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    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at First Transit full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Feels like you are working for a small company that is actually large. Each office has it's own personality and culture but you know you are backed by a great back office at HG.

    Cons

    Remove a few "absolutes" and look at all the circumstances.

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    Bus Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodbridge, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodbridge, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at First Transit in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was pretty much standard.. Applied online, got called the next day and scheduled an interview for the following week. (Was out of town). Attended the interview, looked at a brief video which outlined the pros and cons associated with the job functions then went over detailed on my resume. Answered/filled out a job match personality questionnaire, which determined I was a good match for the position. Returned the following day to be finger printed for the background check and was given the information and forms to have a medical, and drug test which I did the very same day right after I left the office. It is my understanding that the facilities which performs your tests forwards your test results directly back to First Transit, so it is more a don't call us, we'll call you after that. [Note:-I already have a Class-A with every enforcement except the passenger which is why I also have to do the actual road test.]

        Showed up to commence training (Class of 4) the following week on Monday at 6:00am for 2 weeks of intense In class training with a series of tests after each subject area, from a handout, manual or video. Have we have a lot of time for questions and answers a lot of which we were told we would discover once out os the classroom environment since there were no static answers as a response.

        After the completion of the 2 weeks in class, we commenced another 2 weeks of Routing training. These shifts start from as early as 3:00am to 5:00am lasting approximately 3 to 4 hours, and then another shift from about 1:00pm to 3:00pm also lasting approximately 4 hours. Yes I know its rough but all of these help you to decide if it is a realistic career for you or just a venture stepping stone. This is where we were allowed to go on the actual bus in revenue routes. We were are allowed to drive but only when the bus is in routed from the bus center to the first passenger pickup, or after the last passenger drop off. It was always just you and the driver. During this time, they gave observed out driving skills, answered our questions and give us a wealth of driving tips to enhance and sharpen our physical and mental state for the actual job. We also get to see their interaction with the commuters/passengers ranging from the street/social derelicts to the social affluents and all that lies in between. This 2 week phase in my opinion presents the critical "make or break" factors, to determine if you are going to give it a genuine shot, or to bow out from and proceed no further. With every passing day of this two week, I would always ask myself, "Are you sure that this is what you want to do and are you sure that you can do it".

        I am a family man so its natural to be asking these questions. I have completed this 2 weeks of route training and come Monday I will commence the "True Challenge", the cadet training which is where we would be driving the bus on full routes "in revenue" with passengers, operate the firebox, call the stops, interact with dispatch via wireless radio. This I look forward to. Will be back to give an update to this review.

    Interview Questions
    • What make you decide you want to work for First Transit?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. This is a take it or hit the pavement and good luck.
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Website www.firsttransit.com
Headquarters Cincinnati, OH
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1999
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Travel & Tourism
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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