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Concerned about the low work at WebMedx over the past few weeks. Typical for this time of year?

Posted By: Your thoughts? on 2008-08-16
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I've not been through a summer with them before. My main account, which always had plenty of work and occasional overtime, has been low for well over a month now. I have 2 backup accounts that are low as well. In fact, all my STM's accounts are very low volume. In all the years I've transcribed, I've never had this problem in August. It worries me more perhaps since I'm ex-MQ and consistent low work was a signal of a major downhill turn for that company. Thanks.

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Webmedx work pretty low. Typical for this time of year? sm
I'm fairly new, so just wondering. Having come from the evil Q, it makes me nervous. While at the Q and a couple other companies, this is not the time of year I typically ran out of work--Christmas, T-giving, 4th of July, yes, now, no. Thanks.
In the past year and half, I have always been paid on time. --nm
Has anyone recently left Futurenet Tech due to their lack of work over the past several weeks? nm
I encountered slow to no work the weeks preceding Thanksgiving and several days after but the past
few days it has picked up. Can I ask which account/accounts your on? I think that makes a difference. Mine are part f the Escription platform. I honestly got really ticked a few weeks ago when we had no work and they were still hiring. For one, it's bad enough when we have to share some of our work with the Indians, but how fair it is to hire these poor people who think they are getting work where there is none.  It makes no sense to me either. Why not provide work to your current employees than drive them away by taking on too many new people.  
I agree. This past year has been terrible with MQ. Never enough work, crappy dictators, no pay for

weekends and holidays anymore etc etc I guess with all their legal woes we are paying for it and then have to have few blanks and 98% QA on dictators I have never even heard of. A joke to be sure and no matter how good the new pay plan is or they allow everyone a window to work then everyone will be working all hours to get lines for incentive which they probably never will. MQ is losing a lot of MTs and I expect that will continue. They seem to just keep pushing and pushing and it almost seems like they want people to leave so it really makes you wonder what is going on here. They really just dont care.

Webmedx has 6 paid holidays a year, separate from PTO, for full time employees.
I work for MDI-MD and have worked part-time for Cobb in the past. sm

It has been about 3 years or so since I worked for Cobb Transcription in Georgia (very nice woman, by the way), so my info may be old, but I'll try to help.

Good dictation quality?

Yes for both MDI-MD and Cobb


Steady work?

MDI:  For the most part, yes.  There have been a few times, but you usually have enough secondary and tertiary accounts to make it through the dry times.

Cobb:  I was doing clinic work -- do not recall any times without work.


What are the work types?

MDI-MD has a few radiology and clinic accounts (I think), but probably the majority of the accounts are acute care.

Cobb may have hospital accounts, but all I did with them was clinic work.

Good platform?

MDI uses Bayscribe -- very easy to use.

Cobb used Word.

Pay rate?

MDI pays better than any other company I have encountered.

Cobb's pay rate is kinda low, as I recall, and it was based on being paid by the character.

Paid for 65 cpl with spaces?

Yes for MDI ... as I mentioned above, Cobb paid by the character.

Do you have a flexible schedule?

Yes to both.  MDI gives you a 24-hour turnaround time to do your work, and I think the same was true with Cobb.

Weekend work mandatory?

MDI:  You are asked to work 2 weekends a month, I think.  I pretty much work every weekend, so not sure about the official rules.

Cobb:  No.

Employee or IC?

MDI:  Statutory employee (they take out FICA, nothing else, so you do not have to pay self-employment tax)

Cobb:  Was IC only


No for both

Low or high volume ESLs?

Probably vaies with the account -- probably average with MDI.

I don't recall any ESLs at Cobb.

Dedicated accounts with the same doctors?

MDI:  You have a primary account and usually a secondary account -- pretty much the same docs.

Cobb:  Yes.

Dialup accepted?

Yes to both, as far as I know.  I have had cable so long, I do not recall.



Good luck with your job search.  Hope this helps.   If you have an offer from MDI, I'd take it -- it is a great place to work!   

Typical year round. They overhire. I left due to lack of
work.  About 6 other MTs left when I did, that I am aware of, due to lack of work.  There are accounts with a lot of work and frequent OT, but I was told they couldn't be worked on as a secondary account.  Made no sense at all to me. 
Now working for Webmedx and concerned about townhall mtg. (sm)

After surviving for years of MQ taking away benefits, pay, etc.and finally getting out of that I landed with a company I was enjoying.  I keep telling myself this is not MQ all over again, but then I see negative posts about outcome of town hall meetings in the past that make me nervous. 

I am putting on my blinders and hoping for the best.  If I hear bad news at the call I won't pass out immediately, I will remember it is April Fool's Day and hope any bad news is just a joke.

I know the entire MT industry is changing and I just hope I am able to change with it until retirement. 

Wish us all luck.

I have been so depressed for the past 2 weeks, (sm)
no kidding I have been making between $250-300 less a week. Sometimes it is all I can do to drag myself to the computer to work in the morning. No motivation. How many times have I been through this before......
Awesome small company! Paid on time every 2 weeks. Plenty of work!
Owner is great. I would recommend this company to anyone who wanted to be paid what they are worth and paid on time!
If anybody cares, here is my experience looking for a job for the past 3 weeks

One company writes and says they are hiring and will have a coordinator contact me to schedule testing.  I schedule the test.  She then writes that she will be out of the office and to reschedule with her when she gets back.  When she got back, I wrote her and never heard from her again about rescheduling.  That was a company that begins with the letter F + net.  Not impressed.

