So I started out working w/ USPS as an Associate carrier the day after thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to get a real small office w/ nice carriers and managers. Right off the bat though, it's hard work. Take the job description on their site to heart! I'm a fit, 30yr old guy and doing the Mail just wasn't for me. As an RCA you'll work almost everyday during the holiday season except X-mas. You'll get anywhere from 500-700 stops depending on a route, so this is not a laid back job by any means. You'll also be sorting anywhere from 2000-5000 pieces of mail in the morning at your case, unless you bring the DPS to the road, but then you'll have to finger through it. (Oh Yeah, and carrying in bad weather is a NIGHTMARE! cough SNOW&ICE) The LLV'S are terrible, period. There are no benefits except very expensive insurance they offer...don't do it.
In order to receive benefits and $20hr, you'll need to become a regular which could take anywhere from 1-10yrs...yes. Thats why theres a lot of Moms doing this job.
It's not a terrible place to work, you just have to be the type of person to do this: Very Responsible, Quick, Safe, Very Organized, and Willing Everyday! Superman or Supergirl LOL
I switched to the ARC position afterwards, which is just package delivery w/ a GPS on Sundays+Holidays until I find something better.
Pay & employees
No benefits, you have to wait to make regular, it's hard work, The LLV'S