Thinking About Prime Inc.

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Lone Wolf's Comment
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Hi, again...

My former roommate/ co-worker used to be a trainer at Prime and he told me that if I wanted to go into trucking then, I should go with Prime. I asked why? Because, not only does Prime teach you how to drive... they teach you how to become a trucker. I've never even heard of Prime Inc. at the time until I Googled them and started watching the Prime YouTube videos.

It's a really nice terminal they have. Where else will I get a job that has an basketball court and a gym?

I started following one of Prime's YouTube channels and I really appreciate that, they take safety seriously! I climb radio towers. One wrong move and, I am a dead man!

I haven't accepted a job with any trucking company. I've been with my current employer now over six years. I am digging around. Doing a bit of investigative work before, I decide which trucking company is right for me.

I don't like talking about others behind their back but, this guy whom was a lease operator with Prime Inc. posted on YouTube that he got fired because the person he was training was a female. No explanation or, anything. Prime just fired him!

That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi, again...

My former roommate/ co-worker used to be a trainer at Prime and he told me that if I wanted to go into trucking then, I should go with Prime. I asked why? Because, not only does Prime teach you how to drive... they teach you how to become a trucker. I've never even heard of Prime Inc. at the time until I Googled them and started watching the Prime YouTube videos.

It's a really nice terminal they have. Where else will I get a job that has an basketball court and a gym?

I started following one of Prime's YouTube channels and I really appreciate that, they take safety seriously! I climb radio towers. One wrong move and, I am a dead man!

I haven't accepted a job with any trucking company. I've been with my current employer now over six years. I am digging around. Doing a bit of investigative work before, I decide which trucking company is right for me.

I don't like talking about others behind their back but, this guy whom was a lease operator with Prime Inc. posted on YouTube that he got fired because the person he was training was a female. No explanation or, anything. Prime just fired him!

That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for.

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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.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I have heard of "the situation" you refer to, and admittedly I almost bailed out of the idea of driving altogether as a female. Clearly my rational brain took over, as I am scheduled for orientation with Prime in PA on April 19th. Still a teensy bit scared, but I'm pretty sure once I'm there, I'll be awesome.

Dm:

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.
Chief Brody's Comment
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Wherever you go, remember to keep your eye on the prize: one successfull solo year. Training and your first six months solo will really challenge you.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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No man at Prime EVER got fired just for taking on a female trainee. Period. That is just stupid. There are lots of men who train women and are professional. I had 2 males and 1 male to female transgender. You have to sign a paper saying you will or will not accept the opposite gender. Sorry...if it is the one I am assuming it is .there was way way more to that story and he was no victim.

But I digress..... Watch my videos on "Prime Promotes Women" parts 2 is about our female driver program... Parts 3 and 4 talk about our classes and programs..driver health and fitness with physical trainers and dieticians for free...the 2nd year they pay us quarterly to park take. There are others in my channel called "why prime"

Trust me....if ANY student has a problem they can come to me 24/7....and for women we have a female driver liaison to contact as well. Rob, Donna and others here can attest to that.

DV ChiliMac's Comment
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Out of curiosity, with one speeding ticket, and 2 citations for overweight on tandems. Are my chances slim with getting on with Prime?

No man at Prime EVER got fired just for taking on a female trainee. Period. That is just stupid. There are lots of men who train women and are professional. I had 2 males and 1 male to female transgender. You have to sign a paper saying you will or will not accept the opposite gender. Sorry...if it is the one I am assuming it is .there was way way more to that story and he was no victim.

But I digress..... Watch my videos on "Prime Promotes Women" parts 2 is about our female driver program... Parts 3 and 4 talk about our classes and programs..driver health and fitness with physical trainers and dieticians for free...the 2nd year they pay us quarterly to park take. There are others in my channel called "why prime"

Trust me....if ANY student has a problem they can come to me 24/7....and for women we have a female driver liaison to contact as well. Rob, Donna and others here can attest to that.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Lone Wolf's Comment
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This is the video I am referring to - https://youtu.be/cWaKyf3f6qI - I have watched all of his videos and this happened...

I have nothing against women, gender or whatever. All I want to do is become a successful trucker and drive safe.

No man at Prime EVER got fired just for taking on a female trainee. Period. That is just stupid. There are lots of men who train women and are professional. I had 2 males and 1 male to female transgender. You have to sign a paper saying you will or will not accept the opposite gender. Sorry...if it is the one I am assuming it is .there was way way more to that story and he was no victim.

But I digress..... Watch my videos on "Prime Promotes Women" parts 2 is about our female driver program... Parts 3 and 4 talk about our classes and programs..driver health and fitness with physical trainers and dieticians for free...the 2nd year they pay us quarterly to park take. There are others in my channel called "why prime"

Trust me....if ANY student has a problem they can come to me 24/7....and for women we have a female driver liaison to contact as well. Rob, Donna and others here can attest to that.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Lone Wolf, you wrote:

I don't like talking about others behind their back but, this guy whom was a lease operator with Prime Inc. posted on YouTube that he got fired because the person he was training was a female. No explanation or, anything. Prime just fired him!

That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for.

This is the video I am referring to - https://youtu.be/cWaKyf3f6qI - I have watched all of his videos and this happened...

I have nothing against women, gender or whatever. All I want to do is become a successful trucker and drive safe.

I watched that video just now. He did not say in this video that he was fired for training a female. He did say that he and "Honey" had a blowup so he went to the terminal. They talked to people there and Prime washed their hands of the situation and he was let go.

I'm sorry but you would base a decision to possibly not go to a company on that video?? That video he produced does NOT say what the issue was, what she accused him of and at the end where he brings up a tiny bit about the situation, doesn't make sense of what happened. With people being sue happy, Prime investigated it more than he is letting on.

If you have a different video that addresses the situation more in depth, I will be happy to watch it. But this one is nothing.

Laura

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.

Lone Wolf's Comment
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Hey Laura,

Yes, the video say's that he and Honey had a blowup and Prime washed their hands of the situation and he was let go. That means he was terminated, fired.

I shouldn't base my decision on this one video as I really don't know the entire story. However, it does seem very fishy for someone wanting to switch jobs. So, is this guy telling the truth that Prime fires people for no reason? I've always thought that companies such as Prime would reassign a trainee if they couldn't get along with their trainer. Personally, I get along with 99% of everyone I have ever had to work with. I don't care about things such as race, gender or whatever. I just do my job and that's it. There's always going to be that 1%, that one person that you will never be able to get along with but that person has never got me fired ever!

Hey, I am just digging around a bit. Looking for a good company. I'm sorry that I worded my post wrong.

David F.'s Comment
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I shouldn't base my decision on this one video as I really don't know the entire story. However, it does seem very fishy for someone wanting to switch jobs. So, is this guy telling the truth that Prime fires people for no reason?

All it takes is one she said/he said argument, or a "joke" that was inappropriate and you're out the door. When I was a dispatcher , we used to hear why drivers were let go, and then we would hear the version that the driver told his co-workers. Rarely did they match up.

If you are not 100% professional, you are leaving yourself up to being blindsided by things. Sometimes, even when you are in the right and did not do anything wrong, the preponderance of evidence might be in the other person's favor. The company is usually going to take the "better safe than sorry" position when it comes to situations like this.

So, do not make your decision based on one video with one side of the story. There is always a second story, and sometimes a third or fourth. The truth is somewhere in the middle, usually.

Dispatcher:

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.
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