Abellio London
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as they occasionaly do its always the drivers fault,not enough rest between shifts causes fatigue which leads to things going wrong.just a backward way of rostering duties,long duties short breaks

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free travel
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Autocratic, patronising management; a lot of unnecessary stress

Do not apply for an admin role at this company if you do not like being constantly bullied, patronised and under-appreciated. Various departments are always blaming each other for one mess up or another, and there is little to no cooperation amongst themselves. As a result the overall atmosphere is often toxic with middle-aged men constantly bickering about each other behind one another's back. Having being unfortunate enough to work there for a year, I am convinced that the term "to throw someone under the bus" was coined by someone else who had the misfortune of working for this company, which is very apt, all things considered. STEER CLEAR!! (No pun intended)

Pros

Free travel on buses, tube and trams whilst employed there.

Cons

Patronising bullying self-important management, constant back-stabbing and gossiping, changes to admin duties at a moment's notice without asking for any input from the post holder, inability to adhere to advice regarding social distancing, staff members often having to take time off due to stress, an overall lack of respect, inadequate bathroom facilities, amongst others.
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Very good opportunity

I never last more than a year in many of my work experience. With Abellio i fill okay. The pay is above average and the work is good depending on what rute you doing

Pros

Good environment

Cons

Shift pattern
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The management is bullies

This company is that bad that sacked 51 drivers if you was English or if you was a black or Asian driver. They only wanted Romanian or polish drivers.

Pros

None, it is a corrupt company

Cons

The whole management is a bully
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Challenging

It's a fast paced busy environment from the start of your day. The atmosphere is very lively. It is a very challenging depot with alot of diversity. There are no 2 days the same. There is no work/home life balance
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stressful and very busy

If you like being under great stress no thank you and no assistance from management then this position is for you. Otherwise apart from the salary being good I cannot actually recommend working there

Pros

free travel in and around London

Cons

work environment, where admin desk is situated and no management support
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Second worst company badly unorganized

This company should not be allowed to operate any given bus services with current management approach. Went for interview second time bearing in mind i have been driving for many years and had assessment good drive given flew through medical and passed everything else to be rejected on grounds that i left and was not sacked.
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Driving bus in central London

the bus industry is tough and even tougher working Abellio as most of their bus routes are in central london. management tend to found the fault on drivers without proper investigation. working colleagues are great most of time.
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incompetent management

A total nightmare to work for abellio are not a proper bus company they feed off the back of institutions that are professional bus companies they try to follow protocol but mess up due to lack of integritiy and limited IQ...the operations are poor and all depots run an inefficient service due to low employees moral and overwhelming disciplinary proceedures constantly oppressing there drivers to the point of leaving or resigning.......................it needs to be resolved from the industry completely TFL need to wake up to this corrupt organisation quickly!!!

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none

Cons

to many to list!
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excellent service

safely guide their buses in all traffic and weather conditions. They're also responsible for inspecting buses before the start of a shift, obeying traffic laws, adhering to schedules despite conditions and ensuring that passengers pay correct fares for tickets or transfers.
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Unprofessional management not enough support

Camberwell walworth garage management team horrible no clue what they doing. You dont get enough support from them they are not helpful to their staff all day long they just seat.makong discrimination on staffs under judgement always they dont listen or analyse properly what's going on there. Unprofessional. If doing your job properly there(come on time no complains) that's not important for management . They support their friends there
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Good company ,more rooms for improvement.

Abellio is good and secured place to work.i enjoy the hard work and the friendly environment. With such a good management team,very close to us,I feel relaxed and willing to learn and innovate to adapt to the dynamics at work.
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friendly staff, trainers are very helpful, on bus trainers are very vocal

seem a good company to work for, training is intense. not easy place to get to early in the morning (Battersea) if not driving. sometimes organised chaos with information
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security

i enjoyed my work at Abellio as a Bus Driver. I liked the interaction with the public and I feel I was good at helping people. However the shifts were difficult at times, because of long working hours.

Pros

free travel

Cons

long hours
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Dont know whether you have a job from day to day

Check bus , drive ,stop , pick up drop off customers , drive. Good people at Abellio (camberwell) staff are great . Management are terrible , Shifts always change ..the router always gives best duties to his friends so they can park in the garage. no parking at certain times so always had to catch public transport to work . The management pull you into office for any little thing and give you warnings , verbal warnings etc, etc There was low moral in the garage people always fretting about there jobs for missing bus stops ,customer complaints Public(Customers) are rude and i mean very rude dont do this job if you have a short temper Shift work sometimes 4am starts ,sometimes 1.-2 am finishes Only good thing was other drivers were a laugh.. and pay was reasonable
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No fun at all

Not a nice place to work. Management don’t care about you also they don’t have a clue how to run a bus service.

Pros

Can’t think of any

Cons

Poor management long hours
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A place where bullies thrived. Manager goals are to put drivers under a 52 week warning.

This is really a bad place to work and I know a lot of staff who have suffered with health problems because of the bullying from controllers and management. Also lot of staff die due to stress or heart attacks. 3 min to check bus after driving for 1 HR 20 min and a controller will start shouting at you to leave the stand for another 1 HR 20 min drive. Expect a mystery traveller on way up who marks you down for no reason at all. Next day meeting with manager and 52 week warning. This is what life is like working for Abellio.

Pros

You only need to give 1 week notice to leave.

Cons

Bullying controllers and management.
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Good place to work

I probably come to work in that wonderful place, I really enjoyed driving buses around London, I was working night shifts during 6 years and I want a change of driving vehicles eg lorries
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So much potential

Poor additions to the management team, who have a real lack of fundamental experience with the bus industry is ultimately pushing the downfall of the company.
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Good place to work

I enjoyed working here, the management are always keen to help you. If it wasn't for the fact that I had decided to go in a different direction, I would have stayed here.
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