I'd like to encourage you to review all trucking companies, talk with friends, research them on the internet, etc before signing up with a trucking firm.
I'm going to sum up my experience in a short manner.
Werner - We Care, Werner Cares.
This is a public relations statement. Don't get confused by this and be careful on the amount of stock you invest in that statement. Here's why.
1) Assignment of hotel roommates. They don't care who you get bunked up with. They didn't tell me you could pay $20 extra for your own room.
2) Breakfast and Lunch. What a joke. A muffin and coffee. That was it for breakfast. Lunch on day one was $5.00 and a choice from the vending machines or the garbage truck. It went to $4.00 on the second day of orientation.
3) Assignment of trainer. Don't count on being matched up well. Just pray for an experienced person because Werner will allow drivers with min. 3 months of driving to become trainers. And in my opinion, drivers follow that path because they are financially forced to. Do your own paper logs and be pushy on alley docking. Always sleep on the bottom bunk when the truck is in transit.
4) Assignment of truck. I heard the rumors. The SDM confirmed it. They don't have trucks ready for every graduate. The SDM tried to low ball me to keep me on the trainer truck and went up to paying me $10/ driving hour. Strangely, I saw in Omaha, Dallas and one other terminal, lots of undetailed trucks just waiting. Strange, eh?
5) Remind your fleet manager the last time you had hometime if you are a new graduate. They might send you a message on the qualcomm that says you aren't eligible for hometime when you've been training for the last 5 weeks.
6) Don't count on good mileage as a new solo driver. My OTR mileage averaged 2200 miles per week. A far cry from what I expected. And they kept me in CA, TX and Canada 4 days each on short trips. This was not the result of hours available but loads available. I figured it was a little better than downtime pay. But still.
7) Maintenance. Had a shop rat take the dog leash and jerry rig it to the hood to keep it from falling all the way back. That was their own GRA GAR mechaninc in IN. In Texas, I got red flagged on that. They also did not fix the coupling problem well. And the radiator was leaking somehow when shut off for a day or two.
8) That *** Qualcomm does not always pick you up precisely. You might be picked up a few blocks away and so in trying to trip plan, keep that trouble in mind.
9) Regional. It's great to come home every week. But the draw back is the mileage pay is configured differently from account to account. I averaged $520 weekly with a peak at $660. So much for the $700 or 800 as teased by Nuway. Eventually, asking for miles was futile. I began to ***. And on a couple of occassions, they offered $50-100 extra to compensate.
10) Trouble. Whether you are stuck in ice or lost, don't expect to be spoon feed well. And your breakdown wait time, could be half a day, easily.
In short, Werner was a mistake for me. Maybe it won't be for you. Like I said in the begining, research the companies and talk with friends.