Southland Transportation Employee Reviews

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Great Employer
Driver (Current Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB12 March 2019
I was warmly welcomed the minute I walked into the office. Excellent training and ongoing support. I love driving the busses, they are well maintained and in good shape. I love being a part in the lives of the children, and do make a difference in their lives.
Pros
Professional Work Place
Cons
Money is not great but rewards come in many other ways.
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fun and very rewarding/flexible
Special needs School bus driver (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB1 February 2019
Flexible hours with good pay. Great employees and very helpful. Free training from your class 2 to first aid and safety.
Very rewarding seeing the kids faces everyday when you pick them up and drop them off and they draw you pictures and tell you how great you are.
Average day is about 4 to 6 hours work with breaks between shifts, company offers safety meetings every week at different locations to make it easier to attend.
Really great way to get back into the job industry after being home with kids as you can bring your kids with you.
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Great Team
Specialized Transportation Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 January 2019
For the most part, it was an enjoyable experience. Great team. Friendly atmosphere. Supportive Supervisors. Great clients. Competitive wages. Safety was important and taken seriously.
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2.0
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middle management dependent
Special Transportation Operator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB8 January 2019
Upper management seems to be trying hard to furnish what they can to enable a good job support. However, unfortunately so much of the day to day relied on middle management that during my time of more than a year there was manipulative and bias even at time discriminating acts that made the experience most unpleasant.
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pay and support
Cons
management
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2.0
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manageent
Driver - Transportation (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 December 2018
The management team were very special people which made the job enjoyable, however, long hours and weekend work was insisted upon and i felt was not appreciated.
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Enjoy the students
Driver/Operator (Current Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB23 November 2018
Hard some days with office and a few drivers. Most of the drivers are helpful and friendly a joy to work with. There is always a few, that makes it bad. The office have no respect for drivers. Need more mechanics, the keep the busses running , but small things never get repaired.
Pros
Split shift, Students
Cons
Wages, Office staff. lack of yard help
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3.0
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freindly safety oriented
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 November 2018
picked up children in morning and bring to school.pick up and deliver back home.learned how to deal with children with development disabilitys wether physical or emotional(how to help children with aggression keep calm on bus)management worked hard in a fast paced environment .fellow drivers very friendly and helpful.hardest was learning a new route when filling in for absent drivers.the best part was satisfaction of bringing children safely to school and home and having open communication with parents to maintain schedule
Pros
satisfatcion of getting children safely transported and gaining trust of parents
Cons
heavy traffic and bad weather
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Special needs driving
Special Transportation Services Driver (Former Employee) –  Calgart6 November 2018
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.
Pros
Loved working with clients of all kinds, you know you are providing them with freedom and accessability.
Cons
Schedule is ridiculous, management is a painful joke.
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3.0
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Stressful work but fun for the right people
Bus Attendant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 November 2018
Not paid near enough for the work
Abuse from students over all unaddressed in many cases
Other complaints were also unaddressed
Drivers and attendants expected to fend for themselves
Attendant training could be more in-depth
Co workers are lovely and fantastic though
Specifically the Ogden yard was wonderful to work out of
Good in yard atmosphere
Pros
Break in the middle of day ideal for stay at home parents
Cons
stressful work, not enough benefits, poor upper managment
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Driving children to school and driving them home safely at end of school day.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB6 October 2018
I learned how to deal with children on the school bus and I learned how to be a better driver.
It was a temporary job but when I started there they had great management.
Management changed and a lot of politics came into play.
Pros
weekends and holidays off
Cons
split shift
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3.0
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Friendly work environment.
Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB25 September 2018
This is a good job for semi retired and parents with young children. Good pay for the experience and qualifications needed, excellent training and start-up support.
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Dynamic job with wild hours
Access Driver (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB23 September 2018
You spend your entire day driving the Calgary area, securing mobility aids to the bus, and assisting disabled clients with just about everything. Different locations and clients nearly every day to keep things interesting. You'll work split shifts meaning some days can be 13+ hours long while being paid for 8 hours. They take safety very seriously at Southland, no questions asked. Their pre-employment training is superb at preparing you for the job; don't take it lightly or you'll be let go. They have decent benefits after working there for 3 months and scheduled pay raises every few months or so. They go from being overstaffed to short staffed at moments notice so expect lots of phone calls on days off to come in. Good people who work at Southland, though you won't see them very often because you work alone all day.
Pros
lovely clients, decent pay, accommodating management, safety in every sense, excellent pre job training
Cons
long hours, occasional unpaid work, drama and gossip, random 5am shifts, splits shifts, unexpected overtime
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4.0
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It was a great gig, and people are always so friendly.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB17 September 2018
The company's hiring process was streamlined, very well-organized. It works well if you need flexibility to run errands during the day. For the amount of time you're onboard, it pays well. However, if anything happens on the road, you're not getting paid.
Cons
Some buses would breakdown and rescue takes time. You're not paid for wait time.
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Awful place to work
bus driver (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 September 2018
They constantly will remind you how you're not valued. Pay only minimum wage for a sensitive job. The kids and co-workers are amazing. Unfortunately the management is awful.
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Low payment
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 August 2018
I really enjoyed driving for Southland as a school bus driver. The hours are flexible and you get a lot of unpaid days off. The kids were a lot of fun. They have the best equipment in the industry. Unfortunately, the rate of pay is obscenely low relative to the responsibility. It's not a career, it's a hobby.
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Unorganized
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB21 August 2018
Extremely unorganized, high turnover rate. Wages are a joke and they treat their drivers which are their bread and butter terribly. no wonder the turnover rate is so high. Office is very gossipy. Management doesn't seem to have any idea what anyone's work load is.
Pros
Five days a week
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Bad place to work
Driver (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 August 2018
For the responsibilty and amount of training required for this job the pay is extremely low. All pd days are also unpaid, there's not a lot of room for advancement within the company. Office staff works based on favouritism and doesn't post all open runs. Way too many politics and cattiness in your offices, its so very unprofessional.

