Thinking about applying with Schneider paid training CDL

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by Kar0s, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Kar0s

    Kar0s Bobtail Member

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    Okay, so a few questions about the training to start: This is listed as paid training, and I know there are some that do pay you for your time in the CDL training. Does Schneider pay you to attend their training? I've heard there's paid room and board, but I've also heard that it's not. I would imagine your time there is roughly the equivalent of the time you're at a full time job, or maybe even longer, so if they do no pay you, how is one expected to pay their bills? Don't get my wrong, free training for the CDL is all good, I'm only curious on this part.

    How long does it take from applying to actually being on your own driving and getting paid by the mile? I'm interested in their dedicated route for walmart.

    Okay, so as I was typing this, I received a call from CRST who's willing to take me into training. I did a partial app for them like 30 minutes ago, and she's offered me 0.29cpm during training and 0.33cpm starting out OTR. I feel like this is maybe... not very competitive? That's another question I had regarding Schneider, I actually applied with them a little more than 24 hours ago, and have not received corrospondence as of yet, but it sounds to me like they're the obvious choice to go with.

    She was able to verify for me that the actual training is quite expensive, like a college course, but they will pay for that in exchange for your signing a 10 month cotract as a contract student driver, so I would imagine it is similar through Schneider

    I received a follow up email from the CRST Recruiter, who's telling me if I complete the app, I can be accepted this very minute. I've told her that I'm not done researching companies and just trucking in general and doing my own due diligence just quite yet.

    CRST seem a bit desperate to hire, she told me they begin classes every Monday, so they must have high turnover, but I suppose that can be said for many companies as well.

    I just don't know if this is the thing for me just yet, I am a bit apprehensive about the transition of lifestyle, did you experienced drivers have the same feeling as well when first starting out?

    I can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but if I do, I'll add it in here.
     
  2. TROOPER to TRUCKER

    TROOPER to TRUCKER Prayer Changes Everything

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    Check into Roehl it's paid $500 a week that you pay back once driving.
     
  3. Asphalt Anarchy

    Asphalt Anarchy Light Load Member

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    CRST is probably ok if you're not on a contract with them and don't take their free training. You'll be taking advances just to eat at their starting pay. But they are generally considered one of the least favorable for new drivers. You want to avoid any free training from any company if at all possible. A decent company should be able to start you close to $.40 no matter what. Schneider starts a little less than that but you can get it with your bonuses. And the only reason that's acceptable is because it does cost more to insure you for the first year.

    Schneider doesn't normally do free training but I've seen them do it on those few accounts around Ohio where no one lives and they can't find drivers. I've only seen one person on here attempt it but I don't know if he reported back. Schneider will take a couple of days to get back to you because they really aren't hurting for new drivers. They're just hurting for drivers in specific areas. To the point where they're paying good money to a lot of drivers to fly around and drive local.

    If you're not sure you even want to drive a truck then you definitely don't want to get locked into a contract with low pay. It's much better to go to community college for nearly free for your CDL or save the money and take a 3 week course then Schneider will pay it all back for you. If you're in one of the places that Schneider is paying up front for the school then they're definitely not paying you for while you train. You'll start getting paid once you go to orientation and make it through the first three days.

    But yes, Schneider > CRST
     
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  4. SingingWolf

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    School for me was 4 weeks. No pay during this time though they did put me up in a motel from sun night through fri morning. After that, assuming you pass and get your license, you'll probably wait about a week or 2 before going to orientation. You'll start getting paid on your second day of orientation. Orientation normally starts on tues your first check will come on the Friday of the NEXT week.

    As for pay per mile, it all depends on which Walmart DC you're based out of. Even in Ohio wintersville gets paid different than Washington Court House.

    Contract length for sni, if they put you through school, is a year. If you leave before then you owe them money, usually prorated depending on how much time you stuck around for.
     
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  5. TROOPER to TRUCKER

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    Go to a community college and you will have a lot better opportunities to start out with.
     
  6. Kar0s

    Kar0s Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, I've figured it out now that the schooling is a luxury, so now that I understand it, I wouldn't expect to be paid for my time there. I've turned down CRST in the hopes of hearing back from Schneider, they definitely sound like the best option to go with, aND they absolutely are offering the free training very near me, so I think I'm gonna go with them. I'll have my step dad possibly going with me, so that opens up the possibility of team driving OTR, which I would be fine with if I were with another driver.

    Also, random, but what does the term pumpkin refer to in this industry, I've seen it a lot in these threads and am curious.
     
  7. Asphalt Anarchy

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    Just because orange is the company color. All the trucks and trailers were orange until recently when they started buying normal color tractors for resale value.
     
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  8. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    Use to call those orange traffic cones schneider eggs lol
     
  9. Friday

    Friday Road Train Member

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    Schneider is way, WAY better than CRST to start, however, I still wouldn't do their training. Even if you have to take a loan out, get your cdl somewhere else and then go to schneider and use their tuition reimbursement to pay back that loan. If you can't stand driving after six months or your dbl (dispatcher) is god awful and is screwing you over every week, that contract is going to keep you from doing anything about it.

    If you've no other option, go do their training. If you do, consider the other way.
     
  10. Kar0s

    Kar0s Bobtail Member

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    I've spent the last few hours doing more homework on what I want to do, and thus far, I am 100% on board with starting out with their paid training, and then going on (hopefully) to a dedicated route, at least to start out. I understand most companies make you start as OTR, and then later on be able to get a dedicated route, but I've been watching some of their videos and reading on their website, and everywhere I research, it says you have numerous opportunities straight out of training, including dedicated. If OTR is my only option, I think I'll he fine with that as well, at least until I can get something better. As far as home time goes. As of right now, I'm single with little obligation, so OTR would work out alright for me.

    I've been pretty apprehensive about this thus far, but I'm beginning to feel better and better about it as the hours go by, and I'm feeling up to the task now. Something that does concern me, however, I submitted my application June 15th around 10AM, and got an email saying if they considered hiring me, someone would contact me within 24 hours. I called then earlier today and she found my app but had to transfer me, and I never got through to anyone, so left a voicemail. I'm worried maybe they won't contact me. Silver lining here is this worry has helped me realize that I truly do want this opportunity. I've been told, of you're ever indecisive about something, flip a coin, this kinda tricks the brain, and you'll find yourself hoping for it to land on a certain one, and that's how you know.

    I would also like to ask, if, for some reason, things don't go through with Schneider (I really hope they do, I love them already just from my research) should I go with CRST simply because I practically know I'm gonna get my foot in the door that way, because they're obviously desperate for drivers. I think I've answered my own question there, some of the horror stories I read earlier are resurfacing again, so I think I'll go with someone else altogether.

    Sorry to write so much, I'm just so excited about this, it's been a long time since I've had a goal and eyes forward instead of back. Also, I'm very impressed and appreciative of the kindness you guys are doing me by responding and giving me advise, like I mentioned earlier, I've never given much thought to the industry prior to the last couple of days, at least not in this depth, but I can tell you I was crazy about seeing those big trucks on the road as a kid, and there wasn't anything else I wanted in the world but to become a truck driver. I can recall as a kid of about 9 or 10, I had made a truck and trailer out of legos, not a set with instructions, but just out of my pieces lying around, and I remember that the thought of automated trucking or flying vehicles (I loved Back to The Future) and found that thought to be very depressing.

    I've rambled enough for one post now, I'll keep the thread updated with how it goes, and again, I really appreciate the replies, this seems like a very nice community to be a part of.
     
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