Prime is bullsh!t. Puts you on the road with a trainer even if you have no truck driving experience. Trainer is more concerned about their pay than your training. Very little time to practice on driving skills. They send you home at your own expense if your not their definition of a perfect driver by 3 weeks.
OTR Flatbed Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – September 12, 2016
in all honesty i was a flatbed driver and i loved driving and enjoyed seeing the country i will continue to drive because i do love it so much, but the dispatcher i was assigned to was just terrible. i tried to get home after being out 4 months straight and got told i was stupid and replaceable for turning down 1 load in the entire year i was there. There is lots of opportunity to make good money, but not unless you have a decent dispatcher..and those are hard to come by there.There is a lot of smoke and mirrors.
CEO is very cool. Terminals are nice, 24 hour kitchens at most terminals
junky truck, high payments, hidden fees, youre just a number
Night Instructors are Top Worst of all CDL schools in this planet
PSD student stranded here (Current Employee) – Springfield, MO – July 14, 2016
Night instructors are top worst of all cdl schools. For new coming students...I spent many weeks without getting training now a month...... If you are coming for psd trainig I highly advise you not to join night shift. They do not know wjat to do....they have no schedules....thier schedule is depending on thier interest.....!!!! If you decide to be a psd student do not accept night shift......Just choose to go with instructor to go to the road.....Worst night shift instructors......Boring and they are total failure for the company....But prime is really good company...
Company Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – July 7, 2016
Daily hygiene maintenance required. A vehicle inspection followed. Afterwards, I'd be on the road all day, fueling, or unloading. I learned how to operate and unload a tank trailer. Great management. Great co-workers. Hardest part of the job was being away from home. Most enjoyable part was unloading.
They treat you like a number and don't pay you for months...
Lease Driver (Former Employee) – Everywhere – June 20, 2016
This company is a prime example of what's wrong with the trucking industry... If you watch all their promotional garbage they seem like the best company in the world until they get your signatures and help you buy a truck.. and then for months they won't pay you and blame startup costs and fuel charges... do not lease! They will wreck your credit and drive you into the ground.... if you have any monthly bills at all be prepared not to be able to pay for them... if you have family be prepared to be borrowing money off of them so you can eat... this company is sick
Nice main terminal...
Months without pay.. they will drive you to the brink of bankruptcy with a smile
Truck Driver Class A (Current Employee) – Pittston, PA – May 21, 2016
Everything was going well enough for a trucking job, Until I had a death in the family. My 18 year old daughter died suddenly ( turns out it was her heart) and her mothers company sent condolences, flowers, cards, etc. her step-fathers company sent representatives, flowers and cards. My wife's college sent flowers and even sent a representative, it was all very touching in our time of grief. Prime did nothing not even a card they were nice enough to remind me of the cost of letting the truck sit and put me under a load 4 days after my daughter was laid to rest. beyond insensitive cold and careless is how i describe Prime. I will be leaving the company A.S.A.P.
good terminals, decent pay
horrible mechanics, insensitive company, all the nice nice is just a front
Lease Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – May 15, 2016
Once the hype Prime pitches to you about the company wears off, you will start to see it for what it is. It's a decent place to get experience and move on to better things.
I was told Prime was a over-the-road (OTR) 48. However, I spent the majority of my time in the northeast, particularly running five states. It was more regional work, with the average loads running 300-500 miles. OTR is designed for team driving with Prime as a driver trainer.
I'd typically stay out two to four months at a time. Then I would take four days off.
I never turned down a load in my year there.
One good thing about Prime is that all the equipment is brand new and in excellent condition.
As for staff, I ran into quite a bit with horrible attitudes towards drivers. They were extremely rude and condescending when being asked basic questions. However, there are very nice and friendly staff their as well. I understand that they get 100s of new drivers a month, and the same questions can get mundane. However, that's the business they are in. They need to be respectful about it.
Your success depends on your fleet manager. My fleet manager had a problem with me. He did not like the fact that I didn't want to run strictly regional northeast. After two weeks of strictly running NJ, PA, OH, IL, and MD, I would ask for a change. The change would last for a week or two, and then I would be right back to the northeast. Typically, the change was only to KY or TN.
