My Thoughts On Company Websites.

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Chris K.'s Comment
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I will rant for a moment. While waiting for my life to fall back into place, I just research trucking companies, ramble here and there. I will grab the road atlas pick a small city or town, research what makes it tick. Go to there Chamber of Commerce look up the local businesses and manufacturing etc. Lets say Amcor Mills in Berea Ky. (Fake) I go to their website. 90% of the time you have to dig to figure out what they produce. You will see "Solutions, Innovations, Diversity" etc Just say you manufacture tin friggin cans. Okay now to my point. I peruse trucking company websites most of the time. Yes they have "Solutions, Innovations, etc. If they do not have a breakdown of their pay rate, types of runs, hometime etc why advertise for drivers. "Industry leading pay and technology" "We get you home" "Drivers are out priority". One company mentioned top notch equipment 2014-16 kw or Petes Solutions in hometime. Do they think we are just dumb a@@@@ ? Rant over

PackRat's Comment
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Do other businesses of other fields advertise all of their benefits for perspective employees on their websites, too?

Perhaps the trucking companies realize that this is a serious business for serious people. If one is interested, all that's needed is to call a listed phone number for more details.

Chris K.'s Comment
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Never thought of it in that sense. However almost all ads for trucking mention pay etc annnddd usually "top pay, home time, and benefits is what brings you to the website. Annnddd some companies have separate pages for the driver. Just saying

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I agree to a degree one thing to remember about trucking is a lot of the stuff you are looking for changes depending on company needs. So it's impractical to put it on a website as it may change daily.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Never thought of it in that sense. However almost all ads for trucking mention pay etc annnddd usually "top pay, home time, and benefits is what brings you to the website. Annnddd some companies have separate pages for the driver. Just saying

Have you read Kearsey's stuff?

Listen to the BIGGUNS on here, because you sure ignore some of usn's .. & others ...... DUNNO WHY!

Wish you well.

Drop the beer; choose your path.

Spend time WISELY!

Here's another wise way to search; she pretty much has ALL q's answered.Truckin' Along with Kearsey!

Wish you well, sir.

~ Anne ~

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Chris K.'s Comment
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Just putting it out there. Look at company websites. Or Craigslist Ad. Most companies advertise using pay scale, home time, etc However when perusing web page, its not there. Just "Industry leading pay" Up to 100,000$ etc etc Most industries say very little about compensation. Trucking has always put it out there. Look at reviews on this site. I research a variety of websites daily. All involving career, manufacturing etc. Most are "flowery prose". Ha I am not putting the industry down. When I was in CDL school, the walls were plastered w company ads. 95% of them discussed pay, training etc. Its been the industry norm. Just find it odd, funny, amusing when you see an ad mentioning great pay, layover, detention etc click to get to website to see the details, nothing but flowery prose.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Drive thru any town and, based on the business names, it’s hard to tell Tifton, GA from Effingham, IL. All the retailers and food businesses are National chains.

I agree on the vagueness of many businesses. But the pay and benefits DO vary greatly. Some company dedicated driver positions pay much different than the same company OTR positions. Also, if my company advertises $.52/mile, lots of drivers would say that’s too low. But my company gets me home every week, sometimes multiple times, they have seven-day freight (believe it or not, some don’t), so I can keep rolling to make extra $ if I want. I’m making very good $. Many drivers make more, but most are either on the road more or doing more physical labor (than I am) as part of the job.

Schneider’s job site (schneiderjobs.com), in my opinion, is very good. It’ll show you the jobs they have for your area and enough information to make a phone call go easier.

Remember; what you’re looking for in a company is not necessarily what everyone is looking for. These companies are trying to attract the most candidates.

I hope this helps.

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.

Chris K.'s Comment
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Another perspective. Other than my brief interlude circa 2005 in trucking I have been a chef, dietary manager, line cook etc I think if restaurant companies advertised in the same manner it could help some of its issues w hiring. Come work at Red Lobster. 40 hr week, 16$ hr. Sign-on bonus! PTO. Ha! Anne not sure what you are getting at in your reply... I ignore some of the users on here, espec the bigguns? Not offended or wanting an issue out of this, and if I am understanding your comment correctly I disagree. My original post was basically me thinking out loud. Or "things that make you go hmmmm" I could go on and on about advertisements, political crap, conspiracy theories,etc and how we can be manipulated by them both good and bad. My "rant" was a result of a company profile on a third party site. It piqued my interest so I clicked "company website" and it was a let down. No details. Just apply etc. Oh well! Click another profile go to website its all there. Broken on down to nitty gritty. And I ramble. In closing, I got the feeling I ruffled some feathers, not my intention. And Anne, I would give anything to have had this website when I was in trucking for a brief time. Wealth of information, good people and straight forward. I live a life in limbo. Many different issues. It 50/50 daily if I make to the next day. This site is one of my outlets to reflect on my life. Enough rambling. If I ruffle a feather or two, I apologize. Nothing but lovedancing-banana.gif thank-you.gif thank-you.gif

Old School's Comment
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Hey Chris, It seems you want specific information. That is something that is hard to come by in this industry. They can tell you how much your rate of pay is, but that does not tell you how much you can expect to earn. In a performance-based enterprise you are in control of that part of the equation. I make a lot more than some of my peers. We are all pretty much working at the same rate though. Trucking is unique in this. It is one big reason why drivers get churned. Most of them don't ever lay hold of the concepts of being in control of how much they make. They want to blame the company for starving them and not allowing them to make any money. How silly that sounds to experienced drivers who have been making great money at this for years.

There is no way for these companies to take a look at you and guess how productive you will be. You hold the key to your income out here. There is no way they can tell you how much you are going to make when you are competing with their other drivers for loads. If you want back in this career, then jump in and get yourself established as a top tier driver. That is how you get to the point of enjoying this career and doing well at it. The information on the company websites has no way of predicting how you will conduct yourself out here. You are the only one who can answer the questions you seek. And you will never figure that out while sitting on your couch at home perusing trucking websites.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Have you considered that a web page for a large company is expensive to build and maintain? If they put every detail on their website then they'd have to pay someone to keep up with every change they make. It's easier and cheaper to expect an interested candidate to show enough initiative to actually push 11 buttons on their phone and ask a recruiter the current details, plus if you've already talked to a recruiter you kind of already have a foot in the door so to speak, a better chance of hiring you.

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