New members - Commonly asked questions.

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by toonertoo, May 28, 2008.

  1. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    So for all you newbies Welcome to Brown cafe!

    Take some time to look around and search on subjects of interest, such as pay rate, progression, union issues, dues, etc. Just use the drop down menu on the search icon. Never be afraid to ask "dumb" questions, as nothing is dumb, if you don't know. But there is a wealth of knowledge and info, already stored in the archives.

    Enjoy your stay, and we know you will enjoy the Cafe!!

    And thanks to Iggyiam for thinking of the idea!! This should eliminate several posts about the same issue.
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  2. Iggyiam

    Iggyiam New Member

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    Interview Package Handle

    Also If you are wondering about the Tour/Interview processes you will be taken on a tour of the facility. The person will describe the job to you. It is a hard job for the pay and they will ask you what makes you want to continue the processes. If you do not like what you are seeing or hearing you can leave. After the tour is done they will take everyone with you to a room and talk about the benefits seniority and all the in and outs of the job. After this you will be called in one by one to get some basic information. Such as are you a student what brought your attention at a job at UPS. What are you looking for in this job. After this you will be told that you will get a call or to come back another day for a second interview. If you are told you will be called and are not do not feel bad call them yourself. When I was contacted by Human Ressources and was not able to reach them back I kept calling them 2 or more times a day trying to get in contact with someone. This shows them that you are persistent about getting a job. Second interview will be like the end part of the first one where they will ask you why are you interested if you are a student if you have reliable transportation. If everything goes well here they will tell you to come back for the third time here you will need to bring you Drivers Licence and Social Security card. At this time they will tell you when you training will start.

    Work Wear

    You will need a hard toe shoe not necessarily a steel toe but not a tennis shoe because if one of those packages falls on your foot it will hurt. This is also what the HR people told me is a must from what I have seen people to wear tennis shoes but imagine you are told to wear a safety shoe/boots and you show up in tennis shoes to your training. Also invest in a pair of gloves Mechanics brand gloves are great and I recommend them to all. They are 20$ tho but gloves will keep your hands from drying out and will also help you grip the boxes.

    Best of Luck
    By the way at this time im still not an employee but will start on the 8th.
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  3. MonavieLeaker

    MonavieLeaker Bringin Teh_Lulz

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    I wear gloves everyday..Id like to have my hands when I retire
  4. Iggyiam

    Iggyiam New Member

    Re: For all new members, a help page
    im just passing on what i was told.
  5. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    Iggy, just because you have not experienced the actual work at UPS yet does not take away from the very good advice you passed along. Proper footwear can help in avoiding serious injury to your feet. You could probably get away with simple tennis shoes and never have a problem, but there is always a chance that something can go wrong to knock you out of work for a lot longer than you want. I have worked on the belts, and delivered for 20 years and can tell you that good sturdy footwear is a simple fix to a potential problem.
  6. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    Every operation is different in what they accept. I am not sure that I would go around telling new hires that it is OK to wear tennis shoes.

    In 2004, my hub started a no tolerance policy in regards to tennis shoes. We had a grace period for 2 weeks. After that, employees were sent home to get their proper footwear. If they didn't come back they were disciplined. 3 strikes you are out!

    This is a safety item and no arbitrator will go against safety policy that is initiated equally and fairly.
  7. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    One other thing about the actual new hire process....

    Each district or region may have a variation on this process. In my old district, HR interviews and screens out candidates before allowing them on a tour. The tour is near the end of the process. If a potential candidate is still interested the final paperwork is signed prior to starting the training process on the first day of Orientation.

    So each potential employee should discuss the process with HR so they understand what the process is for that area.
  8. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    New UPSers - Commonly asked questions.

    Please post information that would be helpful to new members in this thread.

  9. bellesotico

    bellesotico BOXstar

    Re: For all new members, a help page

    Totally agree.
    At our center, tennis shoes are prohibited.

    The advice I would give regarding shoes is after you find out what is approved footwear for your facility, is if its at all possible..give yourself some time to break those shoes/boots in before your first day on the job. Your feet will thank you.
  10. filiperuvian

    filiperuvian 20 yrs till retirment yay

    i see alot of black nikes and even brown skater shoes at my center. Obvious no-no, but management's never made a big deal about it...but if you happen to be on their bad side they have every right to point it out if you're wearing those unapproved shoes. shoot, there's a girl that comes in with knee high pink/brown argyle socks and brown skater shoes. i've even seen a rookie driver get away with styling his hair in a mohawk. it wasn't the traditional 'hawk though, he just had really long hair and put it that way. but whatever as long as i'm left alone.
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  11. browniehound

    browniehound Well-Known Member

    Cheryl posted : "Please post information that would be helpful to new members in this thread."

    Here is my contribution to all newbees:happy2:. Its what I didn't know for a good amount of time while posting here for a while.

    On every post, there is a little dot on the title page. So, if the subject you read on monday was "UPS management scores at the bottom with regards to their competetion on the latest USA Today survey":laughing:, and you return on friday to read the other posts that were created since monday, you don't have to sort through every post to get to the ones you haven't read yet.

    On each subject title there is a little dot next to the subject heading. Just click on that and it will go to the first post that you haven't read yet.

    I hope I was clear enough on this,

    Brownie :peaceful:
  12. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Just a little deeper on the rep thing......

    I agree and disagree with posters all the time and don't rep them. If I agree with a poster and think they have done a terrific job in presenting their side, then I'll positive rep them.

    If I disagree with a poster and he/she was a real idiot and obnoxious in presenting his/her point, then I'll neg. rep them.

    If anybody causes me to chuckle out loud, that's a positive rep. too.

    It's a little deeper than just agreeing or disagreeing, IMO.
  13. MonavieLeaker

    MonavieLeaker Bringin Teh_Lulz

    That too...PassYouBy has definately gotten alot of reps from me for his amazing pics :happy-very:
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  14. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Cool, thanks Cheryl! and Brownie!
  15. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Cheryl, I NEVER knew that until now!
  16. Leftinbuilding

    Leftinbuilding Active Member

    Another little tidbit---you can quickly change the font (larger or smaller) by holding down the "Ctrl" key and rotating the wheel on your mouse. Eliminates having to hunt down your glasses....
  17. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    Is there a way to block posts from certain forums? I am not in the least bit interested in political arguments, so is there a way to block viewing threads from that forum when I click on new posts?
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  18. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    The political posts should be going in the Current Events Forum, they should not be in UPS Discussions. I have to admit that I get fed up with politics too sometimes, we have such a lousy selection of politicians to vote for (Sorry, JMHO!). A Thread will often change topics, as a Moderator I can delete or move these to a different Forum. There is an "Ignore" feature that you can use to block certain members posts from showing up on your PC. I wish I could use it, but I unfortunately have to keep an eye on certain people.
  19. Thorn

    Thorn New Member

    When I click new posts, it shows threads from all the forums. I guess I am asking is there a way to filter and choose which forums I want to read from such as just the discussions forum and the labor relations forum and maybe the life after brown forum but not the current events forum and the fedex forum and the IS forum?

    I tried the ignore feature once and it was more annoying than reading the ignored persons post. lol.
  20. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    If you are asking if you can edit your account where only certain Forums and Thread Topics show, then the answer is no. Just don't read the ones of no interest to you.