Pros: Job security, physical work, Union, great compensation, very proactive
Cons: Potential for injury
This is a great place to work during the Winter Holidays. From November to February they have a lot of hours. Outside of that though, I was only getting about 20 hours a week. I was a Package Handler.
It's hard physical labor. You will sweat. One of the older guys in average shape lost 20lbs over peak season. You also put on a lot of muscle moving all of these heavy packages.
I cannot stress enough, these packages will be HEAVY. Not all but a lot of them. I'm talking 70+ lbs on a daily basis. I've seen up to 170lbs, and sometimes there are small ones that can fit in your hands that weigh like 70 or more lbs.
You will also work with and around super heavy equipment. It's a warehouse so the potential for injury is there. I was actually injured and ended up leaving because of that. UPS took really good care of me though, and gave me L&I for the injury.
Definitely attend the safety classes when you start, you do not wanna be a bonehead like me and be too lazy to show up 15min early. Those classes can save your life and people have died doing this.
During peak season you get a lot of hours and overtime it's really nice. From late February to October, you're looking at 20hrs a week and seldom overtime (over time kicks in after 5hrs here for package handlers). Oh yes it's a Union job too! Unless you're in management.
Outside of peak season I'd definitely get a 2nd job. You can keep this job for decades though, and potentially become a driver or manager and get more money.
The hours are overnight. I was told 3am-9am Mon-Fri, but it was working 4am-8am all 5 days. – more... Peak season is a WHOLE different story though, you can potentially start much earlier and/or stay much later.
The management is decent for the most part. These guys will have your back, but they will definitely bend the rules sometimes no lie. All in all, after 30 days you become part of the Union and they will really take care of you. Benefits are great, but don't kick in until you've been there 12 months.
Overall I liked my time there and may go back, but just prepare for a crazy winter. It's fun though. – less