Some PMAs are not done in time. Most buses are only seen 2x a year.

With 250 CLN drivers office staff is overwhelmed and with many concerns and wanting support you are often dismissed. Out of 16hrs of special needs training only 20mins were touched on mental health. I was extremely unprepared due to this. I also received a $6/day pay cut taking a CLN run, with more responsibility and longer runs we should be paid more. They advertise $100/day but you make more like $90-98 before taxes. Because the runs were married and times were increased its impossible to help cover or make extra money.

In the winter door to door service increases your chances of getting stuck in the snow. They tell you to figure it out on your own until you are stuck for over an hour or tell them to send you help. I was stuck for over 2hrs before they even called a tow truck.

The perks are you save $1200 a month in child care- but you make $18,000 annually, which is not enough to live on. Also because of the change in runs, you now could potentially have a run that doesn't work for your kids school and numerous drivers have been told to find child care for their kids and "too bad so sad" in this predicament, this contradicts the whole point of this job. All in
  more... all this job isn't worth the perks unfortunately.  less
Pros
Save on daycare costs
Cons
Everything
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Best job ever!
Bus Driver (Current Employee) –  Bonnyville, AB15 August 2018
I love this job and have had the same route for 9 years. If it paid more I would drive school bus full time! You get very attached to your kids and their parents!
Pros
Best kids and memories are made!!
Cons
Not enough hours to sustain full time work
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3.0
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Fun but minimum pay.
BUS DRIVER (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 August 2018
I really enjoyed driving for Southland as a school bus driver. The hours are flexible and you get a lot of unpaid days off. The kids were a lot of fun. They have the best equipment in the industry. Unfortunately, the rate of pay is obscenely low relative to the responsibility. It's not a career, it's a hobby.
Pros
Kids are fun and lots of time off.
Cons
Minimal pay.
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A great place to work for the right person
Bus driver / Trainer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 August 2018
Southland Calgary as a company has a great culture of support amongst the drivers, dispatchers and trainers. The training staff are amongst the best in the industry.

As a bus driver, you should not be expecting great pay, but the job itself can be very rewarding for those that love kids and like to feel as if they have made a difference every day. The free time is also a benefit.
Pros
culture, rewarding work, training staff
Cons
pay, benefits
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