Centrebus
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Unpaid 1 to 2 hour brakes shift could be 12 hours but only get paid 9 hours.Rota keeps changing didn't know what you where doing next week. Thrers a unofficial point base system on Employees.it can stop you doing other work or changing rotas or if you get new uniform.it's ment to be Impartial and independent but only 1 member of management gets to Decide how meny points you get.It's like working for failed Dictatorship. Eg berlin wall falling in 1995 its only a matter of time.It's Like the Titanic everybody's jumping ship.

Pros

Free bus pass

Cons

Long hours low pay no social life no chances of promotion
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Enjoying Job

One of the higher paid operators around, Clean buses,Plenty of work if required,Your work is appreciated,Flexibility,Gain vast knowledge of the area,Meeting some lovely passengers

Pros

Free bus travel for driver and family

Cons

Occasionally early starts
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Terrible place to work

Work here if you want to be stressed and tired all the time. No organisation. No happy medium. Work from morning to night. Never given a decent break. Terrible work environment. Many back stabbers including managers.

Pros

Non

Cons

Long hours. No organisation. Broken busses. Low pay. Poor management.
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Ok place

Ok to work for, generally buses work , heaters work in the winter, no late shifts past 8 pm, no sundays, on site parking, some say easy job, come and find out, it’s ok.

Pros

Corner office, panoramic view, 75, 000 company vehicle, freedom, fresh air

Cons

Some customers, potholes.
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Long hours and broken buses

Work here if you want to drive buses with constant faults that are never fixed (some buses have had the same defects for over a year now), want to work with mostly lazy controllers in the office who don’t do anything other than talk about and berate others, and don’t even know where all the buses go - meaning when (not if) you break down, they have no idea where to send the engineers. You can also work with management who never get anything done, no matter how many times they’re asked, and generally are only worried about themselves and their finances rather than their employees - throughout COVID-19, when other companies weren’t giving change and prioritising contactless payment to keep drivers as safe as possible, this place said it would cost too much money to put contactless machines on the buses, and refused to even consider not giving change. Buses were also shared between several drivers each day, and the staff room became overcrowded, which led to the majority of drivers at the depot becoming infected with the virus. Don’t worry if you do anything wrong, nobody ever gets into any trouble here because there aren’t enough drivers to be able to sack anyone, nor give any serious warnings.The only positive is that the rest of the drivers are generally a nice bunch, and very friendly and easy to get on with, and some great banter is had, and good friendships made.

Pros

Colleagues

Cons

Long hours, defective vehicles
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Relaxed and friendly workplace. Great team of people.

Started with no industry experience and was immediately made to feel welcome and part of the team. Training was great, very professional. A change in engineering management has improved reliability issues with buses and all management are supportive and understanding.Great team of people and a fun relaxed environment. Lots of hours if you want them.

Pros

Lots of hours, relaxed, friendly, flexability.

Cons

Non really. If your happy to drive a bus for a living!!
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Great job

A very good place to work if you keep you keep to the rules all you have to do is keep on time never run early and don’t upset the customers and be reliable.

Pros

Every Sunday and all bank holidays off also great management

Cons

Don’t bother to join the union as it’s a waste of time
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Good place to work

Good local Company with a great team of drivers. Shifts can be long at times but overall the locality and conditions suit me well. Buses could be better but will improve in the future . All in all I am happy to be part of the team.

Pros

Local company. Good work colleagues., job security.

