what to expect on my first day at ups?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by bluemoon, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. bluemoon

    bluemoon New Member

    ok, so i finally got hired yesterday after waiting a couple of months. i had my orientation today, but my first day is actually tomorrow. i will be working the afternoon shift (5-9), and i was just wondering what i should expect. will i be unloading the trucks or loading the trailers? i just want to prepare and brace myself mentally. so in your experiences, what were your first days like?
     
  2. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    They were great as any new job.

    Do you live in Memphis?

    How did you become aware of this site? Agt the Interview?
     
  3. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    Bring a gallon of water and a sense of humor. If you can hack it as a part-timer and eventually get promoted a full-timer, you're officially a lifer. May the force be with you.
     
  4. UPSF Peeon

    UPSF Peeon New Member

    in 1989 overnite transportation started dockworkers out at $8.10 an hour

    in 2010 ups starts inside employees at $8.50 an hour to do much harder work then an LTL dock job

    good thing the union got you that big time salary
     
    Lasted edited by : Jul 3, 2010
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Go there with an open mind, a gallon of water, ready to work.
     
  6. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    Expect to see boxes, lots of boxes.
     
  7. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Expect to come in here and post up the BS you see gong around you everyday.
     
  8. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I would wear work gloves and comfortable boots and drink lots of water.
     
  9. labels_up

    labels_up Box slinger

    I started out as a sorter, but I'm imagining starting as a loader/unloader isn't a lot different. You WILL be sore as hell for awhile until your body gets used to it, but if you keep at it, you will adjust. Gloves will feel very hot on your hands but when dealing with splinters/sharp edges on irregs they are worth it. You don't have to wear steel toes but it's not a bad idea. Bring plenty of water, as stated, just don't drink too much at once or else you'll get stomach cramps and that sucks. And as someone else says a sense of humor is essential. It'll be hard at first but if you stick it out you'll be fine.
     
  10. Bville

    Bville New Member

    In short....

    Hell.
     
  11. dillweed

    dillweed Well-Known Member

    You'll be fine. Good advice you've been given. Accept the fact that it's an insane place to work. Do the best you can but take care of your body. It's easy to get caught up in the frenzied pace and injure yourself. Also, on the water - a gallon milk jug is great, especially if you fill it half full and stick it in the freezer the night before. Fill it the rest of the way with water before going in and you'll have refreshing cool water during your shift. Best of luck and let us know how you're doing.
     
  12. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    expect to get hot , dirty and sore.
     
  13. Ms Spoken

    Ms Spoken New Member

    run while you can you will thank me later
     
  14. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    the unexpected
     
  15. iruhnman630

    iruhnman630 Active Member

    Expect pain. You're starting a new workout program.
     
  16. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    Expect to dramatically increase intake of Blue Moon over the next few weeks until you'd rather be unemployed and drunk.
     
  17. FracusBrown

    FracusBrown Ponies and Planes

    I'd rather be unemployed and drunk. I've tried increasing my intake, but I keep waking up un-drunk and still having to go to work. Am I doing something wrong?