Thinking About Leaving Schneider

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Jamie's Comment
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So I've been with Schneider for over a year now, spent 10 months OTR and a little over two months on this dedicated account. Schneider is a great company to work for, and I enjoyed my time so far. But I have been interested in going back over the road , which as I mentioned before if I went back over the road I would want to do flatbed. Which Schneider offers some type of dedicated accounts that would full fill this for me but they don't offer it in my area. So I have been thinking of going with another company that offers OTR flatbed. Right now, it's just a thought but we shall see.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Jamie's Comment
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This dedicated account has me doing flatbed work, but the type of loads/orders we haul aren't very secured since these stores don't do a great job doing it, and I don't want to mess around and have something fall off my truck, or worse onto a car or something. So I wasn't interested in doing this long term.

PackRat's Comment
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What other options do you have available with Schneider that will meet your needs?

Jamie's Comment
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What other options do you have available with Schneider that will meet your needs?

Flatbed wise, they have nothing else in my area without having to relocate. I was also interested in tankers, which Schneider does and offers training for. I would just have to get my hazmat , which wouldn't bad hard to do.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Aww yisss , come to the flat side

PackRat's Comment
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I would stay at Schneider unless you're determined to do OTR flatbed.

That's a huge company with unlimited resources and benefits, and you're already there

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Having left Schneider more than two years ago, I offer this:

1. I left because I could make the same money while getting home more often. At the time I was getting home twice a month. If I would’ve had to take a pay cut to get home more OR if I’d have had to stay gone more, I would’ve stayed with Schneider. As much as I loved Schneider and would go back if needed, I made the right decision.

2. Sometimes the grass is greener because of a septic issue. No matter where you go, there will be differences from Schneider. If you like a structured, corporate environment, I doubt most trucking companies do that as well as Schneider.

You’ll likely make the right decision. It may take some time and seek advice from those who DON’T stand to profit from your decision.

Good luck!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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Having left Schneider more than two years ago, I offer this:

1. I left because I could make the same money while getting home more often. At the time I was getting home twice a month. If I would’ve had to take a pay cut to get home more OR if I’d have had to stay gone more, I would’ve stayed with Schneider. As much as I loved Schneider and would go back if needed, I made the right decision.

When I was OTR , I was getting home once a month which was fine by me and my wife, so home time wasn't a big problem. My wife even loved the OTR life style, outside of not having a bathroom available all the time. Pay wise, I wasn't always happy OTR due to having a good week and then followed by a bad week or two. It might have been my own fault, I never found out. However I'm not very interested in doing dryvan again if I was to go back OTR, at least not anytime in the near future.

2. Sometimes the grass is greener because of a septic issue. No matter where you go, there will be differences from Schneider. If you like a structured, corporate environment, I doubt most trucking companies do that as well as Schneider.

You’ll likely make the right decision. It may take some time and seek advice from those who DON’T stand to profit from your decision.

Good luck!

That's one thing that has probably kept me here this long(besides completing my one year contract), is how things will be ran differently at different companies which of course I know. I like how Schneider handles a lot of things but no company is perfect. So its a hard decision if I want to leave or not. That's why I made this post, just to get some advice. I don't expect anyone to simply say sure go ahead and leave, but provide some insight.

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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I would stay at Schneider unless you're determined to do OTR flatbed.

That's a huge company with unlimited resources and benefits, and you're already there

I'm pretty determined, but simply looking for advise right now since Schneider has been good to me. Although I could always go back OTR with Schneider, but that would be dryvan or tanker.

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.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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This dedicated account has me doing flatbed work, but the type of loads/orders we haul aren't very secured since these stores don't do a great job doing it, and I don't want to mess around and have something fall off my truck, or worse onto a car or something. So I wasn't interested in doing this long term.

You, as the driver, are responsible for securing your load. If you can't control the securement, or if you don't know how to do securement properly, then what will be different with another company????? Besides, wouldn't you have to take a pay cut after you doubled your pay with Schneider?

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