So, I just started a new job at The UPS Store. A friend of mine who works above the store knows the manager very well since he always has to go down there to mail and ship stuff. So, as a guy in need of a job, my friend and their entire business (I know everyone there) put in a good word for me. The manager interviewed me but she was hesitant to take me on because I didn't have retail experience or packaging experience. But she decided to take me on anyway because she lost three employees in 3 months - one was stealing - and the Christmas season is approaching so she needed someone to help.
I just finished my eighth day and I'm ready to call it quits. I'm know I'm capable of doing the job but it's taking me a very long time to learn everything and she's giving me hell. My boss has been doing this for 15 years and is a micro-managing nut. I don't have room to breathe. I totally understand that she needs to guide me but she steps in on everything. I was putting a package against a wall to create space and I moved another box momentarily cause it was in my way and she questioned why I didn't put the boxes against the wall first. I should've finished doing that first. Super nitpicky. And she says she used to be worse.
It's hard to learn in that environment because you try to do something but she throws her 15 years of experience at me and tells me how to do something her way. I don't have a chance to get the concept in my head cause I'm thinking about doing that actual task right and doing it exactly the way she does it.
And there's so much detail and nuance it's given me mad respect for anyone in the postal and parcel business. How to pack things, what to pack them with, what a specific package is, etc.
We've all shipped and mailed stuff. We go into a store with an item, tell someone we want it shipped to some place, then they process it and we're out the door. Never knew certain packages actually had different designations beyond envelope and parcel. It's just so much to take in and it's making me doubt my ability to do the job.
Most days I've come home mentally and emotionally drained from my boss's excessive badgering and all the information I'm trying to take in. I hate the job but I don't have any clearly open opportunities. So, I'm stuck for now.
Anyone else work at a place like this? Was it hard for you to understand?
Definitely felt good to vent this a bit. If you read all of it, kudos to you and I should give you cookies for reading it. Didn't expect it to be this long.