First Student Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Pros
  • a great part-time job, with your mididays free(9:30-2pm) (in 8 reviews)

  • Pay is good compared to other jobs (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management tends to undervalue its mid level employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, Split shift, High turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. I Love it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student

    Pros

    You can bring your child with you.

    Cons

    Early morning That you have to get use to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Pay if you are Top Rate!

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

    I have been working at First Student part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You have off in the summer and are eligible for unemployment since you work for a contractor not a school district. Extra work available most of the time.

    Cons

    Location managers need to learn how to manage. It seems like our manager changes ways of doing things depending on the day. There is a lot of favortism and gives out extra work to some but not others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why are we wearing vests, snow grips, etc. Why doesn't anyone have personal repsonsibilty for their actions. You treat your drivers like children! They are a cheap company and always looking to short us drivers, the ones that make all of that money for you!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Lots of nice people work there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Student

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Hours off in mid day

    Cons

    Not enough runs for everyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Cheapest company ever!!!

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Tigard, OR

    I worked at First Student part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally very kind.

    Cons

    They try to get away with as much as they can without paying you. Very little benefits, low pay, no PTO. Just an overall crappy company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advance of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. good pay and flexible hours

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Bristol, CT

    I worked at First Student part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    started at 12.50, went up to 17.51 on my third year. (location varies)
    able to bring your children to work, extra work can be fun, and make good money.
    Your off when your kids are off of school. (snow days, vacations, ext)

    Cons

    On and off the clock all day, makes for a long day, but between the commute, your only getting paid min 2-4 hours a day, if extra work isn't available, or canceled due to weather
    Takes years to acquire seniority, and a comfortable pay rate.
    Moved out of state panning to transfer, was a 30min to hour commute, and a $2 pay cut,, not to mention didn't accommodate my son's school district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Was asked to help train, which gave me reliable 40+ a week. promise to pay raise....then was let go do to being least on seniority, and they hired too many trainers at one time. Complete disappointment as being a single parent, in hopes to step up the ladder in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Management Truly Does Not Care

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at First Student

    Pros

    Weekly Paycheck
    Co-workers can become life-long friends
    CDL Training for later use in life
    CDL license fee reimbursed quickly

    Cons

    No chance for advancement
    Low Pay
    Low chance for descent Trip and/or Charters
    Lack of respect from Management
    No compensation for bus cleaning
    Excessive Favortism
    Lack of Respect for Employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be replaced, in order to keep the few employees still left. If respect is not given, people will not stay. When management does not care about it's emloyees. or the children they transport, it is not worth staying in that position. Take heed, the school district feels this, and takes notes, as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    It's a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Columbus, OH

    I worked at First Student full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people who I worked with we're really nice.

    Cons

    The only thing was I couldn't get a enough hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Worked here for 18 years plus

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

    I have been working at First Student part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the kids and the pay is great! I make 18.00 an hour sitting. I don't have a high education. There is alway a way to make extra hours with Charters and extra work.

    Cons

    The job takes up all your time. I work from 6 AM to 7:15 PM back and forth all day to make just 8 hours pay. It stinks getting up so early and the winters in a cold bus are miserable!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many school days off. It would be nice to have legal days as paid days. We have no sick time off. That is bad. Most drivers will come to work because they need the money. Really not safe. Since there is no retirement benefits company matched 401K would be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. I have been with the company for 6 months now and so far It is a great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at First Student part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, excellent dental insurance, free training.

    Cons

    No paid vacation days, no sick days, medical insurance is really expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Challenging and a rewarding experience all at the same time. It was great while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Harvey, LA
    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Harvey, LA

    I worked at First Student full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The knowledge of knowing that I helped to ensure students made it to school and back home safely is what I enjoyed about First Student. First Student puts their best foot forward to ensure the safety of students. The pay was very good for a part time job. I worked as a driver first. Then I moved to dispatch which was a full time position with a little less pay. I enjoyed working with my fellow bus drivers and dispatcher. We were like a family. We had our good days and bad days. Most of all we worked together as a team regardless of differences to make sure we met the ultimate goal. The transporting of students safely.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges that you will encounter are buses breaking down. The mechanics are great, but the buses go through a lot of wear and tear. Also, children getting on the wrong bus. As a driver the worse thing you want to hear come over the radio is that dispatch is looking for a child.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe the management needs to go through a rigorous manager trainee program. They get personally involved with employees and start to show favoritism. They are not professional at all. They will lie and throw there hands to make themselves look good. I love the job besides working with the managers I had.

    Negative Outlook

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