Pros: i heard drivers make a lot after 1 year, cadio/muscle workout.
Cons: you may blow out your knees on ramp, 2:00am clock in times
Job/work life: drivers start work mostly between 2 and 5 AM. seem like drivers averaged over 58hrs. From what I've hear for a trucking job this isn't bad considering some trucking jobs are on call 24-7
compensation: I was at $12 hr driver helper. driver trainees make $14.50hr for training period, incentive pay after, I heard after a year you could make a lot like $75,000 if you work enough hours.
Job security/Advancement: I got my CDL and they told me before starting I would start driving at end of 1st week: that didn't happen. After seven weeks I left because as far as I know I would remain as driver helper for the next 3 months; also this job is too much on your knees. It's commonplace to carry 250lbs down a steep ramp out the back of a truck on a hand dolly (with or without decent brakes depending on the dolly). They tell you to buy your own hand truck which new is at least $200 and up to over $500.
I had to quit for two reasons 1) because I was trying to get started on my driving career and they would only allow me to ride along routes and unload the truck (and not drive). 2) my knees feel very strange (bad) and I figure if I stuck with this job I would cause serious damage to my knees (which is not uncommon).
work time is mostly spent unloading and rearranging trailer. Some routes are very local I've been to Kansas border. Hardest part of job is going down the ramp. I sort of liked the fact that it was a physically demanding job but I think it's a bit "over the line" and abusive (like your knees can't handle it).
This job is known to be bad for the knees but some people will be affected worse than others. I know there was a guy there who was doing it for 8 years and he said he hasn't had a problem.
Everybody has Sunday off, lighter work on Saturdays