I worked for the USPS over the Christmas holiday season. Going into the job, I was expecting to be worked to the bone for fairly decent pay, but for a fairly short time. I expected to see some reward for standout performance and for decent training. I received neither. Training is completed in a group setting, where all holiday workers are given essentially the same training over the course of three days. You will learn almost nothing relevant to the work you will be performing, as the training is not even slightly specialized. For a warehouse job, you will watch hour long videos about the dangers of dogs. For mail delivery personnel, you will learn that you should not go into areas that are caution taped off due to chemical spills. Yes, the training is that mindless and honestly seems more like it is completed for legal reasons, than for the benefit of the employees. After completing approximately 24 hours of training, you will be assigned to your respective facility, where you will be given a tour. There is absolutely no on-the-job training as to what you actually will be doing. Fortunately, most tasks are fairly mundane and very simple to learn. You will make mistakes though, as absolutely none of the specifics will be taught. This will annoy the career employees, who view you as a nuisance and as being in the way. Which, frankly, you will be -- USPS hires far more employees than can actually fit in the working spaces to perform the necessary work. If the optimal number of people to do a task is two, USPS will have ten on hand to do it. You will be tripping over your coworkerstöbb... and far less work will be completed than if there were two or three people working the task. If you actually manage to find work to do, you will be effectively punished by being made to do some other menial job, since you have shown that you care. You will never be rewarded for hard work or a solid work ethic, as USPS is a purely seniority based employer and the management simply does not care about performance. This is to say that if someone starts one week before you, they will always be viewed as being more senior and will be eligible for promotions before you, regardless of any other seemingly important factor. Testing scores only matter in cases where more than one person was hired on the same day. Of the twenty(ish) people who were hired at my facility for Christmas, there were eight or so differing start dates, so at best, a high test score might change your seniority by three or so spots. It was also virtually impossible to be fired -- the only fireable offenses were showing up late, no-call no-showing, and violating federal law (stealing mail, opening mail, etc.). Working at a snail's pace was perfectly acceptable. Constantly making mistakes was also fine. Not caring and throwing packages marked as fragile thirty feet was encouraged. Furthermore, USPS does not care much about its employees. If they overscheduled for your shift, management would ambush you at the time clock and send you home. Employees were never called before being sent home. Also, if you did manage to clock in, management would change the time clock records to prevent paying you for your time. Career employees had recourse, but as a holiday employee, you mattered not. The USPS is bankrupt both financially and morally, and after working the job, I know why.
After all that, however, if you want easy, repetitive, menial work for an alright hourly wage, the USPS is perfect for you. Just do not expect it to be a well oiled machine that cares about you as an individual.kevesebb
Worst job so far, only pro is the money, but management and politics of the work force will mentally exhaust you and your safety will ultimately be at risk so your PM can get a bonus. Unless you do well with being treated poorly, save yourself some time, the money is good, but not worth it. The people that stay are staying for that reason only, they have a family to feed so they deal with the abuse
Ive been here for like 5 6 years and i absolutely hate my job. It a lot for that reason but to sum it all up i dont feel appreciated AT ALL. They point out the little mess up you do but don't give you credit for the ball busting work we do daily.