Roehl Warning

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by Roehl Victim, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Roehl Victim

    Roehl Victim Bobtail Member

    Mar 11, 2017
    A warning regarding Roehl. The promised me 2,500+ miles, or $1,000per week. After four months I hadn't hit that mark and asked Jeff M, my fleet manager, why I wasn't hitting that mark. He said that they didn't apply to new drivers.

    I told him I couldn't pay my bills making what I was and would have to leave. He told me when I signed my new hire paperwork there was a clause stating unless I drove 75,000 miles for Roehl they would bill me $3,130 for the training they provided. Note: at the rate they were dispatching me it would have taken me a total of 15 months to reach that mark.

    I left and they did send me a bill. I appealed, which they told me was my right, stating that they didn't keep they're part of the bargain. Their reply was to turn my account over to a collection agency and now the charge was $3,950.

    That's my story. After this I called the office in Marshfield, WI, and asked what the turnover rate was for drivers. I was told 99% in 2015 and 104% in 2016! Obviously I should have done this first. They're probably making more money on "training fees" than on delivery freight.

    Before you decide ask them for turnover rates. Ask about the 75,000 miles clause. And ask them how many miles per week or income you can expect per week, and get that in writing.

    *I've just heard that they're now charging $5,000! Can't verify that but I bet that helps the profit margin!
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  2. UsualSuspect

    UsualSuspect Road Train Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Yo Mama's
    My suggestion for anyone signing a contract is to read it before you sign it, and if there is no mileage guarantee don't sign it. It amazes me how many people sign without reading or understanding the contract they are signing.
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  3. Eeyore05

    Eeyore05 Medium Load Member

    Nov 13, 2015
    Ummm, a majority of trucking companies have a near 100% turnover rate
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  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Heavy Load Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    What exactly do you mean, they "promised" you 2500 miles? I'll bet it was something more like, "you can expect an average of 2500 miles."

    The reason these companies have such high turnover is because of all the fools who sign the contracts without reading them. Read and understand the rules before agreeing to them and you will save yourself a lot of headache.

    TROOPER to TRUCKER Prayer Changes Everything

    Dec 15, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Nobody reads anything they sign anymore and not just the op but also in life etc.
  6. CSDixon

    CSDixon Light Load Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    Denver CO
    New drivers are typically "eased" into longer miles, from my understanding.
    How long were you there?
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  7. Redriderex

    Redriderex Light Load Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Waupaca, WI
    It is $5,000 and 120,000 miles for new drivers. Recruiter told me that it would take about 15 months to hit that mark. I already have my CDL but since I have been out of tractor/trailer for 2.5 years I would have to go through the entire 4 week class but just not take the test...5,000 bucks seems like a lot of cash for already having my license? Luckily I dodged that bullet and was hired on by a company that didn't require a contract. Just a dependable driver. A word of advice for anyone that has a CDL but not 1-2 yrs of experience don't let that stop you from applying for the new company stated on their website 2 years exp but took me go for it, what do you have to lose!!
  8. Driver320

    Driver320 Bobtail Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    It's called paying your dues. When I started, the first thing my trainer explained to me that during your first year, you are considered a student by the industry, then between year 1 and two, you are considered a rookie by the industry. Then after year two, you are considered a professional by the industry. To become a Professional Driver with all the benefits a Professional Driver can enjoy, a person must endure the pain of sacrifice, in order to receive the rewards. Whether you want to be a doctor, teacher, or Professional Driver, you must have the passion to endure the challenge of paying your dues.
  9. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

    Mar 26, 2016
    Portland, Maine
    Much higher. McDonalds averages about 130% turnover annually (4 people hired for every 3 jobs available - or 1.3 people per job), based upon the last stat I looked at.

    If I were Goethe's modern day Mephistopheles, I could only imagine how many souls i could get signed over. A shady promise, a little smoke and mirrors, vague legal language and loopholes galore..... The trick is to use jargon few understand and to stipulate every point, and in this way even those of us who do read it, should also have it read by a lawyer.
    Seldom is there any longer any 'in good faith'.
    Unfortunately I do not see employers seeking to cultivate a trusting relationship with their workforce, you're expendable and exchangeable. And this is becoming the normal in personal relationships as well it seems. I'll keep you around until the next best thing shows up..... One of my ex's grievances was that I wasn't fond of 'Star Wars'.... Lol. Petty. And not in the cool way, like Tom and The Heartbreakers.
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