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Plain and simple, working in a warehouse is tough. It requires more than just physical labor. Team work, creative problem solving skills and time management are just a few of the necessities to running an efficient warehouse.
As these skills are becoming more important, more females are taking warehouse jobs and making a huge impact in the industry.
Elsie Santiago is an example of a woman who’s had an incredible journey at one of Schneider’s warehouses. She joined the team in October 2015 as a Loader/Unloader, and now she is a Team Leader at the Savannah, Ga. warehouse.
Elsie shares her experiences, describes how females in warehousing are making an impact and illustrates how the warehouse opportunities at Schneider are endless.
Is it common to see females working in the warehouse?
“Times have definitely changed. I have met many women in this industry and they are all driven by different motivations. In my case, I started warehousing because it was the first job I was able to get when I came to Savannah. I am originally from Puerto Rico. I did not know what to expect or what I was going up against. Every day was a new challenge that I embraced and, in time, I was able to move my way up to the position that I am in now.”
Is there a job in the warehouse that a female cannot succeed at?
“Absolutely not! Some positions can more challenging than others for females, but we always find a way to understand our role within the company and adapt to get the job done. Women are typically more open to suggestions and feedback from peers and coworkers, and I think that plays a great part in our accomplishments.”
Why is it a positive thing to have more women in the warehousing industry?
“Like in all things, I think there should be a balance of men and women. Females can bring another perspective to the daily operations. We are naturally born multi-taskers. It also shows that the warehouse industry has changed from a male-dominated industry.”
Are you the only female leader at your location?
“There is another female Team Leader and a female Sr. Operations Manager on our campus.”
Does Schneider encourage women to apply for warehouse jobs?
“Yes, Schneider encourages women to work here. Schneider is a company that strives for diversity and inclusion for all.”
What is the future for females in warehousing?
“The possibilities are endless for females. A woman can be placed in any position and work her way up with the right career plan, mentoring and training within any company. If a woman can run for president of the United States, she can very well be the president of any warehousing company.”
Interested in a warehousing career?
Apply to be part of the evolving warehousing industry at Schneider and see where you could make a difference.
Your truck driving job search just got easier following a substantial redesign of the “Truck Driver” section of SchneiderJobs.com.
Schneider’s one-stop career shop now features dozens of new pages, including new separate resource centers for experienced drivers and inexperienced drivers, and a new format to help you find your perfect driving opportunity.
You know what you’re doing in this industry, but you need a fresh start. This section is for you. We won’t waste your time talking about getting a CDL. You’ve been there, done that. Instead, we’ll jump to what matters most to you:
Detailed pay and benefits – you know to look beyond just cents per mile, so we’ll give you more than just a cursory glance
Experienced driver orientation – take what you already know to the next level
Experienced driving jobs – your experience gives you more places you can start
You probably have lots of questions if you’re new to trucking. Fortunately for you, we’ve talked to drivers just like you to understand the questions (and to experienced drivers to better understand the answers). This section is packed with detailed pages so you can dig deep, including these highlights:
Benefits of becoming a truck driver – if you’re curious but not convinced, start here
How to become a truck driver – step-by-step guide to get you rolling quickly, including an extensive driving school directory and guide on paying for school
First year as a truck driver – every job has a learning curve; here’s how it looks in trucking
Inexperienced driver orientation – here’s how we’ll build on your driving school experience
Inexperienced driving jobs – the good news: for many of Schneider’s truck driving jobs — no experience is required
It’s awesome to have the widest variety of truck driving jobs in the industry, but it could lead to a crisis of indecision if you can’t really understand the differences between them all. Our new redesign gives you a fresh framework to help you narrow down to your perfect job. Start your search in one of three categories:
Number of drivers – Team driving presents a compelling opportunity many drivers mistakenly overlook, but this section clearly compares Team vs. Solo
Freight types – we have six primary business segments, each with specific advantages, and you can fully understand each of them
Driving styles – Over-the-Road vs. Regional vs. Local vs. Part-time: discover what works best for you
Wherever you start your journey, you can build the pieces of the puzzle from each category. Example: Start with Team and compare the available business segments for Team drivers, or start from a business segment and compare Team vs. Solo within it.
Once you know what you’re looking for, you can jump straight to our zip code job search anytime.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Southwest Truck Driver Training, one of the truck driving schools Schneider partners with and hires graduates from.
The most important document you will have as a truck driver is a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This license permits you to operate a commercial vehicle based on your class and endorsements.
