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Leonard Bus Sales - Top Shops in Saratoga Springs, NY

Top Shop in Saratoga Springs, NY

Leonard Bus Sales

63 Duplainville Road Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
https://www.leonardbus.com/

About Us

Leonard Bus Sales is a great place to start or grow your career. We are a national leader in selling, servicing and providing parts for school buses. Established in 1965, Leonard Bus Sales is a 3rd generation family-owned business with a proud tradition of excellence and passion for the school bus business. Our team of award-winning professionals are committed to giving our transportation partners the best customer support in the business. Recognized as one the Best Places to Work, Leonard Bus Sales provides a safe, enriching work environment focused on our employees. We have five world-class facilities serving all of upstate New York located in Bergen, Deposit, Middletown, Rome, and Saratoga Springs. Our full-service facilities are clean and equipped with the latest tools, technology and equipment. Leonard Bus Sales provides on-the-job training and a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

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About Us

Leonard Bus Sales is a great place to start or grow your career. We are a national leader in selling, servicing and providing parts for school buses. Established in 1965, Leonard Bus Sales is a 3rd generation family-owned business with a proud tradition of excellence and passion for the school bus business. Our team of award-winning professionals are committed to giving our transportation partners the best customer support in the business. Recognized as one the Best Places to Work, Leonard Bus Sales provides a safe, enriching work environment focused on our employees. We have five world-class facilities serving all of upstate New York located in Bergen, Deposit, Middletown, Rome, and Saratoga Springs. Our full-service facilities are clean and equipped with the latest tools, technology and equipment. Leonard Bus Sales provides on-the-job training and a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

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Compensation
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Hiring Process
  • Do you have an application form and how long does it typically take to complete?

    All LBS job openings are posted on our company website at https://www.leonardbus.com/career-center/ You can apply and upload your resume in less than 5 minutes online. The application process is also mobile friendly. If you prefer, you can also stop by any one of our locations to complete the application process and someone would be glad to assist you.

  • Do you phone screen applicants before doing in-person interviews?

    LBS does phone screen applicants. After you apply, your resume will be reviewed and if selected, a member of Human Resources will reach out to you to set up a time to review your experience and qualifications with you and explain more about LBS. After this initial meeting with Human Resources, the hiring manager will determine who they would like to meet in person for an interview.

  • What do your in-person interviews entail?

    LBS currently is conducting both virtual and in-person interviews. A member of Human Resources will reach out to you to schedule your interview and provide you with information such as location of interview, date and time, and who you will be meeting with. This information will be provided over the phone and a calendar invite will also be emailed to you. The day of the interview, please dress appropriately and be sure to be on time. If you need to reschedule your interview, phone numbers are provided to you to contact. In many cases, our interviews are conducted with two (2) LBS employees. They will ask you to briefly review your experience and qualifications and ask you additional questions relevant to the position. The interview process for most technician positions takes between 45 minutes to one (1) hour to complete. Time is made available for candidates to ask any questions they may have as well.

  • Do you perform background checks, drug screening, or personality tests before hiring an applicant?

    If an offer is made to a candidate, they will receive a phone call to review the offer as well as a follow-up email with the pre-employment documents and a separate email from our third-party that performs our background and drug tests. If accepting the position, the candidate is required to return the required documents for the position back to Human Resources and register with the link provided by our third party. Once you register, you will submit your background information and have the option to select a drug testing facility that is closest to the address that you select. Since our technician positions are required to obtain their CDL, if a candidate does not already have their CDL and medical certificate, they will also be required to obtain their medical certificate at time of hire so they can work towards obtaining their CDL during employment.

  • Do you perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant? If yes, what does it entail?

    Currently LBS does not perform a skill assessment prior to hiring.

  • After an in-person interview, approximately how long should I expect to wait for a rejection or an offer?

    Depending on how many interviews are scheduled, you should expect to hear back within 3 to 5 days of the interview. In some cases, LBS does request a candidate to return for a 2nd interview.

  • Approximately how long does the full hiring process take from submitting the application to the time of the hiring decision?

