CAROLINA CARGO /ROCKHILL S.C.

by rustynail
(columbia)

Carolina convict is a great company if you like working with ex convicts, running teams and only making 10cents a mile. The recruiter said i would make 800/1000 a week/ all drop n/hook,run dedicated from s.c. to cali. and back.

I was gone for a week with them drove through a blizzard in Iowa on I-80, had pneumonia. Got to Salt Lake find out i'm only making 10cents a mile. I go to Idaho pick up potatoes and haul back to Richmond ,va..

I unload and take truck back to terminal. I tell them i quit .that's 2yrs. ago and i haven't ever been paid a penny. But they put me on d.a.c..Now that's just one company i had 2 deal with.

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Oct 16, 2014
By The Way... NEW
by: Anonymous

Here is something to think about if those of you who are driving for CC think the experience is going to serve you well. There are several other large trucking companies, Western Express is one, that WILL NOT hire any person who has driven for Carolina Cargo for ANY length of time. The reason? Look up Carolina Cargo's CSA score. Western, and others, doesn't want their score to go down or equipment tore up. Western doesn't care about your DAC report if you came from CC because they know CC isn't reporting every accident. That's why they won't hire you. So just beware, you might end up getting stuck there for good. CC is very aware of their CSA score, that's one reason why they can't buy new trucks in bulk. Their insurance will go so high that they won't be able to afford it.

Oct 16, 2014
To: "WOW!" NEW
by: Anonymous

I worked at CC for 3 months. I loved the driving and seeing our country, but I hated the company. About your son, yes, he should mail the "trip pack" to the company. It gets there overnight, except if he mails it on a Saturday. FedEx and UPS do not deliver on Sundays. They WILL get it! The problem with CC is they make you go to California and back east (and probably one more short run up or down the coast) before they allow you to send the trip pack. If your son doesn't have any maintenance issues, weather issues, and doesn't have to wait for a load in Cali. he should only take about 6-7 days to get to Cali. and back. He will get his pay for his last trip on the 7th or 8th day. If he has a good partner he should be able to get coast to coast and back in 5 days, assuming he doesn't get to Cali. on a Friday afternoon. If he does he will most likely have to sit at a truck stop all weekend before he gets his next load. CC is a "second chance" and experience company. Your son isn't going to get rich there. He may make just enough to survive while on the road but what he's really doing is getting experience. That aspect is priceless. If has has a family and is their sole provider then he should get a job at home. CC does not pay well enough to support a family. To make ANY decent money there he has to live on the road for months, have a good truck (good luck with that one), and NEVER get into Cali. on a Friday. Warehouses are usually closed on weekends and truck stops are expensive. If I had to wait a weekend I did it at a Walmart. Tell him to get an "iceless cooler," some bowls, and plastic flatware. That way he can keep milk, coldcuts, and other foods onboard. That cooler will save him tons of money over time. He also needs to eat at least one meal with meat per day or he will get the runs bad. And don't drink tons of coffee. Some is ok, but not the large 54 oz. that Love's sells. That'll tear up his stomach and he will be pissing every 80 miles. Drink healthy stuff like OJ and get good sleep. If he's driving at night and needs to stay alert then get a 5-Hour Energy but keep drinking water, OJ, or an occasional Mt. Dew. But, YES, if they tell him to mail the trip pack then mail it. And give back all extra toll money or they will deduct it from his pay. However, if he needs money for food and he's days away from getting paid, keep the extra toll money instead of getting a $50 pay advance. They charge for those advances but not for not returning the money. It's a backdoor way to get by without the charge. I hope this helps.

Oct 16, 2014
Answers NEW
by: Anonymous

WOW!!

My son works there and he's telling me that he gets paid when he get back from his dilvery, which might not be for another week. He's been on the road for two weeks already. I don't know how trucking company pay. Sound like their running game to me. He said they told him to mail the report in but I told him not to do that because they might say they never recived it.

Does this sound right to the old truck drivers?

Oct 16, 2014
Answers NEW
by: Anonymous

WOW!!

