I got my CDL-A license this morning, with triples, tanker, and pending X-endorsement. It looks like the entire industry is on a hiring freeze for new drivers from Florida, with few exceptions.
Cypress Truck Lines wants me. R. E. West is looking to see if they have any flatbed positions out of Mobile, AL, and didn’t turn me down flat. Schneider also wants me. Some others that I haven’t spoken to yet are Stevens Transport, TransAm, US Express, Werner, Western Express, and Wiley Sanders, but I’m working my way down the list.
I have to say that Schneider is looking pretty good. According to their website, their vanload OTR program will run you an average of 2650 mi/wk at $0.46/mile and get you home every two weeks for three days (they guarantee 6 days per month). Combine that with a $2500 sign-on, tuition reimbursement of $200/mo, and an extra $0.04/mile safety and fuel bonus, it doesn’t look bad at all, considering I have no experience and am being taught a new set of marketable skills.
Also, no driver-facing cameras.
Schneider also has tanker positions available, but I get the impression from a few drivers on youtube and on this forum that the tanker division pays the worst, not the best.
I’ll talk to the Schneider recruiter tomorrow at 10:00.
Please voice any strong opinions about Schneider one way or another.