Schneider school questions.

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Gamechangerzz, Jul 15, 2022.

  1. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    My trainer at Schneider in 2003 was named Roger. Be an awfully small world. But then again, he'd be a very old man if it was the same guy.
     
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  3. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    Especially since I didn't start driving until 2010.

    I do have the distinction of being the longest serving TE in my division.
     
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  4. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    Man. You didn't even have your CDL? Explains a few of my bad habits, like hitting low bridges.
     
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  5. Michael-CO

    Michael-CO Light Load Member

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    I found out this week how sketchy and bait and switch Schneider really is. I would encourage anyone to stay away from Schneider after what I experienced with them this past week:

    1) Talking to the recruiters are like talking to a used car salesmen. They will give you a run-around on direct questions, avoid the obvious difficult ones to answer, and try to repackage all the information in ways that is misleading while avoiding the answers you are seeking.

    2) One recruiter will offer you a package and state one thing, and then the next one will change everything the first one said.
    For instance: Recruiter A offered me a package for a local driving job at $22 an hour while behind the wheel, and then $15 an hour for dock time, with zero time and a half for overtime. Not really sure how they get away with that at all, but classic donkey crap. However, recruiter #1 said "if" you have your hazmat by the time of employment, they will give you $3 more an hour bringing it up to $25 an hour. After the offer was made, and I was willing to move forward to the next stage, and just got my Hazmat, recruiter #2 said that they don't think that is true at all about the $3 an hour for Hazmat for "this" position suddenly, but will look into it, and get back to me. Never got back to me. Both recruiters said there would be a $5,000 hiring bonus spread out over a year.

    3) After the offer was made to hire me, and scheduled for school in Chicago, and received the offer letter and training school letter confirming the hire, suddenly I get a phone call from recruiter #2 saying, "Oh by the way, the bonus that was offered suddenly expires literally the day before we scheduled you for training school, so now we are recanting the bonus offer and it's suddenly not available to you." I hung up the phone on them at this point saying, "have a good day." She actually tried to call me back again which I proceeded to explain that their reviews are terrible everywhere, especially when it comes to dealing with money with them, they just proved this point to me, and I want nothing to do with them as I hung up the phone on them again.

    That's some super duper bait and switch super sketchy stuff. I have checked all the reviews I can find on different trucking forums, indeed, and other review sites, and the one thing that comes up over and over again is how sketchy they are about money, getting people paid, and ripping them off. They are in the process of changing over from mileage to hourly rates from what the recruiter initially told me, but I don't believe anything those car salesmen say.

    This company is clearly taking advantage of people because they need experience driving and that's pretty gross. I would encourage anyone to not have anything to do with them if they are going to use those types of tactics. I am adding this info to this thread so the rest of you know about this nonsense and can point it out to others if they ask if it's worth it to go to Schneider, and if anyone does do a search on this site for info for Schneider, this will come up for others to use critical thinking and avoid folks that practice such things.
     
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  6. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    I don't doubt you had that experience, and I'm sorry to hear that, but my experience was the complete opposite. The recruiter was very responsive, clearly answered my questions or found out the answer from someone on the account I was applying to, and everything they told me about the position and pay turned out to be true. Schneider is known for having one of the better training programs out of the mega carriers. They've been a great place to get a start, though there are a few things that would make me consider leaving after I get a year in- not allowed to use the split sleeper provision, no personal conveyance, and the starting pay is on the lower end of the scale, although with the 6-mo raise and quarterly bonus, I am now currently making .50/mi. We'll see what happens when they switch to hourly pay. Only a few divisions are on it now.
     
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  7. LtlAnonymous

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    Question: are they still doing in-house training? I'd read that they shut down the training schools and were just subsidizing people to go to CDL puppy mills. Maybe that's changed, which would be a good thing. 20 years ago, Schneider had excellent in-house training.
     
  8. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    I think they may have paused it for a while when ELDT first went into effect, but they have started it back up again.
     
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  9. LtlAnonymous

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    That's good to hear. They were an excellent training company.
     
  10. Michael-CO

    Michael-CO Light Load Member

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    Not anymore they are not. The reviews around the internet speak volumes themselves, not to mention they can't be trusted about money. That is the one thing that is consistent about this company in reviews around the internet. Who cares how good they are in training when they can't be trusted to pay out or use bait and switch tactics as I mentioned above. Paying people $95 a day for training when they told me the training is about 9-12 hours a day is minimum wage offers, and even below minimum wage in my state. That's only $10.55-$7.91 an hour. That's sweatshop tactics and wages. And only offering $15 an hour, no time and a half for overtime, and expecting people to max out their hours each week working for them when they have people sitting around a good majority of the work week is ridiculous too. My guess is that the only reason they are switching over to hourly rates is that the due diligence shows they profit more off those means than paying a per mileage rate. One way or another they are taking advantage of folks for their own gain. Don't really understand why anyone would defend that or them taking advantage of people. They also expect drivers to share motel rooms with strangers for the 19 days of training. NO THANKS! I couldn't imagine who you would get stuck with for almost 3 weeks in a room with.
     
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  11. LtlAnonymous

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    I mean look. You're not staying in a bunkhouse, and you are paid SOMETHING to train. A lot of companies are worse, from what I've heard.

    I'm not defending them. Lord knows I have NO IDEA how things are there these days. They haven't been able to afford me for 15 years, and I'm on pace to make 2-3x what many of their drivers make this year.

    But your experience notwithstanding, I could see how it could make sense for a new driver to go there. At one time, it was a good choice. Maybe they're not as good as they used to be, but it sounds like they're not quite the worst. Lol
     
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