In the almost 16 years I have been involved with this company, the overall culture has changed greatly. Things that used to be considered very important by management, are now often just a poster on the wall.
Support from management
If the weakest links are at the top of the chain, then everything else will unravel. I believe that the upper levels of management are pretty much clueless about how the company actually operates.
Again, Schneider is dropping the ball on this. Because there are so many layers between the front line personnel, and those who make the decisions, it caused me great frustration.
Freedom to work independently
With all the technology, and ease of communication, the “freedom of the open road” at least as I knew it, is gone.
This area has slipped as well. It seems to me that the way the company has gone, is that if it’s good for the individual manager, then that is all that matters.
I believe Schneider is doing very well in the category. There seems to be a balance between female and male office personnel. Most of the drivers are male, but that is in most other trucking companies too.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Overall, Schneider takes good care of those who have worked for the company long term.
Schneider has great potential for advancing through the ranks, and to help people better themselves.,
Overall compensation for your work
I felt that I was fairly compensated for the work I performed, while at Schneider.
Office / Work Environment
There could definitely be improvement shown in this area. The leaders are not allowed to lead. Due to the constant fear of being labeled as a “somethingIST” because someone doesn’t like the way you spoke/looked at them, it causes frustration amongst the staff.
I’m not an expert on what constitutes environmental friendliness. From what I do know, Schneider seems to be doing ok.
Schneider has improved immensely in this category, compared to when I first started.
Over the years, I believe Schneider’s image has changed. From my perspective, the company has done a 180, and become a totally different organization.
This is one of Schneider’s strong points.
No issues here.
This is a difficult category to rank. The company motto of “Safety first and Always” in my opinion has been reduced to a poster on the wall. That is not to say that individual drivers can’t do the right thing, it means that the management doesn’t understand what it is that the drivers should be doing, that causes friction between the bosses and the worker bees.
Yes, absolutely! However many of the challenges that drivers deal with, could be alleviated if more attention was put into solving the more serious issues .
Inclusive / Diverse
Schneider does very well in this category.
Suggestions for improvement
- Actually train drivers to safely operate the equipment, and not rely on any electronic babysitters , to do the driver’s job
Oftentimes information is not shared, because the individual who should be able to guide you, doesn’t know, and isn’t willing to admit it.
When I started at Schneider, the majority of the office personnel were subject matter experts on how the corporation worked. Now, one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing.
What I like about the company
Quite a few things. The fact that Schneider gives new drivers a chance. The many good people I have met there over the years. The fact that anyone can contact, and speak with any of the leadership is a great thing as well!!!
What I dislike about the company
My biggest complaint is how the quality of driver training has slipped. There are several other reasons as well, but I believe I have addressed the highlights in the categories above...