Pros: Wages, union privelages, and retirement benefits
Cons: demanding physical work, working environment, inconsistency in management and scheduling
The USPS was a well paying job/career; however, it was not a good fit for me physically nor mentally. The pro's are you are compensated financially, since many jobs do not pay such high hourly rates. The benefits were mediocre, but there were several different plans that one could choose from. The TSP/401K option was a great one. During my time I had several managers, supervisors, and Postmasters. Schedules were constantly changed with each switch of management, and one would have to go from drastic hour changes. The work/work conditions weren't the best. At the main Post Office they were a bit better, but mail/packages that I handled on a daily basis were extremely dusty/dirty. Over time my sinuses got worse, and I developed asthma. Its a lot of physical lifting, pulling machinery, walking, and standing. At the processing plant the conditions were worse. There was mold in the walls, dirtier, and dustier. You have to do more manual labor, and the lifting is more extreme then at the main office. Many people who'd been with the company for years had medical health issues mostly pertaining to their body. For me personally, my sinusitis was worse and I kept regular infections. Asthma attacks regularly as well. I developed carpal tunnel in both hands, and the one existing condition was worsened. All and all the USPS was a great company, just not the right fit for me. I decided to leave to go back into the medical field, and for health reasons.