Early mornings, six day work week, lucky to get 25 hours for week. Managers can’t do the job they supervise you to do
I do not recommend this company to anyone. The managers are horrible. The place is run by favoritism! The start time changes daily. Messaged daily after leaving work what time you start the next morning. You never know what time you’re off work. If trailers are late you have to wait for them. Belts break and you have to load cages from another belt and transport the cages to your belt to unload the cage and, then load your trucks. You work almost every Holiday. Fedex does not allow you to take time off during the holiday season. Does not matter how much earned time off you have saved up. Christmas Day you will have off but, you will pay for it the next work day. You will earn holiday pay even if you do work. Some holidays you will work but have the following work day off.
Whether you work a holiday or not, the next work day is a nightmare. The drivers get the holiday off, but you will load trucks on top of what you already loaded the day before. Drivers do not work for Fedex, they work for contractors but, drivers have more of a say than you will. You are told when hired to load by vision. But, the drivers all want their truck loaded a different way. Then when you’re moved to other trucks, you don’t know how that driver wants his truck loaded. So, you load by vision and the driver comes in, is angry and takes everything off the truck and re-loads it how they want it. Also, when hired you’re told you will be trained a certain amount of time. Often, you’re only trained a few
ProsA physical workout at 3am. Water is usually provided.
ConsBad management, not appreciated, mosquitos, hot in summer, cold in winter, never know where you’ll work, never know time you’ll be off work, never know start time until later in the day and by message
This is a job not a career. This is in the same bracket as a store clerk, fast food worker, etc. There are basically no requirements and they will hire almost anyone that isn't missing all there teeth from meth or covered in blood from a murder they just committed. (They might hire those two anyway around peak)
That could be considered plus number one they are always hiring and not picky. If you need a job NOW, you can get one here.
The downside is that they're always hiring cause this job is brutal. If you expect to skate or cruise for a few months and get somewhere easier think again. You will have bruises you don't recall getting, you will be sore all the time, you will never be comfortable at work as you freeze in winter and roast in summer, you will be bored out of your skull as Fedex denies you any possible thing to help make the mind numbingly repetitive tasks your assigned pass quicker. You will also be constantly hounded if you don't make your metrics, but probably not actually fired because see above about the constant turn over.
On the other hand if you do make your numbers and show up for work every day and are clearly a worker, you'll get slack when you need it and respect from your mangers. With the turn over they have good workers are actually valuable, if you stay and prove yourself one of the top guys you'll get noticed.
So the work mostly sucks, why do it? Well it has it's upsides compared to the other sorts of McJobs mentioned above.
ProsPay is above average for a part-time job with no real requirements, medical and time off are also above average for part time, the hours are stable and consistent at my hub, there are chances for advancement if you put in the time
ConsThe work itself is awful being tiring, hard, and very boring
If you are hired you will start off part-time. If you need full-time you may be in for a relatively short or very long wait, depending on the time of year or current level of full-time staffing. You may be hired for the 1-5 shift or something along those lines, but at times you will work for 2-3 hours and be sent home because they do not have enough work to continue. You will get less hours in the winter and even as a full-time employee you may get under 30 hours in a given week. There are things like tuition assistance and benefits after you have worked a set number of hours, whether you are full or part-time. The hourly rate is above average, and you will get set pay raises until you have been there for a few years.
Then you will only get raises through a promotion or a bump in the state minimum wage, which prompts the company to increase your pay rate, even though it is already above minimum wage. On the bad side if you are loading or unloading trailers you must meet certain quotas, and if you or the whole team do not meet their quotas you may be yelled at and constantly prodded, depending on the personality of the manager. There were some good managers years ago, but almost all of them have moved on to another company or been promoted to another Fedex facility. Most of them will try to be friendly until their superiors come down on them for not meeting some set goal. Then what once seemed like a nice manager will begin to yell at people in the presort meeting
ProsBenefits, tuition assistance
ConsHours, poor and apathetic management, workplace culture
Fed ex Ground is sub contracted so.it depends on your contractor how much your paid and how smooth it is. I'd say from my experience most are going to put you between 40-45k a year. Some more some less. Job is very physical. Alot of heavy lifting and stairs. If your route is in town you do alot more heavy lifting and running. Rural routes less so. Can be very stressful. All your deliveries and pick ups need done whether you broke down or your trailers were late. Doesn't matter get it done. Fed ex systems seem to go down at least every other week so be prepared to run with no manifest to help you put your stops in order. Trailers are constantly late which means you dispatch later which means you get home later and some contractors pay salary so you make no extra for that time. Customers leave their aggressive dogs loose. The house that has 3 flights of steep steps will always be the one to constantly order dog food, couches, book shelves, ect. If someone else calls off or breaks down you're probably getting stuff added to your route(for no extra pay). If you're lucky enough to have a route close to your terminal you still get the shaft because now if you can't fit everything on your truck you're close enough to come back and reload what you didn't fit and go back out. No advancement at all unless your lucky and buddy buddy with your contractor you might get management role. Don't think if you're salary you'll just work faster to get done earlier because if you're always done a
