Didn't Show Up For Swift Orientation, Because Of Schneider.

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Joel R.'s Comment
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I'm currently 22 years old and I was suppose to go to orientation in Fontana ,ca today and start their training program. But after talking to my uncle and a friend of his, I've decided to pay school out of my own pocket and apply with schneider national two weeks before finishing my training. I didn't really like the fact that I had to stay 13 months with swift for me to finish paying my debt. And instead of paying $3,900 for their training. I rather pay $1,300 for dootson school of trucking and enroll on the reimbursement program with schneider after, I hope they do accept me though because swift might not give me a second chance since I didn't show up today. By what I've heard schneider has better training and that's what I like the most about it. I'll be waiting until February next year to enroll into school right after filing my taxes. That way I finish school right when I turn 23years in April (insurance companies will give me a better chance). And then apply with schneider. I just have a few questions about schneider, if any of you can answer them please. Does schneider let you take the truck home for home time ( I live 53 miles away from the Fontana terminal)? And if they don't let you take it,do you keep the same truck after you come back from your home time? I heard swift tends to give your truck away to any new driver or someone that needs it while you're away at home time so you will get a different truck almost every time you come back from home time. That's one issue I also didn't like about swift. And can you request who you want your trainer to be? My uncle's friend is a trainer at schneider and I'd like to have him as my trainer,is it possible? Or will I get any random trainer

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.

Kai's Comment
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Don't just follow hearsay.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I will say I start with Schneider on the 15 and look forward to it I attended Cr England and regret it fully. Now with the chance with Schneider i dont feel lied to cause every thing the recruiter told me on the phone was the same as it was on the website. I had the same question about the truck parking occasionally they will let a driver take the truck home depends on distance to home you have. you get the same truck every time it is your truck you take the keys with you when you drop your truck is what i have been told by recruiter and by other drivers that i have spoken with at the yard near me I have already met with my DM as he took me to lunch Yesterday to discuses what my long term goals are and were i would like to see my self down the road with the company he gave me a lot of great insight like every company i know im going to like some things and not like others thats life you learn to deal with it or move on. My Dm has given me his personal cell number if i have any other questions come up from now till i go to PA to start orientation

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.
Mz. Snapper's Comment
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Eric G.... What do you regret about CR England? I am getting super nervous. I continually see negative things about them but I'm do to start school the 12th 😕

Scott's Comment
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Hello everyone. Does Swift just do the orientation in Fontana then you're sent elsewhere for training, or is it all done in Fontana? I'm considering going the Swift route myself. Thanks.

BigTexTrucker 's Comment
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I'm currently 22 years old and I was suppose to go to orientation in Fontana ,ca today and start their training program. But after talking to my uncle and a friend of his, I've decided to pay school out of my own pocket and apply with schneider national two weeks before finishing my training. I didn't really like the fact that I had to stay 13 months with swift for me to finish paying my debt. And instead of paying $3,900 for their training. I rather pay $1,300 for dootson school of trucking and enroll on the reimbursement program with schneider after, I hope they do accept me though because swift might not give me a second chance since I didn't show up today. By what I've heard schneider has better training and that's what I like the most about it. I'll be waiting until February next year to enroll into school right after filing my taxes. That way I finish school right when I turn 23years in April (insurance companies will give me a better chance). And then apply with schneider. I just have a few questions about schneider, if any of you can answer them please. Does schneider let you take the truck home for home time ( I live 53 miles away from the Fontana terminal)? And if they don't let you take it,do you keep the same truck after you come back from your home time? I heard swift tends to give your truck away to any new driver or someone that needs it while you're away at home time so you will get a different truck almost every time you come back from home time. That's one issue I also didn't like about swift. And can you request who you want your trainer to be? My uncle's friend is a trainer at schneider and I'd like to have him as my trainer,is it possible? Or will I get any random trainer

When I worked for Swift, you could take only 3 days off or lose your truck. Yeah, I didn't like some of their policies either. I ended my employment back in August 2012 because the lack of safety and maintenance. It's not worth risking my life for repairs they would not fix (more like a Band-Aid patch). I plan on joining Schneider in the beginning of January or February 2016. I agree they are more serious about safety and hear so many great reviews about them. I work for city government now and the pay is ok, but I plan after 6 months venturing into the IC program. On You Tube Jeffery I showed his #'s from 2014 and his take home was a little over $84,000! This is more than double my yearly... If you look up "Schneider IC Choice My 2014 Trucking Numbers" you'll see what I mean. Plus if you have any questions about Schneider, e-mail him and he will give you his number. I talked to him 2 weeks ago and had an hour long conversation about Schneider. Great guy and full of information.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Joel, you go with your uncle's friend from Schneider. You have a good connection with the company, more than you have with Swift. And where do you hear about Swift "taking" trucks? Did you talk with a Swift driver, or somebody else at the Fontana Pilot? I drive for Swift. When I was OTR , I went so far as to drop my tractor at the Memphis terminal for up to 4 days, and no one ever wanted to take my tractor. Can you believe it? You should believe me because you read it on the internet!

So Schneider will cover your tuition when you are hired? Are they giving away free money, or don't you think they will want you to drive for them for a while to make up the tuition they covered for you? Maybe not 13 months, but few companies would take you on, pay your tuition, then hope for the best!

And Jim, too bad you ran out of Band-Aids. I have never really had problems with Swift maintenance. I even got irritated because they kept an empty trailer I brought in because the in-cab Trailer ABS light came on. This place did not have an extra trailer, so I had to wait for the repair. At the time I drove a 2013 Kenworth and never really had a problem with it. When I took on a 2016 Freightliner, I found oil in a drive axle brake lining. The service writer would not let me take the tractor before the shop got it fixed. This "Band Aid" involved rebuilding the wheel assembly.

