Swift Transportation

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Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
105 Reviews

2.8
105 Reviews
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Swift Transportation CEO Jerry C. Moyes
Jerry C. Moyes
61 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Driver  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The benefit packages are good.

    Cons

    Sometimes terminals are short staffed an depending what time of day it is.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very satisfying company to be apart of.

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    Former Employee - Payroll/Garnishment Administrator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Payroll/Garnishment Administrator in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Swift cares about their employees and their families. They are always looking for ways to improvement to both their customers as well as their employees.

    Cons

    The pay raises are vey low and slow in coming, no cost of living raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Swift Transportation

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    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    They treat the drivers fairly for the most part.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get home time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging and exciting!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDL OTR DRIVER  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - CDL OTR DRIVER in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    the best thing about working for Swift Transportation is the people. They care and they love the company and the owner.

    Cons

    The only challenge was the CDL school TDA. it is an accelerated class, not a good fit for anyone not proficient driving a manual transmission. Also the student to instructor ratio is between 4-8 to 1. so very little one on one instruction. that being said you can get thru it as most of our class did. You must work hard and make sure you get your time behind the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The school should be in house and run by Swift employees who love they're jobs not TDA employees who openly tell students how unhappy they are with the pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company Driver and Owner Operator on a Dedicated Account.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTR Driver - Owner Operator  in  DFW, TX
    Current Employee - OTR Driver - Owner Operator in DFW, TX

    Pros

    A select few office personnel at the terminal, and most of the on site staff for the dedicated account are good people. Nearly all the drivers are friendly and possibly overly helpful.

    Cons

    People are friendly in a sort of adversarial way... a camaraderie similar to that of mutineers under an oppressive captain. Though just like those nefarious sea captains of old, the management doesn't really "know" they are doing wrong by the drivers. They just follow a philosophy that puts drivers at the bottom of the totem pole, and we feel it.

    Terminal shop staff are kept at notoriously low levels, mainly by hiring freezes and low pay which drives away quality techs. Pay for company drivers on non dedicated accounts might be on par with the other major carriers, but it's 20-50% lower than smaller carriers, especially ones who focus on driver retention. Pay for owner operators is only about 5% lower than national average, and with the right driver leader/manager you can make all the money you can want to... but you lose out if that person leaves because Swift pays Driver leaders over 10k less per year than the national average.

    Dedicated accounts are available to company drivers, and occasionally owner operators (mostly O/O teams). Unfortunately Swift seems to refuse to go to bat for it's drivers when faced with customer failures that provide a major impact upon the drivers. For example, one dedicated customer implements a load automation system that changes physical location of the Distribution Center as well as load routing... changes that would normally initiate a contract renegotiation... this automation was designed with major errors that need to be fixed at the software level, but Swift does nothing to attempt to pressure the customer to make these changes. Even though these problems created major issues drivers themselves have to deal with and ultimately lose the customer millions of dollars per year in labor inefficiency. On top of that another carrier used inside information to under bid Swift by a penny resulting in the loss of sometimes 20 routes per day... where was Swift executive management to call foul? No where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your drivers better, pay your driver support members better, and

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

    Great Company /Terminal

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Operations in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Great management at the terminal level and a lots of freedom ,you are empowered to do your job. Not a lot of managers watching over your shoulder as long as you are getting results and meeting your goals. I love the freedom and the lack of micromanaging by managment. Compensation/Benefits are in line with what other companies offer doing similar jobs. Company is always thinking of ways to improve and how to make operations better

    Cons

    Hours to long and works often seems like its never done . Not a lot of flexible schedules and almost everyone works same hours and shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start putting more diversity of cultures and women in the terminals to work. Also look at what works at other companies from a driver training aspect and implement to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredibly educational.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts  in  Avenel, NJ
    Current Employee - Parts in Avenel, NJ

    Pros

    Very good benefit package. Terminal leader very flexible and realizes that you have a life OUTSIDE of the job. Would recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    Compensation package could use some review. Similar companies offer a higher compensation rate with more frequent chance of review and raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation package could use some review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Driver  in  Corinne, UT
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Corinne, UT

    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
  10.  

    There ok

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

    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
  11.  

    Best job I've ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Driver Leader II
    Former Employee - Driver Leader II

    Pros

    Fast paced work makes the day pass quickly. Company policies encourage advancement. Since I been with Swift have received several promotions, annual raises, and bonuses.

    Cons

    High turn-over with the drivers, pathetic training for office employees, still uses AS400, and at times it is very difficult to contact people in other parts of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making training manuals for ECT'S, Planners, and Driver Leaders!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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