Werner Or Schneider?

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Derrick W.'s Comment
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So I've been pre-hired by Schneider on a dedicated position. They are offering me a position in the southeast running Monday from about 2-6 a.m. until Saturday (sometime) and then I'm home for a 34 hour restart. The only problem is the truck stays at the yard about 80 miles away. So I would go train for 3 weeks with them and then start driving. Werner offered me a Regional position that runs the southeast as well, I would run 5 days and then come home for a 34 hour restart. They said the truck comes home with me. I would ride with a trainer for 6 weeks (long time to be away from home) and then start on my own. I really don't know who to go with. I have my CDL , I just need further training with companies. Can someone give me a little advice?

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.

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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Can't really say much being that I chose OTR. I have no reason to be back home and love it haha. Anyways it is up to you. Personally werner sounds better because you can take the truck home making it less of a hassle to get home after driving. If anything do a pros and cons with each and decide. Honestly you should give otr a shot, but it is ultimately up to you.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Is that Werner job one of the "Dollar" store accounts?

Derrick W.'s Comment
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Is that Werner job one of the "Dollar" store accounts?

Yes it's a Dollar General I think. She said I would have to unload it for extra pay.

Old School's Comment
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Derrick, that is a really tough job. Let me restate that... it is a brutal job.

I never recommend that job to rookies. There is a good reason it pays so well - they can't keep drivers on it.

I suggest you put "dollar stores" in the search bar at the top of this page and read some of our former conversations about that account. You need to be fully aware of how that account could be both the start and the end of your new career before you jump into that water.

Derrick W.'s Comment
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Derrick, that is a really tough job. Let me restate that... it is a brutal job.

I never recommend that job to rookies. There is a good reason it pays so well - they can't keep drivers on it.

I suggest you put "dollar stores" in the search bar at the top of this page and read some of our former conversations about that account. You need to be fully aware of how that account could be both the start and the end of your new career before you jump into that water.

I thank you so much for that! I know Schneider said it would be no touch but Werner said I would be unloading for extra pay. I didn't think it would be difficult. I had better stick with Schneider. I'm so thankful for you guys!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I agree with Old School. Stay away from the dollar store accounts in the very beginning. I ran one of those for a year with US Xpress and it's brutal. The backing is really tough, some stores are hard to locate, most are in really congested areas, and it wears you down. It's a heck of a workload for a new driver to take on. I would say get a minimum of six months of OTR , preferably a year before you go for something like that.

Both Werner and Schneider are huge, successful companies with a million opportunities. You can't go wrong at either place. Just avoid the dollar tree accounts for now but consider their other options for regional routes that get you home weekends. Even if you have to put in a few months OTR before qualifying for a certain division it's usually well worth it if it suits you well. Don't worry about how long their training is. That's trivial. Go with the company you feel suits you best and you'll do fine.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh, and for anyone that's doing research on companies, here's a bunch of help we have for ya:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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I agree with Old School. Stay away from the dollar store accounts in the very beginning. I ran one of those for a year with US Xpress and it's brutal. The backing is really tough, some stores are hard to locate, most are in really congested areas, and it wears you down. It's a heck of a workload for a new driver to take on. I would say get a minimum of six months of OTR , preferably a year before you go for something like that.

Both Werner and Schneider are huge, successful companies with a million opportunities. You can't go wrong at either place. Just avoid the dollar tree accounts for now but consider their other options for regional routes that get you home weekends. Even if you have to put in a few months OTR before qualifying for a certain division it's usually well worth it if it suits you well. Don't worry about how long their training is. That's trivial. Go with the company you feel suits you best and you'll do fine.

I third that, also agree...run. Dollar Accounts are not good for rookies. Shocked they are still trying to push new drivers into that without providing an accurate picture on the degree of difficulty. Have fun, become a pumpkin pilot.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Derrick W.'s Comment
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I agree with Old School. Stay away from the dollar store accounts in the very beginning. I ran one of those for a year with US Xpress and it's brutal. The backing is really tough, some stores are hard to locate, most are in really congested areas, and it wears you down. It's a heck of a workload for a new driver to take on. I would say get a minimum of six months of OTR , preferably a year before you go for something like that.

Both Werner and Schneider are huge, successful companies with a million opportunities. You can't go wrong at either place. Just avoid the dollar tree accounts for now but consider their other options for regional routes that get you home weekends. Even if you have to put in a few months OTR before qualifying for a certain division it's usually well worth it if it suits you well. Don't worry about how long their training is. That's trivial. Go with the company you feel suits you best and you'll do fine.

The Schneider dedicated position said 100% no-touch freight. That seems pretty legit, right?

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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