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City Carrier Assistant (CCA) (Former Employee) – Bellflower, CA – February 13, 2018
The work is pretty stable. The day starts early at about 7:30a and is done anywhere between 4:15 to 6:15p. Two hours in the morning to case mail and the remainder to load truck and carry mail. There is very little downtime, (2) 10min breaks and (1) 30min lunch. Mgmt does not encourage any act that waists time (taking, etc.). The only concern is the mail. The culture is isolation and focus on the job. Safety is priority. The hardest part of the job is the long work hours, the toll it takes on the body, the psychological bureaucracy/ warfare, unskilled/ untrained mgmt, organized chaos. The most enjoyable part of the job is being outside on your own and the respect and consideration from customers.
Since I have been at the post office I have been able to see how this agency uses several different systems in order to accomplish a common goal. They have found a way to utilize the best systems (military, body mechanics, data analytics, etc.). Being an observant person I have learned different ways to be more efficient, eliminate wasteful habits, be more organized and think more in terms of time and outcome. I have also learned that psychology is a strong motivator. Though team work is still key in my opinion, I do understand the use of isolation and focus employed by the postal system. The post office is a good and honorable job, but it is not for everyone.
working outdoors, decent pay w/ benefits, longevity, sense of pride
long hours, untrained mgt, constant harassment from mgt, mind games