Seems like a decent company, but the training is very tough and fast paced - you need to be able to learn very quickly. If you already have your class 1 or 2 license and air, you STILL have to do the ICBC courses and tests for them over again. Count on 1 to 3 hours of homework every night. Instructors are very good, company culture is 100% by the book - if you don't get with the program and be a team player, you're out. You'll be scrutinized very closely, every little thing you do that isn't company policy or procedure will be recorded and held against you. Any prior transit or bus driving experience means nothing to this company...very arrogant attitude, as if they're the cream of the crop, and they monitor employees Facebook accounts - if you say anything negative about CMBC on FB, it will land you in the managers office. Major Big Brother syndrome. Trolley training is very tough, and they expect you to learn how to drive them on route in revenue service within just a few hours behind the wheel, and they don't have A/C (none of the buses do, except the very new ones). Also, everyone goes on about how you can make 100K per year, but the deductions are around 30% per cheque. Average cheque during training is $1225 every 2 weeks, at $22.85/hour, 75 hours. Do the math. 14 Hastings route is an absolute freakshow, and driving a trolley around downtown can be harrowing, especially in Granville Mall. During the recruitment process it's all roses and sunshine, but that changes as soon as your training starts.
Good money after 2 years, good benefits and pension.
Horrible shifts with huge splits, lots of drug addict passengers, major deductions on your pay, very demanding training, trolley buses, buses have no A/C.