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Old 04-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Calling all USPS employee's

I have a question to any USPS employees, what exactly is your position and what exactly are us responsible for on daily basis and do you like it? I am consider career change and would like some info
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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Former usps employee here, I am not going to answer your questions because I strongly suggest you look elsewhere. It was awful when I left 8 years ago and has become all the more unbearable according to my friends who still work there. Good luck in your job change.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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My mom is a postmaster and is counting the days til she can return in June (at 55). She is not staying a day later - says the place (upper management) is making her sick!!
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Thank you, that's the kind of info I been finding.
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I was a rural sub for 4 years and I left 2 1/2 years ago to return to school. I came to realize I was never going to have a full time position with a decent schedule and benefits. I had to supply a vehicle that got trashed, we never got a raise for gas money when the price was going crazy, and after 4 years I never moveed one inch closer to the job I wanted because they kept moving it further away.

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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I've been a sub rural carrier for over 6 years and just put in my 2 weeks notice. Yes the pay is good, but it is far to stressful.
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No personal experience - but wanted to add -

With the change in home delivery starting in August, specifically the elimination of Saturday delivery - I can't help but think with the staffing restructurings that are bound to happen - that I would not want to be low man on the totem pole. I would be much more concerned about job security.
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I haven't worked for the post office for years, but it wasn't too bad when I worked there. I started right out of high school and worked two years as a carrier. This was about 35 years ago.

I was a rural carrier on one route - mostly post office boxes with about 13 on the road boxes. I loved this route. It was perfect. Then I became a sub for a larger route. We are talking a 70 mile route, half the roads were dirt roads and half the dirt roads washed out during the winter. I would do this route on weekends and when ever the other carrier was off. She was off for about a month and so I was on it full time. I hated that route. I ended up quitting because it was just too stressful and tore up my car.

I went back and trained to become a clerk (working inside only) and that wasn't too bad. But I was also training to work on one of the sorting machines and got sick and could not pass the final testing.

My dad was a city carrier for many years and liked his job. My mom was a rural carrier and then became a clerk and eventually became a postmaster. She also enjoyed her job.

There are many different jobs in the post office, from rural carriers (use your own vehicle and get paid mileage), city carriers (use the post office vehicles) and clerks. There are also administrative positions too. If you are a carrier, you are checked every few years to see if your route has grown too big or has dropped in size. If it has grown, they will usually move part to another route. Clerks do a wide range of things, from sorting mail and packages, to working the front window (not all clerks do this), to handling forwards and vacation holds, to putting the mail up in the post office boxes at that office.

Being a carrier is not for everyone. Also a lot depends on the upper management for the area. Unfortunately there is a saying that to get someone out of an office, promote them out. So there can be some real jerks in upper management.
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