Dot Foods has been owned and operated by the Tracy family for more than five decades. Robert Tracy and his wife Dorothy set out to create a company that made products affordable for customers and helped suppliers generate more sales.
Suppliers and distributors saw the advantages of Robert’s business model, which allowed customers to place orders, receive deliveries and process invoices from one party: Dot Foods.
Today, Dot Transportation is the largest food redistributor in North America.
The company has partnered with 1,100 manufacturers and has served more than 4,700 customers in the less-than-truckload (LTL) category. They serve all 50 states and 39 countries.
Dot Foods now employs more than 5,700 people across the U.S.
Dot Foods Trucking Careers
Dot Foods offers driving opportunities across the U.S., with several regional distribution centers and terminals:
- Liverpool, NY
- Bear, DE
- Williamsport, MD
- Cambridge City, IN
- Vidalia, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Dyersburg, TN
- Chesterfield, MO
- Sterling, IL
- Ardmore, OK
- Burley, ID
- Bullhead City, AZ
- Modesto, CA
Because home time is a priority for Dot Foods, the company will only hire drivers who are within 100 miles of one of their locations.
Dot has a fleet of 1,300 trucks, and they’ve never laid off a single person on their team.
Part-time and full-time driving positions are available as well as local and regional positions. The company also hires students.
In order to be considered for a position with Dot Foods, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a Class A CDL
- Have a clean driving record
- Have Haz Mat and Tanker endorsements
- Receive a medical examiner certificate from an approved examiner
- Be able to pass the physical ability test (PAT)
- Be able to read, speak and understand English
The company also prefers drivers who have:
- A high school diploma, or equivalent
- 6 months of OTR experience, or a graduate of an approved truck driver training school
Drivers are generally expected to be available for work at any time – day or night, weekday and weekend, and in all weather conditions.
Some positions have no-touch freight, but delivery drivers will be expected to load and unload goods.
Home time will depend on the position.
Here are some example schedules from the company’s live job listings:
- Regional company driver in NY: Dispatched for 2-4 days per trip (typically), with 2 days home time each week (on average).
- Regional company delivery driver in IN: Schedules of 4X3, 4X4, 6X3, or traditional.
- Local company driver in IL: Dispatched to be home each night, with the exception of one night per week.
How Much Does Dot Foods Pay Drivers?
According to our research of 82 current and former drivers, the average is $77,807 per year. Indeed’s salary information is based on data from 73 employees and matches our numbers.
Dot Foods says that drivers earn an average salary of $90,000 per year. Dot says that drivers are paid for every part of the job, which may explain why some drivers will earn more than others.
The company provides compensation for:
- Stop pay
- Making pickups
- Delivering products
Drivers also enjoy:
- 8 paid holidays
- Paid time off (PTO)
- Sick days
- Personal days
Dot Transportation Benefits
As far as benefits go, Dot Transporation offers:
- A medical plan valued at $22,000
- Plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
- Single and family plans available
- Two plan options: PPO and CDHP w/HSA
- Dental plan which covers 100% of costs for preventative services
- Wellness incentives
- Vision plan
- Prescription drug plan
- Life insurance
- Short- and long-term disability, paid by Dot
- 401(k) company match and profit sharing
- Paid time off after one year
- 2 weeks after one year
- 3 weeks after 5 years
- 4 weeks after 12 years
- 5 weeks after 25 years
- Reimbursement program for driving school tuition
- Up to $7,000 over a three-year period
Employees are generally happy at Dot Transportation. They love the benefits and are happy with their earnings.
Employees who’ve reviewed the company also claim that Dot has great equipment and a team that’s easy to work with. Safety is a top priority, so drivers must always put safety first. Some complain that they don’t get a whole lot of home time, but this is a common problem with virtually every trucking company out there.
Overall, Dot Foods offers excellent compensation and benefits. This is a solid company with a well-established history and is likely to be in business for many more years to come.