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US Postal Service Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  • No benefits are provided for contractors (in 293 reviews)

  • Long hours if you are a CCA (City Carrier Assistant) (in 279 reviews)

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  1. "Mail Handler"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mail Handler in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Mail Handler in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Postal Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This work environment you meet lots of great co-workers. Lot of fun, and family environment

    Cons

    You start out as a PSE and this could be about two to three years

    Advice to Management

    Managment can be pretty stern, but they are only doing what is required of them


  2. Helpful (2)

    "City Carrier Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - City Carrier Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - City Carrier Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Postal Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Federal benefits when you make regular, time and a half for 40+ hours in a week OR 8+ hours in a day, steady work, 4 hours paid vacation per pay period, advancement opportunities, strong union. Good starting pay (16.06-17.41 an hour)

    Cons

    6 day work week including Sundays, impossible to actually use vacation time due to seniority, no health benefits until you make "regular" (2-3 years from start date on average), no set work schedule (work 8-6:30 one day and 10-8 the next.) Schedules are posted day of so it's impossible for you to plan your week ahead of time. If you work in the city you can be bounced around 3-4 different stations in a week which is increasingly difficult if you happen to not have a car. If you happen to finish an 8 hour route in less time you will be rewarded with more work upon returning to the station for no additional pay. Obsolete digital scanners that gps track your every movement or lack thereof .

    Advice to Management

    If you stop treating your employees as if they're expendable the turnover rate wouldn't be so high. Standardize the routes so that carriers who can finish a route faster and just as efficiently don't lose money because of it. (If you give me 8 hours to finish a route and I finish it in 7 I should still be paid 8)

  3. "Excellent benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Clerk in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Postal Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great job security. Union. Excellent benefits. Can request transfers. Variety of jobs to bid on.

    Cons

    Not always a great environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be less abusive.


  4. "Cca"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Postal Service part-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, great coworkers, great Managers.

    Cons

    Hard work, very hot days, you need to be on time back in the office at 5pm.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mail Clerk/Window Clerk/Passport Clerk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Postal Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for the post office is the stability. I've been here for over 5 years. I started as a PSE then was converted to regular almost 2 years after. You get to bid on other positions once you become "regular" This is a top pro because if you get bored like myself you can move around. Its a great opportunity if you know the right people and show you're willing to learn different things. But beware they can sometimes use that to their advantage.

    Cons

    Working here you either become a drunk or a drug addict or working until you pass away because they post office is all you know. The conditions are harsh depending on where you are located. This job consumes you. It weighs on your physical health so much. I watch people daily who can barely walk that still come in. The constant standing and vigorous working has broken down the people who have been there 30+ years but they love their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Please reevaluate who is in charge. Some of the management have positions that even the people who have been there 30+ years cant understand how they are qualified. I really think you should change the maximum times you can bid. There are so many mentally disturbed people working in your plants that you all let wander the work place because of their seniority which is not fair. They really do need help. This is one of the main reasons the post office performance has declined because the workers have become so comfortable riding their way to retirement while the pse and newly converted are working double to pick up the slack.


  6. "A simple job made difficult because of management that tries to kill you."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - City Carrier Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - City Carrier Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Postal Service part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you get into a station with a lot of work, you can make a good amount of money.

    You get to explore parts of your neighborhood/city that you’d never get to see regularly.

    Been working here for a year and a half and I’ve yet to get sick (i.e. Cold, Flu, or anything you could catch or from from the outdoor elements). Pretty much, all the carriers just never get sick.

    Awesome if management likes you.

    Cons

    If you end up making a lot of money in a busy station, you’ll work like a slave.

    Heat in the Summer and Cold in the Winter.

    Might take a while to learn what to do as management doesn’t like to inform you of the rules in order to protect yourself.

    One day off a week and depending on what station you’re in, you might find out the day before or the day of.

    Sucks if management doesn’t favor you.

    We work every Sunday and most holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating us like slaves, you were probably a Carrier too at one point.


  7. "Good for the money, bad for the advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Postal Service part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, easy job, routine

    Cons

    You're a sub so you work when needed or scheduled, you're stuck as this for a LONG time until a full time employee retires, no other opps for advancement since they favor high test scores and veterans even if you already work in that office

  8. "City Carrier Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Carrier Assistant in Dayton, TN
    Former Employee - City Carrier Assistant in Dayton, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Postal Service part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Daily overtime. Benefits offered. Union. Oppurtunity for advancement. Snazzy Uniforms

    Cons

    Public Image of Postal Service, Hazard of Daily Driving and Walking deliveries. Dogs/Bees/Snakes etc..

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within so that a supervisor is never in charge of carriers when that supervisor has never actually carried mail....... come on


  9. "Mail handler"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mail Handler in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Mail Handler in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Postal Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The relationship you build

    Cons

    Down side to working at post office is that it physical beats your body up

    Advice to Management

    Work on moral at job


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Twin Falls, ID
    Former Employee - Clerk in Twin Falls, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Postal Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay great benefits good environment

    Cons

    downsizing, took processing from Twin Falls


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