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SIMSC Boston

Cambridge, MA

#1 Aug 13, 2009
im gonna take the position but i dont know when its gonna start. a store manager was telling me that it got pushed back because the smart count software hasnt been done yet. doe sanyone know when its gonna start. does anyone know what kinda counts are gonna be on this new smart count system???
frustrated

Rockport, TX

#2 Aug 22, 2009
Now that smart count has started,anyone know what reports if any that we are still suppose to be doing? Between the endless price changes/mylar replacements,call-ins,scan out,truck day,1506,I'm already falling more behind on smart count every day. As for the smart count being in adjacency order,mine runs me back and fourth from one department to another and back again. With cut back on hours in the stores forget about getting help from anyone. Everyone is pulling their hair out trying to keep from sinking in this quick sand.These people making these changes needs to be put in store level to see the real world.
sims in california

Palm Desert, CA

#3 Aug 22, 2009
Yikes, I thought smart count was good- it seems easy and it goes by 3 foot sections so i don't run all over the store
STL starts when it works for your store I think

Since: Jul 09

Overland Park, KS

#4 Aug 22, 2009
I know of two stores within a few miles from my store that have started STL already. Nobody knows when we will lose a mgt and have me start STL.
TXA

Houston, TX

#5 Aug 27, 2009
Ours will start probably early next year, since we'll be losing some management staff due to leaving & shifting around...next year it will be down to me, the asst, and the STL. Plus the MGR.

Personally, I don't know how this whole STL position will work. You have basically an employee closing the store who carries the keys, but does no writeups. That's screwed up. So is the store manager closing, and they seem to be serious this time about that, too...

On the other hand, I know some STL's that will probably love it. Depends on the person.
Illinois STL

Nashville, TN

#6 Sep 10, 2009
I've been an STL for about 2 months now. It seems pretty much the same as a SIMC for me, Though I've been acting like a Mgt for years now. Basically its the closest I can get to Management, until I finish my degree.

You still have your reports as before, Scan outs, Biszo, Ad outs and such. Though now there's smart counts.

Smart Counts has two sections, "Other" and "Cos". Other is the rest of the store, aside from Cosmetic makeup,(The Wall). It basically shows an items description, along with its location and current on hand. What you do is go find that item and verify the count is correct, or change it. Then post it, it's that simple.

It varies on the items. Some days you have like 50, others its at 300+ to check. One of those things you don't want to let get out of hand.

Aside from your Inventory stuff, STLs just act like a Mgt. Vendors, Money, and the weekly close.

I usually finish my reports early, Since its less to do now, and without resets/revisions. So I have plenty of time to work on the Store Managers list, or anything else that need to be done.

I'm very happy it came along, I've been a SIMC and HPS, and this definitely gives me more responsibly to keep me want to stay with this company.
Illinois STL

Nashville, TN

#7 Sep 10, 2009
Also to mention, If your in Illinois, or a state with a similar Pharmacy law; You will need a Pharmacy License. Its need to even go back there and pull drawers or get change.

Its just an Application with a $40 fee, that the company we reimburse you on.

Its always a plus to have it to help back there if needed when you are by yourself closing.
Brian

AOL

#8 Sep 10, 2009
Have you all heard of the R and R position as well? Resets and revisions..someone took it at my store.. Supposedly the employee gets a min. of 25 hours a week and gets more hours during christmas etc...
Brian

AOL

#9 Sep 10, 2009
Oh and my store already started the STL Position.. the manager that we let go from our store just transfered to another down the road...
brandi

United States

#10 Sep 16, 2009
i'm a simc and waiting for our store to start the stl. so what exactly is the difference between a stl and mgt?

Since: Jul 09

Overland Park, KS

#11 Sep 16, 2009
brandi wrote:
i'm a simc and waiting for our store to start the stl. so what exactly is the difference between a stl and mgt?
I have been the STL at my store for two days. You will do everything that a MGT does except you have no diciplinary authority over the employees and you don't do any payroll or scheduling. You are a non-management keyholder. If there are no managers in the store and an employee causes trouble or won't work the only thing you can do is send them home WITH pay and the manager will deal with them the next day. Basically you're an MGT with no manager authority. At my store they jokingly call me a half-manager.
Jerry

Mattoon, IL

#12 Sep 17, 2009
SIMSC In Kansas wrote:
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I have been the STL at my store for two days. You will do everything that a MGT does except you have no diciplinary authority over the employees and you don't do any payroll or scheduling. You are a non-management keyholder. If there are no managers in the store and an employee causes trouble or won't work the only thing you can do is send them home WITH pay and the manager will deal with them the next day. Basically you're an MGT with no manager authority. At my store they jokingly call me a half-manager.
Not that it really matters you can't discipline. Assistant managers never really disciplined anyway. It has always been wait until the manager or exa hears about this, then you will be written up. Store managers should be doing their own scheduling although some get away with the EXA doing it. Payroll is a 15 minute ordeal. Assistant managers really have no authority. You will run into one every now and then that power trips and think they do, but the store manager and exa still go over their head. To summarize, as an stl, you are an underpaid assistant manager.
Betty

Chippewa Falls, WI

#13 Sep 17, 2009
And you make a lot less money basically doing the same work. Doesn't sound like a good deal to me!

