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Fun work if you like it.

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At Serco Drive Test you will have interesting work. The customer service there can be quite rewarding. The downside here is you will work part time for very few hours and there is little chance for advancement unless you can hang in until someone full time retires. This can take years. When you are hired you are required to do a weeks worth of training and if you do not pass said training then you will not be offered the position. This can be nerve wracking if you have had to quite a previous position in order to take this training.

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Fun and interesting work

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Low hours and little chance for advancement
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Not Recommended

If you value customer service and treating individuals with respect as a CSA should, this is not a company that appreciates those values aside from posters on the breakroom walls. As a new employee you are thrown to the wolves and if you expect support from coworkers or staff, you'll be greatly disappointed. They do not acknowledge any good you do, or the level of expectation and stress they put you through, especially during Covid; quite frankly, not even to the individuals walking through the doors for services. The amount of unacceptable behaviours I witnessed from staff while training and starting on the counter was astounding! The lack of valid support from management, or working with new staff to learn the job was dismal. The amount they invest in new employees only to send them out the door because it is near impossible to complete your probationary period of 500+ hours when working 3-4 hour shifts (giving zero job security), let alone reducing any anxieties that you're exceeding the daily error allowance by actually educating that employee as to what the errors are and how to correct them, just goes to show how expensive their revolving door is. I, myself, did not work as a drive examiner but am saddened to have witnessed the sheer horror and abuse they are subjected to, not only by the company's ridiculous policies to "prevent covid" (laughable), but from customers themselves due to trying to enforce company policy. Policy is not developed by feedback from frontline workers, it is often a flaccid response to entitled and disgruntled customer complaints. - 

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Transaction variety, problem solving, possibly making someone's stressful licensing issue better

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Toxic environment, insecure hours, lack of job security, poor health & safety
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Difficult Company to work for

Lots of stuff to learn and remember. They audit every step you make. No room for errors. With so many people from other countries, it’s difficult to know if the documents are acceptable. Def. high stress for the money. I would NOT recommend this company for a long term position. Run by a bunch of dopes who think they above all. Keep looking elsewhere peeps.

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Close to home

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Too much to learn for a stupid part time position
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Pay is good if you live in rural areas but not for those in GTA

Staffing levels are poor causing extra stress and responsibilities on staff. No work life balance. Especially if you are a centre supervisor. Advancement opportunities seem to be hard to achieve even after 17 years of exemplary work ethic and high performance reviews. They don’t want to let you move up from the bottom if you are good at your job as they don’t want to lose you on the front lines.
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Good First-Line Management BUT Deplorable Working Conditions and Benefits

The front-line supervisors do their best to keep morale high but the company culture of only hiring part-time, with no sick or vacation pay is very discouraging. The equipment is outdated and in poor repair.
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Relaxed work environment

Good place to work with. You learn a lot while u work but there are No growth opportunities. Management doesnot care for the benefits of the employees. Its a unionized job so your job is safe.
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Not bad

Don't expect too much... It is a fast paced work environment. People generally work as a team which is great. The pay could be more considering the work we do. We get yelled at by customer's on a regular once you refuse documentation...
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Challenging and Diverse Environment

The job can be stressful and every situation can be different so there is a lot to remember. The pay is OK but the increases take a long time. Being part time, there is a lot of variation to weekly hours worked.
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Bad Training expectations

Before you apply, make sure you know what your getting into. I thought this would be a good company to work for until i experienced an unrealistic expectation I had encountered during training. If you know your are going to be late for your training even if its a legitimate excuse, your better off not coming at all, and find another job. They document you even if you are ONE MINUTE LATE for training and you will be DISMISSED. Through the training process you are NOT GUARANTEE the job until you actually PASS all requirements, that includes being on time, passing all written quizzes and test, shadowed training and your attitude. If you don't do well in all these requirements, you will be dismissed and the material is a lot and overwhelming to learn within 5 days. For those of you looking for another job, if you have one prior to applying, even if they offer you a position, don't quit your job until you know for sure you have a solid offer from Serco and that you pass all requirements. And make sure you have transportation to attend training that could be out of your way, as some training location are out of town. Accommodation is only offer to people who have to travel 100km or more and its only a few cents they pay you. I wish I never had to make a negative review of this company, but its not worth it if your not perfect. I hope my review won't discourage anyone, still apply if you wish, it may work out in your favor, but just giving a heads up of what to expect if you do get an offer from Serco.
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Fun atmospher

