OTR Company Driver, Kingsport, TN - August 6, 2016
They are right on the "average" pay. Just remember that it is the gross and not take-home. The pay is sporadic, low for two weeks then super high next. You are paid on a "commission", but no one know what it pays until you or someone else has made the run. When you break it down to mileage pay, they come up short in comparison to others. They charge you $25 to preload a trailer. You really have to watch your pay, they will short you on the extras and lay-overs. Thursday is the cut-off day for payroll.
Dispatch will work with you once they know that you are dependable to make your loads on-time. They usually have weekend dispatch. Seldom do they know what you are doing the next day until around 4pm. Mostly one load at a time dispatch. Texas drivers will be given the best of the runs.
They are a "reactive" not a "proactive" company. Safety department treats the drivers as if this is a High school class. One driver fails at a safety check, then apparently all drivers will do the same. They don't want to confront the drivers that cause problems, instead change policy to affect every one. I.e. We now have to keep 2 paper logbooks in the drivers door pouch, because a driver could not find a logbook in his truck during a roadside inspection.
Safety will make changes to the e-log and never tell the drivers nor train them about the changes.
Easy to work with for time off, insurance is pretty good.
Kingsport terminal is micro managed from Longview, TX.
Corporate management likes to tell you how good they are but does not want to hear from the drivers if they have a issue. Corporate make broad changes and then expect the managers to dispense the change without properly training them. They also make changes without putting it in writing or sending out a memo to the employees.
You find out about changes by trial and error. This includes payroll changes.