Overall Reviews at Schneider
Account Manager | Chicago, IL | Jun 8, 2019
Lack of respect and support for lower level leadership. Policy/procedure/Core Value inconsistencies.
The driver experience is promoted, yet during my tenure of just over 5 years, I didn't feel that lower-level management was respected and valued, nor were the Core Values of Integrity and Respect followed in particular. I had felt much disrespect and being talked down to from various members of upper management across the two divisions I worked in, so to me, this appeared to be the culture. I didn’t feel it appropriate nor professional for one Manager to yell me at me in public out the blue when I had been put in the middle of a startup and things were missed without this manager spending what I felt to be almost no time with me to cover procedures, expectations, etc.; Neither for a member of senior leadership to be yelling at me at the top of his lungs, from what I felt, over some email which I didn’t understand what he was talking about, nor for a different senior leadership member to tell me I’m not a team player without knowing any of my prior contributions and accomplishments, and also telling me my only recognition is my paycheck. I’ve felt the overall support of lower level managers to be very lacking as well. Once a Driver Associate stood up and threatened me during a meeting when my manager at the time was present. When I raised the issue afterward, I was quite disappointed when my manager at that time denied seeing it, even though he sat right next to the Driver Associate and had actually intervened at that moment. I've also had Driver Associates swear at me an...more
ProsBenefits. Various opportunities at HQ in Green Bay.
ConsLack of teamwork in the culture. Upper Leadership lacking basic social skills.
Over the Road Truck Driver | Shrewsbury, MA | Mar 31, 2019
Good to start. Not worth staying more than 6mo.
So where to begin... I’m going to break this down into Pros and Cons, with Cons up front and Pros following.
1. Do not trust what your recruiter says. I was hired to drive Ana berate of 3,400 miles a week, and make $62,000 to $75,000 a year. In reality, I drive 2,000 miles at most and am on track to make $44,000 a year. This ties into cons 2 and 3 below.
2. Extremely low mileage. You will be driving almost exclusively short loads. I was hired to drive Over The Road (OTR) but I am stuck working almost exclusively regional. My average load is 172mi. With the time it takes to hook up and get loaded/unloaded, it’s almost not worth it for me. Driving straight down the road for 10 hours would earn me $250. Driving these little loads and waiting around amounts to An average of $65. Usually that will be all you’re going to complete in one day, so your possible pay and your actual pay will be vastly different.
3. Misusing OTR Drivers. Most OTR drivers that I’ve ever talked to in major companies, or as owner-operators, run between 600 to 1,200mi per load. As an OTR driver for Schneider you will NOT be making these miles. What they don’t tell you is that you are in reality a regional driver withthe possibility of doing OTR runs.
4. Equipment. Schneider National runs the Freightliner Cascadia. It is governed at 63mph (which will slow your miles and therefore reduce the money you make.) The trucks are equipped with the Meritor Wabco OnGuard system (which will be ...more
ProsSafety Culture, Military Friendly, Rookie Friendly, Decent Benefits, somewhat flexible home time
ConsLOW miles per load, lots of down time, limited or no support form dispatch office, no truck amenities, OnGuard System
Truck Driver | Dallas, TX | Nov 15, 2018
Been here for 2 weeks...
..and I'm already angry.
I came to Schneider with 1 year of driving experience. I missed my window to take the experienced driver course so they stuck me in with new drivers and I can honestly say there are some things this company does that drives me absolutely bonkers.
First: They NEED to overhaul some of their training curricula and make sure that instructors are talking to each other to stay organized. There were days when three instructors would give you different marching orders. Other training irritations included things like...this "workflow" thing. These are numbers that load planners and drivers can do hand in hand. There's NO reason a driver should have to do what feels like two hours of paperwork and all for an availability number after we also have to deal with the stresses of the road. Anyone with access to a trucker's Qualcomm can see exactly how many hours they have and what they're doing and where they are. Having people do some of that work internally would help raise morale, I think AND shed confusion AND prevent “service failures” which I think is veiled language for “we’re not actually serious about bonuses and we’re just waiting for you to screw one little thing up with all this convoluted paperwork.”
Second: At several points, I felt like Schneider is flatly trying to hold my hand and micro-manage every aspect of what we do when there is a very clear reality we have to deal with on the road. Common sense is policy and they hold it over your he...more
ProsGood place to start if you've been out of the industry for a while
Truck Driver | Grapevine, TX | Jun 11, 2019
Drivers are a number, NOT valued & treated like they are ignorant & stupid!!
I worked for the Watkins Shepherd division and LOVED my manager & dispatcher. I also LOVED that division. BUT...
