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Great company to work for
STS Driver/Relief Dispatcher (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 June 2018
Southland Transportation is all about safety. Great people, great drivers! Hours are not great, but you have a choice to work it or not. The hours are not for everyone.
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Poor office environment
Intermediate Accountant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 June 2018
While the office is made up of a small group (about 20), it is incredibly difficult to get in. Those with experience ignore newer individuals, any outside opinion or suggestions, and only listen to those who have been there for 5+ years. Meanwhile, the benefits are poor, the management structure is weak and the growth opportunities are minimal.
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Really like working there
Driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 June 2018
They are really friendly. I do a few runs so I make more money. I also pick up charters whenever I can.

You get really attached to the kids you ship to and from school. I can also spend more time with my two kids.

Buses do break down, but that’s to be expected of a vehicle doing that many kms in a day. I drive an old international and I love it. It has excellent heat in the winter.
Pros
Lots of time with my kids
Cons
Cold a S S days in winter.
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Not a great place to work but it is a job
Driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 June 2018
If you don't mind working for a company where management does not care about its people or the fleet of busses then this is the place for you. Driving is very easy. Getting paid properly is an issue. You have to watch your pay, as payroll does not seem to care if their job is done right or not.
Pros
Lots of time between shifts
Cons
Pay not great for what they expect of you. There are no benefits, no insentives to go above and beyond.
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Very enjoyable job!
Special Needs Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 May 2018
Good culture! Friendly staff and dispatch. A typical day consists of arriving at the yard early to pre-trip your bus. i get there early to avoid congestion in the yard. You go do your run, drop the kids off and then you are free till the afternoon. Then basically its the reverse of the morning ending at the yard with a post-trip. The mechanics are awesome getting bus issues fixed fast. I really don't have anything negative to say about southland. They gave me a job as a new commercial driver when no one else would. So Good Job and thank-you
Pros
schedule is nice
Cons
Part-time
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Good people and fun work
Heavy duty Technician (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, AB10 May 2018
It was the best place I've ever worked with good people and a good boss, Which can be hard to find. I installed quite a few things that I was surprised to be trusted with but it was always a good time to go to work and fix stuff.
Pros
Good people
Cons
Unpredictable hours some days
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Long days
Calgary Transit Access Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 April 2018
The company was good to work for, but the job required you to be gone for approximately 6 to 13 hours a day. While only being paid for 8 hours, the city requires you take breaks that are up to 4 hours long. An example would be working 6 hours, then taking a 4 hour break, then working for another 1.5 hours. Which makes no sense whatso ever. So if you worked a 8 hour day, your shift would be 6 hrs plus 4 hour break, and then work for 2 hours. They require you to remain with the transit bus while you are on break, so you are not actually off for those 4 hours. By the time you get home, after putting gas in your transit bus, and driving home, and calculating the time you probably spent trying to get to work and preparing your vehicle, as it can be a gun sho in the morning, you spent 16 hours of day outside and not leaving much room for family.
Pros
meeting interesting people, management
Cons
Hours worked, split shifts, long breaks
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Minimum wage. Run down poorly maintained fleet
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB19 March 2018
Wages suck. Cannot support my family. You will get more picking fruit at the green house. Fleet is poorly maintained.

