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    i was prehired by roehl and i was wondering if they was a good company what they have told me sounded good but like they say they all make it sound good. so if anyone that drives for them could tell me what they think that would be really helpful.

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    what time I drove for them I had no problems with them.....
    and a friend drove for them until he was able to get a local job but he liked them too...
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    Roehl is a good outfit if you don't mind driving STRIPPED TO THE BONES Mid Roof tractors.Lots of layovers lately.Lots of Northeast freight.
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    Lots of layovers ? lol . Not for me . Most I ever waited to get dispatced in over 2 years was 15 hours . Lots od Northeast is right though . As far the tractors there stripped down like any other company . What did yours come with a fridge and cb ? didn't think so . Most of ours had all the neccasities including a bunk heater .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth
    Lots of layovers ? lol . Not for me . Most I ever waited to get dispatced in over 2 years was 15 hours . Lots od Northeast is right though . As far the tractors there stripped down like any other company . What did yours come with a fridge and cb ? didn't think so . Most of ours had all the neccasities including a bunk heater .
    The guy who ran the board for Roehl drivers quit and went to CFI due to no freight.I think his name is RED_ROLLER?
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    correction he and I both went to Crete Carrier.

    copy and paste from previous post:

    Roehl sucks, that's my opinion. I'm a newer driver only been driving 1 year and now I'm making .41 cents per mile (at Crete) which is roehl's top pay for van. I would have to work at roehl for 7 years to get that! I worked for them my first year and almost lost my house and cars. I worked damn hard too. Roehl claimed I'd be out for 11 days and home for 3, well in reality it was 14-18 out and 2 1/4 off, not to mention the times my hometime was interupted because they wanted me to go meet one of their drivers at a truckstop to take his load because he was "out of hours".

    I don't know who these people are or what their motivation is for saying that roehl is such a great company to work for. :roll:

    My dispatcher who was out of Gary, IN never answered his phone, ever. And was a complete jagoff! Thankfully he got fired. My next dispatcher damn near always answered his phone but was totally immature and threw temper tantrums. :roll: The only good, make that excellent dispatcher I had used to be a driver. I had 3 dispatchers in a little under a year.

    I was talking to one of my fellow Crete drivers and he asked me what was up with roehl's recruiters. He called them to see if he could get on with roehl's 7/7 (wanted to semi-retire) and the recruiter asked him "how long you been driving and how many accidents and tickets?" the Crete driver said "17 years no tickets or accidents" the roehl recruiter replied "well give me your social and I'll pull your DAC and find out for myself, I know how you guys are...". Needless to say the driver told him to go f* himself.

    Let me also tell you about this guy named Troy in Marshfield,WI he would make sexist comments toward females in my orientation class and make fun of a guy who was overweight. Totally unprofessional.

    Does this sound like a company you'd wanna work for? Not me.

    Heck even the guy who owns www.roehldriver.com went to drive for Crete LOL :lol:

    http://www.roehldriver.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=281

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    YUP, Your correct CRETE. My mistake.Thanks.
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    Ok Crete_drvr.. you had a bad experience with a company. That doesn't mean the company is all bad. I am a new driver (9 months) but with a 25 year history in the trucking industry. My late husband drove as an OTR for 38 years both as an O/O and company. I have a good understanding of what companies expect of drivers and the **** that a driver sometimes has to put up with and I have put into action all my prior background this last 9 months. I can't expect top pay when I am still in the learning curve. Glad you have found a company that will pay you what you need to live while having only 1 year of experience. I have not had any problems with home time because I try to work with my fleet manager when it comes to scheduling. Sometimes you need to stand up to a dispatcher (doesn't matter what company it is) and not allow abuse.

    Companies have a right to check DAC records. Never know what is trying to be hidden by a voice on a phone. Doesn't matter how long you have been out on the road or what track record you have companies have a right to protect themselves and insurance companies expect background checks.

    Yes, I know Troy. Yes...he has a "attitude" toward women. I just avoid him. It is unfortunate that he has not been overheard by a superior but it is only time before it happens. It is your word against his at present. I agree that it doesn't look good to new people coming in but why didn't you say anything about it when you went through orientation?

    I am very happy with Roehl. Have not been used or abused. They are good company. Maybe you were expecting too much as a new driver.

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    Ok Crete_drvr.. you had a bad experience with a company. That doesn't mean the company is all bad. I am a new driver (9 months) but with a 25 year history in the trucking industry. My late husband drove as an OTR for 38 years both as an O/O and company. I have a good understanding of what companies expect of drivers and the **** that a driver sometimes has to put up with and I have put into action all my prior background this last 9 months. I can't expect top pay when I am still in the learning curve. Glad you have found a company that will pay you what you need to live while having only 1 year of experience. I have not had any problems with home time because I try to work with my fleet manager when it comes to scheduling. Sometimes you need to stand up to a dispatcher (doesn't matter what company it is) and not allow abuse.

