Pros: got to hang out in dallas for nine days, on the companies dime. got reimbursed for gas money. and paid for orientation. (thank god, i drove my own car!)
Cons: getting a bad trainer and not even making it out of the terminal.
Drove to orientation with my bags packed ready to go after finishing on friday, was told I had to retake the drug screen again on the following Monday so I drove back home. Came back on the following Tuesday past the drug screen again. Waited to get assigned with a trainer, they did not have one come friday, was sent home again only to get a phone call – more... to come back on Tuesday. Trainer shows up Thursday, instead of going out trainer decides to do a restart so i'm at the terminal for another two days. Spent the night in the trainers cab once. I requested a non smoker, got a chain smoker and a heavy snorer. Nothing against smoking while you're driving down the road, but having one after the other while inside with the windows up and not moving is something else. Also keeping a big ol cup full of used cigarette butts in your cab (over one hundred or so, no joke) and refusing to throw them out was not cool with me. After spending two days in the terminal with the trainer I decided I was NOT going to be able to stay with him for 5 weeks. So I packed my gear. Turned my key in and went home. Not sure if this is helpful, the only thing I can say is getting a decent trainer is what will make or break you. Not only u.s.x. but any o.t.r. company. – less