Very demanding physically & very stressful with little appreciation from management.
CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Glendale, CA – February 4, 2016
Typical day is casing/organizing all mailings from standard, first class, magazines, etc. then loading them in the LLV (vehicle) according to route. You can have packages bigger and heavier than you. There can also be apartment mailboxes that are rusted and difficult to open/close which takes time and effort which counts against you at the end of the day because you didn't finish your delivery to their expectation. They don't care if you're sick, you are expected to work regardless. Management is ruthless and work you like a workhorse! They don't care because you are only temporary until your 3-month probation (that is, if you can put up with management put-downs). Many probationers quit within the first week. I lasted a little longer. I don't know which is harder: the physical aspect of the job or putting up with management who couldn't care less about you. All in all, I actually enjoyed my OJT who I shadowed and showed me the ropes in how to efficiently deliver the mail and organize the packages. I also enjoyed meeting people on my route who shows appreciation of your work, unlike management. The City Carrier Assistant position is a very honorable job, i just wish I was placed at a better office with better management.
You're independently working and active.
You can't break because you have to meet the time you're expected to finish your route.
Postal Clerk (Former Employee) – Clifton Heights, PA – February 3, 2016
Worked at a permanent flexible employee. This required many consecutive days of various shifts as needed. Start time most days was 3 am. Guaranteed 4 hrs work but you could also be required to work 8 to 10 hrs. This depended on the season, absentees and work load.
The salary and benefits for the most part made it worthwhile
Waited 8 years and never became a regular employee with a normal 40 hour work week.
UPS (Former Employee) – Newark, NJ – February 2, 2016
they had you stay on metal platforms and push heavy bins weighing over a ton.when it rains or snow you slip you heels hurt so bad just from walking on the metal alone. the parking lot far if you missed the shuttle it was 20-30 mins for another one to get to you not including the 5 min drive to the building and the booth you have to walk in to just to go back outside and walk across the yard to get in the building if you walked from the parking lot it was a 20 min walk.
Postal Letter Carrier/Mail Handler (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – February 2, 2016
Every day is different, You always know you begin tour but you never know your end tour. I learned how to work with different people from different backgrounds, different personalities. I learned how to become a team player. Management does their job. Hardest part of the job is you can never plan nothing because you don't know what time you will be off. Its hard to get things done in the evening because everything is closed. The weather conditions has always been a challenge, rain, sleet, snow, ice, heat. Most enjoyable is I can get along with people very well and I can adapt to my situations.
good money, seeing different people everyday
short lunch breaks, micromanagement, never know what each day will be like nor the circumstances
City Carrier Assistant (CCA) (Current Employee) – Little Rock, AR – February 2, 2016
Dont waste your time here. Management is terrible and wants 12 hours of works done in 8 hours just to send you to other stations to do theirs aswell. Unless you have a relative or spouse working here you will be railroaded and treated terrible.
Mail Handler (Current Employee) – Jersey City, NJ – February 1, 2016
A typical day at work for me is to get my assignment for the day and proceed with my job. I work very well with other people so my co-workers are very fond of me. There is really nothing hard to do at the my job. It's basic common sense and following directions. The most enjoyable part is getting to learn different job functions and meeting new people.
Package Handler (Current Employee) – Ontario, CA – February 1, 2016
the job was good for a while but its all about seniority and sometimes the way things are run isn't fair or smart either it dealt with using ur body and using your strength to unload boxes or packages. the hardest part of the job was when boxes were to heavy or we have a heavy flow of volume in a trailer or container
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) – Doraville, GA – January 31, 2016
A typical day at work is sorting and delivering mail/parcels. I learned it was more to the job other than what the public see. The management was horrible. They nothing about there employees at all. My co-workers was friendly and fun to work with. The hardest part of the job is dealing with poor management. The most enjoyable part of this job is making the customers happy.
Employees are nice but the management not so much.
City Carrier Assistant (Former Employee) – Sandusky, OH – January 31, 2016
I was disappointed with my overall experience at the post office as a city carrier. It takes time just starting out at a new job especially if it's a job that you have no skills in. You try your best and it's not good enough, everyone learns at their own pace but there is no room for error. Even if your new which means your slower, management questions you when you return back to the office. It could be windy, cold, and rainy and on top of it unaware of your surroundings having to hit every house because you have a circular to deliver that day, and you still get the stink eye and asked, what happened out there? Sorry but definitely not my kind of job. Once you learn the same route and your parking points, its not so bad. Very rare you stay on the same route especially just starting out. On top of it all i was sick the whole 6 weeks i worked there. I guess you don't know how your body will react until you work outdoors especially if your use to working indoors like i was.The pay was good but if their trying to call you when it gets closer to the truck leaving for the day and you don't answer or call them back right away, I feel you get penalized. I told them that i will not carry my phone on me while delivering the mail because i was afraid i would lose it. So if i am already running behind and i am trying to finish before it gets dark outside, my last worry is to see if their calling or trying to call them back just so i could hear disappointment in their voice. I called back one day and the manager said, "I really wished you had called me back", and i was thinking okay. Wellmore... i soon found out because i didn't call back right away, for the next two weeks I only worked 4 days. I was very upset and definitely felt i was being punished.less