School Bus Driver (Former Employee), Saskatoon, SK – July 20, 2015
Pros: Paid for training, meetings & supply meals or snacks at meetings
First Student was awe some at making training available for driving school bus. They are thorough at making sure you know all that is necessary and comfortable behind the wheel before sending you for your drivers test.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Saskatoon, SK – June 3, 2015
I enjoyed working at First Student, everyone could work as a team, was very demanding at time but was enjoyable. Answering, calls, data input, dispatch, working with the Location manager. Co-workers – more... were all pleasant and hard working willing to put together and help each other when needed. Hardest part of the job was dealing with unhappy customers, but once all was taken care of they and you were happy with the outcome – less
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – April 25, 2015
Pros: work - life balance, pays is good, extra runs
Cons: management organization, mechanics
It's an ok place to work. Specially if you have kids or the economy is bad. They need bus drivers, so it's likely that there's always going to be jobs available. There are lots of opportunities for extras,which – more... is good.. One of the few downsides is the fact that only the senior bus drivers get a good bus, all the others will drive a really old piece of junk. Some buses are bad, really bad. 10+ years old and really worn up. Some buses are so slow,that it will make you mad..
Another negative side is during the inspections "season". Lots of buses' inspection are due on similar dates and there begins your daily stress..Your assigned bus may be gone for over a month. And everyday it is a pain to get a bus, which means you'll be late for your route everyday. I had to drive 2 different buses everyday, which means 2 pre-trips, which is time consuming.
Mechanics often ignore when you write a bus up, unless it is something really dangerous. – less
Shop attendant (Former Employee), Athabasca, AB – March 31, 2015
Pros: i made my own schedule- decent pay
Cons: Hot-long days-lack of proper tools
long days full, of hard work and having to make executive decisions when faced with unexpected challenges, because of absence of direction. Procedures were long and difficult with lack of proper tools. management was reasonable and had full trust in me regarding access to all areas of the building when left alone for a days work.
Bus driver, special needs children (Former Employee), Calgary, AB – January 20, 2015
Pros: work life balance
Cons: poor management
Do not work for this joke of a company. Unless you don't mind finding yourself unemployed and seeking legal counsel for wrongful dismissal. They are ridiculous and should have proper policy and procedure processes in place. Very unfortunate.
Special Needs Driver (Former Employee), Mississauga, ON – December 7, 2014
Pros: meeting the special needs children
Cons: road conditions and scheduling
Driving Special needs children to and from school. I learned how special these children are. I worked well with my dispatchers. the hardest part of the job was watching the children while driving. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the Special needs children.
Paratransit supervisor (Former Employee), Regina, SK – December 2, 2014
Pros: paid the bills - when they didn't cut my cheque in half
Cons: everything - do not work here.
afternoon supervisor review: (If you don't want to read - do not take this position. In a nut shell. Do not. Horrible job.)
The wage works out to 18/hr on salary which is nice on paper, but you work a – more... heap ton of extra hours without extra pay.
You will be given a work cell phone that you must answer 24/7. Even on holidays and days off. Even if you book time off. "Tough" said the boss.
The union is horribly strict and there was constant confrontation between management and staff.
Poor management. Could not give proper direction. A lot of unanswered questions.
Office staff are not able to take sick days. I called in sick at 4am with a fever (did not work until 230pm) and was still told to come in because "it's not my problem that you're sick" said my boss.
The work load will range from normal to tripple from a daily basis with zero added incentive. If your on salary you lose money every extra hour you work. You'll work a min 10 hour day every day. And get paid for 8 on salary.
There is no common courtesy or general respect. The drivers and shop treat you like you're a complete idiot. Lots of tension.
The company wasn't making money, so instead of filing for bankruptcy they decided to take half of everyone's pay cheques and hold them until you quit or were fired. To make their numbers look good on paper. This is 100% truthful. I will show my pay stubs to anyone doubting this.
