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(Newbie) I have chosen Roehl for my CDL School. Please chime in on my rationale

I spent a lot of time looking into CDL schools I am changing careers at 47. I was considering Roehl, CRST, Swift, Celadon, PAM, Prime and XPO

XPO - school was not in house and many changes going on with the merger, decide to see how it would shake out. PAM - Did not like the forced team drive and their newbie pay was slightly lower.

I like the idea that Swift is big and has a lot of freight (heard about the cameras not digging that camera stuff) Many negative posts, many positive posts.

Prime, I couldn't get anyone on the phone, got in the phone tree 3 times for 15+ minutes. I gave up trying to speak to a human.

So I was left with CRST, Roehl Celadon. CRST starting pay seemed a tad lower than the other two but for me it was about what Roehl had to offer. Decided mid size private company would be better starting out for me, heard good stuff about their staff, equipment home time, pay and most importantly the training and the way they respect their drivers. That is what made me choose them. I came from corporate life and I am tried of having that sort of culture where I work. I want to work hard and be paid fairly with a company I may be able to grow with.

Overall, this was a really hard decision. I have a feeling that there are many great trucking outfits that offer training that I never considered because I never heard of them. I also think that working for Roehl for 15 months will give me a good picture of how they are and how I work with them.

OK fellas, please fact check me and give me your thoughts and insight. I value and respect your opinions.

Thank you in advance.

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