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First Student Reviews

Updated 18 January 2018
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Dennis Maple
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Pros
  • Good pay with flexible schedule (in 19 reviews)

  • Flexible Hours, Great group of people to work with (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • They are a little lacking in the benefits department, but it is a part-time job (in 17 reviews)

  • A lot of temp employees - wish more full time jobs available besides Customer Service (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Operations Supervisor, router"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at First Student full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The previous mgr. From 1996 to 2017 was all about her employees. Gave people great opportunity to move up in the company

    Cons

    Very difficult company to work for umess you have a good manager. They don't stand behind their employees for anything. I watched corporate be shady for years. Overworked and underpaid. The new mgmt. In Bristol CT is horrible


  2. "Bus driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Bus training, make decent money, be home with your kids when driving a school bus, plenty of time to run errands between runs , ect

    Cons

    Great pay for part time, would be much better for a full time income.


  3. "School bus driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Good starting pay, starts at $15.00

    Cons

    Hard to get enough hours. Lucky if you get 20.


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  5. "OK for some money on the side"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Student full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Call off of work any time with 3 hours notice
    No work on holidays or weekends
    Collect unemployment all summer

    Cons

    Zero benefits
    Stressful environment
    Boring
    Not enough compensation


  6. "Great job turned career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Elk Grove Village, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Elk Grove Village, IL (US)

    I have been working at First Student part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time off especially if you need it

    Cons

    Must have patience or willing to develop patience with this position. If you don't, this is not the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Train more drivers for more positions besides driving


  7. "Company Training was excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competive pay 16 to 19,50 per hour depending on experience

    Cons

    I don't see any real downside to this job

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the good work


  8. "School Bus Driver-Great Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Great Training for Class B CDL, Good pay for the work you do, If you do a field trip, you get paid while you sit there and wait.

    Cons

    Can be stressful driving screaming kids around and being the one responsible for their safety. Hard to get full time hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    I love the company and my coworkers. The job is interesting and enjoyable. They offeres full training to get the CDL.

    Cons

    The training took about 2 months and was unpaid, we instead receive a bonus but it doesn't really cover how long you couldn't work while training. Also it's a part time position as far as hours go so despite good pay it's hard to make the income work for my family.

    Advice to Management

    Great company but a way to pay your drivers for 40 hours would be amazing, I wish I could stay with the company but can't afford to keep making around 23 hours a week on average.


  10. "Love my job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Bozeman, MT (US)
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Bozeman, MT (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Student part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with college schedule, bring kids to work, pleasant atmosphere, can get extra work like charters

    Cons

    Competition for charters is tough

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Area General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Student full-time

    Pros

    The company enjoys a large market share

    Cons

    Company falls behind competition on location manager compensation, driver compensation and general technology.


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