One of the biggest lies that FedEx has traded-on for years has been the myth of the FedEx "family". This is supposedly where everyone (including the company) comes together to confront a crisis, whether it be an illness ,operational challenge etc. The trouble is that while the employees almost always come through, FedEx does not. If it costs anything, you can be sure Fred will somehow avoid paying for it, even if it is for cancer treatment, a house fire, or some other calamity that has total merit. The employees hold a car wash, bake sale, or some other event, not the company, which could donate in many different ways but doesn't. You put forth all of the extra effort and FedEx happily takes the credit. Sound typical? The United Way campaign is another example of where Fred wants you to do something for the community that makes him and FedEx look good. Never mind that you are living paycheck to paycheck on your enormous FedEx wage. Most charitable events are full of managers directed to attend...or else. You will serve food to hobos at Christmas,or you're gone, is pretty much it if you are a manager. So, if you croak while doing your route, the company will put up a big banner retiring your route number with a picture of your smiling face that "loved" FedEx so much. BFD, and nobody really gives a rat's ass. Really, they don't. Yep, we're just one big happy FedEx family, but unlike a real family, don't expect a whole lot out of your uncle (Fred) and his kin.