One mom’s amazing journey at UPS

It’s all about work-life balance
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Hey look ma, I made it: Michelle Calderone started at UPS as a driver helper, working part time during peak season 18 years ago. Two kids and several promotions later, she’s built a successful and long-lasting career.

And she did it without compromising what matters most: her family.

“For me, being a single mom, it's very important to be able to communicate about what I need for my kids,” Michelle said. “So that I can plan what I need to do at work along with what I have to do outside of work.”

Your time: Before UPS, Michelle didn’t know where her life would lead. She was looking for work that would allow her to grow professionally while meeting family commitments like school recitals and kids’ doctor appointments. She found that UPS’s cares about its people, with accommodating work schedules and healthy work-life balance.

Level up: And Michelle proved herself time and time again, quickly making the transition to part-time supervisor and then full-time working in package pre-loading and dispatch. In 2010, she transitioned to UPS’s industrial engineering group and got to work on the deployment of ORION, UPS’s industry-leading delivery routing platform.

I just tried to learn as much as I could and take advantage of any opportunity they gave me to try something different,” she said. “I want to go as high up as I can and push myself.”

Did you know? Michelle and many others take advantage of the life-changing careers and industry-leading benefits UPS provides for employees:

  • UPS part-time employees earn an average of $20 per hour after 30 days.
  • 38,000 part-time employees advanced to full-time jobs from 2018 to 2022.
  • Part-time UPS employees receive the same generous healthcare benefits as full-time employees – which require no premiums, no co-insurance and low co-pays. 
  • More than 100,000 seasonal jobs are available during UPS’s peak season in the weeks before the Christmas holiday. In early 2022, nearly 35,000 seasonal employees were offered permanent jobs with the company.

Learn more in UPS’s Jobs and Opportunity Report.

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