Pros: free lunches on driver appriciation week at terminal's, good fleet managers, break down pay
Cons: equipment break down, low miles, short haul, terminal cleanliness
I had a excellent trainer who I still talk to today, my Fleet Manager was good, and he is the best manager out of all of the ones I met. Some FM's are a joke. They got me my miles for the first few weeks then they started to taper off and made little to no money my smallest check was $9.07 one week.
The face book support group is good for drivers, – more... lots of trainers willing to help you out, all you have to do is be smart and ask. I had a brand new 2013 Frieghtliner but would be broke down once a month for a week at a time, pretty sure no fault of the company though.
My over all experience was good, I only got angry once or twice, mostly when dispatchers would play musical chairs with you over the phone. Driver appreciation week is nice, especially if you run in to a terminal for lunch, good bar-b-q.
Trailers - I probably had to spend about 10 hr's a week total getting trailer tires fix, ABS issues fixed, sometimes trailer lights fixed, the biggest was tire's those always seemed to need replacing.
Terminal's - Terminals were disgusting all the time, the showers were always dirty (except at van buren), the driver lounges were nice; nice comfy lazy boy recliners, which most were broken, nice big 52" or bigger TV's with cable to watch, not the healthy choices from vending machines but decent selections. Most terminal locations were easy to get to.
Good starting company if you are out of school like I was, I only left due to personal family issues, otherwise I would have stayed for the long haul or tried to if they didn't bankrupt me first.
The hardest thing about the job was getting motivated to stay in shape, I enjoyed meeting other drivers for USA and eating lunch and/or dinner with them and chilling over all.
Co-Workers - Most I met were good people who would bend over backwards to help you, some others were the whiny little kids that needed to go back to mommy and just have a normal 9-5.
Last but not least, if you cannot get a load on time, and do this consistently they will give you lots of short haul and or use you to ferry freight to near by terminal's or drop yard's, communicate with your dispatcher to let them know of any delays ASAP this will keep you from having that problem. – less