If you want to protect your mental health, do not apply. It is a pretty physical job but thats not even the hard part of being there. Management has been horrible for years. They overwork certain people, play favoritism, and dont treat everyone the same. Some managers arent even trained properly and think they can belittle and talk to employees any way they want. There has been people there for 7+ years who keep applying for higher positions but never get promoted because the managers want to keep them as package handlers due to never having enough people to handle the sorts. the retention rate is horrible for a reason. Everytime they bring in a huge group of new hires, only a few of them stay. FedEx does not create a work environment that makes employees proud to work there at all. I was a package handler there for 4 years. Around my 3rd year, i got injured so they allowed me to help them out with admin/QA work (answering phone calls, address corrections, etc). they saw how great/quick i was at doing that job and began having me do a whole package handler sort then after that would have be do admin/QA duties because “they needed the help”. I helped and began applying for the admin positions as they opened up but would never get hired so i got upset and let them know that i would not be helping out with admin/QA anymore because as a package handler, QA/admin is not a part of my job description. I let them know that if they wanted my help, then they would simply hire me for th
Long but detailed review! So I've worked at FedEx Ground for almost 8 months. I intended to make it a career, and now I can't wait to leave! For starters, the typical day starts with two shifts, inbound and outbound. Inbound (my shift) works early (2 am - 8 am) and scans and loads the trucks which are parked against a belt line with typically 6 employees, 3 on each side, and 3-4 trucks per person. Outbound takes off pick-ups and scans them. I originally didn't hate my job. I had a good trainer and the job, although difficult, was fast paced and I learned quickly. The co-workers on my belt were helpful and I probably could have stayed there. The pay is good on an hourly basis, but lack of hours means that my weekly check is still basically under $250 after taxes. There are no breaks, no lunches, and no respite. You can bring food in if you don't mind security searching it. FedEx has the worst management I have seen in a long time. They seem to only promote or listen to advice from incompetent employees who don't work hard, and give their work to people like myself who will do it. The harder you work, the more they crack the whip on you. If drivers like your work and compliment you, you WILL NEVER be promoted. I was denied 4 promotions for positions I was overqualified for, like office associate and QA clerk, and the jobs went to people I worked with who were absolutely TERRIBLE at their job. My trainer eventually quit after another trainer, who was terrible at his job (surpris
ConsPoor healthcare plan, extremely physically demanding, poor management, good employees never get promoted.
I waited a while to write this review. It took about a week till I officially started my first day at FedEx in Bloomington. My first day... I felt like quitting. First of all there were way too many of us and not enough work for everyone... or that’s what it seemed at first. Turns out that if the managers doesn’t like you for what ever reason or if you are unable to do the whole 1,000 packages an hour (which btw is pretty hard considered that you can get a trailer that either had packages that weighs less that 1 Ib or +200 Ib) the managers will send you home early and just tell you that its down time and it’s a little slow. The managers are a bunch of bullies and care more about being bossy than focusing on their leadership skills. I got yelled at in front of everyone there by one of the managers because I did not feel safe using one of those yellow, plastic stepping stools that wobble and make you feel like you are about to fall (anyone that worked at the Bloomington location will know EXACTLY what I’m talking about) So this manager got up on that same stepping stool to try to prove me a point and couldn’t even reach the boxes himself 🙄 so he yelled at me like a psycho and when he realised that everyone was staring at him he got embarrassed and told the HR that I supposedly asked him to put me as part time??? Just to clear that up he doesn’t start till after I come back from lunch. So basically he just didn’t want to admit that he was wrong so he decided that I should jus
Fedex is a company that your going to "love it or hate it"; now individuals in my area have very mixed feelings about the company but let me say this about being a package handler
- Bruises and Contusions are a natural part of the job and will heal over time (as I have been told by numerous individuals)
- Some managers are there just for the paycheck and expect too much out of their part-time staff; however it is YOUR right as a worker to take matters up with the "Safety" commission in your particular factory or with "HR"
- Numbers will come once you become consistent; Priming will almost always help you grow accustomed to the role not to mention it shows the manager you are "invested" in succeeding and they will almost always accommodate you if you show that this isn't just another job to you
- There will always be other co-workers who don't see this review or their job as a "success" but one thing that you need to remember is that this job is a integral part of the overall success of our country's markets (Both E-commerce and traditional) we are handling your packages; your boxes; inventory from the biggest to the smallest and in order to truly be successful you must communicate and demonstrate a firm grasp of self-confidence.
- Promotions are always there but most "Internal" positions are 6 months or more before you can be considered for them "Trainers, Switchers, Etc" however the possibilities for FT package handlers are on a "as needed" basis or so
ProsOpportunities Plentiful; Deep Retail Discounts; Swag; Mostly Dedicated Teammates/managers
ConsCoworkers bring drama to the workplace; Short staffed due to unwillingness to do the job
Machoism, Essentialism, Sexism by Existing Management
I am a Operations Manager at FedEx Ground (FXG) at the North Salt Lake Hub in Utah. This review is for a management position with some tidbits of information from package handlers looking for a promotion.
