In researching different companies, I've seen at least a couple that explicitly state their benefits (health insurance, 401k etc) don't start until after 90 days of employment. Is this standard practice?
30 or even 60 days would make more sense to me, but it is what it is. It'd be nice to get on a good health insurance plan right after employment, but then again, it's not like I'll have time to use it while in training.
90 day wait on benefits?
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There's two union companies in Ohio that hire new cdl graduates. Check with them about health insurance. Most Teamsters outfits have BCBS at a pretty cheap rate, compared to other companies. Don't know how long you have to wait to be covered.
Nick Strimbu Inc. - Brookfield, OH
PI&I Motor Express - Masury, OH
Have you looked at Millis Transfer? Their website doesn't have how long you must wait for health insurance to start.
Millis Training Institute, the elite CDL-A training school operated by Millis Transfer, provides quality truck driver training through a twelve-week, professional and personalized program.
Millis drivers have a wealth of benefits available to them:
- Group Health, Dental, Eye Care Insurance
- Prescription Coverage
- Life Insurance
- 401(k) with Company Match up to 30%
- Rider Policy
- Short Term Disability
- Cancer, Accident and Critical Illness Coverage
- Additional 1c per mile for all those not utilizing company health insurance
- Hamilton, Ohio
- Cartersville, Georgia
- Richfield, Wisconsin
- Burleson, Texas
- Eden, North Carolina
Many newbies are eliminated from the industry in 90 days due to too many accidents etc. It's cheaper for the company to hold off and wait and see if you survive long enough to be worth spending money on.
- Pet policy (this is a dealbreaker for me if they don't allow pets)
- Reefer fleet/option in my area
- Weekly home time/dedicated or regional runs, though I'm trying to stay flexible on that since reefer seems to be mainly OTR
- CDL training OR Tuition reimbursement is a plus, though I'm currently waiting on FAFSA results for Great Lakes truck driving school.
- APU would be a nice feature especially if I do end up going OTR
I'm not sure how I'll like OTR yet, since I love traveling but I also get homesick easily when being away from home for weeks at a time in the past. Hence trying to go for a weekly schedule. But who knows, maybe I'll get out of OTR training and decide I love it.
Homesickness is not a problem when you encounter many areas of the USA that are really good. Home is where YOU are. Wherever you go there you are.
As for me I am the last person to talk about home, growing up the family could and would not be bothered and it was better to emigrate to a better more free state and get out of the excessive laws and regulations as much as possible. So I was successful at that. I learned to love my new home here in Arkansas. It's not much but way better than what messes I left behind.
Here's some reefer outfits that hire new cdl grads and have pet policy:
Schuster - nations largest ice cream hauler.
Celadon - 2 pets
Southern Refrigerated Transport
It doesn't really matter since O/P is looking for reefer, but as of April when I left Millis was 1st of the month after 60 days employment for benefits to start. May have changed but I haven't heard that it has.
And for the record, I loved my time at Millis, a person (especially a newbie) could do a lot worse then Millis, but their medical isn't that great.
The pet policy was just created there but it's terrible. Pet has to be in cage anytime truck is moving.
rabbiporkchop Thanks this.
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