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Agreed. I have learned my lesson.

Posted By: nm on 2008-09-11
In Reply to: Confucious say - he who leaps without looking - end up all wet in lake --

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Lesson learned!!!
Lesson learned
The main thing I learned is that I won't be asking any more questions on this board, that's for sure.
Thanks for the 101 grammar lesson ...sm
  Gee, it looks like none of us MTs would even know how to spell and punctuate if you QAs weren't around to teach us how. The MTs are paying your salary, for the most part, yet most of you act as though we have to answer to you!  We answer to whoever pays our meager salary, and it's not you, baby!  You all say you don't have time to look this up to fill in blanks....well, that's what you're paid to do.  You don't have the time for this, for that... but the MT is supposed to do all this unpaid work while you're above it.  Get off of your high horse!
Thanks for the morning lesson on ethics.
Thanks. I guess I need a search lesson :-)
Consider that a lesson in how they operate and forget them!
Their sound quality is bad much of the time, they are unorganized and so rude much of the time, and it might be easier to get an audience with the Pope himself than get a reply from them on anything you may need to ask! I have heard from plenty of people who are still there about being switched around on accounts to help them out. Pay has been on time and seems fair.
Nah, my dad was teaching me a lesson. You know one of those types.
I have learned young how to survive. This may also include having to deal with parents/boss who give you what they think you deserve and in some cases not much. One thing I did learn though in life you may not be able to depend on others, but you need to learn to depend on yourself.
But an increase every few months isn't in the lesson plan.
I learned something...sm
I doubt that had anything to do with why I didn't get the job but I had no idea it was shoo-in instead of shoe-in. I had to go look it up and read the story behind the phrase. Thanks!
Learned this way sm
I used to work part-time for a service in my former life. When I came in at 9:00 AM the 8:00 AM shift had already taken all the jobs and left the worst of the worst for me. Through much blood, sweat and tears, I became used to these horrible accents one by one and later in life became one of the best in town and had a waiting list of clients. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Let them be lazy, they'll never be good doing this, just getting by by the seat of their pants.
I finally learned
after three months of lies and late paychecks I quit. Great docs, but if you can't get your money, it doesn't really matter. Don't do it!
No, just an ex employee that learned
And, they won't can you because they need all the help they can get since they are set on lying, stealing, and cheating their current employees.

Sorry to hear that you have not moved on yet, you really need to before they ruin you as an MT.
Boy, I'll tell you what I learned with my .... sm
last few QA situations, and I hate it, boy do I hate it, but I found it's best to just keep it to yourself. It doesn't do any good to complain, just got me on their crap list. They nitpicked me so bad I finally quit. They showed me whose boss.

New job. Got a wierd QA. Just let it go. I don't want to get on anybody's list again! It'll pass. Let em go pick on somebody else. I know it shouldn't be this way, but seems like that's the truth in the way it is.

Hope this makes sense - pizza's here and I'm flying here! :)
I have learned over the years

that if the going payscale for 95% of businesses is X and there is one that pays Xx2 There is ALWAYS a reason.  It does not make good business to pay twice the going rate unless you are trying to overcome some HUGE draw-back. Think some about it.  Do you pay a babysitter $20 for an hour if you can get one for $8 -- unless you have baby gozdilla - THEN you pay $20 for an hour.


I learned today why/how they can say that...sm
Wherever a company's payroll division is based is where they can say their business is based.  Hence, the MA office does their payroll/HR, so that is how they can say they're a US-based company, no matter where the rest of their work is done.  Furthermore, yes, the people that I talk to, no matter where THEY themselves are sitting, are trained to say, Yes, WE are in Massachusetts because (loophole here) they say WE and are referencing the company.  Most people (me) just assume they are talking about themselves specifically.  I fell for it.  My mom explained all this to me today, being a manager of a financial institution.  :(
I've learned ...

... that the service always blames the ISP and the ISP always blames the service, and I even talked with Dictaphone directly who told me it's the ISP and what they have to do to fix it.  I've learned that using a VPN connection causes problems, as well as the Linksys router and automatic fire walls.  I've been 'round and 'round and 'round about this on both ends.  I gave up and just told ANYone to fix it so it's usable.  And they did.  I THINK it was my ISP who insisted I get rid of the Linksys, they disabled a firewall and did some managing on their end. I get disconnected only occasionally -- not enough to get excited over. 


