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Thread: Werner vs Swift

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    Default Werner vs Swift

    I'm currently enrolled in a CDL Training school and will graduate soon. At this time, I have set an orientation with Werner and just got a call from Swift.

    I was wondering if any veteran drivers could offer any advice as to which one would be a better choice for a Single man with no Children just starting out in the industry.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    You should put up a third choice, "neither". You also don't state whether you're interested in dry van, reefer, flatbed, etc. BOL

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    I'm currently with swift and due to take my final road test tonight. I'd go for swift but as long as they give you enough BTW time I'd say stick where you are at. Eather way you'll get the training and after about a year you might find you like where your at. I'd give their training a chance and everyones choices will vary by preference and experience.

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    Personally, I'd vote "neither".

    Have'nt driven for Werner, but did years ago for Swift....

    But out of curiosity...since you live in OK...why are you limiting your choices?
    Is it for tuition re-imbursement?

    If thats not a deal breaker....you should look at CFI.
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    Wow, this one is a real cliffhanger. They're running neck and neck, could come down to hanging chads and a supreme court decision. It's kinda interesting that a poll about two of the biggest companies has tallied 7 votes in 2 1/2 days. That might tell you something...

    My opinion is that a single man with no children could just about have his pick of the litter. No need to limit yourself to just 2 companies no matter what 2 companies they are.
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    As far as I'm concerned, the real question should be " Which company sucks the loudest?? "
    :?

    With Jerry Moyes gone, I guess things could get better at Swift, now that they've sent his sorry ***** packin'!!!
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    I really hope that when that P.O.:dung: dies, he takes a window unit air conditioner with him, and when he reaches his final destination, I hope like hell it doesn't work!!
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    i myself have signed with werner......they seemed to fit me most....you gotta start somewhere anyway.........i talked to a swift driver who deliverd to kmart and no way would i unload one of them trucks...it took him 3 hours and he had to keep taking the racks outa his truck every 10 ft... so they could send up a pallet jack on a forklift pull a skid to front of trailer.. then forklift gets the skid....then they get the jack down.....then he backs back up...loads all the racks back in ......gets another 10 ft....another skid ...and he has to do it all over again

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    I'm a current driver over at Swift. I started with them originally a while ago, left to explore other options, and returned to the company.

    Things are changing over here at Swift - and from what I can tell, they are for the better. The company is finally beginning to cut some of the excess out, and control their crazy growth (in other words, finally getting the infrastructure in place they've needed for years) I drove team for a while with a former Werner driver (he quit to come over to Swift), and one of my best friends used to work for them. I can't speak for them personally, but from what I've heard, I'd still choose Swift again if just starting out (and I had it rough from the beginning).

    By the way stanger, if that's how that driver was unloading his truck, he was doing it all wrong. 99% of Kmart freight is floor loaded in small boxes. Stores have rollers that will go all the way to the rear of a 53' box, all the small freight is sent down them, then after that the driver tailgates any pallets. I ran Kmart dedicated for a while. That said, since I got away from Kmart loads, I've only ever once hand unloaded a trailer....all other times the company has paid for lumper services when needed, or the consignee takes care of it.
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    Hey, this poll is building momentum. The votes have doubled in the last 2 days. Still seems extremely low for 2 mega carriers though...

    What tndieselgrl is saying is what I keep hearing everywhere, things are changing at Swift. Don't know if it's true or not, time will tell. What I see with Swift is what I've seen with numerous companies in other industries. When a company is that large often times the right doesn't know what the left hand is doing and vice versa. Especially when a company grows so fast in such a short length of time. It usually results in a huge disarray. Some companies recover quickly, some slowing and some never do. We'll just have to see where Swift falls, but one thing I do know, until they get rid of the recruiters that are bold-faced liars things will never improve. They're not alone in this by far, but the Swift recruiter is the worst one I've seen yet.
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    I'll atest to that statement. Swift is changeing, from what I can see, it's for the beter. I can say my recruter told the truth for the most part but I did run into many that were lied to to the best of my knowledge. I like what I see at swift but thats a mater of preference, plus the fact that I won't actualy get with my mentor till this next friday might have something to do with it. We'll see if I still hold this optomisitc view once I'm OTR. For right now I'm just happy to have my CDL and ready to learn and keep an open mind.

