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Vannie

Dallas, TX

#1 Aug 16, 2007
I was wondering if anyone had any comments or info about Stevens Transport? I met with a Stevens rep at a job fair today and I am considering trucking as a replacement career.

I was pleased to learn that they would give me paid training in exchange for a one-year driving commitment. Are they worth it, or should I keep looking? Which companies would you recommend?

Thanks.

-Vannie
bob99

Duluth, GA

#2 Aug 16, 2007
I seen a stevens dam near loose it today on a down grade in oregon. But I dont know much about them. Lotsa comps will give free training.... but most drivers arent ready after that. Do your research.
Keep away from England etc.
Vannie

United States

#3 Aug 17, 2007
bob99 wrote:
"... Lotsa comps will give free training.... but most drivers arent ready after that. Do your research.
Keep away from England etc.
Are there any that you do recommend?
RODEL

Knightdale, NC

#4 Aug 20, 2007
I WORKED FOR STEVENS FOR 9.5 YEARS IT WAS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK I SURE DO MISS THEM
niehus1 Atwater CA

Baltimore, MD

#5 Aug 20, 2007
I am going to go to school for Stevens in Sept. Is it true you won't be home for at least 8 weeks from when you go to orientation?

“A n00b to trucking.”

Since: Aug 07

Denver, CO

#6 Aug 21, 2007
niehus1 Atwater CA wrote:
I am going to go to school for Stevens in Sept. Is it true you won't be home for at least 8 weeks from when you go to orientation?
That's what it sounded like when I met with the recruiter. What I think sucks is you're still only getting $300/wk minus taxes even when your training on the road. It sounds to me as if they're making your tuition back during the first 8 weeks, then still holding you responsible for the year you signed on for.

“A n00b to trucking.”

Since: Aug 07

Denver, CO

#7 Aug 21, 2007
Forgot to mention - Someone directed me to this forum to read up on Stevens, along with some other trucking outfits.

http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckingindu...

There's also this one.

http://roundtable.truck.net/

Hope this helps.
niehus1

Baltimore, MD

#8 Aug 22, 2007
Vannie wrote:
<quoted text>
That's what it sounded like when I met with the recruiter. What I think sucks is you're still only getting $300/wk minus taxes even when your training on the road. It sounds to me as if they're making your tuition back during the first 8 weeks, then still holding you responsible for the year you signed on for.
The way I understand it is that your first day of orientation is your hire date so you will go from that date. The apy is 350.00 a week minus taxes so figure around 289.00+ depending on what you claim. By the way my thing says kirkland Wa, it isn't I live in California
niehus1

Baltimore, MD

#9 Aug 22, 2007
Vannie wrote:
Forgot to mention - Someone directed me to this forum to read up on Stevens, along with some other trucking outfits.
http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckingindu...
There's also this one.
http://roundtable.truck.net/
Hope this helps.
I talk to a stevens driver at the T/A in Livingston Ca he said he has been with the company for 2 years and like all other companies it's what you make out of it. I got to tell ya tho there kw t2000 are pretty nice

“A n00b to trucking.”

Since: Aug 07

Denver, CO

#10 Aug 22, 2007
niehus1 wrote:
<quoted text> The apy is 350.00 a week minus taxes so figure around 289.00+ depending on what you claim. By the way my thing says kirkland Wa, it isn't I live in California
Yeah,$289/week is a tiny little pittance to live on for several weeks. People still have bills they have to pay. Rent. If you have a wife whose still working, that's one thing, but single guys... I dunno. Put your stuff in a storage unit, I guess.

Yeah, mine does that too. This forum keeps listing me as being from Texas and I'm connecting from Denver.

“A n00b to trucking.”

Since: Aug 07

Denver, CO

#11 Aug 22, 2007
Tried to respond to Niehus1, but my post got deleted.

Trying again.

$289/week is a tiny little pittance, though. I can live with it for maybe a couple of weeks, but not 2-3 months. I don't know how you're supposed to stay on top of your rent or bills on that. If you have a wife whose still working, I guess you could make it work, but single guys... I don't know. I guess you could end your lease and put your stuff in storage and sublet with a relative or friend until you're making better dough. I have to do that. There's no way I could keep my place if I signed on with Stevens.

Another thing I'm concerned about are some comments from the Trucker's Roundable about being forced to get a Texas CDL even though you don't live there. Is that even legal? Doesn't your CDL have to be issued from your state of residence when you're dealing with DOT?
niehus1

Baltimore, MD

#12 Aug 23, 2007
Vannie wrote:
Tried to respond to Niehus1, but my post got deleted.
Trying again.
$289/week is a tiny little pittance, though. I can live with it for maybe a couple of weeks, but not 2-3 months. I don't know how you're supposed to stay on top of your rent or bills on that. If you have a wife whose still working, I guess you could make it work, but single guys... I don't know. I guess you could end your lease and put your stuff in storage and sublet with a relative or friend until you're making better dough. I have to do that. There's no way I could keep my place if I signed on with Stevens.
Another thing I'm concerned about are some comments from the Trucker's Roundable about being forced to get a Texas CDL even though you don't live there. Is that even legal? Doesn't your CDL have to be issued from your state of residence when you're dealing with DOT?
I read that to. I talked to the recruiter and he said the only way you halfta get a tx cdl is if you go to school in dallas.
I also heard that cr. england and read that they pay 350.00 for the 1st 2 weeks then 400.00 for the 3rd and 4th week then like 450.00 the 5th and 6th week.
whatchout

