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3.3
Average Rating
(based on 16 First Student Review Ratings)
Company Culture
3.0
Growth Opportunities
2.5
People You Work With
3.9
Person You Work For
3.6
Rewards You Receive
2.5
Support You Get
3.1
Way You Work
3.9
Work Setting
3.1
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First Student Employee
in Ortonville, MN

"It can be a little disorganized at times, but for a part-time job it is consistent and my coworkers become family."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
First Student Employee
in Erie, PA

"Wonderful company to work for and they give generous annual raises but the only con is it is part-time."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.3
First Student (26)

4.2 Highest Rated in this Industry is Commerce National Bank (63)
3.3 Lowest Rated in this Industry is First Student (26)
3.6 Average of All Companies in this Industry (301)
First Student Employee
in Mission Viejo, CA

"It's hard working for a company that cuts your budget out from under your feet every time you turn around. In the transportation arena you have to spend money to make money."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
School Bus Driver
in Naperville, IL

"I have been there since 2012 and the one constant I see is that staff the office workers. They need customer service training, they lose a lot of people because they down talk to people as if they don't have an option to go elsewhere. They do the minimum it takes to pass. They have no one that I can say does above and beyond what they get paid for. They all talk about each other behind their backs, and office full of women is a recipe for disaster."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5

Average First Student Ratings in the Past 3 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $2
2013 $1
Bus Assistant
in Boise, ID

"FIrst Student in Boise Idaho is an awful company to work for, and what I see the main company isn't any better. The local charter manager walks around the office like he has nothing to do, and isn't sociable with his employees. Most employees would love to see him and his office staff replaced. Dispatch has no idea what they are doing. You go into work routes that are a wreck. Lady that works with schools/dispatch needs to be fired. She is nasty to everyone. Training department needs to be retrained."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Bus Driver
in Nashua, NH

What do you like about working at First Student?

"The hours were flexible and it was a low stress job."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be optimistic, it's a good job that pays okay and the hours are great."

What don't you like about working at First Student?

"The office was kind of dingy and dark, but it didn't affect me."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I would have more meetings with the employees to discuss concerns."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
School Bus Driver
in Seattle, WA

"Seattle: RAMPANT favoritism. 2012-2013 start @$13 (was $14.25)"

What do you like about working at First Student?

"I enjoyed the scenery and variety of neighborhoods my routes took me through. I enjoyed driving kids on special trip destinations"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Ask Are the BENEFITS provided or available If they hesitate...then say AVAILABLE, just know that YOU will be paying for them out of your pitiful wages. PROVIDED mean THEY PAY....not likely here in Seattle. Also they will unspokenly expect that you donate your time for the First AID Training classes in the future. Your 1st First Aid Card/training is paid for, 3 years later you DONATE your time in the next class. I still think that Washington State Labor and Industries should investigate/AUDIT their records at this location for not paying for this MANDATORY TRAINING."

What don't you like about working at First Student?

"The CHARTER DISPATCHERS show Favoritism in the extra assignments and the NEW Pier 91 Location Mgr has a God/LITTLE Napoleon Complex-not a nice guy to work for or to be around. Can you say antagonistic jerk"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Fire the new antagonistic jerk mentioned above. Stop fighting the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union attempts at organizing your workers. Why do you seriously care whether they pay union dues Workers Pro: they'll get a Labor Agreement with improved working conditions and steady fair wages. Mgmt Pro: LESS Turnover each year. Can we say 20-30% annually It's a NO BRAINER! BUT wait...they'd have to have a BRAIN to get this. My BAD...I gave them the benefit of the doubt."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
School Bus Driver
in Omaha, NE

"Been driving for First Student for several years"

What do you like about working at First Student?

"Local boss is OK.In our little corner of the metro area, the kids are pretty good."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Insurance is expensive and not very good at all. Several drivers at my location have small businesses of their own. They drive just to get the insurance. But the insurance is so bad (doesn't cover much. has low limits, etc.) and costs so much that it really isn't worth the pain."

What don't you like about working at First Student?

"Upper mgmt is clueless about what really is going on at the worker level.Most of the buses don't meet safety regulations. We have had buses without horns, lights, emergency brakes, etc. for months without getting fixed."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Listen to the drivers. In my area, over half the drivers have college degrees and have already completed one career. They drive for the enjoyment and/or something to do. You treat us like uneducated monkeys. Catch a clue, we have years of experience behind us and know what we are talking about. But, you threaten us with being fired if we speak out."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
School Bus Driver
in Gardner, KS
Person You Work For 3.1 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 2.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Driver
Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Way You Work 4.9 / 5
Fleet Mechanic
in Upland, CA
Person You Work For 2.5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4.6 / 5
Support You Get 3.5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.5 / 5
Company Culture 3.5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Transportation Manager
in Springfield, IL
Person You Work For 1.1 / 5 People You Work With 3.9 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 4.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2.9 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4.8 / 5
School Bus Driver
Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4.8 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4.8 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4.9 / 5
Bus Driver
in Detroit, MI
Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Technician
in Florence, AL
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 2.9 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2.2 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
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