Can You Name Some Good Companies To Work For?

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Andy S.'s Comment
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Hi everybody, I'm currently in CDL school, and I've been reading up on what people say about certain companies to work for, and it doesn't sound good. I've read that some companies mistreat their employees, or screw them over in some way . Can you guys name some companies that are good to work for? Getting paid well is definitely important, but to me it's more important that I work for a company that treats it's employees well. I'm from Chicago, Il and would like to be home every night

Thank you, Andy S.

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.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Xpo is a great company, but good luck on that home every night thing.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Andy...I recommend reviewing the following:

And also this: Trucking Company Reviews

Like Sam the Wrastlin' Man said, it's unlikely you are going to find a job that gets you home every day without some experience. These jobs are typically reserved for experienced drivers. And for good reason. Man times they require a driver with superior skills in backing and maneuvering their truck in close quarters.

Good luck!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

classA's Comment
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Schneider National has been good to me over the past 17 months.....just keep your expectations real.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Andy I've also been pleased with Schneider.

Since you're in Chicago, Schneider has intermodal there and a big Op Center in Gary, IN. The intermodal might get you home each night. I'm OTR dry Van.

Good luck!

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi everybody, I'm currently in CDL school, and I've been reading up on what people say about certain companies to work for, and it doesn't sound good. I've read that some companies mistreat their employees, or screw them over in some way . Can you guys name some companies that are good to work for? Getting paid well is definitely important, but to me it's more important that I work for a company that treats it's employees well. I'm from Chicago, Il and would like to be home every night

Thank you, Andy S.

Andy, no major trucking company "mistreats their employees, or screws them over in some way". 99% of the posts you read elsewhere are written by the losers who do not understand how the business works. National-sized companies got that way by doing things right, and not by doing their drivers - literally the people where the rubber meets the road for them - wrong.

G-Town pointed out the Trucking Truth reviews that are researched and full of real information. Dig in!

Here's some more help:

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Well home every night might take a while. And a good company for one maybe disappointing for another...do you think you want to run flatbed, vans, LTL.....even automatic vs manual transmission can come into play. It's not every night but there are companies such as McElroy that promise you home every weekend. Also possibly an xtra night at home here and there, but that's not promoted because it's so unpredictable.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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