city carrier assistant is a nightmare...

city carrier assistant is a nightmare job

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letterman

Brooklyn, NY

#1 May 1, 2013
CCA

Burbank, CA

#2 Mar 7, 2014
As a New CCA, The worst job ever! It's a job for a savage! No breaks, No lunch. You'll ache, sweat, and finger mail at a sprint pace across lawns, steps, broken side walks, disfunctional mailboxes, walk a marathon distance, then the dogs. the facilities and vehicles are a mess and dirty , and falling apart.Managers and supervisors are rude and unhelpful. They push for speed and threaten write ups.Bust your ass then they tell you it's not good enough. you'll be exhausted. Once you arrive back at the office, you'll be told to hurry up and clock out. If you're late or go into overtime, they will threaten to "penalize " you. Even the career guys dont take lunch or breaks in fear of not getting their route finished on time. The PO is not what you think it is. And it's nothing like you have imagined. No wonder the PO has " gone to the Dogs".

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CCA IN CA 2014

Costa Mesa, CA

#3 Apr 22, 2014
Been a CCA For 4 weeks. Trained for a week, then I started delivering on my own. During that first week I was advise to look for a better job by other fellow carriers. They warned me about routes, workload, and the time that work was to be completed. The amount of work you are given is never accurate with the amount of time they give you to complete it. The response from management is, "the regular person who has been doing this route does it in less than 8.'' Even if you skip breaks and lunches you'll rarely finish within their time. For the amount of money and work assigned as well as the stress, the job is not worth it. I have now decided to take their advice. I have started looking for another job. Till then, it's just a paycheck.

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CCA til I got smart

Bell, CA

#4 May 17, 2014
The cca position is a job for idiots. Your given a huge workload and not enough time to complete it. The supervisors are not too helpful all they t care about is that you get back fast regardless of traffic, etc. And considering the fact that you have to work seven days a week at times. The pay and stress is simply not worth it. You have limited free time ( no set days off), regularly sent to an unfamiliar route ( but expected to complete it faster than someone who's been doing the same route for years. In some cases decades). Or in the rare case when your allowed to stay on a regular route its a shitty route that no one senior to you wants. And your always given extra work before even getting to your route. But your still expected to get back at the same time so that the post office doesn't have to pay you for overtime. It's ridiculous! Even the regular carriers agree that the cca's get overworked and took advantage of. No time for breaks, no set days off, seven days a week, an incredible workload,not enough pay, but you have to finish everything they give you before a certain time so that they dont have to pay you for overtime. Its all set up so that the postal service gets everything they want but nothing for you. The CCA position is a job for an idiot, because only an idiot would stick around for this modern day type of slavery.

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Tony

Downers Grove, IL

#6 Oct 6, 2014
Turned the job, down, as a long time service employee long hours are something i'm used to... but after hearing the job description, it's not worth it. Seems like one of the jobs they hope they can sucker somebody in dire straights or from the ghetto, to take. I'm a minority so i'm not trying to sound racist but it's awful... plus you're working under a contract so you can be let go right away. Go else where not worth it

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Since: Sep 14

Seattle, WA

#7 Nov 6, 2014
I gave it a shot, did orientation, driving training and had an open mind. At the orientation I was told only 30-35 percent stay on after getting the job as a CCA. I told the lady doing the orientation I use to help deliver for UPS as a holiday helper and she said you will be fine.
So I had some confidence going on, little that I know the actual work conditions. I did it for 2 days as a CCA trainee on the job training and resigned promptly. I had no issues with working fast but let me tell you GIVE ME BREAKS and LET ME EAT A LUNCH in peach and some warm food.

At UPS, they know the body needs a rest and something good to eat to survive, the USPS expects people to stuff you face in 5 mins and go back to work so you can make your rounds. I am not going to kill myself out there and mess my body up for this. Too bad, I think I would have liked my job and cared for the customers but its not worth the misery to my body with no rest times.

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TDJ32

Lakewood, CA

#8 Nov 6, 2014
CCA IN CA 2014 wrote:
Been a CCA For 4 weeks. Trained for a week, then I started delivering on my own. During that first week I was advise to look for a better job by other fellow carriers. They warned me about routes, workload, and the time that work was to be completed. The amount of work you are given is never accurate with the amount of time they give you to complete it. The response from management is, "the regular person who has been doing this route does it in less than 8.'' Even if you skip breaks and lunches you'll rarely finish within their time. For the amount of money and work assigned as well as the stress, the job is not worth it. I have now decided to take their advice. I have started looking for another job. Till then, it's just a paycheck.
How are you able to go to the interviews for another job...I heard that you are always on call and even get called in on your days off?.....i just interviewed for this position and they made it seem horrible in the interview...im thinking that they will offer me the job and I am already looking for another and I havent even started

