Im just curious to all you Drivers out there how long it took you to make Driver from working part time.
at our facility its usually 2-4 years before you get to driver, i was curious what its like at other facility's
I was a preloader for4 yrs,. before I went driving. I work in a small center, during the year we have about 35 cars on the road. I think the wait varies, depending on where you are. Our buiding is so small that the only full time positions, besides mgmt, is to be a driver.
Worked Christmas of 1988 as a temp and was hired fulltime in August of 1989. Was a huge gamble for me, because I was a home owner and wanted a career change. I was making good money as a manager at a locat grocery chain. However, after 9 years I was unhappy with my career.
Three months to get my seniority. I was hired off the street and went straight into driving. Not sure how it works now but back then you had to work 30 days within the first 90 days. After that you were full time. It did take me awhile to get on however......... about three years. My next door neighbor was the C/M's uncle. I badgered him every time I saw him and made numerous trips to the center before they finally hired me.
I'm still waiting to be a full-time driver. I am a cover driver with 6 1/2 years senority. I started Saturday air driving after 1 1/2 years and became a cover driver at 2 1/2 years. This is my 4th peak as a cover. The wait for full-time driver in our building is over 9 years. We have over 300 routes during the regular season and over 400 during peak. We have hundreds of in-building and combo full-time jobs in our hub. I think that after the new contract and reformed pension plan go into effect, we'll see over 30 feeder drivers retire as well as many drivers. They are just waiting for the pension and they are out. That'll move me up the ladder but I'm not sure if I'll get to full-time status next year. I'm hoping with my fingers and toes crossed.
It took me almost two years. I was a part time air driver before I went full time. Now I'm #67 in my center, but here in Philly there are 4 centers that cover the city so thats close to 300 drivers all together.