FedEx, the Memphis-based package delivery service, has a net income of more than $4.5 billion in 2018. Founded in 1971 as the Federal Express Corporation, the company has become synonymous with fast, reliable, overnight (and other types) of delivery. More than 425,000 people currently work for FedEx, in positions that range from delivery drivers to airplane pilots. More than 3.4 million FedEx packages are delivered every day to locations in more than 220 countries. Have you every considered working at FedEx?
Working at FedEx
FedEx employs more than 425,000 workers in the United States and abroad. Positions at FedEx range from package handlers to forklift operators to warehouse personnel to pilots. There are also a number of headquarters and regional corporate jobs, such as accountants, marketing managers and engineers. FedEx’s headquarters is located in Memphis and there are regional offices in Seattle, Indianapolis, Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis and Newark, NJ. There are nine divisions of FedEx. These are FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Office, FedEx Services, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Trade Networks, FedEx Supply Chain and FedEx Corporate.
The majority of jobs at FedEx are package handlers and delivery drivers. Package handlers are the people who sort the packages as they arrive at regional and local offices and insuring the efficient and correct transfer of packages to their intended destinations. Drivers are the ones who take the packages to individual homes and businesses. Both jobs require applicants to have a high school degree or the equivalent, hold a valid driver’s license, be able to lift 75 pounds and be able to pass a physical examination. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
FedEx package handlers pay starts at around $14-$15 per hour. This varies somewhat by region of the country and the local minimum wage laws and cost of living. Delivery drivers start at around $18-$20 per hour. FedEx offers a full menu of benefits, which are available to employees after completion of the eligibility period. Some of these are available to part-time employees. FedEx benefits include group healthcare coverage, dental care, vision care, paid time off, holiday pay, vacation pay, tuition assistance, parental leave, wedding leave and access to 401k retirement plans. Employees at the corporate and regional offices also are eligible for group life insurance, paid sabbaticals and employee recognition programs. All employees are eligible for discounts on package delivery services and on air tickets. Employees receive annual pay increases and well as team incentives for meeting team goals.
FedEx is committed to diversity and has been voted one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by “Fortune” magazine, in part for its successful program of hiring people from all types of backgrounds including veterans and those with disabilities.
Applying for a job at FedEx
FedEx operates in all 50 US states as well as Canada and an increasing number of other countries. Packages handlers in most locations work one of three eight hours shifts, which include overnight and weekend shifts. Office personnel and drivers usually work eight to nine hour daytime shifts. FedEx is committed to promoting, when possible, from within, so there is usually room for advancement in the FedEx organization. Package handlers can quickly move to supervisors.
The best way to apply for a position at a FedEx is to apply online. Available jobs and detailed job descriptions are listed below based on on the FedEx Career website by FedEx subsidiary and by location. Completed applications are forwarded to the supervisors at the individual locations and applicants will be asked to view a virtual job preview before processing with the selection process. Successful applicants are then called for in-person interviews. Applications are not accepted at FedEx warehouses. As with any job interview, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the location and the company and to dress professionally.
Working at FedEx can be a great way to earn a little extra money during the peak holiday season or the start of a successful career with a thriving company. There are so many positions from which to choose at FedEx, it’s likely there’s something available now in a city near you.
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