Very busy and high stress job but great co workers and amazing bosses.
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Stressful work environment that is badly managed

At DriveTest you spend your shift aiding the public by processing transactions related to driver licensing. This is a privately run company that only cares about their bottom line. And it's not just customer service that they skimp on in order to make money...the physical work environment is dreadful...constantly broken equipment, broken HVAC, bad pest control, even trying to find a decent chair for your desk or a working stapler can be a challenge. Work schedule is only received 36 hours in advance, and shift hours are designed to ensure you aren't paid for breaks. They schedule minimal hours and you are basically on call every day. You are always being asked to come in early, come in on a day off or to stay late. Absolutely everything you do is monitored and timed. If you take too long processing transactions you are told to speed up, if you make an error because you're trying to work quickly you get told your error rate is too high, if you spend too much time between transactions (trying to hunt down a working pen or a paper clip) you are accused of slacking off. I'm not joking....everything you do is timed without exception. All of this just compounds the stress you are under in an already highly challenging position. Your customer service skills will be pushed to their limits and you will never receive positive feedback from managers who are overworked themselves and only concerned with the numbers. Most enjoyable part of the job: meeting lots of people from different cultures and helping them get their driver's license Least enjoyable part of the job: lack - 

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Decent pay for a part time job

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Incredibly stressful and micro-managed
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all in all challenging everyday

Serco runs the drivetest centers for Ontario. Typical day is processing applications for all kinds of transactions required for getting a Drivers Licence. This job has honed my skills for people management, eye for minute details. The most interesting training we receive Fraudulent training to check documents.

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meet all kinds of people.

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many people not pleasant
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Great Company

I enjoyed helping customers face to face, learning the computer system, unfortunately, my learning skills were not adequate according to the London Office Manager.

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Good Pay

Cons

Discrimination against my learning disabilities
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A complete joke!

It was so bad, the person they brought in to run the sinking ship of a company LEFT! Management is a joke, this is strictly a company that only promotes people who you are married too, or related too. Don't ever think that you will advance in this company. The worse HR department in history, unethical and full of "simple" people who have no other experience outside of this one company. So don't think you can bring any concerns to them, because they don't care. ALL the managers there are former MTO workers, who have no clue what it takes to run a successful business, and don't care about there employee's again unless you are a relative, a friend of a friend, or a "favourite" YES they are that simple and childish they don't care about you. If you are smart, don't think this is a a easy driving examiner gig, or customer service role. You would think the money they put into training people, they would care, but once released to the wolves, just keep your head down get paid for the summer and keep it moving! You will be completely disappointed. There is no job security and you will be wasting your time. Don't be fooled, there is nothing there for you.

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Can't think of any

Cons

Legacy workers, who don't have ANY other experience outside of MTO or Serco.
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Nice and Convenient Place to work with clean surroundings

I really have a good a company which I believe that I will learn more to it because this definitely is a different type of jobs among other call center company that I have supported because this is my first financial bank account. Sometime around before I dreamed of working in a bank and all of a sudden a dream come true I am now a legitimate bank employee.

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Low price of food

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Coffee not for free
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A poor company to work for

Work environment stressful, no support from management, extensive travel involved, not fair distribution of workload between staff. Hopefully you'll be a favourite, if not watch out. Management from supervisors to top of company not good. It's a shame, the wages are decent, but no job security. You'll get sent home all the time when it's quiet so don't actually think just because your full time or you have seniority that you will work a full week. You will have to work weekends in the summer, mandatory overtime and sent home in the winter. It's constantly an unpleasant environment. the reviews I read on hear none of them are from Serco DES all different parts of the company from all over the world. so take them with a grain of salt, company is not run the same everywhere.

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decent wages

Cons

horrible environment, stressful, lacks job security, bad management
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