Pros: easy job, paid to drive, do get benefits if you stick it out
Cons: pay isn't that great, no direct contact with people above local management, company seems disorganized at times, often driving vans with problems/lots of miles on them
First off, I am only a part time employee, doing this for a little extra money. I don't depend entirely on PTI for income.
The reviews here are all from over the road (OTR) drivers. Yes, it sucks. The stuff about not getting paid when you're not on a run is true, and I would never do it. I have a yard shift, which means that I mainly transport rail workers within the rail yard or to locations not too far from the yard. As a yard driver, you do get a guaranteed hourly wage. It's not much more than minimum wage so the pay is not great. But it's not like we're digging ditches for our money, and when it's not busy, you're getting paid to just sit in the van, read, listen to the radio, etc...
I have had a few problems with paychecks (personal hours) in the past but corporate did resolve the issue to my satisfaction each time.
If you stick it out there, you are eligible for health insurance, even for part timers, after 90 days. Admittedly, it's not much of a plan to speak of -- it's really a supplemental plan. But how many jobs these days give benefits for a part time job? After a year, you do get paid vacation, which increases the longer you stay there.
I know this isn't the case everywhere, but at my location, you are required to join the union after 90 days. It rubs me the wrong way that the union is in New York state and we have never met a rep from them. But they have been helpful on a couple occasions when we had problems with pay and we did get our money, thanks to them. Also, we do get a small cost of living raise every year in our contract.
As far as management, the branch managers (direct local supervisor) seem to come and go, although, as I understand, their compensation and work requirements have improved recently.
I wouldn't recommend this job for someone to support a family on but it's a not bad if you can get a yard shift and are looking at it to earn extra income.