Decision - Pam, Werner Or Shift?

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Gary M.'s Comment
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i am new in the truck driving arena. Specifically, I do not have my CDL-A license and will be going to a school soon. I have been recruited by Werner, Pam and Shift. Which one of the three is the best? Moreover, the driving school for Pam is through Driving Solutions and is located in Ft. Worth, Texas. The driving school for Shift is located in Dallas, Texas and the driving school for Werner is through Roadmaster and is out of San Antonio, Texas. Any recommendations on which school I should attend?

From the research I have done over the past several weeks, it appears to me that Prime is the best company to work for and has an excellent school. Any thought or recommendations regarding Prime?

Gary D. Moore Jacksonville, Texas Legalee2004@gmail.com

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.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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My suggestion is go to the main forum and look through the numerous posts on exactly this topic for information. Do your research on this forum and everything will work out fine. And, don't pay attention to bad reviews. Your experience is what you make it. Treat it like boot camp.

If you haven't already, check out these fabulous links:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Brett's Book

Company-Sponsored Training

How To Choose A School

How To Choose A Company

High Road Training Program

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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.

Spreadneck's Comment
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From my research, PAM pays the lowest of any company and Prime pays the highest.

I-68 & I-79's Comment
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I'm starting in a week with Millis Transfer, you might want to check them out as well, they have a training school in Burleson, TX. Good pay, home time, and bonuses.

Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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From my research, PAM pays the lowest of any company and Prime pays the highest.

Also PAM makes you drive team for 6 months with another CDL graduate.

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.
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