Schneider Drivers I Need Your Feedback

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Jay68442's Comment
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I had a phone interview with Schneider and I'm having a hard time making a final decision. The position at Schneider is Northeast Regional. My final 3 companies are Schneider, Roehl and Core Mark (local food delivery that pays well be very labor intensive).

I need honest feedback from Schneider drivers. Are you happy with Schneider? Are you getting the miles they promised? What is/will be your first years gross. And anything else you think I need to know.

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.

Jay68442's Comment
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Thought I would list what Schneider promised

Training is 18 days Training pay $80 a day

Starting pay after training = .36 CPM + .02 safety/Performance bonus .37 at 3 months + .02 .38 at 6 months + .02 .41 at a year + .02 Average miles 1800 - 2200 a week

Tuition reimbursement up to $6000, paid to you at $150 a month The job I applied for also has a $2500 sign-on bonus for new drivers. This is paid $500 @ 45 days, $500 @ 90, $500 @180, $1000 at a year.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Joshua's Comment
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I'm on the Bulk side of Schneider so I can't speak for van. But everything they promised me I received. I'm on track to make 45k my first year. I'm 5 months in as of now.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I would stay away from the lkcal food delivery. Local jobs tend to be a real beast for inexperienced drivers. But thats just my .02

Tiny Tree's Comment
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I had a phone interview with Schneider and I'm having a hard time making a final decision. The position at Schneider is Northeast Regional. My final 3 companies are Schneider, Roehl and Core Mark (local food delivery that pays well be very labor intensive).

I need honest feedback from Schneider drivers. Are you happy with Schneider? Are you getting the miles they promised? What is/will be your first years gross. And anything else you think I need to know.

Schneider, IMHO is a good company to work for. Their training is in fact 18 days (Week one: paperwork, pre-work screen, DOT physical, classroom, then the rest of the week working in the training yard and driving out on the roads around the terminal. Also, week one you will get brand new boots, slip and oil resistant. The boots cost $35 and are deducted from your first paycheck, plus if you get the boots, you get a brand new pair every year at no additional cost. Week two: you are out with a trainer for the week. Week three: classroom all week learning trip planning and Qualcomm). Also, Schneider's website (schneiderjobs.com) has several different videos, one of which is some of the pre-work screen. There is also a list of what to bring to orientation on the site as well.Once hired on, they will have you buy a kingpin lock at $65 That they will deduct in payments from about 4 pay checks and they will give you a bag with some things you will need for your truck.

I would think that you being from PA you will be at the Carlisle/Harrisburg terminal. The hotel they put you in is decent and you will have a roommate (if you prefer a room to yourself you can pay for it at Schneiders rate). There are washers and dryers available, but no soap (I washed my clothes over the weekend after first week before I went with my trainer and then again when I returned from being out with my trainer). They pick you up at the hotel every morning in a school bus Monday-Saturday at 0630 and they will return you by bus to the hotel at the end of the day. They give you meal tickets for one lunch each day at the terminal (the salads, if you like salads, can be bought with the meal tickets and are excellent, better than what's available from the hot plate or for 6 or 7 bucks you can buy a burger and fries, also very good). Free breakfast at the hotel and dinner is on you. I took my own food for breakfast and dinner, the rooms all have a fridge and microwave. There is also a Cracker Barrel right next to the hotel and a Chili's within walking distance. Plus, Walmart is about a mile up the road.

All of the trainers were great and very patient. They will work with you as long as you have a great attitude, are professional and positive. Follow directions and show you are a hard worker and you won't have any problems. Let the problem people weed themselves out on their own.

I also applied for Northeast Regional but was moved to BJ's Dedicated and it paid the same as you quoted above. They will make payments to you as you quoted for the sign on bonus. You will get what was promised to you as far as the pay goes (.36/mile, performance bonus as long as you meet the criteria for it, tuition reimbursement). I was happy with Schneider, but unfortunately needed to leave because of a personal issue. I wish I could have stayed, I miss it every day!! My run was to average 2200-2500 miles/week and I was on pace to hit those miles. My first year pay would have been about $40k-$45k.

Hope this has been helpful to you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Best of luck to you in your journey to your new lifestyle!!!

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.

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay68442's Comment
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Thank you for the feedback. I'm 95% sure I will be signing on with Schneider. Calling them tomorrow with a few more questions and all goes well I will I will be on my way.

Tom M.'s Comment
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Can any of the Schneider tanker drivers tell me about possible known approved tanker parking closer to my area. I live in Quincy Illinois and the only one I know of is in Iowa which is about 120 miles away! This could be a deal breaker for me.

Dave Reid's Comment
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I had a phone interview with Schneider and I'm having a hard time making a final decision. The position at Schneider is Northeast Regional. My final 3 companies are Schneider, Roehl and Core Mark (local food delivery that pays well be very labor intensive).

I need honest feedback from Schneider drivers. Are you happy with Schneider? Are you getting the miles they promised? What is/will be your first years gross. And anything else you think I need to know.

Schneider will keep whatever commitments they make to you so long as you live up to your end of the bargain.

So would Roehl. I don't know anything about Core Mark, but the job sounds terrible, especially for a newbie. Then again, NE Regional sounds terrible to me too, unless you like driving at night. If you drive NE Regional during the day, you're going to spend a lot of time wrestling with awful traffic, even on Sat/Sun.

Living in PA, you could have a lot of other choices on territory, if you want them.

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.

Cold War Surplus's Comment
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Not a Schneider driver, but I can think of two important advantages about driving for Schneider that I didn't consider when deciding where to start my career.

1) Facilities. Schneider has dozens of them. Laundry, wi-fi, showers, restaurants. It's like having a chain of truck stops that are only open to Schneider drivers. Must be nice to have a place to park your truck instead of roaming the earth looking for an empty parking space at the public truck stops after dark. CRST has FOUR terminals. By default they send you to the terminal closest to your home of record when your truck needs maintenance. I have to go to Riverside, CA - a mere 1,207 miles from my home! Other drivers who live in L.A. just drive home for an extra day or two of hometime.

2) They know where their trailers are!!! Their smartphone app will show you a map of empty trailer locations based on their satellite tracking. I have spent many 11-hour days driving across multiple states looking for trailers that aren't there. I earn nothing on those days.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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