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First Student Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • It is a part time job, very flexible (in 23 reviews)

  • Good Pay, weekends off, work with children (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • They are a little lacking in the benefits department, but it is a part-time job (in 15 reviews)

  • Had no issues with working management and other full time staff excessive hours (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Diesel tech 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student full-time

    Pros

    Took me in as a rooky. Learning everyday. Good pay starting out

    Cons

    Have to learn how to talk to bus drivers. As some make stuff up. And say stuffs wrong on the bus. Beening a tech 1. And treated like a tech 3. But the more you learn the more you make.

    Advice to Management

    Can be very ruff at times. Have to have thick skin in this field


  2. "Great start!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crest Hill, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crest Hill, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Student part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was great for gaurantee 20 hrs. It is also a union. There is room to gain more hours if wanted.

    Cons

    Some schools cater to the parents, so if their child acts uo, the school doesn't do anything, therefore the driver doesnt get the backup needed when dealing with the child.

    Advice to Management

    Back up your employess!

  3. "Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity and flexible hours

    Cons

    Hard to advance overall in the company


  4. "Driver"

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    Current Employee - Driver in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Driver in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    always work in short term

    Cons

    always work but not enough of it

    Advice to Management

    hire more full time


  5. "Bus Driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at First Student part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities outside of just driving for the local school system.

    Cons

    Not enough hours available to work

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally


  6. "Bus driver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Student full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours, holiday pay, and great medical insurance.

    Cons

    Some of the management and staff were not as courteous to customers.


  7. "Ok job for new cdl drivers"

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Break in between work time

    Cons

    Not enough money, need more hours

    Advice to Management

    Give more pay and hours work like a slave just to make ends meet

  8. "ok company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Student full-time

    Pros

    Great training for entry level

    Cons

    Management maybe can be improved


  9. "First student is greedy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Student part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, you get summers off

    Cons

    Bad students, our location manager is awesome but higher up corporate is greedy, very little employee appreciation, no bonus for safety or anything.


  10. "Great people and very flexible"

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Belvidere, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have met and dealt with many great people
    I like that the schedules are flexible since I am also a college student
    I also like that they pay for everything needed to obtain a cdl and school bus permit, plus they pay you while training

    Cons

    They are a little lacking in the benefits department, but it is a part-time job
    The pay could also be better since the districts around us pay more on average

    Advice to Management

    Add a few more benefits and increase pay, to stay competive with other companies and school districts around you.


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