Driving for Pepsi
Hello all. Just got a new job doing local for Pepsi. I was wondering if anyone here drove for them and what they thought of it. Thanks in advance.
I have a question for you.
How much driving experience does Pepsi require for a driver?
I was told one year, but I think it may vary by market.
I'm a newbie driver too but my cousin Vinny (My Cousin Vinny, LOL) has been driving for Pepsi going on 3 years now.
If you hire on with them you will certainly earn your pay bustin your hump with a dolly loaded with cases of soda. Sometimes you gotta go up and down stairs which is a real pain in the (edited) especially when the weather gets warm.
Good news is that the Pepsi drivers are all union. At least around here they are. Wages are pretty good and you can't beat the benefits. The union went on strike awhile back for some reason but they're back to work now.
What exactly is your job description at Pepsi. I worked for them as a route man and a merchandiser. A route man job is beyond hard physically. While I worked for them they changed their delivery system for large grocery stores. The Pepsi Express driver that delivered pallets of drinks to the stores was a much better job than a route man. You do have to deal with the stores which means being treated worse than dirt. And you do have to unload your deliveries with a pallet jack at each store. There were also drivers from the bottling plant that delivered to our dist center. they just backed in and our wharehouse unloaded them.
I drove for them for 2.5 years on a bulk route delivering to grocery stores.
I'm going to be doing coolers and vending machines. Pickup and delivery.
The company I used to be leased to, used to haul from the Pepsi bottling plant here, to stores and beverage distributors within like a 300 mile radius of the plant.
It used to be a good 'filler' for me if I got back from Cali on a Monday, took 2 days off then haul Pepsi 'til Friday. The only thing that sucked about it was, you had to do all your running at night to get your first load off by 8 am and get back to reload to a different distributor for that afternoon.
Get home at say, 6 pm.......sleep a few hours (maybe), then be back at it by midnight-2 am. We'd still get 4-500 miles a day in.
I looked foreward to going back to Cali, then at least I could get some sleep.
When they lost the Pepsi contract, the company started sliding downhill. They never stopped 'til they went under.
Guess that's what happens when you tell your 'bread & butter' to kiss your azz.
At one time, we had 16-20 cars hauling 2-3 loads, per car, per day, 5 days a week out of there. Guaranteed paid mileage BOTH ways, loaded or empty. That WAS a lot of $$$ each week!
I worked through a temp service years ago and drove for Pepsi in Tampa.
It was bulk distribution hauls (not stores) running late evenings through night.
I tried to get on with them running bulk, but they only would promote their route drivers into bulk or T/T store drops.
I was talking to a Pepsi driver years ago up in MI. He got hired off the street into their bulk store division. Good company, good bene's and good equipment.
I did route sale years ago for Canada Dry. Hard work, low pay, but interesting.. My first caring job.. LOL. I never drove a car before that.
Now look where I'm at, I'm a nationwide road bum.......
Good Luck at pepsi(your going to need it)
Lots of physical work. Hand unload car, run dolly into store, wait for some one to check you in, must deliver between this time and this time, no deliveries between this time and this time, long day in all types of weather, soar back at the end of the day, parking lots that are too small for a car. WHAT FUN !!!
seriously though, good luck, Pepsi is a decent company.
I passed on a job with them about a month ago, lower pay then what I do now and longer hours and a lot more work. I like knocking of 4-5 stops in one day, and backhauling the next day(all driving) and still get over 2000+ miles a week
Coolers and vending machine placement was the entry job in the service dept. when I worked there. Absolute arse busting grunt work. The driving part is a very small part of the job. If it is in service pay attention and move up within the service dept.
Is this for Pepsi Corp. or is it an independent distributor?
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