Any one from Montana? Missoula specifically? Looking to transfer.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Joe12mz3, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. Joe12mz3

    Joe12mz3 New Member

    I am currently in Puyallup Washington and am looking to maybe transfer to Missoula Montana. I was just wondering if there was anyone on here from that area and what they could tell me. How are the routes? How often are drivers hired since I would lose building seniority just wonder how long I would be at the bottom. I currently have the transfer if I want it but can't do the move just yet so I will try again later. I want to get connected with someone from there if there is anyone.


  2. Kelso82

    Kelso82 New Member

    I hope you get some info on this because I have a lot of the same questions.
  3. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    I know there are a lot of old farts there. Call the center manager. Their number is on the transfer sheet you have to sign. Good gig if you enjoy 4 months of ice and snow on out of town routes.
  4. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Can you get good Deli, pizza, and bagels there?
  5. DOK

    DOK Active Member

    I would bet it's at least 6 months of winter weather.
  6. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    Nah, but the Rocky Mountain oysters are to die for.
  7. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    No Knish? Stromboli?
  8. Lead Belly

    Lead Belly BANNED

    Montana is Gods country.
  9. burrheadd

    burrheadd Creepy pervert

    They have a big mountain oyster fry there every summer
    It gets crazy
  10. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I would be leery of moving to MT. The railroads have been in furlough mode for over a year. I would imagine that PT people there know that and know that UPS is one of the few really good FT jobs in some of those areas. Plus, there were many feeder bids that were 4 day bids that were changed back to 5 day bids. That put feeder guys back in package.

    I would think that transferring to MT could be a very risky career move.
  11. Dr.Brownz

    Dr.Brownz Well-Known Member

    Small center in a small town. You will be at the bottom for a while.
  12. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    It's considered a large center probably 40-45 routes and growing. Didn't see many layoffs during the recession. Probably has about 7 transfers working there now. Housing is probably cheaper in puyallup though.
  13. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    Testy Festy
  14. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    So, joe, did you go? Have you packed everything up and sold the farm?
    A few things to consider:

    1) health benefits, you should be fine maintaining them during the transfer since you are covered two months ahead. But when you get there, you need 80 hours a month (not 40)
    And you earn them only one month in advance. Your benefits will not be quite as good.

    2) housing, it's not cheap. Easter wa. Even around seattle has better deals.

    3) Wages, you can expect making about .75 less and pay an extra $50-$60 a week in state taxes.

    4) Weather, hotter, smokey (when there is a fire near by) in the summer. Colder, snowy, icy in the winter. There are no snow days. Even when it's -12 in the morning (-35 with wind chill)

    Transfers come when you least expect it, if you turn it down now, you will have to wait till next year. I doubt they will take a transfer 3 years in a row, but I guess it's possible. Someone could get mauled by a grizzly next year.
  15. Joe12mz3

    Joe12mz3 New Member

    Yes I did go, move the wife and 5 kids out here Oct 2015 and we love it. Most of what you have said has been right. Very cold, very hot and very extended routes. This peak I was in a rented suburban doing 50 stops and driving 300 miles a day, it was nice. Its had its ups and down especially being at the bottom seniority wise. In the spring there was a few weeks where I only worked 4 days a week, 3 one week. It is growing tho already have 9 or 10 drivers under me in just over a year.

    Yes housing is way more than I thought it was going to be but pay hasn't been an issue with taxes and what not.

    Anyway, haven't been on here in a while so thought I would update everyone.


  16. Rack em

    Rack em Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear it all worked out for you. I almost transferred to Missoula a few years back because it's a better town, but I'm in Montana either way so I'm happy plus I keep my seniority
  17. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Do you wear a cowboy hat?
  18. Gumby

    Gumby *

    No I don't
  19. DOK

    DOK Active Member

    Glad it worked out for ya. Curious, what's the draw for transferring to Montana of all places, seems like you're not the only one from the responses? And also, what's the reason for the growth there and the fact you have a bunch of guys under you in such a short time?
  20. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    For a small Montana town, Missoula gets tons of crap Billings too.