Schneider Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits with opportunity to move to different postions (in 14 reviews)

  • Good Company to work for with a decent salary and good work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, as with all OTR jobs no work-life balance, more concerned with office workers than drivers, no APUs freeze in winter boil in summer (in 12 reviews)

  • The vast majority of opportunities lead to Green Bay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Play Dumb

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Schneider full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, lots of opportunities to move around. Management (where I work, anyways) listens to "the trenches" when it comes to process improvement, allowing ambitious associates to cultivate a portfolio of effective "cost-savings" decisions. Pay is OK if you're younger or have minimal debt/responsibility.

    I also really like the approachability of middle and upper management where I work. They come to us regularly for insight into an issue, we can go to them for advice/resources and it allows us as a unit to effectively service our customer (and that makes everyone's lives easier).

    Resources to do my job are at most times more-than-adequate. It is not difficult to report an IT/software issue and have the situation rectified or at least made visible to the owning parties. Profit sharing is cool (I'd rather have OT). Benefits exist.... I've had better and had far worse so I can't bash too hard.

    Cons

    Extremely clique-y. You could have the reasoning capacity of a fern, but if your manager likes you; you don't have to worry and they'll even stick up for you when you fail miserably at your job and are being called out on it regularly by coworkers and customers.

    If you're the 'ambitious associate' I mentioned in Pros, guess what? You get to roll out pilot programs, you're the one tasked to fit in extra 'projects' into an already ridiculously busy day. Corporate policy (like no OT) means you get to figure out how 10 hours of work turns into an 8 hour day and make all parties involved happy. Often, I feel as though I made a huge mistake in being good at my job. If I did the bare minimum and just met my metrics and didn't apply any critical thinking skills; I could be making just as much money but with half the stress involved.

    No formalized training for office associates, you get to learn on the fly and all through "Tribal knowledge" and if that doesn't line up with "the process" you will hear about it (Even though it's what everyone else does). Basically, you learn when you mess up, which can be a traumatic/uncomfortable experience for some. This is even worse on the temps, who get maybe a few hours' of instruction on a mind-numbing task, and are set up to do that indefinitely until they quit, the manager asks for them to be reassigned, they're hired FT (which seems to be that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for most temps even though the staffer, Kelly Services boasts something like 90% FT placement of temps) or they are just outright terminated through the staffer. I've befriended several temps who, based on experience (upwards of a year for many) and feedback in interviews were confident of a job offer and told they fit the bill, BUT oh! Turns out they offered that job to a preexisting Full-timer who was just tired of their current position! Doesn't matter what they do or do not know about the role; if they have any credibility with the group making the hiring decision, they're in and the temp is soon thereafter notified that their contract with Schneider is slated to end soon thereafter. I see it as a bit of a slap in the face, since many temps bust their butts to stand out and get hired on.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the work your temps do and identify your in-house problem-children and deal accordingly... You folks go through temps like nobody's business.. maybe have the courage to identify and eliminate/encourage reassignment to associates that cause issues/frustrations with customers and teammates.. I am regularly amazed by the work ethic/character of a temp versus a FT employee... You have a bunch of tenured associates who have been doing basically the same thing for 10 years and don't care or don't bother to learn....how do you not notice that? I don't remember "Just getting by" being a part of the Mission statement or Core Values.

    Offer some incentive to the innovate! If I save you x amount of dollars per day/load on identifying a process improvement, why can I not be compensated (x-5) or something? I feel like I am in a position that my decisions and process steps take a direct role in saving/losing money for a customer or the company... Critical thinking skills apply! Something that is in hot demand in all fields! Why is it I cannot be more adequately/directly recognized/rewarded for my efforts, while, for example a similarly placed associate who does the bare minimum gets the same cut as me. They benefit from the actions of the people you should want at your company, while making poor decisions and increasing the workload for associates that have a measure of efficacy in resolving situations plus inducing a customer to associate us with crappy/ineffectual service.

