It is hard to survive your first year there. I quit after three months. I had completed the training, which was grueling but excellent. I was driving my own routes and excited about it, and was looking forward to continuing to learn. I was proud of earning my CDL and even got a customer service commendation right off the bat! But the shifts they gave me were terrible part-time split shifts during peak commute times (5-8am and again from 4-6pm), and because I am a single parent, I could not make it work. I tried and tried and struggled half to death. But these are the standard shifts everyone gets at first and you are stuck with them for years, the drivers told me. We started out making $14/hr and I could not afford that much child care to work a split shift --those are the hours you have to get your kids to school and pick them up! If you don't have kids or your kids are grown or you have a stay at home spouse or grandparent willing to sit for free, you can probably hack it until you can get a decent shift. But if you are a single parent, fuggedaboutit. Also, you don't get any sick time or vacay for the first six months you are on probabtion, and also the Family Leave and Medical Act does not apply to you yet because you have to build up a certain number of hours before you can use it. So god help you if you get sick or your kid gets sick or your kid gets suspended or something. Oh, and during the nine months of training+probabtion, you can only be late or sick TWICE total. Brutal.
free bus pass for you and your immediate family
split shifts, brutal hours, part-time at first, strict probation