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britneycutie (1 year ago)
Hopefully they won't throw my hoverboard!! 😱😱
britneycutie (1 year ago)
+i'll make u salty oh lol it arrived like 3 months ago already. And it came in perfect condition
Papas in the House (1 year ago)
I been at ups for 3 weeks now and I can assure you it was treated like shit,so if you got it unbroken you're lucky.
WyattManley (3 years ago)
Wow what if I ordered a computer? I understand they have to hurry. But be more careful with the breakable items
Nestor Pelayo (4 months ago)
John Dillinger Wtf do you expect??? People buy items online that they can't find in any store near them. Hence why online ordering exists. People get paid to much for their indifferences for sensitive items it's SO retarded.
Brian Reese (1 year ago)
It doesn't take a f****** rocket appliances
Brian Reese (1 year ago)
Then use rma
danny nadim (2 years ago)
wonder what happened when i ordered my iphone OH WAIT... IT HAD A BROKEN SCREEN!
Brian Reese (2 years ago)
+John Dillinger where else are you gonna order it genius? i build my own.
magicaldog (4 years ago)
This is the worst courier company that ever existed ! They lie, cheat and steal !
pulseimages (18 days ago)
chrisgast This isn’t UPS the postal service, you idiot!
chrisgast (25 days ago)
You're telling me! They just started delivering my mail to the wrong place! I guess the good old guy must have retired and the newbie has NO clue!!! Are our schools that bad that young people no longer know how to read???
barrett cowart (4 years ago)
paid more for slower shipping T.T ordered Tuesday ups takes package wed@10:33AM its now Friday and its on its way now to my state main hub or local hub.... so this sucks.... ups3day isnt 3 days at all... says on time yet says expect package Monday... if i went with usps id of had my package from Oklahoma city to mesa Arizona cuz they deliver on Saturday .... FML have to keep this in mind next time less = more :/
nick87 (4 years ago)
HA they wish it was this clean at ups if you actually took a tour of ups on a regular day and see how many packages get damaged you would never ship through them again
gtarbmx (4 years ago)
hopefully. i've had a moron send me a thousand dollar computer inside a box with hardly any padding. it came in pieces.
MR.Techroid (4 years ago)
Good thing the vendor protects the inside of the box then
gtarbmx (4 years ago)
lmao, they only show the small sort. i worked at this facility doing bulk. it's a fuckin slaughterhouse and your packages are getting thrown around like shit.
Storey Time Productions (4 years ago)
I'm in that weird part of YouTube again...
gladiorthis (4 years ago)
yeah
fil ramirez (4 years ago)
Fil here with the reno hub in nv. We have found a way to take better care of our customers and their packages.
bigcam0011 (4 years ago)
SAME HERE :P
Manu (4 years ago)
waiting for my nexus 4...
doug french (5 years ago)
Looks just just like the Portland Oregon hub I work at! Love Ups it's a great company
SJairsoft1 (5 years ago)
If only my hub was this advanced... lol
Fernanda de Araujo (5 years ago)
I work for UPS in Brazil, and for me is a great company! All these people, they are insatisfact with the company, can find a better place for them! Really, I don't understand, if UPS is a bad company for you work for, all that you have to do is just CHANGE! Anybody is forced to work for UPS... That´s my point of view.
Chew Jube (5 years ago)
oh and my company is too cheap to throw us a Christmas party!!! I love the driving aspect and having all my favorite customers but working for UPS, they are just hell raisers. and I don't really want to leave and start at the bottom somewhere else again. I've put in 7 years!!
Chew Jube (5 years ago)
I love my job just not working for the higher up of UPS!!! Rich bastards. I make $32 an hour to deliver boxes, eat, sleep, socialize, take breaks, Wth no one breathing down my neck!!!
TheGoodChap (5 years ago)
So your saying that every single worker in the united states should just all become upper level management, marketers, accountants, etc? Human beings need jobs in order to live in an economy, the alternative would be to own your own small farm and grow food for yourself. The way I see it, the more money a company makes the more workers they can hire and the more money they can pay their employees. Not everyone can be a CEO, it unfortunately doesn't work like that.
Mike Woodard (5 years ago)
Worked there almost 5 years. I hated it. DON'T WORK THERE.
socratesandlavagods (5 years ago)
@AfrikaaBombeetza lol. part time sups don't get bonuses.
CinematicEx (5 years ago)
I work at a small hub in Santa Maria and there is some human error in the package handeling, but believe me the belt damages them more.
David King (5 years ago)
@KevinMetal27 you work Sundays too?
