PAM Reviews Out There. Is It That Bad?

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Captain "Cappie" K Miles's Comment
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I was looking to start with them but people complain there not making any money. I drive now a small body on chassis bus no CDL required 15 passengers or less. I love the job but part time and pay is not good. It more a job for retired people board at home.

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.
David's Comment
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I was looking to start with them but people complain there not making any money. I drive now a small body on chassis bus no CDL required 15 passengers or less. I love the job but part time and pay is not good. It more a job for retired people board at home.

I have no experience with Pam, I have really nothing to say about them but don't take everything you hear seriously . A lot of people out there that will badmouth a company because they had a bad experience with them.

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.

Dm:

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.
William C.'s Comment
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Off topic but does pam use EZpass ?

DISCO's Comment
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Yes PAM uses ezpass/prepass. Their CSA score is super low so save time getting green lighted. Great support system...nonl issues with fuel cards, advances...etc. Use my phone to scan bills with transflo app. But yes....barely making ends meet. Operations needs some good leadership. A lot of 'left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing". Remember, they're a training company. I did not go through their school so I don't have a contract with them, nor did I have to team up for 6 months. Good company for new drivers. Suckin it up to get the otr exp. Everyone has to pay their dues. Just don't plan on making a lot. Just now getting 1200-1300 mi. loads. They now know I keep the door shut and roll. For u vets...you get 918.00/mo or so va bennies...deceases after 6 months but helps. Remember y'all...grass is always greener....and there are only two 100% awesome jobs....the one you're leaving and the one you're going to. Later!

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Snappy's Comment
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I gave Pam three months. Most of that time was spent doing solo runs from Laredo to Detroit and back, putting in about 3000 or so miles a week. At .25cpm though (and even after a raise to .26cpm) I was barely making a living.

Now I'm not one to badmouth Pam, if you have a teammate that you can live in a truck with and sleep through their driving, you can make a living with them. But solo drivers tend not to get the miles I got with them, and they are very focused on the team driving.

Dm:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

DISCO's Comment
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I second Snappy's post.

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