Pros: paid well for the task performed.
Cons: paid poorly for the abuse tolerated from the supervisors.
Operating buses on route, serving the public with safe transportation and timely information.
Service to the public is its own reward. A driver typically gets treated as well as he treats commuters. First you may have to endure the initial encounter, not take it personally, and rise above the complaints, then respect will be returned.
Selection of managers was always questionable, there was no apparent lick between qualifications, duties and abilities. Qualified candidates are often overlooked, appointed candidate often totally incompetent. The primary skill sought appears to be the ability to deflect responsibility onto subordinates.
Bus drivers are service oriented people, they often become dis-enchanted with the lack of support, lack of needed training and lack of consistency in the application of guidelines. Obvious favoritism creates distrust, the dominate attitude at OC Transpo.
Dealing with supervisors who push for dervice delivery at the expense of safety. Motivating yourself when the management has alterior motives, hiden agendas, and aggressive and disrespectful tendencies towards the front line workers.
The many smiles on customers faces, friendships developed after years of service and satisfaction with knowing I performed to the best of my ability despite management.