Starting At Roehl This Month

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Mallory H.'s Comment
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so I just received my class A license yesterday and I am headed out for Roehl transportation this month! I have been told they are a great company, not too mention they have pretty nice trucks. But other than that I haven't been able to talk to anyone who works for Roehl. I would absolutely love some feedback from anyone who works or has worked with them. I am pretty much going in blind other than knowing the basics of the company. I am very excited, but also nervous I may not be choosing the right company as I was pre hired to 7 plus companies. and some of them definitely have better perks....but less pay.

any feedback is appreciated!!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Mallory, Congratulations!

Welcome to our forum!

Don't let unfounded anxieties get the best of you. I'm gonna tell you straight up that getting started in this career will probably be one of the biggest challenges you have ever faced. We have heard a lot of good feed back from our members who work for Roehl. They will work with you and do their very best at helping you get established. It will be trying, but just because it is difficult at first don't make the common mistake that so many new drivers do and decide your problems are because of the company you chose. You can do this, but it won't be a cake walk. You can expect to be driven to tears on some days, and you will be wanting to quit on more than one occasion. The best advice I can give you is to hang tough and see it through. In reality it takes about a full year before you can get to the point where you should be getting to feel like you half way know what you are doing.

You can always come in here with questions, or even if you just need to vent. We will provide you with some moral support that you may not find from your family and friends because we actually understand what you are facing. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions.

You made a fine choice in picking Roehl, stick it out for a minimum of one year of safe driving and you will be opening up many doors of opportunity for yourself.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mallory H.'s Comment
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Thanks! and thanks for the assurance! I've mainly only heard good things about Roehl. I know it wont be easy, but I'm tough and great at seeing things through. so thanks for the advice smile.gif

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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Hello Mallory I currently drive for Roehl flatbed and specialized in a regional fleet. For the most part Roehl has been a great company of course as with any company and especially being brand new you are going to have good days and bad days. The one thing I will tell you is that the training is very intense and moves very quickly so when you are with your trainer take notes and ask every question you can think of because when you go solo you are going to feel like you are starting over there is a whole new level of stress because there is no one there to lean on anymore. That when you have to remember you have a fleet manager and they are there to ensure you are successful so use them alot even for the questions you think aren't important.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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Mallory,

Welcome aboard The Power of Red. I received my CDL license through Roehl CDL school in Marshfield. I launched in November 2014. No regrets at all! Great to have you aboard!!

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.
RedGator's Comment
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One of our women drivers Jole has been with them about 5 months now. PM her to get a womans take on things.

Mallory H.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice!

Jopa's Comment
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You went with "Roehl transportation"??? Oooo, bummer ....

JUST KIDDING!

Jopa

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Kevin W.'s Comment
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I start CDL school/training with Roehl Transport on Monday (May 18th). I plan on doing just what Old School and Jeffry T. have advised within this thread...learn and persevere.

I have found a lot of positive comments about Roehl Transport here TruckingTruth, and from other sources. It is important to me to start begin my career with a company, like Roehl Transport, that focuses heavily on training and has an outstanding safety record. It seem like the first year will be a major learning experience with some serious challenges no matter where I start. I want to learn all that I can and operate safely while I learn.

The most consistent criticism I have found about Roehl is that they are a 'good starter company', and once you get some experience there may be some higher paying companies. Since I am just starting out, I did not see those criticisms as being a major negative.

Jeffry T. did touch on one concern I have, which was Roehl seems to have a rather short period of time with a trainer. They have extended the CDL school from 3 weeks to 4 weeks, but the time with a one on one trainer remains only "up to 15 days". That seems like a short amount of time to learn what I imagine is a lot of information before going solo. There is an additional phase of training when you first go solo where they assign you to a fleet training manager. I wonder how helpful and effective that is as a new solo driver.

Good Luck, Mallory! I hope we both made a good decision when we chose Roehl.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul W.'s Comment
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Hey congratulations Mallory. I am new to this form myself and yesterday I just received my prehire notice. I have my CDL from 2010 but due to not having driven much other than occasionally for the Air Force, I am now taking a refresher/recertification course through the Troops to Transport program. I have been reading some of the posts here about the various companies and mainly about Roehl. Like Kevin mentioned in his post, I was also wondering about the phase 2 training with a company driver being only up to 15 days or so. Any feedback, pointers and other information about Roehl would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to starting with them very soon..

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.

Prehire:

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.

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