conway freight

Discussion in 'Con-Way Truckload' started by dieseldan02, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. dieseldan02

    dieseldan02 Member

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    Hi i was wondering what kind of runs conway truckload offers i like to stay close to home cause i worked for conway freight and they let a bunch of people so friday not layoff, fired, termanted. thanks for any help.
     
  2. TZ Williams

    TZ Williams Member

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    Mostly short hual for single drivers, and if your thinking "Close To Home" Good Luck!
     
  3. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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  4. TZ Williams

    TZ Williams Member

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    Be warned that the avg. miles for single drivers last month was only 8,000.
    course keep in mind Nov. and Dec. are holiday months and many drivers take tim off.
    But it has slipped to less then 10,000 per month for most.
     
  5. easttnhillbilly

    easttnhillbilly Active Member

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    thats more miles then i got in dec running team at my company im also reseaching conway truckload but don't want to drive team anymore do they make you run nyc
     
  6. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    Yes, Con-way Truckload runs NYC, but there are not a lot of loads going there. You could end up going there. But there is a $.05 per mile bonus pay for running the 13 Northeast states.
     
  7. ih8tmyex

    ih8tmyex Member

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    I have a ex co worker going to work for Conway Truckload. he asked if I knew if the tractors they issue are older the 2years? I said I would ask! also do you pick your tractor or do they just pick one for you?
     
  8. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    Truckload has tractors up to 3 1/2 years old. Typically they will assign a tractor to the driver. If they can give options, they will. But typically, they are going to just assign a tractor. Once the truck is picked up, any issues the driver finds will be rectified by the Service Department. Truckload currently has Volvo's, Kenworths and Freightliners in the fleet.
     
  9. ih8tmyex

    ih8tmyex Member

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    Thanks brother......Is this a good company to work for? I only hear good things
     
  10. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    We all get frustrated at times and things start looking greener on the other side of the fence, but if you stick with it, those things will pass. I've been here for over 20 years and trust me, I've peeked over the fence a few times (but never left). It's the only trucking company I've worked for, so I'm obviously biased, but my opinion is it's a great company to work for. There is no perfect company. You simply have to find the one that "fits" you and your needs. Con-way has done that for me and with patience and dedication, I'm confident it will do me for the rest of my working life. So in a nut shell, it's a great company, financially strong and great upper management. I don't think you'd go wrong with Con-way.
     
  11. Trucking Green

    Trucking Green Driving my life away ....

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    How long do they keep you setting at the truckstop i hate to wait. And is there alot of drop hooks ?:smilie_132:
     
  12. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    We do have drop and hook but it simply depends on the load you get. It's probably about 50% drop and hook and 50% live unload. Driver assist loads is probably less then 2%, but it does happen on ocassion. As far as setting, if your not running, your not making money and Con-way's not making money, so it's a disadvantege to both for you to run miles. Trust me, they will do everything they can to get you moving. No company is perfect and your going to have it happen on ocassion, but it's not the norm. I've seen them move trucks 700 -800 miles just to get a driver a load and keep them moving. And your paid for the deadhead miles just like loaded miles !! So to me, miles are mile whether loaded or empty. Have you checked out the website at Con-way: Home. Go to the main page and click on TRUCKLOAD at the top. Hope to see you join us !!!
     
  13. cobraboy

    cobraboy New Member

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    Conways a dead end road! Just move on man.Why would you want to work for a company that fired you??:duh:
     
  14. TZ Williams

    TZ Williams Member

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    Most anyone can hammer a nail into a board, But that don't make them a carpenter,
    And just because someone can drive a truck down the road don't make them a trucker!
    Every job has it's tricks-of-the-trade!
    Like any trade, it takes years to learn the ends and outs.
    So it amazes me that people think they can jump into a truck and start making as much money as the older hands.
    There is a lot more to this job then Just Driving The Truck!
    And if money is your only motivation, The you picked the wrong career!
     
  15. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    You've got to love it and TZ's right, it's not for everyone. But if you work hard, stay dedicated to your company, follow the rules and stay safe......you can make !! Every "old hand" out there had to start somewhere.
     
