Does the USPS do background checks?
Absolutely. We know they will do an incredibly thorough background check. It looks like they’ll conduct their check upon receiving your application. If they decide to move forward, they’ll contact you for an interview or have you complete an assessment.
Here’s some helpful information on background checks:
Background checks can look a little different from state-to-state.
For example, the background checks in some states only go back seven years. Here’s a list of these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*Certain positions may require a more in-depth background check)
There are also states where your background check won’t bring up any cases where you were found not guilty. Here are the states in this category:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
In the majority of states, your background check still will show your entire record (including not guilty verdicts). So, if you live in one of these states, just be aware that they’ll see your whole record:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
What do people think about working for the USPS? We went on glassdoor.com to find out. Over 6,000 employees have left reviews so far, leaving the USPS with a rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars. A little less than half of these employees (44%) said they would recommend the USPS to a friend.
When we looked a little further into these reviews, we found this information:
- Culture and Values: 2.5
- Work/Life Balance: 2.2
- Senior Management: 2.2
- Comp & Benefits: 3.6
- Career Opportunities: 3.0
Each of those categories is ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. So, as you can see, employees seem to like the compensation and benefits, but believe the work/life balance is lacking.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does the USPS hire felons? They definitely do! However, as we mentioned before, certain crimes could make it difficult (if not nearly impossible) to get a job here. Here are some examples:
- Theft — You could have access to the cash register, and would definitely have access to packages and envelopes.
- Sex offenses — If you work as a mail carrier, you could be asked to deliver mail to facilities you’re not allowed to enter.
- Vehicular offenses — These could keep you from working as a mail carrier or a tractor trailer driver.
You should know that mail fraud will likely disqualify you from working in any role at the USPS.
Does the USPS drug test?
Several people who left comments on indeed.com said they didn’t have to go through a drug test. However, we found this statement on several job postings:
“Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service’s requirement to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.”
Our advice is to proceed as though you’ll be tested. That way you won’t be caught off-guard.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!
If you’ve been able to get a job at the USPS with a felony, we’d love to hear your story. Please leave us a comment below and tell us about your journey from the application through the interview.
Do you have any advice for other former felons? Feel free to include that as well!