The Colony, TX

#13 Aug 31, 2007
I am with Stevens/ just finished the 1st 5 weeks out with trainer,,,,,first of all if u r a woman u will sit on the yard for quite some time before they will have a trainer for u so don't think this process is quick or easy,, I am completely fed up with Stevens and I DO NOT reccomend this company to anyone,, they DO use u after the 1st 5 weeks w/trainer for 3 more weeks on what they call trainee/trainee program and u still only make $350 (less taxes) per week,,, so at that point u are doing the same job for them at -$350 per week that u should be getting at least $ 800- $900 for,,,I see Y they would rather hold us for 8 weeks on so called training ,,it is to their benefit NOT YOURS,,, I am not staying they jerk u around to much,, and trust me they LIE. don't trust what the recruiters tell u,, THEY LIE BIG TIME.
dont go to stevens

Boise, ID

#14 Sep 2, 2007
My husband and I went thru stevens and let me tell you, they will charge you for everything. Not to mention you have to pay back for the school, the way up there, the hotel expenses, the DOT physical, the load locks, everything.. The recruiters say you don't have to sign a contract but you do. During Orientation they tell you all the things you have to pay back, etc, etc,...

They take it out of your paycheck each week. and if you don't get loads or you take off, they still take everything out and then you get in the hole. Plus, they only pay .26/mile... so you have to make long runs to make even. So please don't go to stevens. and if you quit before your loan is paid up, then you have to pay the balance and a collection agency will come calling.

Oh and some of the trainers will train you right and others won't teach you how to back up. We had a bad experience with them. and yeah if you are a woman, it will take time before you get matched up with a trainer.
RODEL

Irving, TX

#15 Sep 21, 2007
I WORKED FOR STEVENS FOR NEARLY 10YRS I ENJOYED WORKING FOR THEM. EVERYONE IS NOT CUT OUT TO BE AN OTR DRIVER.DO YOUR RESEARCH I TRAINED ALOT OF FOLKS. YES ITS TRUE RECRUITERS DO LYE TO YOU AND SOMETIME IT MIGHT TAKE YOU MORE THAT 8 WKS TO FINISH YOUR TRAINING. BUT YOU HAVE TO RELIZE THAT THE HAVE 250+ STUDENTS IN TRAINGING AT ANY GIVING TIME AND ITS HARD TO ACCOMADATE JUST YOUR NEEDS.I THINK WE HAD ONE OF THE FINEST TRAINING PROGRAMS AVALIBLE IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY. AS A DRIVER YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SOME THINGS FOR YOURSELF TO HELP YOU GET YOUR JOB DONE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN GLOVES,PULP THEMOMETER, FLASHLIGHT, ROAD ATLAS, LOAD LOCKS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR JOB DONE. THERE IS NOTHING FREE ABOUT THIS IT WILL COST YOU MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. DIFFRENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFRENT OPINIONS ABOUT THE COMPANY. IF I COULD GO BACK I WOULD DO IT IN A HEART BEAT. I MISS WORKING THERE I SCREWED IT UP FOR MYSELF AND I CANT BLAME NOONE ELSE.
beefmissle

Lexington, KY

#16 Oct 4, 2007
don't listen to rodel. he is a steven's undercover. i just finished the whole traning process and it was horrible. the length of the course is to keep from paying you for the work you do. i was away from home for 11 weeks and when i finally recieved my truck it took an additional 3 weeks to get home. you'll sit on the yard for about a week waiting for truck to visit the shop everytime you enter the dallas yard. they don't pay you for that btw. the other bloggers are correct when they say that they charge YOU for everything. people make fun of swift, but at least you'll be on your own in 2 weeks making a decent paycheck. 250+ students is due to the fact everyone quits because the company blows.
advice

Endicott, NY

#17 Oct 6, 2007
stay away from melton.they screw you over then load you dac with lies.
Deeder

AOL

#18 Oct 6, 2007
My husband just finished his training with Stevens and yes hes been gone 5 weeks, with 3 more to go. They are supposed to pay for your schooling but I got papers in the mail saying when his 1st loan payment is due so we will see that isnt what he signed up for if we had to pay it all he could have gone to school 20mins. from home and been home every night. When he there he had to have his Mi license switched to a Tx one THEN that switched to a CDL and THEN the whole thing switched back to MI ( it was mailed to his home addy) we talk on the phone every night and so far so good but time will tell....Oh the one thing he did say was all through school they do EVERYTHING backward...ie.a week of school then an interview to see if they will hire you ect. hope this helps some...
RODEL

Irving, TX

#19 Oct 9, 2007
i wish i was still there . and no i am no undercover. i started my own company and i am doing fine. just a lot of good memories and fun times. i trained alot of drivers that are still there and have trained some instructors that are training in the school. it is a good training facility.
RODEL

Irving, TX

#20 Oct 9, 2007
BEEFMISSLE , DO YOU REALLY THINK A DRIVER IS READY TO GO ON HIS OWN WITH ONLY 2 WKS OF TRAINING, COME ON GET FOR REALS. AT LEAST AT STEVENS THEY GIVE YOU THE PROPER TRAINING YOU NEED BEFORE THEY SEND YOU OUT ON YOUR OWN. YOU CANT EVEN GET YOUR LICENCE TO DRIVE IN UNDER 2 WKS. PEOPLE RESEARCH ALL THE DIFFRENT COMPANYS OUT THEIR, THEIR ARE ALOT OF COMPANYS TO PICK FROM. IM JUST TELLING YOU WHAT I EXPEREANCED THE 10 YEARS I WORK FOR STEVENS.

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