Schneider Trucking Jobs For GI's Not Good For All

Schneider National is offering special trucking recruiting incentives for veterans and some of their statements alarmed me. I hope this post helps anyone consider a position with Schneider look closely at what they are signing if they decide to go trucking with Schneider.

First off, I should explain that there is nothing that makes Schneider worse than any other trucking company. As trucking companies go, they are one of the better companies to work for. The problem is that, as trucking companies go, trucking companies are pretty bad. Schneider trains new drivers, so they’re a training company and as training companies go, they are even worse than non-training trucking companies. In summary, if you are not set on trucking and you’re looking at some other careers, go ahead and keep looking at other careers. There are many options out there better suited to make a better living at. In no way should you let nice incentives to get into the career let you decide that Schneider’s deals make that decision for you.

I’m not going to spend to much time on myself, but you are reading the words of an author that has exited the military, couldn’t find a job, went to trucking school, and then has driven off and on for 20 years. If I had it all to do over again, I would run from trucking as far as I could and not for the reasons you would think. By going trucking, you are putting everything else in life on hold. Education is very difficult to get while trucking. Family life is less than 2 days a week. The pay is stagnet and you’re going to perform many duties for free. No other career is going to ask so much for you in return for so little.

Don’t go trucking for the rosy outlook figures they give you. Yes there is always work, but if freight is slow, you’re barely making money, yet your still away from home. Read Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation to get an idea of what you’re going to be up against. There is nothing fair about trucking, even for Schneider National.

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