comment
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Old School,

It's going great, for the most part. Ill post an update in the thread Turtle started. Only problem I am having is with Walmart's annual 'realignment'. The new schedule might not work for me, so i'm exploring my options. JS.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Any Sherwin Williams drivers here? Good or bad place to drive for? JS.

Make sure you have good backing skills.. some places are a challenge. Got this info from another site.

Old School's Comment
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Jerry, since I don't know the particulars, I'll just give some general guidance. If the new schedule just won't work then it's understandable why you'd move on. Typically you're going to be better off staying where you are.

In the past seven years I've had ample opportunity to move to other seemingly higher paying positions. Some of them were very tempting. My reasons for staying are simple.

  • I am well established here.
  • I have built strong relationships.
  • I know the customers and they know me.
  • I'm familiar with the freight lanes we run.

All of those things give me an advantage in keeping my income at it's highest levels attainable. I can be efficient because everybody involved in the process of booking loads knows and trusts me completely. I know how to manage myself and my time. The combination of all this makes me a "go to" person right here where I am. If I switch jobs I lose all of that goodwill. I have to regain or rebuild it elsewhere.

I'm saying all this just to give you something to think about. I'll bet you're starting to develop ways of maximizing your time and efforts on the Walmart account. That should give you an idea of what I'm talking about. It will be like starting over when you go somewhere else.

I'm honestly not trying to dissuade you. I just want you to think about it and see if there is a way to work it out so you can stay on at your current gig. I don't like to change a trucking job unless I'm really confident it's a strong move in a better direction.


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