Competence is not rewarded. Third of supervisors are psychotic
City Letter Carrier (Former Employee) – Seattle. Oregon Coast, Valley, & Central Oregon – November 12, 2018
27 year retiree. Of dozens of supervisors I had, about a third were literally sociopaths, by scientific definition. You really learn to appreciate the third who are good, competent managers. The last third are just trying to make it to retirement under even more psychotic upper management. As a city letter carrier who worked in four different cities, I spent years as: the go-to guy; the lightening rod for bad mgmt; the solid productive worker; & the older, slightly slower guy they wanted to retire. You will have your role: work hard, enjoy what you can, & do NOT bend over backwards for bad managers! They’ll get promoted & move on anyway, while not caring about anybody else. And, after all was said & done, the NALC Union was worth supporting most of the time. (If you’re a thief, you WILL get caught, dummy!)
Pay & benefits are OK. Mostly good coworkers. Public appreciation.
Management culture. Physical wear, & personal stress. You MUST save for retirement.