Any Werner Drivers?

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Jason K.'s Comment
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Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to see if there are any Werner drivers here or even anyone set on going to Werner. Even anyone that has previously worked for Werner in the last year or so.

I have a couple questions to ask you all. I'll wait until someone responds to throw out my questions.

Thanks in Advance.

JD's Comment
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I've been driving for Werner for almost a year now.

I'll answer any questions you have or get you in touch with someone who has the answers if I don't know.

JD

Jason K.'s Comment
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That's ok, this thread is probably the best bet for those in the future, I like the open platform for everyone.

So, you've been there a year? Hopefully my questions aren't to personal, if so, just let me know you can't answer them.

What terminal do you mainly drive out of? I was told I'd be going to the Joliet Terminal for my Orientation, then out for 3-4 weeks with my trainer, then my own truck. I should be running Midwest dedicated so only (MN, WI, MI, IA, IN, OH, KY, IL).

How have you liked it so far? What has been your experience?

Any pointers, or words of advice or knowledge you can drop here for me with regard to Werner specifically?

Thanks

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.
JD's Comment
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I go all over the country so no home terminal. I like it that way always a new adventure and I suggest that you go into it thinking it's an adventure, makes it fun. Joliet is our new terminal I've been to it once since it opened last month an will be there again this morning.

I like Werner very much, the only minor problem I've had with them was in the beginning was with weekend dispatch but it's all good now.

My best advice to you is to always read your signs to start every sign and take your time. More later gotta roll

JD

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.

JD's Comment
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Also I don't recommend doing dedicated accounts unless you are very good at backing in tight places. Because most are very difficult small stores that are full of obstacles. Time management is key to making money.

JD

Jason K.'s Comment
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Also I don't recommend doing dedicated accounts unless you are very good at backing in tight places. Because most are very difficult small stores that are full of obstacles. Time management is key to making money.

I was offered a dedicated region, not a dedicated account. Is that common for Werner?

Shawn's Comment
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Be patient. Take your time. Expect the unexpected. Dont be surprised if you dont train on the account you applied for. Training might be closer to six weeks.

Also, that terminal in Joliet is brand new. It just opened a couple weeks ago.

Good luck, drive safe.

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.

Dan67's Comment
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I just left Werner last Friday. I was on dedicated home depot account in SC. Worked out of the Home depot distribution center. I was delivering hard loaded truckload freight to the stores int he region. Home weekends. Low miles but at a higher pay rate. Left because the miles are just too low to make any money. It was allot of tight backing and drop and hooking trailers. About 30% backing is blindside 90s. Either you get good at backing or you get fired for hitting stuff.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

G-Town's Comment
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Either you get good at backing or you get fired for hitting stuff.

Such is the case for most Dedicated Retail Accounts.

Jason K.'s Comment
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Sorry, I don't mean to repeat myself, but you all keep mentioning dedicated accounts. I know what those are, but I was advised differently by the recruiter.

I was advised it would be a Dedicated "REGION" and no particular account. Mostly Drop & Hook, all no touch freight. They advised I would just stick to the following states: MN, WI, KY, IN, OH, IA, IL, MI.

I need to know if that is a thing in Werner, or if that is their way of slanting the truth that it will be a dedicated account instead. If so, then I will take my 2nd option, OTR , all 48 states. I'm not ready for dedicated accounts, and I'm under the impression that it isn't, so I would like to find out what the truth is. If I can't get it then I'll have to go with a different company on my list, that isn't going to slant the truth.

I know what I want and a dedicated "account" is not it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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