1/2 Way Through School And Have 3 Prehires Already...

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ChrisEMT's Comment
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Hello all,

just another update. I'm almost halfway through my 22 week program, and I received my 3rd prehire letter on Wednesday. So far I got letters from Swift, Roehl, and Werner.... I'm still waiting on H. O. Wolding.... So far, they all are pretty equal with benefits and pay (less then 5¢/mile difference from the lowest to highest pay) from what I see.... Right now, on paper at least, they are all equal, with H.O. Wolding being the best with their tuition reimbursement of $10k (versus $6-$7k for the other companies..

I wouldn't mind working for any of these companies, but I was wondering if there was any drivers from these companies who would PM me with an honest opinion about working for their company, or if you are coming throught the central Connecticut area, and wouldn't mind meeting up with me for a coffee so I can get first hand info, it would be greatly appreciated....

I just want to make sure that whichever company I choose will be the right fit for me and the company.....

Other than that, I hit the field portion of the class in 2 weeks, and will be starting on the shifting drills, pre and post trip inspections and getting ready for the DMV test....

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Starcar's Comment
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Any of the companies will reimburse your tuition up to the amount you have been charged. Some will pay a portion, where some will pay it all. But you won't get any money on top of that...

Starcar's Comment
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The only other scenario would be if one of them offer you a sign on bonus. But for drivers fresh out of school, thats a rare thing. After you get your year or so in, and you have been a safe driver, then you can look into driving jobs that will pay you a sign on bonus...nice money to get, IF the job offer fits you and the company....don't sell yourself out for the bonus money. Alot of times, when you really get to looking into it, that bonus money comes out in different areas. Some are in benefits, co pay on insurance, and stuff like that. You will need to carefully look at the WHOLE package.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I wouldn't mind working for any of these companies, but I was wondering if there was any drivers from these companies who would PM me with an honest opinion about working for their company, or if you are coming throught the central Connecticut area, and wouldn't mind meeting up with me for a coffee so I can get first hand info, it would be greatly appreciated....

The best thing to do is head to a local truck stop and speak with some of the drivers in person. You can catch them while they're fueling up or walking into the truck stop. Drivers ask each other all the time how they like working for a particular company so no one will think anything of it.

That's about the best way to get the inside scoop on life at any company.

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