This company, overall, will not be successful in future endeavours. The wage:work load ratio is horrible. The staff environment is beyond unprofessional and they will expect the world from you but are not willing to give you anything in return. I do not and will never recommend this company to anyone ever. – less
First Student, Hamilton (Former Employee), Hamilton, ON – November 10, 2014
Pros: good hours
I enjoyed this workplace because of the easy going and friendly work place. The managers and co workers were all great people. The hardest part was at the end of the year and saying goodbye to my kids.
School Bus Driver (Current Employee), Milton, ON – September 7, 2014
Pros: time management
Cons: busy hours
- safety is the first thing to be considered - Children are too nice to handle - amazing people to work with - helping co-workers - driving during bad weather is hard. - enjoy family time when you take school children out.
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Welland, ON – September 3, 2014
Cons: little pay
driving school bus is great for retirees and old age as well and younger i have been driving bus for 6 years and at the time it was the only thing i could do and still be home with my daughter you start each morning with a circle check to make sure your bus is road ready and theres no problems then you drive your slected route picking upo school children along the way and take them to school.
Over all, I loved my job/customers and people I worked with.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Markham, ON – August 12, 2014
Pros: hours of work was great.
Cons: the pay wasn't the greatest, but it paid the bills
A typical day at work was at times very busy. I answered emails and phone calls for quotes and orders for school excursions and public functions. I've learned a lot about the various rates, destinations – more... and time of traveling times. I also learned a lot about the Computer program. The busiest and most stressful times was from April to the end of June and from September to Christmas break. Going to work was very enjoyable. Not every day was the same. My co-workers were great and we all worked well as a team. We helped each other if we needed it. I loved my boss, she was great to work for. She was always there to answer any questions I had if I needed her input about something. The hardest part of the job was, I think, having multiple jobs on the computer at the same time and praying I didn't mess it up. I did a lot of multi-tasking and got the jobs done efficiently and in a timely manner for the customer and company satisfaction. My customers were very happy with the service I provided to them and I had a great raport will each and every one. – less
Driver -school bus (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – August 8, 2014
Typical day would entail pre and post trip inspections, completion of daily log books, picking up students (JK -12) and delivering them safely to school. I've learned how to become a much better driver – more... with the variety of regluar safety meetings that are held. Management are awesome people and very understanding. Co workers are a fun bunch always have a laugh hardest part is dealing with some parents who think their children can do no wrong, and students that are late to the pick up stop and expect you to return for them. Sometimes the winter weather can be a challenge, but doable due to good training. most enjoyable part is being outside and driving, meeting the different kids each year and knowing that you are helping shape their lives indirectly too. – less
This is a great job but we are not paid enough for the responsability we are charged with.
Currently I drive a school bus (Current Employee), Barrie, ON – August 7, 2014
Pros: it's a great job and i love it.
Cons: the pay sucks for the responsability we have.
I enjoy driving my school bus. I have a great bus management, which means to control students while I am driving. I have had the opportunity to exercise my ability to lead people but also to be the students – more... friend along with letting them know that I AM incharge as to what goes on in the bus so that it is safe for me to drive. The hardest part of my job is getting the bus ready in the cold winters. Co-workers, I get along with all of them as I am a peoples person. – less
School bus driver (Current Employee), Brampton, On. – July 20, 2014
Pros: free morning
Cons: no much hours
Be able to drive kids from home to school make my days full of energy, kids are very special. With a friendly environment to work with, dispatchers and manager are very patience's with all drivers for the reason of all we want is a safe return home. Students and Parents are happy so are the drivers.
Shuttle Driver (Former Employee), Alberta Oil Sands – July 8, 2014
Pros: lodging and travell assistance, great co-workers, good pay.
Cons: nickle and diming, no job security, pettiness
One of the greatest jobs ever to do however, the management is extremely poor. They have no respect or appreciation for the employee or their efforts. They push you around all they want and screw up your – more... schedules and routines on you at the last minute and regularly, yet expect you to be flawless in your duties. They can be condescending towards workers always giving you runaround and BS. They fire people over pettiness. The equipment is junk largely due to worksite conditions but most of it is already old obsolete retired junk prior to service. Very adversarial environment. Great job for a butt kisser or a puppet. – less