Driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 July 2018
This was the second time for me working for a school bus company. This type of work is good for people who are parents of young children because you can bring them with you. I believe your children can be up to 6 yrs of age to travel with you? This was an amazing opportunity for myself when my kids were younger. BUT.. the one big BUT. The pay is LOW. And if your school has days off, so do you. There is a small way around that and that is to work with the Charters department. Now keep in mind most Charters your not able to bring your children with you. This type of work is also good for people who are retired or are a student. You work a split shift, meaning you do your AM pickups and then your PM pickup from school and then home drop offs. This particular company was alright to work for, the staff was great when you needed help. But the units themselves are tired and understandably so. My unit was always in the shop having something fixed or overhauled. There are only so many mechanics and so much to do. So, please be kind to the mechanics! They can only do so much!! The other drivers seemed nice. No complaints there. I loved the kids I drove. Like all children, they had their good days and bad days. The bad days were yelling and screaming, not sitting down, walking on the seats while the bus was moving, hitting each other, throwing things or tossing their garbage all over the unit.
Only words of advice I can give is, just breath. Remeber these kids come from all walks of life and are all having a different life experience. Every one of them are individuals. Talkmore... to them kindly even when they are having a bad day. It DOES make a difference. And if the kids are acting really rambunctious while you are driving, pull over in a safe area. The kids will stop and ask why you have pulled over LOL. Also, try not to yell at them. Not going to lie, it can be hard to do when you have 52 kids on the bus all yelling at each other to talk and laugh.
Bus driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 1 August 2018
They don’t pay overtime (if you cover other people’s runs). They still owe me money from extra work I did and refuse to pay. The only benefit of working here is you are on the same schedule as your kids but having them with you on a 90 minute bus ride morning and afternoon is a bit much, especially with no air conditioning in plus 30 weather!
No air conditioning on buses. Buses break down all the time
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 28 June 2018
Let me start by saying there is whole lot of unpaid time. Time to move other buses out of the way to take your bus out. Time to clean the snow off your bus. They say the vehicle inspection is "built in", I don't know how, because the time on the pay cheque makes not sense if it is "built in" (they don't pay you for it), stuck in traffic? too bad no extra pay. This company does not care about the employees. Management is always talking about employees in a disrespectful manner, and forget about charter runs unless your in the favorites group. There are so many part time jobs that pay for your time. At first student, you will not make over $7.00/hour if you calculate the bus cleaning, snow removal, moving other buses out and traffic.
They train you for free
Terrible pay, favourtism, no respect for drivers, dispatchers take the best routes for themselves
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 25 May 2018
You are responsible for bus after hire, to keep vehicle road ready. The maintenance of the vehicle remains with the company. If you have never driven a large bus before be assured you will be trained fully confident with the bus before being set loose. Always remember your training, the height of the bus, the turning ratio, the stopping procedures, the awareness around you of other vehicles, your speed and the safety of the students.
Driver (Current Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 8 May 2018
Economy booming shortage of drivers- Recession- shortage of drivers. WHY? Live time payment- you will work for nothing, not for all of your time on duty. Student management issues- lack of driver support. If your not a Club member- no extra work, longer routes for you. Extreme favortism in this industry.
Suitable for self employed individuals, stay at home mom's or retiress
Big boys club, if your not a member, lack of support or extra work
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 29 April 2018
I love being a bus driver with First Student. I've been with them for almost one school season. There is some unpaid time - moving buses out of the way to get out of the parking lot, for example, but I don't mind. I like this job because I haven't had any negative experiences (so far). Everyone's been kind to me (so far). I have a lot of fun with the kids and my coworkers, even management! This is a great part time job/supplement to other work if you need to make more money. It's not enough money to live on, as it's only part time, but it's great as a supplement ... and I think of it as a hobby, honestly. For me, I don't have any kids, so it's great to get to know some and be outside roaming around on my route. The one concern I have is the potential to get hurt in an accident while driving ... but that hasn't happened (it's the same risk with driving any kind of vehicle).
I learned a new skill this year, and I have had a lot of funny experiences with the kids and some great coworkers.
Shop Assistant (Former Employee) – St. Thomas, ON – 19 March 2018
Loved my job, I learned many things and my coworkers are all very friendly & nice. I was responsible for ordering parts, returns, picking up parts. Shop manager assistant, I did what was needed to be done. Due to downsizing and restructuring my job was eliminated, so sad because I totally loved it, and it certainly wasn't for the pay. I learned many things about buses, parts, inventory processes
Full time, great people
Not best wages, head office had most control being in usa it was different in Canada they didn't understand that
Security Guard (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 7 March 2018
I don't have a lot of things to talk about this company. working with the kids was wonderful, however, the company was not paying drivers the time they work on the bus. they were only paying when you pick the first child until the time you drop the last child from the bus. In short, you could work 6hours per day and paid only 2 to 3 hours per day.
Driver (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 7 March 2018
If your not one of the "favorites" you will get the worst routes and charters. Not worth the time for the pay. They tell you it is $17/hour, not true, you will be cleaning snow and doing your circle check for longer and to get out of the crowded lot, you will need to move buses out of your way. The time they calculate for your route is grossly underestimated. If your in traffic its your problem they set the pay based on what the route time will be in no traffic. The benefits is equal to none. Management is a joke. The parking lot is crowded and their expectations for the pay is ridiculous. Come on your own time to clean snow for an hour and move buses blocking your bus to go on your route. Go to Swiss, better working conditions, better buses, and great culture!
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 2 January 2018
Work isn't paid hourly. The average run gets $52 a day for 5+ hours of time. Spilt shifts only left 3.5-5 hours in between. If a bus needed to go in for repairs you would often have to wait and that time wasn't paid. A bonus is they allow you to park at home or somewhere nearby (as long as it doesn't cost).
School bus driver (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 16 December 2017
Driving passengers from point A to B Learnt dealing with customers Management was very helpful and considerate Culture of the workplace was laidback Hardest part of the job was to be able to work in all weather conditions.
Bus Operator (Former Employee) – Caledon, ON – 1 December 2017
wonderful management team, its really a fun to work with people of all ages n different cultures.I really learned a lot from this job.The hardest part of job is the snowey mornings!Its really hard to heat up the bus in chilling -20 to -30 degree celsius. Most enjoyable part is interecting with sweet n cute kids n wonderful n caring parents.Really wanna refer this job for retirees n moms with very young kids.