Seasonal Driving

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Dillinger4, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    I have an interview next week for a seasonal driving position. When you are hired to drive seasonal is this to cover vacations for full time permanent drivers or are these just routes that UPS has no drivers for?
     
  2. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    At my building they usually are on the same training route all summer. They use the bid driver to cover vacations and open routes that day. Too much trouble to teach a seasonal a lot of different routes.
     
  3. ChicagosPrimeMinister

    ChicagosPrimeMinister What rhmyes with UPS?

    30 probation period on a training route to qualify for a position. Then you may or may not cover that route when that driver is on vacation OR they'll call you in when they put in extra routes.
     
  4. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    Thanks for the information. I kind of thought that would be the case. Trying to teach someone multiple routes in my area would be extremely difficult.
     
  5. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    And at the end of the season after being used and abused, if you do a really good job, you can expect to be offered a PT job on the preload for $10/hr. for 3 1/2 hours a day.
     
  6. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    We don't have seasonal drivers here so I can't help you.
     
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  7. Box Ox

    Box Ox Camacho for President!

    At my center, off street seasonals are only used if there aren't any permanent part timers who are also seasonal drivers available. HR won't tell you that. They'll just tell you your hourly rate (when/if you do work) and that it's full time (because it IS full time.....for the days you're called in). Don't expect much work outside of the holiday season. Sure, there's summer vacations. But management doesn't need so many extra drivers that they're pulling off streeters very often. There's a limit to how many drivers can vacation simultaneously.

    Might sound strange , but you'd probably be better off landing a permanent part time spot now so you can start accruing seniority and also be ahead of any off street seasonals instead of taking the off street gig now and possibly waiting by the phone for work.
     
  8. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Difficult? Not to the runner-gunner!
     
  9. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    There are only a handful of places that don't use casuals or seasonal guys
     
  10. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    My building does not use casuals and I don't remember the last time we had a seasonal driver. We use FT and PT air drivers to fill the gaps.
     
  11. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    No casuals out here in Gods country
     
  12. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Fixed.
     
  13. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    Well with that kind of attitude you will never make management. :whistling
     
  14. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    Thanks for the info. One of the questions I will ask HR is if the position is on call. They should be able to give me the frequency of days worked per week based on past seasonal drivers but I wouldn't put my money on it.
     
  15. Box Ox

    Box Ox Camacho for President!

    Probably. Full time driver preferred days of the week and weeks of summer off can tend to follow patterns.
     
  16. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    The first 30 days you drive you will be placed on what they call a training route. If you qualify you will then help cover summer vacations. And then you will drive at peak. And then after peak if you hit Powerball you MIGHT be hired permanent
     
  17. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    Doubt it
    But Good luck to you
     
  18. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    Here they never work Mon or Fri. But they still show up every day, and then are sent home. About a month before XMAS they work every day
     
  19. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    Perhaps, though it wouldn't make much sense to have a temp run a new route every week.
     
  20. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    True. But what they do here is, if they have any ability whatsoever they will move them around within 1 or 2 different loops. If they are just a body to get them thru peak, they will cover a route of someone who is out long term. Either disability or a retiree whose route hasn't been posted yet. No matter what they can't stay on the training route more than 30 days. The bid driver will grieve it.