    If a candidate is presented with an offer the hiring process takes approximately two weeks. LBS understands in many cases 2 weeks’ notice must be provided to current employers. While LBS is waiting to receive a candidate’s background and drug test results, we are working to set up equipment and login information for the new hire. Continual communication between a member of Human Resources and the candidate takes place during this time so the candidate is aware of the process. LBS will work individually with each new hire to determine the best start date.

  • Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

    Heated.  Not air conditioned, but “airy” opened bay environment. Bay doors can be opened and fans are throughout bay areas.

  • What is the size of the team I’d be working with?

    Currently, LBS has 4 technicians which includes a New Bus Prep Technician, 2 Service Technicians and a Lead Service Technician. Our shop office staff includes a Service Manager, Service Advisor, Service Writer and a Service Parts Runner.

  • What are the shop hours and what are the shift timeframes?

    Shop hours are 6:00am - 4:30pm.  Shifts vary to provide flexibility to our technicians. LBS offers a 4 day/ 10 hour shift and a 5 day/ 8 hour shift.

  • What tools does the shop provide that are available for all technicians to use?

    LBS provides all the basic equipment necessary to perform the daily tasks. LBS provides diagnostic laptops equipped with software and adapters (for example, Navistar, Cummins, HERO, Cummins Insite). The Saratoga facility has a Cylinder Performance Analyzer (CPA tool), a cleaning machine for diesel particulate filters (DPF), coolant recovery tool, seal installers, special sockets, and breakout harnesses for electrical troubleshooting to name a few. LBS technicians also utilize a lot of their own tools and to expand their toolbox, LBS provides a $1,000 annual tool allowance.

  • What type of break room facility is provided?

    LBS offers a breakroom with a seating capacity for 20+. A fridge, microwave, and dishwasher are available for employee use. Coffee/tea/water provided and drinks and snacks available for purchase.

  • How many bays does your shop have?

    16 bays. Our Saratoga facility has 3 drive-on lifts, one twin post lift, and two portable lifts.

  • How many repair orders do you average per month?

    Approximately 200 per month

  • What is your parts ordering process?

    Typically, parts are pre-staged and pulled ahead of repair by the Service Parts Runner.  If additional parts are needed, a request is sent into the service office from the technician and Service Parts Runner pulls the part(s) and brings out to the technician. Technicians do not have to research or pull their own parts.

  • What is your policy on side work?

    Personal side work in our shop or use of LBS tools for personal work is not allowed, however LBS is ok with employees having side work outside of LBS if it does not conflict with LBS business interest or scheduled working hours.

  • Are there any other unique features of the work environment worth noting?

    As a distributor of new IC school buses, the large majority of the work performed in our shop is on well-maintained, DOT inspected vehicles. Our 3,000 square feet Saratoga facility sits on 14 acres and is less than 10 years old. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We are centrally located in downtown Saratoga Springs within minutes of Saratoga Spa State Park.

  • Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

    LBS offers numerous training opportunities both in-house and offsite. Training opportunities include but are not limited to: online, hands on in-house training with other technicians at both Saratoga facilities as well as our other 4 locations in the state, in-house group trainings on systems such as Braun training or forklift training, and offsite training with companies such as Navistar and Cummins to name a few. LBS is committed to continual training and advancement opportunities within our organization.

  • Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

    LBS offers various levels of both New Bus Prep Technicians and Service Technicians. Each level is clearly defined with required training and skill levels associated with each one to provide a clear path to internal advancement opportunities for all our technicians. We also have Lead New Bus Prep and Lead Service Technician positions and opportunity for managerial positions as they become available.

  • Can you describe your performance review process?

    New employees receive a 45- and 90-day new hire review based on their training and requirements assigned to them within this time frame to have a clear understanding of their progress, reflect on their strengths, and review any further training that may be needed in certain areas. Employees also receive a monthly “log” based on their performance for the month so there are no surprises at year end when employees and managers meet for their annual review in November of each year. LBS likes to celebrate success and work together to focus on ways to improve in the future.

