Stevens Transport Or No?

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Joshua R.'s Comment
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So, I am halfway through CDL School and have gotten a prehire from Stevens. Should I wait for another company? I have looked at Glassdoor and from what I see they are not a good company to work for. Anyone else have an opinion? Or even any suggestions?

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.

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.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Try a mom and pop company that will train you or Melton isn't bad for a starter either Stevens has some slow trucks

Errol V.'s Comment
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So, I am halfway through CDL School and have gotten a prehire from Stevens. Should I wait for another company? I have looked at Glassdoor and from what I see they are not a good company to work for. Anyone else have an opinion? Or even any suggestions?

I assume you want to complete your schooling?

You have a pre-hire letter from one company. You are not hired yet. The letter means you satisfy all the company's requirements for getting hired. Read about pre-hires here: Understanding Pre-Hires.

Collect as many as you want. Decide where you plan to work, and keep them posted on your school status.

As for Glass Door, you might as well look up any other trucking company. Go ahead, pick any one. You will find they are not a good company to work for either. Look up another company. Oops, not good.

My point is, finding "good" reviews on a place like GlassDoor is like finding hen's teeth. Ignore reviews like that. Check these out here: Trucking Companies, and then read this: How To Choose A Company

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.

Pre-hire:

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We also have information on pre-hires here.

I would keep applying for more pre-hires just to see how many opportunities you can find. But there is certainly nothing wrong with Stevens. Like Errol said, ignore those review sites. They're garbage. Find a company that seems to suit you well and go in there and show em you're awesome. Any company can be a great place to work if you're a hard working, safe driver with a great attitude.

Pre-hire:

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
New Beginning's Comment
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Try a mom and pop company that will train you or Melton isn't bad for a starter either Stevens has some slow trucks

60 MPH in a truck is not slow, at least not in my opinion. Grant it I am still new but being new it was the best thing for me. My first couple days of driving I was scared to go faster than 50mph. Around curves I was afraid I would tip over so I would go even slower. 3 months later sometimes I wish my truck would go faster but being new slow is a good thing. Being new, a mom and pop shop might be something to worry about if they don't have newer equipment.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My nephew who lives in Florida is a driver for Stevens. He says, while other companies may pay more cpm to start, he consistently gets 3k miles per week. He has been there a year now and just received a brand new truck. He says he has no intention of moving to another company. His pay and bonuses are always good and they have excellent equipment.

You cannot believe those awful reviews you see about so many "starter" companies. Brett and the others are correct.. if you are a safe, professional go-getter and a company sees you are dependable, you will do well. The name on the side of the truck really doesn't matter.

My nephew is a real people person. He absolutely loves his job at Stevens and is treated with respect. He was actually in NYC yesterday and in Seattle last week. No, they didn't force him to go, but he is always willing to go anywhere they need him to.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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A secret to trucking success:

No, they didn't force [my nephew] to go, but he is always willing to go anywhere they need him to.

(Thanks, Sue) Just keep pressing the Accept button. You'll always have miles, and the dispatcher/DM will love you, and that's a good thing.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.
Pastor C.'s Comment
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(Thanks, Sue) Just keep pressing the Accept button. You'll always have miles, and the dispatcher/DM will love you, and that's a good thing.

I was always told by my dad growing up that when your manager asks, albeit tells you to do something, do it. This has helped me tremendously in all areas of jobs

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Joshua R.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the advice, and yes Errol of course I want to finish the school. I have other pre hires , I know how they work and I understand Im not hired yet. (Im not 21 and I didnt just start out in life) The school im going to is called Troops2Transport, decent ordeal. I know how to work hard and I will for any company I go with. I asked about stevens as that is the company I want to go with atm but forums dissapointed me and I wanted to ask via here so as not to make a poor decision and either lose out on a good thing or get screwed over. I have a family to think about. I need to keep a roof over thier heads and food in thier bellys. Thank you again and I will look more into all the companies.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Pre Hire:

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.

Pre Hires:

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.

Muleskinner 6's Comment
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I currently work for Stevens and so far I am happy. I am still with a trainer and i am getting around 3000 miles a week. (That's just the miles I drove)

They do have really nice equipment. I am I'm a 2016 Kenworth and yes it is governed at 66 miles an hour. But think about it from the companies perspective, do you really want to turn a rookie loose in a brand new truck that can do 75? I was like the other guy the first time I dropped off a steep grade, I was doing 45 and the pucker factor was through the roof. I swore I was going to roll over.

Their training program is really good. Students aren't put with a trainer to be "meat in the seat" to help the trainer pay his lease. During the five weeks out with the trainer you have to watch videos and take tests with a required 240 hours behind the wheel. You have to hit all five regions and bump a dock in the north east. You have to cross a minimum of three qualified mountains with a minimum of 25,000# in the box.

As far as their lease program they arent like other companies and try to force you into it. So far I have only had to sit through a 5 minute speech about the topic in orientation. You have to qualify to be considered. you have to have a high MPG rating, perfect on time rate, and no accidents.

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.

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