Exhaustion, pain, and no reward for your work
Letter Carrier (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 28 February 2019
You soon learn that you need to work very hard in all weather conditions. You are expected to complete your work. As a casual you work average of 4 to 6 hours per day depending of the depot. Expect 20 to 35 K a year first year if you are lucky. This is not a good paying job, salary increase is 0, they switch you inside for 2 weeks and you lose your outside hours.
The pace of this job is mostly 100% speed all the time, breaks are only to urinate in a bottle because lack of time, change wet socks and eat a chocolate bar while you work, there are no breaks on most routes unless you know the route very well and you are a senior.
You deliver around 10 to 20 km of icy walks, apartment buildings, and around 80 parcels average, from 50 to 130 in peak times.
There is no room in small transits.
The only good thing about this job is that you help Canadians have freedom to get cheap parcel delivery and important mail sometimes.
However the organization is crippled by a heavy bureaucracy which is entirely financed by exploiting mailmen to the maximum.
Such very bad work conditions would not happen in private companies and the pay would be a lot higher because of less white collars.
Government and banks are benefiting as well as CEOs, the women and man in the streets freezing (or sweeting in yellow jackets) and breaking their knees and ankles are only numbers in a database for this company.
You dedicate your life to be their toy
Favoritism, 15 years to get an ok route. Injuries, heavy burden daily, no breaks