My son works there and he's telling me that he gets paid when he get back from his dilvery, which might not be for another week. He's been on the road for two weeks already. I don't know how trucking company pay. Sound like their running game to me. He said they told him to mail the report in but I told him not to do that because they might say they never recived it.

Does this sound right to the old truck drivers?

Oct 04, 2014
CC Comment NEW
by: Anonymous

I know many of who have worked at CC may be so greatful to have that job that you are willing to let them screw you over and over. I read in a post above that "CC isn't going to pay a driver to sleep." I understand your point but you need to know federal labor laws. The bottom line is this, if you are unable to go home you must be paid minimum wage. If you are waiting for a load or to get fixed that means you can't drive. If you can't drive then getting some sleep for when you can drive is a good thing. You are paid to sleep because the FMCSA requires it. Where are you when your co-driver is driving? Asleep for 8 consecutive hours, that's where. You get paid for that. If you are fueling the truck you are doing your job and must be paid. If you are waiting to be loaded or unloaded you are doing your job and must be paid. You are not supposed to be paid for just driving. Walmart drivers have a class-action suit against Walmart because they were only paying their drivers for wheels turning. Walmart IS going to lose this suit, unless they pay off the judge. When they do you can bet drivers in other companies are going to file suit right behind them. I will be shocked if this doesn't happen industry wide. I know most of you at CC won't say a thing for fear of your jobs. What would happen if every driver just suddenly parked at a truck or rest stop and refused to drive any further until they got paid every dime. CC might attempt to threaten your DAC but that won't get the product delivered. I think Jim Crowder would freak out. If you allow a company to screw you out of money they will get brave and try to take more. Keep an eye on this Walmart case, guys. It's gonna get interesting!

Oct 04, 2014
I need a second chance NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello I am a ex-con I received my cdl a learners permit outta Georgia on 07/09/2014 and can't find anyone to give me the hands on training that I need I'm hearing Carolina cargo is the company for people Luke me and I would like to get info on who I need to get in contact with can someone lead me in the right direction better yet if its a recruiter reading this give me a call 9122899798 I have made mistakes in my life and if this company is about secound chances they will have my loyality, honor and trust

Jul 08, 2014
liers NEW
by: Anonymous

Whoever said they make 1000 or more dollars per week with cc has to have driven solo after kissing ass and driving team for a few years. Stop fucking lying. We all make mistakes. For the people who have a problem with an ex convict and talking big shit online. .. find a exconvict and say it to their face. PUNK....

Feb 10, 2014
Get a grip NEW
by: Anonycowboymous

First , Jim is one of the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He has had his ups and downs, his wife took him toothe cleaners, ans I bet you didn't know that movie The Patriot, with Mell Gibson, a lot of it was shot on Jim's property, oh hell that man has got shit wouldn't believe, but anyway, seems like as soon as he started getting his life back inshape, here she would come, taking him to court to get more out of him, and I'll tell you , the man got balls to keep trying to keep CC going, he depends on y'all with out knowing what he's going through. And another thing, there was a time I took out a guy , just got out... Every Pilot we went to this boy would steal something, yeh, jeprodising my cel, and his, now what kind of shit is that? But like I have said, I never had a problem, it is what it is, and you you are who you are..make the best of it, you wouldn't be there if youdidn' have a record, am I right, we'll how about being thankfully, make it work, grow up, stop bitching and winning, if your that good,well he'll you could be an asset to the co.I was so great full to Jim&Curtis, and I broke through, CC was my come back, if you add up the time in all my life that I have been in jail, prison, reformitor'ies what ever, you would get 28 years, 28 years wasted, so don' tell me you can't make a change, And the change, Starts with you........ (:

Feb 08, 2014
Worked there for 7yrs!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Carolina Cargo is all about how well u play the Game!!!! If u play it well u can make really good money, if u can't then you'll b the one complaining about 400 and 500 dollar pay checks, Myself I played it well than most, I averaged no less than 1500 bring home a week and the most n a week try 2400 bring home real shit!! Juz put it like this, I made enuff to pay cash money for my own truck!!! The name is Dirk Baker lol

Jan 08, 2014
Hired NEW
by: Anonymous

wow I know I didn't get to respond to all of you, guess I didn't realize how many calls I would get when I put my number out there.We did get a driver from Carolina Cargo and also a driver who is still really green but were gone to let him do some things around the shop for us for us. seems he's better with a wrench than he is driving, ha, But wow guy's thanks for all the calls and like I said I'm sorry I didn't call all of you back.
when we get another truck I'll be back on here looking to fill that seat.
In the mean time , God bless all of you, and don't give up! Never give up!

