Does anyone know if associates can ac...

Does anyone know if associates can access the Pay Rate Advisor?

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Carlisle, PA

#1 Oct 3, 2012
I stepped down from DM installed sales because they would not move me laterally. I was told the only position was paint and my hourly rate was cut by 50%. I refused the move when they told me that but they forced me into it. I am now making $5 leff per hour than when I was hired 11 years ago as a flooring speicalist.

Lakewood, OH

#2 Oct 3, 2012
If the only opening was a step down, then they could not have moved you laterally, as there wasn't an opening in the DM level. If there was an opening in another store, you would have had to apply for the job like everyone else.

As far as pay goes, the reductions have changed. In the past, it was just a flat 10% reduction. Since the GSA contract and advent of pay rate advisor, it is no longer in the favor of the associate stepping down. Now it is a 10% reduction or 10% over the midrange for the position you are taking, whichever is a greater decrease. Clearly you got the latter. You now make 10% more than the average pay for your position in your store.

Payrate advisor is not available for your viewing unless your HRM/SM decide to share it with you. They are not required to share it or take any input from you. When hiring, a bunch of questions get answered and the system generates a rate. When a demotion is involved, it asks one question: Which pay decrease is greater?

Hope that helps.

Greenwood, NE

#3 Oct 3, 2012
You must have had 0 paint experience. And no, you can not access it. It's not like some calculator just sitting around on someone's desk like everyone on connections seems to think. "It" is just a series of questions the staffing program asks when they move an applicant to job offer status. All it does is help to identify the correct step on the payscale an applicant should be. They're the same pay scales that have always existed. It just helps to more accurately define what experience is appropriate to consider in the offer. Before, SMs just negotiated.

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