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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Terminated after 3rd week of OTR Training

Oh and I don't have anything against the company or the Mentor... just very dissapointed with how things were handled...

I've learned a whole lot during my tenure with them, which will help me progress with the new company.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Terminated after 3rd week of OTR Training

First... thanks Errol, CT, Sue, Mr. M, and Bud A for your input and suggestions.

I'm from KY. I wouldn't mind being OTR a couple of weeks at a time.

The Mentor and I had a couple of discussions about my progression during the training. He said his main concern was my trailer awareness. Yes, I had a couple of close calls. First he wasn't going to release me for the final week's training but he ended up allowing it. But all that changed when the morning came. The Mentor's manager said he'd call me with more details about the decision as he didn't have the information available.

With the backing, I went back to the CDL "school" to seek for some additional help. They tried to help as much as they could but they couldn't do much without a spread axle trailer.

I've been researching on other flatbed companies and I'll start applying today and tomorrow... carefully. I'll incorporate all of you suggestion while I talk to the recruiters.

Thank you.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Terminated after 3rd week of OTR Training

Hi RIck,

I've had my CDL for about a month now.

I just find flatbed more challenging.

The Mentor said my trailer awareness hasn't progressed (which it has). But I know my backing is lousy (the school didn't teach it properly, just their ways so we could pass the state test). My securement/tarpment has gotten much better. I wish I had asked for a new Mentor but it's probably too late now. The Mentor said he'd give me another chance in the final week.

Thanks.

Hi Patrick,

I'd like to keep the name of the company anonymous for now.

So I should wait to get the letter before applying to other companies?

Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Terminated after 3rd week of OTR Training

Hi all,

Here's the thread that contains a bit of background...

Threatened By Trainer

As expected, the Mentor/Safety didn't approve me to continue with my training as I just received a call from a Safety Manager.

Last week, my Mentor advised me to "quit" rather than waiting to be terminated. I told him I wouldn't quit unless terminated. So here I am.

The Safety Manager said he'll put on the letter that I quit because no alternate Mentor has been available to finish my training (because I was told on Friday that I'd be with a new trainer next week).

I'd like to give trucking another shot... and still want to do flatbed.

How should I approach the next company? Would they see this as a negative?

Thanks in advance. This is quite a bummer and embarrassment.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Threatened by Trainer?

Thank you all for the encouragement. I've just been rolling along... Haven't been taking it too personally.

I've been on the road training with a flatbed company. This is a whole new arena to me as I always had desk jobs.

My driving is fine I think... Had issue with downshifting but city/mountainous have been helping me a lot. Since the last "threat," I've improved in those areas.

I still have problem backing (mainly setting up) because our school had their method for doing so. Therefore, we didn't do alley backing or other proper backings. But Im getting better at it.

Securememt... Slowly absorbing the process... Have been exposed to 3-4 kinds of load... The trainer thinks I've been slow (which is true). At times he had left me alone to figure things out.

Had a bit of an incident (no collision nor injuries) at a shipper recently and rather being supportive, he said "Did you do this how you were taught? It took a lot of my convincing to not to have your ass fired. People listen to me." Eventhough I came up with a plan to fix the problem.

Oh well... I'll be alright. I've questioned myself of competency.

Thanks for your support.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Threatened by Trainer?

For not progressing in some areas... "If you don't improve on... by... you'll be terminated." On 2 of 4-week training.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Threatened by Trainer?

Has anyone been threatened to be terminated during your on the road training?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Please Evaluate My Pre Hire's

Thank you Errol.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Please Evaluate My Pre Hire's

Based on my experience so far (recruiter interaction, job literature, equipment offering, benefits, compensation, etc), I think I'm going to choose... What do you all think?

TMC Roehl Schneider Covenant Boyd Werner

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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In Process of Getting CDL... But Should OTTO Concern Me?

Thanks G-Town.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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In Process of Getting CDL... But Should OTTO Concern Me?

Thanks Sue D.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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In Process of Getting CDL... But Should OTTO Concern Me?

Brett, thank you for this amazing place... I'll sure take advantage of the High Road Training Program.

My first post here.

I'm planning to attend a CDL school and secure an OTR position in the next couple of months. I know there has been a lot of discussion about OTTO and I'm not here to start another debate. However, I talked briefly to a recruiter and he said I shouldn't worry about driverless trucks as it won't happen at least for another decade or two.

With the news of UBER acquiring OTTO, I'm a bit concerned that autonomous trucks will be more practical sooner than later. I'm all for efficiency, cost saving, increased safety... and I'm sure truck companies won't delay to take advantage of this technology. I just want to be assured that the decision of me leaving my stable career (and burnt out) and start a new one in trucking is sound.

Thank you in advance for your input.

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