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  • Location:
    Orange , VA

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 4 months ago

Brandon S.'s Bio

CDL school 2004 Since then, Overnight Transportation Oldcastle Glass Hawkins Glass Merchants Grocery Oldcastle Building Envelope

Walmart Private Fleet

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Hey Turtle, ever get to cranberry Pa? I went to that Walmart today out of Woodland PA. Thought it might be near your neck of the woods.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Hello Turtle, happy to help. Things are going well. Tomorrow is my last day with my mentor. I start on Wednesday on my own. I’m still not on a program yet however. I’ll tell you how my mentor has been doing it with me these past two weeks. Yes, it’s supposed to be one week riding, one week driving. However the approved me to drive on day three. On day one I just rode along and watched. He briefly showed me the system and how to log in, but was patient and knew it would take more than a day to understand it. The second day he drove but said I will be doing everything else. I would hook up the trailers, handle the paperwork and computer. Interact with the people at the stores. He was right there to answer questions and I had plenty. On day three I drove and did the work with his guidance. It may be sooner or later depending on the guy you are training. By the end of the week I had the computer pretty much down and he said if it wasn’t for the second week requirement I would be released to work. The second week he pretty much watched me. I had the loads coming to my driver number and was doing everything. Except for one hazmat load I don’t have a license for yet. Also he would get on the phone at night and book our rooms whenever he could figure how far we would get when we shut down. I hope some of this helps. If I think of anything else I forgot I’ll let you know.

Let me know how it goes. Hope everything goes well.

Hope things are still going well for you, Brandon. Here's a chance for you to actually help me. You see, I've been asked to become a mentor for onboarding new drivers into johnstown.

Having been a trainer at my last company, I know that I don't necessarily want to get back into this. However, I thought I'd give mentorship a try since they we're pretty clear about wanting someone like me to do it. So I'll try it this one time, and go from there. Starting Monday. I'll spend two weeks with the new guy.

Mentorship has changed since I went through onboarding. It only lasted a week for me, but I understand it's now two weeks. I'm just curious how it goes, so I know what to expect. During the brief explanation, I was told I'd probably drive the full first week, and the other guy would drive the second week. We'll stay at a hotel each night, and my duties will primarily be teaching him company procedures, the computer system, and such. I will also act as a contact point for him for a source of help once he goes on his own.

I expect the process will be pretty much as I described, but if there are any differences, I'd appreciate the advance info. There's a brief class Monday morning I have to go through, so I imagine most of the info will be explained there. I know you briefly touched on this in your diary, but I'm just sitting here pondering this, so I thought I'd ask you how it's going.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Just thought I’d update. Things are going well with the mentor, I have a real good one. That was one of my biggest worries but I got a good trainer. He’s also going to be training me for pulling doubles to go into Washington DC. There’s three stores there and two of them have to have the pup trailers. I already have the endorsement so I might as well. Loving the job so far. One more week of training to go.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

Just got home from my first week with my mentor. They keep you out two weeks with a mentor now. The first week you ride, the second you drive. Well, at least it’s supposed to. I started driving my third day and have been driving ever since. We started the week pulling doubles to Washington DC, then we went to North Carolina. I drove to my first stores in Winston Salem, one super center and two neighborhood markets. The next day we went to Martinsville VA for a back haul to Sutherland. Then to VA beach and another back haul from Chesapeake to Sutherland. Today some GM deliveries around Richmond then back to Gordonsville to finish the week. We put in a lot of hours but I’m loving the job and have zero regrets. Looking forward to next week.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Back to trucking

If you still had the cdl there are companies that have refresher courses, but since you no longer have it I suspect you will have to take it all over again. There may be a small company or owner operator that would do that, I’m not sure. I would start over with a training company like swift that would cover the cost of training and make a paycheck.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Thanks for the help and support. I look forward to possibly meeting up somewhere! Stay safe!

One more week of mentorship and you're off to the races. Good luck!

Our ranges will overlap from time to time. Who knows, we may end up meeting at some point.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Thanks Anne! I do appreciate it. This has been a stressful change but I’ve been having fun too. I’m happy to be with a good company.

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Finished orientation, heading out with a mentor on Saturday! Excited and ready to get started.

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OMIGAWSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know, I'm such a 'trucker's wife hick' deep down, can't help it!

SO. DANG. HAPPY. FOR. YOU.

Best going forward, good sir. No emojis/emoticons on here would show my happiness for you & the missus, enough!

Super psyched for you'sn's!

~ Anne (& Tom!) ~

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Finished orientation, heading out with a mentor on Saturday! Excited and ready to get started.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

Good luck to you! Stay safe!

Way to go, Sir! I'm a long way off from looking into a situation like yours. I just finished my 3 weeks of training at Roehl in Wisconsin and got my CDL. Gotta go out with a driver trainer soon for a few weeks. Seems you were doing your Wally World stuff while I was doing my Roehl training. I've always heard Walmart was a great company to work for, and even moreso driving for them. Nice to know they may be a good choice later on when I have some experience under my belt. Happy trails!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

Thank you very much!

Wishing you the BEST, good sir.

