Fast Paced and Rewarding.
Pros: Short shifts, solo work, great benefits after 1000 hours of work
Cons: Hard work is required, benefits only activate after 1000 hours.
Having worked for FedEx for nearly five years now, it's safe to say that if you are looking for a basic, entry level warehouse position, then you should consider FedEx Ground. Upon being hired, you are given a two day (paid) classroom education about the methodologies and techniques used before being handed off to a 'Package Handler Trainer.' These trainers are experienced, veteran loaders who will help you on your way to becoming an acceptable loader. The management is helpful and focused on ensuring that the day to day activities run smoothly. You will be expected to load 300 boxes an hour around two weeks into your employ, with that being raised to nearly 400 after a month and a half. You work a four hour shift, with variable shifts to choose from you can make this job work around your schedule.
One of the perks of the job is that it's mainly a solo job. You are assigned a trailer, or a range of trailers, and that's where you work. There have been days where I talk only to my manager to get my trailer for the day, and then not a word spoken to anyone else. FedEx offers tuition reimbursement, and great insurance benefits once you have worked 1000 hours with the company.
Advancement within the company is tricky, though. It's a mix of performance and favoritism. If you work hard, the managers will notice your efforts, and should a position open you will be considered. FedEx has Affirmative Action affiliations, so should that apply, there it is.
I would recommend this job to someone looking to pay their way through college, or someone who needs a second job that pays well. Just remember, it's fast paced, dirty, and loud. You will quite literally sweat for your money. Good luck!