Driver, Denver, CO - 14 March 2018
Routes are planned so that you're on the clock 11+ hours each day even if you hustle. I've done rolloff, residential (manual and automated), and a bit of commercial in a rear loader and it's this way in everything. After 10 hours in that same frickin seat you're hungry, tired, more easily frustrated, and providing low quality service. not to mention missing out on a life. I've heard this isn't how WC is everywhere, but it's business as usual for drivers at any of the three Denver locations. I worked only 9-10 each day at a different trash company and, trust me, it's a huge difference...
Mechanics are above average, it helps to develop a relationship with each of them if you want their respect.
Management is really competent but not as proactive as I'd like. In all honesty I could complain about the hours, and I imagine they would listen, but it doesn't reflect well on anybody to be a whiner. And who wants to be the one guy who gets out early and is disliked by each of his coworkers.
Drivecam is more tolerable than I thought it'd be. This was my first experience working anywhere with rules about following distance, eating/texting while driving, and a camera on the windshield facing you to enforce it. But most of the rules make sense and aren't terribly hard to follow, therefore Drivecam didn't bother me. Where I work we have free breakfast or lunch 1-2x a month and financial incentives that encourage/reward us when we collectively avoid accidents and incidents. It's pretty great.
Advancement opportunity is certainly there, most people who were promoted deserved to be; they're smart, know the ropes and will get in a truck when needed. There might only be promotion opportunity if you move though. People from Colorado seem to go to Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, or one of the Dakotas.
Overall I'd recommend WC, especially if you're used to oilfield hours or found yourself with kids and a mortgage..meaning you need the $$. If you want 60 hours each week, you just have to ask.