Help...Suspervisor vs. Driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Storm723, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Storm723

    Storm723 Preload Supervisor

    ALCON (Dear Abby...)

    I am fairly new to UPS and was given paperwork to become a supervisor after the holidays (January). However, I want to be sure I make the right decision and don't get stuck in this PT Supe position.

    Driver vs. Supe....Advice???

    Excited :thumbup1: & Confused :thumbdown
  2. rd0127

    rd0127 Member

    I would recommend that you stay a driver. The incentive to be in management is no longer there. The union definitely has its issues, but with managements hours and stress, plus a supervisors monthly pay is very comparative to a full time drivers and the "stock program" has turned into a complete joke the last couple of years.
  3. rod

    rod retired and happy

    no brainer! stay a driver
  4. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Take the following into account. How old are you now?
    What is your current position? P/T or F/T or seasonal hire? Are you going to school? Is tuition reimbursement available to you? It takes longer for a P/T sup to get a driving position as opposed to an hourly employee. However, opportunities may be available to into F/T management without driving, based on your education. Is it your inention to make a career at UPS, that's the bottom line.
  5. LKLND3380

    LKLND3380 Active Member

    We had a pt. supe here on the preload quit to become a driver.... Sounds like you want to do the opposite...
  6. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    We`ve had several pt sups go into driving.If you stay on as a sup,
    you`ll have no control over your future,although if your related to Eskew,
    or have horseshoes up your ass,it would be the way to go.
    But if you become a driver,you get to attempt the impossible every day! If you like a challenge,and want a job that keeps you fit,and dont
    mind getting home at 9pm+ every night, come on down!
  7. Howard Seras

    Howard Seras New Member

    Ask yourself one question.....Do you trust management?
  8. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Search the archives, read the posts of other people who have asked the same question. Talk to the pt sups in your building, see if they are meeting their goals. weigh the pros and cons of what you want in your future, got to Vegas and see just how lucky you are, then decide.
  9. Slowestdriver in America

    Slowestdriver in America Drive to stay Alive

    Driving has its benefits. Like, you get paid for working more than 40 hours. I have done both and sup means they own you 24/7 (not literally, but almost), and you get paid the same. The stress is about the same in both cases.
  10. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

  11. NI1

    NI1 Member

    Why step down?:cool:
  12. Storm723

    Storm723 Preload Supervisor

    Thank you everyone for your input...and clarification.

    I have been tossing the idea around and actually a few drivers told me the same. I have actually seen how management operates and I am sure on some part they are forced to act the way they do...however on the other hand I think quite a few of them have more of a power struggle with people even though they know how difficult the job of loader can be. I mean this with no disrespect to the drivers, I know that job is just as difficult.

    Honestly, I don't think I could be a hard-ass knowing what a loader on overnights has to go through. Especially with the amount of packages coming down a line...for a specific set and trying to tell someone sweating their a%^$ off that they are not moving quickly enough and can not stack and all at the same time keeping up with the influx of work headed at them just seems crazy to me..

    Thank you for helping make my decision!! and I am glad I found brown cafe...since most people have not been able to answer my question.
  13. Anonymous999

    Anonymous999 Guest

    Management ranks are dwindling every month with more cuts just announced. They will always be drivers. Stay where you are.
  14. Suggest you check out the post entitled "Re-Entering Labor Union after going to Management"
  15. hoser

    hoser Industrial Slob

    Despite some people doingn so, we can't tell you what's best. Are you a born leader? Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 25 years? Do you want risk, challenge, and reward OR predictability, consistancy, and a solid paycheque?

    Are you married? Do you have kids? Can you relocate? Do you want to relocate? Do you want a job title and room to move up or do you want the security of a predictable job?

    Ask yourself this, talk to pt sups, your co-workers, even your manager if he's approachable enough, and definately the panel interview when they end it with "any questions? ask them if they think it's right for you, ask them questions that you've thought up all the time (even right them down before you go into the interview).

    Do all this, and you'll know what's best. We can't say what's best for you, only tell you the pros and cons of each end. And I want to remind you that of the employees on this forum, it's 80% teamster, 20% non teamster. correct me if i'm wrong.