CDL Noob Looking For Advice Between Two Companies

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Makoman's Comment
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Hello everyone. New CDL driver here. Well, I got the CDL anyway, haven't started driving prefessionally just yet. As a little background, I am in SoCal, specifically in the greater Los Angeles area. I've got my N, T, and X endorsements. Well, I tentatively have the X endorsement. I passed the test today at the DMV and have my appointment on Monday with TSA to do the livescan, present identity documents for background check etc. Also have an appointment that same day to do the same for TWIC as well.

I got my CDL three weeks ago and am planning to do intermodal and have an opportunity to go with either Schneider or Marten ( not Mart 'i' n). Anyone here that works for or has worked for these two companies that can give me some insights, it would be appreciated. The main thing I'm wanting to know is which of the two would be better for me as a new CDL driver. I know both companies have negative reviews online, but so do all the rest. I just want to know which of the two would be better for me to "learn the ropes" as they say. The ultimate goal of course is to be an O/O one day, but I need to learn how to walk before I can run, as they say, and I'm just wanting to make sure that I start somewhere that gives me a strong foundation on which to build.

Hope I posted this in the correct forum.

Thanks!

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hello everyone. New CDL driver here. Well, I got the CDL anyway, haven't started driving prefessionally just yet. As a little background, I am in SoCal, specifically in the greater Los Angeles area. I've got my N, T, and X endorsements. Well, I tentatively have the X endorsement. I passed the test today at the DMV and have my appointment on Monday with TSA to do the livescan, present identity documents for background check etc. Also have an appointment that same day to do the same for TWIC as well.

I got my CDL three weeks ago and am planning to do intermodal and have an opportunity to go with either Schneider or Marten ( not Mart 'i' n). Anyone here that works for or has worked for these two companies that can give me some insights, it would be appreciated. The main thing I'm wanting to know is which of the two would be better for me as a new CDL driver. I know both companies have negative reviews online, but so do all the rest. I just want to know which of the two would be better for me to "learn the ropes" as they say. The ultimate goal of course is to be an O/O one day, but I need to learn how to walk before I can run, as they say, and I'm just wanting to make sure that I start somewhere that gives me a strong foundation on which to build.

Hope I posted this in the correct forum.

Thanks!

Howdy, Makoman, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

Is your handle 'boat related' by chance? I was a Florida boater/hauler girl, in my younger days..lol.

Just want to let you know, we've got many guys driving for, and have driven for, Schneider. There's an easy way to look up all/any of their posts; searching by tabs, but I'll send you the link:

Schneider Posts/Diaries

As you'll see via the above, 'Rev' was one of our recent SNI grads; sadly he left to pursue other dreams. His diaries/musings are pretty detailed, however.

I'm not sure of any current Marten guys/gals up in here, but I could be wrong.

Feel free to use our search engine, as well.

Thanks for stopping in & best wishes,

~ Anne ~

ps: If you're not limited to only those two companies, here's a quick app for many more!

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.
Makoman's Comment
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Howdy, Makoman, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

Is your handle 'boat related' by chance? I was a Florida boater/hauler girl, in my younger days..lol.

Just want to let you know, we've got many guys driving for, and have driven for, Schneider. There's an easy way to look up all/any of their posts; searching by tabs, but I'll send you the link:

Schneider Posts/Diaries

As you'll see via the above, 'Rev' was one of our recent SNI grads; sadly he left to pursue other dreams. His diaries/musings are pretty detailed, however.

I'm not sure of any current Marten guys/gals up in here, but I could be wrong.

Feel free to use our search engine, as well.

Thanks for stopping in & best wishes,

~ Anne ~

ps: If you're not limited to only those two companies, here's a quick app for many more!

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Thanks for the link. Still figuring out how to navigate the site and that link helps a lot! Thanks again.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks for the link. Still figuring out how to navigate the site and that link helps a lot! Thanks again.

You're most welcome !!!

It kinda helps knowing a little about HTML, haha! You'll get it.

Here's a couple tutorials on navigating, too! (Bottom of following link.) There's just SO much up in here, to learn:

Tutorials at Bottom of this 'start' Page:

And finally, our 'starter pack:' (Read Brett's FREE online book, second item!)

Any questions, please ask away! Don't worry about 'quoting' any of us, for now.... study, read, and learn!

~ Anne ~

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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