Long Hours No Time for Anything Else
STS Transport Driver, Calgary, AB - July 20, 2015
STS Driver Runs start anywhere from 0630 am to 0745 am pre-trip takes 15-30 minutes prior to run leaving yard. Pickups are tightly scheduled by Access and not realistic as they do not include traffic, accidents, weather issues to be at pickup for time required for each pickup. Unrealistic goals for drivers to attain prompt on time door to door service. Long hours on road anywhere from 10-16 hours with unpaid breaks in between ranging from 30 mins to 3 hours. Sometimes you can't go home on breaks you end up in a parking lot sitting in your bus for break to finish. Told initially you will have to work 1 day of month on weekend but realistically you end up working and are scheduled every weekend as a new driver while on probation and after probation you work weekends even with a regular run as you are sometimes taken off your run to cover. Not fully honest with how they will schedule you and they don't really explain in detail the amount of time and hours you will spend working. Must attend meetings monthly on top of regular run schedules on days of meetings. Run schedules are not passed on to you until the end of the day around 7-8 pm and you usually have to be up by 4 am depending on your run schedule. Monthly meetings can last until 9 pm after you have driven your full run for the day. They will schedule you to work 7-8 days only so if you are looking for a 8-4 job mondays to fridays this is not the job for you. Hard physical work involved, you deal with clients in wheelchairs, with canes, with walkers and other physical or mental aspects. Customers are usually great co-workers are good, management could be much better. Lack of organization in upper and administrative areas. Cannot plan for anything outside of work. You have to clean your buses usually on days off but do get paid for the time. Too many proverbial hands in the kitchen or irons in the pot in administrative area. Buses are classified as safe to drive, but many of them need quite a bit of work rather than a bandage fix. No room for any advancement. If you want a life after work this is not the job for you, if you don't mind working long hard hours doing a physical job this is the job for you. Wouldn't recommend it to people who have familys as you are never home and will never see your kids or spouse. If you are a workaholic this would be the perfect job for you.