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US Postal Service Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.9 1,105 reviews

32% Approve of the CEO

US Postal Service Postmaster General & CEO Patrick R. Donahoe

Patrick R. Donahoe

(439 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay and benefits are great, but that is where you discover that it's nothing more than a polished turd(in 66 reviews)

  • good pay because of unions however newer employees have taken pay cuts(in 130 reviews)


Cons
  • No benefits hard work not worth the money and all of management are idiots(in 66 reviews)

  • Post Office is looking to shed jobs due to budget cuts, causing air of uncertainty(in 41 reviews)

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    CCA (Current Employee)

    ProsFirst: In this economy? The pay. New carriers start out at $15,30/hr and (even though your orientation leader may so you're not guaranteed 40 hrs/week) you will get a monstrous amount of overtime. Once you're past your first couple of months and you understand how to carry mail properly you will often work from 8a-6p nearly every day. Also with a few cities, like mine, you will work on Sundays for Amazon. This usually adds an additional 5 hours to the paycheck. Myself and other CCA's in the station work between 51-64 hours a week.

    Secondly: You are your own boss for the most part. You will spend 1-2 hours a day in the office between receiving and casing your magazines and any left over letters that the machine didn't sort out. Once you've been in past the 90 day probationary period you are eligible to "hold down" an open route. If you are lucky enough to get a good long term hold (the regular is gone for injury or some other reason) you will learn how to case routes very quickly.

    Third: Fitness. There's a lot of people who want to lose weight out there. I weighed 235 lbs when I first started working for the post office and now I weight 180. I lost 50 lbs in the first 3 months alone. It's all exercise though. You can diet if you want, but remember you'll need energy to walk those long routes.

    Fourth: Coworkers. Yea, there are turds in every environment, but most of the career employees there are really pulling for you to succeed. Most carriers in my station are former military and a lot of them have been friends for decades. Being a CCA myself, I was worried about how well I'd fit in with some of the grizzled older carriers but they accepted me right away.

    ConsSo where to begin. Well remember when I talked about working all that overtime in the Pros section? It's not optional. You will be expected to be at work every day of the week, including Sundays, unless you have a decent management staff. During the Christmas season I once worked for 53 days straight without an off day. We had new CCA's get hired and quit within weeks. Have a family? Tough luck. You will get to see them from 6:30pm till they go to sleep. Sundays you will likely get off work around 1-2pm.

    Management is mostly compromised of people who are former carriers or clerks, which is nice because they promote from withing, but the devastating caveat to this is that most of them are uneducated persons. A fair amount of carriers start when they're in their late teens and early twenties and come from jobs that were minimum wage or did not require them to have any kind of leadership training. The managers don't care about the welfare of the employees mental status until it's too late, and most of them tend to act like they were never carriers at all by expecting completely ridiculous things from the CCA's and some career carriers. It's not unusual for a carrier to be given a 2 hr "assist" in addition to whatever their main route is. While most carriers can get this done without much issue, for a new carrier or even an experience carrier on a bad weather day, it can become very stressful mentally.

    The threat of being fired is incredibly annoying as a CCA. If you call off sick, if you need to have a personal day, if you even need to pick your kids up from school because your wife got stuck late at the office, a manager will pull you aside and remind you of how expendable you are. The Paid Time Off (PTO) you accrue will come very quickly, and you'll soon realize you have 40 hours and would like a nice little vacation.. too bad you can't take it. As a CCA you're expected to work 360 days a year and then you get 5 days off as a reward and a massive paycheck AFTER your 5 days off. Now you can use that fat cash to...uhhh.. buy something I guess? Certainly would have been more useful if I got it before the 5 day period to use on my vacation.

    While the career carriers are really great to deal with usually, the fellow CCA's can become very competitive. Often times if you're given an assist and it's better than another CCA's assist who has "seniority" over you they will complain to other carriers and management that they should have gotten the "good" assist. This is one of the fatal flaws that new people with struggle with. No matter how much faster you are, no matter how much more accurate you are, no matter what, everyone gets promoted by time with the post office. This leads to a lot of carriers just doing the bare minimum and putting the excess on other CCA's or carriers.

