There's no reason to stay with Swift for more than a year if you have a good clean record, both personal and driving..and even 6 months would get you a job paying more than the kid at Burger King who took your order this morning. But to each his own, whatever ya'll do, good luck brothers and sisters.
Yeah, S*** happens. But, for the average guy with clean records, a year at Swift is more than enough to get in with a good company
If ur just starting out then thats the best way to go. There a good starting company make sure u trainer is training u right. Because if he or she doesnt it could mean ur job down the line from know. I wouldn't go with an owner ope trainer when i was there alot of them would take students just because they would get payed double miles, they wouldnt teach them a thing let them drive for hours and also do there log books for them. So just make sure ur being trained right and if not let ur fleet manager know whats going on. Good luck be safe and learn as much as u can.
My nephew said hes going to get training at Swift but they are going to require him to sign a 2 yeay contract to stay with them, and if he doesnt he has to pay them back in full for the training. Im guessing the traing is a few thousand dollars. Seems to me a bad decision because 2 years is a long time if things go bad. He is a grown man though so he has to decide. I personally would try to get a to get a state sholarship of some kind and go to a tech school for training and not owe a trucking company.
Been driving for Swift since 2007, wife has been driving since Apr of last year. We just made the last payment on our truck. It's all ours now, and we're no longer stuck with Swift. We may go UOA or with one of the "other guys". It's all a big game and we need to do a lot of research to avoid getting screwed or at least know in advance whether it's gonna be sandpaper or vasaline. The one thing now is that I just dont get home very much. Most drivers no longer have a DM, instead they have a pod of 4 to 6 DMs. I still have a dedicated DM who's been working his ass off to keep us loaded and running hard. I did mention that a good DM is worth his weight in gold? Swift has really cut back on the office staff, that's good and bad. Good thing is a lot of wedgeheads are gone, the bad thing is the remaining staff are streached so thin that it takes forever to get ahold of a live body when you call any of the terminals.
See you out there on the highways if you're still driving.
Congrats on the last payment, wish you nothing but the best in the future with whatever carrier you go with. I still do not understand why you would respond in past post's the way you did. If Swift is so great why are you now yahooing/whooping up the fact you can now go somewhere else in you're latest post? You're statement saying you are no longer STUCK with Swift??? This forum needs to stress the fact that Swift is nothing but a use you and abuse you carrier. They feed off newbie drivers at .25 to .34cpm. Schneider shut their schools down to better serve the experienced drivers employed with them during the unfortunate economic situation. I am not saying Schneider is leaps and bounds better than Swift, but at least they do not look at inexperienced drivers as the only way to make money. Swift is a company run by a scumbag which has done nothing but loose money in the past five years. His business motto has been to scrape the bottom of the barrell for drivers recently in hopes that these people are willing to spend 24/7 in a truck for $250 to $500 per week gross. Anyone thinking about this company needs to realize this. Working hard and willing to run hard mean nothing to this company. Every day is a battle for miles, They care nothing about the driver. They only want a trained monkey behind the wheel who will go when they say go (no matter how little the otr driver makes on the load), and sit when they say sit. Coming out making it look like Swift is a great company to work for as long as you want to run hard is a complete fabrication.There are tens of thousands of drivers both experienced as well as inexperienced who have found this out. Swift has destroyed the lives of thousands of drivers who entered the ranks with nothing but a good attitude and the willingness to work hard. Take a look at Swifts earning statements for the last 4 or 5 years and you will see they have done nothing but loose money, millions per year. Hence the reason for the scumbag having to take the company back public by selling stock again. When the average DM makes $38,000to$46,000 per year for a 40hr week with the occasional weekend duty, plus paid holidays, and a driver with his ducks in a row has to fight for $30 to $35k is crazy. Oh that's right I forgot, to make $35,000 or more with Swift as a driver you must lease/fleece or become a mentor, and even then it is extremely hard.
Last edited by quadaces; 03-18-2011 at 12:22 AM.
"Swift has really cut back on the office staff, that's good and bad. Good thing is a lot of wedgeheads are gone, the bad thing is the remaining staff are streached so thin that it takes forever to get ahold of a live body when you call any of the terminals."
They haven't cut back in the claims section in Phoenix, I have it on good info they're running 2 shifts 5 1/2 days a week processing property damage claims....new drivers gottta love em'