First Student
3.1 of 5 109 reviews
www.firststudentinc.com Cincinnati, OH 5000+ Employees

First Student Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.1 109 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

First Student President Linda Burtwistle

Linda Burtwistle

(23 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "a great part-time job, with your mididays free(9:30-2pm)"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Pay is good compared to other jobs"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management sees themselves as invisible"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Wish the bus driving was full time"
    in 3 reviews
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    Wasn't for me

    School Bus Driver (Former Employee)
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    ProsLove driving field trips for the High School

    ConsLow pay, no support system from the School District that we serviced, -

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a better pay package to the drivers, and better equipment. Embarrassing to have breakdowns while on route

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    worked over 7 years for them

    School Bus Driver (Current Employee)
    Fresno, CA

    Prosyou get to work about 9 months

    Conseveryone that works there knows that there is no job security,'cause any minor mistake will get you terminated

    Advice to Senior Managementworked for them over 7 years I believe that one mistake should be overlooked specially when they say they investigated,when there is nothing to investigate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable part time job...that takes up u=your entire day

    Bus Driver (Former Employee)
    Glenwood, IL

    ProsBeing paid weekly...ability to earn extra money by doing charters

    ConsManagement was not concerned about issues of the drivers. Bus Maintenance was poor and favoritism was evident and unchecked by upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurnover would not be so high if you treated your drivers better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    my 1st two years was great but down hill after that

    School Bus Driver (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    Prosworking with so many kids of all nationalitys

    Consfirst student needs to look out for their employees u.s.d. 259 got to much control over F.S.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCHANGE THE UPPER MANAGEMENT HERE IN WICHITA KS

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Co-workers, poor management! Parents, Beware!!!!

    Bus Driver (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Co-workers in one of the smaller depots. We have each others back, care about each other, and the kids

    ConsIn cost cutting efforts, they over stuff busses, take special ed kids on longer rides than they need to be on, have antiquated busses, and in my depot, pay mechanics under the table, that were previously fired, to "fix" busses to pass DOT inspections. No regard for drivers and matrons/DA's. Disregard local and state laws, regarding transporting special ed kids, and gear their training programs to putting responsibility solely on the driver and matron, so they are law suit free.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter start listening to your drivers, and get off your google maps. We drive in the real world. A google map gives you directions from a satellite. A google map gives you drive times in a perfect world, where I am the only vehicle on the road, there are no red lights, no other vehicles, no pedestrians, no crossing guards, perfect weather and we wave a magic wand, and all the children get on the bus at the exact time that google says they should, and all behave the way "they should" and no one gets sick and it is Utopia!....Really First Student? Really? If It's Not Safe, Don't Do It? How about changing that employee slogan to "If it's not safe, don't do it, but we'll find a way to blame you anyway, because we don't care about you or the kids, we just care about the blessed buck!"...

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a decent job.

    School Bus Driver (Former Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsYou received a paycheck, for investing in the next generation, and that makes it rewarding.

    ConsYou had better make sure that you cross all of your political t's and dot all of your political i's if you wanted to remain in the right people's good graces.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you don't already, it would be very wise to listen to your employees, and maybe even have a time where they can present an issue that they see with out fear of losing their job for being honest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underappreciated, but an ok job. Not really a career choice

    School Bus Driver (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Prosfixed schedule every week, field trips when available for extra pay.

    Conshorrible benefits, hardly any work over school breaks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat company and very helpful

    ConsThis company is perfect great

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good working enviroment, great people, bad pay.

    Bus Driver (Current Employee)
    Tonka Bay, MN

    ProsInternational company, friendly peole working there, sometimes the student are good. Buses are well maintained.

    ConsBad pay. No AC in buses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    First Student management from the top to most Contract Managers are too much into micromanagement.

    School Bus Driver (Current Employee)
    Huntingdon Valley, PA

    ProsCo workers are great. Driving can be fun when left alone. Pay is good - top rate in our terminal is 22.50/hr. Some minor benefits. They are cheap!

    Cons1. Management
    2. Management
    3. Management and so on. We have a Union shop - Teamsters Local 384 - and I can not imagine what they get away with without a Union. Last two managers have proven to be real duds. It is always do it this way or get fired. They have paid Thousands in back pay over unlawful firings when some honest communications would have worked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro-managing. Instead of spending millions on gadgets that for the most part only serve to keep track of drivers invest in better managers and busses. Over the past 6 years there has been a steady decline in the quality of both. I started with Laidlaw in 2000 and they were on top of things and treated drivers with more respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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