    The final con (that I'll write about) is that the weather sucks. I know carriers who have been delivering mail for 20+ years and they still can't deal with the rain, the snow, or the heat. The heat is the biggest killer for carriers by far though. If you're in an area that suffers from hot, muggy summers, get ready to consume gallons of water every day, and sweat that out (often onto your customers mail). The worst is when it rains on a hot summer day and then evaporates right off your clothing. Makes you feel like a walking sauna.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCCA's are people too. We have families, we get sick, we need to go the the bank. file our taxes, go to PTA meetings, etc. We understand the needs of the business as well as anyone else, but giving a CCA a day off once every 2-3 weeks isn't going to cost the company nearly as much as having a CCA quit and having to work regulars into V-time. Get your CCA's their uniform allotment on time and if they're within their 90 days loan them some of your rain gear. Stop telling people to "suck it up" because "you carried for 5 years with a broken foot, one eye, and a hook for a hand." If it sucked for you, it probably sucks for us. Think about what you would have wanted as a Carrier or CCA/PTF and let that help you dictate how to manage the post office. Your numbers are important, but they're not gonna get any better when the morale of the entire office is in the dumpster.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great benefits...BUT

    Mail Handler, Carrier (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsGreat benefits and sold pay. Vacation time is given in hourly increments which can be a blessing or a curse in disguise, but the medical benefits alone are worth their weight!

    ConsManagement seems to be trained to actually be difficult with the employee. There is a huge hostile working environment. It is a real challenge. And DON'T get sick. Incredibly enough you can accumulate Sick leave but if you use it, you are totally frowned upon and they become harsh and insensitive with your needs. Family is not first. This job is truly designed for single people. Family orientated persons be advised.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are the backbone of the company, not you. You cannot make everyone happy but you can make everyone miserable. I don't know why its encouraged but being insensitive to employees who have families and playing favorites does no one any good. IF the company suffers, so does everyone else...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The perfect job with great pay!

    Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) Canton, NC

    ProsThe starting pay is excellent, plus mileage for a rural carrier. The idea is to work smarter, not harder; the quicker you deliver the mail, the sooner you go home. Once you go full time, the benefits are excellent. I have met really great people delivering mail and your not in the office all day! The faster you learn, the more routes you will learn.

    ConsWaiting to go full time can take years and you have no benefits until then. Delivering in snow can be dangerous. Part time employees are on call always. It's hard to get a second job because the post office is #1. The routes are rough on your vehicle. It is not for everyone! Until you really get a good handle of what you are doing, it is very stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf it's not broke, don't fix it! Listen to your employees, the know what postal customers want.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job, supervisor makes job heaven or hell

    Regular Rural Carrier (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, benefits, and job security

    ConsConstant changes, unreasonable middle management and time standards. Lower pay and benefits for new employees. Micromanaged by clueless Congress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice the Golden Rule and you will increase productivity and decrease customer complaints.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    CITY LETTER CARRIER (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSocially Active, Physically active, benefits

    ConsWorking in bad weather isn't fun

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    maintenance custodian

    Maintenance Custodian (Former Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsWorking for the US Postal Service gave me job security and paycheck every week. When jobs were getting hard to keep and hard to find, the US Postal Service gave me job security. Also, we had good working conditions and good health benefits. The OSHA government administration insures good safety practices within the Postal Service. The Postal Service has a good workers union to help the workers get pay increases.

    ConsWorking in the Postal Service meant one had to have conscientious job quality and employees were required to have a good working attendance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo many in people in management always meant tremendous overhead cost for the Postal Service. Overhead expense should always be in balance with working productive people making money for the Postal Service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospay is good/ early relief

    Consweather/ heat cold rain, all of the above

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great job!

    CITY LETTER CARRIER (Former Employee) Camden, AL

    ProsFreedom to learn and grow

    ConsVery strick job. You have to make sure who pay attention to details.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company if you are willing to work hard.

    City Carrier Assistant (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsExcellent benefits, plenty of work, good pay. You will be in excellent physical shape if you are on a walking route. Being in a union was a great experience.

    ConsWatch out for injuries! I was bitten by a pit bull and sprained my ankle due to wintry conditions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees weekends off every once in awhile. Hire part-time employees to work a couple of days a week instead of over-utilizing full time employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Totally disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMet some really good people. Did enjoy interacting with customers on routes.

    Cons10-11 hour days, no time with family. Definitely not easy to get time off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople "DO" have lives outside of the P.O. , a little consideration goes a long way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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