First Student

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First Student Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
130 Reviews
3.0
130 Reviews
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First Student President Linda Burtwistle
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Wonderful company to work for family oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student

    Pros

    If you love to drive and work with people this is for you

    Cons

    Some really early hours and the cold buses in the early mornings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company to work for although pay if $10.50 per hour

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Schiller Park, IL
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Schiller Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Culture is multi-culture.

    Cons

    none to remember at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
  3.  

    Good for Something to do, not Careerworthy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver

    I have been working at First Student part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy job, free training on both 40ft class B buses and smaller class C vans, only work 4-5 hours a day, set work schedule, plenty of time off including all holidays and summer. Can claim unemployment when off. Optional work during summer. Optional charter trips and plenty of field trips.

    Cons

    No benefits, no retirement. Healthcare option is ridiculously expensive. only getting $15.69/hr as a driver and it took 4 years to get there. No promotion path. If you don't like driving and don't like kids, don't work here. Jobs are seniority based. Established drivers get the best runs and the most trips. New drivers will make more in summer than in the school year when most people want to stay off work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the buses. The policy of needing to get repairs approved on the corporate level and limiting the amount of spare parts that can be kept on location is shooting First Student's "If it isn't safe, don't do it" mentality in the foot. If the vehicles are poorly maintained they aren't safe no matter how well the drivers are trained. Get rid of the zonar average payscale. The drivers don't like feeling like they are getting ripped off. They'd rather get a swipe in/ swipe out time instead of an average. At my location it has caused a chronic speeding problem with drivers trying to make their times paid and only their times paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to get your feet wet. No upward growth potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at First Student full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    First Student pays very well at first, but don't expect yearly raises. There are many very talented and ambitious people working for First Student. First Student has a rather relaxed environment at it's HQ offices in Cincinnati.

    Cons

    People in the field tend to be miss managed and under qualified. There is no room for upward growth unless you run in the right circles. Pay raises or cost of living adjustments are not based on quality of work or years of service. Upper management tends to undervalue its mid level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people! You have many young and very talented professionals in your company that are being wasted on menial tasks. Provide real leadership and management training to your mid level staff. You suffer from what can be described as Brain Drain. Young people come here to work, get the needed experience and then leave because they are undervalued and feel unappreciated.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun part-time job, but not a career...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Verona, WI
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Verona, WI

    I worked at First Student part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love the kids I work with, the hours are nice if you are going to school. They do pay for licensing and everything that's involved with maintaining the federal and state requirements.

    Cons

    The company is never staffed fully so it's incredibly stressful all the time. The drivers are rarely backed up by management, when the school personnel decide that they don't like a driver for whatever reason the driver loses that route, or their job. There is no possibility for promotions or upward movement--unless you want to move out of state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees and don't get rid of people just because you're mad at them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    $14.10 an hour; only took ten years to get there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenosha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenosha, WI

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

    Pros

    Good job if you have children in the school system you drive for. Able to get unemployment in the summer if you chose not to drive. Good job if you don't need it to live on.

    Cons

    You will make more money if you haul garbage then if you transport children. That tells you how much respect most people have for school bus drivers. Route sheets driver follow to run routes often have many errors. It literally can take years to get some corrected. Many many rules, and they change day by day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive at least once a week

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I think

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at First Student part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the pay is decent. Love the fact that you get payed every wk. As I have worked at some places that you get every 2wks.

    Cons

    Kids an some employees not so easy to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better attention to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pharmatech knterview

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I live in closeby. I think working in cvs is a great opportunity

    Cons

    Interact with custo m ers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Time off with the kids

    Cons

    Too much favoritism by management makes for a bad working environment. Managers thrive on employee drama and tends to keep it going. Union committee is paid by company so no help to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drug test MANAGERS and employees more. Stop sweeping complaints from the 800 help line and letters under the rug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I dont see this as a career job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible to other things you need to do during the day of business hours

    Cons

    There isnt any benefits in this company far as retirement

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