My first job with Suddath was as a receptionist. But I soon realized I wasn’t the office type and that I wanted a more physical job out in the field. I’ve been a packer now for 24 years.
Many years ago, my husband was a van operator with Suddath and that’s where I first learned about the moving business. I used to ride with him on trips, learning how to pack, move furniture, and load a van.
That experience eventually led to the receptionist job, but once a packer position opened up, I jumped at the chance to be out doing something more active than sitting at a desk. I have to say I was also happy to lose 25 pounds once I made the switch to packing. I occasionally work with crews loading furniture, but I mainly pack. My daughter works with me, too. We make a great team. She and I will often go into a home together and pack 150 to 200 cartons a day.
It’s nice not having to punch a clock. You might be done in the early afternoon or into the early evening, depending on the job. Once you’re in shape and used to the physical demands of the job, it’s easy to keep going. I worked until my eighth month of pregnancy years ago because I was already in shape and used to the work. As long as I was comfortable, I was fine. I’m sure I’ll do this for several more years before retiring.
Tammy V., Suddath