Overall, FedEx can be a good place to work. A lot of opportunity for all stakeholders.
Maintenance: the maintenance crew are some of the best. Five Stars for the engagement with operations, their commitment to safety, and their timeliness in response to management requests.
The Culture: A large toilet bowl of managers ever-circling a reservoir that never flushes; management there is chosen based on the ability to stick out and bare with poorly trained management with poor management practices. This does not apply to all managers their, just most. The problem, I've deduced, is not any one individual but is the social relationships saddled between managers from different management tiers. This pervades the company, at least at SALT/841 Hub. Blind prostration by subordinates is required in order to not be subversively squeezed into a resignation. Example: they will not give you the labor you need to get the work done by a margin of half and still hold you accountable to 'the standard.' You cannot meet the standard, then you are put on an employee improvement plan. Any help you do get will be from the disengaged, the weak, the lame, and the old laborers, which of course will count fully against your staffing and will enhance their cause against you.
The results are a
The supervisors will want you to work as quickly as you possibly can when moving packages. While they are paid via salary, you are paid hourly. This discrepancy creates a number of issues as you might imagine. When the loads are done, or close to being done, you'll either be sent to an unfamiliar department to assist (best case scenario) or you'll be dismissed.
While you can work any of the 3-4 shifts per day, each of those shifts are only 2-5 hours at most on average with large gaps in between. The plant is also in the middle of nowhere so leaving and coming back is impractical. Supervisors are also unsympathetic for the workload of any prior shifts you work and will still want you to move at top speed in order to finish the load as quickly as possible.Trying to get 40 hours a week on a check will likely require you to spend 60+ hours in proximity to/at the plant.
In no way are your hours guaranteed or even your schedule. At the end of your shift, they will tell you the upcoming shift's start time, which can be different every day, potentially by a lot. When hired, my start time was originally 3 AM. We almost are always told to come in between 3:45 AM and 4:45, sometimes as late as 5. Additionally the end time can vary greatly, depending on the load. You are expected to stay until the load is complete, regardless of how late the shift started or how long the shift runs. FedEx, in my estimation, is very inconsistent, unreasonable and unsympathetic in this regard. They
ProsNo customer service at least, no dress code, no drug test (unless involved in an accident)
ConsVery inconsistent hours/schedule, no true full time option, unreasonable and inequitable expecations of availability and commitment
First off, I have worked in the past as a factory worker, management, office worker and supervisor, all of which were very similar jobs/duties as there are at FedEx so I am familiar with how this type of business should be operating.
The hours usually only last from 3-4 hours, on a good day. Not anything you can live on by any means. The workload among the employees is unequally distributed. They have workers doing very basic jobs that are getting paid the same as someone who works crazy hard for the whole shift. i e. someone pushing a box all shift while someone else may be unloading a trailer consisting of packages over 75+ for the whole shift.
There is no "taking turns" or switching duties so you don't get run down or hurt from the amount/weight of packages you may be dealing with. The better worker you are, the more work they give you.
There is a lot of gossip and drama within the location. Much of which is based on how people treat each other and the favouritism that goes on.
They state there is advancement, but this is totally untrue. Once positions open up in the office, management, etc... it would be given to a manger's "friend" or someone who hasn't complained or brought up any issues regarding the company. They don't like intelligent people who have things to say about operations. Only focused on the business rather than the employees well being. Look at the turnover rate and you can probably see why they are always hiring handlers, no one wants to stick
Questions And Answers about FedEx Ground
If you were in charge, what would you do to make FedEx Ground a better place to work?
Asked Feb 8, 2018
Better managers and trainers! A lot of managers micromanage and work people like robots. Some managers are great and communicate and/or provide appropriate training. Trainers don’t do anything but walk around unless caught by a manager when they’re not doing anything.
Answered Mar 15, 2021
Have everyone work
Answered Jan 13, 2021
What is the best part of working at FedEx Ground?
Asked Nov 22, 2019
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Do you work Saturdays and Sundays?
Asked Jan 4, 2017
Saturdays are MANDATORY...for some people. If management likes you then you can get it off. Sundays are also MANDATORY..but again if you happen to be a 'management pick'then you can get it off..
Answered Oct 17, 2020
I work every Saturday and Sunday, and holidays too.
Answered Aug 12, 2020
What is a typical day like for you at FedEx Ground?
Asked Mar 14, 2020
Show up early and work hard till done
Answered Jan 13, 2021
You come in and go to your assigned manager/conveyor belt. Either the manager or one of the senior package handlers will inform everyone of what the daily volume projection will be and will give vehicle/truck assignments to those on the belt. Next, you'll load the trucks you were assigned until the end of the sort or until manager sends you home.
Answered Dec 8, 2020
How flexible are your working hours at FedEx Ground?
Asked Mar 14, 2020
Start times are pretty flexible but it is up to your individual manager and the culture at the facility