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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.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at P.A.M. Transportation in December 2012.Interview Details
The hiring process was via the internet at PAM's website. After applying, a recruiter would call and conduct a phone interview, which was more of a how-to course on training online to test for getting a CDL. Beyond the interview, the most difficult aspect involved was having to spend several hours out of the day for several days testing and answering questions on the website to help prepare for CDL testing.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThere were no negotiations.Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
- The most difficult question was whether I wanted to be away from home or not. View Answer
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Pretty Awesome Mileage, that's the goal! Through its subsidiaries, truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services moves freight over the road throughout the US and in parts of Canada; the company offers service in Mexico via arrangements with other carriers. It has a fleet of 1,700-plus trucks, including 4,600 trailers. A majority of the company's sales come from automakers and suppliers to the auto industry; General Motors represents more than 25%. For large accounts, P.A.M. provides a dedicated fleet, in which drivers and equipment are assigned to a particular customer...