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Former Swift Driver

Lake Elsinore, CA

#1 May 8, 2010
Most of the drivers,mechanics and yard help at Swift are hard working decent employees. However, I can't make the same statement about their management. They can't be trusted, or keep their promises.
If you are terminated by Swift, they use Cost control services to make sure you can not claim unemployment benefits against them. Swift transportation are a bunch of cheapskates, and if you drive for them, you do so at your own risk 5/06/2010
Hammerdown-Hamme rlane

Schenectady, NY

#3 May 10, 2010
Former Swift Driver wrote:
Most of the drivers,mechanics and yard help at Swift are hard working decent employees. However, I can't make the same statement about their management. They can't be trusted, or keep their promises.
If you are terminated by Swift, they use Cost control services to make sure you can not claim unemployment benefits against them. Swift transportation are a bunch of cheapskates, and if you drive for them, you do so at your own risk 5/06/2010
I could not agree more! As I have always said, Swift management is the problem NOT their drivers. Some of those Swifties who represent management as cheerleaders, just don't see the big picture:bad labor practices;poor safety/training (6-12 Mos OTR=Exp. Trainer?); and other shortcuts:NO $ down Fleece-Purchase program anyone? Sadly, Swift sorry-ass management not alone in the minimal training experience and lease anybody a truck department. Many other larger trucking companies do the same thing.Swift does it much better than the others at screwing their workers.However, if you like those working conditions and can overlook their abysmal safety record, you should stay with Swift.Apparently,a majority of other drivers see Swift for the company management represented today: LOWLIFE!
cincy dude

Frazeysburg, OH

#4 Jul 4, 2010
hey whats up 18 wheelers im waiting on a mentor to call me this week but im really starting too get gosted, im reading more and more bullshit about swift and there mentors,im 46 years old and i can handle alot but i cant take no shit i dont deserve, please help before i mess up.
Planks

Matthews, NC

#5 Jul 12, 2010
As a former employee of Swift I cannot make blanket accusations against all their management. The mngrs at some of their terminals are decent people who care about their drivers. However my terminal where I was based had office & shop personnel who showed nothing but open contempt for the drivers. I do however thank Swift for giving me a start in the trucking industry.
Trucker Tom

Hilliard, OH

#6 Jul 12, 2010
It takes two to have a good relationship, it takes two to have a bad one as well.

Considering you wrote a piece that depicted Swift management as horrible evil foes, I would expect to see horns protruding from their heads if I meet them.

Looking at your interpretation of problems with Swift management, and using my own experience in management over the last 20 years to evaluate your post (I supervised thousands of employees at various companies and in various industries.) I figure you were bending the company policy, got pinched, and are now unemployable. Do you have a DUI or other criminal history? Do you have a bunch of points? Did you neglect your duties pertaining to pre-trip and other safety related functions? My hunch says yes.

I am aware that not every employer / employee relationship is perfect. Any time you have people involved you will have egos, attitudes, stress, desires, and other interference in relationships. I would guess that half the blame (or more) lies with you.

I am sorry to hear things did not work out. Now you have said your piece and I have said mine. Time for you to go get a job because the bills won't stop coming just because you stopped working.
Trucker Tom

Hilliard, OH

#7 Jul 12, 2010
Also, did you ever stop at Krispy Kreme and pick up some doughnuts for the folks who keep your truck running? How about for the folks in the office who handle ALL your paper work. Try it once, you will be much more successful... Just a thought.
greg

Clementon, NJ

#8 Jul 24, 2010
Trucker Tom wrote:
Also, did you ever stop at Krispy Kreme and pick up some doughnuts for the folks who keep your truck running? How about for the folks in the office who handle ALL your paper work. Try it once, you will be much more successful... Just a thought.
I agree with much of what you said in the previous post. i'm also someone with management experience who has listened to many complaints from swift drivers while working for the company for the last 6 years, and most seem to be from people who have probably spent more effort complaining about every job they've ever had rather than making it work for them. But to set the record straight, office personel can get fired for accepting anything from a driver. even something as trivial as a doughnut or a cup of coffee,
EXSWIFT

