Ever since Jose can remember, he wanted to drive. So when the opportunity to become a driver presented itself, he took it. He drove at a few companies for about seven years, until one day, he decided to apply for a part-time position at Ryder.
“When I applied to other companies, it was more impersonal. Over here it was more like they took the time to care about me. [Other drivers] said they had been working there for 11, 15 years. So that showed me if all these people are staying here, it must be a good company.”
At first, he was nervous, but as he settled in, he became more comfortable.
“On my first day, they calmed me down and told me they would put me through good training so that when I was by myself, I’d know exactly what to do…I was trained properly for two weeks...I started seeing small things, like respect from management…Being a truck driver before, I was always being told what to do and yelled at, but here it was so different.”
Since then, he’s worked his way up the ladder, growing from a part-time driver, to a full-time driver, to a dispatcher.
“Next, I’ll probably be a supervisor. The opportunity to grow is there.”
Now, after seven years of working with us, he’s still happy about his decision.
“I realized how good Ryder was and how good of a choice it was…On the street, Ryder is the best company to work for. The benefits, the people, the quality of material, the maintenance of trucks, everything will tell you to work for Ryder.”
To think, the kid who used to play with toy trucks is now a top dispatcher for one of the leaders in transportation. We’re proud to have Jose on our team and excited that even though he has half a million miles under his belt, there are plenty that lie ahead.