    I am giving a low rating on "Culture and Values" as I think you fail miserably at practicing what you preach in the office setting. The way the "respect for all" value often usurps the values of "integrity in every action" and "excellence in what we do" is alarming. Quite frankly, at a ground level, "respect for all" is not exhibited. Integrity is not in every action as demonstrated in my previous statements about your tenured associates that just don't care or don't bother to care.
    Yet if someone is called out on [more or less] failing the "integrity" and "excellence" values and are called out on it by coworkers (because it duplicates work, causes rework or creates a whole new situation) they are entitled to say their "respect" is violated. Stop playing favorites.

    Keep up the great accessibility/comm flow of management-CS ... It's needed for us 'critical thinkers'... we can't put the puzzle together without us each bringing our pieces!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Every driver will have a different experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional OTR Driver in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Regional OTR Driver in Green Bay, WI

    I have been working at Schneider (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly DAY staff
    Good equipment
    Reasonable schedule (I am regional driver and am out 11 days and in for 3 off - I am almost on time coming home 90% of the time, even if I am late its its by 1 day and they let you come back 3 days later)

    Cons

    Slightly low pay but they are increasing it to match industry
    Support shift is horrible (both 2nd and 3rd), pretty much useless
    Cost of comfort comes before driver comfort
    New drivers get the cheap freight
    Schneider has a poor view from other companies out there. Even if you are experienced and you start backing up near another driver, they may get nervous and harass you. (I would say you should just hit their chrome polished truck anyways if they do that)

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR DRIVERS AND QUIT PUTTING THE COST OF COMFORT BEFORE THE NEEDS OF YOUR DRIVERS! You guys who make these decisions need to come out and drive during the extreme heat of summer or the cold of winter and see what its like when we cannot idle to keep cool or warm.


  3. Fairly good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Tank Driver in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tank Driver in Houston, TX

    I worked at Schneider

    Pros

    Pay and equipment are fairly new, leaders and management are very supportive. Training are excellent.

    Cons

    Limited loads, specially if new


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  5. Helpful (1)

    OTR Company Driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - OTR Truck Driver in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Schneider full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to start with n as well good benefits

    Cons

    Have to stay on the road long haul to see the money. Need more pay

    Advice to Management

    More pay to there Team Drivers


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good stater company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Local Inter-modal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Local Inter-modal in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Schneider

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are up front. Get your experience and move on or move up. When starting with no experience don't expect to get paid experience driver pay. After a year to 6 months you can move up to a dedicated account and markets with Intermodal divisions require a year. Moving up the ranks in Van Truckload is becoming a Training engineer or Mentor and later down the road, you can apply to become a OSR if a position opens up.

    Cons

    Communication gap and holes between shippers, receivers, operations, customer service, and drivers makes for difficulties on some days.


  7. Work = Earn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive

    I have been working at Schneider

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive commission structure as far as a 3PL goes. Chicago office growing rapidly.

    Cons

    Not many for a 3pl.


  8. Schneider National

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schneider full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Company to work and learn the trucking Business.

    Cons

    Some times lock of communication with dispatch. But overall good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work


  9. positive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Driver Business Leader
    Current Employee - Driver Business Leader

    I have been working at Schneider

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and values. Good leadership.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunites to move up in the field


  10. Helpful (1)

    Pretty good as a dedicated home daily driver.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Driver in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Driver in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Schneider full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance is the biggest pro. On par with industry standard for premiums with above average benefits. They care about drivers health In that aspect. You also get paid what you earn.

    Cons

    No holiday pay for local drivers. idle percentages too low for certain accounts, especially for those that still sleep In their trucks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your local drivers holiday pay if the account does not work. We're forced a day off which takes money out of our pockets.


  11. Decent entry level trucking company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Truck Rail Driver in El Monte, CA
    Former Employee - Truck Rail Driver in El Monte, CA

    I worked at Schneider full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with benefits to start your career in the trucking industry. They train new hires and reimburse your trucking school cost up to a certain amount. Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Pays little compared to other companies. Get your experience here and run. Good chance you can probably find better pay elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay and you may decrease your turnaround rate.



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