Since: Sep 14

Seattle, WA

#9 Nov 6, 2014
TDJ32 wrote:
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How are you able to go to the interviews for another job...I heard that you are always on call and even get called in on your days off?.....i just interviewed for this position and they made it seem horrible in the interview...im thinking that they will offer me the job and I am already looking for another and I havent even started
The manager had total respect for me as I straight up said this job is not for me and they said thanks for not having us spend $$ on training you further. I am able to apply for other USPS jobs as I felt on good terms. If I was not training and a regular I would have needed to give 2 weeks.
I would not suggest this job unless you can't find nothing else and in dire need of money. But if you do stay with it get a area with lots of restrooms around and food places to go to in your line of travel. It will make you world a ton better if you can pee somewhere and eat warm fresh good to keep you body going. I worked rural area and it sucked, pee in the woods at your own risk and terrible food choices.
Good luck.
FormerCCA

Hollywood, FL

#10 Jan 23, 2015
This job I thought would be great.. Working for the Post Office,until I actually got in. HORRIBLE! It's like management wants yoy to fail. They use and abuse you with tremendous amounts of work and long hours and get rid of you before your 90 days so you can't complain to the union because u really have no rights. They tell you you're being evaluated but give you new unfamiliar work everyday so there is no way to track your performance to even tell if you're improving. It's the worse working conditions I've ever seen. You will not understand until you actually get in tho. Take these warnings. I've had the exact same issues as everyone else.
Former CCA

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Feb 2, 2015
FormerCCA wrote:
This job I thought would be great.. Working for the Post Office,until I actually got in. HORRIBLE! It's like management wants yoy to fail. They use and abuse you with tremendous amounts of work and long hours and get rid of you before your 90 days so you can't complain to the union because u really have no rights. They tell you you're being evaluated but give you new unfamiliar work everyday so there is no way to track your performance to even tell if you're improving. It's the worse working conditions I've ever seen. You will not understand until you actually get in tho. Take these warnings. I've had the exact same issues as everyone else.
I agree. I tried to hand in there and worked as a CCA for 8 months but it just became too much. It is the worse job I've ever had. I had worked for 21 days straight 10 and sometimes 12 hours a day with no days off and no time for my 2 year old daughter. I resigned last week. It is not worth the money.
EXCCA

Palm Desert, CA

#12 Feb 18, 2015
I worked as a CCA and all the comments are true. They throw you out there on a different route each day with no way to evaluate your performance. They expect you to do the route as fast as the regulars do on your first attempt. The managers aren't helpful and will use and abuse you. You don't have time to eat or go to the restroom and they still deduct a 30 minute lunch. I URGE ANYONE READING THIS AVOID THIS JOB IT ISN't WORTH IT. Don't let them lure you in.
find another job

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Feb 22, 2015
I have had many jobs over the years and always complained. I was so excited when I got hired for the PO because I felt like this will be my career job. But let me tell you I HATE working at the PO. The management is the most disgusting. I found out I was pregnant after my 90 days and when I told them they gave me a different harder route everyday no days off for months. I called in a few times because my body was shutting down and I was in and out the hospital and they wrote me up. I would never ask for special treatment but my health is clearly not important to them. Then the evil manager who continuously tried to find ways to fire me would call and tell me I'm off and minutes later text me and leave me 5 voice mails demanding me to come in. When I didn't show up the next day I come in he would try to write me up!!! Thankfully my shop Stewart stood up for me. It's horrible.
GonePostal

Mentor, OH

#14 Mar 2, 2015
Everything posted here is true!!! After my first week the supervisor began to get on me about time, and threatened to let me go! I wasn't going to wait and see, so I started looking for another job immediatly. Had to call in sick to interview for a much better position, which is an absolute no no! I wasn't about to ask for the day off within my 90 day probation. I'm sure that decision lead in part to them letting me go. luckily I got the other job!
Deceived

Portland, OR

#15 Mar 9, 2015
I do not recommend the CCA position to anyone. It is miserable on a previously unimaginable level. I have lost my sanity, my health and even my family to this job. Once I get regular (if I don't get fired on day 89 of my second 90 day review) I will have time to find another job.
Anonymous

Miami, FL

#16 Mar 14, 2015
find another job wrote:
I have had many jobs over the years and always complained. I was so excited when I got hired for the PO because I felt like this will be my career job. But let me tell you I HATE working at the PO. The management is the most disgusting. I found out I was pregnant after my 90 days and when I told them they gave me a different harder route everyday no days off for months. I called in a few times because my body was shutting down and I was in and out the hospital and they wrote me up. I would never ask for special treatment but my health is clearly not important to them. Then the evil manager who continuously tried to find ways to fire me would call and tell me I'm off and minutes later text me and leave me 5 voice mails demanding me to come in. When I didn't show up the next day I come in he would try to write me up!!! Thankfully my shop Stewart stood up for me. It's horrible.
Hello,

