Here is my experience with Schneider as a zero experience driver

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  1. yamia

    yamia Bobtail Member

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    The moment I asked instructor to stop screaming at me, be calm and do not confuse me with bumping on the frikkin dashboard while I'min the middleofintersection, he walked to the manager room and reported me as an unsafe driver!!
    They already didn't like me having NV license with CA address and choice of terminal so they made an excuse and sent me home in the last day of 2 week training!!
    I was considering leaving anyway after I saw they literally don't give a f about what happened to my car in hotel parking and want me back in the class asap like nothing major happened but I made a mistake of staying there for the second week too.
    I'll never approach any big carrier ever again. Now I understand what it mean when people say you are just a number there.
     
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  3. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    It sounds like you must have been doing something unsafe if the trainer felt the need to scream at you in the middle of an intersection.

    CDL must be from the state you reside in. I’m not surprised they had an issue with this.

    The thing is, the mega carriers are setup to handle new drivers and have the supports in place (you might say micro-management) to help you be successful in your first year. They aren’t going to expect you to start out driving 11 hours every day and they respect your decision to stop the truck for any reason you feel unsafe. Smaller carriers usually aren’t like that. More importantly, you don’t have the experience to know when to say no or realize you’re being taken advantage of, and I read of that happening often with new drivers at small, often shady, companies.
     
  4. yamia

    yamia Bobtail Member

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    Dude was forcing me to avoid wide left turn and he was blaming it on some weirdo AZ laws (start and end turn in same lanes), and he wanted me not to take my time either. He was screaming that my wide turning causes someone to get into my left side to pass, so he wanted enough sharp to block anyone from being in my left side.
    He was full of bs and 100% against what we learned in cdl school (turn left wide, stay in slowest lane until being straight)
    I was still ok to do it his way but it needed to be done much slower than wide turn all the way so the tail of trailer doesn't go over median or hit cars waitingin my left. Nope! he wanted it fast, sharp and within a tolerance of only 1 foot from median, not more!!
    He was failing to teach a proper parking and I finally learned from YouTube, so I was not even sure about if he is right or clear about what he wants.
     
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  5. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Give the guy a break ... Its just the beginning... He is sure he saw the worst of trucking :)!
     
  6. Lohse

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    Welp, you get whatchu pay for I suppose, I'm glad I went to a CDL school instead of one of these companies. It's a different incentive structure and power dynamic if you're the customer vs. someone who dug their own grave signing a contract they are desperate to fulfill.

    You've come this far and survived all this nonsense you might as well stick it out at this point and just deal with this guy and try to be polite, even if he's being a dick because you're just gonna make it worse by doubling the negative energy of the situation. Do the turn how he wants you to do it, don't argue, fight or ##### about it, you know he's gonna yell at you just mentally prepare for it and try to ignore it.

    And keep in mind that you aren't the only one who's struggling with the heat and getting frustrated, emotions run hot when the temperature runs hot, be the grown up who's aware of it, take control and try to have a positive attitude and don't complain because that isn't getting you anywhere and all you have to do right now is focus on surviving and getting through it. If you can do that you might make it as a trucker, because this is not gonna be the last time you'll have to deal with unreasonable people who have power over you and you have be able to shrug it off and move onto the next thing.

    Best of luck to you
     
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  7. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    I did a 20 minute pre-trip everyday when I was on the road. Just because a few drivers don't do it doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. I have done pretrips in rain, snow, ice, heat in south Texas in middle of July with the sun beating down on me just across the Mexican border.

    I said it has to be done because for your cdl ypu have to do a full pre-trip and if you say one thing wrong or point to one wrong part you will fail.
     
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  8. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    nothing.
    Good luck elsewhere
     
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  9. yamia

    yamia Bobtail Member

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    I already have my cdl with manual and etc so there was absolutely no reason for being ok the way they were treating me.
    They couldn't afford a decent hiring and training, they shouldn't hire or at least they should be clear in the interview.
    I had absolutely zero reason to settle for their poor treatment and instructors verbal abuse.
    Actually sticking to it was my mistake!
    After first week and seeing boot camp style treatment, lack of useful training and management hiding from me since reporting the hit and run incident in the hotel, I was considering leaving as it did seem a good place to work or be around but I stayed.
    At end of second week when I told Mr Darr__ that he needs to stop screaming and stay calm, because I am here to learn stuff from him not the YouTube, he reported me right away to the management as an unsafe driver and because they already were unhappy with my out of state driver license (NV license and my choice of terminal in California), they sent me home. Their policy is always testing trainee with a second instructor first to see the issues but they already made their decision.
    It was my first experience dealing with mostly veteran (marine) workplace and it was really bad and I lost my respect to them entirely.
     
  10. Suspect Zero

    Suspect Zero Road Train Member

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    I hope you find a place and make it, but if you think you have been treated badly now wait until you get to your first shipper or receiver.
     
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