At a trucking school for CDL training, you’ll learn everything you need to know to pass the written exam and road skills test, both of which are required to get a CDL. First, find out everything you need to know about a Class A vs Class B CDL to decide which license is right for you.
What is a Class A license?
The most common of the CDL types is a Class A CDL. This class of license permits you to drive a Class 8 tractor, which is better known as a big rig. A Class A CDL is available for truck drivers over 21 years of age. With this type of truck driving license, you can cross state lines and operate along the interstate. In addition, you have the authorization to haul freight using dry van, flatbed, and reefer trailers with more than one axle.
A Class A truck driver is permitted to haul freight weighing up to 80,000 pounds or greater as with oversized freight. Types of trucking jobs available for a Class A truck driver include over- the- road (OTR), long haul, and full truckload freight hauling. As the most popular type of CDL, a Class A will allow you to haul most types of freight, except hazmat or tanker loads. To pick up these types of trucking jobs, you also need to get endorsements for your CDL.
What is a Class B license?
The second most popular type of CDL to get at trucking school is the Class B. This type of commercial driver’s license permits you to transport freight less than 26,000 gross vehicle weight (GVR) and with a single axle trailer. Drivers must be at least 18 years old to get a Class B CDL. For individuals who are too young to get a Class A CDL, this class of license is a good entry point into the trucking industry.
Along with the lowered age limit, a Class B CDL will only allow you to haul freight within the state where you are licensed. This means you are limited to local trucking jobs and regional truck driving jobs. Typical types of trucking jobs for a Class B truck driver include pickup and delivery (PU&D), parcel delivery, furniture delivery and household goods movers.
CDL Endorsements for truck drivers
For truck drivers, there are three types of CDL endorsements that you can add to your license:
Hazardous materials - With the hazardous materials endorsement, you are authorized to transport hazmat freight.
Tank – A tank endorsement permits you to haul tanker loads, which includes liquids and chemical hauls.
Doubles/triples – The doubles/triples endorsement provides truck drivers with the authority to transport two or three trailers at once.
If you have both the hazmat and tanker endorsement, as noted by an X on the back of your ID, this is called the combo endorsement.
Choosing Class A vs. Class B CDL
As you decide to get a Class A versus Class B CDL, the bottom line is you want a CDL that will pay you the most money. Generally, that will be a Class A CDL because you are able to haul more freight in terms of weight, as well as for longer distances. These truckload OTR trucking jobs pay more as a result. However, if you do not meet the requirements for a Class A CDL, the Class B can provide you with valuable behind-the-wheel experience as you build up your trucking career.
Looking to get your CDL?
Southwest Truck Driver Training, a local, family-owned truck driver training school not owned or operated by any trucking company, offers Class A and Class B CDL training for student drivers. Start your truck driving career with SWTDT at one of three convenient trucking school locations: Phoenix, Tucson, or North Las Vegas.
After 13 years of being a team driver at Schneider with her husband Joe Nader, one-million-mile driver Sharon Nader hung up her semi-truck keys in January 2019.
“I already miss having a new challenge every day,” Sharon said. “I miss learning about the local restaurants in different places and getting to be a tourist for a day. It was always about finding fun in the job.”
How team driving worked for the Naders
The Naders felt the keys to their success as a team, both personally and professionally, was being good friends and having open communication. When asked about any pet peeves experienced while on the road together, Joe wisely stated he couldn’t think of any. Sharon confessed Joe was very patient and she put him through the ringer.
The Naders worked together to play off each other’s strengths.
“We did like to have fun and joke around, but in all seriousness, we also always had each other as a support system when we were on the road,” Sharon said. “Team driving was a perfect fit for us – we always got the miles we needed but also benefited from the home time.”
How the Naders got into truck driving
Prior to starting his career in trucking, Joe was a personnel sergeant in the Air Force during Vietnam. Joe became part of the Schneider family in 1992, and in addition to team driving, was a training engineer for 12 years.
“Trucking has always fascinated me, and I was lucky to get an opportunity at the time during a bad economy,” Joe said.
After several years of working at Schneider, the Naders’ family members joked that they should go on the road together. Joe teased Sharon that she could not handle it. Sharon’s response? “Watch me.”
What started out as a challenge for Sharon turned into a life-changing career.
“I wasn’t sure that I was going to last, but I could not imagine doing any other job,” Sharon said. “I constantly pushed myself and learned and saw something different every day.”
