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Very stressed job particularly don’t get any help from supervisors

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Although it is a Federal government job but management is always on opposite page and never try to solve employee problem and union is dead horse.Union steward get their benefits and employees are always in trouble

Pros

Security

Cons

Unjustified route structure
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Modern Canada Post

This is not the job it used to be. Declining mail volume has given management all the leverage. The routes are way too long now, 800-1200 points of call is the new norm. Employee turnover is high, injuries are high, morale is low and it takes forever to get your own route. And yes, it will be a horrible route. Management has tried for decades to make the routes longer and they succeeded. As a relief carrier, you could be delivering mail until 8pm some days. Then back at it again the next day.

Pros

Good pay and benefits

Cons

Long hours, long routes, not enough help for relief carriers, injuries, management
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Modern day slavery at its finest

Way too heavy workload most days. Customer service is non existent based on this fact and you are forced to treat people poorly. I would avoid at all costs

Pros

Work by yourself

Cons

Long days, poor management, painfully dated technology and vehicles, on call, no benefits
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Not Recommended

Expectations are too high. Not a job for anyone with a family. Little support for the volume of work. Routes are too long. There needs to be a better way of dividing mail and parcels. No overtime paid. Very little support. If hired as a temp, you will be bounced around everywhere. Full timers off on vacation will leave all their work for temp to pick up.

Cons

Long hours, working in all types of weather, Routes are too long, no overtime.
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Ok

you start as a temp, the only way to become full time is to seek out where in Canada you can transfer to that may have a better opportunity to obtain full timeif a full time position becomes available anyone from anywhere in Canada can transfer in and take itTemps don't get benefits, pension, but are relied on just as much as full timeyou get bumped around and can go weeks or months without work

Pros

pay is ok

Cons

can go many years before getting a perm position
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Long term job?

It ok. Salary it good processing fromDay 1 to now have been very long. You have to be patient to have a part-time Position or a Permanent position they dont give a lot of hours

Pros

Good perk.

Cons

Some Staff are mean and Disrespectful. Dont respect the rules and dont care.
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Enjoy it a lot

Depending on the manager on, things are organized and I get my excersize. The pay is a bit low, it can be a bit stressful for 21 per hour. Hoping to advance to ft soon.
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It’s can be fun

I liked working for Canada post unfortunately I was only a person to take over for people when they needed time off or was sick so there wasn’t enough hours for me but if I could get a full time job with them I would take it

Pros

Every good pay

Cons

Driving all day and sometimes not getting home until late
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Avoid unless you're a mule

At first I was excited to work at Canada Post. I'll make a difference I told myself. Boy was I wrong! You come in as a temporary relief carrier. Good luck being full-time permanent as that means they would have to pay you benefits, can't have that! It means you are at the bottom of the barrel. Working outside isn't the issue it's actually a relief being outside away from the depot. Experienced carriers will keep being surprised that you're staying and will tell you. Wear and tear of your body will come quickly. Many older carriers all have some form of injury or surgery that needed to be done related to the job. During the holidays, expect to be the biggest mule in North America. Some routes are very heavy on parcels and packets. Expect to walk at minimum 20+kms per day. Same goes for junk mails...ops, I meant flyers or neighborhood mail. Some routes will have 3-4 of them. Others will have 8 to 12 of them. Management is hit or miss, literally. They might give you the almighty speeches about caring about you and your safety, but they care more about the bottom line than you the employee lining their pockets. I used to hear this joke about how their step vans were held together by gum and tape...it's not a joke in actuality because they are in the inside. The union doesn't give 2 cents as long their overloads are with them. Company is ran like it's the 60's...

Pros

working outside

Cons

management, useless union, no modern equipment for carriers or vehicles
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Very difficult, high stress, toxic environment

One of the most difficult jobs you can do. The workload is overwhelmingly heavy. Be prepared to walk over 100kms a week your feet will have blisters the 2nd day on your job. The people are toxic, and the management doesnt care about anybody aslong as they have the easy job sitting at the desk all day. Taxes and the amount of deductions from your paycheck are very high. Overall not a very good environment very stressful.

Pros

Pay is decent buy your really working for it

Cons

Stressful, physically and emotionally exhausting, feeling overwhelmed everyday, taxes and deductions are high, toxic environment, employees are rude, very undervalued, no respect for essential workers, can never trust anybody in this compnay.
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No hours

After all the time from phone interview to finally training it was long process. Then once hired and Christmas was over - there was NO work to be had. Horrible to do all that work then get no hours. Not good security when providing for a family. Very disappointed with the end result of being hired but not get any hours

Pros

Wage is fair

Cons

No hours available for new hires
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Fast paced and I love it

I love my job Working for Canada post has changed my life I went from working dead end factory jobs to having a career. The work life balance is sometimes more work then life especially in peak seasons such as holidays. This job is for anyone that enjoys working alone but also working with the public.You have to be self motivated and prepared to walk I take between 40 and 50 thousand steps a day while carrying upwards of 35-50 pounds on your body.

Pros

Benefits, good pay, fast paced, no time to be bored

Cons

Can be very time consuming when you first start
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Never met nicer coworkers.

