Hello everyone, I have a few questions

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by gator1873, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. gator1873

    gator1873 New Member

    I am in college in New Orleans, I am thinking about applying at UPS as a package handler in order to help pay for school, my questions are #1 Is New Orleans or Harvey a better locations to work in? #2 How does the Tuition Assistance program work? #3 I am 41 years old, is this job going to kill me? Any input would be great.

    Thanks,
    Gator
     
  2. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    Yep most likely you'll be dead by Wednesday
     
  3. Sell a kidney. It would be less brutat.
     
  4. RonBurgandy??????????

    RonBurgandy?????????? God is Great, beer is good , People are crazy.

    You would make more money and enjoy yourself more bagging groceries or working at a fast food or department store. Sorry. Sad but true.
     
  5. gator1873

    gator1873 New Member

    Ouch, that doesn't sound good. I assume that why the turnover is a little high. Does anyone have anything positive to say? I see a lot of negative comments on the internet, I assume its do to the intense labor that's involved.
     
  6. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Or the cheap wages and lack of hours available unless you have a lot of seniority. Of course a lot of seniority could mean 6 months. Yeah a lot of turn over.
     
  7. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    With all due respect, the position of package handler is a young man's job. Having said that, are there people out there doing this job that are as old as 41? Yes. That entry level job can eat you up and spit you out. High turnover? Definately. With the lower wages and slow progression of pay, there are a lot of jobs available outside of this company that you can do better with. On the plus side, this job offers benefits such as insurance and paid vacations, and the UPS will not discriminate against you because of your age. Good luck to you in your endeavors.
     
  8. gator1873

    gator1873 New Member

    How does the college tuition program work?
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You pay for classes up front, submit your grades and are reimbursed up to $1,500 per semester. You need to make sure that your hub participates in the program as not all of them do. There is no requirement that you work x number of years in return-----you can quit as soon as you graduate with no repercussions.

    Don't listen to the naysayers.
     
  10. Dude846

    Dude846 Backpacks with Jets

    41? Sweet Baby Seals. I'm 30 and think i'm too old for Box Handling.

    If you're not in shape. You'll either get in shape or die trying to keep up with the pace.

    Keep Icy Hot around and keep your joints good. You might want to look up some type of supplements to help you along. Learn to massage yourself, too. Recovery between shifts help keep my spirits high.

    I take a lot of Protein, and i can definitely say over the course of a month I've put on muscle mass. Hydration is really important too. I sweat 5 minutes into my shift and all 2 hours throughout.

    A lot of turnover in this job. It's not hard to see why either. It's physically and mentally exhausting. But after you've built walls of boxes you can say to yourself you've put in a good days work despite a desk job :P
     
  11. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I agree the job is physically exhausting. And for $35/day, or $175/week minus taxes and Union dues. The best part is free health benefits after a year and paid Holidays and two weeks paid vacation after the first year. Three weeks after two years. The pay still sucks until you make it FT and even than the job does not get any easier, only harder.
     
  12. gator1873

    gator1873 New Member

    And what is midnight sort? This is the position there interviewing me for.
     
  13. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Here is ~11pm- ~4am Loading and unloading trailers.
     
  14. HardknocksUPSer

    HardknocksUPSer Well-Known Member

    Way easier than preload in my experience, still physical but not "AS" physical from my experience on the reload, reload was also less stressful. It would better suite you in my opinion.