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Thread: Post US Xpress Orientation

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    Well as promised, here is the outcome of orientation, and some advice for those who are looking to sign on with US Xpress.

    After 3 days of orientation and another 2 days of waiting to find out if I have the job, I was denied! UGH! I am so bothered by this one fact!

    Advice:
    - Have all your jobs (company, address, and phone number)

    - If you have **ANY** medical issues, have a letter from your doctor clearing you.

    - If you have had any accidents, regardless of fault, have the accident report.

    - If you have any discrepancies in employment, be prepared to explain them in detail.

    - If you have any gaps in employment, be prepared to explain them.

    - If you have worked for Swift (don't know about others) and where fired, be prepared to explain to them why you where fired as Swift only tells them weather it was voluntary or involuntary.

    - Be prepared to be called out for corrections numerous times.

    - If you are getting out of training, make sure you have your certificate stating your training.

    - No matter how much information you give them, some how it does not make it in to their system. Be patient, very patient!

    - Make copies of your taxi receipts, they will re-reimburse you for that. If you are not hired, and this is what I was told, they will mail you a check.

    A little information about their policies/equipment:

    - If you have Sleep Apnea, they *Require* a note from your physician that prescribed your CPAP stating that you are clear to drive.

    - They allow up to a 1750 Watt inverter. They will install it, along with the cabling. However, inverter installation takes second priority to truck repairs.

    - There are some trucks that are running a clutch (Freightliner) with a paddle shift.

    - The Peterbilt utilizes a push button shift mounted on the side of the seat.

    - The Kenworth T600 utilizes an old fashioned style automatic shifter mounted on the dash board.

    - I do not know what the Volvo's run.

    - Most of their fleet is 05 and newer. I drove an 06 Peterbilt and loved it I might add!

    In closing, hang in there, the company is a wonderful company, and I will be looking into them again when there is more experience under my belt. I hope this helps those who are deciding to go with USX.


    P.S. If you go to the orientation at the Colton, California terminal, they put you up in the Best Western in Rialto. They are supposed to supply coffee and doughnuts, but they waited until we left. They will also supply you with lunch, which is not too bad!

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    Thats whats happens at most companys . The truth will set you free. :lol:

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    Amen to that! I was talking to a guy who was in orientation with me, and he changed how I was handling the whole process.

    He stated, "If you have no hopes or dreams then you will not be disappointed!"

    Now, I wanted the job more than anything, but, when they told me that I didn't have the job, I wasn't heart-broken.

    There are plenty of other companies out there!
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    I still might go to may trucking myself. US xpress put truck abandonment on my dac and now i have to take them court . sometimes im so glad i live in california

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    They hold virtually everyone for five days and will look for anything to keep from hiring you. Theres better places to work out there....

    Of course there's worse too.

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    Yeah they had some pretty interesting policies. But what company doesn't!
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Well, I'm impressed that you're still fairly upbeat even though you were turned down. Most people would have come in here ranting and raving about how they were screwed... It sounds to me like it was explained to you why they weren't hiring you and you understood the reasons why. Good job!

    I am surprised that they go to such lengths to find a reason not to hire you. This is only surprises me because of how big of a company they are. IMO, all companies no matter the industry should work this way. They can tell at a glance that you're qualified, now what else is in your closet? Let's make sure we're making the correct decision.

    Keep your head up, find number 2 on your list and hopefully you can get in with them. It doesn't sound like you burnt any bridges so if you have aspirations of going to USX down the road I'm sure they'll take another look at you once you've been with someone else for a while and kept your nose clean.

    Good luck!
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    Well, I have gotten to a point where I am going to be as all drivers should be, and that is Professional. I do wish I got the job, but hey, there are other fish in the sea, and it may turn out to be a better career move for me in the long run :wink:

    Besides, making a 1200 mile trip to get to a terminal is not a good idea. At least with some of the other companies I am 200-400 miles away!
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Danj-otr,

    Sometimes it's just trial and error in life!

    Best of Luck on your next move......
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    I want a letter staaing the only thing that would disqualify me would be a UA or physical before I'd ever show up for orientation. why waste my time or theirs?
    It's fun living in the gray areas of a black and white world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnk2001
    I want a letter staaing the only thing that would disqualify me would be a UA or physical before I'd ever show up for orientation. why waste my time or theirs?
    It doesn't work that way! IMO they want to see your driving skills, they want to see how you interact with people, and how professional you can be.
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Consider yourself blessed that they didn't hire you. Low pay and no miles are the hallmark of that company.
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    Are you willing to die to take them away from me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karnajj
    Consider yourself blessed that they didn't hire you. Low pay and no miles are the hallmark of that company.
    I guess it all depends on how you look at it. If you don't mind working on a sliding scale then the pay they where offering was better than Swift ($.29/Mi @ Swift vs. $.37 - $.30 @ USX). As for not getting miles, well, that is a hard call to make.

    Not that I am directing this at you as I don't know you, but, most of the people that I have seen at terminals sitting in the Drivers lounge are complaining about miles, yet they're not willing to take runs unless it is what they want, so yeah they may not get miles.

    For example when I was running for Swift we had drivers at the Walmart DC that refused to run in certain areas and would reject loads because of it, and then complain about not getting miles. The only reason why the terminal kept them on is because they could not get enough good drivers.
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Quote Originally Posted by danj_otr
    Quote Originally Posted by jnk2001
    I want a letter staaing the only thing that would disqualify me would be a UA or physical before I'd ever show up for orientation. why waste my time or theirs?
    It doesn't work that way! IMO they want to see your driving skills, they want to see how you interact with people, and how professional you can be.
    Sorry, I forgot about the driving test as well. the things you state are good qualities indeed. But as far as background checks, DAC and the like, that should've been done before you go to orientation. I've gotten pre-hire letters based on interview and condition of pee, pee again(physical), and driving test.
    It's fun living in the gray areas of a black and white world!

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    I think that for the most part there should be some other means of getting people on with trucking companies. The expense incurred can be very high as mine was with USX, and when you don't have any income, that really can be detrimental to the pocket book and family if you have to borrow.
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Quote Originally Posted by danj_otr
    I think that for the most part there should be some other means of getting people on with trucking companies. The expense incurred can be very high as mine was with USX, and when you don't have any income, that really can be detrimental to the pocket book and family if you have to borrow.

    So, did they pay your way back? and did you get orientation pay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnk2001
    So, did they pay your way back? and did you get orientation pay?
    No, they did not pay my way back. Luckily, my wife is Living in Vegas, so she picked me up, and I ended up flying back up to Washington! As far as orientation pay goes, I did not get paid. They only pay you for orientation if you are hired :cry:
    I used to drive a Volvo 770, and I broke it. I used to drive a Volvo 780 and I broke it. I now drive a Peterbilt 379 and am trying not to break it

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    Thank you for this post. I am going to USX orientation here in a couple weeks and I just ran across this post in my search. I am a recent graduate and only worked briefly for one company. I voluntairly left during my time out with the road trainer. At the time things just did not work for my family. Do you have any hints on the road test or other things that I should prepare for before I go? I am going to the Lincoln, Ne terminal. Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Dont hit anything !! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    That sounds fair enough!

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