Schneider Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
206 Reviews
2.8
206 Reviews
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Schneider President and CEO Chris Lofgren
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Pros
  • Starting pay & benefits are good (in 13 reviews)

  • Some good people have stayed and have not left yet (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • big and some times you can be lost in the mass of people, as you move up work/life balance takes a hit (in 11 reviews)

  • The vast majority of opportunities lead to Green Bay (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Management doesn't care about its drivers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schneider full-time

    Pros

    I can't think of anything good to say.

    Cons

    Mechanics do not fix the trucks properly, the dispatchers send you out on scheduled days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry more about the people that make you money instead of the shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    pure cold calling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schneider full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    really cool people. The management is really good for the most part.

    the company has decent values and keeps work entertaining. its about as good as an entry level cold call sales gets.

    Cons

    only a few people are making good money, which they boost as though each seller is hitting 100k+. it is pure cold calls all day every day. 85 calls, 2 hours of talk time. even then you have a chance at getting yelled at.

    also, i was told this would be a field sales position until the minute i started. the deception really got me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lighten up. be able to accept people's efforts. praise people for what they accomplish. acknowledge them and make people feel ok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cold Calling and Luck of the Draw

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Schneider full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    M-F, Downtown, Young Office, Mostly energetic

    Cons

    150 Cold calls a day
    Management is not true management, just people who were good account executives
    Hope you get lucky and make the right cold call otherwise you're screwed
    Creepy, older management guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real managers, not account executives that have been there longest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid their information technology shop like the plague

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Schneider full-time

    Pros

    I honestly cannot think of much.

    Cons

    Information Technology at Schneider is dysfunctional. Upper Management sets unrealistic deadlines and pushes for me to be done, come hell or high water. There is no such thing as an estimate on how long a project may take. If you estimate 120-160 hours on something, you better be able to finish it in a months time because you will get chewed out if you don't. The atmosphere has soured in the time I was there, with many senior people getting burned out leaving. IT has gone through a massive brain drain recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life with Schneider National went from pretty good to unbearable

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver
    Former Employee - Truck Driver

    I worked at Schneider full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Pros all died with Don Schneider (RIP - you are missed)

    Cons

    No pay raises, impossible to earn bonuses, no holiday pay, poor miles, lousy communication and leadership. Leaders who lie constantly especially to our customers, making the driver look like an idiot when we are face to face with that customer and ignorant to what they think they know and what they expect us to know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the "drivers are a dime a dozen" mentality. Stop lying to us and especially to the customers. You falsely advertise great miles and home time. Special favors and friendships must be forged with leaders in order to get close to either one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Whatever the recruiter tells you..get in writing

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    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver  in  South Boston, VA
    Current Employee - Dedicated Driver in South Boston, VA

    I have been working at Schneider full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Schneider National itself (ie Charlotte office) really has it together..thorough training..good benefits

    Cons

    Dedicated offices very poorly ran, poor communication between warehouse and main office..breakdown in company policy and procedure,alot of "passing the buck" with little results in the end..trucks poorly taken care of constant issues which delay routes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bridge the gap between main office and dedicated offices..honor what recruiter tells prospective employees..follow through on complaints promptly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    The buck don't stop here. Miserable bullies that make Chris Christie look good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Company Driver
    Current Employee - Company Driver

    I have been working at Schneider full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have some good people left. Not all the 'flying badger' crazies are into bullying and harassment. It doesn't appear that they train their folks specifically to do just that. Just comes naturally for a number of them.

    Cons

    We're truck drivers, not high tech computer geeks! All this electronic equipment doesn't work worth a d*mn. It's all dangerous distractions, high pressure, out of control disaster land. There is no enjoyment in trucking this way. Lofgren is a perfect example of why Symantec & Motorola big whigs should be banned from the trucking industry. He is a danger to the public of the entire United States and probably a few countries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your customers, drivers and office workers a favor and sell to a private equity so they can fix the place up with some infrastructure (since the multi-billionaires won't) and get some proper management that kind of knows what they're doing. Grow up for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once Great Business in Decline

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Management in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Schneider full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and do many things come from many different business segments. Good driver training and safety. Pockets of good leaders and front line associates.

    Cons

    Open, positive culture that once existed is for the most part gone. Too much emphasis of how things look versus how things are. Fear, is a word commonly used to describe the cultural atmosphere at Schneider. Many associates just keep heads down for fear of reprisal. Employee training and development programs have been gutted. Senior leaders have insulated themselves from drivers and the business of trucking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take steps to improve the atmosphere and culture. Encourage rather than punish open dialogue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I didn't realize how unhappy I was until I left and saw how much better other companies could be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schneider

    Pros

    Big company with lots of different roles. They have training, decent benefits. Lots of very good people, but lots of bad management.

    Cons

    Work life balance was terrible. Worked all day and until midnight many nights. Management does not do a good job of holding people accountable, so the hard workers end up getting way more work dumped on them. They spend more time reorganizing than actually rolling up their sleeves and working on the issues. I know someone who was a high performer whose role was eliminated twice in a few years as her role was decentralized, centralized, and then decentralized again. I was so stressed out that I got high blood pressure which improved simply by moving to another company. I would not recommend working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing pointless reorgs. Start treating employees with respect. Improve work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest Senior Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager

    I have been working at Schneider full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Above average salary
    Experienced front line leadership
    Good opportunity to develop interpersonal skills

    Cons

    Senior leadership conflicts one another & backtracks very often
    Training program is ineffective
    Technology & systems fail regularly
    Unrealistic expectations placed on associates & front line leaders
    Poor work-life balance
    Workload demand causes associates and leaders to be reactive instead of proactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schneider has a reputation for recruiting experienced individuals and new college graduates, providing a positive first six months, overwhelming them afterwards with unrealistic expectations and extended hours ultimately forcing them to burn out, and terminating them once they make requests.

    Studies have proven that a culture focused on realistic expectations, associate and leader collaboration, and associate development lead to higher productivity levels, increased morale, and improved results. Senior Leadership should take a step back, bring in additional staffing, redistribute the workloads, and provide realistic expectations for their associates and front line leaders. This will lead to an improved Work/Life balance and should result in increased performances, improved relationships, and overall grow the organization to higher levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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