"I’m starting off as a driver but that doesn’t mean I have to stay a driver. I can move up – I can move into sales, I can move into management. This is a company that’s big enough company to actually allow you to do that."
Anthony had never thought of becoming a delivery driver, but decided to take up the opportunity when he found his role with a landscaping supplies company was something of a career dead end. “Before I joined TNT I was 2IC in a retail landscape yard. It was very customer-based there, and sales-driven. But there was no recognition there. And there was nowhere else I could go, besides becoming a manager, which I didn’t want to do. I tried to get into sales, but they actually kind of stopped me! In the end I said ‘That’s it - I’ve got to get out of this place’."
On joining TNT Anthony found he liked the job security a large organisation like TNT could give him, as well as the opportunity for career advancement the company gave him. “Because it’s such a big company and you do have room to move work-wise and they do recognise you the longer you’ve been here. You’re looked after here. The guy who runs this depot stated off as a forklift driver, so you never know!”
"You know you’re doing a good job from talking to the people you’re working with and your managers. When the management here see you’re doing well, they let you know."
For Anthony, the co-operative culture at TNT was part of what made him feel he’d made the right move. “This is a ‘family’ kind of company. Everyone’s there for the same thing, they’re all there to get the job done and they’re all there to help each other. That was the thing that kind of blew me away when I first started – everyone was so helpful. Especially when you first start: it’s such a big place and it was kind of a bit daunting. But people would just come up to me and say ‘Hey, do you want a hand with this?’"
The other thing that Anthony likes about being a driver with TNT is the freedom the role gives him. “Once you’re out on the road, you’re by yourself so you get to do it your way. So you set up the day the way you want to do it. There’s a bit of freedom – they really let you do it the way you want to do it, the way you find most efficient. It’s good you can make decisions on the fly.”
"I really like the camaraderie on the docks and with the drivers. If you’ve got heavy freight, all you’ve got to do is ask and someone will give you a hand with it."
One of TNT’s core values is “Responsibility” and Anthony believes he can see a sense of responsibility to the community and the environment in the way TNT operates. “There’s always charity work that is being done in the yard. There’s always raffles or donation days which, I find, everyone gets behind.” He also likes the fact that TNT is continually looking at reducing any impact on the environment. “Look at the trucks – they’ve started to bring in the hybrid vehicles, which definitely shows that they are very environmentally conscious.”
Anthony says being a driver with TNT is a great job and recommends it to anyone. “You have to be ready to work. It is an easy job sometimes, but when there’s work to be done, you will have to be ready to do it. You can’t be slack here - you have to be someone with a good work ethic. But if you work hard here you get recognised for that. That’s another good thing about it.”