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

5/12/22

Today is test day. No more practice. This is what they have been preparing us for all week. Now the nerves have returned. I keep telling myself I’ve done good all week. Why be worried now? But yet, what if today is the day I screw up? What if today is the day I hit a trailer backing up? Or hit a curb on the road trip? Or forget something on the pre trip? The devil has a way of whispering in your ear and trying to rob you of your confidence. But I wasn’t listening to any of that today. First up today, road trip. City route. Really not that bad. Just watch out for the idiots on the road and show your courteous to other drivers. It went well. One down, two to go. Next, pre trip. I got real frazzled with this one. I know every step by heart, I just don’t like racing a clock. I did however get everything and have a few minutes to spare. One more test. Now the backing. No problems with this one either. This also has a time limit as well but for some reason I remain very calm on backing. I just always get out and look and make sure I’m going in right. I get it in no problem. I feel pretty good. I know I did well. We had one driver retake the test Friday, but in the end all 16 passed. It was a good feeling when we heard those words “welcome to Walmart “. I’m looking forward to going to orientation on Monday and beginning my career here. I plan on it being my last.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

5/11/22

Wednesday was practice day. We pretty much did the same as Tuesday. First up for me today was driving on the road. Today we went the country route. Narrow roads, tight corners, and Amish buggies. Yes Amish buggies. I ended up behind two of them on my trip. I wasn’t sure if they wanted us to try and pass them, especially since the roads were so narrow, but when I got a passing lane I went ahead and passed. The cdt didn’t say anything. A mile later I got behind another one so it didn’t do much good lol. Everything went good on the trip however and I felt pretty good about it. Next I did my pre trip. It went good, I remembered every step and did it in better time today. Backing also went well today. I got it in fine and faster than yesterday. At the end of today they let us stay over and practice backing and pre trip if we felt we needed it. Tomorrow is testing day so this was a chance to work on anything we needed. I felt pretty good about how I was doing so I didn’t stay. It was good they gave us this opportunity. They really want you to succeed here.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

Thanks best of luck to you too.

Hi Brandon Thanks for your insightful posts, I am new to this world but eager to learn more, I admire your dedication and bravery to just stand up and go for it. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you. Try not to hit a sign. :)

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Return to the Pumpkin Patch (Schneider)

Good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

5/10/22

Today’s the day we get to get in the trucks. The cdt’s came in and start calling names and taking people out to do one of the three assessments. Backing, pre trip, and road test. First up for me, backing. I have to say, this one I worried about the most. It’s been awhile since I’ve backed a 53 foot trailer, and the scenario was pretty tight. I was wondering if they are going to test us in manuel or automatic. I’ve heard people say both before coming here. They are automatics. At least they are this week in this place. I remembered how they showed us to set up for this the day before. I simply did it that way and I ended up with a perfect set up. Now I just had to start turning at the right time and hit the hole. I stopped and got out to look a few times. It really does pay to. Once I got it in it was just a matter of straightening the cab. I backed it in and stopped about a quarter inch from the cones. The cdt said if it was a rodeo people would have cheered. Lol I just got lucky. Any closer and I would’ve failed.

Next I did my road test. A simple trip down the highway. No problem. I got called for my speed a couple times but other than that it went well.

Finally I did my pre trip last. We didn’t name every part, but it’s a pretty thorough pre trip. You have to do it in 30 minutes. There’s enough time, but I get frazzled a little and jumped around to much in my order. I got everything, in about 28 minutes. I’ll try to do a little better tomorrow.

We lost one driver that day. He hit a sign on his road trip. I really felt bad for him. Hopefully he’ll come back in the future and try again.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Something historically bad is on the horizon. Not just in trucking...

I do think things will get worse, way worse, before they get better.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

I’ll be coming out of Gordonsville VA, so I’m assuming that and surrounding states. Just a guess. I’m new. Lol

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I believe the recruiter said the dispatch times were around 15:00

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That said, your DC will have its own particular schedules available. You could possibly be stuck on nights, depending on what they have. I got lucky and jumped right into an optimal schedule for me.

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What area are your stores going to be in....which states?

*Asking for a friend*

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

I believe the recruiter said the dispatch times were around 15:00

That said, your DC will have its own particular schedules available. You could possibly be stuck on nights, depending on what they have. I got lucky and jumped right into an optimal schedule for me.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Journey - Onboarding

First day of onboarding. And yes I’m very nervous. But I suck it up and do what I have to do. I’m here for the best job I’ve had and nothing is going to stop me from giving my best for it. Onboarding is at Dover mall. Not the DC in Smyrna like I thought. They have the course set up in the lot, and a classroom set up in an empty store. I got my first look at the backup exercise and it’s pretty tight. I went inside and went to the seat with my name. There were 17 of us. All pretty good guys. There were lots of cdt,s. All good guys. Every one of them. They truly want you to succeed here, and will help you with anything you are struggling with. But you still have to get it done. They had a folder with paperwork inside. We spent the first half the day with an hr representative. We did drug tests, filled out forms, entered our license and medical card info. Around mid day that was done and we were released for lunch and told to be back around 1. Save our meal receipts. They will reimburse you for any meals you buy.

After lunch we thought we’d get to get in the trucks. Nope. Not today. Today they will show us what they want done. They showed us how to set up for the back and how to get it in. They showed us how they want the pre trip done. Tomorrow we would start. I kind of liked it this way. Tomorrow I already know what they expect.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Sorry I didn’t format that right. The questions are in the quote. I’m still new at this lol

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