Done With Schneider After 3 Months

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Davy A.'s Comment
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Does Schneider not have regular OTR or Regional that would pay CPM out there? I know nothing of how they work or what the process is, but I would think they are a large company with tons of different ways you could go.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Bruce K.'s Comment
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My thought is NOT to quit after just 3 months. 6 months solo driving experience is the bare minimum and many companies require at least 1 year of experience. But you sound wishy washy about driving so if you're not totally committed, the beach life would be your best choice. Good luck

Bird-One's Comment
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Chances are you won’t be able to get that beautiful condo sleeper on 3 months experience driving. Insurance won’t cover you. It’s probably more like two to three years minimum. And if you were able to find any you’d probably be making the equivalent of seven dollars an hour instead of seventeen because it will be that expensive. Way more goes into being an o/o than I think you realize.

Rev's Comment
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This whole thread has gone a unintended direction. Me leaving Schneider has nothing to do with their pay. Don’t see where I was complaining about pay. I don’t need the money now. Has nothing to do with their company. I’ve had great time. I think I said that in the original post. I am moving and they don’t have any jobs that I want to do and I’m not wasting my time doing something I don’t want to do.

I would say regarding pay. If maxing out the pay scale is a goal and a person does it in 3 months. That’s not a whole lot of incentive to stick around. If money is the goal- I’ve maxed the pay scale already on this account. Again, money is not the reason I am leaving - I’m moving.

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Schneider is only paying me $17 HR plus OT and that’s in one of the most expensive places to live in the PNW. What new drivers are paid by these mega carriers giving us a “shot” is pretty terrible. But, I get the reason.

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nobody forced you to take that position though. I agree that $17 for a CDL holder is very low but I never understood why someone is willing to take a job just to complain about the pay. If someone is willing to work for that why raise the wage across the board? Surely there are ways to demonstrate you're worth more. It happened to me my first year being paid $21.90 with a union contract that got us 50 cent raises every 3 months until top pay 1 year. I kicked ass and received a text from my manager saying my hard work hasn't gone unnoticed and they bumped me to full scale 3 or 4 months early.

As far as waiting til you get moved to start driving again...terrible idea. You almost certainly have to go through training again, and may be required to do some sort of refresher. Your skills are still developing plus having left your first company after 3 months will look bad on your application.

Best of luck.

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.
Rev's Comment
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Right. If you work 70 hours every week you gross $1445. LOL. I’m just not interested in selling myself for that when I started trucking to have fun not make money. 🤣

$17 an hour? Yikes, I wouldn't be interested in anything either

Rev's Comment
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My goodness, some you all need to relax. It My original post was suppose to be silly (buy the condo sleeper) and serious (I’m concerned about the gap not driving between August-December- skills wise) at same time.

Not everyone is telling the same story here on TT. Let me explain…

My reasons for working in trucking is not someone else’s reason. I don’t need a JOB. I don’t need the MONEY. I don’t need the CAREER.

I got into trucking to challenge myself to do something new and to buy my own truck with my brother and start a small little company back east. This has been the goal for the get go and we are not waiting 3-5 years to do it. Again, neither of us need the job, money or career.

Also, there are plenty of companies that hire local drivers back east with 3 months experience. Thanks for all the input. Have a great 4th of July weekend.

Bird-One's Comment
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Hahaha Jared come on man. You obviously came here trying ruffle some feathers. You know this is a website where the majority of drivers drive for a mega carrier and where pretty much nobody recommends going o/o. And you come here today mentioning how mega carriers don’t pay any money. According to the few videos of yours I’ve watched the only way to make money is to be an owner operator. Good luck with that.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Rev's Comment
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I was trying to have some fun with a group of people I’ve been chatting it up with since the start of my journey. Clearly, it’s not coming across that way. Apologies.

Also, I don’t pay attention enough to how many work with mega carriers. I have repeatedly said I’ve enjoyed my time with Schneider and would continue to work for them. If a flatbed account opens up in SC- I will apply.

Thanks for watching some of the videos-

And the only way to make money in this industry is to get a higher % of the load payed to you…. I mean, most of us are working for someone who is making money off of our labor. Why not reverse that?

I’m ok taking the risk to get more of the reward.

Hahaha Jared come on man. You obviously came here trying ruffle some feathers. You know this is a website where the majority of drivers drive for a mega carrier and where pretty much nobody recommends going o/o. And you come here today mentioning how mega carriers don’t pay any money. According to the few videos of yours I’ve watched the only way to make money is to be an owner operator. Good luck with that.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

C T.'s Comment
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Since when did the mods start removing comments on here? What is happening on this site lol.

Old School's Comment
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the only way to make money in this industry is to get a higher % of the load payed to you…. I mean, most of us are working for someone who is making money off of our labor. Why not reverse that?

I’m ok taking the risk to get more of the reward.

Jared, I find you intriguing, but I can't figure you out sometimes. How much more of a percentage do you think is available?

I have found plenty of ways to increase my pay without ever having any higher percentage of the load coming my way.

As far as other folks making money off of our labor, that is how capitalism works. That's why there are job creators and job seekers. You want to be a job creator - that's great! I would just like to know how much more of a percentage do you think is available to you by starting your own trucking business? What evidence can you show us that indicates you could be making more money by owning your own trucks?

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