P.A.M. Transportation

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P.A.M. Transportation Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
29 Reviews
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    A good entry-level trucking company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in Tontitown, AR
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in Tontitown, AR

    I worked at P.A.M. Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a good experience working for P.A.M. Although my trainer wasn't the best person in terms of friendliness and people skills, he was an excellent driver and knew his stuff. After a fairly rigorous training period where the limits of my physical endurance were put to the test, I passed and began driving my own truck as a solo OTR driver.

    My dispatcher was outstanding and we quickly developed a good relationship. I was nearly always on time and reliable, and he worked hard to get me good routes and a few days off when I needed it.

    Best things about driving in my opinion:
    1. Assuming you get a good dispatcher (it really DOES make a difference), you can pretty much make your own schedule within the limits of delivery times. You need to be on time, but you usually have some leeway in deciding how long you drive before you stop, as long as you make the time and miles.
    2. Again, assuming you have a good dispatcher, how much you make depends on how hard you work. You work hard, keep those wheels moving, and obey the regulations and laws (and are on time!), you'll get the better routes and miles (and pay!).

    When my 1 year contract was up, I decided to go back to college, but I have no regrets about my time spent on the road or with P.A.M. and would do it again if the need arose.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't the greatest, but - let's be honest - it's an entry level company that takes risks on new drivers. Don't expect a dollar a mile from these guys - but DO expect that if you work hard, are reliable and prompt, and have no complaints, you'll get raises and build a good reputation.

    Also, generally speaking, life on the road is LONELY. ESPECIALLY if you're a solo driver. If you are a "team" driver- which means you have to be able to tolerate being around the other person for about 23 hours a day (your "shower" is your break), the loneliness won't be as bad- spouses are really the best option for this. If you're solo, though, be prepared to deal with the loneliness.

    Lot lizards (truck stop hookers) are always a bother. My advice- stay away.

    Truck stops in general can be clean and good, or they can be smelly, dirty, and bad. It just varies. In my experience, Petro had the best overall truck stop experience. T.A. and Flying J (aka the Flying Hook) were variable. Pilot had the best "quick stop" style places.

    Expect to gain weight if you don't have a workout regimen. Driving means sitting for most of the day, and most of your food options (especially if you stop at Pilot or "quick" truck stops all the time) will be junk or fast food. Try to stay on top of that with healthy choices when you can- stock up on bottled water, stop at Wal-Mart or other big lot shopping centers and get fresh food whenever possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direct communication about performance to drivers. I wasn't even aware of some of my raises until they kicked in. A performance review would have been nice.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at P.A.M. Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and get to see the country.

    Cons

    No home time and trainers are high strung.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to drive their truck and learn the trade

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Company Driver in Tontitown, AR
    Current Employee - Professional Company Driver in Tontitown, AR

    I have been working at P.A.M. Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are based in my home state of Arkansas, not too big, yet not too small. I think they are listening to what the drivers want and need.

    Cons

    OTR they want you to stay out at least 3 weeks before you go home, I think 2 weeks would be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to imagine what it is like to live, drive, eat, sleep, work all in a very small area. Away from home, and family.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTR Driver in Blakeslee, PA
    Current Employee - OTR Driver in Blakeslee, PA

    I have been working at P.A.M. Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    if u can make it throught 6 mo of teams and not crash u can make mentor and then the pay is great

    Cons

    real hard company to stay with at first very slow start but if u hold in u can make it

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at P.A.M. Transportation

    Pros

    good job, good work environment, fair pay,

    Cons

    There are not as many advancement opportunities as would be optimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to be appreciative and thank those who do well for you! Other than that you guys are a great company to work for and I had a great experience there.

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  7.  

    a great one year company to get experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Driver Trainer
    Current Employee - Driver Trainer

    I have been working at P.A.M. Transportation

    Pros

    they do fix there equipement,. the pay is much better then average if you work hard.

    Cons

    your hometime is a very low priority. this is the sentiment is felt by drivers universally. this fact makes alot of what is positive about pam not seem too great. i am home late 50% of the time. anywheren from 1 to 5days late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication between shifts and treat seasoned driviers with more respect, it will be returned

    Recommends
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