Schneider
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www.schneiderjobs.com Green Bay, WI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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2.8 188 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

Schneider President and CEO Chris Lofgren

Chris Lofgren

(85 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Cold Calling and Luck of the Draw

    Inside Sales Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsM-F, Downtown, Young Office, Mostly energetic

    Cons150 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 Senior ManagementHire real managers, not account executives that have been there longest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid their information technology shop like the plague

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Green Bay, WI

    ProsI honestly cannot think of much.

    ConsInformation 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 Senior ManagementJust resign.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life with Schneider National went from pretty good to unbearable

    Truck Driver (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior Managementget 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Whatever the recruiter tells you..get in writing

    Dedicated Driver (Current Employee)
    South Boston, VA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Company Driver (Current Employee)

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsWe'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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once Great Business in Decline

    Management (Former Employee)
    Green Bay, WI

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsOpen, 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 Senior ManagementTake steps to improve the atmosphere and culture. Encourage rather than punish open dialogue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsWork 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 Senior ManagementStop doing pointless reorgs. Start treating employees with respect. Improve work life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dishonest Senior Leadership

    Customer Service Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementSchneider 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it was not what I was told

    Company Driver (Former Employee)

    Prosthe health care is good but that's all

    Conscan not get your equipment repaired without telling them you will just stay home

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to pay your workers as they was told up front

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Orange fish rot from the head down.

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Green Bay, WI

    ProsBest quality drivers and front line associates in the industry. Dispatchers, mechanics, drivers, etc. are world class.

    ConsCompany has been shrinking for years. If Executive team spends most of it's time preparing their story-line so they can bedazzle board of directors. ZERO financial transparency. Bobble head & politics: to advance in the company one must bow to the top 3 executives (CL, MR and BM). While bowing to those three, your butt is facing the customer and the people doing the work.

    And the bigger the dog, the closer to home they poop. Financial misallocation; inappropriate relationships; intimidation & clever remarks reign.

    This leadership team used to mock Don Schneider behind his back. Not sure why Chris doesn't seem to recognize those same things are going on behind his back. Simply a lack of loyalty to one another, much less to the people who are putting the food on the table (i.e. Drivers and front line).

    Advice to Senior ManagementLong term performance is an indicator of leadership effectiveness. We've been shrinking while competitors are growing. The ERP migration has taken a decade and leadership talent has bled out.

    SNI is a living testament to this axiom:
    - If a leader has integrity things always get better over time.
    - If a leader doesn't have integrity things always get worse over time.

    My hope is that you have time to begin taking inventory of your behavior; acknowledge the wreckage you've created at home and begin making amends. When it's all over, in your last day, no one at SNI is going to be there for you (trust me, NO ONE from SNI is going to be there for you). You're only hope for a future is to restore yourself with those who love you. (trust me, NO ONE at SNI loves you....well, she might say she does, but she's just in this mess because she's confused.)

    To my direct leader - I've served to survive. But when it get's too heavy I'm going to put my burdens aside - and then I'm going to pick the world up and drop it on your head.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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