Thinking of Switching Trucking Companies?

April 21, 2019

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When it comes to switching companies what factors do you take into consideration? 

Typically pay, home time and equipment are at the top of the list. Oh and one of my all-time favorites (which I heard more than once) is “they were the first one to offer me a job.” Changing companies can be a difficult and complicated decision and sometimes it can be costly for you. Everywhere you look you see “hiring now.” Sign on bonuses are through the roof and now some companies are offering free college tuition.

Drawing on my many years of recruiting experience I would like to make 4 suggestions.

  1. Speak with as many current drivers as you can. Try to get a sense of the company’s culture and how they treat their drivers. Ask if they are willing to show you their paycheck. Is what the recruiter telling you in line with what the driver is making? Ask them if the company does what they say they are going to do? Find out if the bonuses are attainable. Make sure perception matches reality. If you speak with ten drivers and eight of them are happy then they are probably a good company.
  2. Compare “apples” to “apples.” Really dig in and get the details of the benefits program. Find out what it costs, the deductibles, coverage (80/20, 90/10 etc.) and what does the plan(s) offer. At the end of the day all of these have an impact on your take home pay.
  3. Ask about perks. Some carriers offer various “extras” for their drivers. When it comes to making the final decision perks maybe one thing that pushes one carrier of ahead of another.
  4. Do they offer any accessorial pay? E.g. detention, layover, multiple stop etc. Being paid for added duties or inconveniences is important.

Whether you are looking for over-the-road, local, regional or dedicated there are some great companies out there to work for. Take your time and do your homework and ask a lot of questions. In the end gathering the most information you can will help you make the best decision for you or you and your family.