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Does Prime Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 14, 2020
Does Prime hire felons as truckers

Have you ever wanted to be a long-haul truck driver? Maybe you’ve thought: Does Prime hire felons?

We contact companies directly at Relaunch Pad and ask about their hiring policy for former felons. Many of us are former felons and know your struggle finding work, so we thought we’d do something about it.

We’re driven to find the answers to other questions, too, like does Prime do background checks or drug tests? And does Prime hire people with misdemeanors? We cover all the bases!

What’s more, we have some great resume and interview tips when you apply for work with a criminal record at Prime.

Does Prime hire felons?

Does Prime hire felons as truckers

Official company policy for hiring felons

We’re currently reaching out to the company for this. However, there’s confirmation on the company’s website that you can get a job at Prime with a felony.

They evaluate your criminal history based on the job you apply for. This is from Prime’s website:

“An affirmative answer to the questions regarding criminal record will not automatically result in the denial of employment. An applicant’s criminal record will be evaluated based on the job for which the applicant has applied.”

Prime hired felons in the past?

Yes, they have!

Does Prime hire people with misdemeanors?

Yes. Since they consider your offenses depending on the job, you might be hired with a misdemeanor or a felony.

Is Prime on the Ban the Box list?

Are you wondering: Does Prime hire felons because of their involvement with programs like Ban the Box or the Fair Chance Business Pledge? No, actually, they don’t. We’re sorry to say that they haven’t signed on to either initiative. Here’s what we know about these programs and why they’re important:

Ban the Box lists employers who don’t want to know about your criminal history up front. They’ve banned the criminal record checkbox from their job application form so it doesn’t interfere with their initial hiring decision.

Companies that have signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge also want to help you get hired with a criminal record. The Pledge is their way of showing that they’ll treat all applicants fairly — criminal background or not.

Does Prime have special programs for hiring felons?

No. Special programs are not how to get hired at Prime. But, remember, that’s not unusual for most employers.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

Our belief is that your odds are average because:

  1. The company’s website says they’ll consider applicants with criminal records.
  2. Staff say they’ve been hired by the company with a felony.
  3. Prime has no special programs for hiring felons.
  4. They haven’t signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge and aren’t on the Ban the Box list.

What are some entry-level jobs?

The main entry-level job at Prime is truck driving. Drivers haul cargo across the United States in various types of transport trucks, including flatbed, tanker and refrigerated vehicles. Depending on the distance, drivers may be away from home for days or weeks at a time. Here are the minimum requirements:

  • 21 years old
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license for past 12 months
  • Acceptable motor vehicle record
  • Verifiable work history and references
  • Able to meet minimum medical qualifications

In other words, if you haven’t driven a transport truck before, they’ll train you! Not all trucking companies will do that.

We found examples of other types of entry-level jobs at Prime, such as:

  • Tire Technician — Repairs damaged transport truck tires.
  • Tanker Truck Washer — Cleans and maintains safety of tanker units.
  • Cashier — Serves customers in the staff cafeteria.
  • Line Cook — Cooks in the staff cafeteria.
  • Housekeeper — Cleans rooms, bathrooms and lobby areas.

These jobs require a high school diploma or combination of education and experience.

How to get hired at Prime with a felony

Read what Prime says about what it’s like to work for them. Look closely at how they describe their culture and what their values are. Use this on your resume! Tell them why you’re a good fit for the company in their words. Here are some tips to show your values match Prime’s:

Customer service — Describe how well you served customers. Try phrases like “quickly responded to customer needs” or “greeted customers in a friendly and respectful way”.

Safety focus — Include your on-the-job safety record. For example, did you have a large number of accident-free months, or did you win a safety award?

Excellent performance — Say how your work was recognized with “employee of the month” status, pay bonuses or extra responsibilities.

Teamwork experience — Explain your role on a team and how you helped. For instance, did you co-lead a project with someone, work closely with a large team to get a job done or help train new staff?

Here are some more great resume tips for people with a criminal record that we designed specifically for you.

When it comes to acing an interview to get a job at Prime with a felony, our advice is to:

  • Respond to questions about the job or the company by:
    • Giving your best answer.
    • Honestly saying if you don’t know the answer.
    • Asking if you can come back to a question later if you need to think more.
  • Answer questions about your qualifications by:
    • Being truthful about your experience and education.
    • Giving examples of how you handled different situations that relate to the job you’re applying for.
    • .
  • Reply to questions about your character by:
    • Being forthcoming about your criminal history.
    • Describing unpaid work that you did such as tutoring fellow inmates or volunteering at your church.
    • Offering references that confirm qualities such as being a hard worker, trustworthy, etc.

Does Prime do background checks?

We’re not sure what a background check involves at Prime. According to online staff comments, it could include your work history. We know from the company website that they want to see proof that you’re legally able to work in the United States.

This is what you should know about how background checks in different states:

The states below won’t go back further than seven years in a background check:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Here are the states that don’t care about charges where you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Most states want to see your criminal record from start to finish. Here they are:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Prime is given pretty high marks — 3.9 out of 5 stars — on Glassdoor. 83% of people say they’d recommend working there to a friend and 92% like the CEO. Keep in mind this is only based on 290 reviews. Here’s what staff said about working for Prime:

Pros: Excellent pay, new trucks, great training, good support from dispatch

Cons: Hard work, not enough time at home

There are 775 employee reviews of Prime on Indeed. Here, the company is rated 3.6 stars out of 5. Staff give highest praise for pay and benefits, job security and advancement, and company culture.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Prime hire felons with DUIs? Probably not to drive a truck, but you may be able to get hired on for another position.

Having said that, Prime says their drivers need to have an “acceptable motor vehicle record”. We’re not sure what that means exactly, so be ready to discuss your driving record.

Convictions for offenses like theft and robbery could impact how to get hired at Prime as well. Company drivers are trusted with valuable cargo and the company wants to know it will be delivered intact. Even if you’re working in another job at Prime, the company needs to be sure that you won’t steal anything from them.

Finally, getting along with coworkers is important in any job. That’s where a criminal background involving assault or something similar will be looked at very closely by the hiring manager.

Does Prime drug test?

Yes. According to online comments from employees, they do.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

We’d love to hear from you! What else would you like to know about this company? Share below and see what the community says.

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.