What’s next for the Naders?
Although Sharon hasn’t been retired for long, she said she is already getting accustomed to life off the road.
“When you’re on the road for 13 years, a lot of stuff back home gets away from you,” Sharon said. “I am enjoying being home, but I’ve been busy getting things back in order.”
As for Joe, he is still racking up the miles, with hopes to make it to three-million before he decides to join his wife in retirement. Lately, Joe has been acting as more of a mentor figure for younger drivers by teaching them about the life of being a team driver.
Joe hopes to find a more permanent partner soon, but confessed he already misses having his wife with him 24/7.
“It’s hard not having that ‘family status’ in the truck anymore,” Joe said. “We were always looking out for each other. I’ve been a team driver for a long time and I’m used to having someone else in the truck with me.”
Sharon said she looks forward to being able to enjoy life at a slower pace now, but will never forget the people she met through truck driving, including her Schneider family.
“I already miss the views from the truck,” Sharon said. “But, I really miss the other people, the other truck drivers who I’ve lost contact with. And, I miss being out with my husband.”
Thank you, Sharon, for your 13 years of service. Your Schneider family appreciates your dedication, and we wish you the best of luck in your retirement!
Want to learn more about truck driving?
Check out the different driving options we have available and reasons why professional drivers choose Schneider.
The Schneider Foundation has been giving generously to eligible non-profit organizations for decades, and 2018 was another banner year – with donations exceeding $1.5 million. Those donations come directly from revenues, a portion of which have been set aside to help improve the communities in which associates live, work and volunteer.
The Foundation focuses on four things when giving back: health and human services, education, children’s causes and arts and culture. We facilitate positive change in those areas by using a variety of methods and programs, which include:
Below are 2018 Schneider Foundation donation highlights.
Leading Brown County United Way’s overall campaign
For decades, Schneider has been a strong supporter of the United Way – through individual associate contributions and Foundation contributions. In fact, Schneider consistently appears as one of its top five corporate donors.
In 2018, Schneider was asked to lead Brown County United Way’s overall campaign, and Chris Lofgren and Steve Matheys stepped forward as co-chairs. Schneider’s theme was “Who is Alice?” – which tied to the United Way’s ALICE initiative to help people understand just how many people are “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”
Associates had fun with the Wonderland theme, which included a visit by some Packers Super Bowl alumni (our reward for being the biggest Brown County donor in 2017). In the end, we surpassed our goal and raised $244,000.
Transporting loads at no cost
Schneider drivers and trucks are the backbone of our enterprise and one of the most noticeable and notable aspects of our brand. That’s why it really leaves an impression when a Schneider truck and professional driver show up to transport a load for charity at no cost.
In 2018, we transported about 35 loads at a value of $60,000. In-kind donations included things like moving high school band equipment to the Rose Bowl, transporting coffee to military troops deploying overseas, moving Truckers Against Trafficking educational trailer and hauling the National Safety Council’s portable “Prescribed to Death” memorial.
Paying it forward to charities
Each year, 100 lucky associates are randomly chosen to receive a $100 donation made in their name to a charity of their choice – for a total of $10,000. The list of selected organizations ranged from things like children’s hospitals and medical research, to food pantries and homeless shelters.
Most associates select organizations with which they have a personal connection – either through their personal volunteerism or having had received services. Either way, it’s another avenue the Foundation uses to help make connections between associates and the charities that are important to them.
Donating to provide relief during natural disasters
Associates are asked to voluntarily donate to the Giving Orange fund a few times a year, and the money is used to help fellow associates in a time of need. In 2018, associates donated about $12,000 – which was used to help 20 associates who had unexpected, catastrophic and unavoidable losses from things like fires, illnesses and floods.
Additionally, the Foundation allocated another $12,000 in disaster relief funds to associates affected by events like Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as the Paradise wildfire in California. When the unexpected happens, Schneider and its associates step in to help, just like family.
Volunteering at local organizations
Schneider associates are some of the most generous people on the planet – as demonstrated by the 6,775 volunteer hours they reported donating to the charities they love in 2018. Whether it’s helping out the Red Cross with blood drives, leading a Girl Scout troop or serving on the board of a non-profit, associates are out in their communities making a difference.
As a way of supporting them, the Schneider Foundation makes a $250 donation to their charity if they volunteer 50 hours of time or more (most were more). By doing so, we gave out $18,250 to some amazing organizations.
