Roehl Transport Employee Reviews for Truck Driver
A good place to get training
CDL Class A Driver (Former Employee) - Marshfield, WI - May 21, 2021
I began driving in late 2019, the training program is okay but now that I look back... Until you're actually out on the road then you will learn quickly what driving a tractor-trailer is all about. I had made a bunch of rookie mistakes within the first few months of driving and was threatened with my job. Luckily I stuck with it and learned to operate the truck and trailer properly.
Eventually, they started sending me on good runs out East. I really enjoyed working at Roehl for a while. I have two little girls so I started realizing that I wanted to spend more time at home. Plus I am going back to school for business management. After a year they moved me to a local position in which I was able to go home each night. National and regional fleets are out on the road a lot more often so get in the mindset of making your truck your new home.
The fleet managers were actually great to work with, as long as you communicate with them you will be fine, this means calling them if you will be way early or late to a shipper or consignee, call them if you have routing issues, or if you need some time off, they will work with you.
Every so often there are required videos to watch for training and safety updates. I kind of laughed because it seems like when Roehl is in them he is just reading from a script. You are the owner, tell people what you really mean.
Overall I can say that I enjoyed working at this company, you see a lot of cool places and meet interesting folks along the way. Roehl is good for getting your foot in the door of trucking.
CDL A experience, fun coworkers if you can get along with them, see interesting places.
Official response from Roehl TransportJune 13, 2021
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Roehl Transport Truck Driving School: Company-Sponsored CDL Training
Roehl Transport CDL Training Itinerary
Roehl’s paid CDL training program will get you ready to test for your commercial driver's license in a few weeks. There's a lot of information for you to learn, and you'll begin your training at 7 am and conclude at 5 pm each day.
You'll train with late model equipment - the types of trucks and trailers you'll drive when you are actually doing the job on your own.
You'll be in a small group - your instructor will train you and two others (3 to 1 ratio). All our instructors have practical OTR experience, many of them working as Driver Trainers prior to working in a CDL training environment.
You'll test for your CDL testing in the last week of the program.
Once you have your CDL, you'll enter Phase 2 of our training program. You will then go out on the road with a certified driver trainer who'll work with you on additional skills as you do the job.
The first portion of your CDL training – the first three weeks - includes:
- Basic Control
- Vehicle Inspections
- Control Systems
- Speed management
- Space management
- Hazard perception
- Protective driving
- Life outside the truck
- Communication systems
- Atlas use and trip planning
- Accident procedures
Once you have your CDL, you'll proceed to the second phase of the training with a certified driver trainer.
How long is the training overall?
The Get Your CDL Program runs for 4 weeks.
Will I be paid during training?
Yes, you are considered an employee from Day 1 and are paid $500 per week throughout training
TruckingTruth’s View On Roehl Transport Training Itinerary
This training seems to be very well structured. Since students already come into the program with a CDL driving permit, they are able to begin driving instruction from day one. This program seems very thorough and reputable.
On The Road Training Itinerary With Roehl Transport
You'll be on the road with a Roehl certified trainer, where you'll put the principles learned in Phase 1 to work. You and your trainer will focus on refining your driving skills, maximizing fuel efficiency, trip planning, understanding how to utilize electronic on board log recording systems, learn how to handle freight and meet customer service expectations, and maintenance.
This phase of training is performance based and usually lasts 15 days. You'll earn $90 per day when you are training with a trainer.
Upon completion of Phase 2, they will verify your skills. After verification, they will issue you your first truck and give you your first work assignment (dispatch) routing you in a homeward bound direction.
On The Road Training Policies at Roehl Transport
How much will I be making when I'm on the road with a trainer?
You will earn $90 for every day you are with a trainer (beginning at phase 2 - see above).
Do they run your trainer and you as "team" operations or like a solo truck?
In phase 2, student drivers are given on the job training by a Certified Driver Trainer – this is not a “team” dispatch situation. Students also have a Fleet Training Manager who’ll assign training based on the specific load being hauled.
Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?
No, during Phase 2 training there is one student to one trainer.
Do you have a "No sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is rolling" policy?
Sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is in motion is prohibited. Your training continues when the driver trainer is driving.
What is your policy for handling disputes between trainer and student?
Trainees are given phone numbers to call in case of any issues. If a new trainer needs to be assigned one will be provided.
Can you get a non-smoking trainer?
Yes, either smoking or non-smoking trainers can be requested.
What are the company's minimum qualifications to be a trainer?
Trainers attend an intensive course (Trainer Foundations) and have support available to ensure success.
TruckingTruth’s View Of Roehl Transport On The Road Training
Training at Roehl is different than most other company training programs. You are hired and paid as an employee on day one. Training to obtain your CDL is part of the job. You'll be paid $500 a week while you get your CDL. CDL training is three weeks. The training is available in multiple locations. After you have your CDL, you'll start your on-the-job training as a long haul truck driver (Phase two and three). During Phase two, skills are refined and there is no team driving involved. If you’re coming from the Roehl Transport CDL School, you’ll skip Phase 1 entirely. In Phase two, you’ll be assigned a Fleet Training Manager and a Certified Driver Trainer for your on the job training.
Most training companies do not include the first phase and instead, place students on a training truck, which is dispatched as a team operation almost immediately. Roehl does not operate the trucks as a “team” operation. You’re there to learn and be successful.
Roehl Transport Employee Reviews
Cdl program review
Driver (Former Employee) - Indiana - August 11, 2021
I wanted to put this out there about their get your cdl program because when I researched, I couldn't find hardly anything about it.
Okay, when you go through the program, you will have to provide your own transportation to where they send you, they put you up in a decent hotel, they feed you a hot lunch 5 days a week, and your hotel feeds you breakfast every day. They pay you 616.00 a week while you are training. Be prepared to see less than $500 actually hit your bank account after taxes. There is a 2 week hold back on your pay.. You won't see that first paycheck till your 3rd week there.. I was prepared to not get much pay for 3 weeks, had my bills paid in advance ect.
What I was not prepared for was after I got my cdl, being out for a trainer for up to 45 days before I got home with that same student pay. You don't get cpm pay out with the trainer driving,, it's weekly student pay.I don't know anyone who can live on less than 500$ a week, pay their bills and be out on the road. (If you don't know, it's incredibly expensive to be out on the road and that's not buying extras. It's just food.) They will give you a 150$ advance while out on the road, but it's coming off your next checks pay. They will tell you it's approximately 19 days out with a trainer but it's not and here's why. 19 days is the minimum required time out, and if you need extra training, you are with them longer. Then you have to go to a terminal to do a 2nd test out on all the stuff you did to get your cdl in their school, plus close quarters training. Then when you accomplish all of that, then you get -
Nice hotel, free lunches, hired day 1.
Big company, not truthful, pay is awful while training, hidden contract will lock you in even if you leave day 1.
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