Swift Transportation

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Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
138 Reviews
2.8
138 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company driver, Swift

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Company Driver in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Company Driver in Portland, OR

    I worked at Swift Transportation

    Pros

    Swift is one of the big 3 trucking firms, along with JB Hunt and Schneider, all of whom have branched out into intermodal transportation. The upside is that there are plenty of loads. It is also possible to achieve small raises and safety bonuses and pay moderate amounts for group health.

    Cons

    The downside for company drivers is that these three are non-union employers whose pay rates are only average and whose turnover is relatively high as a consequence. Swift hires a lot of younger drivers and so has only an average safety record. Some older drivers leave because they are just not earning the kind of money they used to earn. The bottom line is that it is tough saving up enough to buy your own truck. It could take ten years. They do have a lease program that gives you a buy-out option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Northwest Heavy Haul Driver/ Mentor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Heavy Haul Driver in Sumner, WA
    Former Employee - Heavy Haul Driver in Sumner, WA

    I worked at Swift Transportation

    Pros

    The company treated me well. Local management was involved and concerned about their employees. If I wanted time off all I had to do was request it. They maintained the trucks and trailers well. When I reported to the shop that the truck or trailer needed a repair and they would take care of the problem. Swift is a good place for inexperienced truck drivers, a good place to learn a new career. What most new drivers don't know is what they need to learn because driving a truck is not about driving the truck, it is about everything else. Customer service is the biggest concern, dealing with the shippers and receivers, the cops and the D.O.T. and yes all of the untrained car drivers on the road

    Cons

    The pay is not adequate for experienced drivers. Hours and almost always a twelve hour night shift and the work revolves around retail store work days so the work was always required 358 days a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pay needs to be substantially increased for driver with more than 2 years experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Driver Leader - Dedicated Account

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver Leader in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Driver Leader in Reading, PA

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

    Pros

    I'm pleasantly surprised with working here. Working in the transportation industry as a driver exposes you to negative viewpoints about this company, but they took a chance by hiring me to an office position 20 minutes from home so that I can be home every day. They seem to want their office staff to learn, improve and grow and encourage this more than I thought they would. They also seem to be trying to change their reputation with drivers with pay increases, home time improvement, and a push for office personnel to provide more support for drivers in the field.

    Cons

    That said, there is room for improvement both in pay and training when first starting out. It sometimes felt as if it were sink or swim when one starts out with limited management experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better orientation and training process for new office-side employess would be extremely helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Ok starter company

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good company to begin with and get experience, if you can get into a dedicated account then you can make some decent money and see your family often.

    Cons

    Expensive benefits
    Low pay compared to many companies with experience
    If OTR your just a number to the company
    Unless dedicated you can count on never seeing your family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No office support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver Manager in Cleburne, TX
    Former Employee - Driver Manager in Cleburne, TX

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers, working with Walmart, good schedule

    Cons

    Horrible boss, coworkers, drivers run the account

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    good place to work for being a large company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Inver Grove Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Inver Grove Heights, MN

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

    Pros

    they train there drivers well. and you can advance if you work hard.

    Cons

    turn the company trucks up from 62mph to 65mph. its not safe to be a sitting duck on the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just remember that us drivers at the bottom of the pecking order are the source of your pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but weak benefits

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    • 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
  9.  

    sucks

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

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

    Pros

    friendly staff, teachers and drivers.

    Cons

    trucks brake down a lot and little or no pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OTR Company Driver in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - OTR Company Driver in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Swift Transportation

    Pros

    Got to see the country driving for the nations largest trucking company, 45 states in 1 yr.
    paid detention time after 2 hrs.

    Cons

    Starting pay fresh out of trucking school is .25cpm. After 1 yr driving they or i might have forgot who I was at home terminal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management.. they are good people and I was just doing my job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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