Jan 02, 2014
Carolina Cargo NEW
by: Anonymous

I've noticed a ton of negative posts about this company which made me want to chime in.I'm a driver, not management or other office employees. I want to give my honest opinion of this company. First, yes, most of their trucks are pretty beat up. Although they did recently purchase 4-5 brand new trucks. Second, yes, their pay sucks. It is .10cpm but you also get paid while your co-driver is driving so you are really getting .20cpm. They have on-time bonuses, which are lame. They have fuel bonuses but they are very difficult to attain since most of their trucks are rode hard. As far as their maintenance goes, in my opinion I think they do a great job of keeping the trucks in safe working order. In their defense I will say that some of the damage has been unavoidable. We deliver to several places in California where the warehouse yards are excessively tight. In these situations it can happen to the best of us. CC does have a few downsides, aside from pay. Although I feel maintenance is pretty good, getting repaired while on the road is horrible. All after-hours calls are handled by the head of maintenance. He takes many hours, sometimes a day or more, to answer a maintenance issue. It took us two full days to get fixed while we sat roadside in 7 degree weather in Nowhere, Texas. It took us 3 days to get a CommCheck for wipers. The way they handle tolls is ridiculous. They will issue a CommCheck for upcoming tolls instead of getting a discount by using EZPass. They want us to put the balance of unused toll money in our trip packs instead of holding it to use in future tolls. If you do hold it they will dock your pay for the amount. I question how legal that is. As much as their pay sucks, in their defense I will say this; they are a second chance company and will hire people that no other company will. Even though most are felons they do have families they are trying to support. CC does not lie to anyone about their pay so if a driver still wants to work for them it's their decision to accept that pay. There's no reason why a person with a felony shouldn't be able to get a second chance. It's what they do with that second chance that they should be judged by. Once a driver works there for a few years he/she might be able to land a better paying job with a better company. CC does have a lot more cons than pros but the few pros they do have are priceless to many people. They are allowing many people to get their lives back in order and be productive people where otherwise they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. Not every felon is scourge of the earth. Walk a mile in their shoes before judging what they do. It may be all they can do.

Jan 02, 2014
Carolina Cargo NEW
by: Anonymous

I've noticed a ton of negative posts about this company which made me want to chime in.I'm a driver, not management or other office employees. I want to give my honest opinion of this company. First, yes, most of their trucks are pretty beat up. Although they did recently purchase 4-5 brand new trucks. Second, yes, their pay sucks. It is .10cpm but you also get paid while your co-driver is driving so you are really getting .20cpm. They have on-time bonuses, which are lame. They have fuel bonuses but they are very difficult to attain since most of their trucks are rode hard. As far as their maintenance goes, in my opinion I think they do a great job of keeping the trucks in safe working order. In their defense I will say that some of the damage has been unavoidable. We deliver to several places in California where the warehouse yards are excessively tight. In these situations it can happen to the best of us. CC does have a few downsides, aside from pay. Although I feel maintenance is pretty good, getting repaired while on the road is horrible. All after-hours calls are handled by the head of maintenance. He takes many hours, sometimes a day or more, to answer a maintenance issue. It took us two full days to get fixed while we sat roadside in 7 degree weather in Nowhere, Texas. It took us 3 days to get a CommCheck for wipers. The way they handle tolls is ridiculous. They will issue a CommCheck for upcoming tolls instead of getting a discount by using EZPass. They want us to put the balance of unused toll money in our trip packs instead of holding it to use in future tolls. If you do hold it they will dock your pay for the amount. I question how legal that is. As much as their pay sucks, in their defense I will say this; they are a second chance company and will hire people that no other company will. Even though most are felons they do have families they are trying to support. CC does not lie to anyone about their pay so if a driver still wants to work for them it's their decision to accept that pay. There's no reason why a person with a felony shouldn't be able to get a second chance. It's what they do with that second chance that they should be judged by. Once a driver works there for a few years he/she might be able to land a better paying job with a better company. CC does have a lot more cons than pros but the few pros they do have are priceless to many people. They are allowing many people to get their lives back in order and be productive people where otherwise they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. Not every felon is scourge of the earth. Walk a mile in their shoes before judging what they do. It may be all they can do.

