Stevens or Schneider ?

Discussion in 'Stevens' started by Giovany, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Giovany

    Giovany Bobtail Member

    Aug 24, 2016
    I'm a new cdl grad ( just got my license this month) and had my bad experience already so now I have to ask I'm thinking should I go Stevens or Schneider?
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  3. Trucker Paul

    Trucker Paul Medium Load Member

    Aug 15, 2012
  4. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

    Mar 24, 2014
    Reefer or Dry van is the question.
    Stevens pays too low for reefer imo
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Right! Now, will Giovany agree and heed your advice?
  6. Bike rider

    Bike rider Bobtail Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    I drove for Schneider for 2 years and I thought they were a great company to work for.
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  7. Majestic 670

    Majestic 670 Heavy Load Member

    May 10, 2016
    Both sux... But Schneider is a better company... 10/4
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  8. SHOJim

    SHOJim Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    Depends on if your a pitcher or a catcher.
  9. missjane

    missjane Light Load Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I also just got out of CDL school and obtained my license on 4 August. For weeks I have been dancing around with recruiters who get you all excited to work for them and then, when you respond, it's crickets chirping.

    I did not initially want to go with Schneider because they don't allow pets, but it is September, I need to get to work and there aren't exactly a plethora of companies that hire new CDL school graduates.

    I went onto their web site, checked out available jobs and submitted my application. They got back to me right away and a couple of days later I had a phone interview. Shortly after that I went for drug testing.

    The job itself is regional and part time - one week on, one week off, which is perfect for me right now, since I'm in the middle of remodeling my house.

    Another attraction was the orientation process itself. I live in Charlotte and their terminal is a few minutes from my house. For the first week I will be in the classroom learning log books, trip planning, backing, etc. and I get to go home at the end of the day. Week two is OTR with a trainer and the final week is back in the class/skills assessment. After that you hit the road.

    Instead of going away for a month and having to board my dog at a significant cost, I will only be out of town a week.

    However, in the end, regardless of what company you choose, your work experience is what you make of it. Take a few minutes to list what your priorities are and then check it against what Stevens and Schneider offer. Take it with a grain of salt and go with your gut. Once you've gotten some experience there will be more options available if you want them.

    Plenty of people come onto this forum and will give a company positive reviews, while others hate everything about it. Often times the drivers in the latter category will whine about everything and will never be satisfied.
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  10. drake3d

    drake3d Light Load Member

    Oct 4, 2012
    Fountain, Colorado
    Well I drive for Stevens(3+ years) and I have interviewed and was tendered an offer with Schneider. Are you an experienced driver? Three weeks training is a joke especially only one week in a truck. You are not a driver with only one week of road experience, you really need to go out for at least 5 - 8 weeks with and experienced driver just to get the basics down and Stevens is good at that. You can not learn to drive in a classroom or on a simulator. As for why I am still with Stevens, I get respect and make decent money doing Regional driving. As to Schneider the drawbacks for me where equipment, Stevens has APU and invertors in all trucks, Schneider only newer ones. At Stevens even new drivers get in a fairly new truck(even more so now that training is moving to autos. As a note so is Schneider. The one week on one off regional is slip seating, you share the truck with 2 other drivers actual 2 trucks for 3 drivers and you rotate every week I believe, so making the truck a home is not possible. I have my TV, Microwave and other cooking items on my truck at all times. I was not impressed with the trailers either(I rarely get a trailer I worry about going through a DOT inspection with Stevens). I also make more cpm with Stevens than Schneider offered(35cpm). So YMMV but I would opt for a little inconvenience and go with the better training and experience. It will pay down the road.
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  11. missjane

    missjane Light Load Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I am not an experienced driver, never said I was. I agree the training could be longer but in a way it will be a relief to be on my own without hearing ten different opinions on how something should be done.

    I was assigned my truck Friday - a 2015 Kenworth automatic that I will share with one other driver.
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