Schneider O/O or Company Driver - Which is Best?

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by NobodysFool, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. NobodysFool

    NobodysFool Bobtail Member

    Sep 30, 2010
    Newport News, VA
    I'm very fortunate in that I was given 3-years notice that my job was going away (plant closing) on 1-1-15. Not many people get that much notice and I'm using this time to get ready while my pastures are still very green. I'm very well compensated for what I do and have the ability to save 15-20k a year for my rainy day. That along with 14 months of salary and benefits once I get the axe will set me up nicely for a trucking career if I elect to do that. Heck, they will even pay for my training as part of re-education benefits. I'll be 53 with 14 years to work unless the ###h0!e politicians screw us all out of our social security in which case I guess I'll die at work.

    That being said, I'll have about 50k to invest in a good used tractor once I have between 12-18 months of experience. I don't want to even think about leasing because from what I've read on this forum it's kinda like sliting your wrists but you bleed out more slowly. I want the best of both worlds (company driver & O/O) with some benefits and support of a large company and heard that Schneider is a fairly streight-up company who will take care of it's "good, law-biding" drivers. I really don't want to purchase a trailer and get locked into one kind of freight and want to keep my options open. Is Schneider a good company to do this with and will the money be that much better if I own my own tractor? My reason for owning is probably trivial to most but I want to set my truck up the way I want it and not have to worry about giving it up if I want a week off. I want an APU, A/C in the summer and Heat in the winter. A good frig, TV, etc...

    Is this possible or am I just blowing smoke up my own keister?
  2. psychocreep

    psychocreep Light Load Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Flagstaff, Az
    I just recently bought my truck and am signing on to Schneider. I start orientation on the 16th. The only thing Schneider does to your truck is add a Qualcomm. O/O trucks are not governed at all and you do what you want with it. I don't know how they are with their leased trucks, but things seem to be on the up and up so far.

    Hope this helps somewhat.
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  3. Big Orange Driver

    Big Orange Driver Bobtail Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nashville, TN.
    Choice program is great for having your schedule the way you want it. A week off no problem (as long as you have enough for the truck payment, etc.) but if your pumpkins are all in a row you can pretty much run it the way that works best for you. As long as the truck is legal and passes dot inspection and Schneider inspection (pretty much the same thing) the only thing you have in your truck that Schneider requires and has say over is the QualComm which they provide and pay for so it's all good.
  4. TheBigFoot

    TheBigFoot Bobtail Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Does any one know if Schneider forces the lease drivers to slow their trucks down?
  5. Drifter42

    Drifter42 Hopper Heartache

    Dec 4, 2011
    Paris Tn.
    You could call and ask them. They may have them governed, but if they do, I'm sure it's not to the extent of the company trucks.
  6. onetime42

    onetime42 Light Load Member

    May 20, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    The leased trucks are NOT cut back like the company trucks. You drive it the way you want to...after all, you're making the payments on it.
  7. TheBigFoot

    TheBigFoot Bobtail Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    OK, that's good. Wanna be sure, Im seriously considering going with them. Slower trucks to me means, more time wasted, there is a time to have that truck moving... I'm not into counting leaves and blades of grass on an open road longer then I have too ya know? Thanks for the info driver, I appreciate your reply...
  8. drag'nfly

    drag'nfly Bobtail Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Can anyone give me an idea what kind of rates Schneider has? I'd appreciate any input.
  9. treedodgingfool

    treedodgingfool Light Load Member

    Jan 21, 2012
    Pine Barrens, NJ
    It'd be nice if some of the Schneider o/o would reply to this post. I'm curious too as I've heard many conflicting stories when it comes to being an o/o, and usually not in favor of due to repair and service cost. For now I'm just a company seat warmer and am quite happy to drop off the rig for repairs and hop into another one to continue my work. If I purchase a rig, it's going to be an antique, cab over and sport a DD 8V92 or 71 under my bum to cruise the vintage truck gatherings. Any who, if I were in your postion, I'd go as a company driver for the first year or longer to get a better idea and some experience before dinging up your own equipment.
  10. TennMan

    TennMan Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Hazzard County Jail !!!!!
    I was with schneider for over 7 years both as company and o/o. Schneider is a good company, they have some issues but all companies do. They have a huge freight base which is a plus. They run elogs which I liked. They are very safety oriented. O/O do make more and it is worth it with that said not everyone is cut out to be an o/o. You have to run smarter not harder. The opportunity for success is there it up to you. No one knows what 2015 will bring but is guess SNI will be around. You need to learn the industry and the company system then buy a truck . 24-36 months then become o/o. Good luck hope this helps.
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