6.6

Royal Mail

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Machine operator at Royal Mail

People in this role may also be known as machine operators.

5 workers in this role at Royal Mail have taken the survey.

How much does Royal Mail pay machine operators?

Machine operator at Royal Mail
£10.20–12.55
Typical range
£9.00–16.52

Machine operator employees at Royal Mail are typically paid £10.20–12.55 an hour, based on data from 5 employees.

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What is management like for machine operator employees at Royal Mail?

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Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do machine operators think Royal Mail head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    80% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Early start, early finish

    Worst thing

    Cut backs, lack of staff, bad management

    7.0

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for machine operator employees at Royal Mail?

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Not great
  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do machine operators at Royal Mail get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    60% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

Good
  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do machine operators get of their shift pattern at Royal Mail?

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 40% report getting one week notice or less
    • 0% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 20% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 40% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for machine operators to book a holiday at Royal Mail?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    80% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for machine operators to take sick leave at Royal Mail?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    100% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

  • People get proper breaks

    Do machine operators at Royal Mail get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do machine operators at Royal Mail do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Teamwork, good hourly rate, fresh air, beautiful scenery exercise and good customers.

    Worst thing

    Being overloaded and pressured to go faster. Having to ask to finish on time, being expected to take extra work every shift. Bringing mail back.

    5.8

    Employee, October 2021

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What is career progression like for machine operators at Royal Mail?

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Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do machine operators get enough training when they start at Royal Mail?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    100% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from machine operators at Royal Mail

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  • Best thing

    Working with friends

    Worst thing

    Keeping to despatch times

    7.9

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    People are friendly

    Worst thing

    Meeting the targets have to go faster than i want to.

    8.9

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Money

    Worst thing

    Not a lot of time with family

    9.4

    Machine operator, May 2020

  • Worst thing

    The worst things about my job is you have to put your holidays 1-year ear in advance and and the hours we work or not sociable as there are no good hours in the placeand the management don't treat you right they didn't expect you to get the job done the matter what and if you can't do it because it's too much work they don't care they just expect you to do it

    6.3

    Machine operator, May 2020

How Royal Mail ranks

Royal Mail ranks 5th to work for in machine operator employers

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