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    Beginning to narrow down my choices and fro what little I am able to find out about this company on their website, they don't seem to be all that bad. They have a driving school about 2 hours from my home and I would then imagine that they have several freight lanes running in or through the Central Ohio area where I live. Their rookie finishing pay, when with a trainer on the road, doesn't seem too bad, but I do wonder about miles as to whether they are going to be constant or not?

    Can anyone tell me anything about this company as currently they are running at the top of my list....

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    They haul a ton of budweiser beer and paper.
    I think they have a steady account with Budweiser, which is good for you.

    See if you can talk to any of their drivers and see what the real story is.
    Only bad thing with Millis seems to be out for 2+ weeks at a time, and I hear the owner Mike Millis can be a real jagoff if you have a minor accident. Just dont screw up and you'll be ok.

    I'd seriously look into Roehl too. They have a van and flatbed division. They seem to be pretty driver friendly. I know a couple guys that did flatbed for them. They complained about the WORK of flatbedding such as the heavy lumber tarps, but didnt have too much bad to say about the company in general. I'd actually look at Roehl more so than Millis. They have ALOT more hometime options.

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    Jim
    Thanks for the info and Roehl is also around the top of my list and I do know they have alot of different hometime schedules to choose from in their programs. Would like to hear from any Roehl land pilots as to their impressions of Roehl as a place to work.

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    Worked for them for 3 years in the late 90's. Finally got tired of castrated trucks, waiting for beer and paper loads to actually be made. Miles started to suck big time. Got a hell of a lot of driver unload paper loads, and the unload pay was pathetic. Best to avoid them. Not a company to make a career with. One of the few good things was the trucks looked nice. Of course nice dont pay the bills.

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    The big problem I have with Millis is their training program. They require you to go to their school (not a big deal) and then send you out with a trainer with only a permit. Once you have completed OTJ training then they have you test out in your home state. The issue I have is that if you do not complete all of the training for what ever reason you are left with nothing but a bill for the school.
    Finding the right trucking company is like finding the right person to marry. I really comes down to finding one whose BS you can put up with and who can put up wih yours.

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    Its always best to finance your own school if possible. Then you owe no one any commitment. Get a loan if possible. Borrow from family and friends. If you have to go with a company read the fine print, because everything in those school agreements is heavily weighted in the companies favor. Its almost like indentured servitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMiller
    Its almost like indentured servitude.
    Almost? :lol:

    There are two things you shouldn't do with your employer:

    1. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing a truck
    2. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing an education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Vassago
    There are two things you shouldn't do with your employer:

    1. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing a truck
    2. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing an education.
    Heh, ain't that the truth!

    Quote Originally Posted by wsclinger
    Beginning to narrow down my choices and fro what little I am able to find out about this company on their website, they don't seem to be all that bad. They have a driving school about 2 hours from my home and I would then imagine that they have several freight lanes running in or through the Central Ohio area where I live. Their rookie finishing pay, when with a trainer on the road, doesn't seem too bad, but I do wonder about miles as to whether they are going to be constant or not?
    Forget the McMega carrier grist mills. Head on down to your local community college or local vo-tech and inquire if they have a CDL curriculum. If so, you'll generally find the prices cheaper, the length of training longer, and their interest is in actually training you...not just putting meat into seats. You can attend evening and weekend classes around your day job and when you graduate, you don't owe your soul to the company store. You're a free agent and the truckin' world is your oyster...which means no contract hanging over your head like the sword of Damocles. No running like an iterod sled-dog under the thumb of some crack-the-whip Captain Ahab dispatcher. No being shackled to an 8X10 fiberglass cell with a 6-month "trainer" who's allergic to soap, deoderant, and hot water. Any such gruff and you just ride away into the sunset and try your hand at another outfit. That in itself is its own reward.

    There's good money to be made in this biz if you know how to play your cards. And that's the real key. You've got to know when to hold em', know when to fold em', know when to walk away, and know when to RUUUUNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!! :lol:

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    Lebron and Rev. hit the nail on the head there. Don't unnecessarily sign your life away to a coolie carrier. Do things on your own terms.

    As for Millis, the lead driver at my outfit worked there for 17 years. He made good money over time, got to drive a sweet KW with a studio sleeper.

    But he regrets going OTR for so long due to everything he missed while he was away.

    The romanticism that I know you are feeling right now with the idea of being a trucker on the open road will evaporate once you get out there and see what it is really like.

    Or maybe you'll really enjoy it. BOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsclinger
    Beginning to narrow down my choices and fro what little I am able to find out about this company on their website, they don't seem to be all that bad. They have a driving school about 2 hours from my home and I would then imagine that they have several freight lanes running in or through the Central Ohio area where I live. Their rookie finishing pay, when with a trainer on the road, doesn't seem too bad, but I do wonder about miles as to whether they are going to be constant or not?

    Can anyone tell me anything about this company as currently they are running at the top of my list....

    Thanks.
    I hope I don't get in trouble for this but here goes lol

    venture over to truckers road forum...there is a massive amount of Mills info there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Vassago
    Quote Originally Posted by BMiller
    Its almost like indentured servitude.
    Almost? :lol:

    There are two things you shouldn't do with your employer:

    1. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing a truck
    2. Rent a job from them by lease purchasing an education.