KevinMetal27 (5 years ago)
@lestat102786 daysort i assume? i work that same sort at the phoenix hub
lolyali (5 years ago)
Box fail at 1:03 LOL jk
socratesandlavagods (5 years ago)
@rexxythomas I've fired people for missorts, lol. It's in your contract, read it. Labor and the union will approve warning letters, and suspensions. It's a failure to follow proper load methods.
lovefromzoo (5 years ago)
looks like it gets pretty rough in there, poor packages.
hi (6 years ago)
hey guys i got lots of videos on ups on my channel their all at ontario international airport their west coast hub check it out! :)
Steve Ramirez (6 years ago)
@jbeatles99 IM WAITING FOR MY IPHONE 4S!!!!!!!!!
Robin Sattahip (6 years ago)
American workers just do not get it; the only product you have to sell UPS is manual labor, and the more high tech or efficient the hub is, the less of the product you sell they will need. You should be thankful your facility is low tech and old, that's why you're still employed. Also, machines do not complain, do not file workers comp or sexual harassment suits and do not badmouth their employer online.
McNabbulous (6 years ago)
@lestat102786 You should try to work at the Harrisburg Hub! It is one of UPs's oldest hubs and it shows. There are too many high volume destinations that are still using roller lines that don't exactly roll.
Scott Thomas (6 years ago)
@PositivelyBored they tried to get me on that few years ago. my shop steward did the right thing told the supervisor it was human error not failure to follow directions. Supervisor dropped it didnt write me up. They want you to think they can discipline you for missorts but they cant.
David King (6 years ago)
wish i worked in this hub, sadly i work in 1 of the worsts hub in the whole country, Grande vista In Los Angeles Ca. bulk carts barely fit in the narrow hall ways, & lets not talk about technology, we do the work by hand, we have old cave man technology in there, & to top it all its a distributing hub witch means that we get all the damn packages that have to be deliver the next day, thats why we work Sunday 2 thursday i believe that its the only hub that works during the day from 10a to 3 or 4p
mymanmyman666isdbest (6 years ago)
@adrianroam95 As You Said Tens Of Dozens Of Jobs That Would Result In thousands Of Jobs Lost
Adrian (6 years ago)
@mymanmyman666isdbest Uhhh. No. There must be tens of dozens of people moving packages onto the conveyor belts and making sure that they're face up getting paid $10-12 an hour. eliminating them and replacing them with machines would save a several hundred dollars an hour, and that adds up pretty quickly. It isn't any "less genuine", but jobs are lost.
mymanmyman666isdbest (6 years ago)
@adrianroam95 Nope If It Was Revieled That They Werent Genuine Humans Then Places Like Fedex Would Start Having Humans Again And Claim They Were Still a Better Genuine Buisness
Adrian (6 years ago)
it's these types of jobs are gonna soon be replaced by automated processes pretty soon
Roberto Yee (6 years ago)
this very good video but dont have a information for ups very good documental
jairo avila (6 years ago)
I ordered a 3ds from game stop and the ups is shipping it from Louisville and I'm in Kansas
TheWatup72 (6 years ago)
@XVietAZNPrideX as a ups driver, u can use any box. Just make sure it is packaged correctly meaning use the right amount of tape and always verify the to and from address. Peace. Las vegas.
Michael Kenny (6 years ago)
if they spent less time making documentaries we'd all get our packages quicker.
Djoker Dominator (6 years ago)
@MAIMPORT we also crush 1000 of pkgs every night, they dont give a crap about their employees or quality its all high paced just get the pkg to its location it be great if less ppl use them, because they abuse the workers and the system the filthy CEO's get all the money will take away benefits from everybody fuk em
vikings844 (6 years ago)
@MAIMPORT good luck dummy,I hope you have deep pockets! Ups has alot of lawyers working for them! They will bleed your small time ass dry!You can't fight a co. worth 65 billion!!! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
Jabran Shakil (6 years ago)
I love boxes!
Bob Kaye (6 years ago)
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DonVares (6 years ago)
@kingdoc lmao tru
RealBigR (6 years ago)
@PGMEagle No, it wouldn't because the bosses wouldn't be able to do the work.
xxIntrep1dxx (6 years ago)
Anyone else notice that every employee was female?
Jae (6 years ago)
THUMBS UP IF YOU WATCHED THIS WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR PACKAGE!!
Brugality (6 years ago)
@PositivelyBored No substantive reply. No big surprise. Work instruction and procedure is to double check before loading any package. Constant misloads are a clear failure to follow this instruction. Some loaders get a few misloads a month, others get a few misloads a day -- it simply comes down to who cares and who doesn't. Suspensions have already been handed out (no terminations as far as I know). Employees HAVE been terminated for poor attendance.
