FedEx to some degree is Fred Smith who is demanding yet tolerant. Right now the company is a bit brutal in expecting new hires to meet stringent goals quickly. Most people can do it but if you do not like being pushed around a bit in the process do not bother hiring on.
You get better with time, the route I currently run is rated at 13 stops per hour but my average is 16+. It just comes natuarally after awhile.
Once you have been in position for a year or more you can bid on routes anywhere within the system so the company allows you to move according to yur life plans if you are patient.
In my case I have hired on three seperate times and I am glad the company has taken me back and my natural inclination to work fast and be nice to the customers keeps them happy with me.
It is too bad they have taken the career path out of being a courier by keeping hours under 40 for full-timers but maybe the brutal economics dictate this. I am not sure. How can you expect a person to dedicate themselves to a system that keeps them from succeeding financially over the long haul? So, they can support 101 golf tournaments, stock car races and tennis matches but the sad truth is the early call of "Absolutely, positively, overnight" has been reduced to "get off the clock."