As for money, it's up and down. Most of the time I struggled to make $1000.00 a week. However, it averaged out due to some weeksmore... making $2000.00 or more. In a year driving with them, I made around $55,000.00.
Overall, it's a decent place to start your trucking career. There are a lot of better companies out there for experienced drivers that pay more and respect the driver.less
Truck driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – March 21, 2016
Company Driver Flatbed -they lie about how much you will be paid. They withhold information. They don't tell you up front that you will need to spend $3200 on flatbed equipment. Plus you need to get your own ladder, and should get moving blankets to protect your $200 dollar tarps. Yes some weeks you get paid $1000 but the next 3 you will get paid $300. Dispatch treats you like you have 10 years experience and you are a robot. Depending on your dispatcher you may or may not get home every 3 weeks. Communication from training to working is terrible, and laughable. Not all trainers are the same but mine told me hardly anything and when I asked questions he answered in the most bizzare ways. He rarely made sense. in flat bed all of your free time is spent resting in the sleeper. No time for sight seeing, no time for restaurants. food-You have to microwave it if you want it hot.
you work 12-16 hours each day for 21 days in a row. Yes you are logging as off duty but you have a lot of work to do, otherwise you won't get any miles and you have appointment times.
Picture tarping your load of hay with 3 tarps in about 2.5 hours. then you take the hay to a farm and untarp when its 5 degrees and the tarps get in the mud and cow manure. 2 days later you are in some place warm and have to put the same filthy tarps on a load of structural material and you must lift them above your head letting the manure get in your hair and all over you. Then the load has so many jagged edges that it tears large holes in the tarp. Which you hope the receiver won't mind too much thatmore... you got the material wet and dirty. then you run out of hours and have to park on an on ramp or you park next to a real noisy truck and cant sleep.--- there's a thousand reasons not to do this job.less
you get to quit and pay back training money
you realize how stupid you were in becoming a flatbed driver
Lease Operator (Current Employee) – Missouri – March 15, 2016
I'm a lease operator and I been here for 7 months now and just recently I haven't got paid for 6 weeks. I asked my dm and he is no help call pay roll it's your dm there no help. You ask to go take the ace 2 and my dm still hasn't sent me and I never get to Springfield or pa. Way back In the day this company was good. No it's not. They also lie to you in the beginning you don't get to pick your own loads and if you turn down a load they ask questions. This company is also in bankruptcy I found out one after I started. Also they are going to automatics this year. Please don't lease it's not worth losing eve thing you own they yell and scream at you when you want to go home. They Thow loads on you when you are low on hours. They also go into your log book. They say oh we can fix your hours and you say no they do it anyways. They promise you the moon and nothing. Your dm is in control of your money. It is forced disbpatch. Then they night dishbatch will send you a message on your 10 hour break and if you don't respond they call you and ask when are you rolling. The truck run between 59 and 62 miles per hour . Then to come to find out you rent there trailers for 1000,00 week and you ask what that is they say we don't know what your talking about you also have to pay for anything on the trailer of a blown tire etc. you have to pay rental fee for the apu and when it's serviced you have to pay that also qc you have pay weekly fee for that you pay weekly for using the prime app and scan in your bills it's 5.00 dollars week. You don't have a life if your a sole driver you go out to themore... east cost run up and don't make any money. They don't tell you up front but you don't own the truck after the lease is up you have to come up refinance of 13,000 to 20,000 . Look at all the reviews and do homework. I advice you not to come over look somewhere else.less
Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – March 9, 2016
As an OTR trucker driver, it was my responsibility to deliver goods across country in a timely manner. There is no such thing as a personal and professional balance. Trucking is your life, and you have to fashion your life to suit that fact. Fresh out of university, the compensation was excellent. Prime's staff was very accommodating and understanding. I learned a lot about the value of time management, the significance of the trucking industry, and truly how beautiful and intricate this country's landscape is. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the open road.
Meeting awesome people, pay, scenery
Long hours, limited access to healthful food options
OTR Tractor Trailer Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – December 14, 2015
there is nothing good to say except that getting paid to see the countryside was pretty fun. I rather not say anything bad because it is not good to talk bad about an employer or a person. Lets just say my experience was not so good. It was good at first but when you are not making enough to pay for bills and company isnt paying your guaranteed pay, it gets really hard to stay positive
see the countryside, and visit almost all 48 states