I know what the policy was when I hired on 7.5 yrs ago, again AVRT T/L is trying to squeeze as much as they can out of you. It's only a job , nothing more or less. The whole idea is to make as much money as you can, while spending as LITTLE TIME as you can in the truck. Spending 5-6 days in the truck, doing local-300 mile loads all week sucks, as you know. I also have a real life, the least amount of time I spend in the truck,means more time I spend with my family doing the things I want to do. There are people in CKV who seem not to understand this, If AVRT ever goes to a mandatory 2 week work period, there WILL be a mass exit.I believe a long time ago, like 5-7 years they changed their hiring practices from the guaranteed home on weekends to saying home weekly with recruiters and everyone else knowing that most are home most weekends. They also say they try to get you a reset but that it wont always happen, so if you read between the lines that means that it's expected to sometimes get home sat, leave sunday etc.
About 5 years ago the option was offered to do the 2 weeks out guaranteed 3 days off, some still do it. Either way, I'm not being critical but sometimes a little bs isnt worth changing the job over, there is always going to be something somewhere it's just finding the job that has the bs that's tolerable to you and your family, if it's home every weekend stick to your guns.
I would not want to see anyone out of work but I would like to see the wizards of smart that think they are so smart in running a trucking company squirm and writhe to get the job done and they would fail. Beautiful. But just think of what they would say in the Pravda. They would SO SO sugar coat it with the normal cache of lies and misinformation.If AVRT ever goes to a mandatory 2 week work period, there WILL be a mass exit.
I see TL tractors sitting around all the time. This is what happens to a company that has had **** poor management for too many years.A T/L driver that I respect, told me that drivers do not want the new qualcomm's and are willing to quit over it. We both got a GOOD laugh over it, they fail to realize that paperless logs are the way to go. So I went to the company employment site.....OMG! we are looking for T/L drivers ALL over the system,and LTL shuttle,combo, and dedicated, I can't believe it!
Averitt has acquired a reputation for being what it is and quality prospects stay away in droves. The people that come through the doors to apply are thugs and ne'er do wells. Averitt has to have warm bodies to take care of it's dying business so these types are hired and can be evidenced throughout our system. Pathetic given what the standards were only 10 years ago.Those jobs on the company website..... I think they stay up there irregardless if we have an opening or not, but they are still hiring either way even as it slows!
I hear you, for a long period this summer I was doing 2200-2500 a week, now 1600-1800 in 5 days is the norm. Those short crappy loads are ones that the other carriers are not doing. I get the feeling we are being set up for a 2 week out deal, and in my case that ain't going to happen. The real problem in T/L is the PLANNERS! This computer logging is unsurping their long held domination over fleet managers and drivers. I get the feeling they are feeding the loads and miles to fleet managers and drivers that are willing to kiss their A$$es. We drivers down in my part of the country know that our fleet manager and a certian planner are fueding and have so for a long time. The T/L freight is there, the holiday shipping season is here, and we are pulling the crap loads or going to preload trailers for others before we get our load home..Case in point...Your at JMS...they want you to go preload down in Laurel MS, for Greenville TX, bring it back to JMS, then you get to get your home load. While you are doing this the JMS T/L people are coming in and going home. This burns me since my yard is 692 milkes away, which mean I HAVE to take a 10 brk enrte home. Better yet taking up the better part of a day and a half on a HONDA Loudon- Alhperetta 155 miles.I'm not surprised jeepman. I'm averaging 1800 to 2000 miles a week if I get a 2400 mile week I'm in hog heaven but that doesn't happen often. It seems like we are no longer a trucking company but a "take your 10 hour break" company. I don't get it. Averitt has to be making boat loads on these short mile loads to have us sit and sit and sit. It's a joke no wonder they can't keep drivers...
Wow, you are either burned out or depressed.Averitt has acquired a reputation for being what it is and quality prospects stay away in droves. The people that come through the doors to apply are thugs and ne'er do wells. Averitt has to have warm bodies to take care of it's dying business so these types are hired and can be evidenced throughout our system. Pathetic given what the standards were only 10 years ago.
The real problem is a bucket load of problems throughout this company and the suits cannot see it. They are blind to the realities of their operation. I will say it again like I have said so many times before...Until this outfit is sold and the new owners rid Averitt of it's current has-been upper management or Gary has an epiphany and realizes that his top 10 leaders of the company are washed up, there will be no change and will get progressively worse.I get the feeling we are being set up for a 2 week out deal, and in my case that ain't going to happen. The real problem in T/L is the PLANNERS!