  • What type of safety training is required?

    Safety is our #1 core value here at LBS. Continual safety training is provided throughout the year to include online safety trainings as well as in-person trainings. Our facility has a Fall Arrest System installed in our shop that all technicians are trained on for proper use.

  • Can you describe how Techs work with and mentor younger techs?

    Younger technicians or those newer to the industry are teamed with our more senior technicians for in-house, hands-on training. Our open bay design allows our senior technicians to be stationed in bays near our newer technicians to allow easy communication and training to take place. LBS pulls resources from our other LBS locations throughout the state. Not only do we cross-train within our Saratoga facility, but we also utilize our knowledge throughout all locations and either have technicians travel to Saratoga for training/mentoring or have the technician travel to another location.

  • How does your shop get involved with the local community?

    For over fifty years, Leonard Bus Sales has been dedicated to supporting New York’s school transportation family and the communities we serve. Here are just a few ways that we give back: LBS provides ongoing support of school-based feeding programs.  Funds that would normally go toward promotional items at trade shows are instead used to support school-based backpack programs and feeding programs offered by Regional Food Banks across New York State.  To date, we have donated nearly $100,000 to this cause though this program. LBS has multiple annual scholarships and partnerships which support the education and professional development of industry and community members. LBS also provides ongoing support of a multitude of education-based programs and causes throughout the state. LBS supports military and front-line worker programs and causes throughout the state.  LBS also has facility based initiatives such as food drives and “adopt-a-family” initiatives during the holidays.

  • Do you do anything with local high schools or tech schools to encourage more students to enter the profession?

    LBS has partnered with Alfred State College to provide computer software and hardware equipment as well as bus parts for hands-on learning. LBS is currently looking for additional opportunities.

  • Where do you see the shop in five years?

    LBS is focused on continuing to build an environment where all technicians feel deeply engaged in the growth and success of the company, that their voices are truly heard, and that their path for advancement is clearly defined and attainable. As the industry changes with the introduction of new technologies and power sources (such as electric vehicles) continual professional development and training will be key to maintaining a highly skilled and engaged work force, and the voice of the technician in how we adapt to these changes will be key to our continued success.

  • Is there anything else you’d like to mention about career development and community?

    LBS offers a tuition/professional development reimbursement to encourage employees to enhance their knowledge and skills and to network with other professionals. This reimbursement could be used to obtain a certification, membership in a professional organization related to the industry, or to attend a seminar or conference.

  • A Level Technician
    Pay Range: $63,763 - $85,363/year ($30.66 - $41.04/hr)
    ($30.66 - $41.04/hr)

    Sign-On, Stay-On Bonus of up to $4,000 available through December 31st, 2021 which will be paid quarterly in $1,000 increments through your first year. This position is a hourly rate position which is paid weekly each Friday. The hourly approach allows us to focus on our customers' satisfaction rather than putting pressure on our technicians to turn out hours.

  • B Level Technician
    Pay Range: $54,777 - $76,377/year ($26.34 - $36.72/hr)
    ($26.34 - $36.72/hr)

    Sign-On, Stay-On Bonus of up to $4,000 available through December 31st, 2021 which will be paid quarterly in $1,000 increments through your first year. This position is a hourly rate position which is paid weekly each Friday. The hourly approach allows us to focus on our customers' satisfaction rather than putting pressure on our technicians to turn out hours.

  • C Level Technician
    Pay Range: $39,052 - $60,652/year ($18.78 - $29.16/hr)
    ($18.78 - $29.16/hr)

    Sign-On, Stay-On Bonus of up to $4,000 available through December 31st, 2021 which will be paid quarterly in $1,000 increments through your first year. This position is a hourly rate position which is paid weekly each Friday. The hourly approach allows us to focus on our customers' satisfaction rather than putting pressure on our technicians to turn out hours.

