I am a truck driver who recently moved to Pennsylvania where JP mascaro is located. I decided I wanted to find a local trucking job because being over the road is tough, so applied at JP Mascaro in Bridgeport, PA & quite suprised that there was basically no hiring process, I was pretty much hired on the spot. Tony, the manager was who hired me.
Well, the first 2 weeks of work were pretty nice, I was suprised at the lack of training that the company had because there WAS no training, not even on safety! My first day, I was out on the road with another driver!
After about a week and a half after I was hired, I was already given my own route & truck which was suprising. I had NO safety training, and no training on the truck. NOTHING. Now considering I never did this type of work before, I was a little shocked and nervous about starting my own route, they basically threw me on a route down in the hamptons, gave me a map, & 2 helers & said Have at it. If anyone knows of the hamptons, its not a very nice place to be put.
I managed to get by my first week, they really didnt care how many hours i was working considering I was paid a daily salary. Working 14-15 hours a day, which is illegal with PENNDOT but mascaros didn't care. Mark, the operations manager would be hostile towards me, cussing & threatening me & my helpers if I didn't get my route completed.
My second week on route, I ended up going through a DOT checkpoint, I ended up getting 2 citations for the brakes being improperly adjusted. The officer actually took a ruler & measured the brakes. LOL!
Mascaros told me to plead not guilty and their lawyers would handle it. I guess money talks.
Another 2 weeks go by, Im working on these routes in the hamptons, working 14-15 hours per day, starting at 5 AM and not getting done until 8 at night. Constantly being called by dispatch & route spies telling me I "missed" cans from previous days, forcing me to turn around & go 10-15 miles out of my way to pick up trash on the other side of town. This was an EVERY DAY occurence. I dont think 1 day went by in my employment that I didnt have to go back & pick something else up. Plus the EXTREMELY long routes. Routes that should be done by 2-3 different trucks, they just didnt have any trucks or other help so I was stuck doing 3 routes.
I would watch others drive these trucks, some trucks had doors with rusted off hinges, the door is haning on by 1 hinge, trucks with doors BUNGEE TIED together. The trucks Mascaros used are WAY out of date, old & a road hazard. My truck aloone, besides the brakes being out of adjustment, I went over 3 WEEKS, telling the incapable, lazy mechanics that I had no tail lights, nothing done. I told Mark the manager about it, his response? "oh its not illegal, you can drive with no tail lights" this went on for 3 weeks! I had an extremely bad steering wheel pull to the right to the point of losing control when I would hit a bump, I had NO windshield wipers, several rainy days would involve me constantly wiping away the water from the windshield, I had NO speedometer, I pretty much guessed my speed. It was NON stop! I would fill out all the things wrong with it, EVERY DAY on the VCR, nothign was ever done, the mechanics would sigh off on it, & that was that. Its funny how the sheets would always dissapear the next day. Always something! Also, I had 2 helpers with me in the cab, a 2 seater truck with 3 people in it. One would litterally sit on the dashboard!
one day, I just had it. I drove all the way back to base, threw down my keys, & walked out. a week later, I recieved a letter in the mail about my court date for the 2 citations, Tony the main manager basically told me I was "SOL" so Im stuck dealing with it on my own.
I guarentee some other poor sap is sitting in that truck right now with the same problems. I bet you if I was to go to the yard right now & look for truck "101" the truck I used, it would still have ALLLLLL the same problems it had!
I mean this company is the most unsafe, unethical, cheap, unreliable company I have EVER worked for! Dont be suckered into working or using their services!