Roehl

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  1. Dennixx

    Dennixx Medium Load Member

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  2. galluccichris

    galluccichris Bobtail Member

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    This company is a good company to start out with. But don’t be afraid to explore other options once your contract is over. When you’re under contract you make (I believe) .34cpm. As a company Driver you will make more, but your miles will drop exponentially. When you talk to a recruiter you will be promised the world and all its gold, but in reality you’ll get a rock. I was PROMISED an $8,000.00 - $10,000.00 sign on bonus only to find out, months afterwards mind you, that I was hired on 17 days prior to the bonus’s last day and I was PROMISED that I’d receive it, PROMISED. I was also PROMISED to average $1.360.00 a week net (after taxes). I have yet to see any of those PROMISES. I also was eligible for a recruitment bonus. Now not only do I have that I recommended this company on my conscience, I had to remind them to pay me for that recruit. Roehl will do anything in their power to pay you less, in order to pocket them more.

    The “Your Choice Pay Plan” is a joke, and it is not a funny one. If you don’t achieve the MPG that they want you to (oftentimes 9mpg in the Rockies with the truck and trailer almost at legal limit) they will DEDUCT points from your pay plan. That in turn DEDUCTS your CPM. They say that these trucks will do the MPG that they desire. However they fail to mention the fact that the MPG is based on a truck in Kansas or Wisconsin that is an automatic with a light load. If you don’t arrive to a shipper or consignee at the time that they expect you to (often run you very close to missing those times) they DEDUCT points. If you don’t make it to the fuel stop that they want you to because you feel your trucks tanks are too low, they DEDUCT points. If you need anything other than regular service for your truck, they DEDUCT points. They ADD points when: you pay for your Haz-Mat, you get a passport, or drive into NYC. Roehl will DEDUCT your pay after two consecutive financial quarters if you have too many points DEDUCTED.

    They’re safe to the point that it is unsafe. I have made a turn three times and ripped out the electrical box out of the trailer. Neither I, nor the people or mechanics (some of which are gainfully employed by Roehl) can find anything wrong with it. So apparently that makes me an unsafe driver? I struggle to wrap my head around that. If you use your brakes just a little bit harder than a ginger slow down they consider that a “hard brake”. You will have you stop and explain the situation to your dispatcher. Who will promptly say that it is your fault for having a vehicle pull out in front of you and that you should have been going 25 in a 45 to avoid that.

    Other miscellaneous niggles:
    • Home time is no guarantee. Don’t make Dr.’s appointments unless you have a week off. And you won’t have a week off unless you run a month and a half straight.
    •As a “National” Driver, you’ll be lucky to see anything west of Minneapolis, and anything south of Atlanta
    • Lots of small customers with Wonky hours. Lots of sitting waiting for them to open.
    * Detention pay is bogus. If you have less that 20 hours on your 70, and end up doing a reset, or have to wait for a customer to open the next business day, you don’t qualify for detention pay.
    • With these small customers you will very often be traveling small country backroads with nowhere to park, eat, or accomplish any other form of life’s necessities.
    • They will take you backwoods ways to save 1.2 miles but in reality you have a lot more stopping and starting in small towns along the way instead of running a parallel highway.
    • The miles appear good, but oftentimes you have to wait to get loaded or unloaded which burns thru your clock, then you have to do a ten hour down the road if you’re lucky enough to find a truck stop.
    • You don’t get paid to secure a load, only to tarp it. No matter if it takes you five minutes, or five hours.

    All that being said, the mechanics, some of the people you talk to over the phone, and the fuel pump inspection people are nice as a majority. However, I would not ever recommend this company to anyone who has a CDL.

    Keep it between the ditches drivers!
    Christopher A. Gallucci
     
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  3. Sharky88

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    Wow guess things have changed... I worked for them around 15 years ago and did well, had lot of miles and got home when I wanted to. Wonder if the family still owners it or not?
     
  4. galluccichris

    galluccichris Bobtail Member

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    Well, I heard that it was a fantastic company until Rick’s wife started messing with the pay, miles, amongst other things. I made more money with CRST while under their contract if that says anything...
     
  5. Gearjammer79

    Gearjammer79 Road Train Member

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    I was called out of the blue one day, they offered me dedicated route, Wisconsin to Maine and back every week. I asked pay rate, they told me 43cpm. I said I'll think about it. Honestly you would need to pay me better than 50 cpm for that, I thought. But granted I've owned my own truck and had 7 years into this industry when I was called.
     
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    galluccichris Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, I was making .46 CPM curtain-side. But the miles were inconsistent, the equipment was crap, and the dry van operators were making more money than I was.
     
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  7. Gearjammer79

    Gearjammer79 Road Train Member

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    Prostar trucks are most compact and stupid to repair. I'm guessing you drove a prostar.
     
  8. CK73

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    A really helpful dude around here recommended Roehl to me because of the $500 per week training guarantee, which is really hard to find these days. The training site also happened to be less than 60 miles from home. I was excited.

    However, don't waste your time if you have a less than perfect driving record, or criminal background. Also, they do hair testing. The latter isn't a concern for me, but let me tell you even something relatively small from 20 years ago (like a dwi/dui) will probably disqualify you, they can afford to be picky with that guarantee.

    Also, it's my understanding their in house physical is no joke. Overweight/smokers/dopers/felons/Dui'ers need not apply, you will probably fail. Hope this is helpful.

    That said, Roehl is clever in offsetting the $500 per week training pay by being on the low end of starting solo pay for a graduate, and it's a 15 month contract .33 cpm I believe first year, maybe it goes up to .35 after 6 months?

    Calculating at 10k miles per month, the difference between say .34 cpm Roehl and .37 at Swift, you actually come out a little bit ahead at Swift in a year (they have a 13 month contract starting the day of solo driving), all things being the same. Probably you can get more miles at Swift who use the 7 year rule regarding background. Silver linings. Just throwing that out there for those who are not perfect and don't qualify for Roehl.
     
  9. galluccichris

    galluccichris Bobtail Member

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    How’d you know?!?! Haha. Surprisingly less finicky than my buddy’s cascadia.
     
  10. plentygood

    plentygood Road Train Member

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    I had always heard pretty good things about Roehl but decided to go with Maverick. I started in the flatbed division but switched to glass and now you couldn't pull me away. $$$
     
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