Giving back in our neighborhoods
Foundation grants are given out directly to organizations in the communities where Schneider associates live, work and volunteer. We believe that by giving back, we all move ahead.
Of the funds donated, more than two-thirds were given to causes focused on health and human services and children’s causes. Organizations like the YMCA, the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Club and Make-a-Wish all benefit from Foundation grants.
Field locations of significant size have their own budget that they allocate to support eligible causes in their own neighborhoods.
Looking forward to a charitable 2019
Because the Foundation budget correlates directly to revenues – which increased significantly last year – the Schneider Foundation budget was increased in 2019. The Foundation team will continue to be good stewards of those resources and put them to good use in our communities.
How could you make an impact in 2019?
See all the different ways Schneider associates are getting involved and giving back through the Big Orange and how you could be a part of it.
Schneider is rolling out yet another upgrade to its performance pay package — and it impacts drivers as soon as they start with the company.
Last year, Schneider implemented a simplified and improved performance pay program that pays out weekly, with up to $.04 per mile more, based on performance across three simple metrics.
But, drivers had to wait until the quarter after they register 60 days of performance data for the performance pay to kick in.
Now, Schneider is announcing that, as of Feb. 1, performance pay of $.02 per mile will be added to most drivers’ base mileage pay — right away. In other words: more pay, effective your first day.
Even more drivers seeing performance pay
Today, 75 percent of Schneider drivers receive performance pay, an increase of 20 percent!
Since implementing the 2018 performance pay upgrade, 75 percent of Schneider drivers are getting some level of actual performance pay — up 20 percent from the previous quarterly performance bonus model.
The actual performance-based pay up to $.04 per mile will still kick in at the same point as before, but drivers can at least realize $.02 per mile of that immediately. During the initial $.02 period, drivers can learn what it really takes to earn performance pay once it’s based on actual performance.
While this change impacts most drivers who are new to Schneider, some driving positions feature a unique performance pay program that recognizes the unique structure of that driving job. We literally offer hundreds of different driver pay packages to make sure you get paid well for the hard work you do.
More driver pay resources
Ever wonder why most other trucking companies advertise “great pay” but never talk about it? We’re proud to discuss our driver pay and benefits with you so you can make an informed decision. A few places to get you started:
Another year; another unique bracket challenge from Schneider!
This year, starting today, we’re proud to launch a photo contest, allowing you the chance to both compete to be the winner and to vote on the winner — with a great prize package on the line.
Photo contest entry – submit your best Schneider truck shot
It’s simple. To enter, post a photo you took that includes a Schneider tractor in the comments section of the Facebook post below, along with at least the city and state the photo was taken in. Add any other info you’d like, too!
This contest is open to both Schneider associates and non-associates — just meet the eligibility rules linked below.
Another year; another unique bracket challenge from Schneider.
Photo contest bracket – vote in our daily photo match-ups
Schneider associates will select 16 photos from the entrants to participate in the bracket, the initial match-ups will be seeded at random, and every weekday during the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, we’ll post a Facebook poll pitting two photos against each other. You decide the winner, all the way to an ultimate champion winning the prize package above!
Start: March 19, noon CT
End: April 9, noon CT
We’ll update everything right here throughout the bracket challenge, including a bracket you can follow along as voters select a winner.
Taking photos of a truck — good. Driving a truck — better.
If you’re interested in starting a truck driving career with Schneider, now is a great time to make the move. Check out what’s available near you.
Being a truck driver can create a demanding lifestyle: prolonged time away from home, constant travel, cramped living space and sedentary work. This creates unique challenges for truck drivers when trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.
At first it can seem difficult to figure out how to be a healthy truck driver. But, by implementing some simple changes into your day-to-day routine, like short periods of exercise and tactics to relieve stress, you will see the benefits start to pay off.
Healthy truck driver tips:
1. Get enough sleep.
Sleep is crucial to human health, as it allows our bodies to rest and repair. Sleep deficiency affects our ability to learn and focus, especially while operating a vehicle.
Tip: Get at least seven hours every night. Be consistent by following a regular schedule. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day.
Adequate hydration is critical to the body’s processing of temperature control and maintaining kidney and heart health.
Tip: Substitute water for soda (even diet soda). Water is fat-free, sugar-free and has zero calories.
3. Quit smoking.
Smoking interferes with every body part and function, as it robs your body of required oxygen.
Tip: Call QUIT LOGIX for help: 1-855-372-0040.