Dec 06, 2013
WoW! NEW
by: Anonymous

it's been awhile since iv'e been on here,and i see nothing has changed, infact may have even got worse.One thing yall have to realise, is that the trucking industry is getting worse everyday and if you are with a company regardless of there rep. you need to make the best of it.Every company has it's good sides and bad sides. As i stated long time ago i worked at CC for over two years and never had a problem, i just did my job and didn't act like i knew everything. I've been doing this off and on since 1985 and 6 years with my last company going out of bussiness, well actually sold to Celadon,, im now with an owner operater, we are adding a 3rd truck and will need a driver. but im telling you right now, you better come with your best game, this man has been so good to me it would tear me apart to see him fall for some bullshit that a driver put him through. He knows trucking, i know the streets and trucking, if i think your doing drugs, your gone. I average $1500 per week and you can do it to. so it's up to you, grow up or loose out. Wee can talk more, im in greensboro Rick, (Cowboy) give me a call 336-509-3000. GB.

Dec 04, 2013
They may as well be my personal angel NEW
by: E.Gold

I was told go to school, a CDL is a brick of Gold. Yeah right. I was told Hell No, Your Not Working Here By Every Company Out There.

Those recruiters for CDL school knew damn well with me being an ex-con & just being released 3 years ago my chances of being a truck was slim to none.

Well Carolina Cargo is the only company that is willing to give me a chance. Ex-Con or not I have always been above average at everything I do & This is no different. Im gonna work my ass off for this company and I don't give a shit if they do only pay me 10 cents per mile.

The good thing is you get paid for your miles & your team mates miles. So lets see. On average 6000 miles per week x $.10=$600 + Fuel Bouns + Other Bonuses if your a good driver.

You make 3 trips Home for 5 days. I love this company and will be by there side thru hell and high water.

Oct 21, 2013
Pussy NEW
by: Super Trucker

come to Columbia and we'll see how tough you are. you sound just like the lowlife trash that would work at the company this forum was designated for discussion. But I'm sure your ignorance and stupidity would prevent you from realizing that you're nothing more than a street thug cowardly bitch who talks trash on online forums. Maybe your hood friends respond to invitations like the one you just sent me, but some people have better shit to do. So you my friend, can kiss my ass and shove it.

Oct 21, 2013
THIS IS FOR SUPER TRUCKER NEW
by: Michael sailors

BOY I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES IN THIS WORLD DO TO ALL KINDS OF CIRCUMSTANCES YOU GOT ALL THAT MOUTH HERE'S MY ADDRESS 564 hardman hooper rd hull,Georgia since you a SUPERTRUCKER BRING YOUR LOUD MOUTH DOWN HERE AND IL GIVE YOU ANOTHER OPINION OF S EX CON VICT BOY ! Learn to keep that mouth shut if you don't know what you are talking about

Aug 25, 2013
Great Company NEW
by: Anonymous

Mr.Jim is a very great guy too work for, Carolina cargo was my starting point.The Staff is extremely friendly.I started off making a little over 500 a week..
...Which is good as a fresh driver! I stayed with them for 3Yrs...But luck up on a daily job....but when I put my 2wks notice in I was making close to a 1000 a week.If I would to ever loose my job where I'm at now I would be back at Carolina cargo...great company..oh also you get much home time as needed....

Jul 04, 2013
Carolina cargo NEW
by: Anonymous

I got my start with Carolina cargo it is a good company and they gave me a chance were no other company would. the wasn't that great but at least it was a start.

