Who's the best company for sponsored CDL Training ?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TexasPete, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. SatelliteSender

    SatelliteSender Bobtail Member

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    Somebody brought up the fact about leaving the company before putting a year in. If a company-trained person leaves before their commitment is up they are financially obligated to that contract. The company is going to get the money back. (Probably)
    Situation: Company trained employee and privately trained employee sign-on the same day and both quit 6 months later. My question is, does the company have other motivation to try to stick it to the guy who walked out on a commitment (company trained) BUT NOT take similar action against an privately trained CDL empolyee? Outside of financial commitment, what makes the situation different. Didn't the company hire both drivers with "hopes" of having long-term employees? What would the company's motivation be to stick it to one and not the other?

    Just trying to find out what people think about this.
     
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  3. TexasPete

    TexasPete Light Load Member

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    That was my question, I was just wondering if I, for example, was to sign on the dotted line with Stevens, get my CDL, get ready to go OTR and they find an excuse to get rid of me, or I decide they're ######## and quit, What would happen ? I mean, financially, I know I'd be on the hook for the driving school (I think $6k at 19% interest) but would they also blackball me from other jobs ?

    That was my question. I mean, I'm not one to just quit on a commitment but I'm just curious.
     
  4. CenutryClass

    CenutryClass Road Train Member

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    Hopefully those contingencies are in the contract. If not, ask.

    Contracts are serious business..Never let anyone rush you through it. Take your time. If they rush you, Id bail..f that
     
  5. T-Lady

    T-Lady Medium Load Member

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    $6k?? Wow. I may not have mentioned that some? All? Companies will reimburse tuition costs up to a certain amount, even though you didn't go thru their schooling.
     
  6. TexasPete

    TexasPete Light Load Member

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    Well...

    I went to a Stevens hiring event today at a local Workforce Solutions here in Houston, I liked what I heard and went ahead an applied. The school is only about 20 miles from my house, If I pass my background (shouldn't be a problem), I'll likely be starting on Monday. They have a contract with the community college to pay all the fees in exchange for a years commitment to stay with the company.

    They did tell us that after 6 months, we can transfer to their new tanker division but have to relocate to San Antonio. 5 day work week, 12 hour shifts, and all routes in Texas hauling water to oil fields. Sounds good to me.

    Starting pay I think sucks, $0.26 per mile, but they said all of their drivers average between 2,600-3,000 miles a week. Not too bad I guess.
     
  7. uku849288

    uku849288 Bobtail Member

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    Stop and think for a minute. Stevens have 3 recruiting events a week here in CO so I can only guess how many they have weekly nationwide. Now think about how many new "recruits" they take on every week and ask yourself "how can they possibly need so many drivers?". Simple, they dont. They are essentially making their money through their "Free Training". You will have to sign an agreement to repay tuition costs if you fail to stay with the company for a period of time, I think 1 year. Then they set you up to fail. Pay you a pittance during your training, then restricting your miles to where you cant afford to hang around or if all else fails, fire you for the most ridiculous reasons, leaving you owing them $6k. Paying for your own CDL is definitely the best route to take, that way whoever you go work for will not be holding you over a barrell and asking you to thank them for screwing you.
     
  8. TexasPete

    TexasPete Light Load Member

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    I'm okay with owing them $6k because they're putting me through a reputable community college driving school, I figured if I got to Dallas and it was a horrible company, or they forced me to do things I didn't think were right or safe, that I'd just quit anyway.

    I figure, trucking pays pretty well, $6k shouldn't be that hard to come up with, honestly, after tuition and books at the same school (I'm already currently a student there) I get close to that back just in student loans to cover costs like rent and utilities and stuff.

    If I was being forced to take the drivers training at Stevens in Dallas, I'd probably be thinking otherwise. However, I can't afford to go through school until October unless I go through Stevens or some other training company.

    Stevens actually has recruiting events everyday in Houston, they just go from workforce solution to workforce solution. I know for a fact that they were at 3 different locations just today. I do have to say, however, that the tanker position in San Antonio sounds nice.
     
  9. MNdriver

    MNdriver Road Train Member

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    so go talk to the school tomorrow and see what it will cost you if you just go to school straight out.

    You really don't want to in-debt yourself to a company for something like this.
     
  10. TexasPete

    TexasPete Light Load Member

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    The school (without the company) is only $3k but I need the CDL ASAP because I need to work and make good money. I really can't wait for October.
     
  11. duckdiver

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    Hate to bust your bubble but you will not make good money starting out. Id say a realistic weekly take home check will be 400 to 500 and 500 is if youre lucky. Training pay is usually less. And I guarantee as a rookie you will not get near 3k miles a week, freight is still pretty slow right now id expect 2k. It will get better but expect peanuts.the.first.few months, why do u.think so many guys quit
     
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