You see, you guys are either believing truck stop talk, or just passing on vague "bad news" to support your own decisions. Please be more specific with things, and take a big grain of salt with anyone bad mouthing any company. People have posted "... and we all know about Swift!" and such. Save that for forums that tolerate the hearsay type news.

I have been accused of being a Swift "fanboy". Well, Swift hired me, and so obviously I drive for them. If they were as bad as some have made them out to be (taking people's school tuition then failing them, or leaving drivers to sit at a truck stop for days at a time, for example) Swift would not be as large a trucking company as they are. Rather than a Swift fanboy, I'm a Me fanboy, speaking only from my personal experience and knowledge. And as a driver for only six months, my knowledge of the business is is pretty limited.

As for Jim's topic title, I do believe if you miss that first day, you can reschedule. Not hearsay, I looked in my Academy paperwork. (I know you're heading for Schneider, but Swift may have that second chance for you.)

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.

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.

BigTexTrucker 's Comment
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Joel, you go with your uncle's friend from Schneider. You have a good connection with the company, more than you have with Swift. And where do you hear about Swift "taking" trucks? Did you talk with a Swift driver, or somebody else at the Fontana Pilot? I drive for Swift. When I was OTR , I went so far as to drop my tractor at the Memphis terminal for up to 4 days, and no one ever wanted to take my tractor. Can you believe it? You should believe me because you read it on the internet!

So Schneider will cover your tuition when you are hired? Are they giving away free money, or don't you think they will want you to drive for them for a while to make up the tuition they covered for you? Maybe not 13 months, but few companies would take you on, pay your tuition, then hope for the best!

And Jim, too bad you ran out of Band-Aids. I have never really had problems with Swift maintenance. I even got irritated because they kept an empty trailer I brought in because the in-cab Trailer ABS light came on. This place did not have an extra trailer, so I had to wait for the repair. At the time I drove a 2013 Kenworth and never really had a problem with it. When I took on a 2016 Freightliner, I found oil in a drive axle brake lining. The service writer would not let me take the tractor before the shop got it fixed. This "Band Aid" involved rebuilding the wheel assembly.

You see, you guys are either believing truck stop talk, or just passing on vague "bad news" to support your own decisions. Please be more specific with things, and take a big grain of salt with anyone bad mouthing any company. People have posted "... and we all know about Swift!" and such. Save that for forums that tolerate the hearsay type news.

I have been accused of being a Swift "fanboy". Well, Swift hired me, and so obviously I drive for them. If they were as bad as some have made them out to be (taking people's school tuition then failing them, or leaving drivers to sit at a truck stop for days at a time, for example) Swift would not be as large a trucking company as they are. Rather than a Swift fanboy, I'm a Me fanboy, speaking only from my personal experience and knowledge. And as a driver for only six months, my knowledge of the business is is pretty limited.

As for Jim's topic title, I do believe if you miss that first day, you can reschedule. Not hearsay, I looked in my Academy paperwork. (I know you're heading for Schneider, but Swift may have that second chance for you.)

Let me update more to my statement...

The orientation, work environment and the employees at the Lancaster Terminal with Swift was great. Had an awesome DM for a dedicated account and home on the weekends. Sometimes I was home Wednesday afternoon/evening and headed back to the terminal Thursday morning. So it had nothing to do about Swift Employees, just the lack of fixing/repairing/oil consumption issues (using 1/2 to 3/4 gallon of oil a week) was some of the concerns I had. Overall I would say I was frustrated having a lemon of a truck (2006 Volvo 670) which was in the shop more than I wanted it to be. (And I'm a guy who likes Volvo's) As most would see I'm losing $$$. The loaner trucks they would issue me would have a Check Engine or ABS light on. I also came across one with the dash interment cluster would not light up. I would have to send them to the shop first thing for repair. By the time the repairs were made a day or two later from the loaner trucks, my truck was ready to roll again. I asked my DM if I could have a newer (Not brand new) but a newer Volvo then the one I had. Or just one without gremlins running a muck inside my truck. lol My DM stated my truck has to reach a certain amount of miles before it could be replaced. Though 540K miles is just being broke in for a Tractor, it was just my luck getting the one with electrical and mechanical issues. I assume they replace their trucks at 600K? I will admit that I had enough in regards of my truck, so enough was enough and I moved on to something else with a steady/dependable income... So yes, Swift was a good company to work for in regards of it's employees, but it was the "Bad Luck of the Draw" I had of getting a "not so" dependable truck which made me leave.

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.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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From Jim:

I was frustrated having a lemon of a truck (2006 Volvo 670) which was in the shop more than I wanted it to be. (And I'm a guy who likes Volvo's)

... oil consumption issues (using 1/2 to 3/4 gallon of oil a week)

Jim, my apologies. sorry-apology-smiley-emoticon.gif I'm a bit testy this morning - I'm supposed to be running a shuttle today. Last night I got a call cancelling it. I called back this morning, the DM said I did not show at the swap point (!!!). But your short version sounded a lot like the common "They're beating me up for no reason" stuff. I quoted here two things I agree with. I don't care for Volvos myself, I've driven a few daycab versions. And I had a leaky engine in the 2013 Kenworth. The shop said they can't really do anything about it unless I documented it. So I wrote daily dipstick readings for two months. Not enough "leaking" they said. Oh, well. Now I have a 2016 Freightliner daycab.

Sorry I made you write so much!

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.
BigTexTrucker 's Comment
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No problem at all... Yeah, my first post did seem quick, vague and giving a 1 - 2 punch at swift. But wanted to give some good detail about swift as well. 👍

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