    But I thought that was how you get rich :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsclinger
    Beginning to narrow down my choices and fro what little I am able to find out about this company on their website, they don't seem to be all that bad. They have a driving school about 2 hours from my home and I would then imagine that they have several freight lanes running in or through the Central Ohio area where I live. Their rookie finishing pay, when with a trainer on the road, doesn't seem too bad, but I do wonder about miles as to whether they are going to be constant or not?

    Can anyone tell me anything about this company as currently they are running at the top of my list....

    Thanks.
    Have you decided what you're going to do?

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    If you need training,Schneider has one of the best around,work for a year and you owe them nothing,plus you'll get a years expiernce,after that ,with a decent record, you can write your own ticket,I was with Roehl for awhile,I ran 7 on 7 off,always got over 3000+ mpw,never unloaded a trailer,didn't like slip-seating, good luck to ya,how ever you decide.

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    I drove for them in the late 90's Better like hauling Beer waiting for the Brewary to finsih making the beer and ALOT and I mean ALOT of paper and Glass. I never got more than 2200 miles a week and also and this has been CONFIRMED by current drivers better like the back roads across OH and IN. Rohel or Schiender is a better company to start with than going with Millis. Especially now with their 2 year commitment to there training program if you leave before your time is up they come after you for 4500 over what you have paid them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironeagle_2006
    I drove for them in the late 90's Better like hauling Beer waiting for the Brewary to finsih making the beer and ALOT and I mean ALOT of paper and Glass. I never got more than 2200 miles a week and also and this has been CONFIRMED by current drivers better like the back roads across OH and IN. Rohel or Schiender is a better company to start with than going with Millis. Especially now with their 2 year commitment to there training program if you leave before your time is up they come after you for 4500 over what you have paid them.
    Should they like hazmat ping pong balls too?

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    Rev Give it up already. No wonder every PM I have gotten recently everyone is saying the same about YOU namely you are the FINAL END OF A HORESE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.

    My post here was to give this guy a clue about millis and here you go trying yet again to do what you do best being a TROLL.
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    Millis pays more during trainning, and yes, I know Money Isn't Everything, BUT IT IS ALOT....From the responses I've received about Millis, it almost sounds like Roehl or Schneider would be the better fit, for trainning, miles, and hometime. I've read about Roehl's 7/3-7/4 and 7on/7off programs, and both are available where I live. Now then it comes down to getting my own CDL and being able to pick the better available of the two, versus taking their trainning and being an indentured servant to them until I've paid them back. Also, the Community College I could get my CDL through is much cheaper than either of their trainning programs.....

    It appears that I'm answering my own question, and that would be to sign up for the CDL trainning at the community college, take it on the weekends, so I can keep working and earning a paycheck until I get my CDL, and then throw it out to the two companies and see which one wants me and is willing to finish my on the job trainning and get my butt into a truck........

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsclinger
    Millis pays more during trainning, and yes, I know Money Isn't Everything, BUT IT IS ALOT....From the responses I've received about Millis, it almost sounds like Roehl or Schneider would be the better fit, for trainning, miles, and hometime. I've read about Roehl's 7/3-7/4 and 7on/7off programs, and both are available where I live. Now then it comes down to getting my own CDL and being able to pick the better available of the two, versus taking their trainning and being an indentured servant to them until I've paid them back. Also, the Community College I could get my CDL through is much cheaper than either of their trainning programs.....

    It appears that I'm answering my own question, and that would be to sign up for the CDL trainning at the community college, take it on the weekends, so I can keep working and earning a paycheck until I get my CDL, and then throw it out to the two companies and see which one wants me and is willing to finish my on the job trainning and get my butt into a truck........

    I'm an ex pumpkin driver and IMO Schneider will be your best bet for training. They aren't the best company and they aren't the worst. You wont have to wait very long for loads (except if you are in a dead area) They will keep you moving and they will teach you the right way to drive a tractor and trailer.

    Why would you want to waste thousands of dollars when you can get your CDL for free???All of the "starter" companys are the same. All you have to do is stick with one of them for a 18 months (SNI) and you got a free ride to just about anywhere you wish to go. Schneider looks good on a resume trust me.

    Of course this is just my humble opinion. 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsclinger
    It appears that I'm answering my own question, and that would be to sign up for the CDL trainning at the community college, take it on the weekends, so I can keep working and earning a paycheck until I get my CDL, and then throw it out to the two companies and see which one wants me and is willing to finish my on the job trainning and get my butt into a truck........
    Now you're cooking with gas! :wink:

    While you're at it, don't forget to inquire about any state grants or workforce development-type deals in Ohio. If you're a veteran, there's potential benefits you might be able to take advantage of through the VA. I know a couple of guys who went to CDL school for free.

    But why limit yourself to the McMega carriers? The community college will have a job placement program and the instructors have contacts in the industry. You might be surprised at the options available to you. And don't be afraid to pound the pavement and make cold-calls. "Hello, I'm about to graduate from CDL school and I was wondering if you hire students...."

    What you'll find is that most good jobs don't advertise because they don't have to...they have alot of guys who want to work for em' and the drivers they have rarely leave. Most of their hiring comes through word-of-mouth. So you could find yourself in the right place at the right time and land a sweet gig right out of school. No teaming with an a-hole trainer earning slave wages for a month or two. No spending weeks away from home. No pressure to lease a truck. No sitting over the weekends for no money. Basically bypassing the whole OTR "lifestyle" experience...

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    LeBron, PM me as for some reason the Administrator won't let me PM to others, but I can reply. I've got a couple of questions to direct to you so if you don't mind, then that way I can just pick your brain.

    Thanks..

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