OTR wanting to get into FoodService

Discussion in 'General Food Service Discussion' started by Deonte94, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. MikeJ

    MikeJ Well-Known Member

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    Yes don't write Mike J that won't mean anything to them, I'll tell you my employee number later on. Good night I'm going to go back to watching the 2000 film the Perfect Storm. Last night I was watching the 2000 film Erin Brockovitch and I'll be honest with you I know she's supposed to be some kind of hero and Pacific Gas and Electric is a crooked big evil corporation which they are, but I really did not care to much for the actual character of Erin Brockovitch my self. I though she was kind of an a-hole and if I was the law firm that employed her I would have been really tempted to can her just for how rude and abrasives she was. If I talked to my boss the way she talked to hers I wouldn't have a job any more. Sorry that was a way off topic rant.
     
  2. Lazlo

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    Mike's right. Your CDL's the only "certificate" you're gonna need. Most older drivers I know of (myself included) never went to school but learned to drive on the job anyway.
     
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    For PFG, it varies by house. We're a Union House and are paid straight hourly. Since we're hourly and we get overtime they usually try to keep our hours in the 40-50 hour a week range. I know there are houses that do cases and miles. PFG is more a collection of companies than a monolithic whole so getting some intel on your specific OpCo will do more for you than learning about the company as a whole.

    Most of our guys are home every day, but there are a couple of layover routes. We don't own a sleeper so it's all hotels. Also if you are a floater they might put you in a hotel if you're covering a route somewhere remote. Just my two cents but if you want to be a homebody you probably want an outlying yard rather than working out of the warehouse.

    PFG Customized is an entirely different animal from one of the Broadline houses. They do big chains with sleeper teams, whereas a broadline will be a mix of healthcare and regional and local chains. Customized I think is all 53 footers whereas we are a mix of pups, 36s, and 48s.
     
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    Hell yeah I couldn't do it man. I give you serious credit for doing it this long. I got my cdl when I was 18 and I'll be 28 next month and never have been otr. Most I've done is a couple layovers with sysco but I was staying in a Hilton so I don't think that counts as otr lol
     
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    Check your dairies in the area. Dean, Swiss, Lehigh Valley, etc. Those are the ones here in the east. Usually always hiring... Its bulls work but pay is decent. Pick your poison. Good luck
     
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  6. Deonte94

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    Thanks man , the Hilton ? What a luxury haha. I'm going to apply to GFS as soon as I speak with mike j .
     
  7. Deonte94

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    Thanks man

    What exactly does the milk man do ? Same thing as food service except milk if guess?
     
  8. MikeJ

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    You want to talk to Money Man about what a Milk Man does because that's what he does.
     
  9. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    Milk to me is easier then foodservice. Still hard work but easier. Alot of are stops are dock. We have routes that strictly are 2 wheeling routes to gas stations. Those are drop and go in the store cooler. Dock stops could be pallet drops or pallets and bossy carts. Bossy carts have 80 gallons on em and they roll right into the cooler. But you will work every Saturday. I'll be on Saturdays atleast 15 years. Me having a 4 year old it doesn't make me to happy so I probably won't be here 15 years from now
     
  10. Deonte94

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    When company's say oh you get Saturday's off after 15 years ... Total bs lol

    Applied to Mclane and GFS waiting to here back next week sometime :)!

    Mclane in forest park ga .
    Heard Mclane does 4 day weeks too
     
  11. Lazlo

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    The bright side (if there can be one, I only stay at Sysco because I DON'T want to work Saturdays) is that if it takes you that long to get off Saturdays it must mean turnover's low and people above you aren't quitting? Good work environment overall besides the Sat work?
    Our big Union dairy outfit down here's the same way, no one quits so you have to work Sat for a long time.
     
  12. Deonte94

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    thats a plus lol but you sound like you feel my pain Laz haha
     
  13. Deonte94

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    can you tell me sysco's setup? i hear bad reviews mostly but i wanna hear the other side from someone who's been there. I'm hearing like you're on the extra board for about the first 2 years , 18 hr days , micromanaging and a whole bunch of other doom and gloom about sysco. What do you think? First hand exp wise?
     
