Depressing and stressful work enviroment.
Paratransit Driver (Current Employee) – Greensburg, PA – April 7, 2017
You may enjoy employment in the paratransit division if you are good at driving while distracted. Dispatch will call you just to tell you that you aren't on time, smiley messages from management saying how wonderful someone is, automated messages that inform you that you may be late for a pickup. All of these things not only distract but cause your GPS to minimize to the system tray. This amplifies the stress of keeping one eye on the people you are hauling, whether it be a load of methadone clinic patients or intellectually disabled students.
The Shuttle buses you are expected to drive are not made for the speeds you would be required to achieve in order to make it to a pickup location on time, yet speeding is don't ask don't tell. The ride is similar to a hay wagon since the vehicles are rarely ever worked on.
If you can stand these thing then the blatant waste of money may bother you, when picking up a single person in an e-450 and taking them from Latrobe to Pittsburgh, when it could have easily been done in a sedan.
On the plus side You will receive a yearly raise of around 2% which equals out to around 22 cents. 10 days of vacation. 7 sick days a year, but you may receive punishment for using them such as being scheduled 'off' the following day, or having your route changed without being told.
Nice little old ladies, you will receive a yearly raise of around 2%, 10 days of vacation, 7 sick days a year.
Rude, invasive, sometimes awful smelling dispatchers/clients, Not paid based on performance, You will never have a set schedule.