Learned hard w/VS
I and many, many other seasoned MTs have learned a HARD lesson trying to work with VS. Very unethical. Not a good sign when the CEO uses vulgar language to curse MTs for something not done in-house at the Company's location - no where near the responsibility of the MT - The MT doesn't even have access to the servers in the Company office. Good luck to anyone who thinks they can handle it! A definite NO if I were asked should I apply by another MT. Apparently, this is the general consensus.
One thing I have learned is that

there are too many negative people on this board lately. They are so unhappy and try to make everyone else unhappy. Take everything with a grain of salt. It's unsettling to most, but then again, those that post nasty messages usually do so to rile everybody else up.

If you are talking about companies, posters do have the right to post if they feel they are wronged, but a lot of times others will rip you apart if you contradict their posts. 

I was a part of this board since the 1990s and everyone used to be so nice. Not so great anymore. I usually read but do not post often for that very reason. Heck, it's gotten to the point where they try to correct your spelling if you don't do it first.


We learned to type in the same era
but other than that thing that used to happen on the old strike-arm typewriters where several keys would jam up together, I cannot remember hearing a difference in the sound of various keys.  When the Selectric ''ball'' came out, that problem was resolved.  You must have much better ears than I do!
I learned the hard way that when someone is so hateful like
this is because they are in the wrong and can't accept it and have to blame everyone and the brother for it.   Sounds like OSi and she deserve each other. 
One thing I learned from nationals is that sm
you never get the same response twice to the same question. Best thing to do is to ask each person the same darned questions, take names, and write down the responses and repeat them back. When you get an inconsistency, bring it up then in a very nice way. Many times a company's staff is scattered in different buildings, sometimes even in different states so they all have different information.

It's going to be a while before more companies get their programs tweaked to adjust to Vista, so it's best to get yourself a nice new or refurbished computer with XP on it. As you see from other posts, it's very possible. Maybe you can find one locally at a little tech shop.

Relax. This will eventually work itself out. You just have to go step by step. Never mind the people hassling you here. There are more of the helpful ones than the negative ones.

You will get through this. I agree, though, computer hassles are soooooo stressful!

Oops-correction, s/b learned!
Need more coffee!
I've learned that when I hear:
'You won't notice any difference, except things will be even better'  whether it's about a change in ownership, a switch to VR, top management change, etc., my resume should start circulating.  Three times I have given a company the benefit of the doubt and adopted a 'wait and see' attitude.  I've been assured that the new situation will be a worker's paradise, that they've got my back, are looking out for me, that I am the backbone of the company.  I've waited, I've seen, and now I will no longer do this. 
And the team leaders learned the same tricks
from them. Learned fast not to believe them or trust them, either - they all learned how to talk out of both sides of their mouths.
I had my longtime pt time job and learned 2 new pt jobs.
Amen! I learned to just ignore all the naysayers on here..(nm)


I learned a lot about MTSO from her post..not a job for me every..I'm definitley a worker bee.

I agree. Have people not learned its always slow after a holiday?!
Whatever it is, I've learned that it'll generally keep until morning.
Plus if I've been jangled awake in the night by the phone, and am only half-conscious (and wholly p****d off), I'm not going to be of much use, anyway.

If it's bad news, I'd rather read it as an email while I'm having my coffee in the morning.
thanks, learned s'thing new today: I am jonesing for some money!..nm
I am not afraid of VR, as I learned it many years ago on a very good platform, but they did not cut

my line rate, but instead paid me for my knowledge in the medical field.  By the way, I made very good money back then, too.  Cannot allow my skills to be sold at one-half my current line rate.  I have more pride in myself and confidence in myself than to be paid that cut-rate by any MTSO out there.

I thinkt that Shorthand works in more platforms, learned from experience. sm
I also think that not all platforms are bad, and that discouraging a fellow MT from learning more and Expander her horizons is not right. We should all learn as much about our field as possible and keep open minds as far as new technology is concerned.
I'd watch for press releases from SPi, that's how I learned about Cymed's acquisition
Agreed, but

Respect and invite your opinion.  All sides should be heard.  That is my point.  Responsible journalism tells BOTH sides.  My belief is this was done by RBJ.  I'm not relishing in her problems, just satisfied that the whole story is available.  Period. 

