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"Strong culture, competitive wages, great training, poor work/life balance."

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Former Employee - Engineer Supervisor in Rockford, IL
Former Employee - Engineer Supervisor in Rockford, IL
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Pros

UPS has a very strong culture of promoting from within. It is very easy to move up in the company if you display good management qualities and can work with people. Most management people do give 110% to get the job done everyday. The compensation plan is geared toward long-term employment and you can definitely raise a family on the salary and stock bonuses provided. Upper management clearly defines your job responsibilities and many opportunities for additional training are available to those wishing to improve themselves. The corporate culture that surrounds employment at UPS is very strong and gives employees a true sense of purpose. Every employee is well aware of the story of the founder James E. Casey, the man that created UPS in Seattle in 1907.

Cons

The hours that employees are required to work can be challenging... especially around the holidays. The expectation is that employees put in 50 hours each week and 60 hours each week during peak season, which lasts from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. The work/life balance is also a major detractor from working at UPS. It is good to receive recognition for a job well done, but there is a cost. The company attempts to increase the quality of life of its employees, but the discussions on work/life balance appear to be just that; discussions. Concerns about brought up by individual employees regarding work/life balance usually fall on deaf ears.

Advice to Management

Senior management need to realize that the front-line situations are drastically different than the ideals rolled out by the corporate office. Knee-jerk reactions cause more problems than well thought out solutions. The front-line supervisors are very insightful on the inner workings of the company. Listening to their suggestions could really help the company as a whole.

Other Employee Reviews for UPS

  1. "Should have stayed private since the strong culture is not very conducive with the public scrutiny."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ramsey, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ramsey, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, Conservative, Good Benefits. Challenging, demanding environment. Very strong culture, with good camaraderie among rank and file.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, hierarchical and political. Entrenched upper management with poor people skills. Some what rigid in that they are very focused on tasks and 'just do it' mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Show more trust, breakdown the functional barriers to promote more collaboration. Be more constructive with rank and file when providing feedback.


  2. "Ok for now. Not great. Not horrible."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mahwah, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Security (for now). Though there seems to be movement to outsource IS functions. If you are performer chances are you will be trusted and left alone.

    Cons

    Bureacracy which is found in larger organizations. Too much rah rah and emphasis on stock ownership which should be a personal choice. Promotions not always fair. I was passed over for promotion even though I had more experience and education than the person promoted. That person was good friends with the promoting manager. So they like to talk the line that they are fair, in actuality they are no different from other firms. IS has too many people and I can see more downsizing.. they do not call it layoffs. But it has happened in IS. Its called elimination of a functional area and people have to find jobs elsewhere or take a package which is never that great.

    Advice to Management

    Look at people you have promoted and determine if it was fair or if it was because the person had a contact or were a good BS artist.

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