Brugality (6 years ago)
@PositivelyBored LOL. Local 804 tried that but were too scared (or too broke) to bring the matter to arbitration (thus setting precedent). You're INSTRUCTED to double check before you walk into a car (preload) and load a package. Misloads = failure to follow work methods and instructions, and you will be disciplined if it becomes chronic. Discipline for misloads has gone through without a hitch.
Shieldsy420 (6 years ago)
@PGMEagle ...UPS would NOT make a good undercover boss show. Supervisors are not allowed to work because it is a Union job. Teamsters would be all over them, not to mention most of the supervisors are horrible workers who couldn't handle our work, so they became supervisors. I work in the Syracuse, NY hub and let me tell you, it looks nothing like this. Packages get jammed together and get destroyed all the time. This is the only high tech UPS.
Noel Santos (6 years ago)
damn... @ my center,there's only one main conveyor that runs the length of the building. With a shade under 40 delivery vehicles, it's an practically a rural outpost!
MoonFae2006 (6 years ago)
omg..anyone else see that package fall off the conveyor belt at 1:02? o_o Was that supposed to happen?
Jon Martin (6 years ago)
@EricBBrandon1 hahahah UP TO 2,500? My peak day this past year: 3,500 + 238 smalls bags 2 53' 3/4 Shortie. 6.5 hours Stop whining. I bet you have breaks too, come down here to SC with no breaks and up 130 trailer temps.
Jazzy Chiqui Ti Jardin (7 years ago)
@audiogenetics benefits being a union employee
Jazzy Chiqui Ti Jardin (7 years ago)
@audiogenetics stop being a superhero for them & realize that you're paid by the hour not package
Jazzy Chiqui Ti Jardin (7 years ago)
@PGMEagle Scott Davis needs showed up at any UPS facility & see how the employees are treated
VidCon mail (7 years ago)
I love progress
Umar Ashraf (7 years ago)
@beercap0 LOL I work at the largest UPS centre in the UK. and it is NOTHING LIKE THIS PLACE... i wish it was
Troy Svoboda (7 years ago)
GO LOUISVILLE!
chris brown (7 years ago)
@EJoe2009 I think every building can run that smooth if you film enough hours and edit well.
William Cazes (7 years ago)
So much nicer than my facility. Two conveyors for the unload, where we have guys who scan and place on top or bottom. Which the top comes down a certain distance to the bottom so it can reach the one conveyor in the mobile area where I work now loading from 3 to 4 trucks. I was unloading and scanning until they decided to train me to preload. And the minimum they want you to scan is 600 / 650 packages per hr.
Jeffrey Needham (7 years ago)
@EJoe2009 Yeah no kidding, my small sort runs nothing like this here in Kansas City!
Jeffrey Needham (7 years ago)
@512motocrossfilms I work at UPS and one time I sorted a package that was coming to me! It was crazy.
jacob watts (7 years ago)
if only every hub ran that smooth.. most of them hand sort packages and build smalls bags by hand
Phil Smith (7 years ago)
UPS would make for a good Undercover Boss show
Phil Smith (7 years ago)
I wonder if this is the Louisville Air Hub. Most all my packages go there when I send something
rallygsc (7 years ago)
UPS SUCKS, THEY DESTROYED MY GUITAR AND THEY DO NOT WISH TO HONOR THE CLAIM tracking number1ZR449X00322804879 JOHN MILLER AND CHAD MOORE AT UPS CLAIMS DENIED MY CLAIM , I SELL GUITARS ONLINE AND I WILL NEVER USE UPS AGAIN, SPREAD THE WORD PEOPLE UPS SUCKS
Calvin Grosshuesch (7 years ago)
Smalls is easier than a cake walk without walking. Real men load.
klanz (7 years ago)
@beercap0 fuck ups they are slow as a fuckin grandma with a walkier
Jinisinsane (7 years ago)
UPS is fucking slow.I ordered an Item from California to NY using FedEx and I got it in 3 days. I used UPS to get some papers from NJ to Long island and it took 7 fucking days(delayed=beyond UPS control..wtf its just a 20 lbs box)...if it is for business urgency don't use UPS.
georgew123 (7 years ago)
instead of check the dates sometimes you can just glance at the weight.
georgew123 (7 years ago)
@crazyguy22jt so you youtubed a UPS vid to vent on :P nice.
