On a frustrating day at work couple weeks ago saw a billboard ‘Linde hiring drivers’ $7500 signing bonus. So I get home and fill out application online. Friday afternoon I get a call offering an interview and the lady tells me she’s very impressed with my app and can’t wait to meet me. So sounds like a job offer could come.
Anyone work there?
She did say bonus was pro rated which is pretty standard.
What’s the hiring process like ?
How long is training usually?
Is there just a urine test or hair test. I only ask because I’m bald and last hair test I had they shaved my chest which wasn’t fun. But I’ll do it again if the money is good.
I know about the cameras in truck but afraid that’s becoming standard.
How much money can I expect to make in a year?
I don’t know anyone that’s worked there and though it seems like a good company I’m nervous to take any job without talking to drivers.
Any and all info is much appreciated.
Linde interview next week
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Linde outsourced their trucking in northern Delaware to Ruan a couple of years ago, and then to Transservice. I guy I work with now said working for Linde was great, Ruan not so much. It sounds like you're going to work directly for Linde, hope it goes well for you.Luke628 Thanks this.
They are in the process of a merge w Praxair at the present time, supposed to be completed in the 3rd quarter but these deals are complex.
Don't know where your applying to or what products you'd be working with but I can tell you both companies have had to divest assets to satisfy fed regulators so ask your recruiter about that.
You can find info about it on the web.
Pulling bulk trailers of ox, ni and ar will be your easiest gig with co2 second.
Stay away from cylinders unless you like the physical aspect of humping them all day.
You can expect as a new hire to work nights and weekends, I would guess and you'll gross 75 to 120K per year depending on how your plant runs their trucks.
Better than average wage and benefits but like you already know safety focused and in cab cameras.
Home each night unless your on a layover in which your roon and meals are covered.
As far as haz mat goes it's the easiest, cleanest and least dangerous of them all I'd say.
Most have good retirement benefits and maybe profit sharing.
Get in early, enjoy a safe career and make a million every 10 yrs.
Can't speak for training length, hiring process or pre employment testing but ours is about 30 days w another driver then 90 probation and standard pee test and usually 4 to 6 months from app to hire.Last edited: Aug 27, 2018
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During my interview they said they went through a lot of drivers and most are fired because of the cell phones caught on camera, your not even allowed a blue tooth.
Also said their cameras only record during events like if you hit a bump, not sure if I’m buying that.
But the thing that disturbed me the most about the camera is they said it’s done by third party and the front facing camera if they think you’re following distance isn’t good enough they can suspend or fire you.
I asked if the people who view these videos have ever been professional truck drivers?
No. Was the answer I got.
Then they have no business judging me is what I told them.
Still they asked me to take a driving test and move forward with the application process.
But I thanked them for the time and politely declined. I told them I feared that if a non truck driver told me how to drive a truck that wasn’t gonna go over too well.
Instead I’ll just keep hauling oil.
Stressful at times, but no camera.
Linde seems to pay fairly well, but I make about the same hauling oil.
I fear in few years nearly all company trucks will have cameras. I’ll either buy my own truck or leave the profession if that happens. Those things get too many drivers in trouble.
Here in Houston, maintaining a good following distance can be a challenge as too many 4 wheelers will cut in front of you and then you slow and he slows as well, then another does the same and then another and another.
Don’t need someone seeing a photo of a 4 wheeler that just cut in front of me and passing judgement on me.
Experienced drivers in the Houston market know this. But some office staff with no experience driving professionally in Houston passing judgement on me ain’t gonna happen.
Professional driving of a commercial vehicle is a challenge in any metro area.
You are judged every day by non professionals.
Doesn't matter if if viewed by a staff of truck drivers with decades of experience in your area, they will still see the same thing.
I've been around a while and with them since they got the cameras and don't let it bother me.
I've gotten probably 8 "events " aka pictures from drivecam in the 3 years since installment and don't give them a second thought.
If you worry about that then you've made a wise decision.
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