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Werner Orientation

Question:
Hey!
Can anyone tell me what to expect at Werner Orientation?
I just finished school and got my CDL yesterday. I have Werner Orientation coming up on the 28.
I hear there might be some testing.
What kind of testing would they be doing?
I'm sure there will be a lot of forms to fill out and they will probably go through all the company rules.
What else could I expect?
Are there any Werner driver on here?
Does anyone know what the wait time is for a trainer?
thanks
bob1056

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tests,yup,nothing anyone would fail
mostly they give you stuff to do to keep you from being bored while waiting for drug test and background checks to come through.
Be the quite one,be polite and don't do nothing to be remembered.Don't trust anyone,just keep your mouth shut and get a car and get out of there and never tell anything to anyone that you wouldn't tell to the safety department or to a supervisor.
Most drivers are ok,but the rats don't have it stamped on their foreheads and others get a kick out of telling newbies stuff that will get them in trouble,use common sense if something sounds stupid,ask somebody else.
Whatever you do,don't ask anyone about going to get a beer in the evening and if anyone asks you,tell them you don't drink.
They are looking for almost brain dead passive people,be one.
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Well......as you can see.... ...zigzag hasn't quite recovered from his Werner orientation 15 years ago......
Phoenix is one of our best terminals - pretty good folks there. If you can't stand the folks at Phoenix....well...that's as good as it gets....
Lots of forms to fill out, including choosing your insurance options (health/dental/vision/catastrophic).
You'll also need to decide if you're going to take their 401k and/or stock purchase plan. Both are worthwhile if you plan to stay a while.
You'll see lots of safety videos and take several open-book tests. Same for QualComm instruction -- lots of presentations and open-book tests.
The toughest part of the orientation (and no open book test) is the logbook test. Even though we use paperless logs, you have to be able to fill-out a paper log perfectly incase the couputer goes down. (it never does, but your car's QualComm might go out someday and you'll have to log on paper till it's repaired) Besides, paperless logs just log the same way you log on paper anyway, so you've got to know how logs work, how to manage and record your hours (etc) and pass this test. For many, it's the toughest part of the orientation. (you'll also have to keep a practice paper log while living with your trainer on the road -- you'll eventually know logs better than most drivers out there)
Medical exam including drug screen, and they'll re-check your DMV and criminal history one more time.
Then you get assigned a trainer and start helping them do the job on the road, learning a little bit at a time and slowly taking-over all the functions and duties you'll soon be doing on your own....
Like zigzag said -- orientation is no big deal, although I'd suggest brushing-up on logs from your car school material. Paperless log computer is unforgiving with your driving time. You actually DRIVE it legal, sometimes up to the very maximum the law allows - no room for error or misundrstanding if you're going to meet Werner's on-time standards.
Get lots of sleep before you arrive and during your stay at the motel. Do NOT go out drinking. Stay in your room at night and review the driver's handbook and everything else they give you.
Also, stay away from lots of sweet drinks (soda, etc) before your medical tests. Suprisingly, sugar problems disqualify more trainees than drug screens.
If you wear prescription glasses, I'd suggest carrying an extra pair. If your CDL requires prescription eyewear, you can't drive under any circumstances without them.
Good luck and keep us posted, ok?
Jim

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Thanks, That is a lot of good info.
I just live about 10 or so miles from the Phoenix terminal so don't thing I'll need the hotel stay.
One more question with me living so close to the terminal. After I get assigned a car will I be able to take it home. There are several other cars that park near by, but I think there mostly O/O's.
thanks
bob1056

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Either, assuming you have a safe, legal place to park your tractor (bobtail) at home on your days off.
If you're married (whatever) and someone else needs to use your car while you're working, leave your car at home and just bobtail directly to your home. This way you don't need a 'ride' or have to leave your car at the terminal.
But if you're single (whatever) and no one's going to use your car while you're gone anyway, I'd suggest parking both your car andtractor at the terminal and switching there when you come home or go out. There's a big parking lot at the back of the property for driver's cars (the one near the office is for terminal emplyees/trainees only).
Of course, the terminal is the safest place to store either vehicle -- fenced/w 24-hour guard, can't beat that.
But Werner doesn't care eigher way, as long as the car is parked legally and safely.
PS: Ask the lady in the office about getting a terminal pass for your car. It's a little sign that hooks to your rearview mirror -- I think you need one if you're storing your car there while you're out.
Hey Bob.....take the motel if they'll give it to you. You'll still have time to drive home briefly to pick-up stuff, etc. But study the stuff they give you in the room. sleep in the room. Shower there, ride the shuttle van with the other newbies. Cut the cord and pack your bagsbefore going to orientation.
It's free and it's a good transition to your radical new lifestyle
You'll do fine........driver up!

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Good luck and smart choice w/Werner.
Shuffler/Zizag
Once again thanks for providing information.

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Thanks again Shuffler
I am married. The wife and share the car we have now so it with will help alot to be able to bobtail home on off days.
Again thanks everyone for your help.
P.S. Shuffler do you or did you work for Werner. it kind of sounds like maybe.
mailto:bob1056@cox.net
thanks
bob1056

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Bob,
I drive for Werner's Western Division (vans) and go in and out of the Phoenix terminal all the time. My dispatcher works from a small satellite dispatch office upstairs there. Who knows -- I may see you, but we won't know who each other are.

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DONT take the car home with you. Leave it at the terminal. Its their car, let them store it and be responsible for it on your days off.If your wife cant take you to and from the terminal on your days off find a 1500$ junker P/U to use.( Incidently,I got one Ill sell ya)
Taking the car home can be a headache at times.
Ive always taken my OTR cars home,but I told my wife if I ever had to go back OTR I would be sure to go with a company that had a terminal in phoenix,so I could commute in my personal vehicle. It would also make it more convenient when you quit!!!!
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It's a job.
The car is the peice of equipment used to do the job!

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It would also make it more convenient when you quit!!!!
THat's a very good point! Here's another one:
Don't carry more 'stuff' on your car than you would want to carry with you on a Greyhound bus! Cause if you quit or get fired, all your stuff is coming out of that car on the spot. It's true.

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Originally I would be sure to go with a company that had a terminal in phoenix,so I could commute in my personal vehicle.
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It's a job.
The car is the peice of equipment used to do the job!
I agree, I just turned down a job here because of car parking, and a company reg that I was not willing to do. I live in town and don't have a place to park, but a diner outside of town said I could park there. The company, however, required that in the winter the cars must be plugged in. If you don't have access to an electrical outlet (I didn't), you must run the car every 4-6 hrs while at home during the winter months. No way I'm going to spend my hometime driving back and forth to the car to start it. If possible, living near a terminal is the best way to go.

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Well you have picked a good company to start with first of all. You will have lots of paper work and film to watch and a new DOT physical to take. The Ben Franklin is not much but it will do. I only waited a few days (3-4 I think) and was asaigned a trainer. So far Werner is great (started in Oct 2002) and get plenty of miles and have not been disipointed at all by the company. You will here some bad stories about Werner but I have not as yet seen any thing that warrents the bad I have or had been told when I was looking for a place to start. So hopethis helps, you make what you will with any copmany so just be ready to roll some good miles and you will be content. And also trainer (only had one, went all 270 hours with him) was very good and taught me plenty. Good luck and hope you succeed in your career with driving.
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