Why The Schneider Hate?

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Susan D. 's Comment
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But the funny thing is, if you do your job and are dependable, almost ANY company will bend over backwards for you, after you've proven your worth to them.

That's what Brett means when he talks about "special perks". Sadly, problem drivers or underperformers are notorious for whining and not accepting responsibility for their own shortcomings and then trash their former employer. Then there are drivers who trash companies they have no direct knowledge of. Go figure. Truck drivers can trash talk and whine with the best of them.

Anyone need some cheese with that whine? Lol

Unholychaos's Comment
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Ouch Bud, how much experience do you have? I get paid about $800/wk average with only 6mo, but I run my first week really hard and do a 34 on the weekend then as much as I can the 2nd week as I'm routed home.

Unholychaos's Comment
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But the funny thing is, if you do your job and are dependable, almost ANY company will bend over backwards for you, after you've proven your worth to them.

This exactly! It's not hard to just do your job. You're a company driver, you have to do what the company tells you. As long as you do that and don't cause problems and are dependable, you'll do just fine and you'll be left alone. If you want to be your own boss and play by your own rules, buy/lease your own truck and go IC for any company that takes ICs.

Susan D. 's Comment
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BTW, I'm positive Bud was just joking.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Ouch Bud, how much experience do you have? I get paid about $800/wk average with only 6mo, but I run my first week really hard and do a 34 on the weekend then as much as I can the 2nd week as I'm routed home.

Haha! Sorry, I was joking. We need an HTML tag for or something.

Seriously, after a while you will notice that some driver somewhere will happily bash whatever company you are driving for just because they feel like it. And usually those same people are the ones who are whining and groaning about how they can't make any money or how dumb their dispatcher is or whatever. Brett said it better than I can with his podcast on "terminal rats."

My second week at my new company, I ran into a couple of these types at the terminal who were talking amongst themselves about what a rotten deal they were getting and how the people running the company are dumb and how they would never do this or that when asked because that would be stupid. And one of them used a (not very funny) variation on the company name to make the point. Malcontents who have been there for years.

I've been there three weeks now, and the terminal manager and my dispatcher have taken care of every thing I need. I have gotten home as promised, and I have made the money that I was told I would be making. I even have a nice 1600 mile long run starting Sunday morning, after my 34 hour reset is done which means I'll have at least 3200 miles by next Friday without really breaking a sweat.

The terminal manager asked me today how I was liking it. I told him it has been great, and asked if there was anything I should be doing differently. He said nope, I've been doing great, been on time, no customer complaints, and nothing he could think of to improve on right now. I said thanks and let him know I'm always open to feedback and that I don't get hurt feelings very easily so if there's something I need to change, let me know and I'll change it.

Now, next time there's another easy run to one coast or the other, who do you suppose he's going to suggest to dispatch to handle that: me, or some guy who complains real loud every chance he gets?

This isn't rocket science, but some parts of it are apparently harder than rocket science, judging from the way some veteran drivers never seem to pick up on how to get better treatment from the people calling the shots.


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Unholychaos's Comment
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Exactly. You're the perfect example of a model employee in any business setting, mainly because you open asked for feedback/constructive criticism and welcome it with open arms. That right there shows your want to do your absolute best by the company's standards

ChosenOne's Comment
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I don't have any hated companies on my list, until I have first hand knowledge how would I know? I had a friend that started at Schneider, was OTR for a 2 years, then moved to intermodel for a few years so he could be home at night when his wife was pregnant with their first child. Now he is car hauling, and when I asked him about Schneider, he said he would do it again, they gave him his first job, there are opportunities once you get some miles under your belt, but he wanted to haul cars and Schneider does not have a car hauling division. He left on good terms and said he would go back if the circumstances were right, ie, a car hauling division.


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.

Diver Driver's Comment
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What do you mean Prime has slow trucks !? I can get up to 75...... on a good down hill run with a good tail wind. Haha

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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There's also a certain school of thought that says that all major carriers are the Antichrist, and anybody who drives for a company with more than a handful of trucks or doesn't own their own truck is an idiot and/or slave.

Which is, frankly, a massive steaming pile of manure no matter which way you look at it.

Larger carriers are going to have more opportunities, better equipment, and the financial resources to maintain their fleet. They're also more likely to have a larger staff during the off-hours to handle any problems that come up, which happens ALL the time. This ain't exactly a 9-5 job, after all.

Honestly, the only ones who are slaves are the ones who do own their own truck. They're slaves to the truck. They can't stop moving, or they're not going to have the money to keep up on their payments. If the truck breaks down, there's no backup waiting for them to jump into and keep running. They're stuck waiting for the truck to be fixed, and they're saddled with the repair bill to boot, and in the meantime all that downtime means no money coming in to cover any expenses. It's stupid, really.

Turtle's Comment
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I can typically squeeze 63 mph out of the mice under my Prime hood.

Funny thing is, even though our trucks are heavily governed, I still get crappy milage.

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