    Companies have a right to check DAC records. Never know what is trying to be hidden by a voice on a phone. Doesn't matter how long you have been out on the road or what track record you have companies have a right to protect themselves and insurance companies expect background checks.

    Yes, I know Troy. Yes...he has a "attitude" toward women. I just avoid him. It is unfortunate that he has not been overheard by a superior but it is only time before it happens. It is your word against his at present. I agree that it doesn't look good to new people coming in but why didn't you say anything about it when you went through orientation?

    I am very happy with Roehl. Have not been used or abused. They are good company. Maybe you were expecting too much as a new driver.

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    Ok Crete_drvr.. you had a bad experience with a company. That doesn't mean the company is all bad. I am a new driver (9 months) but with a 25 year history in the trucking industry. My late husband drove as an OTR for 38 years both as an O/O and company. I have a good understanding of what companies expect of drivers and the **** that a driver sometimes has to put up with and I have put into action all my prior background this last 9 months. I can't expect top pay when I am still in the learning curve. Glad you have found a company that will pay you what you need to live while having only 1 year of experience. I have not had any problems with home time because I try to work with my fleet manager when it comes to scheduling. Sometimes you need to stand up to a dispatcher (doesn't matter what company it is) and not allow abuse.

    Companies have a right to check DAC records. Never know what is trying to be hidden by a voice on a phone. Doesn't matter how long you have been out on the road or what track record you have companies have a right to protect themselves and insurance companies expect background checks.

    Yes, I know Troy. Yes...he has a "attitude" toward women. I just avoid him. It is unfortunate that he has not been overheard by a superior but it is only time before it happens. It is your word against his at present. I agree that it doesn't look good to new people coming in but why didn't you say anything about it when you went through orientation?

    I am very happy with Roehl. Have not been used or abused. They are good company. Maybe you were expecting too much as a new driver.

    Soladad

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    Peaches... check you Private messages for a message from me.

    Sorry everyone about the double post. Didn't think the first post went through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soladad
    I can't expect top pay when I am still in the learning curve. Glad you have found a company that will pay you what you need to live while having only 1 year of experience.
    I understand your learning curve statement, however some of my paychecks were less than what I made working at Wendy's when I was 16 years old.

    Yeah .41 cents per mile aint too shabby for 1 year experience. My lowest paycheck so far will be the one I get tomorrow (because of hometime, 4 days off) $550.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soladad
    I have not had any problems with home time because I try to work with my fleet manager when it comes to scheduling. Sometimes you need to stand up to a dispatcher (doesn't matter what company it is) and not allow abuse.
    I agree with this statement as well. Crete is much larger then Roehl and instead of most people focusing on the negatives of being just "a number" I'd like to point out the positives.

    1. All Crete drivers have no assigned dispatcher. This is awesome, if you have beef with one of them, they can do very little to make your life hell. We do however have assigned fleet mgrs. which you should make a call to when you come out of the house to set the date you want to come home. Your fleet mgr will go to bat for you if you are not being pointed towards home when you request.

    2. Freight base. Crete's freight base is HUGE. That means more miles for the drivers. I've dropped a load and reloaded at the same facility several times, I love it! Also load select is sweet, I do have a say sometimes on where I can go (no northeast LOL). Bigger freight base also means variety in where you can go.

    3. More terminals. You can't imagine how annoying it is to work for a company that has 3-5 terminals in which they do maintenence in. It's nice to have a company terminal nearby not just to get work done on your truck but so you can get fuel, a free shower, free laundry, free truck wash and no lot lizards. LOL :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by Soladad
    Companies have a right to check DAC records. Never know what is trying to be hidden by a voice on a phone. Doesn't matter how long you have been out on the road or what track record you have companies have a right to protect themselves and insurance companies expect background checks.
    I think you missed my point. The roehl recruiter accused the man of being a liar without reason. Of course your DAC will be pulled when seeking employment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soladad
    Yes, I know Troy. Yes...he has a "attitude" toward women. I just avoid him. It is unfortunate that he has not been overheard by a superior but it is only time before it happens. It is your word against his at present. I agree that it doesn't look good to new people coming in but why didn't you say anything about it when you went through orientation?
    I do regret not saying something to management. His attitude is absolutely terrible. I was so nervous in orientation, I was just concentrating on all the paperwork and policies, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soladad
    Maybe you were expecting too much as a new driver.
    Yeah, I was just expecting to make enough money to support my family. Silly me!! :P

    Roehl isnt the worst company out there, but I certainly think where I'm at is much better.