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    I had some dealings with a Swift recruiter recently that soured me on the entire company.

    The recruiter, who will remain nameless, called me and told me I should've recieved a pre-hire from them a week earlier. I told him that I never got one and asked him to fax me one the next day, to which he agreed.

    I got to class the next day and there was no pre-hire. I call him that afternoon to talk to him a little more about the company, and seemed to be very inept about the company. I finally told him that I would just go ahead with Werner because I set up an orientation with them in March.

    At this point he got kind of upset and said, "You know what, yeah fine, just go drive for Werner. Bye." and then he hung up. If I ever decide to go with them in the future, I would be open to go through someone other than that unprofessional individual.


    In other words, I appreciate all the great feedback and suggestions, But I have decided that I will start out my Driving Career with Werner.

    Once again thank every one of you.

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    Most newbies go with WERNER because Werner has better trucks than Swift.Get a new Pete or KW out of school.
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    Since when did
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    Start handing out new Petes and Kenworths?

    And to the original poll question:
    neither.

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    Neither. Those are the biggest loser outifits (pay wise). You can prolly get a job around home driving a box truck for $12/hr and making more than those guys. Try Roehl, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skullitor
    Most newbies go with WERNER because Werner has better trucks than Swift.Get a new Pete or KW out of school.
    Friday at school alot of the guys that were graduating were talking and I asked the big question... So what company are you planning on going with? This one guy spouted out Our whole class decided to go to Werner... I about fell in the floor :? :shock: If it wasn't for this site I would have choosen someone like Covenant to go with, but because I belive in educating yourself with all the facts and doing research about the different companies out there I am better informed than I was when I first started looking. I also gave insight on some questions that newbies should ask recruiters not just take their word for it... Things to cover are pay, beneies, additional pays, bounses, hometime... :idea: and one of my classmates spouted out well why would you ask stuff like that... I thought all of that is covered in the broucher... OK... hmmmmm Well lets say that the info you got could be a couple years old, What is the current information. I learned along time ago that it is better to ask the question then take them for their word.
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    When I got out of school in 07/2004 I went with Werner after their training with 1 incompetent trainer and the second better qualified trainer, I tested out in Springfield OH(this town sux)and recieved a new KW with only 82 miles on it I put over 50,000 in the 5 months I drove before going to JB HUNT I left after the first day of orientation and went back to Werner.

    I have talked with Swift drivers in truckstops and they liked driving for Swift .As far as deciding on who to go with I agree with other people on this post and you should check all the possibilities before going with a Big Name company.

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    If it wasn't for this site I would have choosen someone like Covenant to go with, but because I belive in educating yourself with all the facts and doing research about the different companies out there I am better informed than I was when I first started looking.
    So what was your educated reason for not liking what Covenant had to offer?

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    I do believe that here on Class A Drivers discussions about every company has come up, allowing people to find out more about companies... I have gained alot of insight about most of the companies, since almost all of the topics on here were discussed, like pay, benefits, hometime, etc. etc. etc... Most of the big companies like Swift, Werner, Schneider, TMC, Covenant, FFE, and on and on and on... Also discussed here was dry van, refer, flat bed, along with local, dedicated, regional runs. With all of this I have a better idea of what companies are out there, along with making informed decisions about these companies, based on pay, benifits, hometime, plus alot more by having this information available to me, just like everyone else here.
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    Still you did not give any solid hard core facts as to why it would have been a bad choice but nothing the less good luck to you.

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    Went with Swift out of school and only took 3 weeks before I told them to stick it. Currently finished orientation Transport America, and the difference is night and day, But in the end everyone has their own preferances.

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