I have been working at Hill Brothers Transportation full-time (More than 3 years)
I started driving for Hill Bros in Oct 2012; have had my CDL since 2006.
<P>Company trucks are Volvo VNL780 automatics and International Prostar 15 speeds, both with refrigerators, 2500W power inverters, and for solo drivers, Tripac APUs. Very few company trucks anywhere are as nice as Hill Bros'! My truck's decked out with my 34" flat screen TV (mounted in the sleeper with pickup load locks), Dish Hopper DVR (211z is for Tailgater live TV), Sager laptop with huge movie, music, and audio book collection and HDMI out to the TV, microwave, rice cooker, Nuwave cook-top and of course GPS, flash drives that plug into the stock stereo, Black & Decker mini vacuum cleaner, internet, cell phone, etc...
<P>Hill Bros runs mostly Midwest (within Milwaukee to Denver to Dallas to Atlanta), You'll probably only go to California if you live there, and they don't do New England.
<P>Electronic logs WITH PERSONAL CONVEYANCE (1hr off duty driving, unless you abuse it).
Most of the loads are drop and hook outside of Chicago (where there's very little of that), and only a rookie would say that their trailers are all old and unmaintained. Policy is to bring every trailer through the Safety Lane when bringing it into the yard, if it is open. The mechanics shop sometimes gets backed up, but often the shop is empty of trucks. If you find a problem, call or send a macro to the shop and they will get it taken care of.
<P>Hill Bros prefers reliable, professional drivers, with good driving records, that don't require babysitting, and consider safety and service top priorities.
<P>Orientation says a lot about Hill Bros. Comfort Inn, private room, king size bed, indoor pool, Fireside restaurant / lounge, exercise room, laundry, hot breakfast... Lunch is provided at one of many good restaurants that the group decides on. If you need to go to Walmart etc, ask the shop, orientation manager, or shuttle driver.
<P>You know a company is good when many drivers have left for "greener pastures" and returned, and when many drivers have been with the company for over a decade. I've seldom scheduled home time, as I've been sent by the house, in the boonies of Colorado, often enough not to need to. Only once have i not gotten home when scheduled, and that was because weekend dispatch messed up.
<P>They even send out personalized birthday cards, with live signatures, throw driver appreciation bar-b-ques, and give kudos and bonuses for clean inspections and safe driving.
They're one of the best, so they avoid hiring below average drivers.
<P>They do use DAC, so if you're uncertain of your skills and abilities, you're better off going elsewhere.
Safety will probably contact you now and then (Caren is no nonsense!). Good, safe drivers have nothing to fear. They contacted me a few times when brown nosing drivers and clueless four wheelers called them. I was polite, told my side, stood my ground, and had no problems. I still have a clean DAC and a zero CSA score.
<P>Loads are often fairly tight, with only a couple extra hours to make the delivery time. But you won't sit near as often as with other companies. If there's no freight where you're at, they will likely deadhead you a couple hundred miles to keep you moving, provided that you send in your macros and are a productive, reliable driver. If you know that your load is going to be late, contact your driver manager as soon as you realize it. They can make phone calls and often remedy the situation and save the company penalties, but only if you give them a heads up!
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Hill Brothers Transportation (Omaha, NE) in June 2013.
I was contacted by a recruiter. They would not tell me the company but she interviewed me on the phone. I then got told the president would call me for a phone interview. He did and we chatted for about 40 minutes. The recruiter called back and said he liked me and wanted to have another call. We did and then a offer letter was tendered. I accepted and then I went up to NE and meet with the owners and the president. I meet the staff in NE and got "trained" which was no training but sitting around watching people. Then they set me back to TX to find a location, etc.
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