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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Ok thanks for input. I am going to wait a year and then decide.

Rob T: I agree thinking about this being ridiculous is fair. I don't mean to trash UPS because there's nothing wrong with them other than being a mega carrier. I thought I could go to classic red and tell them I have a preference since they are partnered with Mack.

BK: thanks for the advice I am going to change all my alarm titles to a reminder to think about what Anne said.

Anne: thanks for your advice I really appreciate it!!!

Anytime, man. Y'all give me too much credit, but..thanks!!

Greg M., it's an Ohio thing; valley minds and cooler heads prevail, and all !! ;)

We actually stepped down from a 'hood.' Yeah, a Pete like PJ's. Fell in love with the Mack, almost as much immediately, though!

Wouldn't have believed it if you told me first, however!!!

The winds of change aren't all bad !! (Great song, too!)

Go look at the photos in my profile. See that Purdy old Peterbilt ??? I almost cried. Then, sanity set in.

Wish you the best, man. You may end up loving the new digs, too !!!

~ Anne ~

RealDiehl's Comment
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I dont understand the stigma associated with so-called "Mega Carriers". The majority of our members here currently work for-or have worked for-these mega carriers.

We've all seen other drivers on other forums complain about mega carriers. They say they are nothing more than a "number". Super truckers claim that people who drive for mega carriers are nothing more than "steering wheel holders".

Look at this as an opportunity. Most of these mega carriers are constantly hiring new drivers due to the fact that so many wash out within a month or two of starting their careers. If you stick with your mega carrier there are plenty of opportunities to rise above the rest if the pack. Plenty of opportunities to make yourself stand out to your Fleet Manager.

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Read Kearsey's (AKA Rainy) article on the subject. It may help you look at things in a more positive way.

Why I'm More Than Just A Number At My Mega-Carrier

Fleet Manager:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't mean to trash UPS because there's nothing wrong with them other than being a mega carrier

This thinking has been pervasive in the industry for decades. Large, successful carriers are no good even though they have:

  • beautiful equipment
  • a wide variety of opportunities
  • a huge support staff
  • nationwide services at the push of a button
  • tons of money behind them
  • contracts with the largest manufacturers in the country
  • nearly infinite amounts of freight
  • great pay and benefits

To many folks, the nation's most successful and elite carriers are no good. That always cracked me up. The small companies all want to be big companies, but they just haven't figured out how to operate at that level. So they struggle and bounce along the bottom, hoping to survive.

I think a lot of people struggled their entire lives with money and have developed an inherent mistrust and bitterness toward anyone who is highly successful. Anyone that has that much money must be terrible. They couldn't have earned it the old-fashioned way by outperforming their competition. They must have lied, cheated, and stolen to get it.

You see this even toward the very largest carriers. Way back in the day, Schneider and JB Hunt were the two biggies, and everyone detested them. Now it's Swift, and everyone detests them.

I spent the last 6 years of my OTR career with US Xpress, even though I could have had any job in the country. The mega carriers have the best of just about everything. I worked at my share of mom-n-pop companies over the years, which is how I discovered that the mega carriers are most often the best jobs you'll find out there.

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.

Klutch's Comment
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I can’t see leaving a company over a make/model of a truck unless I was being forced to drive something unsafe, disgusting or causing me some sort of physical pain as some have experienced BUT I will say on the flip side, it certainly can be an incentive to stay… I had originally planned on working out my contract and moving on but the QoL features in the new truck have really improved my life on the road. I don’t see myself leaving now, at least not near future.

You know there would be no guarantee that this new company would even put you in or keep you in an Anthem. If it’s that big of deal for you, wouldn’t buying/leasing be your only real option? I wouldn’t believe anything a company told me when trying to bring me on board unless it’s in writing

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I wouldn’t believe anything a company told me when trying to bring me on board unless it’s in writing

That's right. Don't count on anything that isn't in writing. If it's that important to you, ask them to put it in writing. If they won't, then you know.

Chris W.'s Comment
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I would love to buy a anthem but I got enough in savings to completely purchase a anthem but the only real issue is If I bought the anthem I wouldn't have enough to operate it. I am not sure if I could but it would be cool if I could buy the anthem and have UPS insure it and pay for work expenses but I don't think they would lol

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You know there would be no guarantee that this new company would even put you in or keep you in an Anthem. If it’s that big of deal for you, wouldn’t buying/leasing be your only real option?

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PackRat's Comment
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You are too AOCD.

Anthem. Obsessive. Compulsive. Driver.

What if the next three you drive are all lemons?

BK's Comment
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You are too AOCD.

Anthem. Obsessive. Compulsive. Driver.

What if the next three you drive are all lemons?

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Davy A.'s Comment
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I cringe at the term mega carrier. It's usually said with disdain.

I like having terminals all over the country I can go to, shower and do laundry, having 24 hour fitness centers in many of them.

I enjoy never even a raised eyebrow when I put in for layover,(another 200 bucks in added pay this week) detention pay, hotel reimbursement, truck wash reimbursement.

I enjoy top of the line equipment and maintenance, immediate response on breakdown, hotels and rental cars provided.

I enjoy knowing everyone on a personal first name basis at my terminal , it's like its own little business. It's like a family. At the same time, I have requests and suggestions going all the way up to corporate.

I really enjoy that I get left to my own devices, a level of mutal respect and professionalism between myself and the office, I make excellent money consistently and get a lot of perks based on my high level of performance. Though I may have my complaints with the "mega" carrier I work for, the benefits far outweigh the issues.

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

Stevo Reno's Comment
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First off, WHY, leave UPS over a damn truck model?, My brother has driven for UPS 40 years, 20+ in semi's pullin doubles. He got my buddies brother in at UPS, 2 years after joining, and he's been there 38 years. Same thing, pullin' doubles back n forth from Vegas. I KNOW how much they make(Well over $100k a year and a helluva pension later) After 2 years with them nowadays, ANY new driver is making the same pay. BIG MONEY lol I dunno if you're just contracted to them or driving as an employee ??

Like mentioned, a "truck is a truck, earning a buck" who cares what the emblem says on the nose lol

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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