Jun 21, 2013
Carolina Cargo is one of TOP 10 Worst Trucking Companies in USA NEW
by: Super Trucker

Carolina Cargo has been under scrutiny and investigation from the Department of Transportation for some time now. The owner, Jim, is nothing but a back woods hick "do gooder" trying to make a difference by hiring REPEAT OFFENDER FELONS (scum of the universe) fresh out of the penn, in hopes that SOMEHOW they will be responsible with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and product, and "find Jesus and turn their lives around". As a former bounty hunter, my message to people like this: FIND ANOTHER INDUSTRY. If you're a fuckup, nobody in transportation wants you, except for scam artists like these guys. If you end up working for them, you will have ZERO driver support, poorly maintained equipment, and get paid WELL BELOW industry standard. THEY DO NOT PAY YOU FOR TRAINING AND ORIENTATION, and THERE IS NO HOLD/DELAY PAY if your truck breaks down on the road (which happens a lot). You will lose more time and money than it's worth. Consider this advice my good deed for the day.

Jun 15, 2013
need job NEW
by: Anonymous

I obtained a cdl without going to school. Now no one wants to give me a job cause I didn't. Go to school they say for insurance reason. They want at lease 30 experience I wonder. If CC will give me a chance if so how can I get on touch with them. They don't answer the phone. Can anyone help. My criminal record is good















Jun 08, 2013
carolina cargo sucks! NEW
by: Anonymous

Cc is pathetic! They have pc of shit equipment not to mention its always breaking down and can never get ahold of dispatch! Whoever says they are getting pd 20 30cpm is full of shit. There's a guy rob who is a dispatcher and is dumb as f!@k!! He don't know his ass from his elbow. Any company is better than cc. They are full of shit when they say you will be home in 8 to 10days. You will be out for 4 to 5wks! Enjoy sitting?? Well you'll do plenty of sitting and won't get pd for that either. I would tell anyone keep going find another company!

May 01, 2013
happy NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a driver with CC and haven't had any problems with them. Convicts?? I see professional truck drivers. Everyone deserves a second chance. Mr. Jim is a great boss. He presents himself professionally. The staff?? Great professionals. 10 cents a mile?? I make 3 times that. There's a little company up in north Carolina. Lowell. They are crooks. Charles and Tonya martin. They are the crooks. Their equipment sucks. The staff sucks.

Mar 04, 2013
follow up comment NEW
by: RC

In march 2012 I was in CDL school I completed this with my class A haz mat and tanker. No one would give me a chance I served 22 yrs for 2nd degree murder. A first offender an former paramedic. The DOC paid for the cdl. And then refused to allow me to drive out of state. BILLY AND THE CAROLINA CARGO staff tried endlessly to assist me. My true thanks to the cargo crew

Mar 04, 2013
ANY ADVISE NEW
by: Anonymous

i wonder can i get a job at carolina cargo... im 21 years old di 4 years for agg robbery.. i been home for a year and finished parole..anyone hAVE INSITE

Jul 11, 2012
CC NEW
by: Trucka Slim

Whats up drivers ima 2time felon have a class a i see jim crowder ceo of c.c. has been arrested for tax evasion i just want to know if carolina cargo is still up in running cause you know you cant never get them on the phone. i went down there in october 2011 and was offered a job but could not take it till i finished my parol time in connecticut i wanna go back probably the second week of augus. can anybody tell me if they are still open and do orientation on wednsdays still??

May 09, 2012
Think Twice about this company NEW
by: Sissy

I would not advise this company to anyone. I have a friend that works for them. Due to a problem on his Dac report. He was just going to stay with them 3 months then move on. He right now is stuck in California, 3000 miles from home. One of them felons that works for them, had a push him out of the truck, and threaten to kill him, now the police are involved with this. And he has been trying to get ahold of them, just keeps getting voice mail. go figure that.If you value your life, really think hard about this company. They have very bad reputation.You can also go to Layover.com, so much bad about them there.