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    Yea and how's Crete's hometime ? Not to good from what I've heard
    And there equipment ? Stripped down Freightliner's

    They pay okay but I don't want to stay out weeks at a time . I'll stick with my 41 cpm being off 2 or 3 days a week and home 3 or 4 nights a week .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth
    Yea and how's Crete's hometime ? Not to good from what I've heard
    It's the industry standard, 1 day off for six out. Roehl outright lied to me. they promised I'd be out 11 and home for 3, whatta joke!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth
    And there equipment ? Stripped down Freightliner's
    The only things I don't have on my truck that I had at roehl is a air suspension meter/gauge, whatever, and a bunk heater (mine was broken anyways).

    Let me tell what I do have on my Crete truck that I didnt have with roehl, a condo and 2 air ride seats. Why would a company even have a rider program and give their drivers mid-roofs and 1 air ride seat?

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    I'll stick with my 41 cpm being off 2 or 3 days a week and home 3 or 4 nights a week .
    And I suppose yellow is the perfect company, eh? :roll:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth
    Yea and how's Crete's hometime ? Not to good from what I've heard
    And there equipment ? Stripped down Freightliner's

    They pay okay but I don't want to stay out weeks at a time . I'll stick with my 41 cpm being off 2 or 3 days a week and home 3 or 4 nights a week .
    Name for me a company that pays anywhere near what Crete does yet has better trucks? To choose not to go with a company just because they don't have a drivers side fender mirror or arm rests on the passenger seat or some other silly doo dad is just plain stupid to me.

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    .41 cpm ? at Yellow Freight ? Sorry, but that is impossible. National Master Freight starting line rate is 52.5 cpm +$21.70 hourly for freight. And it's going up with another COLA adjustment soon..(unless you are a new employee@80% of full NMFA wage rate)
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    seems to be some roehl bashing.
    boottom line roehl is a large otr carrier that has the best hometime plan in the industry for select locations.
    their pay for new drivers is nothing special but if you have some experience the pay scale is ok not great, but ok.
    trucks r cheap versions just like any other large otr carrier.

    seems to be an overall attitude from drivers that the carriers owe them something more then a paycheck. when you call a recruiter up and they ask you for some background info why have a hissy fit cuz you dont like the recruiters attitude so you just disregard the company, and throw away another opputunity because someone whom has never met you doesnt treat you like royalty.
    where did all the common sense go

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    seems to be some roehl bashing.
    No, more like roehl brain-washing.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    boottom line roehl is a large otr carrier that has the best hometime plan in the industry for select locations.
    um 7 on 7 off really isnt that special unless youre satisfied with $20-25K year or are ready to retire.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    if you have some experience the pay scale is ok not great, but ok.
    Try worse than average.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    trucks r cheap versions just like any other large otr carrier.
    I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    seems to be an overall attitude from drivers that the carriers owe them something more then a paycheck.
    No I don't feel that way at all. I do feel that most of OTR drivers give alot of time away for free. I hate to sit but realize it's part of the job. I also don't appreciate a company holding my hand in every aspect of the job, like penalizing me for letting my truck roll downhill at 70MPH :roll:

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    when you call a recruiter up and they ask you for some background info why have a hissy fit cuz you dont like the recruiters attitude so you just disregard the company, and throw away another opputunity because someone whom has never met you doesnt treat you like royalty.
    Well if you enjoy being treated like a criminal for no reason I suppose you're in the right industry. I guess you just have to consider the source. It was a recruiter, 2 shades less than a used car salesman, and from roehl which makes it worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_o
    where did all the common sense go
    you tell me, driver? Don't like someone else expressing their opinion? This is America ya know?
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    Hey Crete_drvr, just read over red rollers adios post and I noticed something you may want to point out to him next time you have a chance. Crete does not allow transferring back and forth between Shaffer and itself. They used to but not anymore. There are times when they might ask a Crete driver to run a Shaffer trailer for a while, however.

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    crete drvr if your only making 20/25k ayear 7/7 your on the bottom of the 7/7 list. im set to make well into the mid range closer to 35k
    id suggest you try harder next time.
    if with all the roehl brainwashing , horrible recruiters and worse then average pay scale which you allege then there would be no one to drive those red trucks would their.
    i know ill continue to drive my poj roehl truck every other week.
    how do you cunclude where did all the common sense go , you say> have a problem with people expressing themselves.
    your writing sounds alot like that roehl flat bed women who made no sense either

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