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.
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.
Advanced Customer Advisor (Former Employee) – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear – 28 March 2018
Working at Royal Mail was a good job, I enjoyed the job role, the people I worked with and the hours/pay was suitable. There was some days that were difficult, when having a difficult/complex complaint to work on.
Customer Service Advisor (Former Employee) – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear – 24 March 2018
Proper company to work for who values its staff and us family friendly...good pay rates and bonuses and free stamps every Christmas with a card..some of the calls can be difficult but plenty of help on hand
Parcel Sorter (Former Employee) – Wolverhampton, West Midlands – 22 March 2018
This was just a christmas temp sorting parcels and the best part was i got to work in a group which was fun and i got to make some good friends. However i was working 12-13 hour shifts with only 1 small break.
Also being in a very large warehouse it was extremely cold, the floor being so cold to the point your legs do hurt so shorter but frequent breaks would have been better.
Postman (Former Employee) – Tunbridge Wells, Kent – 15 March 2018
Basically start the day by sorting mail and prepping duties ready for delivery. Then, after van checks go out and deliver mail. On return to office return any items to their respective places. Overtime is available. Mainly going out to collect mail from businesses and post boxes. From this job good time management, working as a team and on one's own, how to route a delivery can all be learned. Hardest part of job is the early starts and the easiest is being out on delivery. Though the management did use bullying and harassment techniques to coerce the workforce into compliancy.
Postman (Current Employee) – Stevenage – 5 March 2018
Nice early start and early finish. Work as a collective first, then out in pairs outside in the fresh air with plenty of exercise. Not too bad to work for, but treated poorly by middle management and above expecting too much to maximise profit
benefits, weekly paid
expect too much of you, treated poorly by middle management
Postman Part Time (Former Employee) – Faringdon, Oxfordshire – 5 March 2018
Was made promises of good working conditions, training, support, and good pay at induction. 99 percent of the staff were lovely and very friendly. You will find working here that you will do loads of extra hours unpaid, (especially over Christmas when its just crazy deadlines and non stop) and if you become ill at all within the first 6 months you will get sacked even if its not your fault. No support from bosses, and false rumours being created about you, even if they don't know you, and it can be quite cruel and nasty. Also make sure that you join the union, as they have been very helpful. Company will make promises that they don't keep, and show very little care about their employees as far as I have seen. As I said most of the staff are lovely and very accommodating. Be prepared to work in all weathers and up at 4/5am. You will however spend lots of time manically running round, and forget your lunch break...
Most staff I met were lovely
pay is very low/ unsocial in bad weather/ working to very tight schedules
Royal Mail Operations assistant (Former Employee) – Gillingham, Kent – 22 February 2018
While I was employed at Royal mail I received may benefits and was trained professionally by team and management. The wages and salaries are really good and the benefits and bonus are also very fair. The work hours are flexible and the work itself is enjoyable.