Seeking Wisdom On 2 Companies For Consideration

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Daniel A.'s Comment
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hello, i am nearly done with school and doing a lot better this time around. my cdl test is Thursday. i would like to gain insight about 2 companies i am considering working for.

they are super service trucking and us express, i have looked and they both seem good on paper. any views or comments about them would be welcome. one thing i am not sure about is the pay scale for super server, its different. sorta like start out at 31 cent then no raises normaly but they give u 2 cents if your a good safe driver. i couldn't understand it all.

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.
Michael M.'s Comment
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I got my cdls through one of the big companies on 02/25. I decided not to work for the company and take my chances elsewhere. I'm supposed to go to orientation for U.S. Express on Monday. Anyone who knows anything about them please help, any info would be helpful. Good luck on your exam, Daniel. Maybe we'll both work for U.S. in the future.

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.
James H. (ZenZulu)'s Comment
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I am currently driving for PTL But I decided to try my luck elswhere. I just got an orientation date from Super Service. So I would also love to hear from someone about them. Im also thinking about Smith Transport and Big G Express

RedGator's Comment
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Thinks too much works for US Express. Pm him im sure he would be happy to answer questions. A friend of mine works for Smith and hates it. He doesnt make alot of money, his plans never make sense and neither does the directions they give out. They are heavy in the east coast and run alot of LTL freight there. Loads are always being assigned days late but expected to get there on time. In my opinion just not a very organized company. They do however run paper logs.

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
Scott B.'s Comment
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U.S. Express runs a sliding pay scale . Longer runs pay less than shorter runs. Think it runs between 26!amd 31 cpm. 3 less if you don't have hazmat.

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

James H. (ZenZulu)'s Comment
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Thinks too much works for US Express. Pm him im sure he would be happy to answer questions. A friend of mine works for Smith and hates it. He doesnt make alot of money, his plans never make sense and neither does the directions they give out. They are heavy in the east coast and run alot of LTL freight there. Loads are always being assigned days late but expected to get there on time. In my opinion just not a very organized company. They do however run paper logs.

Thanks for the warning. I'll go ahead and try my luck at Super Service then.

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
RedGator's Comment
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James ive considered Big G myself if I ever went dry box. As well as EPES. In my opinion seem 2 be 2 decent companies. Ive heard nothing but good things.

Mark .'s Comment
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...Big G myself if I ever went dry box. As well as EPES. In my opinion seem 2 be 2 decent companies. Ive heard nothing but good things.

What is Big G and what is EPES? Thanks.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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...Big G myself if I ever went dry box. As well as EPES. In my opinion seem 2 be 2 decent companies. Ive heard nothing but good things.

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What is Big G and what is EPES? Thanks.

Those are both names of two trucking companies

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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