Southland Transportation Employee Reviews

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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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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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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.
Pros
pay and support
Cons
management
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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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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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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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4.0
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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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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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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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5.0
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excellent company!
spare bus driver (Current Employee) –  Cochrane, AB3 August 2018
excellent from start to finish, My trainer was cathy couldnt have asked for anyone better!
I then have been driving as a spare and hoping to be more permanant come september!
oportunities for summer work is also available.

Having work for a previous school company Southland came up tops!

have a great day!
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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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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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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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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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4.0
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Such a fun welcoming place to work
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB7 June 2018
Southland is not only a great place to work but they will train you from your class 5 to get you your class 2 and help you work towards becoming a professional driver. I found this to be an excellent job while my children were in school as you can take them with you and have days and simmers off when they do.
Pros
Bring your children to work
Cons
laid of during summer
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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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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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5.0
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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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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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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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