Poor moral: The owner made statements that lead to this "Drivers are a dime a dozen. If you don't like it there's the F****n door" this was stated in a mandatory meeting. Rules changed from week to week. If you daddy was the owners buddy you could turn a truck over or burn one up and not get fired. They did not properly investigate thing. The upkeep on the trucks and trailers was another part of the lack of good moral. A lot of the time work on 'non-essential recreational vehicle ' of the owners took precedence over necessary maintenance on work vehicles . The decent vehicles we did have were sent out of state to other yards. We were asked to go out of state and were penalized in one way or another if we didn't. We never received per diem or any incentives for going. Management is in a no win position also,due to the owners. Incentive bonuses were never payed, even though a letter was sent out by the owners saying that they would be paid.
My day! Clock in, Pre trip truck, get job assignment, head out. I liked that I got to drive through pretty country. I was left generally alone, unless we had something special come up, a request from the company we worked for. The people I worked with were mostly awesome! The people,that we were contracted to were great too. Most everyone helped each other, even if they were from another company. I miss that. We learned to uplift one another.
The extreme heat or cold, maneuvering heavy hoses around obstacles and up ladders were an everyday challenged. The people I met along the way and what I got to see was the best part of the job.