Roehl, Prime, Schneider,Werner-----Where To Go???

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Bill G.'s Comment
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So I want to start deciding which company I should go to, to begin my employment with. I will graduate with my CDL soon and I've done a lot of research and I still can't decide. I was hoping you guys might help weigh in. I am looking for the following: 1. Regional run 2. Decent home time 3. An automatic transmission Ability to bring spouse, child, or animal- (my dog) 4.Strong miles

The companies in the heading are my front runners but I can't decide, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also I want to thank all of you and Brett for this site. I obtained my CDL permit recently and I am so glad I was able to practice on this site.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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So I want to start deciding which company I should go to, to begin my employment with. I will graduate with my CDL soon and I've done a lot of research and I still can't decide. I was hoping you guys might help weigh in. I am looking for the following: 1. Regional run 2. Decent home time 3. An automatic transmission Ability to bring spouse, child, or animal- (my dog) 4.Strong miles

The companies in the heading are my front runners but I can't decide, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also I want to thank all of you and Brett for this site. I obtained my CDL permit recently and I am so glad I was able to practice on this site.

All are out of the running if one of your criteria is an automatic transmission. None of the above mentioned companies have them.

Prime is out because they do not have regional runs (at least none that I know of), their home time is a minimum of 3 weeks out before you can get home time.

I can't speak about the other companies (I have never driven for them). Other folks here can chime in on the others (I know there are drivers here that have driven for most of the other companies).

Ernie

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matt M.'s Comment
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Tyson runs automatics, you might look at them. I believe they do regional as well, and they have locations all over. Not sure if they hire straight out of school or not, but can't hurt to ask.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Just looked at their website and they do hire from certified trucking schools and even offer tuition reimbursement.

Pick/Grin's Comment
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Averitt has a lot of automatics and they run quite a bit of regional/local. Roehl is pretty good for time off, and I heard Prime drivers are payed well. I've heard a lot of bad things about Werner and Schneider though, seems like they're the butt of many a joke...

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Pick/Grin passes it on:

I've heard a lot of bad things about Werner and Schneider though, seems like they're the butt of many a joke...

Don't forget the bad things written (posted elsewhere) about Swift. And CRST, and C R England. Oh yes, also the junk about CRETE, US-X and Rhoel. Can these writers back up all the claims? Or did they simply read stuff on another post and want to believe it?

My point is there are 10 posts griping & whining about any given company, compared to one by a driver boasting about the great company he works for.

Pick/Grin's Comment
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That is true, I don't blame companies, but it seems like the stereotype is already set. I know Schneider has some longtime employees, and though I've seen a lot of bad Swift drivers, I've met a number of really good ones. These are all big companies, so it's not like they got to be as big as they are without some good drivers.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I can speak to Roehl as that is where I went to school and began driving. Their training is excellent and does not last nearly as long as most other companies. You can bring a spouse or child after 6 months of safe driving (I think that is the time frame). Right before I left. they instituted a pet policy which seemed quite expensive to me, but I dont have a pet either. Depending on where you live they do have dedicated regional accounts. Decent home time and they were just getting some automatics about the time I left. Hope this helps and good luck!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Veetz's Comment
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Schneider is going to automatics. But, it'll of course, be the newest trucks that have them. So, it would be highly unlikely you'd get an automatic right out of the gate. They also do not allow pets at all.

Bill G.'s Comment
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Tyson runs automatics, you might look at them. I believe they do regional as well, and they have locations all over. Not sure if they hire straight out of school or not, but can't hurt to ask.

Thanks Matt, I will look into them.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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