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Management it’s against staff never supporting the staff they are saying job security but you can get sacked for the slightest mistake and they don’t care how long you’ve been working there and how many good deeds you’ve done in the time that you’ve worked there
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Fun workplace

Good a place to work. The training was excellent. You were given 1-2 routes to start with which is an excellent approach. There is no pressure given when you start.
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Not a nice place to work

Management do not care about their staff full stop and they speak to drivers with attitude, the morale is low, the pay is low its just not a place I would recommend anybody to work.... When you work for Abellio you don't work to live... You live to work... You have been warned
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All done.

My job in Abellio is pleasure , fun , lot of traffic . I am always answer all questions I have from customers and I' m always ready to help customers.Very well.All done.
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The Worst London Bus Company

First of all most duties are different from one day to the next, and depending on the duty or route you can expect to have a really bad day.For example lets say you start work at 8am and drive until 1pm you then have 42 minutes lunch break then at 1:42pm you take your second bus and drive until 6pm. You would then find that you have been driving upto your maximum driving hours with a very sort break, and you must also consider that you have faced both morning and afternoon traffic. During which time your service controllers have been calling you almost every trip to ask if you can leave asap, thus raising your stress levels. The Company will do everything but change the duties, so that the working day could be less stressful. The Company has a one directional communication style that does not inspire the drivers to do any else but the bare minimum. You will find drivers leaving all the time to pursue other opportunities even for less pay. I don't blame the Company for everything ultimately I blame TFL for not makinf sure the London bus drivers are treated fairly and with respect and for awarding Companies like this with more and more contracts. If you are still reading this please seriously consider going and doing something less stressful , your physical and mental health deserve better.
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Don't drive a bus

Would advise anyone to find another job.Your family life does not exist. You can't choose when to go on holidays. Shift work will destroy you physically and mentally.

Pros

none

Cons

all
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Productive and enjoyable place to work

Nice place to work,I enjoy working for Abellio and recommend to everyone to enjoy our team.Good team to work with.Working hours fine, overtime available, progress if you interested.,The company provides training if you want.Work pension scheme and other benefits from company, voucher and other discounts available in many stores.

Pros

Restroom at the garage

Cons

Long hours
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Understanders

Almost the same money like 5 years, in on duty increase one more trip, cut stand time, less money hard work... Bad management, no toilets at the and of trip
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when thigs go wrong

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

Pros

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!!!

Pros

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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Based on 45 reviews

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2.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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