Postman (Current Employee) – Shropshire and Essex – 20 April 2018
This job is harder than you'd think. You need a very strong character to deliver mail in all weathers and summer isn't the dream job it appears to be. But if you can drive yourself forward through the toughest conditions, you can feel well rewarded. The salary is good for unskilled work. The camaraderie is second to none. You get to interact with a plethora of different characters in the general public. Management is the same wherever you work. Royal Mail's ethos is getting better and they are trying to move the company forward. But individuals will always be the stumbling blocks of progress. Each day is both identical, but completely different at the same time. The basics never change; receive the mail, sort the mail, prepare your walk, deliver your walk. But so many things can make each day a fresh challenge. From change of duty to equipment failure, differing weather conditions to your own mood and sense of self. Whatever the issues, the mail MUST get through. I took the job as something to get me through the summer until something else came up. Thirteen years later I'm still looking, but this job has been my longest with any employer for a good reason. It fitted in with my life well and Royal Mail have been my best employer to date. You'll lose weight, get a great tan with lots of white bits and who knows, you may just enjoy it?
Free stamps, free mail redirections, free excercise and free fresh air.
Postman/Delivery Driver (Current Employee) – Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh – 20 April 2018
I think this job is fantastic and well paid. Delivery Routes mean you get to know people on delivery rounds who help you out and keep you entertained on delivery. Very few chances to develop yourself, learn new skills or for promotion. Micro-management is a major issue. Not a day goes by where a manager isn't trying to change something, ask a favour. It is quite a simple job. Same thing day in, day out. Does not require intense management. Worked there less than 15 years? Bottom of the pile and getting bounced around instead of being left alone to do your job.
Best hourly wage for industry
Power hungry managers, desperate to not be in delivery.
Mail & Parcel Sortation (Former Employee) – Greenford, Greater London – 19 April 2018
Being in a company of many different departments, work or procedures are never the same. So it was exciting to learn about the new procedures. Set up of different departments, though similar were different, and only found out the reason/s was level of security. Management was friendly and conscious about the safety aspect of handling the work.Staff culture was friendly and always greeting each other when ever our path crossed. The hardest part of the job was not getting enough training and being moved from one dept., to another at a very short notice. The most enjoyable part for me while being in charge of training / mentoring a new recruit, though I myself was relatively new.
Customer Advisor (Former Employee) – Belfast, County Antrim – 17 April 2018
No training, long hours with little to no breaks, very sketchy management with no one really knowing who is in charge, or having anyone capable of dealing with situations which arise in the work place.
Royal Mail Sorter (Former Employee) – West Midlands – 16 April 2018
I was Christmas temp whilst working with the royal mail team. We worked very hard over the Christmas period to make sure everything was delivered and sent on time to where it needed to be. All off the staff at royal mail were welcoming and instantly made me feel part of the team.
Mail Sorter (Former Employee) – Northampton – 15 April 2018
Friendly helpful staff and management. The most enjoyable part of the job was the associates I worked with. Excellent teamwork. Also, the fact that it had three canteens, So you could always get a seat.
Floor Manager (Former Employee) – Harlow – 13 April 2018
i started at royal mail as agency which involved putting the correct mail in the correct destination container.(air mail) in 2 years i worked my way up to floor management the job was very time critical as we had flight time slots to reach for the departure of the flights . communication was very important and i built a very good team
postwoman (Former Employee) – bristol – 11 April 2018
Sort prep and deliver mail, having worked for royal mail for 30 years I saw many changes the job especially the volume of mail.the hardest part of the job for me was the amount expected of you, as you get older especially so. The job itself now I would recommend ideally under 40s, or fit under 50s. The most enjoyable part of the job which I miss is the freedom of outdoor work, meeting many people, keeping fit, great colleagues. Royal mail is a great secure job and highly recommended. Most new employees start as part time but there is opportunities to fulltime jobs when they become avaiable.
Mail Sorter (Former Employee) – Wolverhampton – 10 April 2018
Responsibilities included covering various indoor roles in a warehouse environment, unloading mail from vans, moving large volumes of mail around in trolleys, sorting parcels and letters manually and operating machinery.
As a collection hub manager it was my responsibility on any given shift to make sure all the post in my sub code area was collected by my team and transported to the nearest Mail Centre to be processed.. That's from pillar boxes, post offices and firms.
The management at 90% of the Royal Mail offices is an absolute mess. They work like octopuses trying to deal with 1000 problems at the same time. There is a lack of communication between managers and employees. I was not told that my job had ended. They only said "we will call you when we need you", It's been 2 months and I haven't been called back LOL. The weather is also a negative but that comes with the job. The pros are that they gave employees their rights (unlike Amazon), shifts always finished at 2 or 3pm,