Moving from UPS driver to FedEX driver. Need help!

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by zuma76, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. zuma76

    zuma76 New Member

    Hi guys.

    I have been driving for 2 years as a TCD. I love the job, but thinking about making the move to FedEx because of the guaranteed permanent position. I am in my late 30s and HATE having to go inside during the free periods (Sept-Oct, and Jan-June). I don't know if the permanent position is coming soon or in 10 years.

    I've spoken to some people at FedEx and they all tell me how much they need drivers and I've learned you get hired as permanent. I want to make the change, but also very nervous that I am making a mistake. There are obviously pros and cons to each place. My main issues are:

    Family time with my 3 kids
    Being permanent

    This is a nightly discussion with my wife and I keep going back and forth. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Operational needs

    Operational needs Non desistas. Non exieras.

    Don't do it. The benefits at Fedex suck, supposedly it will take you ten years to reach top pay at Fedex which will be less than $30, and the pension is a joke. Job is easier though and the management/hourly relationship is a lot better.
  3. wide load

    wide load 4 10’s without OT is a concession.

    How much will you make?
  4. zuma76

    zuma76 New Member

    The money to me isn't important. My wife has a good job. FedEx tops out around the low 60s. My friend has worked there for 17 years and that's what he makes. You start off a little higher than UPS $20, opposed to $18.75.

    Please keep in mind that I am not really willing to go inside the building every year for 6 months and make $10 an hour. That's what you have to do during non peak. My main thing is to be hired permanent.

    Also FedEx you go in earlier around 7:45 and get out much earlier. Having 3 little kids, that is very important to me.

    Both jobs have ups and downs like I said. Weighing it out I think for me FedEx is a better fit.
  5. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Good things come to those who wait.

    We have a driver who drove for a while, got antsy and went to drive for FedEx Ground (RPS then) and ended up coming back to UPS. He will tell anyone he truly regrets flip flopping. He makes more money at UPS and the biggest thing he lost was his seniority. He had to start all over when he came back.
    Be patient.
  6. Mr Shifter

    Mr Shifter Active Member

    $20 an hour at FedEx? Go for it. You'll won't be able to retire but they have it so easy you'll be able to work until you need a wheel chair
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  7. zuma76

    zuma76 New Member

    If I could keep driving and be temporary that would be fine, but for 6 months I have to work from 11:30 PM to 4AM for $125 a week loading trucks. The hours don't work at all with my wifes job and my kids situation. I almost have no choice really. If I don't do the inside, I fall to the bottom of the temps.
  8. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    I assume express

    If you enjoy your family and time do FedEx
    If your money hungry stay ups

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    It sounds like you already know the answer. If time is more important FedEx sounds like a better fit. Just keep in mind you will have to pay for insurance for your family if your wife's job doesn't. Right now its $400+ a month for a family on the " premium plan ". Their is no traditional pension, just a 401k and a portable pension which after 25 years you might have enough to live on for about 5 years. And most of all no contract, no job security, and no guarantees when it comes to wages and benefits. So before you make that move, look at the long term before you decide. Good luck.
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  10. If you got insurance schedule some appointments get everything taken care of for he time being and I wouldn't even look back.
  11. Browntown2014

    Browntown2014 Active Member

    What part of the country are you in?
  12. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    Sucks to be TCD. We don't have them here in my local. Only non-permanent drivers we have are during peak. I've been FT cover for 3 1/2 years and have never been cut.

    Sounds like the OP's priorities will be better served at FedEx. Wants more time and doesn't need the big bucks. Just make sure you are guaranteed that permanent position before jumping ship.
  13. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Keep your eye on the prize.
  14. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    If things stay the way they are now , you will never top out and I'm not joking. I have a good friend just left from fedex to ups after not topping out for over 20 years. He has two small kids. If you aren't topped out from back in the days you never will. The only time you make ok money is the first year because they use it to get people in. you will realize pretty quickly the meager raises aren't even covering living increases. Your benefits suck if you can even call them that. In most instances you are really paying for them. Think wisely, talk to more people before you make a decision. You have a whole forum you can ask all the questions you want and most of us will answer truthfully.
  15. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Also during peak if you're not in a Metro you will work m-f, sat and some Sundays. No contract , you're at their whim.

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    Not anymore. With amazon we del so many over 70 it isn't funny. And we have no such thing as driver assist. Lol
  17. iUPS

    iUPS New Member

    So what time do UPS drivers start at in the morning?
  18. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    Few things. In post #4 you said "The money to me isn't important. My wife has a good job." So making $125 a week for 6 months should not be an issue.

    You said your inside shift will be 11:30pm - 4am. For the life of me, I don't see how this would have any affect on your kids or wife. If you have anything swinging between your legs, you could easily make these hours work unless your wife works nights.

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    No one knows if you're talking about FedEx or FedEx Ground.
    FedEx - Go for it
    FedEx Ground - Stay at UPS
    At UPS, seniority rules !! You put 2 years in and you're number will eventually get called.
    The pay and benefits are worth holding on but family time will be spent on the weekends, not weekdays.
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  20. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    When you go there, help organize a union.
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