Which Companies Hire New Graduates Straight Out Of CDL School ?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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So LDRSHIP,

You're averaging 665 miles per day?

LDRSHIP's Comment
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665 miles in a day is a good day. My best was 705. I average probably 550 a day. My 70k gross includes my bonuses, my vacation pay and other pays. I’m often thrown various accessorial pays without a complaint on my part. My Dispatcher takes good care of me. One of the perks of having a great relationship with your Dispatcher.

Dispatcher:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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There seems to be a log jam of sorts in this Driver shortage IMHO.

Well If I had a dog turd in one hand and your opinion in the other, at least the dog turd would be useful for fertilizing plants.....

The research I've done (limited as it's been) is that a lot of companies are blowing smoke and NOT getting REAL serious in their Incentives to attract new drivers. Everyone talking potential with experienced hyper=performing drivers but not much reality for newbies walking in the door.

All the recruiters sound like parrots. No one really setting themselves out front and being industry leaders. Companies really need to loosen up their purse strings and offer better pay and benefits. No one will convince me that the the money is NOT there. I'll stop there. ;>)

Wow man, I've gotta say, you're talking like a guy who has a really short career ahead of him, and that's not IMHO, that's in my very well educated and experienced opinion.

Let me ask you something - why in the world would someone with no skills, no experience, no street smarts, and no ability to help a company turn a profit be considered valuable to a trucking company? You really should have considered that before you decided that everyone should be in some sort of arms race begging for your services. You're not even capable of providing any services at this point! If you can't even understand that basic premise I can't imagine you'll figure out much else, either, IMHO of course.

I'm sorry, but people with an inflated sense of self worth really irritate me.

You've obviously fallen hard for "the free agent myth." You should definitely read these:

Busting The Free Agent Myth In Trucking

Old School Responds To Criticisms After Busting The Free Agency Myth

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'd rather make 54 CPM plus $15/stop with a minimum guarantee, bonus for being out another day, 100% no touch and 90% drop and hook. But like I keep saying... That's just me!

Yeah, well we'll see how you do in Milwaukee and Chicago traffic all day, everyday trying to navigate your way around those cities and backing into tight spaces as a rookie straight out of school working for a company that isn't going to tolerate many mistakes.

Boy, we sure have some students with an ton of hubris these days, don't we? Well this is a very humbling profession. There's no faking it. We'll see what happens when the rubber meets the road for real soon enough.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'd rather make 54 CPM plus $15/stop with a minimum guarantee, bonus for being out another day, 100% no touch and 90% drop and hook. But like I keep saying... That's just me!

You realize, at 2,000 miles per week, your earnings are pretty much exactly in line with every mega company out there, right? And someone mentioned Chicago, is that where your driving will be, for the most part?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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There seems to be a log jam of sorts in this Driver shortage IMHO. The research I've done (limited as it's been) is that a lot of companies are blowing smoke and NOT getting REAL serious in their Incentives to attract new drivers. Everyone talking potential with experienced hyper=performing drivers but not much reality for newbies walking in the door.

All the recruiters sound like parrots. No one really setting themselves out front and being industry leaders. Companies really need to loosen up their purse strings and offer better pay and benefits. No one will convince me that the the money is NOT there. I'll stop there. ;>)

That said, I do have a lead on a local CDL-A job that's paying $19.75/HOUR to start WITH a LARGE sign on bonus. Tuition reimbursement as well. It's not OTR and home every night. I know experience there will not count for road time, but that's not what I'm after. We'll see if it's still there in a few weeks when I graduate. Not throwing all my eggs in one basket so still researching the best I can.

Now back to studying ! Lol !

Pretty much every company I looked at showed around $45k to $55k realistically for a newbie, and that figure has been verified by new guys here, so I don't know why you say "not much reality for newbies walking in the door".

They will open up the purse strings. AFTER you prove your worth.

