Thinking about applying with Schneider paid training CDL

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

  1. 91B20H8

    91B20H8 Road Train Member

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    My opinion is CRST focuses more on teaming and is at the bottom of the pay scale. Look to Roehl if the Punkin falls through
     
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  2. Asphalt Anarchy

    Asphalt Anarchy Light Load Member

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    Don't stress too much. It's vacation season. I'm actually in the process of changing divisions and I've been sitting at home waiting for over three weeks. Once they assign a recruiter to you then you have to deal with that one recruiter whether he comes to work or not. Mine finally just got back on the job and I'm leaving for my fourth Schneider orientation tomorrow. Plus they just added a lot of new job types so there was some confusion over what actual jobs were available. I ended up as the first hire on a new program out of Atlanta that's out 3 weeks home 5 days and still close to home except for when help is needed in other areas. This was original only available out of Marion, OH with most of your time spent in Chicago and LA.

    Four years, four different driving jobs at the same company without ever losing benefits or having a blank spot on my resume. If I get bored I just change divisions. But I'm pretty sure I'm staying for life in intermodal this time. I made $75k plus doing this when I first started driving and I'm never more than 5 hours from home. Intermodal is the place to be if you have kids. More pay than average and you can still take care of your house. It's just a lot more stress than dedicated or OTR because of the traffic and rail yard worker's bad attitudes.
     
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  3. Kar0s

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    I'm still holding out hoping for a response from Schneider, because I've heard they're one of the best to work for, experienced and new drivers both, but I have already applied with Roehl as well, they actually pay $500 a week while you're in truck driving school, and the contract is only 3 more months than with Schneider.

    Would you guys say that Roehl is as good as Schneider? Are they a good company to work for? How are their in truck cameras setup, and do they allow inverters in their trucks? I head Schneider does not. I also wanted to ask a random question in general: what if you're at your 11 hours, but you're on a highway, with no stops in sight? Do you just stop on the shoulder, set up your triangles, and sleep there? Also, I forgot to mention that Schneiders truck driving school is only about an hour or two away from where I live, and I don't know where Roehl might have me go to.
     
  4. Kar0s

    Kar0s Bobtail Member

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    I'm curious, you said you've been home three weeks, what happened with the most recent one, I'd imagine your third orientation with Schneider? Did the job have a pre-designated time that it would end, like a seasonal job? I was thinking that, once in a division, you could work the same job continuously as long as you didn't mess anything up, as long as you wanted to.
     
  5. Asphalt Anarchy

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    I'm just coming back from being an independent contractor. Didn't want to do that any more so I'm going back to company. Finishing up orientation in the morning. So, sorry for the delayed reply. Schneider generally likes you to stay in one division for 6 months and have a clean safety record before they let you transfer. But they'll transfer you early rather than lose you to another company as long as you aren't a dangerous driver. You'll find that it's more productive to make lateral moves within a company for higher pay than it is to wait for your current job to give you raises.

    As for running out your 11 you should already know the general area you'll stop in when you start your day. I use my Garmin or Rand McNally gps and find rest stops and truck stops between 400 and 600 miles along my route and pick three. You'll always make one of them. But if it comes down to it and there's nowhere to park then I look for a Wal-Mart right off the exit. As a last resort I'll get off an exit then cross over to park on the entrance ramp. Never park on the exit side of a ramp. You can generally just turn your head lights off and leave your park lights on. The places where it's completely illegal to do this will have extra signs saying that it's illegal to park. The places where it just has a sign with a crossed out P is just a suggestion. They don't like you to park there but you do what you have to do. You'll eventually learn what to look out for. Like when you know that the entire 300ish mile stretch of I-85 through Ga has no rest stops and only two truck stops. The entrance ramps are always filled with trucks. Also use the Trucker Path app to find smaller truck stops and hidden gems on your route. Never ever park on the side of the interstate to take a 10 hour break. Someone will end up dead and you'll be paying a huge fine.

    Here's an easy formula to remember when planning where to park. Take the hours you have left to drive when you're leaving your current location. Subtract an hour because the last hour is for parking unless you know for a fact you can make it to a good parking spot. Subtract another 30mins to an hour if you know you have to take your break and/or fuel. Multiply that by 50mph. Then you'll know how many miles you can go in that amount of time. 10hx50mph=500mi for an 11 hour day of driving.

    So, it's been a week. Do you know what you're doing yet? I hear Roehl is pretty good, too. Especially if you also want the option of flat bedding. My three top choices were Schneider, Roehl, then Prime.
     
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  6. Asphalt Anarchy

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    Schneider allows inverters up to 300 watts if they don't have one already. All new OTR trucks come with 1800 watt inverters but there aren't a lot of them out there yet. The bulk truck I just turned in had one.
     
  7. Kar0s

    Kar0s Bobtail Member

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    Well, I've actually just finished up my second phone interview earlier today with Wil-Trans, Roehl and Schneider never got back with me, I assume because they don't need a driver at the moment or something along those lines. With Wil-Trans, there is a call for me to expect tomorrow to finalize the application, ensure accuracy, and do background check/MRV, etc, and then I'll be heading to their main terminal in Springfield, Missouri.

    I'm actually really happy that Schneider and Roehl never got back with me, because I genuinely feel that Wil-Trans is a lot better, my recruiter told me that I'll get to choose between a Peterbilt 579, or a Cascadia Evolution, and they're either 2016, 17, or 18, and I may get to choose manual or automatic, depending on what's available. He also told me all their trucks have a 24" TV included with free DirecTV with DVR! He also told me that the starting pay is 0 40cpm, I've never been so sure of anything, nor as excited as I am about joining Wil-Trans. As long as everything goes through okay, I'll be heading there July 2nd! :D
     
  8. Rocknroller4

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    SNI get a lot of people calling so maybe they are busy. I know sometimes they won't call back if you leave a message or if they do it's usually really early in the morning.
     
  9. Rocknroller4

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    I was offered something similar. SNI said I could do their refresher and then go to orientation. I'd be under contract for 3 months if I did that. Think it's worth it? I never stopped to think about getting a bad DBL that makes you wanna quit.
     
  10. Gonzo1300

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    I am totally confused on this. I have talked to two separate recruiters at Snyder because that's where I want to go for some routes they have in the Southeast and they both have told me they do not do CDL training which I know they do is in Ohio I know 3 people that has been through it. So is this the way they do business or do you have to be sleeping with somebody to get in there
     
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