great job, have to be very available, doesn't pay as much as it should
driving instructor (Former Employee) – Vancouver Island, BC – 11 May 2017
Pros, the work itself is generally really enjoyable. Working one on one with various people of different skill levels (typically 1 hr 30 min each), and watching them progress can be pretty fun and rewarding. As well as working without much supervision, being on the move, working different hours, (a bit different every day).
Excellent work experience, great team, good benefits.
Cons, doesn't pay as much as it should. You are expected to be very available, and can have awkward breaks between lessons -(unpaid, too long of a break to do nothing, but not long enough to do much.. and can therefore really eat up your day). The bi-weekly pay for administration does not cover the actual amount of time admin takes. What is considered full-time in reality winds up being over-time, (aprox 9hrs+ of work)
enjoyable work, great co-workers and management, variety
Good work while you are looking for something better
Scheduling Coordinator (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 31 January 2017
My time at Young driver of Canada was memorable and educational. I was a scheduler there and even though I did not have a lot of experience. They were able to train me and give me chances to get comfortable and learn. For that I am grateful because the job was difficult in the sense that you are on the phone constantly. Speaking to clients that are usually unhappy or frustrated. You also need to be quick on the computer in order to be ready for the next call and keep your tasks up to date and organized.
Unfortunately, their office moved to Woodbridge so I could not continue there due to commuting issues. The pay is ok however there is hardly any room for advancement in the business. The manager and assistant mangers are relatively young and there is only two assistant mangers and one main manager in the office. So you are looking at staying in your position for a few years once you start working there. You get benefits after 3 months and the work is pretty routine. You just have to get use to dealing with clients that can be agitated and frustrated.
The working environment was pleasant enough. Everyone was kind to me and helpful. The manager was understanding too. You just have to show them that you care about your job and the clients you are assisting.
Overall, I enjoyed my time there however if you are looking for a job where you are dealing with pleasant clients, and you like being rewarded for your efforts and dream for promotion anytime soon, then this is probably not a job you'd want.
One of the worst experiences in 25 plus years of working
TRAINING OFFICER (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 21 December 2015
This organization in Ottawa does not march to the corporate curriculum.They schedule lessons 15 minutes apart with no regards whatsoever for their driver/student safety.The owner runs the company from Florida and schedules gruelling schedules with little or no regard for driver fatigue.They do not pay you for the gap in time between students(travelling time) .They will charm you in the beginning and slowly manipulate your schedule to the point of sheer exhaustion.
In-Car & Classroom Driving Instructor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 16 September 2013
-Taught classroom driving theory in three of the school’s six locations, as well as at Colonel Bi high school as part of an eight week Driver’s Education program. -Presented Ministry of Transportation approved curriculums. -Used visual and kinesthetic demonstrations in order to teach students how to develop pro-active and safe driving habits. -Led students on group discussions about safe driving, adverse road conditions and the handling of emergencies. -Coached and corrected students on the various exercises and assignments to be done in the classroom and in their workbooks. -Wrote easy-to-read pamphlets for students in order to help them develop better visual skills, space cushioning habits, and techniques for communication with other road users. -Crafted props and other visual aids for demonstration purposes. -Graded theory tests, and signed-off on student workbooks once all assignments were completed. -Collected payments, and issued receipts to clients. -Made photocopies of students’ licenses for office use, and provided students with photocopies of their registrations. -Performing general upkeep of the classroom(s). Organizing paperwork and prepping the room for upcoming sessions, vacuuming and sweeping the floors, wiping down of work desks and taking out the garbage, etc. -Aided in the setting-up of new classroom locations. This included painting, moving and assembly of furniture, and other classroom equipment. This also included the hooking-up of computers, projectors, speakers, etc.
Very positive work environment. Most professional Instructor Training available world wide.
Owner/Director (Former Employee) – Thunder Bay, ON – 5 November 2012
At Young Drivers you interact with many skilled workers, office, sales, instruction while dealing with the public. Each client has a new story, special need or custom desire. I streeched my public relations skills, public presentation skills and learned the pitfalls of advertising. I took on a community leadership role with appointments to Community Boards such as Credit Unions and Crimestoppers. The hardest part of the job was accepting that an employee could not or would not follow policies, procedures and professional standards. Terminating employees is not a pleasant task. The most enjoyable part of this position was sharing with my peers at National and regional conventions and competitions. Young Drivers, at the time, conducted annual Young Driver's Rallies with up to 20 participants, all under 25, demonstrating their skills.