I recently got hired in Ft. Lauderdale. I start my orientation on Monday and I was hoping you can tell me what's on the driving test? What station did you work at?(Optional) I am already applying to other places in case I don't pass the driving test. They make it look like you wont get a lot of hours and people quit in the first 30 days. I walked into my station and everyone just stared at me. Any advice you can give me would appreciated. If I do pass the driving test, I need at least 40 hours and nothing less. I hope to find something better. I needed to take this position right away; due to my financial situation. I look forwarding to hearing from you with any advice possible. I don't know much about Ft. Lauderdale addresses as I live in Homestead. Fell free to respond.
Anonymous

Miami, FL

#17 Mar 14, 2015
find another job wrote:
I have had many jobs over the years and always complained. I was so excited when I got hired for the PO because I felt like this will be my career job. But let me tell you I HATE working at the PO. The management is the most disgusting. I found out I was pregnant after my 90 days and when I told them they gave me a different harder route everyday no days off for months. I called in a few times because my body was shutting down and I was in and out the hospital and they wrote me up. I would never ask for special treatment but my health is clearly not important to them. Then the evil manager who continuously tried to find ways to fire me would call and tell me I'm off and minutes later text me and leave me 5 voice mails demanding me to come in. When I didn't show up the next day I come in he would try to write me up!!! Thankfully my shop Stewart stood up for me. It's horrible.


Hello?
I am trying to respond but this site is giving me a hard time .

I just got hired in Ft. Lauderdale Orientation on 3/16. What advice can you give me about:

1) The driving test?
2)What kind of hours will I get?
3) Will I be pressured in to finishing my route on time, although I am new?
I am already looking anyways just to be on the safe side?
Ups or usps

Newington, CT

#18 Mar 20, 2015
cbr9927 wrote:
I gave it a shot, did orientation, driving training and had an open mind. At the orientation I was told only 30-35 percent stay on after getting the job as a CCA. I told the lady doing the orientation I use to help deliver for UPS as a holiday helper and she said you will be fine.
So I had some confidence going on, little that I know the actual work conditions. I did it for 2 days as a CCA trainee on the job training and resigned promptly. I had no issues with working fast but let me tell you GIVE ME BREAKS and LET ME EAT A LUNCH in peach and some warm food.
At UPS, they know the body needs a rest and something good to eat to survive, the USPS expects people to stuff you face in 5 mins and go back to work so you can make your rounds. I am not going to kill myself out there and mess my body up for this. Too bad, I think I would have liked my job and cared for the customers but its not worth the misery to my body with no rest times.
I too worked for UPS as a casual driver for the holiday's. It seems like the post office and UPS have a lot in common. UPS claims they give you a half hour paid lunch
cbr9927

Seattle, WA

#19 Mar 21, 2015
Ups or usps wrote:
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I too worked for UPS as a casual driver for the holiday's. It seems like the post office and UPS have a lot in common. UPS claims they give you a half hour paid lunch
I did the casual driver helper just this past holiday. I only got one 30 min lunch and no 10 min breaks at all. I really did not need the 10 min breaks, time flew like crazy when you get going. At 1st it was very tiring going for 4 hr to 4.5 hrs before lunch but I got used to it. I just rest a bit when the truck drives from one area to another or at a red light. The driver does it too, so no big deal.
Yeah, its against the law to not give breaks but If I quit I would have no money in my pocket. Easy choice- keep working.
ft myers 2

Fort Myers, FL

#20 Apr 21, 2015
karenw45 wrote:
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Hello,
I recently got hired in Ft. Lauderdale. I start my orientation on Monday and I was hoping you can tell me what's on the driving test? What station did you work at?(Optional) I am already applying to other places in case I don't pass the driving test. They make it look like you wont get a lot of hours and people quit in the first 30 days. I walked into my station and everyone just stared at me. Any advice you can give me would appreciated. If I do pass the driving test, I need at least 40 hours and nothing less. I hope to find something better. I needed to take this position right away; due to my financial situation. I look forwarding to hearing from you with any advice possible. I don't know much about Ft. Lauderdale addresses as I live in Homestead. Fell free to respond.
Why would u live in homestead n take a job in ft Lauderdale not smart
jess29

Oceanside, CA

#21 May 9, 2015
FormerCCA wrote:
This job I thought would be great.. Working for the Post Office,until I actually got in. HORRIBLE! It's like management wants yoy to fail. They use and abuse you with tremendous amounts of work and long hours and get rid of you before your 90 days so you can't complain to the union because u really have no rights. They tell you you're being evaluated but give you new unfamiliar work everyday so there is no way to track your performance to even tell if you're improving. It's the worse working conditions I've ever seen. You will not understand until you actually get in tho. Take these warnings. I've had the exact same issues as everyone else.
I am waiting to be call and i have a few questions, if i decline the first option ( city ) they offer and want to wait to the city i live, they will call me again ?
How long take the call for the city (preference)
Did they tell you the shift?

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