Special needs driving group is quite different from the school bus operators!! Cannot speak for the school bus side of things but the special needs group is an absolute tragedy.
Best thing about this job is the clients, everything else is a joke.
Management is continually trying to convince you (and themselves?) that everything is safe and quality driven. They promote themselves as professional but have an extremely distorted perspective of professional.
Training is inconsistent, poorly organized and barely meets requirements, mechanical condition of vehicles is poor at best. don't complain about anything or you will be on the out list.
Plenty of gossip, favoritism, lies and deception.
You will be lied to from the interview, in training, and at every (mandatory) staff meeting.
Schedule is constantly changing, at best you may know what days you work this week but not what time you start or finish. .Start time may be as early as 5.30 a.m or as late as 2.00 p.m. You will be required to be available (at work with your bus) for up to 13 hours but get paid for 8.5 at most.
MOST DRIVERS ARE SUFFERING FROM SLEEP DEPRIVATION!
You are expected to clean the bus (wash, sweep etc.) including puke, bathroom mishaps, etc..
Thought this would be a great semi retirement job, one of the worse companies I have ever worked for. If you have reached the absolute bottom of the barrel, can smile and keep your mouth shut about everything this may be a job you can tolerate, good luck.
Loved working with clients of all kinds, you know you are providing them with freedom and accessability.
Schedule is ridiculous, management is a painful joke.