Since: Sep 09

United States

#14 Sep 18, 2009
So that's what I have to look forward to! And you still have to do all the SIMC work on top of that?
youknowme

Idaho Falls, ID

#15 Sep 19, 2009
the amount of work that SIMC will have is being cut back drastically, which is why there is a change in position. There is higher turnover in MGTs company wide. SIMS are likely to be longer term employees, so instead of cutting a SIMS position they are integrating them as STLs when MGTs leave the company. Our district has probably went through 20-25 mgts in the last two years... not by termination but by them finding other work. moving or just deciding that this was not what they wanted to do. SIMC on the other hand, we have lost 2 to moves to other parts of the states. It is not just this way in my district, this is all over. So the company could either loose all of the SIMC and keep replacing MGTS or use a situation to its benefit. The SIMC will not be doing anything that is hard. Management is not a difficult job.
frustrated

Shawnee, KS

#16 Oct 5, 2009
I've now been STL for one month and with doing the opening procedures,cash report,all the receiving,all the calls,truck day,and what the manager tells me (he keeps telling me to do the smart counts later)and gives me the things the asst. usually do, so I am now behind. In two days it was up to 95 today and tomorrow who knows how high it will go. It also depends on if the adjacency was done correctly as to how much easier it is. My store was not and I run back and forth constantly, and I sure don't have time to fix it.
sims in california wrote:
Yikes, I thought smart count was good- it seems easy and it goes by 3 foot sections so i don't run all over the store
STL starts when it works for your store I think
Rob

United States

#17 Oct 7, 2009
I'm a STL and I have only had 1 weekend off since July, I close more than one day a week and also I have to work lots of mid shifts, my manager wants me to act as a assistant but He doesn't respect the schedule that He offer to me at the beginning,ans the EXA thinks that you are at their service since He does the schedule He does't acomodating Him self 1st, even if you ask for days off, and if you talk to the Manager he ignores you
also frustrated

Renton, WA

#18 Oct 25, 2009
It is my understanding that stores are going to be converting to this over the next year on a store by store basis as MGTs are lost.

I was a photo specialist for a year and a half, and was then moved to a new store and promoted to SIMS Coordinator. I was there for a full year and felt I had my job handled quite well and competently yet I was passed over for the STL position and transfered to yet another store where I now act as a kind of floor person / breaker. I was passed over for two reasons.

One of the reasons is that the person given the STL position at my last store was practically promised an MGT position right before they froze all MGT hiring in my district and thus never got it (despite the fact that I too had applied for MGT and was told by my district manager that she wanted to see me as a SIMC for one year first, which also coincided with the time they froze MGT hiring). The other reason is that, even though he never admitted it to my face, my manager didn't like me and often spoke ill of me to other employees behind my back. Funny thing is everyone else there liked me very much and let me know what he was saying about me. Oh well, he was a condescending and incompetent jerk anyway. Also very lazy and a huge hypocrite. Glad to be away from him in the end! I've had no problems with this with any other store manager so far.....

Another assistant manager I know (and briefly worked with at my current store) was recently transferred to a store in desperate need of an STL. She told the manager there about me and I'm waiting to see what comes of that. Although the $1/hour raise is a joke for all the added responsibility, it's better than nothing and with a family every extra penny on the paycheck helps!

Also, the smart count program seems odd to me. I know it's supposed to be a combination of several different reports in one but I still can't help but think it's all just some random stuff on there. At least the adjacency order thing is nice, when set up correctly. The store I was SIMC in was almost perfect. The only wrong thing about it is where it would skip dry groceries and then send me to it after I had finished skin care.
stl beotch

Fort Oglethorpe, GA

#19 Dec 12, 2009
I've been my store's stl for about 2 weeks now, and I feel more like an underpaid manager than anything else. This week, I'm scheduled to close 3 times and open twice. And I've not been taught anything but manager functions. I've done smart count once and scanned in a few vendors, but that's it. I am the perfect example of the abuse of the STL position.
Gerald

Houston, TX

#20 Dec 12, 2009
stl beotch wrote:
I've been my store's stl for about 2 weeks now, and I feel more like an underpaid manager than anything else. This week, I'm scheduled to close 3 times and open twice. And I've not been taught anything but manager functions. I've done smart count once and scanned in a few vendors, but that's it. I am the perfect example of the abuse of the STL position.
You present an interesting question. How will stores go about training a new person (one who wasn't a SIMC before) for the STL position? It's only human that the managers would want to train you on manager functions and closing/opening in order to take some of the pressure off of them. You have to remember that they lost an MGT. But it seems like your store has "gone off the deep end". You should only be closing once or twice and the other 3 shifts should be something like a mid-shifts. The same thing is starting to happen at my store but the STL at my store doesn't seem to mind it. Like you, if I were an STL, I would sort of be ticked off also --- getting paid a lot less for doing what an MGT is doing. Then again, many months ago, I and other predicted that this is exactly what would happen but the idiots at corporate don't live in the real world.

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