Werner Enterprises: How Are The Trucks?

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Jason E.'s Comment
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Hey All, Some of you may remember I was worried about passing my physical, because of my wrist. Well, yesterday I passed! I've also been informed that all of my moving violations have been removed from my driving record by my attorney, and to top it all off, I received three pre-hire letters today before even starting school!

Anyways, my reason for posting is because I am heavily leaning towards Werner. I don't want to be with a trainer for 6 weeks, because of medical/privacy issue, but I'm gonna suck it up and I guess my trainer is gonna have to deal with it. I really like that they have a rider and pet policy, so I can bring my dog with me, and the pay seems pretty good starting out, as well as the tuition reimbursement (boy do I need it). I have no obligations to be home, so I can literally run 24/7 and not give a damn. I was wondering if anybody had thoughts on their trucks or what they stick the new guys in? If I'm gonna be OTR long periods I don't want to be put in some POS that has more mechanical problems than a lot lizard has STDs. From what I understand, after orientation you get to take your truck home to get all settled in, and you also get to take it home on your days off (you are literally, ASSIGNED, this truck, as if it were your own)? YouTube seems to be filled with nothing but negative comments about every company, no matter who you drive for, so I won't be getting any useful feedback there.

Thanks All, Jason E.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Jason E.'s Comment
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Hey All, Some of you may remember I was worried about passing my physical, because of my wrist. Well, yesterday I passed! I've also been informed that all of my moving violations have been removed from my driving record by my attorney, and to top it all off, I received three pre-hire letters today before even starting school!

Anyways, my reason for posting is because I am heavily leaning towards Werner. I don't want to be with a trainer for 6 weeks, because of medical/privacy issue, but I'm gonna suck it up and I guess my trainer is gonna have to deal with it. I really like that they have a rider and pet policy, so I can bring my dog with me, and the pay seems pretty good starting out, as well as the tuition reimbursement (boy do I need it). I have no obligations to be home, so I can literally run 24/7 and not give a damn. I was wondering if anybody had thoughts on their trucks or what they stick the new guys in? If I'm gonna be OTR long periods I don't want to be put in some POS that has more mechanical problems than a lot lizard has STDs. From what I understand, after orientation you get to take your truck home to get all settled in, and you also get to take it home on your days off (you are literally, ASSIGNED, this truck, as if it were your own)? YouTube seems to be filled with nothing but negative comments about every company, no matter who you drive for, so I won't be getting any useful feedback there.

Thanks All, Jason E.

For what it's worth, the Werner Recruiter was the only one who actually called me back, and I didn't have to chase around.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

MRC's Comment
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Jason, congrats on the wrist!! Guyjax works for Werner, he would be a good one to talk to. I'm sure that he'll jump in sometime, everyone here runs on their own schedule so it's not that your being ignored. If you jump up top to the search bar (on this page) and type in Werner you'll find quite a few posts on them, I'm sure one might help you out.good-luck.gif

ButtonUp's Comment
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Looks like all the OTR trucks are pretty nice. It's the NET-OPS guys like me that get the dirty "work trucks." Although, they've sold most of those, and I have a nice truck now.

They sell the trucks after 500k miles.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ButtonUp's Comment
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Oh, and you are assigned a truck, so it's yours. Even the sklip-seat deal I am in I drive the same truck, unless it's in the shop, then I get a loaner.

Jason E.'s Comment
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Oh, and you are assigned a truck, so it's yours. Even the sklip-seat deal I am in I drive the same truck, unless it's in the shop, then I get a loaner.

After it is done at the shop, do you get "your" truck back? I'll be keeping it spotless if it's essentially my truck. Fingers crossed they put me in anything other than a freightliner. Nothing but issues with those trucks and then company when I was working at Peterbilt of Las Vegas. What is "sklip-seat"? I'm assuming you meant skip/slip.

Best, Jason E.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ButtonUp's Comment
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Yeah, I was using a cell phone while sitting at a customer earlier, and I didn't catch that... it's a slip seat arrangement. Yes, I get the truck back when it's fixed. I had my last truck a year and a half before it got about 550k miles on it and they sold it and put me in a Kenworth. They offer loaners to OTR drivers as well if you are near the terminal. Looks like a lot of us are getting T660's now...

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.

Brian 's Comment
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I am looking at starting with Werner within the next 2 weeks, from what recruiter said, and on there website, they have one of the newest fleets in the industry averaging about 2 years old on tractors

ButtonUp's Comment
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My truck is three years old, but they'll be selling it in another 100k miles or so.

I would trade it to get my old freight-shaker back.

(Had to say it, lol!)

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