Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Swift Transportation CEO Jerry C. Moyes
Jerry C. Moyes
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Pros
  • Driver manager apologized for mistakes (in 9 reviews)

  • I enjoyed traveling all over the country and working as a Driver/Trainer helping to pass on my knowledge to the new drivers coming into the company (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • 3 Months at a time away from home (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Swift is what you make of it

    Former Employee - OTR Semi Truck Commercial Driver Driver Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - OTR Semi Truck Commercial Driver Driver Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Swift Transportation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, and a chance to better yourself though hard work

    Cons

    due to the long hours, no social life


  2. Driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swift Transportation

    Pros

    The first year or so is hell, but as you gain knowledge and skill you can make good $ after a couple of years. They are reasonable if you make an effort.

    Cons

    As all trucking companies are, they are deceptive to incoming students about what job is like. (Ridiculously long hours, impossible situations, mortal danger, inconsistent income...)


  3. OTR

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Swift transportation is a good starting company. After the first year you start to get vacation pay.

    Cons

    The trucks have to many spencers on them. Now they are putting in cameras. One camera will be facing the driver.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Truck driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driver in Linden, MI
    Former Employee - Driver in Linden, MI

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good miles north decent pay could be better didn't care for the sliding pay scale

    Cons

    Don't lease a truck I leased a truck in the 20 days I had it the truck was in the shop 16 times not exaggerating

    Advice to Management

    Check up trucks before u lease them


  6. Helpful (1)

    Even with all the bad press and negitive feedback, it's not a bad company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver in Amsterdam, NY
    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver in Amsterdam, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New equipment (they rotate the trucks every 4 years or so), large amount of dedicated accounts to can run for (so that you are home almost every night), pay is good (you can easily make a living if you put in the work), great benifits.

    Cons

    Even though they have newer trucks, they don't maintain them well. Also, running on a dedicated account disqualifies you from their driver bonus program. I also wish the trucks were turned up to 65, but with the amount of speeding violations our company gets i doubt it will happen.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the trucks and let the dedicated accounts be part of the driver ranking system.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Really good company to run OTR

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

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One week check is great won't have to stress off bills

    Cons

    I don't like that you can work 30 days straight but they want you to only go home 3 days. 35 days out of a year isn't good


  8. Driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driver Trainer in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Driver Trainer in Reno, NV

    I worked at Swift Transportation (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Will get paid I time, always moving...

    Cons

    bean counters don't know a thing about trucking


  9. Good company but watch your back. You'll go home pulling knives out of it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Driver Manager in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Driver Manager in Sparks, NV

    I worked at Swift Transportation (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. We all felt like family and worked together well. People in my office had each others back and did their share. Hours were good and off on weekends.

    Cons

    Terminal leader did nothing and left all the work to employees. Didn't spend more than 30 hours in the office a week and sometimes would leave at 10am and not come back for rest of day. Overwhelming work environment. Phones rang so much you couldn't get anything done. When I was terminated terminal leader didn't back me up to save his own skin.

    Advice to Management

    Need to look at Sparks terminal carefully. You have the wrong leader in there. Need to be more alert to problems in office and solve them.


  10. Mechanic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tractor/Trailer Mechanic in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Tractor/Trailer Mechanic in El Cajon, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support from Supervisors and fellow technicians. Pay is good for the area (San Diego, CA).

    Cons

    When demands are met, you are often not recognized for your accomplishments (just another day). Lots of micro-managing from terminal personnel (too many chiefs, not enough Indians).

    Advice to Management

    Recognize achievements accomplished by your employees rather than focusing on faults or shortcomings of them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    great earning potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Laredo, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Laredo, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can make a lot of money if you hustle and work late . quality and quantity are in effect here.

    Cons

    Checks are inconsistent ...one pay period can be great and another horrid

    Advice to Management

    Great focused leaders . especially my veteran boss . real leader uses military background to get down and dirty with us to be successful



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