Werner Making Me Go 8 Hours Away Instead Of One

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Werner N.'s Comment
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So I got my prehire from Werner for their Dollar General account, but instead of going to the terminal that does orientation an hour from my house they want me to take a rental car 8 hours to another one.

When I asked why he said they started a new program where someone goes out with you to make sure and show you how to alley dock instead of just handing you the keys, and that the closer one doesn't do it.

Now I really don't mind being with a trainer for a week or two because my backing skills do need work. It just seems fishy that the recruiter was forcing me to go to the one 8 hours away.

Anyone ever hear of something like this?

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.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I think a bigger concern would be admitting that your backing skills need work when you're about to take on a job that demands not only a lot of physical labor on top of driving, but very good backing skills with all the tight stores you'll likely be visiting. Are you familiar with the demands of Dollar General accounts? Dollar General accounts are notorious for chewing up rookie drivers and spitting them out, let alone drivers with some kind of experience. You really need to understand what you're getting into when you sign up for a Dollar General account. It's probably the toughest trucking job you can get.

I'm not sure how much a week or two of training would offset the demands of such an account.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Kurt G.'s Comment
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I don't know anything about Werner, but that explanation sounds reasonable to me.

Probably not a good time to tell them you don't like to have to drive that far. rofl-3.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well I wouldn't worry in the least about which terminal they send you to. Companies are constantly changing how they do everything. Nothing remains stagnant long and they have all kinds of things going on all over the country.

I worked for US Xpress for six years. The company's headquarters are in Chattanooga, TN and I live near Buffalo, NY. I went to orientation at their Georgia terminal and then was immediately sent with some random driver on a trip to the Ohio terminal to get my truck. I was then dispatched out of the Ohio terminal for a while and maybe a year later was switched to the Oklahoma terminal for dispatching. Then I wanted to go regional so I was based and dispatched once again out of the Ohio terminal. Finally I signed up with their Dollar Tree account and was based and dispatched from that point on from our dedicated terminal in Pennsylvania.

So don't think anything of it. It's a corporation. They've always have a ton of changes and growing pains and some level of confusion going on. Just roll with it and be patient. You know there's going to be some 'corporate moments of confusion' during various stages of this process, especially when you're first getting started with a new company.

Finally, the Family Dollar account. I hate to say it, but those jobs really are as rough as their reputation in numerous ways. They're physically exhausting, stressful, and require some extremely difficult backing situations on a pretty regular basis. You have extremely high burnout and turnover in any dollar store account, and you get a noteworthy number of mostly minor injuries like back strains, wrist strains, and bumps on the head from boxes falling from above.

So it would really be to your benefit to try to get into a regular dry van or refrigerated gig at first, even if it's only for a couple of months. Your backing, navigating, and tight-quarter parking lot skills will improve drastically in short order early on in your career. Even postponing the dollar store gig for a relatively short time would make quite a significant difference.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Shawn's Comment
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My guess is that was the closest available trainer. Which terminals are they, if you dont mind me asking?

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Perhaps the further terminal actually has the necessary training pads. None of our drop yards or terminals are the same in size.or facilities.

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.

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