Schneider owns them and THAT is what made the job
1. 5 weeks LATE on my bonus! ( they kept finding little excuses)
2. CONSTANTLY messing with my pay!!!
3. They WILL put you through a sleep test and will NOT tell you before you start working there...
A. They will make you schedule about a week AFTER you start.
B. You WILL be FORCED to sign a weekly deduct pay form BEFORE YOU TAKE TEST for total amount of $1500!!!!! or.....you are FIRED!!!!
C. This is BEFORE YOUR INSURANCE HAS KICKED IN!!
D. Also BEFORE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO QUIT and NOT OWE them a ton of money for any schooling, flights and orientation!!!
E. So your choice is sign the sheet to owe the $1500 if you fail the sleep test (which MAJORITY of people FAIL)
or OWE SCHNEIDER ALL THAT MONEY from orientation!!!!
F. IF you FAIL that sleep test.....YOU ARE NOW DIAGNOSED WITH SLEEP APNEA and will ALWAYS have to wear that horrid mask EVERY NIGHT FOR ....ANY....OTR JOB YOU WORK AT!!!!!!! Or....you will be OUT OF A JOB....PERIOD!!!!!
G. That sleep test is ...NOT... DOT MANDATORY!!!!!
H. Schneider just wants to COVER THEIR BUTT if an accident happens !!!
4. You will also constantly be doing different video training. These videos talk to you like you are a a 3rd grader! Things like:
In a sing ...more
ConsRead my review too many to list
Driver | Indianapolis, IN | Oct 21, 2019
Its okay i guesss
You can set times for when you want to drive
The pay is actually very poor but compared to the industry one of the better paying places.
The equipment is decent to poor except for trailers almost all of them have problems with the landing gear crank and at least one bad tire on 50% of the trailers most looks like the trailers been in a warzone a few times. Which sometimes is absolutely hilarious. Sometimes I used to sit and wonder how did that hole happen or damage occur how's it possible in reality?
Unless you have 2% body fat apparently their DOT doctors requires you to take a eugen1cs body mass test and force you to take a sleep study test which I was told most if not everyone fails seems like a money making eugen1cs test scam to me its disgusting a eugen1cs body mass index is a basic requirement for, "safety". You're required to buy certain safety shoes obviously another money making sc4m. So 50 bucks for their approved safety boots and after you fail the eugen1c sleep study test you'll pay about $1,000 at least for the sleep mask someones probably rolling around in that cash.
How do you know if the sleep study test is a false postive? How do you know the sleep test could expose you to who knows what? It was commonly accepted baby powder was safe now theyve found out that isnt the case. You dont know quit being a victim pay the $1k for the equipment and expose yourself like a guinea pig is a disgusting stupid mentality.
If you're otr forget abo...more
Independent Contractor | Pennsylvania | Apr 2, 2019
If you're looking to be home all the time and make money, go somewhere else. If you're willing to put in the hours and have freedom to go wherever you want, owner operator here is the place for you.
Freedom freedom freedom freedom. You honestly don't know what that means until you have experienced it. You choose where you're going, you choose when you'll be going home. You choose how long you'll be home. Freedom freedom freedom.
You still have a truck payment so don't expect to go home for a week and be alright. You still have a truck payment. Just like a bank, but weekly. When you think you'll be in s ham you have 24/7 support a phone call away and it's still freedom freedom freedom.
You fuel where you want, freedom freedom freedom. Just make sure you're getting a good deal on fuel.
You take any route you like to get there freedom freedom freedom, just make sure you're on time .
Nobody looking over your shoulder freedom freedom freedom. Just be professional as you're the business owner and you'll do great.
People make alot more money than I do, and God bless them for it. They go into places I'm not comfortable with and it pays more. My personal experience with what I make is this, I run hard for two weeks, make good money, the third week I go home for 3 full days. So the next check isn't so great, but with my personal family matters at home that's what is needed and my family is satisfied with it. Bills are paid, family time gets done, and things get ...more
ProsFreedom, book your own loads, support team if needed, extremely large cargo volume to choose from, drop and hook options, my home time, I could keep going
ConsNo health insurance
Otr | Houston, TX | Nov 19, 2019
Get you to enroll, they get the Government kickback, then you are just a number.
