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I use to love working at the post office but management lacks the understanding of how to lead. I agree with many people, I get harrassed, I feel like my boss is bias against me and has threatened me to resign because she can't accommodate my schedule and also accused me of my school schedule. VERY SAD!!!

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I had a serious operation, I sent my fmla papers in that covers me until April 2nd but they are putting AWOL on my pay stub how does that work. I am sick of the harassment the changing of hours and I am a part time regular. They yell at you like you are their child when I am older than most of them. I am looking for another job because I cannot see trying to retire from this place of evil people.

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Run!!! Do not apply unless you are hired as a career employee. They use and abuse non career cca’s. There pay is much less than a regular and do much more work. Management do not work as hard as you do and treat you terribly. It could take years to become regular. No guarantee. Do not waste your time.

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The routes are evaluated, for example, 8 hours, if it takes you 10, 11 or 12 hours to complete the route you only get paid for 8 hours ! There is a probation period of 10 weeks whereas you get paid hourly, but after that 10 week period expires you have to work under whatever the route is evaluated for. It's a rip off, a system that allows the USPS to cheat and underpay it's Rural Carriers, the regular carrier doesn't work on the heaviest volume work days, Mondays for example, so when you fill in you are overwhelmed before you even start your day, the regular carrier cannot even complete the route within the evaluated time assigned to their own route on these heavy volume work days. You need to know the difference between a "City Carrier Associate" and a "Rural Carrier Associate", I was hired in as a Rural Carrier Associate (not good) had I known the difference I would have held out to be a City Carrier Associate, they get paid by the hour no matter how many hours it takes to get the work done for the day. The Union is a joke, it's a rigged system that favors the USPS and allows them to mentally and physically torture and abuse you. As a former Teamster I have to laugh at the Union Stewards (postal workers) that actually believe they have a decent contract in place that protects the health and welfare of it's carriers. The work life balance is horrible, they will work you 6 days a week and 7 days a week during the peak holiday season where you will work 10-12 hour days (NOTE: you do get paid hourly instead of evaluated pay during the holiday season but it's still not worth it due to the work life balance sacrifices and the consequences of your mental and physical health). Do you work to live or do you live to work? If you have no life, hobbies, goals, balance, don't care to go to your doctor or dentist, don't care about your mental and physical health and safety, if you brown nose, have an order taker type personality, if you are a loser and like to work more than you should and are too naive to understand what you are setting yourself up for, if you live to work, this job is for you. There is a reason "going postal", in other words stressing out, going beyond your breaking point, is a reality. If you work to live, desire to balance life, health and happiness with your job, like to have travel days that require an occasional overnight travel to visit relatives, friends or go to a concert, sporting event, festival, etc., if you value any of this you will have to sacrifice it. The USPS acts like they own you, they operate like a Marine boot camp, you are treated bad and they play mental games with you, if you surrender, dedicate your mind, body, soul and life to them to control and if you get everything done they might leave you alone although they will still try to get you to do better with your time (do the impossible faster than before). This job has changed, ask the regulars with 10+ years of experience, most of them would not do the job that new hires are required to do today. Since the USPS contracted with Amazon the package volume requires more dismounts (getting out to deliver package to front door because it wont fit in mailbox) than ever before and this extra volume has been added to whatever the already too heavy route had in place beforehand. Some of the major hubs where both City and Rural Carriers work from have Amazon to deliver on Sunday, every Sunday, no less than 8 hours of mostly dismount deliveries to customers front door. If you work at a small rural post office that is closed on Sunday at least you are guaranteed to have Sunday off. If you work at a major hub that delivers Amazon packages on Sunday you will work every Sunday and you may get one day off per week, like a Wednesday or light volume work day that the seasoned carrier with high seniority likes to work. 1.Stay away from being a Rural Carrier Associate at a major hub unless you like working hard on Sundays.
2.You must use your own vehicle as a Rural Carrier at a small Post Office even though you get paid for it
3. City Carrier is better than Rural Carrier if you work at a major hub as they have both divisions there.
4. A postal clerk has better health, working conditions, only a few hours on Saturday, No Sundays, etc.
5. USPS is inhumane place to work as a carrier even if you hear otherwise from the unaffected employee.

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Management hasn't a clue. The vast majority move up because they are lazy and are lacking in the IQ Department. Most only have a high school education. Way too much cronyism. They don't want to do their job because of laziness. Most employees get away with murder due to Management's ap.athy. I have 34 years. I have seen it all

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I didn't leave. Abusive supervisors who scream at you just for asking questions.You have no control over your hours or days. You don't get a set schedule for the week and are unable to handle things outside of work. Why,They don’t care about you having family or a life. nothing but verbal harassment and abuse by supervisors including the post master. They make it clear they can say and do as they please to you. I was constantly mistreated, threatened and talked to in inhumane ways. I was threatened to be fired after an injury if I filed a claim. I filed the injury claim an was terminated the next day. The post master didn't submit my injury claim until 3 months later after being questioned. The pay is great but not worth being verbally and mentally abused.

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Avoid the Usps at all costs. It’s not what it used to be. Nepotism is rampant. Abusive clueless supervisors. Untrained management screams at you. They use and abuse you to no end everyday. Everyone starts as a temp now. You have no control over your hours or days. You are at their mercy. They expect you to be on call 24/7. They don’t care about you having family or a life. It will be years before you have a chance to become full time. Long, long years of verbal harassment and abuse by a supervisor who is only there because they’re related to someone. Training is non existent and poor. It wasn’t like this when I started, back when trained management cared about the job and its people. I’m too old to leave, and too young to retire. Going to work in this hostile environment makes me sick

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Unless you like being treated badly, run.
I was an RCA in my home town for 11 years. A very difficult and physically taxing job.
Became a regular for 2 , then needed/wanted to move to be close to new grandson & to help a family member through rehab.
Had to resign and start over as an RCA at 57 because a mutual transfer is impossible.
No help from the PO. They truly don’t care about their employees. SO MUCH nepotism. So many nasty self righteous co workers.( Though lasting, loving friendships were made in hometown).
I worked eleven years to become a regular, came in when I was called, no sick days.
They could not care less.
Almost got a nice gig in Oregon on an Aux route ( 33 hrs per week), was told I had the job and then they gave it to someone else.
I so wanted to trust in the goodness of the PO, it’s a cool job.
But not to be trusted.

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Management was a joke, they made a lot of promises that they never kept. They seemed more interested in finding a reason to fire people or write them up over nonsense and gossiping about others. Very unprofessional. Also, the trucks were low quality. No matter how often they were serviced, the trucks never got better. They were death traps. No heat, no A/C no airbags. Good riddance.

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I received mediocre training in the CCA academy and did 1 shadow day for about 4 hours to which I was stuck in the back of the truck not being able to see anything. When I arrived at my post office I received zero OJT days, and got tossed on a messed up Aux route who the post master admitted was messed up. I also was never allowed to come in before 9-10am to watch someone case or practice myself, then one day boom I was left to case a ton of stuff and it was really overwhelming to say the least.

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