Ups seasonal to casual

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  1. noobie flatbedder

    noobie flatbedder Light Load Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I have a driver test for ups tomorrow at 10:30pm. My first question top everyone is what does the ride rest consist of?

    Also the manager said it takes two years too be hired as casual and I'd be 18th on the list. Once I break the top ten I'll get more full time hours. My question is will it be worth the wait? The position comes with benefits and teamster insurance. I've had one other job offer and it doesn't pay nearly as well as ups. ($18.50 vs $30). But I'm still waiting to hear from coke, usf Holland, escro(local company) .
     
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    None of those are really bad options but you have to ask a very simple question.

    Why has UPS had a waiting list to get hired for the last 40 years? It can't be because they are a horrible company to work for....
     
  5. noobie flatbedder

    noobie flatbedder Light Load Member

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    That's true. It's just the waiting game. He said once January hit things get slow. To the point where i might work a day or so a week. The manager said guys went three weeks last January without work.

    My thought is if I can see light at the end of the tunnel maybe it's worth it. I want the full time gig for the retirement benefits. I'm just stuck mentally and don't want to make a bad decision. That escro position is teamsters also but it won't pay nearly the same as ups.
     
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  6. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    The question of will it be worth the wait depends on you. Young guy, no spouse or kids to support with stable budget and low debt?

    Can you hack a considerable period of time where you aren't making a full week's pay while also going through pay progression?

    My understanding on the $30/hr rate that UPS is paying is for their temp seasonals, but once you become a permanent employee you go through the actual pay progression. Of course it's confusing because there are contract addendums and MOUS for every region, so I'd also confirm with UPS if your rate would drop to whatever appropriate step upon to becoming permanent.

    I'd kill to have a time machine to go back to when I was dumb and 18 and get into UPS.
     
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  7. noobie flatbedder

    noobie flatbedder Light Load Member

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    Yea I'm 27 I have a wife and son. But the wife is extremely supportive and said the same as long as we can see a light at the end of the tunnel she is ok with it.

    I know he said in January it drops down to $21 which isn't a big deal. I figure maybe I can get a bus driving job while I wait for work too pick back up again.

    I just know this will set my family up for life. It's just making it through.
     
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  8. Banker

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    The test drive is very basic as they will teach you how they want you to drive if they hire you. Years ago lack of shifting smoothly was a deal breaker, but many of their rigs are automatic now so it may not be an issue. Both hands on the steering wheel even during turns. Absolutely don’t shift on railroad tracks if it is a manual and get out and look before backing. Tell the supervisor what you are doing and looking for if he has you do a pre trip. Most will tell you they did the pre trip already and if you are hired they will show you the UPS way to do it then. UPS is growing massively world wide so a seasonal job will likely be a fast track to full time if you do a great job. Probably won’t ever make more money anywhere as a company driver at full scale. It isn’t for everyone, but it is a great job.
     
  9. Atlaw4u

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    I would say stick it out with UPS and years from now you will look back and be glad that you did.
     
  10. noobie flatbedder

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    Thank you guys. I'm just getting in my own head. I keep going back and fourth but I hope I get full time. Was my dream job since getting out of trucking school
     
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  11. MACK E-6

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    Matter of opinion.

    UPS is very strict, and I have to wonder about the percentage of those on that list that can’t tolerate all of their rules once they do get in. It isn’t always about the money.
     
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