1098910989 (7 years ago)
UPS is amazing
johncase7777 (7 years ago)
I live in Louisville KY and we have one of the more larger UPS hubs and different hubs located across the city. There are parts of the company here that will give you a 8 hour shift, 5 days a week, full benefits and the best part are NON UNION! But it's really hard to get onto those shifts since everyone tries to. Just because it's non union they don't treat you bad, hell they treat their workers there better than they do their union workers.
johncase7777 (7 years ago)
Even if you are in it for the long run the only way you will ever move up is if you are willing to become a supervisor.
kingdoc (7 years ago)
they missed the part when the driver rings my bells, waits 2.3 seconds then leaves and says my package was undeliverable.
Dohb0i (7 years ago)
cause that's where it's destination was... lol
Scary Larry (7 years ago)
makes me wanna transfer to small sort
johncase7777 (8 years ago)
They are onlu showing the easy jobs. Show the hard jobs like the loaders and unloaders. I was an unloader at UPS before I quit. All I have to say is its not worth it. UPS at the hub are just slave drivers. They expect way to much from people just for the 3 hours you work there a night.
grounce (8 years ago)
I have used most postal carriers and have only had problems from UPS! Now instead of getting problems, if UPS try and make a delivery to me, i refuse the package and swap suppliers!!!
beercap0 (8 years ago)
This place looks like NASA compared to my hub.
XxXDLowXxX (8 years ago)
Used to work there
xen84 (8 years ago)
I work the morning loading shift at a UPS center in a downtown area of a relatively major city, and our center doesn't look a lot like this one. Ours is mostly older and more broken. And to a lot of people in these comments, keep in mind, while it's easy to just give us all flak and see UPS as a faceless corporate entity, most of us are just regular people doing our jobs as best we can, day in and day out. We're no more infallible than you are.
kriegdouch (8 years ago)
And i'll complain cause i can. What kinda shits that. Lifes a bitch for ppl, and im just another brick in the wall. Yeah and fuck those bags, i'll complain about that cause they absoulutley fill them up to the fullest and gets heavy
kriegdouch (8 years ago)
yeah whatever about proofreading. i just don't give 2 shits about this job. I'm glad tomarro is my last day at the toledo hub. I'm only 1 week away from my 1st year anniversery, and i gotta go off to college. Couldn't get job transfered cause of just the one week, plus the other hub wasn't asking for any newhires when peak season is coming up. Horseshit! only alternative is an rehire card, i can go work possiably any hub around the U.S, but gotta start over from scratch.
SynestheticSoul (8 years ago)
I know someone who works for UPS. They kick boxes around.
ECDT1089 (8 years ago)
It's like Business deliveries first, then home deliveries later with UPS. I've never had to wait after 11:00AM for a Fedex Delivery. Even USPS is faster than UPS. And I don't even like USPS when it comes to package deliveries.
ECDT1089 (8 years ago)
FEDEX is better because they have different vehicle for different types of packages. In my case, home delivery. The day my package is suppose to be delivered through Fedex, I usually receive it around 10:00AM. If UPS is delivering it, then I'll have to wait the entire day to receive it, after 6:00Pm in most cases. This is ALL the time with UPS. With FEDEX your home Delivery package is in a vehicle with other home delivery packages which means your package will be delivered quicker.
ECDT1089 (8 years ago)
UPS sucks because they deliver different types of packages all in one vehicle. Which usually means you'll have to wait a long time for your package to be delivered to your house.
stryker7x (8 years ago)
hummm .....interesting now I'm expecting a 93 lb $2,000 Velodyne subwoofer I sure hope they handle the shipping with a lot more care.
ChelesCheryPie (8 years ago)
A box falls off the Belt <<Um, it's YOUR responsibility to be sure YOU package your item securely for shipping. Accidents happen. That's why you properly secure your article. I've worked for UPS for 10 years, 99% of Damaged good were not properly packaged for shipping. I ship items through UPS. I treat YOUR package like it's MY package. :o)
jay_615 (8 years ago)
no dumbass
NicoDaPko (8 years ago)
They dont deliver on weekends , only on buisness days....so don't get mad.....
NicoDaPko (8 years ago)
a box falls down on the belt at 1:04
Ernie Ithier (8 years ago)
yea.... i wuda rather hav monday then tuesday lol
Bryxn Rxdrigvez (8 years ago)
im waiting my xbox 360 too... delivery date 20th. i am pissed that it does not come on saturday!!! now i got too wait until monday. SHITTT!!! FUCK UPS!!!
Ernie Ithier (8 years ago)
im waitin 4 my xbox. delivery date is the 21st. does any1 kno if i can possibly get it early??
burned92 (8 years ago)
hope none of the stuff there is fragil cause it wont make it to the customer in one piece. lol i hope the dont screw with my airsoft gun