XPO Local LTL For New CDL Grads?

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Auggie69's Comment
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Hi everyone! I just passed my CDL class and have my class A. XPO recruiters came to our school in Joliet IL offering $25.33/hr for a no-experience needed LTL position. They stated it would be driving with a good amount of dock work involved. A $5000 sign on was also offered but with a 2 yr commitment. I'm not into the idea of signing a contract so I'd pass on the sign on bonus. Does anyone have experience with this position? I mean the pay sounds good for a home daily local job with no experience, however how much dock work is involved I wonder. Any replies on XPO as a company would be appreciated too!

Actually, the bonus doesn't look to be too bad of a deal. Smaller center though so probably is a lot of dock work.

Transfer to another (busier) location after a year and you're golden :)

Here is an ad for that position:

Truck Driver / Home Daily / 3rd Shift / $7,000 in Bonuses Date: Apr 4, 2021

Location: Joliet, IL, US, 60436

Company: XPO Logistics

Eligible participants who are hired while the program is in effect will receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus, subject to repayment if the employee voluntarily terminates their employment with XPO Logistics within the first 6 months. Bonuses are subject to all applicable taxes. All other rules governing this program will apply. Current XPO employees are not eligible for sign-on bonuses.

A $1,000 retention bonus will be paid to those eligible participants who are hired while the program is in effect and attain 6 months of continuous employment with XPO Logistics in their current qualified position. Eligible participants who are hired while the program is in effect and attain 12 months of continuous employment in their current qualified position will receive another $1,000 bonus. The bonuses are subject to all applicable taxes. All other rules governing this program will apply. Current XPO employees are not eligible for retention bonuses.

Pay starts at $25.33

3rd Shift, Monday - Friday, 8:00pm - 6:00am

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ocean S.'s Comment
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I worked for XPO for a really short time when I was furloughed from the railroad. I really liked everything about the location I was at. In the time between when I interviewed and starting pay increased from $22hr to $23.59hr (Now its $24.XXhr just since February) they also we offering a $6,000 bonus then that's increased to $8,000 now. There was a mix of P&D and linehaul from our location. I was told most likely after training I'd start the shortest linehaul route that was about 100 miles then work the dock at that location for 4-6 hours then return to my home location. It was also possible to "double back" to this same location if freight allowed it. Their equipment seemed really good and decently maintained. The manager and dispatchers for my location were all fantastic. I struggled with the decision to either stay with XPO or return to the railroad, but in the end I chose the railroad, however I keep my eye on them and if I end up furloughed again I'll be knocking on their door.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Banks's Comment
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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My dad worked for Con-Way for 28 years left about a year after XPO bought them. They have basically run the LTL company down. They don't fix equipment, facilities or pay vendors like they used to. A fair amount of drivers left for other LTL companies for a variety of reasons.

The fact they left their scores get that low is kinda surprising, that has to be near Central Transport level.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I've got a quick question for y'all, on this ^^^ above SMS .... is the 'lack of' Hazmat compliance on the company, the driver, or both?

Not much familiar with HZ, but for tank products.

Thanks!

~ Anne ~

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Auggie69's Comment
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I've got a quick question for y'all, on this ^^^ above SMS .... is the 'lack of' Hazmat compliance on the company, the driver, or both?

Not much familiar with HZ, but for tank products.

Thanks!

~ Anne ~

It's on the company but the driver suffers for it. And if you're a driver and get pulled in and found derelict it's on you.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Since you can't see actual scores, what do you guys think their score is? I'm guessing 75+ if they have lost their PrePass ability.

Laura

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