Swift Transportation

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Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
133 Reviews
2.8
133 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • My driver manager (leader) was always working hard for me (in 9 reviews)

  • Helpful in teaching new drivers how to safely operate tractors and manage loads (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long periods away from home two weeks minimum for over the road drivers, one week for regional dedicated routes (in 6 reviews)

  • It's hit and miss with trainers / mentors and Driver managers (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    OTR. Good company to start with

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have loads so they keep you running. Alot of terminals around the country.

    Cons

    Don't get home when time off is submitted. Starting pay is very low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company but weak benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company does a good job working with and developing its people and time off.

    Cons

    Health benefits are really expensive and although it is a cost an employer should care enough about its employees to make it affordable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees with there benefits and they will invest more in you. Overall good company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Drivers never get home

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great for new drivers. The pay was standard for a new driver. Able to choose home base.

    Cons

    Drivers rarely get home, picked west coast home base, spent all my time on east coast. Had problems with truck that never got fixed. Finally got fed up and left. It may be better now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    What to expect as an OTR driver

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    No work commute. Very little social interaction. You set your work hours, so long as there isn't a 12hr lapse. If you work like a slave, they will give you a new truck with small amenities, like a built-in fridge. Very quick pay promotion, after 3 months I was making second to highest tier pay; which is platinum driver, bonus per miles is a couple of cents more per miles, paid quarterly. As a company driver you have no concerns other than immediate issues. I felt like my own boss because my driver leader left me alone for the most part. Best part of this job is the flexible work schedule, you work for 2 weeks, then you can go anywhere and take as much time off, but you have to return the truck; means moving out. If you hate your family, you won't have to see them, ever if you so choose. A truck with a sleeper cab is an apartment without a bathroom or running water and electricity. They do allow you to idle the truck under 50%; whatever 50% means. If you don't have a house, this is your new living place and you will actually make a little money.

    Cons

    Company's union free and proud to be, constant brain washing and misinformation. You are provided an option to buy their healthcare plan, which isn't much cheaper than market prices but they call it benefits. They run a charity to promote good-will and gain PR, except the majority of the money is funded by drivers like yourself; slogan is "making people's lives better" with your money. Job requires certain tools, like a broom and vice grips, but they will not issue them, but they will give you load locks which you use once and you can throw away; which I never did but they don't take them back so I ended up leaving them in trailers because the truck can only hold 4. Despite getting you where you want to go, they will mostly send you where they need you, if you don't go, you will sit idle because they will break you by starving you; some guy sat at Phoenix terminal for 2 weeks waiting to go home, hadn't driven more than 200 miles before wanting to quit. I like this company but I refuse to work for food. If you like to work, that's all you will be doing unless you're one of those people who don't require 8hrs of sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of driver leaders if you don't actual give them any authority to do anything. Promoting union free work place is great for the uneducated that you can fool, but those are the ones you will keep. Perhaps this is just me, but stop thanking drivers for what they do all the time and thank us by paying us a fair wage in comparison to company earnings. You can't buy people's loyalty with company picnics. I would like to see the return of a Christmas bonus, if the company does well they should share that profit with everyone, not just the CEO. And for God sake please clean up the terminal yards by getting rid of all the unused trailers, send them to recycling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some Mentors Not Good at Mentoring

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Better than C.R. England, better pay, cares more about drivers. More terminals, management better, communication okay. Driver manager apologized for mistakes. Pays for orientation unlike England.

    Cons

    Mentor slept while I was driving, got upset because I couldn't make a u-turn because another truck was blocking the on ramp. Got mad and dropped me off at terminal, after threatening to throw me out in the middle of no where. Haven't gotten a new mentor in over a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire REAL mentors, not just people looking to earn big money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Swift Transportation

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

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Numerous terminal locations allowing mobility and relocation

    Cons

    Inconsistent mid level management, as a direct report emails, calls and VM typically went unanswered by immediate manager. Unchecked bios actions and continuous policy/protocol violations prevailed at management level by same manager openly. This manager had 7 direct reports leave Swift Transportation during my 3 year employment including myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management of department heads reflecting long term attrition.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working for Swift

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of experience driving over the road

    Cons

    Long days, away from home, not as much money as thought

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Swift is ok to start your trucking career for a year after that you'll find something better.

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Start off to a career in Trucking.

    Cons

    .25 cpm is a very low starting pay. Govern speed is only at 63 mph which is slow I'd be fine with 65 mph.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truck driver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Ocala, FL

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent money and decent runs

    Cons

    Not much time off per month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect drivers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow & Disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Swift has lots of freight and several terminals across the United States. I enjoy having the Qualcomm and digital logs. Relatively new equipment.

    Cons

    Nobody knows what anybody is doing!! Even from the time a recruiter contacted me I have always felt that they don't REALLY know what they're saying, or the rules regarding certain qualifications, training, hours, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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