TMC Or Schneider For First Job??

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TwoSides11's Comment
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Hi everybody, I know I'm making this a more difficult situation for me but I would like to have your opinion on the two companies...

Right now I am waiting for the Schneider recruiter to call back so we can set up orientation. I recently saw an ad for TMC stating they have openings for dedicated regional runs available to recent CDL A grads. Just wondering if anyone knows about TMC and their training program? I heard good things about Schneiders training that is why I decided to go with them.

Schneider is dry van dedicated regional and I know TMC does flatbed and I'm okay with that, my main concern and question is: which company has better training for non experienced drivers? Which company do you guys/gals think would be a better option for a non experienced driver?

Thanks for taking the time to read this and responding!

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.

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.

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Either/or....both are good companies. What you should be looking at is what type of freight do you want to haul? If you want more physical work than just driving, then do flatbed. If you don't want that, then do dry van or reefer. You can always change to the other after you get experience.

Laura

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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You really can't go wrong with either company. Your choice between TMC/flatbed or Schneider/dry van. I went with Schneider because I'm too old to do flatbed so I can speak to their training. Top notch program and widely respected in the industry.

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.
TwoSides11's Comment
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Thanks Laura! Thanks Bruce K.!

Pianoman's Comment
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Would you rather do flatbed or pull a box? If you'd rather do flatbed go with TMC or if you'd rather pull a box go with Schneider. Either company will do a good job of training you. Best of luck.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Thanks Pianoman. Flatbed or box isn't an issue, I'm still young and in shape to do flatbed. My main concern is which will provide me the best training. I've heard nothing about TMC and many good things about Schneider training wise....

Pianoman's Comment
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Thanks Pianoman. Flatbed or box isn't an issue, I'm still young and in shape to do flatbed. My main concern is which will provide me the best training. I've heard nothing about TMC and many good things about Schneider training wise....

Oh I see.. I've always heard good things about TMC so I wouldn't let the fact you haven't heard anything bother you. I believe TMC is one of the companies we have info on here on the site in the company review section as well. If not you should be able to find info by looking up reviews. I do want to emphasize that both of them are going to have thorough company training and it really is going to come down to your preference of which type of freight you'd rather haul. Trust me, that's the more important question when deciding which of these companies to go with. I'd consider it a given that either one of these two particular companies is going to provide excellent training. Hope that helps.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Thanks again Pianoman! definitely helps. Flatbed does seem interesting. Can possibly keep me in shape and get me exercise. Haven't talked to a TMC recruiter yet. Hopefully someone is in tomorrow but maybe I shouldn't be a **** and just call on Tuesday lol. Enjoy the holidays, be safe.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Since WHAT you wanna haul is probably more important (between these two) than WHO you haul for, I offer this;

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY!

Anyone can fall anywhere, anytime. But flatbed duties increase the possibility. So, BE AWARE. Take your time and do the right things, not just the fast things.

TwoSides11's Comment
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So, BE AWARE. Take your time and do the right things, not just the fast things.

Thank you! 🙏🙏🙏I have made that rule #1

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