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The following is a Graduate Review for FirstGroup.

FirstGroup scores 3.8/5 based on 97 reviews.

All reviews are based exclusively on results of feedback from employees from FirstGroup. Employees are asked to rate FirstGroup on a wide range of work place topics, which is broken down through star ratings on the right hand side.

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What are the Best and Worst things about your job?


The diversity of tasks, experiencing different aspects of the business, meeting different people and teams. There is a lot of opportunity to travel between depots/sites. Being a graduate rather than in a specific role (with specific responsibilities) means you can pick up opportunities as they arise that wouldn't be as easy in a full-time job role.
There are lots of training and qualification opportunities and you are supported with your development.


It is often difficult to settle in, not a lot of front line staff understand the role of a graduate, or see the benefit of it. Because you aren't management (only a trainee), but also aren't front line staff there is often a disconnect in how people see you. You are also an extra resource within a team, meaning sometimes you need to push to be included and get the exposure you need.

What is the annual salary for this role?

Starting salary: £25,000 - £27,000

Current salary: £25,000 - £27,000

What hours do you actually work, on average?

Start: 07:30

Finish: 17:30

What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?

Show off your skillset, you don't need to have previous experience in the bus industry, just an ability to adapt and motivation to learn.

Do you have any interview tips?

Be open and honest, use hobbies and activities outside work as examples. The assessment centre involves working in pairs and delivering information. If anything is unclear seek clarity, ask questions. Use the time in between assessments to talk to the interviewers, get to know what they are looking for and also gives an opportunity for them to get to know you outside of specific tasks and interview settings.

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