Swift Transportation

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Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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Swift Transportation CEO Jerry C. Moyes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you get a good Driver Manager, you'll do well (in 7 reviews)

  • They Have plenty of loads, great pay packages, and home time (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long periods away from home two weeks minimum for over the road drivers, one week for regional dedicated routes (in 4 reviews)

  • It's hit and miss with trainers / mentors and Driver managers (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver  in  Corinne, UT
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Corinne, UT

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The dedicated fleet for Walmart is a good pay and had steady work

    Cons

    Swift has a poor safety rating, which means you get pulled into the Ports often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More balanced work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    There ok

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    Current Employee - Driver Owner Op Trainer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Driver Owner Op Trainer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    as an owner OP bring my truck from another company they where good about helping me with repairs

    Cons

    there crazy phone policy if the dot says it ok to use blue tooth then they should be cool too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truck Driver with Swift Transportation

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    They Have plenty of loads, great pay packages, and home time. Plenty of terminals in big city's so always a place to park in most situations.

    Cons

    There school was a fraud. They could care less about there drivers. You are a number not a name. They have a great room for improvement. They let anybody drive for them and that is a major safety concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    You pay your dues starting out But they Train and take Newbies

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    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver  in  Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Fontana, CA

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

    Pros

    They take the inexperienced. If you get a good Driver Manager, you'll do well. They do their best to match you with a good mentor and if you don't like them you can switch. If you don't like you Driver manager, you can switch. The longer you are with them the better the pay and miles. The Equipment is generally well kept up with little problem getting things repaired at the numerous stops. We had one of their best Driver managers and I joined my husband as a Team after he was with them for over a year. They trained me for free and he was my mentor. The starting pay for us Teaming was not too bad and the driver manager gave us all the miles we wanted while allowing us more together time while on the road (normal teams only get maybe 2 hours of awake time together which can strain a husband wife team without more together time). Our Driver manager was proactive on setting up good loads before he left for the weekends and always went to bat for us with any problems, including finding good trailers for us close by, watching the boards closely for the good runs to come out for us and getting us home when we wanted quickly. It mostly depends on getting a good manager so ask around. Also, we did not have to have a driver manager out of our home town or state. It may have changed but it was allowed when requested.

    Cons

    If you are stuck needing a load on the weekends and your driver manager didn't work out a load ahead, you'll be hard pressed to get any help from the weekend crew. They are uncaring jerks if you have any problems and it can take hours to days for them to get back to you or act on something. The pay is really poor starting out (after you start on your own for the first 6-8 months). You'll get Short runs, with little pay, u can't afford much home time when it's time your first several months. You have to pay your dues when you are starting out. Regional and set routes are for those who have been their longer and are likable and personable. It's hit and miss with trainers / mentors and Driver managers. Many will complain that the trainer/mentor time is too short, but I disagree somewhat on that. It's not that it is too short, it's that new drivers feel scared and overwhelmed being and having to learn so much more on their own (which is why a good Trainer/ mentor is imperative and a helpful communicative Driver Manager is important). You will come across a lot of idiots and see some disgusting things at times from other drivers. Driving Truck is not as easy or mindless as it sounds to many would be drivers. There is a lot to learn, including laws, rules, weights, math, measures, critical thinking skills, driving, backing, customer service skills, patience, forgiveness, how to drive in different types of weather, some mechanical skills, dealing with stress and sleeping in loud strange places and if you want to team, learning to trust others to drive safely while you sleep and sleeping while moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY THEM MORE so they care about their jobs and YOUR trucks more. Get on the Weekend crew for better driver service. Your employee / income model is awful and offering junk on the road benefits instead of more money to pay their bills does not work to recruit and keep quality drivers and shrink the driver shortage gap.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Swift

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swift Transportation

    Pros

    They have good Benefits overall.

    Cons

    They are not adaptable to diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They only promote people they like or know

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A decent starter company...

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    Former Employee - Regional Driver  in  New Boston, MI
    Former Employee - Regional Driver in New Boston, MI

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have plenty of loads to keep you moving. They also have many terminals.

    Cons

    It's hard to get home time (time off) sonetimes. Also their trucks are very slow. They can can only ho about 62.5 mph...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to give drivers their home time more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    o/o

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    Former Employee - OTR Driver  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - OTR Driver in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    able to schedule home when needed

    Cons

    not enough loads for a team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get better office staff at some terminals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Shop

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    Current Employee - Optimization  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Optimization in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO. A little under par for the corporate world. Management is pretty laid back for the most part.

    Cons

    Asked to complete projects without the tools needed. Have to constantly fight with the rest of the company like everything is a huge secret when seeking data.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees strengths and harness those rather then putting employees in a pigeonhole.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked as a company driver for 1 year. They did not treat all drivers equal. Some received preference of loads.

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    Current Employee - OTR Driver  in  Meridian, ID
    Current Employee - OTR Driver in Meridian, ID

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training company good to get started.

    Cons

    Training company bad reputation in the industry for undertrained drivers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better handle on the actual time on the road before you cut them loose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Work driving 11 hours every day

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    Current Employee - Owner Operator Team Driver  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Owner Operator Team Driver in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Swift Transportation as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Seeing the US.Good Pay.Good opportunity to own your truck.

    Cons

    3 Months at a time away from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Drivers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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