Any Menards company drivers here?

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  1. Cdubb

    Cdubb Bobtail Member

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    (Sorry if this is in the wrong spot move if needed)

    Im in CDL school now and weighing my options. I currently work at one of their DCs right now part time in so I am already in the company and have been for around a year. I like a lot about the company so staying on with them as a driver seems like good option.

    Questions I have for you guys/gals is how is the job? What is the pay? What kind of experience do you need? Is it mostly van work or flatbed work or a even mix? What are your hours?

    I plan to speak with HR next week to see if they can shed some light on all this but I want to know as much as I can going in.

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  2. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    I'm from Wisconsin, and have delivered to their "little city" in Eau Claire. I didn't think they had company trucks, as all I ever saw were outside contractors with daycabs. I think it's a good company, they seem to treat their employees well, at least the ones I talked to.
     
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  3. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    I never seen a Menards company truck. I do see signs for becoming independent contractor to Menards. You own your own truck and pull their trailer.

    My company goes to Menards DC a lot and what they do is. Bring loads to Menards on our trailers. Then we drop the loaded trailer and get empty and leave. Sometimes they preload another trailer going to another Menards DC. So we take that and move DC to DC loaded for them. Sometimes we get loaded trailer from Menards DC and make a store delivery. Menards is different from most places, like when we do a store delivery you just show up no appointment need. The take deliveries like 7am-10pm. They just like to know you ETA to the stores.

    If you only are a one trailer guy then they would have live load and live unload at DC and they would take longer
     
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  4. Lonesome

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    They don't have "company trucks" Even their store deliveries are contracted. Much of their freight goes on Black Horse carriers.
     
  5. Cdubb

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  6. Cdubb

    Cdubb Bobtail Member

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    I'd like to add my agreement to this as well, wonderful company imo.
     
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    Looks legit. Maybe due to lack of owners anymore, they have to do that. I mean, if you can't make it as an O/O with a company like Menards, you have no business owning a truck. The only thing that would scare me is the mileage pay. If you run into trouble, and I've delivered to Menards stores, and you have to wait, you're taking it in the shorts. The benefits probably make up for some of that, but this should, by all rights, be an hourly pay job. At the end of the week, the cashier may have made more than you, just sayin',,
     
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  8. Cdubb

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    Yeah the mileage pay I'm guessing would suck, I'm guessing it's gonna be like 30¢ a mile. The most distant store my D.C. services is 258 miles out but there's rumors of is getting a Kentucky store that would be further out but most are under 150 miles. The health benefits aren't super but at least they have them. However the profit sharing is nice and they have a 401k with matching plus we get little odds and ends bonuses through the year and gifts every holiday. But yeah getting my first job in the business would be great, get miles under my belt and build toward something better so the pay wouldn't be a deal breaker to me and I'd be home every day and have a real weekend so there's some upside to it all.
     
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  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I’ve looked into Menards more than once. The pay for O/Os was always terrible. Their pay in General for store employees is less than the Competition. Every Contractor I ever spoke to, usually had a straight box, or a dually with a gooseneck. They all were doing terrible. I like Menards, they’re growing fast. But its no surprise they can’t find Contractors. I’m surprised it took this long, maybe a Company W2 Driving Job would be good. Pay comparable to other Workers, a little below the Market. Eventually they’ll learn, like Home Depot, and just give the account to Ryder, Penske, or some other Mega. They’re not through, making changes.If you start Driving for them now, in a few yrs. you may be out of a Job,Driving at least, and might be offered a Job inside, or from the new account holder, like Ryder, and at a different pay rate. In Menards case, you’ll probably get a pay increase, from Ryder. I really like Menards, but the pay could be better.
     
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  10. Cdubb

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    @Rideandrepair

    Yeah I follow what you are saying and I think you are correct they they will go with a mega eventually. Saying I land a job with them I would stay for a year or so and start looking around at better paying gigs, maybe use my tank endorsement I'll have and make some more respectable money. I got an offer from Schneider for some OTR van stuff and through my class there's another guaranteed job with an OTR flatbed outfit hauling drywall so I have some options but staying in the area getting my feet wet would be a plus I would guess.
     
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