For professional truck drivers in Canada or for anyone who aspires to become a trucker, the present day is a golden age. Trucking companies need more drivers than ever and yet, due to shifting demographics, good driving jobs go unfilled.
This demand puts qualified truck drivers in a position of strength in the workplace; truckers can choose the companies they join. This list explores the companies most worthy of joining, as reported by their own people.
Workforce Changes Offer Opportunities
Changes in the aspirations of younger Canadians mean that senior drivers are retiring at a more rapid rate than new drivers are entering the workforce. Younger workers seek different careers and opportunities; trucking does not seem to appeal to them.
However, there is much to recommend a driving career for people of the right temperament and circumstances. As long as you are a self-starter, able to work without a supervisor looking over your shoulder, life on the road is a great alternative.
Features of a Great Trucking Employer
Trucking firms where they foster a team environment and you’re able to build up a camaraderie with fellow drivers are great places to work.
Typically, a great company culture also means a well-managed team.
Low Turnover Rate
It has been said that the sign of a good trucking company is one that doesn’t have to openly recruit for drivers.
Great organizations have a very low turnover rate and most of their drivers have worked at the company for a long time.
Drivers who enjoy working for their employers will typically spread the word of how great their company is. This word of mouth effect tend to attract lots of inquiries and resumes.
When the company does have an opening for a driver they already have a robust collection of resumes to select a candidate from without ever having to advertise.
Small vs. Large Companies
Unlike a large carrier, a smaller organization tends to promote a family type of environment – you’re not just a truck number, instead people know your name, and most likely the office staff will know you and your family on a personal level.
A smaller company can offer a driver a sense of fitting in and being part of the team, when you are a part of a smaller group everyone pitches in more to help and make sure that loads get covered and delivered to their destinations when they are supposed to be.
Small firms also tend to have less rules and the drivers have more freedom to make decisions on hometime, trip routing and fuel purchases.
Smaller fleets are more likely to invest in trucks that are spec’d out like an owner-operator’s truck would than your standard fleet truck that the large carriers have.
Smaller companies tend to operate in an area closer to their home base than large carriers, meaning that you’re likely to be home more often. You’re also more likely to have a better pay and bonuses than some larger companies.
Drivers who work for large trucking establishments have different reasons why they would consider the company they work for as good – t could be based on pay, the type of work they do, the type of equipment they have, the regions that they travel, the way they are treated by dispatch/management, the benefit package that the company offers.
It’s quite possible to ask five drivers working at the same company why a company is the best and it’s completely possible that you get five different answers.
Truckers are in Demand Across Canada
The employees of a company are the ones who know best whether it offers high-value prospects for truckers. We looked at the current list of the biggest trucking companies in Canada in 2017, as counted by the total number of straight trucks, tractor and trailer units operated by each.
We cross-referenced them with the ratings that employees have given them on Glassdoor.com. What we arrived at was a selection of the top ten Canadian trucking companies by employee-reported ratings.