Pros: cares for employees, personal time off for emergencies and family leave. good benefits.
Cons: often dot requirements clash with load planners delivery times, drivers under stress and duress, lots of sensors in and on truck, too much micro managing now, paid miles less than actual miles, driver is robbed of at least 10% of hub miles, driver's actual miles not accurately recorded, company only records "load miles", load miles are based on some pre-arranged table.
Overall, it was a good job. They had strange rules at first, like not having an inverter, not able to take spouse very much, no pets, and similar. But, after time went by things relaxed and rules were made more reasonable and practical, for the most part (still no pets). Can't believe I got yelled at for having an inverter in my truck, which are very – more... necessary, and it was a company mechanic who installed it. Ambiguous rules and the rationalle was, "they could change the rules at any time". Yet, it wasn't a rule changed by corporate, but a rule based on the personal descretion of a boss, at that time. But, very soon, due to the new laws about truck idle, Tri-Paks were being installed, which included high wattage inverters. I had many hard times making a schedule based on the inexperienced planners and often got scheduled to make a delivery to a customer on a holiday, who was closed that day. No amount of argument would convince my immediate supervisor they were wrong, yet it proved out that I was correct in the first place. Many disagreements were as a result of a bad load planner or a bull headed fleet manager allowing them to cause you to be put in a bad situation with your log and maximum duty time allowed per week as per DOT requirements. I can't say all was bad, as it is a high stress job for all concerned. Most of the time, reasonable minds prevailed, and the more experienced you became, the more your judgement was taken into consideration, and trusted. Averitt was the only trucking company I stayed with, because the good outweighed the bad and they at least allowed me to take personal time off for my church activities and to care for my mother when she had her strokes, and for other emergencies. They were a considerate company overall, that cared for it's employees. I got home most weekends and holidays, and got to take my wife on trips more often. All in all, a good company. – less