$19.75/hr with a LARGE sign on bonus? First, better make sure that bonus applies to drivers fresh out of school. I've seen $15k bonuses offered, but not to students. $2k to $4k maybe for a student. And you realize 40 cents/mile is equal to $20/hr, right? Without ******* freight all day and driving in city traffic and risking a career ending accident every day? That home every night will be eat, shower, and drag yourself to bed to rest up for the next day of unloading freight?

Hey, if you want to be home every night, and make big bucks, search out the Duie Pyle post I made here. Big bucks, and home every night. So why can't they get drivers to fill the position, if it is so great? Why am I not interested, considering I will be starting in a month or so? There is a reason those local jobs pay well, and they will take new guys. Because no one else wants them. And the ones that take them quickly bail.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

SilverBullet's Comment
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There seems to be a log jam of sorts in this Driver shortage IMHO.

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Well If I had a dog turd in one hand and your opinion in the other, at least the dog turd would be useful for fertilizing plants.....

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The research I've done (limited as it's been) is that a lot of companies are blowing smoke and NOT getting REAL serious in their Incentives to attract new drivers. Everyone talking potential with experienced hyper=performing drivers but not much reality for newbies walking in the door.

All the recruiters sound like parrots. No one really setting themselves out front and being industry leaders. Companies really need to loosen up their purse strings and offer better pay and benefits. No one will convince me that the the money is NOT there. I'll stop there. ;>)

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Wow man, I've gotta say, you're talking like a guy who has a really short career ahead of him, and that's not IMHO, that's in my very well educated and experienced opinion.

Let me ask you something - why in the world would someone with no skills, no experience, no street smarts, and no ability to help a company turn a profit be considered valuable to a trucking company? You really should have considered that before you decided that everyone should be in some sort of arms race begging for your services. You're not even capable of providing any services at this point! If you can't even understand that basic premise I can't imagine you'll figure out much else, either, IMHO of course.

I'm sorry, but people with an inflated sense of self worth really irritate me.

You've obviously fallen hard for "the free agent myth." You should definitely read these:

Busting The Free Agent Myth In Trucking

Old School Responds To Criticisms After Busting The Free Agency Myth

Really ? Then why is there a massive driver shortage then ? CEO pay (my father-in-law is way) is through the damn roof and us working class folks are left to be treated like paid slaves.

All I'm saying is if companies are serious about addressing the shortage, then they need to entice NEW MEAT into doing this job.

Out the door for day two.

GOD BLESS ALL

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Everyone talking potential with experienced hyper=performing drivers but not much reality for newbies walking in the door.

I hate to break it to you but just getting a piece of plastic from the DMV doesnt make you special. There are hundreds of people across the country getting the same thing every day, all of which on equal ground to any company. Every person has to differentiate themselves to the companies they are applying too, as they get dozens of applicants daily, there are hundreds of reasons why they will not hire you, having a overinflated ego and coping an attitude with the recruiter is one of them. Until you prove you are able to operate a truck safely and effectively over several years, you are basically worthless any company.

Who would you spend more money on keeping a proven safe reliable driver, or some newbie off the street who hasn't driven outside a controlled environment?

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Because the new meat cant handle the job. there is a driver shortage of QUALIFIED drivers. Newbies wreck things. Robsteeler just posted how he had a few incidents already in his very short career.

Most newbies can't even last 6 months which is why many of these companies divy out the bonuses over time.

My local companoes want 2 years experience cause driving rhe Northeast is HARD. Tight streets, tight customers and an accident waiting to happen for a newbie.

G-Town's Comment
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SilverBullet runs his neophyte mouth...

Then why is there a massive driver shortage then ? CEO pay (my father-in-law is way) is through the damn roof and us working class folks are left to be treated like paid slaves.

There is no reasoning with an idiot. No respect for your moronic reference to slavery. That’s a total insult to everyone on this forum, and proves a level of ignorance worthy of being banned from further posts.

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