Ups seasonal to casual

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  1. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    Years ago that would be enough, but everything has changed. They may or may not road test you in an automatic, but they still have plenty of manuals. They aren’t going to pay to train you to drive a manual and if that is what you road test in you could be in a bind. Show up and hope for the best.
     
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  3. McUzi

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    Just double clutch and take it easy then, the same way you did your road test for your license. Biggest problem for most is psyching themselves out before the test.
     
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  4. LtlAnonymous

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    Yeah, this. They need drivers so badly, who knows what the standards are now.
     
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  5. Darrius54

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    I’m guaranteed to take a test in a manual. Asked if the truck will be a manual. I’ll just try to find somebody with a manual to practice or see if Penske rent manual trucks.
     
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  6. LtlAnonymous

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    Good call. Just putz around a parking lot for a couple hour. Stop and start. Maneuver.
     
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  7. dr5169

    dr5169 Medium Load Member

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    I was one of those guys in the Chicago area that was lucky to start at 30.00 /hr.. didn't have to do sleepers and moved up to coverage after only 9 months. .. Some times the ball bounces your way life...
     
  8. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    You guys are SO lucky. I'm happy they came up with a starting pay figure that makes sense and is livable.
     
  9. JPenn

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    I'm starting to feel I should have held out for feeders. Package car is no cakewalk (which I honestly wasn't expecting) but the onboarding process is straight up BS. One of you package drivers can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm getting the distinct impression that they want to keep you from making the union. I'm at day 36, no idea if I've qualified or not (judging by most metrics I am on par with the majority of other drivers), but I'm consistently hearing that I'm 1.5-2 hours over allotted time on my route, which is on average 60 miles, 160-190 stops, and 240-300 packages. I'm pushing 19-21 stops per hour, mixed rural and suburban... Oh, and coming in the door I was advised they'd keep me on the same route for 30 days, but several weeks in they switched me to another route that I had minimal area knowledge of.

    Any pointers from one of you package car folks? I'm getting uneasy over here. Might go get my hazmat to hedge my bets, in case this winds up being a dead end.
     
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  10. McUzi

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    @JPenn hopefully you pull through the uncertainty. Go get that hazmat yesterday and protect yourself...
     
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  11. Banker

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    I never worked package as I was a “Street hire”, directly in to Feeders. Several of my friends did work their way up from inside the bldg to package and then Feeders. They all talk about how management was never happy with your performance and always wanted more. That is just UPS, but don’t worry. If you give an honest effort and do a good job, they won’t get rid of you. Let the BS go in one ear and out the other and enjoy your day job and the people who look forward to seeing you on your route. UPS needs you now more than you need them and when you decide to go into Feeders you will bring your seniority with you. (Unless they have classification at your location). The package driver who delivers to my house has 30 years seniority and he could have a day job in Feeders but likes his route.
     
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