Catty workers and office staff can be very abrupt.
Cons
Wages.
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Great punch of co-workers
STS Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 March 2018
My beef with management is I did what they training me for and when I went to apply it in real life that did not work out for them. The said only one apple the ruttin the whole basket.
Pros
great work place
Cons
ONLY one member of the management is the problem!!!
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Fast paced
Journeyman Auto Body Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 February 2018
Good work culture. Fair wages, friendly knowledgeable people. Overtime available. Days went fast as we were always busy. I enjoyed every aspect of my job.
Pros
Good bosses
Cons
Long hours
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Always felt lied to
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Highfild office ..Calgary,AB8 February 2018
Pay is horrible they promise one thing but as you will see if you work there it's not what they say Charter Managment are very rude and condescending with long hours you don't get paid for and don't ask about your pay you will be black listed bus are not reliable always broken down the only good thing is you get your class 2
Pros
You get your class 2
Cons
Everything
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Typical bus driving environment, good company overall but not much opportunity for growth and advancement if you're looking for it
Floater (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB6 February 2018
Pleasant work environment, average compensation for the industry but insufficient overall unless this is strictly done for additional spending money or in addition to another job
Pros
Some flexibility and definitely a supportive branch management team
Cons
Pay is not great when all of the uncompensated travel time and yard time is factored in
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Worst job I've had
Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB2 February 2018
Would not recommend. Poor management, not helpful or accommodating. Nice that you can bring your kids but older ones would be better. Younger spend the majority of their waking hours strapped in a seat. They expect you to fuel, do your walk around and drive a portion of your route without pay. You only get paid for the actual route from first stop to last.
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A scab shop that misrepresents the job in interview
access driver (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 January 2018
During the interview you'll hear platitudes like "split shifts," and "paid benefits." What they don't mention is the shift is indeed split, into a bunch of small pieces, and the benefits paid are paid all right, by you, the employee, at a $2k per year rate!

Your typical day will begin at 530-730am and finished 12 hours later, but you'll only be paid for 8. You see, Southland won't pay you for time not driving to pickup a client, and won't pay you after you've dropped off your last client and gone on "break."

During the interview it was explained that you "work for four hours, get a four hour break, and work for another four hours. A split shift!"
It shakes out like this once or twice a month. Typically, you start your day, work for an hour or two, get a two hour "break" (stuck in the far-flung reaches of the city of course), work another hour or two, then get another break. No slack pay, and no travel time paid. It's assumed the second you wheel off your last chair at the airport you can kick back and relax for two hours.

It's unbearable, but what makes it worse is the way management frames the problem. First, they harp on about collisions and safety problems while ignoring the obvious fatigue management issues inherent to such a shift structure, and second, they pass the blame over to Access Calgary. They'll claim the break scheduling is "unacceptable," but of course they have no incentive to change it, other than driver complaints, so they enter a lengthy "review" process with nothing ever getting serious attention. It's pitiful, and it's putting the public at
  more... risk.

The hiring packaged specifies "40 hours per week within 5 days over a 7 day period," but as a new employee you might get 3 or 4 full days per week. They don't mention the three hour floater shifts, and the dreaded, unpaid "on-call" block.

I could go on forever. Southland doesn't tolerate unions or other driver organization, and it shows. They stuff as many slobs into a training session as they can because they know the turnover rate is so high. It's a testament to the economic desperation felt by so many that such practices are tolerated.
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Pros
Tolerable job features
Cons
Everything else
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loved the people
MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB8 January 2018
long hours, wide range of small towns to cover. bus drivers for the most part willing to work with your schedule and theirs. I would recommend them to others
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Poor management
Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB6 January 2018
Lack of organization, rude staff, catty employees and minimal training. The only thing holding people to working for Southlands is the freedom to bring your children.
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if desparate or love kids
Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB6 January 2018
Low pay and not a fulltime job but if you love kids you will like this, other than office staff, some good and some not so good. You can get your class 2 for free if you stay with them for atleast 90 days, otherwise you have to pay that money back.
Pros
good for ppl looking for part time work
Cons
low income
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Worse Place ever
Driver (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB4 January 2018
So much drama, hate and favoritism in the Medicine Hat office. You can get fired because of another driver spreading vicious lies and rumors about you They (management) believe the worst not even looking at your accomplishments. They don't believe in their GOOD DRIVERS and keep the worst
Pros
NO PROS here
Cons
Tons of CONS
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Worst job ever
School Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB1 December 2017
Management is rediculous and all tight knit. If an employee complains about anyone in office, the whole teams attacks the one employee. Talks about said employee behind back to other employees and management team. When the heat starts then they want you to sweep it under the carpet and move on. They ask you to do a special needs run before your pm run to find out you don't get the special needs pay for that half hour, they tuck it in with your regular run so they can make the money off of your literal free paid run. Would not recommend this job to anyone not even my worst enemy. Oh and p.s lowest waged bus company in Edmonton even Calgary makes more
Pros
Going home
Cons
Leaving home
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Able to take up to 2 kids
Student Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 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.
Pros
Take your kids
Cons
Supervisor/management attitudes
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