Bus Driver in Glasgow, Glasgow
Good wages , everything else not so good.
Was there for just over a year and let’s just say I couldn’t wait to leave the place. At first you are promised the world but you soon realise why everyone in the canteen are moaning about the job. The training was fun mon-fri week of earlys week of lates but as soon as your passed the test it goes down hill quickly. Can’t pick your own holidays, days off normally during the week which helps no one , the pay is quite good considering you just sit on your backside all day. Personally if your an older person with no life then this is probably the job for you but if you enjoy having a life then this is most defiantly not the job for you. Also the weight you put on is a joke unless you look after what your doing.
Trainee Bus Driver in First Bus Bristol/ Bath
Trainee Bus Driver
I thoroughly enjoyed my time training with First Bus in Bristol. I started in early December 2020 initially the training was to be carried out part time as I had applied for a part time role. Fortunately I was able to book 3 weeks off from my full time job to undertake the training course as I was advised that would be the course duration. Unfortunately with the Christmas break and Instructors having to take leave the course went over the 3 weeks which meany unfortunately I was unable to continue and had to reluctantly withdraw from the training to go back to my full time job. However the training manager was absolutely brilliant and offered me the opportunity to return again a month later. Again unfortunately due to some family health problems I had to withdraw from the course again. The instructors were absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t recommend First highly enough! At some stage in the future I will apply again as it is my long term ambition to become a bus driver.
Driver in Hengrove, Bristol
From The Get Go It Was Awful
The Interview was poorly conducted with the operations manager saying I was over qualified, nevertheless I always wanted to drive busses. I left and got the license on my own and went back to which they took me on the spot as they didn't have to spend the money to put me through my varied modules and test.Management's poor, vehicles are poorly maintained but they still expect 100% from the employees. Choosing my holidays was a nightmare although I was told I could on my return.Drivers are lovely, passengers are delightful and spontaneous but the company just don't take care of their own.In conclusion avoid at all cost if you can as they will have you questioning your sanity.
Driver in Glasgow, Glasgow
Stressful, long hours, but good
Worked at First Glasgow for 18 years, training was good, taught theory test and how to drive Buses, when passed, taught routes, ticket machine etc, always on going training, CPC, health and safety, they aren't perfct by any means, but get the nut down, do your shift, don't argue with punters, and most importantly, don't run early, the cardinal sin on the Buses, and they'll leave you alone to get on with the job, and lastly, you'll meet some amazing people in the bothy, if you don't like laughing, don't apply lol.
Very disorganised workplace.
Every day is a shambles. There is no basic organisational structure, and any management who are on site at the depot have zero presence.It is like walking back in time 30 years, the management treat staff with zero respect and in turn the management are despised by the workforce.The depot is falling apart, buses constantly break down, and equipment is not cared for by basic preventive maintenance.The training is dependant on which poor soul has been instructed to provide your training. There is no core competency process in place to ensure everyone is trained to and meets the same competency requirements, this is part of the reason for so much confusion and poor organisation each day.