The good things;
* Nearly always over time available if you want to work your days off but remember you can only dive so meany hours in a 2 week time frame.
* every 5-6 weeks you get a 4 day weekend
* Some work mates were good people
* The customers/passengers 90% of the time are grate
The bad things;
* on site union reps to friendly with management, can’t be trusted to back you in any dispute.
* No work/life balance
* Long shifts, the average day being 10-11 hours long
* No progression or chance to move up or around in the company.
* Dealing with drunk, drudged up passengers
* Verbally abused daily
* It’s an “if your face fits” & “jobs for the boys” culture at Arriva they are yet to catch up with modern work place practices.
* Lack of safety for drivers who are made to drive buses unfit for service
* Guarantee phone calls on your days off asking you to work
* Holidays given at set times of the year so if you have kids & family then it’s difficult to change or swap with other divers & management or supervisors don’t help.
I could carry on with the list of negative things about working for arriva but I value my time to much & my advice is that you do the same & avoid at all costs unless you want a stop gap job,
Be warned tho I have friends in recruitment who have told that having bus diver experience on a CV it’s looked at as a negative unless your applying for a similar roll, due to everyone at some point having a bad experience with a bus driver, how true that is I don’t know.