4. Go for walks.
Walking benefits every part of our bodies, from head to toe and everything in between. It stimulates our metabolism and helps us process excess blood glucose. Find a safe place to park your truck and try to walk for at least 10 minutes.
Tip: Designate a specific time or routine every day for exercise, i.e., before or after driving. Stretch after walking or even when fueling your truck. Add in extra walking or stretching while waiting for loads or doing laundry.
5. Practice portion control.
To keep a healthy weight, you need to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn.
Tip: Keep food portions to the size of your fist. Drink water before meals to control your appetite. Package food or snacks into individual servings using zipper bags.
6. Eat more veggies/greens.
Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health. They are the fuel ‘additives’ to your food and contain necessary fiber.
Tip: Try for three cups or colors of vegetables each day, including at least one type that’s green. Try to make veggies ¾ of your plate by adding them to meals like soups, stews and eggs.
Fiber has emerged as a leading dietary factor in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Fiber aids in digestion and helps lower cholesterol.
Tip: It’s easy to incorporate more fiber into your meals. Eat something high in fiber for breakfast, like oatmeal. Add in more vegetables for lunch and dinner, and if you’re hungry between meals, snack on fruit and nuts. Try beans and lentils for something new – they’re packed with fiber and protein.
First, figure out what causes you stress. Second, try to manage your stress when it occurs.
Tip: Find ways to distract yourself: If you can get out of your truck, go for a short walk and get some sun. If you’re driving, listen to your favorite music. Make relaxation a habit, too.
Why being a healthy truck driver is important
Leading a healthy lifestyle benefits both your mental and physical health, including lowering blood pressure, promoting weight loss, increasing endurance/stamina and improving quality of life.
Start by making small changes and continue to challenge yourself as you go. You’ll be thankful you made these adjustments, as being healthy is essential for your well-being, for your family’s well-being and for a successful career.
Here to help improve your health and wellness.
A key benefit Schneider offers to its drivers is through Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions. Atlas healthcare professionals are located at Schneider facilities and provide wellness coaching, physical therapy, health screenings and more. Learn about all benefits Schneider has to offer.
If you’ve signed on for or considered a truck driving career, you know success doesn’t come without sacrifice. You’ve probably weighed the pros and cons, prepared for or completed training and you may even be ready to hit the road. If you’ve started your career with Schneider, you can feel confident that we’ll be right beside you as you prepare for and set out to deliver your first load.
What can get overlooked is what’s happening at home while you’re away for days or weeks at a time. Preparing your family for life on the road sets everyone up for success in the long run.
4 ways to get business in order
Whether or not you have a partner at home to split responsibilities, there are a lot of tasks to account for when you’re going out on the road.
Mail and package pickup
If you don’t have a family member or friend available to check your mail or accept packages, the United States Postal Service can hold your mail at your local Post Office™ until you return. To schedule Hold Mail Service, you can notify the USPS up to 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day. For hold times greater than 30 days, use USPS Forward Mail Service.
Be aware of due dates for any bills that would need to be paid while you’re on the road. Consider setting up an automatic bill pay through the business’s website. Some banks also offer a bill pay option through their online services.
Snow removal/lawn care
If you’re on the road in the winter, make accommodations for snow removal. If it’s during the summer, make arrangements for lawn care. This could be hiring a neighbor or setting up snow removal or lawn service.
If you have kiddos, have a contingency plan in place for drop-off and pickup. Look into carpool options with parent groups at your child’s school.
4 ways to set family expectations
Preparing your family before you head out will help everyone stay on the same page while you’re away.
Share your route
Fill your family in on your route and deliveries, so they will know where you will be and how long you will be there.
Make plans to communicate
Let family members know how to reach you on the road as Schneider has a no-cellphone policy in the cab. Set up a call time in advance so you know when you’ll be able to chat next. Consider video chatting from your sleeper berth while you’re winding down from the day. Even send post cards or letters from your various destinations that double as mementos. For emergencies, make sure your family has your DBL contact information.
Plan for pay day
You shouldn’t have to wait to get to a bank to cash in on pay day. Coordinate direct deposit through your bank to accommodate automatic bill pay and allow your family access to funds for day-to-day expenses.
Discuss the weekly schedule
Particularly if you have kids, there will be doctor appointments, practices, homework and more. Set up a Google Calendar or keep a planner so you and your family can stay aligned on important dates. You may not be able to make it home in time for the big game, but this calendar can remind you to send a note of encouragement.
Your family is ready, and now you’re ready. Let’s get started.
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