PSE Tractor Trailer Driver US Post Office

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  1. Mike2633

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    I went out tonight pretty quiet this restaurant was closed down early.

    traffics light, places are closed and rail traffic is light.
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  4. McUzi

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    Well, USPS contacted me again on Monday, telling me that instead of the in person interview that they normally do, that they wanted to do it over the phone over this COVID-19 stuff, which was great because that meant I didn't have to leave work to do the interview.

    The interview was held with the Transportation Manager and another Manager (I forget the title) from the same office. Both were incredibly fun to talk to, and had a sense of humor as well. The other manager I assume would be the manager this TTO position would report to. They asked about my background, what interests me in USPS, how I'd describe my driving record and the like. Very easy interview.

    10 drivers in this facility, 1 PTF, and that is what they are hiring for. I brought up what kind of hours I'd be looking at and they started with "We can't guarantee any hours, but..." and then the transportation manager told me in his years of hiring for this facility, drivers have never worked less than 35 hours a week and that I'd probably be looking at anywhere from 1.5-2 years to become a full time employee based on their average time frames. Told me his most senior drivers are in their mid sixties and have mentioned retirement recently, so his estimate could be spot on or incredibly overestimated.

    The starting pay is a turn off, but the retirement possibilities are what makes me seriously consider this position. Especially with it being 3 miles from my home. We'll see. The P/T gig I have going currently would help to ease that financial offset, by my calculations anyway.
     
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  5. Sho Nuff

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    2 years as a PTF is a really long time. With only 10 drivers and 1 PTF, I don't see that much OT for anybody. You're schedule is gonna be really erratic with only 1 or 2 PTF's to cover all 3 tours. With no consistent schedule...you might not have a chance to work your other part-time job. IMHO...I would seriously pass on the job. It doesn't look to promising to me. Unless you have other interests besides trucking, it could be a stepping stone to advance to a higher level job...such as being a supervisor, maintenance mechanic, VMF mechanic, driver instructor, etc.
     
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    And the retirement is not as good as it used to be, like back during the CSRS days.

    1% per year of your average high 3. And that is if it stays open long enough for you to retire.

    Much better jobs out there right now for clean CDL drivers.
     
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    Valid points. I’m not one to shy away from an interview though.

    Upward mobility and retirement are really the only draws to it, though, making it an unreasonable option, but somewhat of a pipe dream for a guy supporting a family on a single income.

    I’m holding out for IBEW, secretly.
     
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    To tell you the truth, you're family is the reason why I recommended passing on the job. I've read some of your posts on FXF and Cryo and to be honest with you...I thought you must've lost your mind when you left FXF :confused:. Over $90k your first year??? Yeah, I definitely thought you lost your mind...lol. But knowing that you did it to spend more time with your family...I can't help but give you mad respect for what you did. And that's why I new that giving up cryo or fuel hauling at your current job...just to go back to having an inconsistent schedule at the PO would make leaving FXF pointless.

    But anyways, good luck on your future endeavors.
     
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    Agreed on the part of leaving FXF would have been pointless.
     
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    You had an actual interview with questions? That’s actually surprising. It’s too hard to say, ten full time and one PTF is pretty #### small so I couldn’t even begin to comment on how things work there. It takes about two years to turn regular here but that’s 100+ regulars and 20+ PTF’s.
     
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