Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 15 December 2016
If you get a bus that starts in the morning, your very lucky. If the bus makes it through the run picking up the children and taking them to their schools, your very lucky again. First Calgary Alberta is the only province that can keep the buses on the road after they are 10 years old. All other provinces get rid of buses at the 10 year mark. We get Ontario's old buses and old buses from California as well, that do not even have heaters in them. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing all the sweet children. The hardest part of the job is getting a bus that doesn't give you any trouble.
Drive for the road conditions, get there when you get there.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Ajax, ON – 7 December 2016
This is a fantastic job to bring your child to work. My son learned so much and made lots of friends with the kids riding the bus. However winters are brutally cold on the bus and the pay is not enough for carrying the responsibilitie of safely transporting children
School Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Grande Prairie, AB – 16 November 2016
First Student has very high standards for their drivers. They have a safety attitude which has taken root & is growing.
It does take a special kind of person to be willing to move this most precious cargo - the responsibility is huge. Anyone can drive a bus - doing it with up to 72 distractions behind you is a special talent that is often under rated.
They pay is good per hour but shifts are always split. This can be a mentally exhausting job whose rewards do not come on your pay cheque.
Schedule works well for anyone with children in school or not wanting to put in day care.
My opinion is that maintenance on buses seems reactive rather than proactive, or more mechanics are needed as we are growing larger locally.
Red Seal Journeyman Autobody (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 30 October 2016
I work for First Student in bus maintenance and they lied about all there safety incidents . Including fixing collision damaged buses with no damge sticker from the police . This is illegal and considered fraud. Basically they fix hit and run damage behind closed doors(not at a body shop) to avoid the police and high costs or repairs. Also this wont affect there safety rating , because they are not getting damage stickers from police. This is what is called a "chop shop" and is %100 illegal and I would not want my kids riding any of there :"hit and run" buses that have been poorly repaired.
Staff lies on all safety issues about maintence. Oldest fleet in Edmonton.
Apprentice HET (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 29 October 2016
Typical Fleet maintenance perform quick repairs first thing in the morning allowing the drivers to perform their daily routes. Then perform CVIP inspections with follow up repairs when required fellow members of the maintenance crew are a good bunch to work with management at the branch are easy to work with and approachable
Special Needs School Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 4 September 2016
There is no typical day at First Student. We deal with Special Needs childern and all are different as in walk-ons to wheel chair to medicated to not. I love my job with First Student, I am just looking for a part time job just for a little more money.
Pros are establishing a rapor with the childeren
cons the smiles on all the kids faces at the end of the day
School Bus Driver & Charter Driver (Current Employee) – Thornhill, ON – 15 June 2016
Excellent opportunity to work well-established work environment, great customer service friendly colleagues. I have been working 26 years. Unfortunately, the branch I work is closing down at the school year end.
School Bus Driver (Current Employee) – London, ON – 25 April 2016
just maintain proper checks on the bus and drive kids to and from school in a safe manner staff is very friendly as well as helpful. our manager is great over all its a great place to work, I just something full time as this is seasonal, now that I'm not in wash bay due to heath