Maintenance is a joke is a under statment USED parts old equipment no rules No or under trained co workers units brake down on the hour with passerager management blames the shop then the driver never the cost cutting or the age of the unit
Auto-Mechanic Technician (Former Employee) – Hempstead, NY – March 20, 2018
Great people to work with, and learn a lot with many machanicals in the company. learn auto mechanic hands on. The fact that you are driving from time to time gives you a life time experience when you are on the road for your personal shore.
Diesel Technician (Former Employee) – Merced, CA – March 17, 2018
They ask u to do pmi But u work on Repairs too. No safety ether. They worry about numbers more then anything. Buses on balled tires says enough. Shop to small for buses too. Pay is okay. Learn to work on engines on there dime and got a class b. Also under staff. Good luck. U will need it
Learn a lot. To make better money some where else
They want everthing done in 8 hrs. Dont work like that in this field
productive and fun workplace with a pingpong table
Driver (Current Employee) – Waukesha, WI – March 16, 2018
it's honestly pretty good here. I don't necessarily like the hours, being a college student, but I do like the amount I work-about 4 hrs a day-and the pay is pretty nice. it's a easy job to get fired on, so for me it's a bit stressful, but as long as you do your best and keep a professional attitude, you don't need to worry as much.
they've got lots of drivers appreciation days, and with the meetings we have you can get good food. potlucks, and other holiday parties they have every year too.
kids can be a hassle, but you can change your route every year, or keep it.
the bus maintenance staff can be very rude/brusque in their manor, but they know what they're doing, and what the drivers are doing wrong.
I honestly like most of the people who work here, there's a nice variety of people. if you don't like to talk to people, you don't have to, though expect lots of people to say hello.
nice people, pretty good pay, free food on occasion, short work days
short work days, kids can be awful, easy to get fired
Went through driver training (Former Employee) – Eureka, MO – March 16, 2018
First Student provided me with the training that I needed to become a school bus driver. It was a very nice program and I was able to succeed in it. I left because I found a bus driving job in my local district and did not have to drive 30 miles to this one.
Driver (Current Employee) – Rockton, IL – March 15, 2018
The Rockton, IL location operates as a satellite branch of the much larger Belvidere, IL First Student bus operation. The Rockton location handles bus transport for all public schools in Roscoe, Rockton, Shirland, and South Beloit, as well as for hire charter trips. The great majority of folks here are extremely pleasant. It is very much a shoe string operation, always undermanned and underfunded. The building and outdoor bus lot really shows its age and lack if upkeep. Office employees (all employees have their CDL) frequently are pulled off their desk to drive unfilled routes. Pay is just $13.00/hour (20 hour min week guaranteed) and it seems they have a rough time keeping staff. Like most school bus operations, they will train you to get your CDL in about a month. You will earn near minimum wage during training and they pay your DMV fees. Training staff is often pulled from Belvidere, and seems first rate. There are a couple trainers in Rockton who are just terrible, and this is from a certified trainer’s perspective. Most of the routes have well behaved students, and most coworkers are nice, so it’s not a bad place to work for a part time/split shift job.
School Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Stockton, CA – March 13, 2018
we didn't have pick up locations it is door to door service and paid thru county under contract. many routes had authorized riders to assist the drivers for many reasons, such as autism, blind, wheel chair bound etc. union operated
Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Medford, OR – March 9, 2018
This is a demanding job from the standpoint of student management. As a bus driver one is responsible for the safe and timely deliver of children from home to school and back. At the time I worked there the compensation was poor and stagnant, they have since increased pay substantially because turn over was so high.
They have a great manager now.
The bus depot was inhospitable, and needs a face lift.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Northbrook – March 9, 2018
I enjoyed working at First student I just couldn't personally Balance work and Home Because of the Distance I had to Travel to get to work. The extra work is available on a Bid system. Co Workers we're very friendly however management was Distant to say the least.