- Professional Transportation09.Feb 2016
While the branch manager is always there to support, encourage and coach the employees, it is rather difficult to reach anyone from the corporate level without going through the branch manager.
Support from management
The manager of the Sheffield branch is awesome to work for. She is always willing to go to bat for you if you are in the right. But don't mess up with her, because her trust is easy to earn in the beginning but hard to get back.
This is mostly a solitary position that does not have you interacting very much with co-workers. You may have some interaction, but mainly at safety and branch meetings.
Freedom to work independently
Work is there for those that follow the rules. If you don't make yourself available when you need to, then you may lose out on trips. There is money to be made, if your willing to put forth the effort.
All the necessary information pertaining to how we are doing individually and as a branch are regularly forthcoming, recognition from a corporate level is few and far between as is any information pertaining the profits and margins of the company as a whole.
This is an equal opportunity employer.
Attitude towards older colleagues
This is a position that is very good for retired persons looking to supplement their income or for someone looking to take on a secondary employment position.
There is room for growth within the company, many of the drivers have gone on to become branch manager, general managers, field safety officers and other high level positions.
Overall compensation for your work
The pay scale for this position is not very competitive for the industry as a whole. In the area for this particular branch there are no other companies that offer these services, therefore there is no way of competing. The pay is not great, but it is not the worst either.
Office / Work Environment
The office for this location is literally mobile. We do not work out of an office, we wait at home for a trip and then spend the rest of our shift in a 7-passenger mini van. They are kept up in maintenance and our communication systems are updated regularly.
This company is all about safety, each branch is required to hold monthly safety meeting, have a safety committee to keep safety in the forefront of all drivers minds and puts all new employees through a defensive driving course and all employees go through a refresher course yearly, as well as all employees must pass a Department of Transportation physical in order to employed by the company.
The hours are performed in 8 or 112 hour blocks of time, depending on the position. Regular days off are assigned and vacations are available after one year of service, which can be taken as off days, or paid out while still working.
This branch has not had a great image due to previous mismanagement. However, the current branch manager is working diligently to turn the bad reputation around and create a better place to work.
There is quite a bit of job security, as long as the drivers are doing what they are supposed to, they can look forward to long term employment.
There is not too much need for accessibility with these positions. As long as a person can pass the Department of Transportation physical, Department of Motor Vehicles check and Homeland Security Background check, they most likely will be offered a position.
Defensive driving courses, inclement weather courses and constant safety evaluations are mandatory at all branches and levels of service for we are carrying the most precious of cargo out there - human life. We are provided with all the training we could possibly need and then some.
The most challenging part of this position is dealing with the traffic and road conditions on a daily basis.
Inclusive / Diverse
There is a certain amount of diversity in the employees, other than that there is only two options for positions: over the road or dedicated yard drivers.
Suggestions for improvement
- PTI needs to look into giving their drivers more money per hour and/or mile, maybe then we would be able to maintain drivers longer, instead of them coming in for a short time until something better comes along.
- Drivers should be rewarded with more than a cap and a pat on the back for dedicated services that span, at times, decades.
What I like about the company
Being from a small rural town there is not a lot of options for me, PTI has been steady employment for me for the past 5 years. I have a set position on the yard and would not trade it for anything (short of a better shift).
What I dislike about the company
Being that we are driving all the time, we are putting our lives and the lives of our passengers in the line every time we are on the road. A higher rate of pay would help to make this more worth while.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyProfessional Transportation
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee