A Tough Place to Work
With the U.S. economy sinking further into the abyss, a school bus driver’s position is one of the better paying part-time jobs that an individual can seek at this point in time … but it is a very tough business. The kids can be very challenging and, when I worked for First Student, the company’s buses were poorly maintained and, in some cases, were extremely dangerous to operate. In fact, in Connecticut, First Student has the worst safety record on file with Connecticut’s Department of Transportation. It also has a track record for not paying its employees on time or at all if an employee does not keep good records of his or her time and is willing to fight to get paid.
However, the company is willing to pay people a small wage during training, and many individuals use the company to acquire a CDL license, along with the necessary endorsements, and then leave for better positions once they are licensed.
Overall, I would not recommend First Student to prospective employees unless they intend to use the company as a point of entry into the industry.