Really, Werner over top of several others listed there??
Conway (if you're close to an LTL terminal) The truckload division seems to have some fans as well and you may be able switch to LTL later if you want.
Schneider has a lot of dedicated or regional runs. I'd look at their bulk (tanker) first though.
Roehl again several different divisions & home time options and also regional or OTR.
TMC is flatbed and too anal for me.
Pepsi would get a strong look at your age. That'd be most likely local.
Trans Am, Averitt and Prime would be worth looking at along with Maverick and HO Wolding.
You must be in a decent school if Old Dominion hires from there.
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A single person can get on a dedicated right away if they are willing to move, thats what I did and I had a great time while Im hearing horror stories from all the other companies.
And I just went to Conway, and the other guy who went with me walked out halfway through when the hiring manager was talking about how he could keep you there for 24 hours on line 4 if he wanted to. He later said he fired someone for leaving off 2 weeks of work experience... and their application doesnt even have areas for you to complete schooling or unemployment.
Werner is full of people from other companies, my trainer was from TMC, I had students from several companies that told me their horror stories, and Ive gone to orientations for other companies that are full of people from Trans Am, Schneider, CR England...
Ive talked to a lot of companies, and a lot of them have plain stupid rules, sometimes impossible to follow rules. Like 30 percent idle time. Thats 6 hours idle for every 10 hours of driving.... just insane rules.
Werner might not pay well, but at least they dont have insane rules, they dont micro manage you and tell you what route to take. They also dont charge you for out of route miles... Ive only seen that once for a team that drove 100 miles out of route...
And all but one of my Werner dispatchers was cool, I just called them up with no problem.
The truth is, a lot of drivers dont even try. I have seen drivers quit after not even calling placement to see if they can get a different dispatcher or account. They dont tell anybody, and they abandon the truck. Thats not Werners fault if you dont use the tools they gave you.
Like, Ive call placement every few months and there is always an account they are willing to give me. Ive never been told there wasnt something open. And people are trying to say that Werner is a bad company that doesnt care... not true. Its not their fault if you dont even try to fix a problem. You cant just say "My miles suck, Im leaving... before you even ask the company for a better route".
I got stuck on this awful Texas cross border refrigerated run, and they gave me a new account almost instantly after I asked for it...
I had like 3 or 4 students quit because they said they couldnt get an account, I friggin called myself and they got offered the Home Depot account... but the students turned it down because they didnt want to put in the effort to get hazmat. They turned down an AWESOME account because they were being lazy...
So, its not Werners fault if they have accounts and people arent willing to call about them or do the work to get onto one. I find it hard to believe that someone could be dense enough to spend 2 weeks training with another company... because they didnt want to study hazmat so the could carry paint and batteries and stuff to the home depot...
I had a student set up for a dedicated, and he lost his job because he threw a hissy fit over a salad. I also had a student who lost a dedicated route because he didnt have enough common sense to keep from screaming at his superior to shut up and to "speak only to me when I tell you that you can speak"... and both of them blame Werner...
The worst thing that can happen with Werner, is low miles. If you are a single guy trying to get experience... there is a lot worse that can happen. They dont have any insane rules, they dont yell at people... and they communicate pretty well.
The major problem with Werner is the non-dedicated pay is really low, but its still better than CR England or Swift, or any of the other starters. I just checked the CSA scores, and Werner is not in the bottom half in any category. So they are a pretty safe reserve, that you know they are better than 50% of companies.
But they arent as good as Prime or Averitt, and of course Crete/Shaffer is a leader... if you can get on with them.
Conway OTR is also one of those companies that seems to be laid back, they dont force your routing, and the trucks idle. You only have to maintain MPG... not that hard.
But you never know, some people wont ever be happy. You could give them a 2000hp gold truck with 240 inch sleepers and a playboy model inside, and they still wouldnt be happy.
1. take their company training and you owe them 3 years.
2. don't take their company training and don't have at least 2 years OTR you will have to sign a 3 year contract with them.
3. don't take their company training and have 2 or more years OTR, NO CONTRACT REQUIRED.
***** Did this clear it up for you. Sorry not trying to be an *** just trying to explain it.The Specialist Thanks this.
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