Which Company Should I Choose

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David S.'s Comment
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Hi. This is my first post here on Trucking Truth.

I am planning to attend trucking driving school to obtain my CDL. I got an intent to hire offer from a smaller, local company here in Ohio. I would be hauling steel parts within the premises of the steel factory that hires the trucking company to haul their parts. So I would be doing slow driving and never actually be on any public roads/highways. I would go through a training period where I’d be trained full time for 10/hr. After that i would work full time at 17/hr with benefits and overtime pay. Since I wouldn’t be doing any actual on road driving and all that would entail, would it be a better idea for me to go with Schneider? I have read they have one of the better training/safety policies and they would give me more practical experience if that Is what a company would look for when I tried to move on to a better company down the road. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks I’m advance.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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What is your end goal? Do you want to drive OTR , or work around a factory?

If you want to go OTR, that local job is going to mean nothing as far as driving experience on an application.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I never understand the "a better company down the road" mentality. What makes you think Schneider isnt good? all companies will have good and bad. That is life. If you were going to look for a better company later, why not find that company now?

David S.'s Comment
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That’s what I was thinking PackRat...

Kearsy, well put. It would be better to think of a company to stay at long term rather than hop from one to the other.

Thanks for the input 👍

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