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3.3
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64%
Recommend to a Friend
60%
Approve of CEO
Dennis Maple
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay with flexible schedule(in 21 reviews)

  • "Being a charter bus hub offered extra work(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also it's a part time position as far as hours go so despite good pay it's hard to make the income work for my family(in 18 reviews)

  • "I was always able to get full time work(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "It’s was an amazing experience, wouldn’t change it for the world....sad to have to leave"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at First Student

      Pros

      Getting to know and grow with all the awesome families, teachers

      Cons

      Driving in horrible weather conditions

      Advice to Management

      Fight for your employees especially the ones that service your company for 16 years with minimum complaints and problems

    • "I love my job but i need more benefits and ones i can afford"

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      Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Kingston, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at First Student full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great people to work with, opportunity to help out others

      Cons

      Benefits are not good they are expensive and not very good coverage

    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Schaumburg, IL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      the office personnel and coworkers are caring and easy going.

      Cons

      The pay seems to be low

      Advice to Management

      make sure the trainers are teaching the new hires ALL of the things they need to know before letting them start a route.

    • Helpful (1)

      "You have to like school kids"

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      Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Northampton, PA
      Recommends

      I have been working at First Student full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Good place to work at

      Cons

      Should get payed more for what you have to do n put up with

    • "overbearing top heavy management"

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      Former Employee - Bus Driver in Baraboo, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at First Student part-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      If you like kids driving a school bus can be rewarding

      Cons

      Way too much micro-management from offsite.

      Advice to Management

      less managers per driver

    • "Good part time job.."

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      Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Boise, ID
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at First Student part-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Fare wages . Flex hours. Holidays off no pay.

      Cons

      Early morning hours. Dealing with kids of all ages.

      Advice to Management

      Great for college kids or retiries.

    • "First Student harassing most school bus drivers on interrogating them why the bus drivers spent extra minutes"

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        Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Fresno, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        great low hours schedules for students or retired peoples.

        Cons

        People whom work inside the office constantly harassing most school bus drivers on interrogating them why the bus drivers spent extra minutes They (the staffs) are just pretending you are just seating there on the chair doing nothing when in fact you are spending those times by swiping inside the bus, doing your paper works,waiting on the fueling lines and doing your pretrip, post trip. This type of harassment are felt...

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        Advice to Management

        Be honest with school bus drivers

      • Helpful (2)

        "THEY CHEAT ON YOUR PAY CHECK."

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        Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Fresno, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        great job if you love kids.

        Cons

        First student school bus company located in Fresno is the worse place you ever want to work ! Hard to believe this company that claimed to be a a desirable place to work is in fact a very dishonest company that cheat on most of there workers the bus drivers themselves.They cheat on the workers pay checks by deducting wages without the bus drivers permission wish is not only wrong but a total labor violations.No wonder...

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        Advice to Management

        Once advice please if you are looking for a job as a school bus driver DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY THEY ARE VERY DISHONEST THEY WILL CHEAT YOU BIG TIME AND YOU WILL REGRET IT LATER ON !

      • Helpful (2)

        "Management doesn't care about only body count"

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        Current Employee - Driver in Wichita, KS
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Some of the kids are great I loved the job at first

        Cons

        When you pick a route at the beginning it should stay that way not add a bad school and tell you are stuck with it and if you don't like it quit that's not the way you treat your employees

        Advice to Management

        Listen to your employees stand behind them when they say they don't want the change in route listen to them

      • "It’s a good company to work for"

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        Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Schaumburg, IL
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        It’s a good job .

        Cons

        You don’t get enough hours

        Advice to Management

        I prefer not to say

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