PM part time Courier

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by planb0823, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    hey guys i'm new here a bit about me i been working for fedex express for 2 years started fresh out of high school i just turned 21 and was finally able to apply for a courier the hub i work at it is not so bad i could honestly say i love working there i make good money if i work saturday you know gotta get that time and a half =D over 1500 bucks a month if i don't do those LWOPS...

    So i applied for a pm part time courier position i'm so excited but don't know what to expect, was wondering if you guys have any tips you could share to help me be successful and go in semi prepared... what does the pm consist of only pick ups and such ? and i am not quite familiar with the area i applied for is that a problem or would i adjust?

    my goal is to do this for a year and then apply for a full time position
    any tips would be helpful thanks guys
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2014
  2. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity. How much driving experience do you have?

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  3. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Run. Like hell.

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  4. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    been driving for 3 1/2 years i'm a great driver
  5. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    been driving for 3 1/2 years i'm a great driver
  6. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    no need to run lol i'm actually extremely excited like i said i love my job just looking for tips

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    Here is one, as a part timer you will likely be Tues through Saturday. So don't count on ot. Also you will be sent home first if no available work. The company is replacing most fulltime positions with part time, so I wouldn't be so excited to go fulltime as that may never happen. We have part timers who thought they would just be able to move into any open fulltime slots to find out that isn't the case. Any fulltime routes are bid on by seniority in station first. Then if no takers the route opens company wide in jcats. Part timers can't simply bid on fulltime routes. You have to be upgraded to fulltime status first. And as many here will tell you , the company simply isn't upgrading many part timers. I would look into getting a part time job with UPS if you want to move up and make some serious$ upwards of $100k for a fulltime package car driver.
  8. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    ya your right i'm a be tuesday -saturday... hopefully i could get some extra hours some how my friends works pms at a different station and gets allowed to go in mondays for the am shift hopefully im that lucky.... ups would be a good move but that means basically starting from the bottom and working my way up to get a good seniority ranking.... my plan was just trying to get out of the hub was getting tired of the graveyard shift and try something new

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    As young as you are the smartest move would be UPS. FedEx is a dead end job with piss poor benefits. UPS has been around for more than 100 years and you are pretty much guaranteed a fulltime position through seniority and if you can handle the workload. They have excellent benefits including union protection , fully paid health ins , and defined pension plan. With the possibility of making $100k within 4 years of becoming fulltime, it is a no brainer for someone as young as yourself. If I was your age , I would do it in a heartbeat.
  10. serco

    serco Member

    What is the process to bid on a route? I understand it means you want that route, but what does it entail? When I hear someone bidding on something it usually involves $$.

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    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    No money involved. Mainly seniority, but it wouldn't surprise me if management started taking money from the couriers in the bidding process.
  12. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    i guess it does entail some money im going from $13.xx to $17.xx

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    How does $32 an hour sound? That's what UPS drivers make. And at the end of their new contract it will be $36. If you stay at FedEx you might be making $20 in 20 years from now. And I'm not joking.
  14. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    that does sound pretty good honestly i have applied for ups multiple times gone to the orientations and never got a call back... i will keep that in mind though
  15. Route 66

    Route 66 Bent Member

    Every guy who's been driving for 3.5 yrs thinks he's a great driver!

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    When I was that age I thought I was Mario Andretti.
  17. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    lol i hope im a good driver just going by my clean record. got a driver, motorcycle license and certified fork lift and was doing material handling at fedex driving the tugs =)
  18. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    What Cactus said. Run away, Forrest!! FedEx Express is a dead-end, and if you're 21, you are plenty young enough to find a real career. No real retirement, forever to get to top wage, and a slave-labor camp management mentality should all be red flags for you.
  19. DontThrowPackages

    DontThrowPackages Well-Known Member

    Ask your manager where do hang the open routes listings. Once you know, keep your eye out and doesn't hurt to ask every manager if something is about to become available. However, chances are you'll be put on a swing rte before anything else. Every swing at this station couldn't wait for a regular route to open up. For them, that extra $1 per hour aint worth the stress.
  20. planb0823

    planb0823 New Member

    over here they hang the listings in the breakroom or you could check the jcats system every friday a lot of positions have been opening up lately.... thats the only recommendation i got was not to apply for a swing position that its extremely stressful good thing i got a regurlar position