Looking to Make A Move

Discussion in 'XPO Logistics' started by Rollin, May 21, 2017.

  1. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    I have been doing foodservice delivery for a # of years now. Looking for something a little easier on the body, closer to home and with some flexibility. I asked myself what the senior drivers are doing now if that's something I really want to do in the years ahead and I keep saying no it's not. I find most companies just don't want to pay for 20 plus years of experience. Most of what I'm finding is in the high teens and not having to work weekends, with the exception of line haul Saturday mornings return. XPO is the closest to home, working the extra board.

    The idea of starting over being bottom / utility guy doesn't sound great. It's a pay cut to start, not to mention schedule change for family. Losing all the benefits, and all the seniority would come at a cost.

    I would just appreciate some feedback. I know the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side. I haven't talked to any XPO drivers on the street either, but I do have an offer to work.
     
  2. upnorth

    upnorth Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    2,271
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Most terminals are running very tight on staff to keep costs under control. Have you spoken to anyone at the terminal your interested in? You need to find out if there are open bids, or will you be forever stuck on the dock, maybe getting an overflow run. The grass is never greener on the other side, but sometimes you need to mow a different lawn!
     
  3. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Yes, I have talked with TM and it's driving position, but dock work is involved, or can do dock work. Sounds like their very busy. Kinda sounds to me like you just call in every morning, with typical start times 10-12. I'm us to starting at 4-5 am.
     
  4. upnorth

    upnorth Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    2,271
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That's called TM double speak. You need to find out if there's an open bid your filling, or are you on the flex board.
     
    icuicp and waffle man like this.
  5. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Flex board
     
  6. upnorth

    upnorth Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    2,271
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Could work, could stay on the dock. It's a gamble.
     
  7. Fly-by-night

    Fly-by-night Only when you care to send the very best

    Messages:
    836
    Likes Received:
    648
    Trophy Points:
    93
    I done foodservice and it beats the hell out of you body. When I came here I was like you with 20+ years exp. I was drive long then both of my trainers had there licenses and have more years driving then 80% of the driver at my barn and some here no nothing but this company. With that said every barn runs different, what times, runs, and work schedule are at my barn is different at the barn 40 mile away. You need to talk to as many driver at the barn you are going to work at. I will tell you, you will get tons of different responses. You will hear of driver with great runs and nice start time cry like the biggest babies on earth and talk about way back when in the CCX day and how well they thought they were treated.
    You take from the job what you put into it. The simple fact is that the only thing that separates driver here is seniority, years of experience and skill level mean nothing at an LTL company and as long as you can deal with that you'll be fine. Like you said you will be on the bottom and all the :shit: flows to there. You will have the crappy runs, start time, lots of dock time and even force to work on some weekends if there is any at that barn.
    Good luck in what ever path you take.
     
    JstBlendinIN and Serene Gene like this.
  8. Serene Gene

    Serene Gene Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    380
    Trophy Points:
    63
    All the advice you need, right there.
     
  9. wonderring99

    wonderring99 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,599
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location is always a key as well ... does the terminal have an FAC?
     
    freightman68 likes this.
  10. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Sorry, not sure what FAC means.
     
  11. wonderring99

    wonderring99 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,599
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Night time operation.. also means break bulk terminal ... other terminals come in off load and reload
     
  12. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Not that I'm aware of, another terminal over 1 hr away from that one does.
     
  13. wonderring99

    wonderring99 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,599
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location is always a key ... getting hired this time of year you may act as a summer vacation guy and when october rolls around there maybe not be a lot of work .. I stress maybe pending on your location ... I worked for this company 11.5 years and moderated this forum in the past and I have seen this happen to good guys who hired on at an end of the line terminal .. just becareful on your decision making here
     
    icuicp and upnorth like this.
  14. Rollin

    Rollin Member

    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ok, very good point. I have never been involved in LTL freight before and figured a slow down in winter, but hadn't thought of starving or sitting. I basically live between the two terminals, just that ones closer than other. Thanks!
     
  15. dalesr

    dalesr Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    350
    Likes Received:
    340
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I live between two terminals also. I chose to go to the bigger one with the FAC. Well, the FAC now has only a few drivers come in each night and has not grown at all in the 13 years I've been here. The other terminal has not only grown, but they also run more miles than I do and get paid more per hour and per mile due to "market value"! So while I agree that location is important, things do change as time goes on. It's a crap shoot for sure.
    I find that I'm in a similar situation as you, rollin, except after 13 years in, I don't like the direction XPO is going and I would like to get out of what I see as a sinking ship.
     
    highspeeds likes this.
  16. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY COOP Dispatch GPS Division

    Messages:
    7,170
    Likes Received:
    7,661
    Trophy Points:
    113
    What do they give for an explanation of the term market value?
     
  17. JstBlendinIN

    JstBlendinIN Member

    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    18
    si
     
  18. dalesr

    dalesr Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    350
    Likes Received:
    340
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Basically they don't pay you any more then they have to, right? If they are having a hard time finding drivers, the market value goes up. If it costs more to live in a certain area, Boston for example, your pay rate will reflect it.
     
  19. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY COOP Dispatch GPS Division

    Messages:
    7,170
    Likes Received:
    7,661
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Kinda of thought it was something like that. So they sell that crap to a driver in say,the middle of Indiana, who happens to be more productive,and safe than a slacker working in Boston, that he makes 4 bucks an hour less because of where he lives... Although I will say if they used production,and safety as the formula for hourly pay,there would be several at my terminal making less than 10 bucks an hour. Thanks...
     
  20. CCXdriver

    CCXdriver Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,148
    Likes Received:
    486
    Trophy Points:
    83
    It's not the cost of living so much, but the cost of acquiring and retaining a driver. Let's say it's relatively easy to find drivers in the Boston area, but a lot more difficult in the middle of Iowa. The Iowa driver would get paid more. That's why there are some low cost areas with higher pay, and high cost areas with lower. Not a whole lot, but some.
     
    JstBlendinIN and dalesr like this.

Share This Page