Any Schneider Drivers Out There?

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Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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I'm about 1/4 into school, and the company recruiters are coming in and looking for pre-hires. SCHEIDER has a terminal about 30 min from home and their comp. pkg looks comparable to most others. I haven't heard anything good or bad about them. Although, yrs ago I knew someone who left his rig in a TS because they couldn't get him home when he wanted. ( so he said )... I kind of doubt that's the real reason. So just looking for some honest intel good or bad.

Thanks, Mark

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Bumping this so Team Pumpkin can respond.

Phoenix's Comment
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Bumping this so Team Pumpkin can respond

. rofl-3.gif I needed that laugh, thank you! Haven't heard that phrase in over a decade.

G-Town's Comment
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It is that time of the year...frost on the pumpkin, etc

Kevin H.'s Comment
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I drive for Schneider, but I'm not really sure how to answer your question except to say that I don't know any reason to avoid it. I've been solo 8 months now and I'm doing pretty well. Pretty much everything the recruiter told me was true (and another Schneider driver here, Steve I think, says the same). I've talked to drivers who weren't getting many miles, but that seems to be every company, including some of the regulars here. I think it's pretty much the same as the other big companies. I think some companies pay better (like Prime), but that probably shouldn't be the only thing in choosing a company.

If you have any specific questions I'll try to answer.

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.

Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Hey thanks for the intel Kurt. I just got off the phone with a recruiter and filled out the app for the OTR position out of Shrewsbury Ma. She said the app was perfect. So once I complete school we take the next steps. I'm happy to hear that what the recruiter told you was pretty much on line with what really takes place. I've talked with drivers from other companies and haven't heard to much negativity towards the BIG ORANGE. Keep the wheels turning and be safe. Thanks again, Mark

I drive for Schneider, but I'm not really sure how to answer your question except to say that I don't know any reason to avoid it. I've been solo 8 months now and I'm doing pretty well. Pretty much everything the recruiter told me was true (and another Schneider driver here, Steve I think, says the same). I've talked to drivers who weren't getting many miles, but that seems to be every company, including some of the regulars here. I think it's pretty much the same as the other big companies. I think some companies pay better (like Prime), but that probably shouldn't be the only thing in choosing a company.

If you have any specific questions I'll try to answer.

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.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol.. Only thing i know about Schneider is: I had a prehire with them (and a few other companies on my short list) Ive been told their company training is top notch but the idea of only getting 7 days OTR with a trainer terrified me so i went to West Side instead, and last but not at all important is our trucks at WST are faster.

In all seriousness though, ive heard only good things about the big orange. My codriver has a friend who has been with them over 30 years driving local in Atlanta. He says they treat him so well he would be a fool to go anywhere else despite the teasing about how he must be a rookie since he drives for Schneider. I promise you he smiles all the way to the bank every payday.

Excellent choice and 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.

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.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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That's great, i work ne regional and stop at shrewsbury a lot (just for parking and maintenance, there's nothing much else there). Working out of there, does that mean that's where you're parking when your home, or will your dbl be there? I'm asking because the only dbl who works there seems very good, and used to be a driver himself, so that would be great. My dbl is in Carlisle pa, and i live in maine so i don't get out there too often.

Hey thanks for the intel Kurt. I just got off the phone with a recruiter and filled out the app for the OTR position out of Shrewsbury Ma. She said the app was perfect. So once I complete school we take the next steps. I'm happy to hear that what the recruiter told you was pretty much on line with what really takes place. I've talked with drivers from other companies and haven't heard to much negativity towards the BIG ORANGE. Keep the wheels turning and be safe. Thanks again, Mark

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I drive for Schneider, but I'm not really sure how to answer your question except to say that I don't know any reason to avoid it. I've been solo 8 months now and I'm doing pretty well. Pretty much everything the recruiter told me was true (and another Schneider driver here, Steve I think, says the same). I've talked to drivers who weren't getting many miles, but that seems to be every company, including some of the regulars here. I think it's pretty much the same as the other big companies. I think some companies pay better (like Prime), but that probably shouldn't be the only thing in choosing a company.

If you have any specific questions I'll try to answer.

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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.

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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One of the nice things about Schneider is that the position you're applying for is on schneiderjobs.com. So, when people say get it in writing, it's there and you can print it out.

My experience (will be two years in December) has been positive and as good as promised.

As they like to say here, you're interviewing everyday for the job. Treat it that way and build your relationship with your immediate contacts.

As for the 7days with the trainer, (17 day total orientation) it was adequate for me. Remember; by the time you get to Schneider Orientation you already know how to drive the truck. You'll do 95% of the driving and backing those seven days and your trainer will not be sleeping while you drive. Plus you'll spend five days driving and backing before you go out for those 7days. I preferred the shorter orientation because I started earning full pay right away.

Look at my other posts for more reasons to join the pumpkin patch.

I hope this helps.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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