Pittston, PA

#9 Mar 19, 2011
I was fired for safety reasons. Anyone out there ever been rehired i really liked driving dedicated routes for them at Sams and Quaker oats, Need some feedback on getting rehired.
swiftdrivers wife

Horton, AL

#10 Jul 2, 2011
greg wrote:
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I agree with much of what you said in the previous post. i'm also someone with management experience who has listened to many complaints from swift drivers while working for the company for the last 6 years, and most seem to be from people who have probably spent more effort complaining about every job they've ever had rather than making it work for them. But to set the record straight, office personel can get fired for accepting anything from a driver. even something as trivial as a doughnut or a cup of coffee,
I do not work for swift but my husband does and he does not call and complain to his dm about anything, he calls me and complains too me to vent it all out. and i would just like to say that he has reason to grip. we can not pay bills and sometimes not have food to feed our family because they do not give him enough miles he sits more than he drives. also they say that home life is important and they try to get u home when u ask for it well that is a crock he asks for it on a certain date and that yet has happened. they know for holidays most of the time their are no places open to pick up freight so u ask for a couple days before that for your home time date, NO that did not happen and do they care no not only did they not get him home but on a holiday weekend he sits for 4 days 300 some odd miles away from home with out pay and misses his family that has come from all over to visit. tell me they care! If his dm cared they would have made sure he was home before that happened. admittedly i am new at this divers wife thing but other people i know dont have to put up with as much as they dish out to you. they could at least act like they cared. I thought it was the drivers that made you the money without them you dont make money? Just saying. i can keep going on and on like the fact the dont pay you for all miles ran. they screw you on that. I am just saying after that vent, not everyone is that way and some people do really try but how do you make it work when they only push up down everytime you try to get up.
Base Camp - BlackHorse

Milford, IN

#11 Sep 17, 2011
Swift... Think of it as an "Amazing Adventure" in competent money stealing, it could fill a crook-book.
I learned most of the negative things by experience of working for them. Driver Managers... who never stood close to a truck much less in one. Zero personal time off... chained to the truck by the ancient computer satellite system with sun burnt screens (Very hard to read).
Swift reported me of 433 miles and hour, in a truck with a 62 MPH limitation set on the engine. This actually has good and bad points... a you can't imagine speeding and when hauling a full load up the mountains you are dangerously slow at 30 - 33 mph.
They push the drivers to break the law. I was hauling a load... and now, on my legal drive down time (sleep) when receiving a call to "Make the delivery in Los Angeles now". But, I am on my 10 sleep time, sir. Then it came out loud and clear, "Learn to make it happen... Driver". I stayed legal... and they sent the cops to arrest me for stealing a load. I just showed them my log... and they explained this is how illegals travel by truck and they would have to cut the tapes and check the contents with a dog. Ok, the dog was not available he must have needed his sleep... so we closed it back up... and they put on a police load tape to secure the load. Got the trailer to Los Angeles and it was refused because of the tape... and it had to go back to North Carolina now. I was notified that "Probation is effective immediately for a delivery failure". How can this be my fault ? Crap flows to the lowest point... Drivers.
Then there was the "Fuel-Thief" accusations and shutdown and go to safety school requirement. 9 counts and company points... Bottom line > The truck had 2 of the 100 gallon tanks vs. the computer showing 120 gallon tanks... so I never made it to a refuel stopping point.
Log books... they give you two for their reasons.
Former Swift Driver 2011

Long Beach, CA

#12 Dec 15, 2011
If you plan on a career at Swift Transportation, who need to get out and talk to other drivers that you can meet. Discuss your plans with them and tell them you plan on going to Swift to start. In most cases you will get a negative response from them and some cases you won't. It will be your decision, for a word of advice keep looking. There are a lot of companies throughout this nation that will start you. You are looking for no cost to low cost training, good benefits, good trainers (mentors), well maintained equipment, and driver managers that care!
At Swift they have issues especially with driver managers that really don't know what they are doing or don't care or have the training of communications. You'll find some of them angry every day they work or they just don't respond when needed. Heaven only knows if they receive training in that area. If you are going to start with Swift start as a company driver, don't get eager and want to lease a truck (wait) until time has gone by before you make that very big decision.
My experience with them will not be repeated! I'll go to a differant company.
john cobb

