Prime Inc. has earned a reputation for providing a family-like atmosphere for its associates. In fact, it’s one of the reasons many associates who take CDL driving jobs with Prime stay on with the company for years and years. But at Prime, the “family atmosphere” is more than a gimmick or slogan; in many cases it’s literal, and it isn’t confined to just truck drivers. Married partners and relatives of all combinations are commonplace throughout the Prime organization, both on the road in CDL driving jobs moving freight and in the offices handling the administration side of the business. A great example of two family members making a living at Prime are Linda San Paolo and Angela San Paolo-Gomez, a mother and daughter who have been working in the same facility for almost 20 years.
Linda joined the company in 1994 after being introduced to the Human Resources Manager by her cousin, who was also working for Prime at the time. She had worked with other companies and was looking for a change when she found a home at Prime. Her daughter, Angela, was hired on with Prime a year later after having lunch with her mom at work and being offered an application by the Switchboard Operator, Amy Compton-Breiner. Although the two have always worked in different departments during their time at Prime, they try to speak daily, or at least say hello as they pass in the hallways and catch up on the weekends. Both say that just getting to see each other daily has helped to strengthen their relationship, both personally and professionally. It helps that their desks are located less than 30 feet away from each other.
Angela left her job that she held during college as a Restaurant Manager to join Prime in December of 1995 to work as a Switchboard Operator. She then moved to the Driver Payroll department where she worked until 2003. The next 6 years she spent working with Wil-Trans, a company that hauls freight for the Logistics Division of Prime. In 2009, Angela returned back to Prime as a Driver Recruiter where she has remained and says she loves it. She states that from the beginning they were aware that this was business and that they had a job to get done. She adds, “Some days it’s a simple hello or smile as we find ourselves to be pretty busy most of the time. If there is every anything I need, I like knowing I can go to my mom and trust her advice!”
Linda previously worked for French’s Mustard Company for 15 years in Sales & Marketing, and, prior to that, she worked for Litton Industries for 7 years in the Payroll Department. She decided to join Prime in August of 1994 with the suggestion and help of her cousin. During her years at Prime, Linda has worked in both the Safety and Driver Personnel departments. She currently handles a multitude of responsibilities in the Driver Personnel department to help with the management and oversight of paperwork for thousands of current drivers’ files as well as that of incoming applicants. She states that she likes working with her daughter because it’s great to know that if either one of them has a situation or emergency arise, they can be there for each other to assist or offer advice… as well as carpooling during any ugly weather conditions. Linda adds, “We have always been very close so being able to see each other and talk with each other often strengthens our relationship even more. When my husband (Angela’s father) was in the hospital in St. Louis with a serious illness, Angela was my rock here at work—just being able to talk to her and hug her everyday helped me through a very difficult time.”
While Linda brought a member of her family to Prime, Angela has actually raised her family while working at the company and knows many other families that have done the same. Linda sums it all up by saying, “I see so many family members working together here – husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, and parents whose children have grown up and are now working for Prime. It’s great to know that we work for a company that is willing to allow family members to become a part of this team. Having a wonderful on-site childcare program goes a long way with the associates; so when Prime says ‘Families Welcome’, they really mean it.”
Not only do Linda and Angela enjoy working together as family members, they also both love being a part of the Prime family. Linda says her favorite part of working for Prime is getting to work with so many great associates and meeting so many of the Prime drivers every day, every week, every year. . Angela agrees, adding that she enjoys every aspect of her job, especially the way people treat each other with kindness, friendship, and respect. “Working for Prime is truly like working with one big family!”
If you want to work for a company that offers a family atmosphere, whether as a part of the administrative team or in one of the available CDL driving jobs, visit the Prime Inc. website at www.driveforprime.com for more information, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.