FedEx Pension lies

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by fedex_rtd, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. fedex_rtd

    fedex_rtd Active Member

    So I decided to take a look at the FedEx pension site tonight retirement.fedex.com

    What I noticed is that the "estimates" are really looking good until you start to drill down in them. First thing is the calculation that you will work 45 hours per week...REALLY??? how many of you average 45 hours per week?

    Then I took a look at my current PPA amount 32k...OK so what if I retire in one year, what will the amount be? 45.8k yeh right...FedEx is going to put an additional 13.8 thousand into my PPA in a 12 month period? They must have the same engineer doing the math that comes up with the stem times for the RTD's

    Even with their inflated numbers the monthly pension amount is between 1/3 to less than half of what my traditional pension plan will pay out and I was only part time for a majority of that plan for the same number of years, and I've been full-time for the entire life of the portable.

    Man did we get hosed so hard!!!
     
  2. Route 66

    Route 66 Flacid Member

    What????....Are you insinuating that Fraud Smith has bent us over an' given us a screwin'?
     
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  3. BigTex61

    BigTex61 Active Member

    Surely your not implying that the wonderful Mr.Smith is manipulating these numbers too! You have no faith!
     
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  4. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    PPA= cash it out when you leave and buy a new car and that's it.
     
  5. Serf

    Serf Active Member

    I just did my PPA calculation. In 2043 assuming I worked here for 30 years my PPA would be worth 76,512 in "future dollars" not current dollars. LOL, That money is going to go pretty far in Estonia!
     
  6. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    But just think man, you can buy a really nice car and live in it for your retirement. This is something that they would actually say if you brought that up. If the stuff they always say is any clue. Kinda like "why would you want to top out, nothing to look forward to." Freaks the lot of em.
     
  7. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Actually Migrant worker, I've been curious but no one has asked. What was your turning point to the dark side? I remember you very distinctly when you first started posting.
     
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  8. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    You bring up a good point, the current system is unfair to employees who start later in life. A 25 yr old qualifies at 50 for the highest percentage, 9%, contribution to the portable pension. A 40 year old would have to work until 58 to qualify. Used to be a 40 year old could get a full traditional pension at 65, and would reach better pay much sooner. Now at 58 he probably wouldn't even be at the midpoint of range. For this plan to amount to anything at all one must start very young and work until full Social Security retirement age, and who knows where SS will be in 40+ years.
     
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  9. fedex_rtd

    fedex_rtd Active Member

    There is no future with FedEx! Short term, you will have a job and be able to put food on the table and live a rather basic life, most of the guys at my station are married and their wives make more per hour than they do and half of them are actually on the wife's health care plan.

    Long term there is no real future, you will not have a retirement program that you can rely on. The 401k plan was NEVER meant for hourly employees. It was designed for higher wage earning salary employees that did not qualify for a traditional pension plan. Telling lower wage earning hourly employees that this is your retirement plan, requires those hourly workers to put a large percentage of their earnings into the 401k.

    How many of you older guys can afford to take $25000 per year out of your take home pay and put it into a savings/investment plan? I would guess the percentage is rather low, but if you do not MAX out your 401k plan every year, then you will NOT have enough to retire on.

    If you stay with FedEx I hope you get used to the taste of dog and cat food, because you will not be dining on fine food in your old age.
     
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  10. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Great points, and the biggest is that very few (if any) can afford to make a maximum contribution to the 401k, which is your real retirement plan at FedEx. Senior managers and above, (plus our pilots) routinely max-out their 401ks, and the pilots have a true pension. Please never forget that our upper crust enjoy stock options, and interest-free loans which allow them to buy massive quantities of the stock and then "flip" it when it goes up high enough.

    Us? We get the handle of the toilet plunger.
     
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  11. El Morado Diablo

    El Morado Diablo Active Member

    I've never met a courier who's made anything close to the max contribution to their 401k. I suppose it's possible for a topped out courier in the highest market levels if they can afford to put that much in their 401k. I personally haven't worked with anyone who would admit to making a 10%+ contribution. I can tell you the looks on the faces of my work group is priceless every time our SM talks about making catch-up contributions to his 401k. He is so oblivious to the fact that he can afford to fund his 401k so generously while those who are working for him are lucky if they are putting in 6%. To say he's a little out of touch with his employees financial situation would be an understatement.
     
  12. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    This is it if they want to know why they have to put 15% raises during peak to keep people around. Two words, compensation\ benefits.
     
  13. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Most people I know don't put anything to the 401k because they have other issues to deal with.
     
  14. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    I just bumped mine from 6 to 8%
    Save now, play later. You can do it.
     
  15. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Our play is expensive brother.
     
  16. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    I put 12% in mine, but it helps that my wife makes a lot more than I do. This still won't mean much when added to the P-ss Poor Pension.
     
  17. DontThrowPackages

    DontThrowPackages Well-Known Member

    PPA is a glorified savings account.
     
  18. DontThrowPackages

    DontThrowPackages Well-Known Member

    Or a used RV and live in it.
     
  19. Nolimitz

    Nolimitz Active Member

    I'm at 15% and getting "catch up" contributions due to my age. Pay your self first. Ya my wife is the bread winner in this house too.
     
  20. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Found some cities in northern Nicaragua where you can get by on $500 a month, live very well on a $1000. Bring a generator, be sure to stock up on water when it's on, but they're safe and the climate is decent. Modern communications means American TV and Internet. The PPA to me means cash out and escape, but then I'm one of the lucky ones who got a traditional pension too, albeit not all I should've gotten. Know a lady there who rents a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house for $200, a black American guy who rents a 5 bedroom for $250. You can struggle here, or go find options.
     
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