First Student Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
118 Reviews

3.1
118 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 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Pay is low compared to other transportation companies (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management sees themselves as invisible (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    the best job were their is no communication

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    Former Employee - Driver  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Driver in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    better pay and treatment than McDonald's, having time off during the middle of the day

    Cons

    poor benefits, lots of things they don't tell you in advance, poor communication, poor training, ultra cold or hot poorly maintained buses, dispatch poor communication if any at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Delivering the future

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver  in  Fitchburg, MA
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Fitchburg, MA

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

    Pros

    Well organized company with a fantastic and positive managerial team.

    Cons

    Competitive working hours on a seniority based structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on with the positive attitudes, and motivated goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Some things need to be fixed

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver  in  Florence, AL
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Florence, AL

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with on the job.

    Cons

    Company doesn't listen to employees concerns, only cares about their bottom line and managers bonus, the only plus is they are safety concious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that like their job so you can keep yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at First Student part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Safety in transportation operations was a priority; training provided; supervision and testing regular for competency

    Cons

    Students behavior not adequately addressed by company, schools, parents, allowing rude and disruptive behavior to persist and interfere with driver operations vis a vis safety as first priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee stress management instruction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test of the times

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    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Representative  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Representative in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at First Student full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have some people that are working there for the betterment of the company.

    Cons

    Upper management sees themselves as invisible. They will not follow policies and procedures because they feel that they are the exception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn the processes, and understand what is going on. There are some actions, that are caused by laziness, and not understanding the processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It paid the bills.

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

    I worked at First Student part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It had Good pay, and was pretty easy work. It also enabled me to get my cdl which was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Not much support from the management. It is a lot of Early morning hours which I am not a fan of. You have to have flexibility for the kind of hours you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More aids on busses with a lot of students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    worked over 7 years for them

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver  in  Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    you get to work about 9 months

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    worked 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver  in  Glenwood, IL
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Glenwood, IL

    I worked at First Student part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover would not be so high if you treated your drivers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at First Student part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    working with so many kids of all nationalitys

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE THE UPPER MANAGEMENT HERE IN WICHITA KS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wasn't for me

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver  in  Twentynine Palms, CA
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Twentynine Palms, CA

    I worked at First Student part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love driving field trips for the High School

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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