United States Postal Service Employee Reviews for Rural Carrier Associate

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Stressful job
Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) (Former Employee) –  Lake Zurich, ILJune 22, 2018
If your a sub you work 1 or 2 days a week when they want, you work 10 to 12 hrs a day no breaks, no time to eat, drink, or bathroom breaks. Always being pushed to get faster. Even if your there 12 hrs and your not finished delivering you have to stay and get it done. Then when your done delivering if there's bundles of papers for next day delivery day you have to stay and case them . It will take 10 or more yrs to get a reg route. Pay is ok for the high stress it should be more. If your not thick skinned stay away. They also make you work Sundays to deliver for Amazon, that's the easiest part of the job.
Pros
Maybe retirement
Cons
Very stressful, physical job, no breaks until your finished.
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RCA didnt get benefit till a couple years ago
RCA Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Paradise, TXJune 21, 2018
I started out as trc (Temp relief carrier) did away with that and became a RCA (relief carrier associate) pay went up because of union yearly pay. Drove own vehicle and was paid so much for gas and oil went thru 6 vehicles and this last vehicle was a pick up because of the parcels had to deliver.
Pros
finally earned a few benefits
Cons
takes to long to advance and no benefits until you become regular. weather conditions variable
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Productive and Fast Paced
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Galveston, TXJune 21, 2018
Ive gained a lot learning how the post office mail is ran and organized. You learn how to sort the mail and case it in the distrubution cases before pull them out to deliver. It is a face paced environment meaning you get there and you have to have everything up and ready to go out and deliver mail, packages etc....
Pros
Great benefits, Pay is good, hours
Cons
They can cut down on hours if needed
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No family time
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Doylestown, PAJune 20, 2018
Awesome job, great coworkers and a great community. Poor management who displayed favoritism and implemented poor operational strategies for everyday success.
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RCA highs and low for getting hours
Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) (Current Employee) –  Forsyth, ILJune 20, 2018
The job is pretty straight forward after you learn the route and case. The hardest part is learning a new case for a different route. Most of the time your by yourself on the route delivering the mail. If your looking for advancement you may be waiting a few years before you become full time. While being a sub you may have times where you are working frequently or not at all.
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Typical day
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Vicksburg, MSJune 20, 2018
A typical day begins at 6:30am - 4:00pm. Some day you don't actually know what time you're getting off.
The most enjoyable part of the job is being out on the route, and meeting new people.
The hardest part of the job is living up to the motto, RAIN, SLEET, or SNOW.
Pros
Discounts
Cons
Long Hours, working in the elements
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Good benefits
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Janesville, WIJune 20, 2018
only down side is if you have a family its hard to balance work and them because the post office expects you to put work first. Its a great paying job just not very flexible.
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Overall good place to work
RCA Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Waynesboro, GAJune 18, 2018
Enjoyed my time at Gaston post office. Friendly people, more like a family. Christmas time is insane but other then that not bad. Stuff slows down after the holidays. All in all great place to work.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Hours
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Working at the post office..
RCA Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Cullowhee, NCJune 17, 2018
So far one manager was on me constantly and the I am in the process of transferring to another office so I hope to have a nicer post master...you have to be quick organized and have a good memory..
Pros
No supervisor at all times
Cons
You have to start at bottom and work your way up.
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Excellent Work Environment
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Cache, OKJune 15, 2018
Great supervisor & excellent teamwork. New personnel were trained appropriately & allowed to learn the system. Very fast paced job but very rewarding. Would work for the USPS again.
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many years ago
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Marysville, WAJune 15, 2018
The is was part time job and you worked many hours. They helped you out as much as they could to insure you got the job done. Many long hours for a part time job.
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Typical day
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Avonmore, PAJune 13, 2018
My position requires me sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail and packages on established route by vehicle or on foot. Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
Pros
If you finish early you get paid for it.
Cons
You only start out part time. Minimum 1 day every 2 weeks.
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Productive and always moving
RCA Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Hoopeston, ILJune 13, 2018
Wonderful place to work boss was amazing the work is steady and sometimes a heavy load but it keeps you moving it’s a great job for anyone who likes to be outside and on the move
Pros
Get to be outside and moving
Cons
Sometimes the weather isn’t the greatest
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Lack of career positions
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Tipton, CAJune 12, 2018
The USPS has the hardest working and most dedicated workers I have ever worked with! I would hate to ever have to leave that team but they lack career positions. I have been part time for 10 years with no benefits. Can't support my family with 24 hrs a week and be obligated for 6 days of work. 5 days with 3.25 hrs and one day with 8.
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happy work environment
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Hummelstown, PAJune 12, 2018
usually worked five or six days a week depending on others'schedule . i learned how to work independently and as a team. Good management team and coworkers
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Work
RCA Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Rose Bud, ARJune 12, 2018
Its great money but the wear and tear on your vehicle and body make it hard at times. You are out on the road alone at times that's good and at times its not.
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Favorite Job Ever
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Cuba, NYJune 12, 2018
I loved my position as a rural letter carrier. I will return the first chance I get. I loved the challenge of efficiently sorting and arranging the mail. I loved the travel and the brief opportunities to meet my customers
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Satisfying work but unpredictable
Rural Carrier Associate (Current Employee) –  Boston, GAJune 11, 2018
As a rural carrier associate you are basically a substitute. RCA's work routes in the absence of the regular carrier. Regular carriers do not work on Sundays and, on average, receive one more day off during the week (they usually choose Saturdays or Mondays). So most RCA's are only guaranteed one day per week. Each route is assigned an RCA, therefore, when a regular carrier is absent, the RCA assigned to that route is the first one called. If that RCA is unavailable, RCA's are called based on seniority.

RCA's work schedules are very unpredictable. One week you may work 40 hours, the next week you may only work your guaranteed day. Some days can be long (possibly 12 hours), especially during the holiday season. The hourly rate is good for the job. Beats many comparable positions, but again, you have to deal with an unpredictable schedule.

The workplace is not bad. Carriers arrive in the morning and sort/organize mail and parcels, place mail in sequence, load mail in vehicle, and finally deliver it. Some routes are assigned postal vehicles, but some routes require the carrier to use his or her personal vehicle. The weather can make you day good or bad.

Management tends to move around quite a bit, especially in larger post offices. Overall, management is fair and understanding. Supervision is minimal for carriers as most of your day is spent on the street.

Some RCA's have become regular carriers within a year (not common) and some have worked 10 to 15 years (very common) before obtaining a full-time position. It all depends on regular carrier movement,
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Overall, not a bad place to work. RCA's do come and go. Must be flexible and willing to accept an unpredictable work life.
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Pros
Good pay, good work environment
Cons
Poor work/life balance, poor pay stability, slow advancement
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Rural Carrier Assistant (Current Employee) –  Levelland, TXJune 10, 2018
Overall the Post Office is a wonderful job that pays very well. Certain offices do not have the best culture, and certain managers are not good leaders. Overall I love my job.
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overtime all the time
Rural Carrier Associate (Former Employee) –  Killeen, TXJune 9, 2018
Inconsistent hours and pay. Horrible management. Good benefits. Always had to have paycheck corrected. Always have to document your work hours and keep them forever.
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