Very fast paced and physically demanding workplace. Long hours and a whole lot of overtime. Great coworkers. Can be alot of fun and great to be outdoors. Very easy to have an injury but for the most part they are very accommodating when you are injured. Not for anyone interested in a 9 to 5 job and definately not for everyone.

Pros

Very indipendant.

Cons

Long hours and physically demamding. Also weather and dogs!
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A very US vs THEM environment with little to no training.

I can ony write this based on my own perscpective. My experience with Canada Post in this last year started off rocky. It was a very rushed interview/training process. I was hired as an on call/casual Rural and Suburban Letter Carrier. I was given some brief online training, and 3 days following one fella on his "Commercial" mail route. Which consists, of delivering mail and parcels to customers in commercial locations. This is QUITE a bit different than the daily grind an actual RSMC. And I was expected to do the job even though I'd never been properly trained, and didn't fully know what I was doing. I won't get into great detail here. But I can tell you from my perspective, that when you make a mistake, which is very easy to do with the rush training and the information overload that is the collective agreement that you're supposed to sign, and apparently have memorized! They don't even try to be understanding. They will try and convict you, with ZERO concrete evidence, only circumstantial evidence and their own personal oppinions to support their case. Your only options then are.. to accept it/or not .. if you accept it. It stays on record or possibly get you outright fired. If you don't, then you can file grievances towards the supervisors that have wronged you, and it could take years for it to even reach arbitration. In the meantime these "mistakes" you've made are on record, and done from the perspective of the supervisor, which means its saying some very nasty things about you! Now there are also people that love working for this company. I can see why as well. - 

Pros

Pay

Cons

Over inflated collective agreement, Union moves WAY too slow to defend its worker, Supervisors can mess with you whenever they like with little to no repercussion to themselves, Can go weeks or months without getting called for work
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Good work place

Good place to workFlexible hoursGood supervisorFast paced as well as relaxedPressure on at 1st day at new route.Flyers are heavy Good pay and benefitsGood allowancesSafe
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Great place to work

Sort your manual mailTie it up with your Sequence mailOrganize your Packets/ParcelsCollate your Flyers Scan your AdmailsCheck vehicle and then Boom! your ready to go! 😂

Pros

Benefits, Good salary, Job security

Cons

Busy on Holidays (Christmas season)
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great place to work until the new canada post started in 2010 or so where the routes were doubled and the work load was almost unbareable

great benefits and awesome peoplebarb-b-q benefit lunches and awards for reduced sick timelots of safety provided equipment as in vests/dog spray/sunscreen and yearly driving tests both written and driven

Pros

your own boss-fresh air

Cons

rain-dogs-rain
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Good place to work

I would recommend to anyone, but it is not for everyone. Good attitude with most ppl. Preston office is best depot in all of KW area. Good atmosphere to be in.

Pros

Work alone most of the time

Cons

Weather conditions
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Huge difference of work and pay between seniors & newly hired

You work more, paid less and less uniform than those working before. Most Supervisors specially at Hamilton are the worst & put pressure on new hires

Pros

Benifits

Cons

Difference of work and wage between seniors and juniors
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Relief Letter Carrier Job Interview Process

My experiences for the Letter carrier (On-call temporary relief) hiring process: Initially applied online to Canada post career website with resume and personal info, waited about 1 month before getting email response from HR with bunch of preliminary questions, such about attended recent job fair, oncall unsteady work hours acceptable or not (eg. 6am to 6pm, mon~fri). Also have to Pay $12 for uncertified provincial driver abstract, and ready to present reference letter from friend/neighbor coworker/boss who is not be a relative and known for more than 2 years The got invited onsite interview about 2 weeks after the initial email. Interview questions: what skills value at customer service position? (eg. communication, professionalism); what to do if water spill? After interview, got fingerprint taken and address security check form on site, then waited 2 more weeks before having to take a physical test on site. Physical test: measusring heart beat & blod pressure, lifting box of about 30kg to 2 levels of higher shelves, extended bend-down 5 minutes, runnning 3 rounds of 14 laps of back-and-forth across the room and some small stairs while carrying heavy backpack ,sorting 3-box of letters test...etc. Then got notified by HR of passing the physical test in the same day, filled out more personal info and tax forms, with offer letter that is conditional of passing the 15 weekdays (7am to 3pm) of on-site driver training and tests, which is scheduled about 2 weeks later. But the training dates suddenly got cancelled then got pushed back with the whole "coronavirus" affairs. After - 

Pros

Helpful teammates, emphasis on safety first, some supervisors are chill and relaxing to deal with no too much work pressure

Cons

Long wait, lack of job security and benefits for newcomers, heavily senority based, big corporate breacracy inefficency
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Terrible Job

Not much good I can say about this job. I guess if your hard working and organized the job is easy. Workers hired 20 years ago were hired at relatively the same wage that youre hired on today. Also those workers have received a 9$ wage increase (50%) over those 20 years (100% inflation peroid). That means if you were hired 20 years ago youre making 75% of what you were when you started 20 years ago.

Pros

Easy

Cons

Bad pay, terrible managenent, pension sucks
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