Durham School Services

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Durham School Services Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
56 Reviews
3.0
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The schedule is flexible for a part-time college student, retired person, or a stay at home mom with extra time to spare (in 4 reviews)

  • Great part time job, nice to have down time in the middle of the day (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Management is poor and very rude (in 4 reviews)

  • low morale poor management low pay no benefits (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    School Bus driver for Durham.

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have a fairly good route. It would be nice if they gave us enough time in between so that we are not always late to the next route.

    Cons

    No being appreciated. The negative is always pointed out. Pointing out the positive would go a long way to helping moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money on your drivers. Show them that they are important.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience.

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Durham School Services part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Drivers and Students interaction.

    Cons

    Middle Management...reactive instead of proactive. No organization skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved. Listen to workers. Take management skill classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    School Bus Driver

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Grayslake, IL
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Grayslake, IL

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bring children to work, good part-time pay, full CDL training and road test. At Grayslake, Illinois location, 6-week old babies can go on buses with Mom, Dad or Grandma/Grandpa. Pay is $14.70/hour, going up $14.80/hour in January 2015. I can pick my daughter up from school and bring my 2-year old along. No child care expenses.

    Cons

    It's hard work. Kids can be difficult to handle. I sort of feel that the route training is lacking, once a driver is on board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good management and co-workers with effort being made to continue to improve performance.

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Keller, TX
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Keller, TX

    I worked at Durham School Services part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Made major changes in policies to improve performance in school district with great results. Part of that was in improved training for drivers which benefited me as I was a new hire.

    Cons

    Part time work with large breaks in time between morning, noon and afternoon routes. Makes commuting multiple times a day expensive unless you stay at work with no pay. They offered health benefits but with part-time work not really affordable unless that is what you're after.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love/Hate kind of thing.

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Cumberland, RI
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Cumberland, RI

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time

    Pros

    Enjoy most of the people I work with. Great job for retirees and people with young children. Flexible hours, opportunities for extra hours.

    Cons

    Lowest paid drivers/monitors in the state of Rhode Island. No bonuses, horrible health benefits if that is what you want to call it. No follow through with management (if there is valid proof and enough customer/public/employee complaints about safety and other wrong doing with an employee, it is overlooked because of fear of retaliation) Paychecks are almost always wrong/short if you get one at all. Everything is by seniority, equality amongst employees is pathetic. Dispatch (one person) is overworked but continues to be amazing at what she does and same goes for our safety manager... they go above and beyond, but cannot seam to get ahead due to their responsibilities and lack of help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more approachable, step out and be one with your employees. Follow through with things that are clearly stated in the handbook when it comes to these specific sections: Safety Violations, Misconduct, Breach of Company policies or performance standards. Be more trustworthy, if something is said in confidence then that is what is expected. Recognize the ones that are willing and able to work that are there everyday because we love what we do.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A well organized, safety focused company that balances valuing their employees and their contract holders.

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work environment is kept safe for the employees and therefore the students we serve. I like that we are encouraged to form strong friendships and co worker bonds. They even encourage volunteerism in the community. We get benefits such as health coverage, 401k and training opportunities. I guess what I like best is that Durham School Services hires the most qualified applicants and values women in top leadership positions.

    Cons

    Still waiting to see some cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Job but not enough hours. Great if you need part time or are retired.

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    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Rockwall, TX
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Rockwall, TX

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company with great co-workers . The schedule is flexible and if you kid is in the district they will let you drive your kids field trips.

    Cons

    Not enough hours. Trips were supposed to be rotated and done by seniority however a lot of the time the ones who cried for trips got them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Gives me the freedom of being away from work while at work.

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver

    I have been working at Durham School Services part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great part time job, nice to have down time in the middle of the day.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great, but money isn't everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great experience for my first year driving with my CDL.

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Durham School Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the freedom. Benefits are that you get to enjoy some charters for free.

    Cons

    Sometime it was very disorganize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone understand that they need to be professional.

  11.  

    Management does what he wants

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Durham School Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good equipment . Friendly follow drivers.

    Cons

    Manager tries to change contract company has with the drivers' association without proper procedure . Does the home office even know whats going on at its CSCs .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't change rules just to suite you . There are proper ways of doing it .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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