Pros: enjoyable work, left to get on with things, out and about during the working day
Cons: terms and conditions, very short depot opening hours
I worked as a self-employed parcel delivery driver for Hermes from May 2012 until December 2013. I used my own car to do the work.
The actual work is enjoyable. I liked dealing with the customers (many of whom were regulars) and being out and about during the working day. I was generally also allowed to get on with things without my manager or anyone – more... else breathing down my neck.
However there are some real negatives:
The pay - only 50p per parcel for most deliveries and collected parcels. If the customer wasn;t in and there was no safe place to leave the parcel, I was not paid for that delivery.
Hugely difficult to get holiday time off work as my manager needed to find a cover driver. It was normally only confirmed a couple of days before I wanted the time off.
The size of the parcels increased as time went on, meaning on many occasions I couldn;t get all of the parcels into my car. The depot is only open for around 1.5 hours each day so no chance to come back later in the day to collect the parcels that didn't fit first time round.
Having to sort and load parcels outside from a cage into my car. Fine when it was dry. Terrible when it was wet - meaning half the parcels would start falling apart.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the work but Hermes are a poor company to work for. – less