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Mohamed E.'s Comment
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Hello everyone I know you may have spoken about this before but I'm kinda confused because the a lot of things going on specifically what I'm asking again now so please give me your best advice here .... I have no experience so I have applied with a lot of companies and I got some offers but I don't know which is liars and which is true honest offer... Schneider offered training with 560$ a week for only three weeks but it turned out that they only pay 480$ a week and 6 weeks training 3 of them in class I don't know why I have to do home work and be in class for 11 hours a day then test then hit the road to learn what I'm really wanted to learn which is driven and experienced with the truck... Second is us Express offers three weeks training all in the road right away with same as Schneider for training pay and home every weekend... Then Warner offered 650$ a week but in the road for 4 to 6 weeks then work be home weekly..... Be advised all of them have general dollars accounts but Warner said I can choose to touch and make more or no touch and be as 55k a year granted all of them have the same range.... I give the money range because I'm sure other new Drivers here will hear the same numbers and they wanna know are these numbers for real can be made for new Drivers or no I wanna know what can prevent a driver from making this money is that because they stop and break a lot more than what they supposed to get .... My instructor told me you can make this if you make your quick restroom and coffee stops every two or three hours fast and not more than 10 to 15 minutes until you get your 30 minutes break so please excuse my long post but I'm sure you feel my thinking pain right now I have a family and I don't wanna make a wrong step and then be sorry... Thank you again

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Schneider offered training with 560$ a week for only three weeks but it turned out that they only pay 480$ a week and 6 weeks training 3 of them in class

Were you trying to become a tanker driver? Because their dryvan training is only 3 weeks not including school. Because the dryvan training is two weeks of classroom/yard training/ driving around town and one week OTT with a trainer.

I was actually paid $560 weekly during training before taxes of course.

This is my first full week of training, not the first week. 0670098001543528139.jpg

Take home pay was a little low due to my cash advance and taxes:

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But I was getting paid what I was told, which is before taxes.

Dryvan:

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.
Jamie's Comment
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I don't know why I have to do homework and be in class for 11 hours a day then test then hit the road to learn what I'm really wanted to learn which is driven and experienced with the truck...

Because you're getting paid to learn how to perform your everyday job which isn't just driving. You need to know the information they're teaching you.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Are you in a private school now? If so, any company that hires you will require several weeks of OTR training some will be team training others like CFI will train as solo. Solo training means your trainer is in the passenger seat while you drive. Team training means your trainer sleeps while you drive and vise versa. You will also start at a lower training pay and get more pay as you go. At CFI you will go from training pay of 26 CPM through several raises during your first year to 42 CPM.

We do not recommend Dollar General (DG) or Dollar Tree (DT) account for new drivers because in addition to learning to drive and back, you have to hand unload the truck and stock the shelves in the store.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Tim F.'s Comment
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Are you in a private school now? If so, any company that hires you will require several weeks of OTR training some will be team training others like CFI will train as solo. Solo training means your trainer is in the passenger seat while you drive. Team training means your trainer sleeps while you drive and vise versa. You will also start at a lower training pay and get more pay as you go. At CFI you will go from training pay of 26 CPM through several raises during your first year to 42 CPM.

We do not recommend Dollar General (DG) or Dollar Tree (DT) account for new drivers because in addition to learning to drive and back, you have to hand unload the truck and stock the shelves in the store.

I don’t think you stick the store shelve Big Scott I think your responsibility ends at the store door. God, I hope so.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Mohamed E.'s Comment
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My friend just start his training last week and the pay was 480$ and I'm not doing tanker no I applied for furniture account and my friend the same also when the recruiter come to us in the class to talk about the Schneider he said 560 but my friend find something different that's why I'm asking also about the other company's

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Schneider offered training with 560$ a week for only three weeks but it turned out that they only pay 480$ a week and 6 weeks training 3 of them in class

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Were you trying to become a tanker driver? Because their dryvan training is only 3 weeks not including school. Because the dryvan training is two weeks of classroom/yard training/ driving around town and one week OTT with a trainer.

I was actually paid $560 weekly during training before taxes of course.

This is my first full week of training, not the first week. 0670098001543528139.jpg

Take home pay was a little low due to my cash advance and taxes:

0513124001543528321.jpg

But I was getting paid what I was told, which is before taxes.

Dryvan:

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.
Joshua's Comment
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Like big Scott said any company will require OTR training. At KLLM you get $507 per week for 4-6 weeks then start out at .45 per mile when you upgrade to solo. This is the highest starting that I have seen anywhere. KLLM is also trying to make their policy’s more driver friendly like allowing company drivers to now have pets and changing the hometime policy to earning 2 days off per 7 days out and only require you to stay out 7 days before going home for 2

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mohamed E.'s Comment
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It's community college CDL program through my job they offer education after one year in the company but about the unload it's not shelves it's only drop the boxes in the store or outside if they not there and you have no way to enter the store... in general I wish I find something else then the dollar tree but if I have to start the career choice now and get the training I need so I can ask for better things later right now as a new driver I have nothing from the experience that can back me up to look for something better...( that's what I think and I'm still waiting to see your opinion because it does matter but I also wanna know.. are this money they promise is true or lies... my job now is warehouse so working with the items and stock is normal for me if that the only way to get start in good career but also the name I mentioned here are they all good in what they say or no

Are you in a private school now? If so, any company that hires you will require several weeks of OTR training some will be team training others like CFI will train as solo. Solo training means your trainer is in the passenger seat while you drive. Team training means your trainer sleeps while you drive and vise versa. You will also start at a lower training pay and get more pay as you go. At CFI you will go from training pay of 26 CPM through several raises during your first year to 42 CPM.

We do not recommend Dollar General (DG) or Dollar Tree (DT) account for new drivers because in addition to learning to drive and back, you have to hand unload the truck and stock the shelves in the store.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Personally I would avoid any account that starts with "Dollar", they all involve handling lots of freight daily and a lot of their stores are in tight places, it could be a career killer before you even really get started. You will have hard enough time learning all the ropes of clock management, navigation and maneuvering a truck with out all the added pressure that comes with a Dollar store account.

Yes, if you prove yourself to be a reliable driver you should have no problem making what they said. Remember trucking companies only make money when you are running, it makes no sense to have drivers sit.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I got some offers but I don't know which is liars and which is true honest offer...

Ok, first of all drop the worry about lying. If they put something in writing you can count on it. All these worries people have about recruiters lying is way overblown. Yes it happens from time to time but it's rarely anything important and nothing to worry about. If you want to be sure of something make sure you see it in writing, either on their website or preferably in an email. No big deal.

Second - forget about training pay. It makes no difference whatsoever. You're only in training for a very short time. As a rookie you're going to make about the same amount of money no matter where you go. Some companies pay a little more per mile while others offer more pay for other things like multiple stops, fuel mileage, and bonuses. Ignore the training pay and look at what they're paying throughout the first year for solo drivers. Some companies start you at a higher wage while others give more raises during that first year. In the end it's going to work out very similar your first year no matter where you go.

Third - I would avoid any of the dollar accounts as others have mentioned. They're a nightmare, especially for new drivers. You're on a tight schedule, you're unloading tons of freight by hand with most of them, and the stores and often extremely difficult to find and get backed into. Those dollar accounts are just too much for a rookie driver to take on right away. Actually they're too much for most drivers, regardless of experience. I was on the Dollar Tree account for a year with US Xpress and it was the toughest trucking job I ever had. So I would recommend just doing dry van or refrigerated your first year.

The two major considerations you should have are the type of freight you want to haul and how often you want to get home. Once you make those decisions it will narrow down your options.

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.
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