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School Bus Drivers at First Student give their company a 2.6 out of 5.0, while the average rating for First Student is 3.2, making them 21% less happy than every other employee at First Student and 21% less happy than every other School Bus Driver on CareerBliss - the happiest School Bus Drivers work for FirstGroup America.

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2.6
Average Rating
(based on 5 School Bus Driver Review Ratings)
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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
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

Average School Bus Driver Ratings in the Past 4 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $2
2014 $1
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

Average First Student Attributes by School Bus Driver

Company Culture
2.4
Growth Opportunities
2.4
People You Work With
3.2
Person You Work For
3.2
Rewards You Receive
1.8
Support You Get
2.3
Way You Work
3.4
Work Setting
2.4
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
School Bus Driver

"best place to hang"

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

"be yourself"

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