Werner Regional Dollar General

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Bill P.'s Comment
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Can anyone give me some insight into this job. I just got off the phone wit the recruiter who stated that with this job there is a $1300.00 minimum a week. I find this hard to believe driving 1500-2000 miles a week. Before I can make a decision I will bounce everything off the people that actually do the job.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Do you have prior CDL experience? I ask this because we don't recommend that a newbie takes a dedicated account like this.

Not only are they driver unload by hand (40000 pounds of freight with rollers and hand dollies) but they involve some of the most difficult backing maneuvers you will ever encounter plus extremely difficult stores to get into.

I'm sure someone else will chime in with more detailed information for you.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Bill, it's a really tough gig. Lots of sweating with much more physical labor than driving. You'll need to deliver and unload two truck loads a week - that's approximately 80,000 pounds of driver/hand unloaded freight!

These jobs pay very well, and the reason is that they have a terrible time keeping anybody on these accounts for more than just a few months. Often times the drivers end up leaving just as often for injuries as they do for the other reasons of backing accidents and pure burn out.

Some guys want that kind of thing, and if the shoe fits you then congratulations, but heed our warning: for a rookie, it could be a really risky choice of a job to get started with.

Alfred G.'s Comment
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I'm grateful I read this!

I spoke to a Werner recruiter 2 weeks ago, and I too was told DG regional routes were open once I got my CDL in Florida, my home state, which to me sounded good.

I had no clue as to the labor involved, which is rare. I really appreciate the imput here.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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You are a delivery guy, as much as you are a driver on accounts like this. Which is why there's (what looks like) an "attractive bump" in pay scale for these types of accounts, as well as "home every weekend" and other incentives.

As OS says - it's hard to keep drivers on these, because of burn-out/injuries/etc., or this just wasn't what most folks thought they were getting into, when they dreamed about being an OTR truck driver. It's unload, rain or shine, hot or cold. Lots of climbing, lugging, inventorying - and for some, I think you have to break down the mixed pallets also. Only thing you DON'T have to do, is stock the shelves.

Now - it might be a fit for some folks - and going in with all the info, eyes wide open, at least someone will know what to expect.

Definitely not MY CUP OF TEA.

Pushing a broom to sweep out a trailer, or maybe dragging some pallets off with a pallet jack, are about the most I'd willingly sign on for.

Rick

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

MindFreak's Comment
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I was a store manager for DG..trust me the jib is hard. The money sounds good but you are going to work for every cent of it. When they build the stores they couldn't care less about how the truck is going to get in position to unload....my store was VERY difficult. My opinion is pass on this no matter how good they make it sound.

Alfred G.'s Comment
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I was a store manager for DG..trust me the jib is hard. The money sounds good but you are going to work for every cent of it. When they build the stores they couldn't care less about how the truck is going to get in position to unload....my store was VERY difficult. My opinion is pass on this no matter how good they make it sound.

Those warning words are gold MindFreak. Thank you!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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