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    6 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Schneider National new solo driver and overall experience.

I have been with SNI for almost 6 months on the dollar tree dedicated account. It is a brutal job. Basic week consist of picking up loaded trailer out of Joliet dc half the time with no load bar and freight sent all over from the spotters moving it. Drive to store (best part) sleeping there and waiting till they are ready to take you. Usually at least half hour later than your appointment. They have to take out the trash and get back room ready. Average load is 3 stops with 2-3 per week. Pay is 95 for first stop 30 for every other. Plus miles. The stores are understaffed. Most are extremely slow because of that reason. Some are great though. However, I have not had one load that has gone smooth in the 6 months I've been there. The appointment times are horrible if you are fast and want to keep moving. So you have to play dispatcher and call the stores and hope that they can take you early. Most will but when one can't or won't it screws you're day and any hopes of driving back part way. Half the time freight is stacked floor to ceiling to the doors preventing you from safely getting in there to unload. Heavy items on top of light ones above your head. Broken chemicals and other goods that get all over you and your clothes. Hot trailers (have only done this during summer months). If you don't stay at the stores you will waste a lot of your hours. So no access to a bathroom. Did I mention slow unloading. Difficult backing situations. Luckily I had experience backing trailers. But for a newbie like guys I went through training with brutal. I don't have much good to say about the account. However, schneider is a great company to start with. I went through the program in Green Bay. Excellent. But on dollar tree go with us express. They get a trailer pay of 225-250 from talking to different guys. I have to do 6 stops to make that. Plus if you end up doing a local run they give you a min miles guarantee. If you want to switch you better not hope it's during their busy season(now). They tell me it's not going to happen. I have been waiting 6 months for it to get better. It hasn't. It is better than the family dollar account. Bigger stuff. Stuff that won't roll down rollers. Totes!! Broken down boxes that you have to take back to dc. If you get a back haul you have to move that stuff from your trailer to another without pay (Unless you demand it) usually packed full with more totes and trash. Barely wrapped pallets. Even worse packed trailers. Poorly maintained trailers. Avoid at all cost family dollar. But dollar tree is just a step up that's it. If you want to do it go with us express. They are the main carrier of the account. SNI pushed out swift. Do that 2-3 times per week and maybe bring home 750 per week as a newbie. Is more like 550 per week after insurance. I don't recommend the account but I do recommend schneider for a newbie. They taught me a lot. And the proof is in the truck. The USX trucks on the yard are destroyed. Something is always missing except the experienced guys. Hope this helps if you need more info let me know. I have gotten a lot of good info from this site and finally decided to give the best up to date info for the account on here cause if it was earlier I would never had done this account.

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