What makes US Postal Service unique as an employer?
Diligent,Responsible,Loyal,Rewarding Providing a Public Service.
The postal service is a federal agency and is a quasi- monopoly. When they need money for raises they raise the price of a stamp. They are very good at training much like the army . They are much better with employees than in years past. Overall, they do the right thing with people. The union makes sure of it and the service is better at working with the union. But you work hard. But the average guy can expect good health benefits,pay, holidays, life insurance, pensions, and thrift savings plan and social security! So you get a lot for your hard work. You work outside not in a stuffy office if your a carrier. Oh , sick time too! Highly recommended!
What makes the USPS unique is the fact that many employees think about the here and now and do not look towards the future for themselves nor their families. I retired from the the USPS after 24 years. I started as a 90 day casual clerk for xmas with no benefits, then a TE clerk / carrier for 6 days shy of a year with no benefits, then I became a PTF carrier with benefits but bot guaranteed 40hrs. Within 6mths made regular city carrier for 13 years then took a pay decrease became a custodian to improve my attendance then became a 204b acting supervisor of distribution/customer service during which I was acting manager, post master and ran many offices from opening until closing. After 5yrs I became a regular supervisor. Relocated to Evans, then Forest Hills, then Martinez. I then transferred to Charlotte at North Tryon and finally the Airport. I was so tired of trying to be an upstanding, honest, integrity filled leader in a system that builds itself on dishonesty, corruption and infestation that I retired early. If the public new everything that goes on within the system, I think more people would understand that privatization of the Postal service maybe the only way to keep it afloat. There are policies throughout the postal service if implemented and followed would truly benefit the postal service and it's employees but upper management is deceitful and unfortunately employees are plagued with the same characteristics!!!
The health benefits, and an employees' ability for upper mobility.
I loved my job as a rural carrier there is a lot of freedom but I do not recommend being a city carrier they can use and abuse you and boy will they. I watched a lot of people lose their homes and vehicles because the post office decided to rename a position and make everyone retake the test then reapply. One woman had worked up to $22 an hour they started her back out at 13$ she lost her home and her truck. It was heart breaking.
Depends on your position. Overall it is unique to the process of hiring and being a federal employee. New employees definitely are sourced to work. Forget about a life of your own. Families are tried, patience is a must and the younger you are the better. The career employees play the upper hand and pretty much care only for filling up their meter to retire. So unless you’ve been there a while don’t stay in one position. Look ahead and plan for other opportunities within or outside the USPS. It was a proud moment for me to be a United States Postal Carrier. Just be ready to be owned.
Nothing unique but good starting salary, benefits and retirement. Lots of opportunities for advancement and travel. Unfortunately, current financial situation makes it a troubling company to work for.
President Ronald Reagan said it best....a government employee is like an MX Missle; they don't work and you can't fire them! I truly believe that government employees other than our Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen, as well as govt law enforcement agents (FBI, Border Patrol, etc) are nothing more than PARASITES & GLORIFIED WELFARE RECIPIENTS! NOTHING ADMIRABLE or USEFUL abt them! We could easily cut civil service employees by 40% and lose NOTHING! They are a DISGRACE!