Off to Courier School

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MassWineGuy, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    At long (long) last, they're sending me to courier school. All three days of it. It should be interesting, except for the part of leaving at 5 am to beat the Boston traffic. Got my bucket 'o stuff all ready.
     
  2. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    I'll bet you quit within a month. You'll figure it out.
     
  3. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Make sure you get some nice steak dinners on your per diem. Get what you can from this company.
     
  4. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    If he is driving in, I doubt he is getting a per diem.
     
  5. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    No per diem for me this time. But they do pay for mileage, so I'll splurge on a hamburger at lunch.

    As for quitting, I've been there about a month and it seems ok. If I were working there full time, I might think differently. But I neither need nor want to do that. If I need extra hours, they're available in ample supply.
     
  6. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    If class is still at District HQ, driving to Framingham both ways will suck, no matter which direction you're coming from. The day will end just in time to sit in traffic on Rte 9/Rte 95/Rte 128/Rte 495 or Rte 93. And those will be you're best days at Express. Then the real screwing begins!
     
  7. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    I don't think MassWineGuy believes us when we talk about this shathole. He'll discover the hard way.
     
  8. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Hey take it easy on him, after 3 days, he'll be PRO, running 120%, providing insight to seasoned couriers on how to do their job better, and working up the ranks, he's gonna be SOMEONE BIG he'll fix this company one day......
     
  9. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    This company is beyond fixing it seems.
     
  10. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I don't dismiss the criticisms made here of FedEx. If there's something to discover, I'm sure that I'll discover it for myself soon enough. Smith, I'm already someone big. And When, I'm painfully aware of the traffic nightmare and am very much looking forward to it.
     
  11. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Do you live more than 50 miles from courier class?
     
  12. FedExLeaker

    FedExLeaker New Member

    Honestly, being a courier isn't that hard. Yes, the company is screwing drivers, but stop acting like you're the pioneers to private space exploration.

    Anyone can come off the road and drive, and anyone with half a brain can be pretty efficient in a short amount of time.
     
  13. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    The problem is that they're hiring too many drivers anymore with half a brain, and giving them little training. They've never been taught how to set up and organize a route. Not a good combination.
     
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  14. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I'm somewhat doubtful of the three-day courier training, but I'll see. Looks like the class is 48 miles away.
     
  15. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I set up a guy in Texas with 20 stops, a good map, and a fairly condensed area. Took him almost 5 hrs to return to the station(area was 20 miles away). Don't discount how bad some are at directions. I've seen people freak out and quit after a month. The combo of a bad mgr, a really heavy route, a short window, bad traffic, some angry customers, coworkers with attitudes, etc can really wear on you. Especially if you're at one of those stations where you start around 6 a.m. and work a 4X10 and get pressure constantly to work your day off. I liked the OT, some prefer to have a life.
     
  16. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    No being a courier isn't that hard, but take a look around your location, there are plenty of folks that make it look impossible.. I work in a location with impeccable maps, where an entire route is inside a single housing development, and the CRRs there still manage to drive in circles...
     
  17. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I am navigationally challenged, though I know the towns my stations serves. Some type of Garmin or cell phone map app is in my future. I'll be a part time PM driver mostly doing pickups.
     
  18. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    As a pup driver, you'll probably have a bunch of regulars, you won't need a GPS except perhaps for the random on-call you may get from time to time.
     
  19. andrsnbkj

    andrsnbkj Member

    He will even run his breaks and lunches too
     
  20. SuperHandler

    SuperHandler Member

    Remember, you got 30 days to catch up to speed. Don't let those managers fool you into thinking you can get fired. Good luck and welcome to the wah-wah train.