Fantastic honour to work for Royal Mail. Huge responsibility to provide mail to all address's throughout the U.K. 6 days a week. Management of over 100 employees, providing training, coaching and support for all.
Postman (Current Employee) – North East – 15 August 2018
Been here 9 years now and here's the whole truth. The job itself is easy and very simple however it's so physical and draining and has such an effect on your outside life. I walk roughly 7 miles 6 days a week. Work 5 weeks then a week off and also have 4 weeks annual leave to take but must be when shifts can be covered. In the passed 2 or 3 years I have become so depressed with how exhausted I am, the lack of progression (still part time not full time) and the workload in general that sometimes I can't be bothered with anyone or anything when I come home. It's saddens me that I'm always too tired to play with my kids when I get home, I sometimes don't even want to talk to anybody and even used to hide out the way so I could not take the stress out on anybody. When it comes to Sunday on my day off I'm also exhausted from the week work that I don't really go out for a day with the family. I've been to the doctors a couple times because of the depression and even broke down. This is not a job for the faint hearted, it's very physical and draining and the doing the same thing everyday with no progression, £250 a week as an only income for a family of four is very soul destroying thinking how will we ever afford a mortgage. I can't afford a car either so you can see why the depression lingers constantly. There are positives to the job but they don't seem to make any difference to my mind set. The week off on the 6th week through the whole year is fantastic plus the four weeks annual. The pay for the hours I do is generous (but not enough for a future for my family), some lovely colleaguesmore... and customers and getting to know the communities.less
Pay for hours, 1 week off in 6 weeks plus 4 annual weeks
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) – Preston – 12 August 2018
Typically sorting mail and moving mail to stations How much mail gets sent during busy seasons Keep on top of workload Everyone typically gets along Standing up for a long time The wage and going on a lunch break
contractor (Former Employee) – Luton, Bedfordshire – 12 August 2018
You start your work 7am and finish 4pm. main work is deliver parcels and letters. time management is crucial. friendly atmosphere to work in. A lot of concentration is needed in the work place. all the parcels and letters must be delivered. you work as a group make the job very interesting.
Postwoman (Current Employee) – Leigh, Lancashire – 10 August 2018
I love my job at royal mail thanks to my work mates who have great banter in the mornings The job suits my family life and the money is great, and there Is always overtime available if you want some. Our managers are constantly changing, which is the only downfall at the minute ohhh and them pushing you all the time to do extra which sometimes we cannot do.
Although I only worked there as a Christmas casual I did enjoy it,. possibly because it was a new experience. There was variety in the job as I was not left doing one task although it was Christmas and I would be moved to where extra staff were required. I was given good instructions on a any task I had not done before. I felt it was a good atmosphere to work in and have been watching for any vacancies that might come up. I worked in the foreign section so did not experience much of the rest of the other sections but I would say it is well organised where management are fully aware of how everything is progressing. Seeing how permanent employees behaved towards others and how they seemed content at work is a good measure of the type of workplace it is assuming it is the same all year and not because it was the festive season.
Priority Services (Former Employee) – Barnwood – 7 August 2018
Can get away with murder! Nice enough job, somewhat repetetive and mind numbing but that is some peoples thing. people are very friendly and if you stay long enough there are lots of benefits 5/10 years +
Manager (Former Employee) – South Coast – 6 August 2018
It's a very tough place to be as a delivery office manager. There are not enough hours in the day to complete the basic tasks and although I have had a lot of verbal support from my managers, people are sent in to the unit to support but actually just give orders and action plans then leave. This just adds to the pressure and stress. I love to interact with my team of 70 people and know them all by name. The Union culture is still evident and has resulted in the tail wagging the dog, although I have been able to modify this in my own unit by using my negotiation skills and by listening to the people who actually do the job. Royal Mail offers excellent benefits but this role is not for the faint hearted. It takes hours more than you are paid for to do the best job possible and to meet the company's expectations. I have made some great friends through the adversity of trying to do the best job possible and I have become a much better manager by using my own skills and character rather than joining the shouty boss culture. In short, a defining part of my long management career but not one I have always enjoyed.
Great sick pay and benefits
Historic poor management will take years to turn round.
Various Roles (Former Employee) – Various locations – 4 August 2018
I had a career spanning over 34 years with Royal Mail ranging from delivery postman to international consultant and enjoyed the majority of it. I had various roles during my 34 year career, of which I could right a book about.
Postman (Current Employee) – Great Yarmouth – 3 August 2018
Physically hard work, and getting harder. Management have been told to cut hours in quietier times but all the burden to placed on part time -new employees. Part time employees only get 25 hours holiday although many work full time hours plus for much of the year.
The job has changed and requires a lot more walking than I did 10 years of so ago. I really think RM should address this particularly older members of staff. I often see the management exploit the staff particularly new entrance who are promised a job then given a 25 hour contract and placed with a full time postman.They or even the experience staff are not told work related practices or told different stories from managers in relation to meal breaks times to sort travel time, expenses and finishing on time. This is in order to save lots of money and exploit the staff Someone with 20 or rs experience tend to get the easier round and some with less experience gets pushed from pillar to post generally a longer round sometimes bullied by management to completed. The mangers use the rule book when it suits pass things off and turn a blind eye if you help them out. Some staff members often moan about there work loads to the incompetent managers who in turn try and pile unfair work loads onto people. Often told we have lots of competition from smaller companies when really they are competing with each other, scaremongering tactic.
Some longer serving members of staff believe they are untouchable because of the seniority system which is still in use for certain things. I am generally only ever told something when i do something wrong instead of telling me in the first place. lack of training if any. I have lost count how many times I have been threatened bribed or lied to. The holiday system is useless and the sickness system, no consideration is taken as regards to whatmore... you are off until the very last stage when they threaten you with dismissal but have no legal grounds to.
The most enjoyable part of the job some nice customers and staff. Sunny days outside. The hours and money for a unskilled job.less
Hours, uniform. security, sunny days, some nice customers and staff
Bulling management. disorganised. Excel spread sheet ins and outs £
Postie (Former Employee) – Wigston, Leicestershire – 28 July 2018
I have worked in the Wigston delivery Office in Leicester and experienced a great deal of group bullying, mainly from senior staff. A pack mentality where your face has to fit for you to be accepted. It was a very unpleasant environment to work in on a daily basis, the manager is weak and does not deal with issues, either because he cannot or wont. I look forward to him being moved in the future hopefully to a much bigger office where he wont be able to fly under the radar. If you are hard working with a personality and can stand up for yourself this office is not for you. To fit in all you have to do is keep laughing out loud at their boring jokes, suck up to the office bullies so as not to become victimized yourself and have a general IQ of 8 as the general topics of conversation are about the level of Primary School age.
Postman (Former Employee) – Manchester, Greater Manchester – 28 July 2018
Physically too demanding ! Did the job 10 years and ended up with a bad back and knees. Management are the worst I have ever worked for and for such a big organisation this is mbt good enough. Wouldn't work for this company again if it was the only job out there! Rather do anything than work for this horrible company again. ROYAL FAIL