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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Thanks for replying Big Scott. I have just read most of you threads regarding CFI and your personal history. I was impressed how CFI stood by you. I also like CFI approach to training.

Just curious, when you first went solo back in 2017 with CFI after 6-7 weeks training, did you feel well prepared?

Absolutely

Rob T.'s Comment
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Truth is most new drivers do not feel like they're ready to be solo. Much of it will depend on how quickly the new driver catches on and how well the trainer did preparing them. Regardless of what company policy says some trainers do things the way they want. Some trainees report that their trainers don't let them do the backing or allow them to handle the paperwork etc.

Most of us would say we work for the best company out there. Many times your experience is what you make of it, though sometimes there are things that happen out of the drivers control that give them an entire different view of the company another loves.

If I were to do it all over again and go OTR I'd go with Prime.

Recruiter Scott - why would I as a new or experienced driver choose CFI over any other company seeing how the starting pay is lower than others. As a driver new to CFI what do they have to offer that others don't to offset the difference in pay?

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.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Recruiter Scott - why would I as a new or experienced driver choose CFI over any other company seeing how the starting pay is lower than others. As a driver new to CFI what do they have to offer that others don't to offset the difference in pay?

I do not know the current student pay structure. While with the trainer it 30 something CPM.

From the first day I spoke to a recruiter CFI has made me feel like family. The company has grown. They get you home when you want. You can stay home for up to two weeks before you have to let them know why. I would not drive OTR for anyone else. If I had it to do over, I would go with CFI.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Rob T asked a fair question:

Recruiter Scott - why would I as a new or experienced driver choose CFI over any other company seeing how the starting pay is lower than others. As a driver new to CFI what do they have to offer that others don't to offset the difference in pay?

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Okay... fair enough;

so I think how CFI treated you Big Scott; is a reflection on you, more about your professionalism and performance.

Although I try not to deviate from objectivity, your experience at CFI is no different than my 8+ years at Swift, or Rainy’s run at Prime... etc.

Chris P.'s Comment
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Okay... fair enough;

so I think how CFI treated you Big Scott; is a reflection on you, more about your professionalism and performance.

Although I try not to deviate from objectivity, your experience at CFI is no different than my 8+ years at Swift, or Rainy’s run at Prime... etc.

Does Swift pay compete with some of the other better paying companies? Because it doesn't appear to from what I can tell? I still might choose them to start out with just because their training sounds good?

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.

G-Town's Comment
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The short answer is yes.

I was making 70cpm running Walmart Dedicated, dispatch pay, stop pay and a quarterly Diamond Driver performance bonus. I was there for almost 9 years.

I suggest contacting recruiter for current OTR rates.

The long answer? Far more complex. Your compensation has way more todo with your ability to perform safely and efficiently and less todo with pay rate.

I strongly suggest going to the blog section and study articles about performance and compensation.

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Okay... fair enough;

so I think how CFI treated you Big Scott; is a reflection on you, more about your professionalism and performance.

Although I try not to deviate from objectivity, your experience at CFI is no different than my 8+ years at Swift, or Rainy’s run at Prime... etc.

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Does Swift pay compete with some of the other better paying companies? Because it doesn't appear to from what I can tell? I still might choose them to start out with just because their training sounds good?

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

Dennis L's Comment
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It’s finally official. I’ve been cleared and invited by Prime Inc to attend Orientation in Springfield, MO on January 31st!

I turn 66 on the 27th.

A lot to do next couple weeks before I leave home.

Assuming that I get through Orientation to start Prime Student Driver training, I will strive to write a diary.

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