Feb 26, 2012
trials & tribulations NEW
by: Cowboy

Everyone has made a good point but just let me add. Yes we all have made mistakes, some more than others, but I feel if you carry those mistakes into your truck drivingthats a no no. I feel if you have made mistakes in a non cdl trucking inviorment, like your dui, or dui's and it wasn't in a big truck, well you shouldnt be condemed out of trucking. There are alot of great drivers out there who made a mistake, but not with a big truck, so it should have nothing to do with your job driving a truck. most drivers know it;s eligal to be in possession of any alchol, weather it's opened or not,, but on the other hand there are drivers that drive down the interstate with a cooler of beer, and smoking a joint, and that should not be talerated. Some drivers may bring there work home with them, or bring there home to work, but the % you read about is not exactly the truth. So there is a time and place for everything,

Feb 25, 2012
To the future NEW
by: R C

I hope carolina cargo is fair. I served 22yrs 2nd degree murder. not a repeat offender, was a paramedic. things happen in life. I hoping carolina cargo will give me a chance got to start somewhere.In school for my CDL now Ill update this in about 6 months as to carolina cargo.

Feb 10, 2012
reply NEW
by: cowboy

hell no you only need 20/20 in both eyes if your gonna be making alot of drops and turns and shit like that, at CC you just aim that dang truck, and go. hahahaha

Feb 10, 2012
employment NEW
by: Anonymous

I want to work for cc and i wanted to know i have a blind eye but have 20/20 with the other would this be a problem getting hired

Dec 19, 2011
Im going back. NEW
by: Cowboy

I agree with Rob, i was at CC for a few years and never had a problem, i thought Curtis was great.Yeh every co. has a way of taken money from you and you wonder why, but just because the truck does 68to70 mph doesnt mean you have to drive that fast, when you pass your aloted % of fuel usage per mile your gonna be charged for it, fuel is not free, if your a real trucker you know things like that, if these cry babby drivers at CC whants to spend $250.00 a week for food on the road and you spend all your advance money, well yeh your paycheck wont be great. I was solo for awhile there and ran into a problem with some dispatcher from NY City that CC hired, my moma was dieing and he wouldn't let me go home to be by her side, but that wasnt CC it was him and his his concern more for profit from a load than keeping his drivers happy, that was in 2006,by the time i got home to Greensboro moma died and i felt bad that i did that to Jim Crowder, because he gave me a break when no one else would, so i went with Contenental Express and they went out of bussiness, so after these Hollidays im going back to CC, it was a love hate relationship, but what co. isn't? Thumbs up to Carolina Cargo.

Aug 03, 2011
OK Fair Enough
by: Dan

Worked for Carolina Cargo for 2 years. They gave me a chance when other companies would not. Pay is not the greatest. but you have to start some where. I was a trainer and always lead driver. Most of their equiptment is a million plus miles, but the shop always did their best to keep the trucks in good shape. The problem was always having new guys who could not back up or keep the trailer on the road or make a right hand turn without running over signs, trees etc. do your p.t.i. and post trip reports and you should have a safe truck. But having to deal with criminals who cared nothing about the inside of the truck made for hard living conditions. Get a good partner and get on the tupperware run, do your time and move on. Was never cheated out of my money.

Apr 06, 2011
A Fair Employer
by: ROB

HELLO, Just wanted to make my own comment about Carolina Cargo.They pay 20 cent a mile,but they are not going to pay a man to sleep!While these truck drivers are crying about waiting for a load. I have already made another pay check!I have worked there for a year and can say that they have only been fair to someone with a rocky past.The problem is not Carolina Cargo!It is dum holes that will hold the past against someone.Like Big Trucking COMPANIES.60% OF Americans have been convicted of commiting a crime and the other 40% have not been convicted yet.Someone in everybodies family has fell, but there's alot of them that got themselves back on track and are doing well.33 cent a mile! I say keep it!I will make more than you because I am not afraid to work for my money.To all of the crybabies that have quit Carolina Cargo and said they where treated bad! Let me let the other trucking companies and drivers know that they probaly was there for no more than one trip and could not handle trucking anyway!Until you have paid your dues like everyone else that started trucking!You will be at the bottom anywhere you go!Thank God there is a company still here in the USA that does not hold your past against you!

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