Swift Transportation

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Swift Transportation Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
128 Reviews
2.8
128 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging and exciting!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDL OTR DRIVER in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - CDL OTR DRIVER in Atlanta, GA

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Swift Transportation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Professional Truck Driver in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    very satisfying company to be apart of.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll/Garnishment Administrator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Payroll/Garnishment Administrator in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    truck driver

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Sumner, WA
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Sumner, WA

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

    Pros

    great dm.everyone was nice/ as

    Cons

    no way to keep truck cool at night. low pay and youhave to sign up for benefits within 30 days of hire and a i missed mine because i was out with a trainer the whole time.s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better trainers and a system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Very good!

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

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

    Pros

    The benefit packages are good.

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    dont waste your time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    none dint find one at all

    Cons

    Bad training , very low per mile rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thumbs down

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company Driver and Owner Operator on a Dedicated Account.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OTR Driver - Owner Operator in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - OTR Driver - Owner Operator in DFW, TX

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

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company /Terminal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Operations in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Swift Transportation full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly educational.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts in Avenel, NJ
    Current Employee - Parts in Avenel, NJ

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

    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
  11.  

    A good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Corinne, UT
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Corinne, UT

    I worked at Swift Transportation full-time (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

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