I’m a 22 year old Amazon Delivery Driver. The cameras in my truck keep me on high alert, but this is my dream job and the flexible hours are great.

Ulises Perez inside an Amazon delivery truck.

Ulises Perez inside an Amazon delivery truck.

Ulises Perez inside an Amazon delivery truck.ulys perez

  • Ulysses Perez, 22, has been an Amazon delivery driver in Salt Lake City since 2020.

  • He said that every morning he mentally prepares himself for the tough and busy day ahead.

  • Perez started making TikTok videos to share job tips and communicate with fellow drivers.

As mentioned, this essay is based on conversations with Ulysses Perez, a 22-year-old Amazon delivery driver in Salt Lake, Utah. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I’ve always wanted to be an Amazon driver as soon as I knew about the job’s existence. This was due to the advertised flexibility and perks that came with the job.

Overall, it seemed like it would be the right fit for me. I was the general manager of a car wash for a year and a half, but the pay wasn’t great and I found myself on the verge of burnout because I was in charge of a large number of employees with little or no guidance.

I started biding my time until I was 21 — which is the official age to start working as an Amazon driver — and I could get into my dream profession. Shortly after quitting my previous job, I found a driver job on Indeed that I applied for. The application process was relatively easy, and I became a driver in October 2020.

i enjoy the flexibility of the job

I usually drive in a classic Step Van, which I love because of the spaciousness in the cargo area and other friendly stuff. There is a fan which helps during heat waves and a back door which makes my activities accessible.

The independent contractors I work with are flexible with scheduling, which allows me to attend to other life events and important activities outside of my job. I’m a gym buff and content creator on different social-media platforms, so that helps a lot. ,Editor’s note: Perez, like many Amazon delivery drivers, was hired by a local delivery-service partner and is considered an independent subcontractor with Amazon.,

Being a driver in a sparsely populated city has its advantages

My job is easier most of the time compared to working in big cities. I am occasionally followed by dogs, but other than that, I usually keep to myself and limit my interactions with customers, except for those instances when I have trouble accessing buildings.

When making deliveries, I make sure to drop off customers’ packages at their front door. I always have to be on high alert and make my rounds with speed and efficiency to be able to successfully cover all the routes given to me.

Sometimes when I’m delivering on a familiar route, I run into people I know, like my friends and family. I feel blessed and grateful to be able to connect with the people in my life in this small way while I work.

I have to mentally prepare myself for busy shifts

Amazon’s AI-powered, 270-degree cameras that the company uses to detect our movements while driving were initially one of the most annoying parts of the job for me and other drivers, but I’ve come to accept it. Am. It usually only records when I skip a stop sign or speed, but since that’s something I don’t do, I see it as a necessary add-on at work. Doesn’t look like it’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.

A typical day at work begins with me waking up and spending a little time where I mentally prepare myself for the intense day ahead. Then I reach the warehouse, usually around 8 a.m., where we have our general meeting. We then receive our pouches, which contain the keys to the van assigned to us that day, and we queue up to load the delivery packages into our vans.

I usually hit the road soon after that for 10 hours or more, with little or no break in between. I arrive home late in the evening with an average of over 40 hours on the road each week. Our supervisors and managers are constantly raising the bar on how many more products they can deliver in a day during this time frame.

the other drivers and i sometimes miss the lunch break

In some ways, being an Amazon driver is a physically demanding job where you have to be on high alert to avoid being reprimanded or written off, but it’s also easy at the same time.

I think it would be a good fit for students and people looking for an extra job on the side. However, the seasonality of my city—the weather during peak periods—certainly adds to the stress of the job.

I use social media as a medium to relieve my stress

I love sharing work information and communicating with my fellow drivers. I use my tiktok regularly to create funny and engaging videos on the road. I share tips, information and trivia with my followers – some of whom are fellow drivers with Amazon or other platforms.

I like to think that I have created a niche community of some sort. I was already creating TikTok before joining the company, but I decided to use my work experiences to create content, and it has been a very satisfying journey.

I am sometimes even recognized by some of my followers while driving on the road. When it first happened, it really threw me off. I thought it was a joke or I was being confused with someone else, but it turned out to be true. We both laughed at the absurdity of it before I drove off.

we need to advocate for better pay

I will say that I and other Amazon employees I know are in support of union organizing. I hope it happens soon as we all deserve better living conditions and healthier working environment with less stress.

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