Health Insurance Offered LBS offers three different health plans because we understand that everyone has different health coverage needs. Hybrid 30-1500 Co-Pay Plan Single Plan $43.10 (LBS pays $122.66) Two Person Plan $134.01 (LBS pays $214.08) Family Plan $159.54 (LBS pays $254.86) High Deductible Health Plan 20-3000 Single Plan $22.93 (LBS pays $83.84) Two Person Plan $87.34 (LBS pays $136.87) Family Plan $104.01 (LBS pays $162.95) High Deductible Health Plan 0-6550 Single Plan $15.29 (LBS pays $74.68) Two Person Plan $64.25 (LBS pays $124.69) Family Plan $76.50 (LBS pays $148.43) *costs reflected are weekly employee/LBS costs High Deductible Health Plans receive weekly company contribution into a Health Savings Account based on the plan enrolled. Single Plan $1,000 annually Two Person Plan $1,980 annually Family Plan $2,360 annually
Dental Insurance Offered Single Plan $3.17 (LBS pays $4.76) Family Plan $9.79 (LBS pays $8.01) *costs reflected are weekly employee/LBS costs
Vision Insurance Offered Single Plan $2.12 Family Plan $4.56 *costs reflected are weekly employee costs
Retirement Plan Offered LBS employees are eligible to participate in our 401k plan after 90 days of employment and will enroll the quarter after eligibility requirement is met. Employee contribution is through payroll deduction. Eligibility for LBS contribution is one year of service and 1,000 hours worked and contribution will occur the quarter after eligibility.
Sick Leave Offered New York State Paid Sick leave is included in the Paid Time Off available to full-time LBS employees. For part-time or new employees in their 1st year, LBS employees accrue one (1) hour paid sick leave for every thirty (30) hours worked up to the allowable maximum per New York State. Employees are eligible to use sick leave immediately following the accrual of such leave.
Vacation Offered LBS offers Paid Time Off which includes vacation, sick and personal time. Employees are eligible for paid time off for vacation and personal time after 90 days of employment. LBS feels strongly that employees need time away from work and for that reason Paid Time Off does not roll to future years. After employees’ first year, all Paid Time Off is front loaded on January 1 of each year. 1st year hired – accrual of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked Years 1 through 4 – 2 weeks (10 days) PTO Years 5 through 9 – 3 weeks (15 days) PTO Years 10 and beyond – 4 weeks (20 days) PTO
Paid Holidays Offered LBS offers eight (8) paid holiday per calendar year. Seven (7) of these holidays the office is closed and one (1) holiday is a floating holiday which employees are eligible for if they work the first six (6) months of the year and is then front loaded each January 1st after year one (1). A floating holiday can be used for a religious holiday of your choice or for your birthday. LBS also closes ½ day for New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve when those holidays fall on a weekday and the office is not already closed. All LBS offices are closed on the following holidays (note if the holiday falls on the weekend, the office will be closed either that Friday or Monday): - New Year’s Day - Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Thanksgiving - Day after Thanksgiving - Christmas
ST / LT Disability Offered LBS offers company-paid New York State short-term disability to all LBS employees. LBS also feels that New York State disability alone is not enough coverage in the event an employee needs to take a leave due to a disability, so LBS pays for additional supplemental short-term disability for all full-time employees. In additional to short-term disability coverage, LBS pays for long-term disability for all full-time employees.
Life Insurance Offered LBS pays for life insurance for all full-time employees which covers up to 1 times an employee’s salary up to $50,000.
Uniforms Offered LBS pays for company uniforms for all LBS technicians. Uniform options include short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, work pants, work shorts, and light and heavy weight coat options. In addition to the uniforms, LBS also provides t-shirts and hats to include both baseball and winter caps.
Other Offered Benefits are available the 1st of the following month an employee starts at LBS with the exception of long-term disability which is a company paid benefit available after 90 days and 401k which is available based on meeting the plan requirements.

SHOP TALK

Shop Talk Video
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Wes discusses paid time off
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Luke and Wes discuss what its like day to day in the shop.
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Luke and Wes discuss what the shop culture is like.
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Luke and Wes talk about what its like working at Leonard Bus!
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Facility Tour