Newbie CDL Graduate Recent Info On Trainer Companies?

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Jaybird9094's Comment
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I do dollar general with Werner but never did a dollar tree unload.

How do you like the Dollar General run? Theu offered me that but everyone says run from it!

Jaybird9094's Comment
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I started with Schneider and EVERYTHING they promised was true. BUT, I made sure I asked all the questions I needed to.

There was a promised sign-on bonus. But, it gets paid out over the first year. So I didn’t feel cheated when the full bonus didn’t show up right away.

Average annual pay for dry van was quoted around $60k. But, I asked if that was realistic first year pay...nope.

Starting pay seemed low at $.28/mile. But, because I asked, they explained the increases at 3, 6 & 12 months. So I didn’t feel I was being abused after two months of low pay.

My point is; ASK all the questions you need to. Make sure you clarify your expectations.

On the tanker issue, I recommend you get some experience BECAUSE, you may find yourself driving some country roads, mountain switchbacks or steep descents that it would be good to have experience handling before attempting while hauling a tanker.

I hope this helps.

See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest. So now im left choosing between the companies listed.

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.

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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See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest. So now im left choosing between the companies listed.

What where you honest about that messed up the opportunity? Honest is always the best policy as the truth always has a way of coming out.

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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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I enjoy the accountant and get paid well. I started with it and did my trainer time on the account. I prefer it because I get a good mix of driving and exercise. I wouldnt say run from it, but they are right when they say it isn’t easy . It’s a different type of driving than otr with a lot of backing. I was fortunate to train on the account but there is not guarantee that will happen for you. It will always be there, I would suggest You get your feet wet elsewhere. There are times I wish That I had. You can read my experiences on my post. I do t know how to link 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.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I enjoy the accountant (meaning 'account?') and get paid well. I started with it and did my trainer time on the account. I prefer it because I get a good mix of driving and exercise. I wouldnt say run from it, but they are right when they say it isn’t easy . It’s a different type of driving than otr with a lot of backing. I was fortunate to train on the account but there is not guarantee that will happen for you. It will always be there, I would suggest You get your feet wet elsewhere. There are times I wish That I had. You can read my experiences on my post. I don't know how to link it

Here's the link, for the O/P and anyone else:

Papa Pig's Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

ps: Just, why ya'gotta be tellin' people about 'enjoying your accountant?!?!?' << TMI?!?

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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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Haha Anne You know I meant account. Freaking auto correct 😂🤣 I never claimed to be smart lol

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Haha Anne You know I meant account. Freaking auto correct 😂🤣 I never claimed to be smart lol

I knew that, LoL.. that's why I 'corrected it' when I quoted you, hahahahaha~!!

Gotta have a lil' fun now & again, ya know? You're plenty smart. Autocorrect is smarter sometimes, LoL~!

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Jaybird9094's Comment
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See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest. So now im left choosing between the companies listed.

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What where you honest about that messed up the opportunity? Honest is always the best policy as the truth always has a way of coming out.

We attended a birthday party for my best friend around 2018, someone thought it would be a great funny idea to discretely lay a tray of "special" brownies on the dessert table.. well, after a few drinks i tend to wanna snack. what can I say? Im chubby and i love brownies. So i unknowingly shoved one down the hatch. I quickly realized after swallowing that it had a "skunky" after taste. Yep. I got got. It was funny at the time because i didn't see myself entering the trucking career. Now it aint so funny. I didnt try to force regurgitating because it was legal. Figured I had nothing to worry about. WRONGGGGGGGGG

Long story short i was upfront and told them i had unknowingly ate a pot brownie close to two years ago and bam. They dropped me faster than i could say "just kidding".

I learned my hard lesson. Continue to stay honest and have better self control when hitting the h'ordeuvres Or dessert tables. Hahaha

I got a call from Northern Refrigerated today. Fingers crossed! Heading to an interview in the afternoon tomorrow!

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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“See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest.”

Some folks call it messing up, some folks call it narrowing your options. 😎

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was actually surprised to see Leeva804 claiming so many broken promises. I honestly think he misunderstood some things, much like my example I gave.

This happens all the time. Sometimes the sign on bonus is given in the cpm for a time period. Someone on this forum called me in excitement, "I am going to Roehl and getting 49cpm running dry van". I told him that sounded fishy cause dry van usually gets paid less than reefer. Prime reefer in a full size starts at 46cpm and 51cpm in a lightweight. I insisted he call back and he insisted I was wrong.

Turned out it was 49cpm. For the first year and then it dropped back to 42cpm (I think something like that). That is how they paid the sign on bonus. If you didnt stay you didnt get it all. Also, many companies will say you have to stay at the company for X amount of time to get it. So it is possible you need 6 months and if you quit at 4 months you would feel lied to.

The same driver was told "after 2 months you will be eligible for X dedicated account". Two months later he was mad he didnt get that account. However, he was not told he would be placed on the account....he was told he was eligible to apply for it. These are 2 different things

People often hear what they want to hear not what is actually said which is why I tell people to ask questions in email form only to get a written response and read it several times.

I have been with Prime over 5 years now. I was told everything up front. I have been impressed and they have exceeded my expectations. However, I never expected home daily, weekends off, all drop and hook , no northeast loads, no city loads....and whatever else people demand or expect.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

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