Cons

Fairly long shifts
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the job is what you make it

i worked here for 2 years, they helped me gain my pvc licence and gave me a job at the end of itu can get away with quite alot here as i did but ended up bieng dismissed for my own stupidity, the manager there was top notch ill quote "best bloke that ever sacked me"the driver team are all a bunch of nutters :) we all got along great like a big family as well as the controllers (certain ones knew what was going on)overall an enjoyable place of work

Pros

left to your own devices, great team spirit

Cons

long hours, past there life vehicles
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Good team of drivers, but let down by poorly maintained vehicles

Found it sad to leave but I had too, and joined a bigger operator. There is a constant issue with engineering, buses constantly breaking down, poorly maintained. Not enough vehicles to cover for broken down ones. So expected to take defective vehicles out on the road. Staff don’t seem to care anymore. The moral is low, due to the constant problems with vehicles. On a plus point it is a laid back company to work for. Not as regimental. I don’t even think a change of management would make it better. The company need to invest in some newer better quality vehicles to bring passengers back. Rotas are good ever other weekend off. But shifts are long & draining. Rot Rita’s
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good place, terrible long weeks

Driving the buses all around countryside, some breaks taken middle of nowhere, the buses a bit aged, but try to keep top of them, along driving the countrysides takes really long driving hours, without breaks, 6 days of 7, regularly 12-14 hours away daily

Pros

good knowlegde from counryside and local

Cons

long shifts, long weeks
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Great company

Very friendly and enjoyable company to work for, friendly work force and great management. Great routes to drive. Enjoyable work days and great hours. Learned how to be a driver not just a steering wheel attendant
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Things are getting better

I’ve worked her for a few years now. And I have to say despite the whinges & whining. I’ve never had a problem here. Management is better now, we have a manager who does care, and will try to help where he can. Things are definitely improving for the better. Rotas are good, every Sunday off, every other weekend off Saturday/Sunday which is rare in the industry. I’ve worked at Stagecoach & First Bus, and these are definitely a better company to work at. Do your job properly, run to the timetable, drive safely, cash in your money every night & you’ll never have a problem. Only downside is engineering, but that is the same wherever you work

Pros

Happy workplace, good colleagues, money good, every other weekend off

Cons

Engineering Standards
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Leicester

Very poor place to work there, no health and safety Not enough training at all just give you three days training own your own for route learn and straightaway put you on route for driving It’s un professional management They don’t want you to training you professional way Very poor place to work Early morning you need to fill water in bus tank. Which is not your job to do it’s engineering job.

Cons

Long hours
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Hands on full job company

Hands on full job company Long hours Learned to and currently applying relevant skills for the better of the company / depot I manage a typical day at work is hard but fair

Cons

long hours
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Great camaraderie. Very long shifts, dealing with upset passenger's due to missed runs

Family friendly hours? No,not at all. Long hours with up to 2 unpaid breaks per day. Buses breaking down and running late due to bad route planning leaving the driver in the firing line of the general public. Very stressful environment. Work and sleep with no down time. All of the workforce in the same position which encourages a tight knit environment.

Pros

Collegues

Cons

Very stressful environment
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Friendly, local bus company

Not a bad place to work. Get on well with most people. Management ok, better than some places anyway! Prefer Centrebus to previous job with one of the big operators.
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Avoid avoid

Bad management, forever changing rota's, and not informing the drivers. Always leaving the driver to get the backlash, off the customers, when services are late or not running at all. There recruitment ad says, family friendly hours, that's a joke. Rubbish buses, and a useless engineering team, they couldn't fix a supermarket trolley. Overall avoid this company...

Pros

None

Cons

Long hours, no family time..
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workplace

it was alright to work when i first started but then they didn't care about me or anything i had to say for any suggestions. so its time to move on. from working there.

Pros

brakes whenever

Cons

not enough hours
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Unorganised Management

Very little care for staff welfare Constantly amending rotas without notifying staff members Poor Management Aged Vehicles in our depot Bad overall planning of routes, times etc
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Good place to be

Centrebus is one of the more laid back less regimented bus companies in the area. The management are amazing & fellow bus drivers are a fun bunch to be around. There are some really long days and there are some duties that are a nightmare to get through, but its part of the job and you take the rough with the smooth, because like any job you may have one bad day today, but tomorrow you have a really good shift and it balances everything out. The company also offers a lot of good benefits too, including joining the union, free bus pass for you and 2 members of your family and also the public transport benevolent fund.

Pros

free bus passes and a lot of other benefits

Cons

some long hours and a few routes that can be stressfull
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Based on 29 reviews

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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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