Came in with over 45 years driving experience, went through their experienced driver retraining 5 week re-entry program, finished top of my class. Given a truck and sent OTR. Had previous tanker experience so driving wasn't an issue. Was all the micro-management that was the issue. They collect all kinds of data relayed to them from the truck. Roll stability, follow time violations(under 7 seconds of follow time), over speed(over 63 mph), Hard braking incidents, lane departure, ect. Problem was that with Freightliner Cascadia's 2019 unit you would be driving down the road at night with no vehicles in sight and the collision warning would come on and the brakes would lock up. Or you would pass under a certain kind of bridge, usually a old metal bridge and the brakes would lock up. Or go into a construction zone with offset lanes with jersey barriers and the brakes would lock up with collision warnings. I have gone into a Y in the interstate with two lanes go to the right and two lanes go to the left with a large sign in the Y and the brakes lock up with collision warning. Houses close to the road in a turn in small villages does it as well. Follow time alerts constantly as cars and other trucks pull in front of you and Schneider wants you to constantly let out of it and back off all day long. Cannot make any money working for them backing up all day and they cannot keep you moving either. Lefm me sitting a lot of weekends while they go home to their families I was left sitting...more
Driver | Lebanon, TN | Sep 10, 2018
If only I had worked out of a different OC
My experience with Schneider began back in 2006, when I teamed for them. My time with them then was excellent. I unfortunately had to quit due to personal issues at home but the experience stayed with me. Fast forward 11 years, I was looking for a decent OTR trucking company to drive for and low and behold, that experience from 11 years ago made me decide to join Schneider again. I wanted a regional route that would get me home weekly or bi-weekly which they offered. Orientation was good, a little boring, but informative. I wish that Schneider would offer more than just lunch, though. I meet my Driver Business Leader on a Friday, he seems to be an uptight person but I feel I can deal with that. BIG MISTAKE. Now, I dealt with it for several months, I eventually asked to be moved to another DBL, but was told no. I dealt with it for another couple of months and was in the process of moving my residence from one state to another and had asked that my Mailing Address be changed. It was all right, along with my permanent address. I received a message on the Qualcomm from their regulartory department stating, "Do Not Drive the Truck" because of my "permanent address" being changed when it was only supposed to be my mailing address. After all the previous problems with my DBL, I decided that I wouldn't fight it and just unpacked the truck. Six months later, once again, I am looking for a decent company to work for. Schneider once again crosses my mind, and I think that ...more
ProsHome time, Pay (not great, but not bad), Benefits (CDL Defender, more companies should offer this)
Driver | Gordonsville, VA | Jan 26, 2019
Do your job like they ask you to do, you will be fine. Big on safety to the point it’s a bit overboard and slightly draconian but manageable. It’s their company, equipment and insurance, not yours! They want you to succeed and not hit anything or wreck. They care about their reputation, do as they want you to do and nobody from management bothers you except to say hi. I was on the Walmart Dedicated account. We ran hard, maxed our 14 hours out daily. The “work” was very easy, hookup to a preloaded trailer, arrive at the stores, open the back door and just stand there looking pretty. Our little office was great, they knew your name and face when you walked in. They honestly cared about the drivers, sick, let them know and they would tell you go back to bed or if you felt up to it, give you a very small run. I had a small incident going into my final week with them, not at fault, told them I felt a bit gun shy going back to that area. Final 3 days, sent me the opposite direction away from all the traffic. The incident was given a non-preventable label. Schneider is serious about safety, they train you their way and expect you to follow it to a T. Don’t follow it, plan on hearing bye Felicia. No cellphone use while driving, no bluetooth even if you sitting parked. You get a Critical Event, better let them know. The system lets them know but your expected to tattle on yourself. Get stopped by police/DOT, your expected to let them know. Your required to send in t...more
ProsFree meals every once in a while, plenty of work
ConsContract, no idling allowed between 20-70 degree air temp
Tanker Driver | Green Bay, WI | Dec 24, 2019
Decent Place to Train and Get Experience
I'm thankful I got my start in tanker hauling here. The training is second to none in my opinion. Even though I'm not longer with them, I still follow the Schneider Way when it comes to tanker hauling. I also got experience hauling a variety of chemicals across the US and Canada while also playing tourist. I got home on-time 95-percent of the time. They are also were very accommodating. Equipment is decently maintained (well except some of the trailers).
My main issue with Schneider was with pay. Truth be told, I got tired of fighting Green Bay over pay that I was legally owed. They will find every way to cheat you out of pay from taking 2 cents off your milage rate with the per diem program to paying you zip code to zip code which you lose 10-percent of your pay. For example, most of the customers in Cincinnati will show up as 0 miles on your dispatches despite being 18 driving miles away. Dispatchers has very little accountability, so if they screw up on your load, you're going to be sitting making no money while everybody in the office else still get paid. Or better yet, your DBL will have you do dummy missions or local work around Chicago or Houston for $40 to $70 dollars PER DAY. Overall, the pay is too low for the risk and the hours worked.
Besides the pay, everything else was okay. If you want to make the best money with Schneider Bulk run the Ecolab dedicated account. You will pretty much slave around in a chemical suit (work 90 to 100 hours a week) but you ca...more