(Newbie) I Have Chosen Roehl For My CDL School. Please Chime In On My Rationale

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Jeff H.'s Comment
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Jeff..I don't know much about the other companies you listed. I went through Roehls CDL program in the mothership (Marshfield). It was at the time an excellerated program. In 2-1/2 weeks, I had my CDL. Don't worry, I had plenty of seat time and was tested by a third party. I've been driving for Roehl since on a dedicated account. I wanted that so I would remain closer to my family on the east coast. Roehl is a great company not only to start with, but continue your career. I like your choice, but I'm biased. Good luck! Welcome to The Power of Red!!

Awesome, that is just what I wanted to here Tim! We are practically neighbors, I am here in the Hudson Valley too (Otisville) I look forward to training and being part of the team!

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.
Jeff H.'s Comment
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Roehl is a fine company with great well maintained equipment. The ONLY reason i didn't choose them as my first employer was that in my area, it's all slip seating and not always the same truck. I love my creature comforts and it would have been a real hassle for me to move in and out of a truck weekly. Of course it's not that way everywhere.

Best of luck on your excellent choice.

That is reassuring about them taking care of the trucks. Sue, Thanks a bunch! I am felling good about my choice.

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.

Jeff H.'s Comment
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I've been doing my due diligence and if I go with a company that trains, I'll probably end up with Roehl. I like what I've read so far and Roehl has several pluses that I'm looking for in a company, one of which being they go to Canada.

sounds good Ukiboy. Good Luck to you!

Deb R.'s Comment
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I do see on their website Roehl allows pets. http://www.roehl.jobs/experience/pet-friendly-truck-driving-jobs

It was almost two years ago when I was looking, guess that has changed! I would have liked to go with Crete at the time, but it was the same story, no pets. A few months later, they started allowing pets. Oh well, because of that, I ended up with H.O.Wolding, and it's been a good company.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Joseph D.'s Comment
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I drove with Roehl for about 8 months. I just recently left them for a local job and have nothing negative to says about them. Good equipment, lots of freight and respectful.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!

I'm a little late to the game here but I'll throw in some stuff for ya. First of all Roehl is an excellent company and would be a great place to work. Here's some insights into your thought process:

I have a feeling that there are many great trucking outfits that offer training that I never considered because I never heard of them

We have companies that offer training and several pages of information about each one here:

Paid CDL Training Programs

XPO is not on the list yet but we're working on it now. We had trouble getting in touch with them at first.

heard good stuff about their staff....and the way they respect their drivers

All of the major carriers have a good staff and respect their drivers. And yet all of them will have a few bad apples in the bunch. That's not really a criteria for selecting a company when comparing the majors.

Prime, I couldn't get anyone on the phone, got in the phone tree 3 times for 15+ minutes. I gave up trying to speak to a human.

I would certainly not want to rule out a company because it took a little longer to get in touch with a recruiter. Prime is famously difficult to get in touch with but it helps quite a bit if you already have an application in with them. They are certainly one of the best companies out there with one of the highest starting pay rates in the industry so you might consider revisiting this.

cided mid size private company would be better starting out for me

Whether they would be considered a mid-major or super-major or mini-major makes no difference whatsoever. There is no "sweet spot" when it comes to the size of a company. All of the major carriers that offer training can be a great place to get started. The size of their fleet won't matter. They're all in the upper 1% when it comes to the size of their fleets.

When choosing a company to get started with you really want to focus on the type of freight you want to haul and how often you'd like to get home. That right there will whittle down your list. Then apply to all of the companies on your list and see who is willing to offer you an opportunity. It's likely not all of them will. That will further whittle down your list and make the choice much easier.

We have tons of great information that will teach you how to choose a company:

Again, Roehl is a great company so there's no reason not to start there but the same applies to the others on the list. Don't rule out Roehl, but also don't rule out the other companies for reasons that will have no effect whatsoever on your happiness and success like the exact size of their fleet, how long it took to get in touch with a recruiter, and how friendly you think their staff might be.

Hope this helps!

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.

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.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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If you want any info on XPO, I'll be more than happy to provide it. I just went through their program and I am very happy. Good luck to you whatever company you choose and just keep to the task.

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.

Jeff H.'s Comment
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I'm a little late to the game here but I'll throw in some stuff for ya. First of all Roehl is an excellent company and would be a great place to work. Here's some insights into your thought process:

double-quotes-start.png

I have a feeling that there are many great trucking outfits that offer training that I never considered because I never heard of them

double-quotes-end.png

We have companies that offer training and several pages of information about each one here:

Paid CDL Training Programs

XPO is not on the list yet but we're working on it now. We had trouble getting in touch with them at first.

double-quotes-start.png

heard good stuff about their staff....and the way they respect their drivers

double-quotes-end.png

All of the major carriers have a good staff and respect their drivers. And yet all of them will have a few bad apples in the bunch. That's not really a criteria for selecting a company when comparing the majors.

double-quotes-start.png

Prime, I couldn't get anyone on the phone, got in the phone tree 3 times for 15+ minutes. I gave up trying to speak to a human.

double-quotes-end.png

I would certainly not want to rule out a company because it took a little longer to get in touch with a recruiter. Prime is famously difficult to get in touch with but it helps quite a bit if you already have an application in with them. They are certainly one of the best companies out there with one of the highest starting pay rates in the industry so you might consider revisiting this.

double-quotes-start.png

cided mid size private company would be better starting out for me

double-quotes-end.png

Whether they would be considered a mid-major or super-major or mini-major makes no difference whatsoever. There is no "sweet spot" when it comes to the size of a company. All of the major carriers that offer training can be a great place to get started. The size of their fleet won't matter. They're all in the upper 1% when it comes to the size of their fleets.

When choosing a company to get started with you really want to focus on the type of freight you want to haul and how often you'd like to get home. That right there will whittle down your list. Then apply to all of the companies on your list and see who is willing to offer you an opportunity. It's likely not all of them will. That will further whittle down your list and make the choice much easier.

We have tons of great information that will teach you how to choose a company:

Again, Roehl is a great company so there's no reason not to start there but the same applies to the others on the list. Don't rule out Roehl, but also don't rule out the other companies for reasons that will have no effect whatsoever on your happiness and success like the exact size of their fleet, how long it took to get in touch with a recruiter, and how friendly you think their staff might be.

Hope this helps!

Thanks Brett, Great insight!

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.

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.

Jeff H.'s Comment
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If you want any info on XPO, I'll be more than happy to provide it. I just went through their program and I am very happy. Good luck to you whatever company you choose and just keep to the task.

Hi Sam, I would like to speak with an XPO recruiter if you have a contact? Go USC ! (I have family down that way)

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.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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My recruiter's name is Amanda. The number is 800-641-4748, ext 5565.

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