Advice On How To Properly Leave A Company

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Brian 's Comment
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JUST WONDERING WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO LEAVE YOUR PRESENT COMPANY, NORMALLY A 2 WEEK NOTICE IS STANDARD, BUT NOT SURE WITH TRUCKING INDUSTRY. I KNOW YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR TRUCK TO A TERMINAL , JUST DON'T WANT TO BURN ANY BRIDGES.

HAVE BEEN OFFERED SEVERAL OPTIONS WHICH PAY MORE, AND OFFER DAILY HOME TIME.

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR INPUT.

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.

The Dude's Comment
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JUST WONDERING WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO LEAVE YOUR PRESENT COMPANY, NORMALLY A 2 WEEK NOTICE IS STANDARD, BUT NOT SURE WITH TRUCKING INDUSTRY. I KNOW YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR TRUCK TO A TERMINAL , JUST DON'T WANT TO BURN ANY BRIDGES.

HAVE BEEN OFFERED SEVERAL OPTIONS WHICH PAY MORE, AND OFFER DAILY HOME TIME.

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR INPUT.

Well the size of the carrier will determine how much it might hurt them if you leave without a notice. I'm assuming you're talking about a mega. Most people will tell you that with a mega you just need to tell them it's your last load and you need to be routed to a yard asap. But consider this: When you're interviewing for a really good job in the future, wouldn't it be great to tell them you've given a two weeks notice everywhere you've left and also be able to use past dispatchers as business references because you've been extra curteous even when leaving?

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.

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.

Dispatcher:

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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If the company and/or your state is "at will" employment you can leave anytime you want. These companies do have the authority to make your CDL life hell though through DAC reporting or starving you out on your last two weeks. If it is a medium to smaller company, you know most the staff and are on good terms you can give the two weeks. For a large corporation I would clean out and shop the truck at a terminal , set my availability for a few days after you are leaving, write a short letter telling them why you are leaving, then leave. This will make sure you are covered legally, monetarily and morally.

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.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I just left Roehl Transport and I did give 2 weeks notice. However, I ended up leaving after the first week due to the fact I needed my health insurance to start as soon as possible and by waiting two weeks I would have to wait an additional month. I let my FM know and made arrangements to get my truck back to my home terminal which was 270 miles away. I made sure I had all of the equipment they issued to me and got a copy of my last 8 days driving record and said goodbye. I would be able to reapply to Roehl in the future if I wanted but doubt I ever will. Best of luck to you.

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.

Fm:

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.
Old School's Comment
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If the company and/or your state is "at will" employment you can leave anytime you want. These companies do have the authority to make your CDL life hell though through DAC reporting or starving you out on your last two weeks. If it is a medium to smaller company, you know most the staff and are on good terms you can give the two weeks. For a large corporation I would clean out and shop the truck at a terminal

Brian, I don't know why in the world Atilla comes up with such comments, but he always seems to take the position that the company is out to get you one way or the other. It is such a bogus premise to operate on. These trucking companies want you to be moving, and that includes your last two weeks of working for them.

Look, here's what I did when I left Western Express, a notorious trucking company for terrible internet reviews. I sent my DM a message on the qualcomm letting him know that I enjoyed my stay with them and thanked him for all he had done for me over the years. I let him know that a better opportunity had presented itself and I wanted to give it a try, I then gave him a date approximately two weeks away that I would like to have be my last date. I got a message back from him telling me he hated to see me go, but he understood. Hew then dispatched me a 2,200 mile trip for the first week that I would still be there. That's how you do it, and make sure you request a final load that can get you to a terminal - you want to leave your truck at a terminal.

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.

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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