School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Paris, ON – 11 February 2019
Benefits are you have most of your day free, no evenings or weekends. Pay isn't good and you are not paid for fueling your bus or bringing it in for repairs. If you have to return a kid to the school because a parent is not at the stop to meet them, you are not paid for your extra time. Accountable for any scratches on your vehicle and management basically accused you of anything that showed up. You are a number only. Jokes made making fun of things other drivers said, dumb questions etc by the dispatchers are heard being discussed by anyone walking through the office. Preferential treatment given to favourite drivers. Not a place you will feel supported or appreciated by management.
Bus operator (Former Employee) – Celdon – 27 January 2019
The hardest part of the job depends on road conditions, traffic, weather, and constructions...Working with people is easy as long as you treat people how you would want to be treated, with patience and respect.
With driving, time management's a daily challenge, almost impossible.
Bus Operator / Driver Trainer (S endorsement) (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – 24 January 2019
If I could give no stars I would! Who ever hires these managers should be terminated for gross incompetence! In 9 years this branch has had 8 managers! Favouritism runs rampant, buses are constantly breaking down and there is no recourse for drivers.
Bad buses, low pay, low hours and poor management.
Dispatcher (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 23 January 2019
Not a lot of manager support. No room for advancement and no budget for salary increases. Too much put on one person. Not a lot of team players. Best part of working in office was working with some of the best drivers out there.
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER (Current Employee) – Ajax, ON – 18 January 2019
Great for stay-at-home parents who are looking for something to do while your kids are in school. You can bring your children with you on the bus for PA Days, if you work for a different region than your children's school.
Great work hours, comparable salary, ease of transition for new drivers
Driving in inopportune driving conditions (rain, snow, etc.)
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Prince Albert, SK – 16 January 2019
Perfect job for someone who is semi-retired. Love that I work alone after years on the front end. Must love kids. They make my work so rewarding. Knowing the parents personally also makes my job so easy.
Driver, Trainer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 January 2019
I enjoyed the Driving, and my passengers were Fabulous! First Group PLC/ First Student in Calgary is a Big Fleet of different sizes, and types of Buses! They own Many Transportation companies (Greyhound for example). The work environment is stressful! Bus Break-downs are frequent (Oddly most of the problems are with the over-engineered newer Buses). Routes are scheduled to the minute. A driver is wading through: Government Red Tape, Zonar pre & post-trip, sketchy Zonar Sign-out signal communication to base, Log-books, Mandatory Courses, Lack of Equipment (Various issues), Drug Testing, Inspections, Meetings, Lots of Time off, causing large gaps in your pay! It was a ongoing Enigma..
When you could get out on the Job, it was Fun! Daily Pay was good.
Big Gaps in Pay, 100's of Busses booked off with issues, Stress.
Dispatcher (Current Employee) – Bowmanville, ON – 3 January 2019
Employed there many years, so it has been a good place to work. Have learned a lot. Lots of interaction with inside and outside customers. Little overtime required . Important skills learned like multitasking, customer service with drivers, schools, school boards,and Transportation Departments. Scheduled buses for service
Lots of interaction with drivers, schools, transportation makes for an interesting job/employment
Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 4 November 2018
It was a perfect part time job. The people in the company were easy to work with. Loved the kids. Reason for leaving was because of the difficulty of parking availability of the bus between shifts. The bus yard was too far away for it to be feasible to always go back and forth between pickups.
Part time made it possible to pursue personal business.
Lack of off site parking. ie neighbors didn't like bus parked during the day.
Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Taber, AB – 1 November 2018
I stayed for seven years and left mainly due to me moving. I was going to take on a different bus route, unfortunately my nerves were pretty shot after being a bus driver for that amount of time it just wasn't for me any more. The management didnt seem to want to see me leave and expressed that, however, they supported my decision and I remain on good terms with them to this day. Overall, I liked the pay I got for my long bus route that I did for the majority of my time with first student but driving kids to and from school every day did take a toll on me mentally (I know it sounds funny, it does to me too, but its true).
Great pay if you get a decently long route.
ALOT of vehicle inspections. (understandable though, you'll get really fast at them!)
Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 25 September 2018
Good pay for the qualifications needed. Friendly coworkers, safety oriented, good training & start-up support, paid training. Didn't like how the upper management handled some of their internal conflicts, but if you stay out of the politics, it's pretty good.