Student Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 November 2017
This is a decent job if you want to be with your kids and not pay daycare. However, the buses break down A LOT. There is extra expected of you that you do not get paid for. Routes have been cut and/or combined requiring longer shifts and getting home later in the evening.
Supervisors do not care about the personal aspect of life that influences your work.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 31 August 2017
I was taken off my route due to kids on my bus lying on my children. I was then taken off my route for being sick with my children. I had back problems that I was penalized for. They would give my bus to someone else to cover their route and then in turn cover my route with someone else and they would still have me come in. they switched the supervisors and dispatchers and its been messed up ever since. They give me the run around. All I want to do is do my job and go home and only go in the office when I have too.
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 1 August 2017
Southland has an amazing work culture and great flexibility. This job is perfect for a stay at home parent as you can bring your children with you on the bus, also a great job for retired or semi retired. Free training and excellent support. The hardest part of the job is driving a huge bus is icy conditions but overtime your confidence and comfort level make it less stressful. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with amazing children each and every day.
Excellent job if you like young people and want part time employment
Driver (Current Employee) – Medicine Hat, AB – 8 July 2017
I have worked here for 3 years previously 3 years with Totem. A truly great place to work, if you can handle children with good common sense and are comfortable driving a school bus this job is for you! The company is great to work for and they do care about the employees. Dont expect to make big money, but a great job for anyone retired or a Mom with young kids who dont want to pay a babysitter. Regular staff appreciation events, I give them 9 out of 10 to work for. Good Management, winter can be a challenge driving, enjoy having rapport with young people on the bus!
School bus driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 1 July 2017
mostly driving kids to and from school A great job for semi retired people They could use a little tweeking here and there but overall I was very happy to work for the company The hardest part of the job is trying to find addresses when filling in for another driver's route, but they have great support staff for that if needed? The best part of the job for me was interacting with the kids.
Not stuck in a building day to day
Mostly dealing with traffic or misbehaving childern
School Bus driver (Former Employee) – Calgary,AB – 15 June 2017
Driving kids to and from school. rewarding position knowing you are helping in the community. Split shifts each day, made it feel like a full time position when it wasn't. Great training which allowed me to get my Class 2 license.
Driver (Former Employee) – Canmore, AB – 28 May 2017
Drove for this company for about a year, I agree with the other negative reveiws unfortunatally. High risk cargo! Low reward! Company is squeezing its resources and is all about the dollars.
Some of the kids are really amazing people, and you might be able to make this balance with your other stuff. It is rather time consuming and is a full time in certain aspects given the need to refule clean and maintain vehicles, which can be like a fulltime job at part time pay.
Drivers do all the work, get all the blame. No support
School Bus and Charter Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 1 April 2017
I loved driving a bus and getting to know the students. The pay is absolutely not commensurate with the amount of responsibility. The ads stating "earn $100/day" are false unless you work many extra routes or charters. Any issue or problem falls on the driver and neither dispatch nor management provide and support. Although they do all the work, drivers are considered disposable and often let go for the smallest of incidents. There is an attitude of "don't complain, don't get fired" that permeates the bus yard. As much as I enjoyed the actual work, the miserable pay and endless psychological abuses are not worth the risk and responsibility.
Excellent work hours and schedule for parents with school age kids
Bad pay, no management support, more and more responsibility without compensation
Professional Driver (Current Employee) – Medicine Hat, AB – 26 March 2017
Employees are a number on a spreadsheet, very high turn over of drivers. Training is minimal but they will prepare and pay for a class 2 license. Safety is strongly preached but not always enforced a typical day starts at approx 06:30 with 2 hrs for your bus run, off till approx 14:30 then 2 hrs for afternoon run. charters are available for extra hours, but at minimal pay.
Working with the children, while sometimes stressful is enjoyable if you are comfortable in that environment.
Driver (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 7 February 2017
I like the driving and schedule even though it is an 11 hr day for 6 hrs pay. However managment sucks. I have been a driver for 1 year and thee has been 2 direct supervisors. There has been other manager changes. Safety Supervisor not present for 2 months. No follow up on whether there was a protocol for having propane detectors in the mainteance shop. Manadatory training impossible due to driving schedule. All drivers must have a fuel card but none are available. Propane busses must only be fueled at the yard where the pump is located and it is at the entrance to the shop so blocks the the entrance.to the shop. Supervisors door is always opwn....bs... have to wait i line cos a fixed time to talk is never kept. No pay to wash bus .. if the wash bay is open On and on and