Pros: Moderate pay
Cons: Extremely fast paced, no concept of safety, very cold work environment, interviewers weren't really clear on the job, short work days
The work itself was not that bad at UPS. As a package handler it was pretty simple, sort the packages to each truck, scan them to that truck so the system knows where it is. Afterwards we would move and re-fuel trucks so they were ready in the morning.
Sounds easy, right? Here's the bad part. This is how I developed carpal tunnel and back problems at age 21. All companies talk about how they care about your safety but few practice it. We were taught about proper lifting, but you have to rush the entire time. Fall a little behind and people are yelling at you telling you to hurry up. You basically have no choice but to lift heavy packages at weird angles, lift things in to your back, etc. I don't mind hard work, but this was too much, particularly being rushed too much on your first day.
Then it came to fueling the trucks. Again, not a hard job in itself. It's just like fueling a car up at the gas station, but fueling trucks in down to negative 40 degree weather without any provided gear. At the time I didn't have gloves or anything so it made me really hate this job in a hurry, and I wasn't told that I would be outside for hours at a time. Afterwards we would have to wash trucks, outside. Try spraying a truck down in subzero weather and watch how fast it freezes over. Washing them in the dead of winter at night seemed like a completely counterproductive task.
Unloading the trucks at night, cleaning them and locking them back up was even paced and not that hard. Some heavy lifting and elbow grease involved but you're not being rushed like when you're loading the trucks – more... up so its not near as bad. – less