The Big “two Weeks Notice” Conundrum.

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Tyler N.'s Comment
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So I worked for Schneider for about half a year and just recently landed a local job, I wasn’t the biggest fan of working for Schneider for a few reasons but it wasn’t like they were some evil moustache twirling villain like some people make it out to be. I quit because I didn’t really like being over the road is the plain truth of it, and I put in my two weeks and all. They paid for my travel home, got me to a terminal a day later than they said they would but that’s obviously nothing I’m stressing over.

I guess my big question is how many of the horror stories of people putting in their notice and getting stranded are actually true? Because for me, even though Schneider wasn’t great by any means, they were totally helpful and did everything to work with me as long as I worked with them.

I’ve been lurking on the forums for a while before finally making an account and I figured this was as good of a conversation starter as any. Do any of you more experienced drivers have crazy stories of being stuck in Timbuktu after doing things properly? Or have you heard any? And if not, where do you think all these wild fake stories online come from?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I quit because I didn’t really like being over the road is the plain truth of it

Honestly, I think you answered your own questions with that statement. Let me explainh...

You didn't like being an OTR driver. You pinpointed the issue instead of laying blame onto your employer. Trucking just isn't for everyone. We see this almost daily in here. The big problem with this career is that people start having issues and then they start laying blame onto the most oddly convenient entity. "It has got to be the company's fault why I am not happy with this job." After all every other failing truck driver online has blamed his issues on the trucking company, so it just makes sense.

Tyler, I congratulate you on recognizing and acknowledging the fact that you just didn't really like being over the road. You probably worked hard and tried to be productive, but it just wasn't the kind of gig you enjoyed. That is fair, and responsible. In today's climate of social media people don't even seem to care about being honest with themselves. They just want to have people clicking on "like" buttons and giving them feelings of validation. It's pretty pathetic in my opinion.

where do you think all these wild fake stories online come from?

They come from these self indulgent narcissistic individuals who are looking for validation. The more bizarre and outrageous you can make something sound the more you will have people clicking on it. Our founder, Brett Aquila, has done a good many podcasts. He's done some YouTube stuff and the one that got the most hits was a true story about getting fired for being early to an appointment. I am going to provide you a link to it just because it is a great story about how you handle issues in this business. But my point is that the claim in the title gets attention. So if you can post something outrageous or bizarre, people will flock to it to read it. Once that gets started we end up in a competition to see who can come up with the craziest story. Exaggerations and lies get attention. It's a sad commentary on our society.

I Got Fired For Showing Up Early!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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With CFI if you quit or get fired they will get you home.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Just spoke to a gentleman on Facepalm; CRST bussed him there knowing he had a hearing disability. His 'aids' weren't good enough for his passing. They bussed him clear back to Texas, where they bussed him from. They've also offered to pay for his costs in obtaining what he needs, as well as an SPE certificate.

I found that to be mighty nice of them.

~ Anne ~

With CFI if you quit or get fired they will get you home.

As it should be. The stories of 'left on the highway' break my spirit.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tyler N.'s Comment
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That podcast episode was very insightful, actually. It was incredibly engaging and refreshing because it’s so true. I feel like it applies a lot in life that people just don’t realize how much further politeness will get you than throwing an absolute fit. I made a big mistake with Schneider at one point that absolutely was my fault (got stuck on the side of a non truck friendly road and had to back out with 911 help) and it was basically made to disappear. I wasn’t told why but I’d wager it might have to do with the fact I admitted it was my fault and didn’t try to make excuses about it.

Not exactly the same type of scenario since Brett in that podcast clearly did nothing wrong (unlike my silly self lol) but I feel it’s the same type of logic. Respect and honesty typically go further than most people realize.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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You did the nature and responsible action of giving Schneider two weeks notice and working through it. There is also no shame with admitting OTR "wasn't for you." I trained and then worked for CFI when I started. I was only OTR for a couple of months, then resigned and took a local job due to needing to be home with an elderly parent who became ill. I gave two weeks notice also, and CFI was very accommodating to work through it. Thankfully, I also had the funds available to pay off my tuition and get my school certificates. Everything has worked out for the best. At times, I wonder how I would have done OTR, and was looking forward to seeing more things in this great Country, but I am also glad I do not have to deal with bad Winter weather in but 3-4 States (OH, PA, Western NY, IN). I have no complaints. My "Momma" also appreciates me being home every day to see her; lol. Good luck with the local gig.

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.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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With CFI if you quit or get fired they will get you home.

Yeah? That's a case-by-case basis. Trust me on this one, cause I'm not going into details and bash Conway on here.

JakeBreak's Comment
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When I left roehl I had to turn my truck in at the terminal and find my own way home. They didn't really help much.

As far as being stranded and left on the side of the road the only 2 times I've ever heard credible sources for that was when the company shut down. Arrow trucking, I forget where they were out of. Happened a little before my time. They shut down overnight and left the driver's and loads just out there. Then recently falcon did the same thing. Just shut down shut off fuel cards and left the trucks and drivers on thier own.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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