Pay is great at Dayton freight. $27.30/hour for city drivers and .674cpm for Linehaul at top pay. Dock workers were somewhere around 20ish/hour. Linehaul drivers aren’t required to work the dock most of the time and they don’t try and screw you out of pay. My cons for Dayton freight are that they only hire dumb kids straight out of college for office work and they are just that. No room for advancement for a driver to ever get out of the truck. Can’t even interview for another job. Job/personal life sucks because of working nights. Corporate mentality means that you are just a number. Not to mention the third party monitor service that secretly monitors and records your driving at random times. God forbid you get a bad review from these guys, it will end in disciplinary action for you. They keep chainring the rules for vacation time as they see fit without informing the employees. Went from 8 to 9 and now to 10 years of full time service to earn three weeks vacation. 18 years (!) for four weeks vacation. No more after that. 3 personal days and no sick time and no vacation buyout or rollover.
I guess it’s tome for a few pros. Pay is great. They are closed on the weekends and all major holidays with holiday pay. 401k match is at 50% up to 6% currently. They have an employee appreciation week in August where they do some nice things for the employees during that week such as free lunches, steak dinners and you can win some shirts and stuff like that. They have a yearly driver rep meeting with the big wigs, but it’s mostly a feel good meeting where the big wigs pat each othermore... on the back and talk about how great their company is.
All in all, it’s a good company, trending toward corporate mentality. I wouldn’t expect to retire from there. Most guys that do retire go out on their backs, not walk out on their feet.less
Linehaul driver nights (Current Employee) – Elkhart, IN – July 23, 2018
Great people to work with, great pay and benefits. Excellent company to work for. They treat the employees very well unlike most companies out there. The equipment is nice and the management truly cares.
City Driver (Current Employee) – Tomah, WI – March 11, 2017
I have been working for Dayton for 10 yrs. and every year it keeps getting better. The benefits, pay, facilities, and equipment are top notch. But most impressive is the culture here at Dayton. You are treated with respect and are reminded in many ways how important you are to the company. This really is a unique company in this industry.What I mean by that is, they really care about you having a quality life at work and home. This all starts at the top with the best ownership in the business. Finally an owner that operates with high standards, good morals, and the understanding of treating employees good results in success!
Driver (Former Employee) – Warren, MI – October 11, 2016
The terminal manager is horrible, the dispatchers are even worse. The dispatchers don't know how to read a map, they've never been truck drivers, they'll stab you in the back and write you up for petty stuff if they don't like you so you have a paper trail and fire you. For example write you up for not turning your truck the correct way to be fueled at night, write up. Not putting a chock under your tire, write up. Just a few minor examples. And the terminal manager is horrible, how he is employed by a company like Dayton is beyond me with his Patrick Duffy looking hair do. He doesn't know the first thing about driving a truck or the industry with all things that could go wrong on a daily basis. He basically throws everybody else under the bus to save himself.
Driver (Former Employee) – Toledo, OH – July 8, 2016
I have tried to get a job here no call back nothing . I have been a class a driver with a perfect record for 5 years . I also used dayton freight for all my pickups for thirteen years at my last job before I got my cdl.
Former driver (Former Employee) – Indianapolis – January 5, 2015
The terminal manager in Indianapolis is the worst person you will ever deal with. He treats everybody as they are below him. he constantly yells and screams at the dock and other supervision. constantly threatens people with their jobs. had one driver that was very sick with pneumonia and was threatened with his job by the outbound supervisor. He was so stressed out which was part of his problem and passed away two days later due to stress. This is happened once before.all of this is known by their corporate office and nothing has ever been done about it
horrible management and a corporate office that does not care.
Driver (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – October 6, 2014
Dayton is a great place to work. The mgt in the Indianapolis Terminal is some of the worst I have ever seen. Nothing matters to them except their performance numbers. The terminal manager treats everyone including the office people with disrespect. Constantly yelling and screaming at everyone. Numerous times i have seen the office help walk out in tears. They are always accusing everyone of stealing time etc. Stress levels so high its unhealthy.
A Driver was sick with pneumonia was told to get back to work no one gets that in the summer time.
He was Threatened with his job. Passed away two days later. This was the second who had passed due to stress.
They write you up for every little issue, and it seems as they enjoy doing so.
They have a multi million dollar computer / tracking system which was never correctly used .
It was; used more to track the drivers and there stop times than anything. Rarely got to take a lunch at a decent tim:e. Had to eat on the run or take your lunch at 3 or 4'on the afternoon. If taken earlier in the day sometimes they would call you and ask what you are doing going to lunch so soon. Anything you did to help save time or money was NEVER appreciated.
They wouldn't listen to anyone's ideas to help make things better. They treated the drivers like second class people that were all below them.
Driver (Former Employee) – Lenexa, KS – September 17, 2013
The work was easy and the guys I worked with were cool and easy going. Pay was good as well. That's where it ends though. Management was a joke and the dispatcher wasn't any good which made for unnecessary stress! They didn't recognize good work but was quick to point out meaningless mistakes. I wasnt one of them but they picked on certain drivers, very unprofessional, imo. We were forced to clock outfor lunches even if we werent given time to physically take one and if we didn't, we were written up.
P & D driver (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids,& Kalkaska, Mi – October 13, 2012
Management in Kalkaska are back stabbing and will over work you on a daily basis.Working conditions are poor and the salespeople tell customers everything but the truth. Watch your back if you want to work here. You will do 15-20 stops per day and pick up at least 10 on the way back in. Your 53' trailer will be packed and they will want you to get it done in 8 hours, but the pay of reasonable.