Swift Trucking

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Michael S.'s Comment
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Good Evening

I'm suppose to go to orientation in Syracuse New York for Swift Transportation. I was just wondering if someone would be willing to tell me something more about this company I mean more than the recruiter did I know it's there job to get people there so I wouldn't expect them to say anything bad about this place so if someone can please just tell me what the company is like and how the drivers are treated.

Karl A.'s Comment
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Good Evening

I'm suppose to go to orientation in Syracuse New York for swift trucking I was just wondering if someone would be willing to tell me something more about this company I mean more then the recruiter did I know it's there job to get people there so I wouldnt expect them to say anything bad about this place so if someone can please just tell me what the company is like and how the drivers are treated.

I go to orientation for swift on Tue in Florida, just got done with the school

David L.'s Comment
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My eldest son drives for Swift. He did Roadmaster for his CDL and then went through Swift orientation and driver training. He's just starting to get "regular" pay checks as his truck was on/out of the shop the first couple of weeks. His DM has tried to take care if him and got him home for six days over Thanksgiving and he brought his truck home. Running solo in the upper Midwest has been a learning experience. Swift has been truthful and he is getting regular loads.

I'm starting school at the Swift Academy in Millington, TN, on January 5th. I'll do about two weeks there and then be sent back to Ocala to road test. Our plan is to team drive for Swift in the current truck assigned to Sean. He asked for a team truck after training and was assigned his 2015 Kenworth T680.

So from a prospective driver and a rookie Swift has not disappointed, yet.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.
Attila's Comment
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I have been with SWIFT for months now. Their training is good and they are willing to work with you if you reciprocate. I have had no serious complaints with my company and many good experiences.

Logan T.'s Comment
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I've been with Swift for over a year now and can't complain really. For most of my first year I ran a dedicated Sears account out of Dallas, tx and now I'm in tours and trades and I'm hauling for Marvel Universe Live. Real sweet gig I got now. We are in Florida right now. I drive 1 day a week, back trailers for 1 1/2 days and then get several days off to play tourist in whatever city we are in. This week we will be going to Orlando. So Disney world here we come.

Tim's Comment
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I've been with Swift for over a year now and can't complain really. For most of my first year I ran a dedicated Sears account out of Dallas, tx and now I'm in tours and trades and I'm hauling for Marvel Universe Live. Real sweet gig I got now. We are in Florida right now. I drive 1 day a week, back trailers for 1 1/2 days and then get several days off to play tourist in whatever city we are in. This week we will be going to Orlando. So Disney world here we come.

Hey there does the Sears account dedicated have lumpers? Thanks on advance

Logan T.'s Comment
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Nope no lumpers. If your haulin tires you unload them and get paid for it. If it's appliances the Sears people unload it.

Tim's Comment
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Nope no lumpers. If your haulin tires you unload them and get paid for it. If it's appliances the Sears people unload it.

Thanks pal when are lumpers used with swift just when your over the road? Or do some dedicated use lumpers? Thanks you

Over The Road:

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.

Eckoh's Comment
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Nope no lumpers. If your haulin tires you unload them and get paid for it. If it's appliances the Sears people unload it.

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Thanks pal when are lumpers used with swift just when your over the road? Or do some dedicated use lumpers? Thanks you

the dedicated accounts i know about do not have lumpers. however i only know about dollar tree dollar general target costco sears and petsmart

Over The Road:

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.

David's Comment
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I drove for swift back in 2012. Did the phoenix, AZ school and ran for them for 11 months. I have nothing major bad to say. I ran all 48, had a very awesome trainer that I keep in contact with.

The only thing I will say is watch your miles. I was getting 2800 miles a week and near my 10 month mark it slowly dropped as I had got a 3 cent pay raise. Thats the only thing that I have on Swift. They are a good starting company. All their trucks are 3yrs or newer. I got into a 2008 KW T2000 my first day solo, and ran that for 3 weeks before I was given a 2012 Volvo, rolled that for 4 months, took a week off and was then issued a new 2013 Internation ProStar Eagle+ (Loved the space in that truck)

Good luck with them. Pay close attention to what the instructors say, if the NY school is anything like the others it'll be a fast 3 weeks.

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