Tolleson, AZ

#13 Jan 24, 2012
in 1994 Swift dispatcher sent me the wrong direction and caused me to almost be killed by an oncoming train in reno,nevada.They =knew it was snowy and I had little experience.The dispatcher had rude intentions and it paid off-I was almost killed.
aaron

Festus, MO

#14 Feb 26, 2012
Swift and all corp companies r what it is the bottom line at all cost meaning the company net profit so at the end of the day driver park ur trucks :-)
driverx

Collingswood, NJ

#15 Apr 16, 2012
EXSWIFT wrote:
I was fired for safety reasons. Anyone out there ever been rehired i really liked driving dedicated routes for them at Sams and Quaker oats, Need some feedback on getting rehired.
howes it goin? you get a job yet?
driverx

Collingswood, NJ

#16 Apr 16, 2012
hope you found a better job
Owner-Operator

Eastland, TX

#17 Apr 17, 2012
Hey, I have been with Swift for ten years. Heard lots of horror stories. Nothing against any of them, but...I have talked to a lot of swift drivers that have been screwed. I got to tell you, I have yet to find a story where Swift was 100% in the wrong. They are a company that survives on making profits. If you keep that in mind, and tell everyone who wants you to do something "Put it on the qualcomm first". Then you should find with a little bit of smarts, and everything on the qualcomm, that eliminates a lot of problems. There is proof you can go back on.
I hope you found another job. All the companys are the same, just different ways to screw you. So find one you can live with. Cuz this job...nothing is like it when it works!!!!
billy

Holley, NY

#18 Jul 11, 2012
you gotta keep your tire iron flashing in the moonlight as if nothing ever happened before! spoken from a true master...good luck
Brian

Newport, PA

#19 Oct 31, 2012
So anyone have experience with Mohave Trans Insurance/Swift Trans. I was recently traveling home 81N and was about to pass a Swift truck. As I was 5ft behind the 5th wheel something fell off the truck(Deckplate) and hit my window. I filed a claim, but the claims Rep Vickey Crawford informed me that since the driver stated his vehicle had all required mud flaps and was not missing any hardware; that Swift was not liable.She stated it was road debris. I am a CDL driver also, so for her to give me a load of crap. Theres not One driver out there that can garantee every nut and bolt was accounted for during a 15 Minute Pretrip. I know My window repair is only 300.00. I hope saving 300.00 goes to good use for Swift. Cause DOT has been notified, so if your a Driver for Swift I would inform your terminals.
hammerhead

La Habra, CA

#20 Nov 20, 2012
john cobb wrote:
in 1994 Swift dispatcher sent me the wrong direction and caused me to almost be killed by an oncoming train in reno,nevada.They =knew it was snowy and I had little experience.The dispatcher had rude intentions and it paid off-I was almost killed.
Oh my goodness John....were you really killed by a train? Oh lord....are you alright?
hammerhead

La Habra, CA

#21 Nov 20, 2012
Brian wrote:
So anyone have experience with Mohave Trans Insurance/Swift Trans. I was recently traveling home 81N and was about to pass a Swift truck. As I was 5ft behind the 5th wheel something fell off the truck(Deckplate) and hit my window. I filed a claim, but the claims Rep Vickey Crawford informed me that since the driver stated his vehicle had all required mud flaps and was not missing any hardware; that Swift was not liable.She stated it was road debris. I am a CDL driver also, so for her to give me a load of crap. Theres not One driver out there that can garantee every nut and bolt was accounted for during a 15 Minute Pretrip. I know My window repair is only 300.00. I hope saving 300.00 goes to good use for Swift. Cause DOT has been notified, so if your a Driver for Swift I would inform your terminals.
hey brian....next time dont tailgate..hopefully youve learned from this experience. Dont do it again , next time something worse might happen.

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