Canada Post Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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Pros
  • Good pay, vacation time (3 weeks to begin with), good benefits, unionized (in 15 reviews)

  • good pay, good coworkers, outdoor work if you like that, stay in good shape (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • I would love for someone in Ottawa to go 'undercover' and actually try to do what they ask letter carriers to do (in 8 reviews)

  • Very unprofessional, incompetence everywhere from upper management to the very bottom (in 7 reviews)

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  1. A good job, but with concerns for medium to long-term

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big organization with variety of opportunity to move around and learn different functions

    Cons

    Serious cuts to salary and benefits, with open talk about more to come
    Very slow organization (to be expected.. it is the post office)

    Advice to Management

    The industry has changed faster than Canada Post can adapt, not an easy thing to manage, and not my place to pass judgment.

  2. Great working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Post

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    able to meet a lot of people, nice pay, great exercise

    Cons

    Unsure of the working hours as temp on call delivery agent

  3. Good amount of work for newbies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Letter Carrier (Relief) in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Letter Carrier (Relief) in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending where you live and work, there can be a lot of hours. In Gatineau they are always short-staffed. I have had full time hours throughout the winter, could be reasonable through the summer as well (the low season).

    You move relatively quickly (in a few months) up the seniority list to get more hours, more consistent hours and schedule, and better choice of routes.

    Working independently, outside, lots of fresh air and exercise.

    Good starting wage, good chance of overtime and extra bits of pay. Wage worked out to around $18/hr AFTER tax and deductions. At an average of 38 hours a week you can pull in close to $1400 every two weeks, not bad for starting wage.

    Cons

    Heavy loads of mail and flyers (junk mail). Often exceeds the 35 lb maximum.

    You will strain your fingers, hands, feet, shoulders and lower back. Up to you to manage how badly you strain yourself, but you will feel it.

    I am functionally bilingual, but not born bilingual. The supervisors will communicate with you in your preferred language. Other staff in the depot may speak only French. The vast majority of residents to whom you deliver parcels etc. which require a signature will speak only French. A functional level of French is necessary to avoid a lot of awkwardness and confusion.

    Not so much fun in -30 weather, wind gusts, wet snow, black ice, climbing over snow banks or walking hours in the pouring rain.

    No predictable schedule. Generally you are called the morning of to go into work, and you have no idea what you will be doing, how much you will have to do or when you will finish. Virtually impossible to establish a regular routine and make plans in your life.

    If you are patient, can handle the schedule and the fluctuating income due to the unstable hours, you can apparently get your own route in 2 or 3 years. It's a long time to wait so be prepared to live with that schedule for a while.

    Advice to Management

    A bit more communication and clarity over the expectations and the route to advancement would be nice. A lot is left in the dark and you work week to week not knowing if or when the work will dry up.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Long Term Stability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I was able to have a long career working at Canada Post and was sheltered from the ups and downs of the economy. It's great to have had the opportunity to retire early and be able to enjoy life. I had several different jobs within the corporation. The pay and benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Having to deal with strikes.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Post

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive salaries, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    politics, poor management, siloes, red tape

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the gutter and listen to your employees

  7. Helpful (1)

    Potential to be Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Locations
    Great Hours
    Process engineer's dream (so many non efficient processes to fix)

    Cons

    No support from Middle to upper management
    CEO preach change however middle and upper management does the opposite
    APOC - Supervisor union will bury you. You pay dues for no representation (RUN!)
    No one wants to save money (just want to ride the fat cow into retirement)
    Don't give your opinion on improvements just be a "YES" person and you will thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line and value their talents rather than friendship.
    Your management team is consisted of the old slackers from the floor therefore why would they want to change the current establishment?

  8. Helpful (1)

    One of the best corporations in Canada.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Agent in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Delivery Agent in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very well known company with many opportunities to every one.

    Cons

    It is a very busy corporation and demands a lot of your time.

    Advice to Management

    Consider to reduce the load of work per person and create more employment.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Miss Management Central

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PO Ext I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - PO Ext I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who you work with at a shop floor level are probably the best because they go through the same mistreatment.

    Cons

    Management that has no idea of what the job really encompasses

    Advice to Management

    Do a route for a year, sort mail on graveyard for a year. Try to get compassion when something goes wrong and it's not your fault.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Depressing work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Stability. Go to work, do your job, go home and don't think about it again until the morning.

    Cons

    Boring, Uncreative, Depressing. Staff literally have calendars in their cubicles counting the days to retirement and they're 15 years out.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, even management is uninspired and depressed.

  11. Helpful (3)

    long days, heavy mail loads, intolerant to errors, supervisors are critical and discipline is degrading and severe.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sick Relief Tempoary in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sick Relief Tempoary in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better than average start pay and compensation. If you can get your work done on time without error your are left alone by management. Good place for "different" or marginalized workers who want independence on the job. Uniforms are provided. Glove, boot, health care and meal allowance. You will get in good physical shape.

    Cons

    Physically and mentally and time demanding. Expectations to complete on time is stressful. Walking routes are 10-20 kms a day. Supervisors generally are intolerant of ALL mistakes or lates. Demands on time and energy leave little for a life outside of work.The pdts are a real pain to use. Co-workers are supportive, mostly helpful because they realize how little and ineffective the training is. Union talk and job place realities are very different. Supervisors are demanding, unhelpful as a rule, their instructions are often unclear. Speed and accuracy are primary, which leads to unwanted overtime stress and injury. Little(if any) time for breaks, meals or washroom use. Similar to the military. Don't get injured. You have to be permanent to get health benefits. Cell phone service is not compensated or provided(gps is invaluable for newbies). Information for routes is often out-of-date incorrect, incomplete or unreadable. In Calgary there is a shortage of staff and a stressful working environment.

    Advice to Management

    During interview and training; be more upfront about the requirement for speed and the long hours and physical demands for completion times. Also, more information about how the disciplinary process works. Have a non-demeaning option to get out of the job for those new hires that find it's not for them rather than allow supervisors to ride them till they quit.

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