This may have started 15 years ago, but as of 1999 charges and apeals were still pending when settled out of court. 

I agree with many points you made about our economic condition here, and changes need to be made by positive role model companies.  I recognize the fact that you had positive encounters with Execuscribe ---  by newspaper archives I believe you sold your transcription company to her in 2003 (per press release dated 5/1/03), correct?   You had a good outcome and business opportunity.  The rest of us have not had that opportunity and can only assess by other information available. 

All I am trying to point out is both sides of story is responsible reporting.  How can you make an informed decision without both sides?? 


I could not agree with you more. THEY are the problem for sure. I think you should move on. There is plenty of work and many other companies. Also, the person who said maybe she is sick, that's a cop out because certainly there is more than one person there who could answer you. Try Sten-Tel, they are very nice and reliable. Wish you luck!!
A client may have their own formula This has nothing to do with the way a company may count lines, something they don't have control over. As well, many accounts have normals that you simply insert. Who couldn't rack up the lines at that rate. I think the real answer here lies within the line rate that you contract for. Perhaps these people that are very happy are making more per line than others. We know that everyone is paid differently. I truly think this is where the descrepancy is. Just assume that line counts will not be what they were way back in the day and ask for a higher line rate and everyone will be happy. If its too low, say no thank you and go to the next one. I guarantee you, you will find someone to pay you what you are worth.
You are so right. Thank you for this enlightening post:)
Very much agreed!
This is not a private board for just strictly MTs. Anyone can come on here and post who is in this industry, management, recruiters, MTs, etc. Before someone accuses me of being management or a lead, I am not. I am just an MT who is very happy with my company. If you don't like what someone is saying on here, then IGNORE IT!!!

As far as fax machines, as the above poster stated, they are VERY inexpensive. I for one bought 2 brand new fax machines on ebay last year for a total of $30. If you are going to complain about something as stupid as spending a dollar or two to fax something, then that is just ridiculous, and that probably means that you will pick out any little thing to complain about at every company. Besides, who wants to wait for days for something to arrive in the mail when you can fax something instantaneously???
And then when you finally get all the weird rules straight in your head, they send a message not to do it that way any longer. !
Agreed. Well said. NM
I totally agree, it would be great to add this experience to my 15 years of clinical experience.  Do you have any suggestions for resources I could purchase such as Stedman Word Books etc. to learn surgery terminology and medical equipment names?  These are the things I struggle with the most - the terms used in surgical procedures and the names of all the clamps, instruments, sutures, etc.  I need some good reference material to help me out I think.  Any suggestions would be appreciated as to what I should buy or any online sources you know of.  Thanks!!
They are horrible, zero feedback, consistently change/add your accounts and do not pay well and somehow always manage to come out on top in the cpl/per report pay no matter what?
Agreed! However, she still needs to...sm

make sure the supervisor knows that this is how things are being handled. Again, forward all of the IMs or emails you get to the supervisor, let the co-worker know that you are doing it. You might just see a substantial drop in this type of lazy behavior.

My sister has just recently been doing some acute care work after doing straight clinic work for 3 years, and she notices the difference, especially labs and x-rays.
Agreed! SM
MQ MT, you've led a truly charmed life if you've sat in on a conference call involving 100+ people and NO ONE'S call-waiting beeped, NO ONE'S dog barked, NO ONE'S doorbell rang.

When Acusis does all-associates quarterly meetings online, the background noise is not a problem, there are visual aids and graphs, and it's easy to ask the moderator a question thru IM... (just not anonymously).
Especially when some of the 'backup' accounts do not even sufficient work to pull 5 reports for training purposes.

Of course, in order to train for backup on an account, one would have to actually be acknowledged or get a response from one of the liaisons, who are strangely and uncharacteristically nonresponsive this past month.

Very sad.

I'd encourage everyone to read the thread just above this one. It's very informative.

There is reference to Rs (rupees) on their website. My guess is they are giving the work to India. Can't imagine how they would find any US MT to work for the rate they would have to pay when they are only getting 6 cpl.
Weekends and holidays also!  But that is never the case, always have to work holidays and weekends, so I don't understand the use of India I guess. 
I agreed 110% with what you have said. sm
I do VR AND traditional, make lovely money and have a happy little life. I can't complain one bit.