Durham School Services Employee Reviews

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Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNJanuary 20, 2016
I love driving but this job isn't for me ! This job is only if you have kids and aren't able to take your kids to school. They get you by saying they starting pay is $13.05/hr; which is good until you actually start working. You do not get over 30hrs, 27.5 at the most. So you might as well go work at Wal-Mart making $9.00 it end up being the same if you ask me. The managers have their picks at the job, you will only see a check if you get field trips, but working here if your not all in the manager face sucking up you will NOT see an field trip your whole time working. I don't like the Christmas or summer breaks you can file for unemployment(which isn't much or like me find an second job), no one wants to work 2 jobs just to keep up on bills. The list goes on !
Pros
get raises every year, only good if you have kids
Cons
winter & summer breaks, management, unemployemtn
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Great Place to work
Maintenance Manager (Current Employee) –  Tacoma, WAOctober 16, 2015
Fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my colleagues and learning from them. The office started to get crowded as the company grew and it was more difficult to get to know the new people. There was a lot of variety in what I did each day, ranging from the monotonous tasks to new projects that were challenging and exciting.
Pros
Great place to Work
Cons
Un-reachable
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Demanding place to work with great co-workers to make it good.
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Wichita, KSAugust 1, 2016
Supervised the maintenance on two buildings and over 400 vehicles. Learned how to deal with outside vendors and management staff personalities. The most difficult part of job was to meet company guidelines with very limited resources and no help from maintenance VP or area Supervisor. Most enjoyable was the interaction with good people and being part of team at the local level.
Pros
Good co-workers.
Cons
Did not provide what was needed to meet all work requirements.
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Favoritism galore
Driver (Current Employee) –  Aurora, ILJuly 31, 2016
Local CSC has a lot of favoritism. The payroll clerk messes up all the time, but gets promoted to a job that is more involved. This clerk blames the drivers for mistakes made in booking the charters and field trips.
Drivers have "disappeared" during charter, not answering the radio and not doing their part...BUT NOTHING HAPPENS TO THEM. Certain drivers call off on a regular basis but don't lose their route. No consequences for bad employees and no rewards or acknowledgement of good employees.
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great kitchen to cook breakfast and lunch
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MINovember 18, 2015
I enjoyed working with the children and public, I learned to be patient , typical day joyful and challenging . Co-workers some were friendly and liked their jobs and some were stressed out due to management.
Pros
benefits and working with children and public
Cons
poor management
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Awesome hours
driver (Current Employee) –  Santa Ana, CAJanuary 20, 2016
Drivers job are only to make sure all hazards are safe and student arrive to school and to their homes safe. Management are mostly outsiders so they do not understand what drivers go through with their clients and school when needed assistant. Not so much social networking at work because people just arrive and go home as soon as possible once their shifts are over. The kids are special and are also funny depending on their condition.
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It takes alot of your mental energy, but it builds your social skills, and helps you bond with children, and understand them more
bus attendant (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INDecember 2, 2015
A typical day at work considers clocking in, then going on the bus, and monitoring kids, and keeping the bus calm, as well as prevent any possible fights, and heated argument. Then I check the bus when all the students get off, to make sure there are no students left. After that, I clock in at around 9:20 AM and go back in before 2:10 PM., then the process is recycled. Management treat their bus drivers very unfair, they do not do a very good job at protecting their drivers when the children are far out of control. My coworkers are very friendly, and generous, and always smile and says good morning. The hardest thing about my job is having mental patient to deal with children, and maintain in control. The most enjoyable part is talking to the kids and getting to know them, and observing the different personalities on the bus.
Pros
helps build social skills, routine is pretty easy, communicative
Cons
not enough hours, poor to their workers
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Don't waste your time.
school bus driver (Current Employee) –  Grayslake, ILNovember 14, 2015
They get you in the door as quickly as they can even though the things like sign on bonuses and CDL reimbursement won't happen unless you fight for it. You will be rushed through training by people that don't have the necessary experience and the whole office is run more like a high school locker room and not a professional company.