  14. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    Pretty much everyone stays. The money and benefits. One guy did leave to go drive for domino's. He was here 17 years. Drivers stayed because of the pension. But now with the pension cuts some are saying there's not much point now. Pretty much no retirement for us bottom drivers. When I look at the seniority list there's a 5 year gap between 10 year drivers and a driver with 5 years. I'm not sure if they didn't hire for 5 years or if drivers kept quitting
     
  15. MikeJ

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    Retirement your pretty much on your own for that I have I think 2 retirement's my own IRA and GFS 401K it's just I took stuff into my own hands I guess.
     
  16. Lazlo

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    Every location's different, but my perspective from where I am:
    Micromanagement? Better believe it. Almost to the point of being ridiculous at times.
    Extra board: Really depends on turnover and how many extra drivers they carry to cover vacations/call ins/overflow. I had a set route one day per week pretty much right off the bat, extra the other four and finally had set routes 5 days per week after about a year. Here all the extra drivers come in at 5:30, I've heard of locations where they have to call the night before.
    18 hour days: My location's weird. Our drivers are split into two groups. "City" drivers who stay only in the KC metro area/surrounding suburbs and "country" drivers who only run out of town. City drivers are Union the country guys aren't. 2 schedules/seniority lists. I'm on the city list, we generally work 8-10hrs/day on average (I'm 10 sometimes 11 or 12 cause my routes are a little heavier). The "country" drivers here run the very occasional 10-11hr day, they bump up against 14 most of the rest of the week. Most will have one really long 16hr day, a handful have layover routes. All of them pretty much work at or close to the DOT max per week, on Fri it's like musical chairs watching the supervisors trade their routes around so that guys won't go over. Then you have the guys who live off-site, they're on the country list too and have trailers shuttled to them. Their days are shorter than the guys running out of KC.
    Like I said KC's weird. Everywhere else you'll probably run a mix of local or out of town routes depending on how they're bid.
     
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    I'm one of the weirdos that thinks Social Security will always be around (I'd rather have that $$$to invest on my own though). Can you imagine what would happen to the group of politicians that votes to discontinue benefits? They'll kick the can, raise taxes, or print/borrow money and let someone deal with it later rather than risk being tarred and feathered themselves.
    Seems the main problem is just like with the pension funds...too much going out not enough coming in. Heard on the radio that the generation born from 2000-2015 is just as large as the Boomers. The Baby Boomers will start dying off soon and once the new generation starts working/paying in to the system that'll start to reverse. I could see them means testing benefits eligibility or taxing all income instead of capping it while not increasing benefits.
    It'll always be there, if for no other reason than government will never shrink itself.
     
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    Oh yeah saying I'm a politician and I'm here to get rid of SS is pretty much political suicide.
     
  19. Stan Smith

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    Deliver milk/tea/ice cream to the stores. Wal-Mart and other grocery chains. Depending on the company... Other smaller stores and fas stations too. It's stable work and home daily but very physical.
     
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    Alright guys I've been busy these last few days but I finally read and caught up to everything.

    For an update I've applied to GFS , USF and Mclane

    GFS has scheduled me for a phone interview on Tuesday! It was explained to me that if I get past the phone interview then I'd be scheduled for an in person interview ...

    I'm not sure what the questions they will ask me on the phone are but I suspect it's nothing too hard , and more or so will be the basics such as are you willing to work o/t nights and weekends, do you have a disability and etc.

    I think I really have a great shot at getting it because before I did trucking I was in marketing and I have a customer service oriented background. I used to cold approach and talk to a 100 people a day over a period of like 6 months (for my internship in sales representing directv) so do the math and that's literally 10,000+ people so I know my people skills and customer service skills will shine vs the average shy guy trucker applying. And when I get the in person interview I really plan to lay on the charm and walk in with one of my tailored suits! Maybe the suit A bit much for a trucking job , but hey I mean business! Wish me luck guys!
     
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