  16. rev

    rev New Member

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    Rules?

    I would have to ask you if Con-Way allows you to abide by the rules.

    Personally, I have very strong convictions about doing everything legally.

    Many of the posts I have read indicate that carriers expect you to run even when you are out of hours.

    I spoke with a recruiter and the very first thing she read to me was a disclaimer about their hours of operation, the areas within which they operate and my willingness to abide by those expectations. She went on to say that refusual of a load offer would result in termination.

    So...if I get a load offer and HOS will not allow me to run the load legally they will terminate me?
     
  17. vitocorleone99

    vitocorleone99 New Member

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    90% of the time you won't get the load offer. They require you to keep your hours updated every day, so they look for work that fits with whatever you have available. People are people though, and computers are only as good as the data that goes into them. Mistakes can be made. In a little over two and a half years here, I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I've had to call about an illegal schedule. I haven't been fired.

    Either (a) they set up a relay somewhere that I can reach legally, having someone else finish the run... (b) they unassign the load and I wait for something else... or (c) they give me the run with a schedule that I can run legally.

    I don't wear a halo and there may have been a time or two that I've bent a rule for reasons of my own, but I have exactly zero concern that these guys will expect me to break the law in order to keep my job.

    (Given the title of the thread and your mention of "hours of operation" this reply may not apply to you. I work for the truckload outfit where the hours of operation are 24/7. This thread is in the truckload forum and seems to be a bit of a hybrid discussion though, so my experience only covers the end of it with which I am familiar.)
     
  18. rev

    rev New Member

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    Thank You

    Yes, it was a recruiter from the Truckload Division that informed me about the 24/7 rule.

    Does that rule apply during your scheduled "home time"?

    Also, she was talking at a fairly fast rate and she mentioned a $300.00 fee for chains and a couple of other items. Do you happen to know the items included in this fee? She also said that if you left the company and returned these items you would be reimbursed the $300.00.

    Again, thanks for your help. :wavey:
     
  19. vitocorleone99

    vitocorleone99 New Member

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    If you're home, you're home. There are no hours of operation for you. On whichever day you are scheduled to return to work, you have to be available for dispatch by 7:30am (if memory serves) in your local time zone. Once you've reported for duty, you're at work. It's the 24/7 deal from that point forward.

    They do that $300 over the course of a few paychecks. I would be lying if I told you that I remember the specific breakdown of it all, but the truck comes with chains, a broom, a crowbar, a padlock, and load straps. I think they charged $60 per paycheck when I started but we were paid twice a month back then. It may be less now that we get paid every week. I know a few people who no longer work here and they got their $300 checks fairly quickly after leaving.
     
  20. COWBOYUP

    COWBOYUP New Member

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    Truckload is a 24/7 OTR operation, so we have drivers running all the time. I'm not really sure what the Recruiter meant when they said that, but obviously you are not required to work 24/7. If you out of hours......your out of hours. You will shut down where your at until you are legal again. As well, there is time-off for days out and vacation.

    Vitocorleon99 is correct. Operations requires you to provide the hours you have availble and as Vitocorleon99 mention, people do make mistates, but if you don't have the hours, you simply can't take the load. There is no issues with that. Truckload wants/requires all drivers to run legal and would never force a driver to run illegal.

    As far as the $300 you referred to. It is a deposit. I'm not sure of the exact amount, but you pay a deposit for chains, straps, padlock (and maybe a couple other items). If you ever leave Truckload and you turn all the items in, you will get reimbursed for the items you turn in. There is a price for each item and if you turn in all the items, you'll get the full amount back. If you only turn in part of the items, you will get reimbursed for the items you turn in. So you want to make sure you don't loose any of the items.

    Like Vitocorleon99 mention this does appear to be a hybid conversation of Truckload and Freight. I work for Truckload, so I can't speak for Freight.

    Knowledge is power. Your asking a lot of great questions and I respect you for that !!! Asking these questions tells me you are sincere in wanting to work for a good company and not just someone looking to bounce around. Hats off to you !!! I don't think you would go wrong with Truckload.
     

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