Routes and charters are supposed to be given based on seniority or who signed up for them first but instead they are done by favoritism. I advise keeping track of your pay because they will constantly try to short you money and you will have to fight to get it.
Unless you're looking to get the training and experience and then move on to a district I advise you stay far away from this company.
Pros
Driving a bus, meeting new children and parents, bring your child on most routes
Cons
Horrible health insurance, 401K is not FDIC insured, buses are damaged and always breaking down, no parking for your car when you come in and for your bus when you finish your route
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Management favors certain people
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Piscataway, NJAugust 24, 2016
I've been waiting over a year to receive a check that was suppose to be our raise last school year. The management plays favors if you want extra work and if you're sick and need a day, you get yelled at like a 6 year old. No one answers the phone if you have a question, especially during the summer months. The office is a trailer and drivers use a porta-john. Beware....
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no job security
Operation Supervisor (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOOctober 19, 2015
Upper Management really uptight. Job security was always in question. Union employees, upper management believing everything that is said. Very Hard for advancement. the most enjoyable part of the job was working with fellow management.
Pros
team work with local management
Cons
trusting upper management
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Great company to work for
School Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXJune 22, 2016
A typical day at work getting a person to schools to learn is very important to me,Durham management is great,Working with different co-worker is great because are a team.The hardest part under the hood of my bus learning is hard some times.The most enjoyable of the job is my passager being safe at all times.
Pros
N/A
Cons
N/A
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Friendly
Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Milwaukee, WIFebruary 7, 2016
Management works well to ensure all employees are well prepared for the day....lots of help from other co workers, they are the best part of the job. Love the students.
Pros
Students and co workers
Cons
Other drivers
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An easy going job
Bus Monitor (Former Employee) –  Lewisville, TXJuly 26, 2016
Typical day starts early in the morning taking children from houses to their schools and then repeats in the afternoon. I have learned to work with the special needs children better and learn how to solve certain situations.
Pros
Not much is required
Cons
Difficult situations
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Management need to inproved their Ethics
Router Operator (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ILJanuary 26, 2016
Management need to have some kind of plan or presider on how to handle complaints and follow and investigation since this company is in charged of transporting a lot of student to and from school.
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Fun and rewarding job
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  North Charleston, SCJuly 29, 2016
Great job if you like children. however the management was not that great. I loved the fact that you work split shifts so you did not have to miss work for appointments.
Pros
Children, no nights, weekends or school holidays
Cons
Unorganized managment
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over worked and no support from management
Driver (Former Employee) –  Raymond, MSJune 13, 2016
Nothing good to say about company. No they don't take care of driver or the monitors. We can't even get water. Have you riding in them broken bus with no heat or air. Go the other way
Pros
get a classB Lisence that you pay for
Cons
no benefits
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Decent place to work not much money or advancement.
Diesel Technician/Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Mount Vernon, ILJune 28, 2016
Was very decent place to work but location in southern Illinois not much money or advancement. Other locations in other states better pay.
Pros
Close to home
Cons
Pay and advancement
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Watch for Management
Driver (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, MIDecember 17, 2015
Managers are shady! Will throw you under the bus to save themselves. Worried about time and the bottom line. Claim safety is there top priority....couldn't be farther from the truth.
Pros
Pay per hour was great!
Cons
Management, not enough hours and company pinched every penny out of every minute the could get from you
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Same as previous
Public School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAMarch 9, 2016
Assigned to a regular student route; District 81, Route 157, Spokane, WA for three loads in morning and three loads in afternoon Monday thru Friday, with late take home from a “Grade” School four days per week.
Was put on “permanent” Admin leave for “Yelling” at middle school students,my points were valid but my delivery was considered “excessive
Pros
Same as previous
Cons
Same as previous
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Great company to work for they take good care of all employees
Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Lubbock, TXApril 15, 2016
This company is a great company to work for and they care about all the employees safety and health. They have a great safety program that helps you stay focused and safe on the road.
Pros
Free lunches and trips
Cons
Health benefits and safety bonuses.
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3.4
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