New In The Field And Made A Bad Company Choice

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Christopher M.'s Comment
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I moved to Alabama and did well in CDL school. [Company Name Edited Out] came into my school and sold me on their company. I soon was off to [Company Location] and worked my butt off to earn a spot at [Company Name Edited Out]. It was the worst experience of my life. [Company Name Edited Out] is all lies. I trained in one of their brand new trucks they promised I will be driving in and they tested me in a 20 year old pOS with a million miles that SHOULD not be on the road. I passed their road test and they failed me on their skills test. I did all their backing tests with flying colors yet they failed me and now I can't find a company to get into. [Company Name Edited Out] is a low life company and a disgrace to the industry. What do I do now?

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.
HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Be careful some drivers will tell you to continue working their for 1 year! but on a much more serious note, so you didn't get your CDL? If not just walk away and cut your losses, no sense in staying with a Company that does not meet your needs. Start looking at other School Sponsored CDL Companies.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Christopher.

Sorry to hear things didn't work out for you. I personally edited out the company name because you're making claims against them I can't substantiate. Everything you're saying might be true but we have no way of knowing that, nor is the company here to tell their side of the story, so we won't worry about which company you're referring to. You don't work there now so it doesn't matter anyhow. Let's move forward.

I would just say apply like crazy to as many companies as possible and pick the one you like the best out of the offers you get. I wouldn't waste five minutes worrying about anything that happened up to this point. It's in the past. Move forward and forget about it.

And it's possible that you completed their training, passed their tests, and they fired you anyhow. So if it wasn't your driving that was the problem, what was it? Why would a trucking company that obviously needs drivers fire a talented and dedicated driver who passed all of their minimum requirements?

Attitude.

So you live and you learn. The best thing you can do is just move forward with the understanding that it isn't just about shifting, backing, and making your appointments on time, especially when you're a brand new driver with no experience. It's also about attitude in a big way. You obviously rubbed the wrong people the way and it came back to bite you.

We have an excellent listing of Truck Driving Jobs and you can even Apply For Truck Driving Jobs with one application. I would just apply like crazy everywhere you can, see who extends you an offer, and go with it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I trained in one of their brand new trucks they promised I will be driving in and they tested me in a 20 year old pOS with a million miles that SHOULD not be on the road

Oh, and from now on make sure you get any promises in writing. If they won't put it in writing then it isn't guaranteed, simple as that.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Be careful some drivers will tell you to continue working their for 1 year!

He was fired dipsh*t. But nice attempt at making fun of our advice.

Christopher M.'s Comment
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Be careful some drivers will tell you to continue working their for 1 year! but on a much more serious note, so you didn't get your CDL? If not just walk away and cut your losses, no sense in staying with a Company that does not meet your needs. Start looking at other School Sponsored CDL Companies.

I have my CDL but thanks to [Company Name Edited Out] I can't find a job because other company's think I can't drive because this company sent me home. I had two trainers there. First one got me behind the wheel and then he went to sleep the whole time.

The second trainer was a real jerk but a GREAT trainer. In the end after five weeks out with him I'm very thankful to him and I can drive and back like a pro.

After five weeks of otr training there was nothing else for me to learn and I was read to test out, be issued a truck and start making some money. But the company training department told me hit the dock and I did in one shot. Then he told me do it again so I did, one shot. He says not even bumpers on both sides failed. Thanks for 7weeks of service and 14000 miles well served. No job, no truck and just a bad taste in my mouth and now no one will hire me.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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After five weeks of otr training there was nothing else for me to learn and I was read to test out, be issued a truck and start making some money. But the company training department told me hit the dock and I did in one shot. Then he told me do it again so I did, one shot. He says not even bumpers on both sides failed. Thanks for 7weeks of service and 14000 miles well served. No job, no truck and just a bad taste in my mouth and now no one will hire me.

So they just up and fired a good, solid new driver for no reason whatsoever?

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.

Pat M.'s Comment
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After five weeks of otr training there was nothing else for me to learn

Me thinks that this may be the problem. Attitude is everything and after 5 weeks, there is still ALOT to learn about driving a truck.

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.

Christopher M.'s Comment
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I know it to be true that there is much more to learn of trucking after five weeks out but its not all things that need to be taught just things I will pick up with experience. I do understand the need to have a positive attitude and I am very easy going. What I meant was that I can safely operate a truck & trailer and I love driving them. I don't know what motive the company had or the real reason they cut me lose. I spoke to another company today who did not give me the time of day because their first questions was what have I been doing since I finished CDL school in mid August? Then what happened at said company? Their response to my position is I need to go get experience else where then apply! I can't get more experience if none of these company's will allow me the chance to prove myself! So what do I do now that I've spent $4,000 on school to learn a skill I can't use? I want to drive, I need to drive. I don't want to lie to these company's or leave anything out that will come back and bite me on my #*#.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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So what do I do now

Relentlessly pursue the next opportunity. Apply everywhere you can - dozens of companies - hundreds if you can find that many. Just go nuts. And make sure you call every one of them within a couple of days of applying if you don't hear from them. Don't sit around waiting for them to call. Show them you're seriously interested. The more persistent you are the more opportunities you'll find.

You haven't done anything that's going to jeopardize your career by any means. Believe me...there are drivers out there right now that have slammed into bridges, tipped trucks on their side, and had multiple DUI's or felonies in their distant past. You haven't done anything of the sort. Someone is definitely going to give you a shot but you might have to dig really hard to find it. Then again you might find five opportunities tomorrow. There's no way to know. You just have to go after it hard.

If I were you I would apply to every one of the Company-Sponsored Training Programs immediately and then call every one of them within the next 48 hours - even on the weekend. Tell them you're anxious to get going right away, you already have your CDL , and the next opportunity you get you're taking it. I'll bet you anything you'll be on a bus to a training program before the end of next week. Seriously.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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