New Hires

Discussion in 'Saia' started by hasbeenking, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. hasbeenking

    hasbeenking Member

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    We're hiring new drivers system wide. Are we losing quite a few to retirement, or something major in the works for our company? Any thoughts?
     
  2. renegaderider

    renegaderider Active Member

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    I know at GRL dispatch said he needed 3 more line drivers because of freight volume
     
  3. Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech Active Member

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    I think it's a matter of freight volumes being alot higher than normal and people getting ready to retire.

    I know at my terminal I am the youngest linehaul driver, and I'm 41. I often wondered why younger drivers don't hire on to companies such as ours. I know I wish I would of done it earlier in my career. There was a lot of wasted years sleeping in crappy truckstops.
     
  4. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    I think word is getting around that Saia is a pretty good deal, especially after the next raise kicks in.
     
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  5. renegaderider

    renegaderider Active Member

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    I agree I think Saia is a real good company and is surprised they don't expand up 2 the dreaded northeast lol
     
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  6. hasbeenking

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    Wondered about a northeast expansion as well. Whatever happens, we need to order some more equipment because the 08's and 09's are spending more time in the shop due to regen issues than on the road. This is a fine place to work and hopefully I'll be able to hang up my boots from here.
     
  7. runawaytrain

    runawaytrain Wear their scorn with pride.

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    You must be extremely careful with expansion plans. The operation ratio can go into a rapid decline if it's not done correctly and Rick knows this. I just think he's showing restraint until the right opportunity comes along. The freight volume must be there to justify the associated cost.
     
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    We're getting or butts handed to us at cmb...we have put on 4 guys in the last 90 days
     
  9. SMOKESTACK

    SMOKESTACK Administrator Staff Member

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    Good for Saia , you are growing !
     
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  10. claim jumper

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    I just started last week. They took in a transfer three weeks ago. The guy who i did my training with gave a road test one morning before we left out. All three of us are linehaul. I guess it's busy at mps.
     
  11. pancake

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    Have a friend that interviewed yesterday at the Saia terminal in Greenvile SC. He is interviewing for P&D position. TM told him they just hired 3 other drivers that start this week to try to bring the work week down from over 60 hours avg a week currently. Also said the TM was concerned he would be able to learn the handheld as a couple of new drivers are having trouble learning how to operate it. How hard can it be? He was very impressed with the company and TM and hopes they call him to offer a job. He liked the idea of after 10 years of service they provide no cost to employee health care. Does Saia pay overtime (time and a half) after a certain amount of hours?
     
  12. Buggybruiser

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    Lets hope this increase in volume is good sign of things to come. Won't have much of a choice but to expand if the customers start wanting us too.
     
  13. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Well-Known Member

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    1.5 after 45 hr

    1.5 after 45 hrs
     
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  14. mlang216

    mlang216 Active Member

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    They won't even call me back! And I have a referral and contacted a recruiter! Haha
     
  15. mlang216

    mlang216 Active Member

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    I'm 28 and by far the youngest at Central Freight Lines haha. Wish Saia would call me back.
     
  16. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Well-Known Member

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    don't give up, renew your app every 6 months
     
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  17. SMOKESTACK

    SMOKESTACK Administrator Staff Member

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    Good advice hand.
     
  18. gearraker

    gearraker Active Member

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    The handheld is easy to use..it's just a little temperamental...lol
     
  19. Demolitionman

    Demolitionman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    When I started in GVL I was probably the youngest driver in the company. 22 years old. I went to linehaul when I was 23 or 24 and through the years I was still the youngest driver there until last year when they hired a guy who was 30.
     
  20. gearraker

    gearraker Active Member

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    My terminal is now completely getting crushed..no apps to hire anyone every body is working there ass off...not sure how much longer we can keep up this pace
     

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