Mail Sorter (Christmas Temp) (Former Employee) – Chester – 16 January 2019
A typical day at Royal Mail involved working in a team to ensure that all parcels are stamped, sorted by postcode and sent to the warehouse to be exported. I found the management to be generally friendly. The environment was hardworking but laid-back. Some of the work could be quite physical but it was fine.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – Cardiff – 14 September 2018
In the mail centre I had to cover various indoor roles in a warehouse environment, moving York trolleys around safely, sorting parcels and letters manually and even operating machinery. It was a fast paced environment and I had to be working up to efficient methods to meet royal mail's business performance targets, at such a critical time of the year. The mail centre can process over a million items in a shift, which means that teamwork is vital in this work environment in order to make that happen.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – Gateshead, Tyne and Wear – 15 July 2018
I worked for the NHS and took early retirement in September 2016. The same day I retired I noticed an advert in the local newspaper for Christmas Staff for the Royal Mail as i had always wanted to be a postman while at school. I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to apply for a job within the Royal Mail . My application went through and I was invited to attend for interview which I did and I was given a job for Late November/December 2016 and absolutely loved the job. At the end of every Shift a manager came around thanking us all for the days work that we had done.
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.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – Exeter – 1 July 2018
I worked in the warehouse, sorting parcels and letters by post code. It could be kind of boring sometimes but you can bring headphones and play your own music which is really nice.
Being on your feet the whole time can be a paid so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
The people are really friendly and there's a canteen with a restaurant that functions Monday to Friday, not just vending machines.
I had the Christmas temporary weekend job that was great for a little extra money over the holidays and there was room for overtime which was great, and being away from customer service was a nice break.
Only downside was that people would throw the parcels over your head into the correct containers which wouldn't be good for someone who's very flinchy or nervous.
Good pay, bring your own music, dont have to talk to anyone
Christmas Casual Mail Sorter (Former Employee) – Aston, West Midlands – 28 August 2018
working well as team coomunication skills hardworking, motivated, reliabe time management, coming in time to work sorting out letters of people sent to use. using the letter and putting it in thier right location.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – Poole, Dorset – 9 May 2018
Loved working for royal mail, they treated the staff well, the management team were great and friendly... Its extremely hard to keep a contract other than temp ones at Christmas time though, as they are overwhelmed with applications.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – Patchway – 5 July 2018
I enjoyed the experience and I would do it again .Worked on the Christmas rush at the main sorting office in Filton Bristol. Duties ranged from sorting, through to building transport boxes for various packages.
Christmas Casual Mail Sorter (Former Employee) – Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire – 20 March 2018
A very hectic workplace which meant the time went quickly. It was great to come across such a variety of people from differing backgrounds, interests and ages.
Learned to work as part of a team but also was left to carry on with our duties when necessary. The hardest part of the job was when the first class post needed to be dealt with as this was so time crucial.
Meet some great people from variety of backgrounds, ages etc.
Working environment chaotic and impersonal. Space at break times was very limited.
Christmas Casual (Former Employee) – North Shields – 1 May 2018
Decent job. A typical day required us to sort post sacks into first and second class, keep the area clean and divide letters into groups. The management were very nice, and the workplace culture was overall friendly.