Now transcending that scenario, next company that begins with the letter T...I tested and was offered a position by recruiter only to then be told they did not have the speciality I was looking for after being assured they did before testing.  We both agreed to put everything on hold.  Later, she contacts me and points me to a job ad for another company offering the work type I was looking for (?) which was nice but odd but then goes on to say she is leaving herself at the end of the month.  Recruiters at companies helping you find better jobs at other companies?I'm not real impressed.

Now...the company that recruiter referred me to begins with an Arch and hardly any posts on them anywhere to be found.  They tested me and offered me a position to start ASAP on a new account...ASAP drags out 2 weeks and then am told contract negotiations fell through so no account.  I can do another account on a different platform if I want - hmmmm not what I was looking for.  Recap = offered a position on an account they didn't have.  Not impressed.

In the meantime, investigate going back to a company I used to work for that is unmentionable here - begins with a big M.  I used to work for them so I thought go back to my old account.  Three weeks, many e-mails and phone calls later I am hooked up with a recruiting firm they hired and they send me paperwork and schedule me for training.  I complete training last week and have heard nothing from production super as promised but I have received 3 phone calls today from recruiting firm asking me if I need to be scheduled for training (and 2 of those people have never heard of the third person who called me so I am left wondering who I gave my SS# to).  Tried corporate office - no luck - no way to contact anybody.  Recruiter who had me return my paperwork to her does not know if it was received because she doesn't handle that.  Hmmmm....TRULY not impressed.

Another inquiry with yet another company yielded a reply e-mail that stated there was a testing file attached.  Hmmm....no file attached.  Answered that e-mail and have heard nothing since.

What in the world is going on?  Are there truly any good companies left? They keep running ads and complaining about a lack of good MTs when the fault lies possibly, quite possibly, in their complete lack of professionalism that immediately sends up a red flag to prospective employees.  When they get their acts together maybe they will have MTs.

Sorry but I needed to rant!!!!!!!!!!!! 

They have been discussed multiple times the past 1 to 2 weeks, look
down the board.   There wasn't anything good though.
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


Isn't this a strange time of year to be out of work?....
I am working for a certain company in Florida and float over 4 accounts and am running out of work constantly and this has been the case for a least a month now.  I am used to being out of work during the Christmas/New Year holiday weeks and even the start of summer or 4th of July, but to me this just seems like the time of year that would be very busy due to kids back in school needing physicals, etc.  Is anyone else experiencing low work with their company or has this one just overhired?  Thanks.
LOVE IT! Been here 2 weeks and am already up to my past production. The office staff are
wonderful, I love my account and am so glad I made this move.
I think work is typically slow this time of year sm
and I am surmising they are not wanting a backlog to build because a lot of MTs are also taking time off for the holidays leaving a skeleton crew on some accounts. I am sure it will all be busier than ever in a week or so.  I have been able to get my line counts and then some everyday so far.  Everywhere I have ever worked gets a little slow towards the holidays.
Slow time of year = no work. Basically the same. If
What is concerned full-time at which companies?sm

I really want part-time but they seem to be few and far between lately for IC..  Are there any companies out there that consider full-time 30 hours?  I could take a 30 hour position but not 40 hours.. 

Why Webmedx? They run out of work all the time. nm
Webmedx does NOT run out of work all the time.
Did you work for them? They are an excellent company to work for and FAR better than Medquist!
I work for Webmedx. Always on time, always correct pay.
I currently do all Ops at home, over the past year
been offered at least 6 positions doing Ops at home.  
MedScribe for the past year
Started almost one year ago and have enjoyed everyone there.  Stay in work, like my super and pay is every other Friday, direct deposit and on-time.  I also have their Aetna healthcare, it is a good plan and affordable.  HTH.
Getting on my nerves too.Until this past year

I was never out of work for so long (4 weeks). I  can't survive this way, yet I'm going to hang in there as I feel they are still one of hte best companies to work for, and I can take the good with the bvad up to a point, but it is getting a bit thin $-wise.

I need somethin to supplement my income during this dry period, so I''ve been looking for something NOT MT, as I'm not as fast as I used to be at MT'g.

Was there a short time last year. You work as an employee, not IC. Different software/diff. accts.
webmedx has plenty of work all the time. The posters who sm
complain only have 1 or 2 accounts and DON'T want more. There is overtime today on 9 different accounts, 4 of which have OT until further notice. Now, does that sound like Webmedx is out of work? I know I work there, have for several years and have NEVER run out of work.
Very happy at Medware the past year
I enjoy my accounts and have work.  The best things I like about Medware are my team leader who is very professional and understanding, and the regular paydays which are direct deposit.  Those were two things I did not have with my last service.  Medware has been a good company to work for.  Good luck to you.
You couldn't have said it better. That is exactly how I feel and have for the past year. (nm)
Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I worked part-time for Webmedx and I work FT for TransTech. sm

My vote would be for TransTech, although Webmedx is not bad.  Since I was only part-time, I did not receive any benefits, but from what I recall, they did seem to have a nice benefit package.  My main complaint was that I just never could get my lines per hour up to where they have been at other companies.  Normally, I average around 300 lines per hour, but even with totally focusing and typing as fast as I could, I never could get past 250-260 lines per hour at Webmedx.  Their incentive pay is based on lines per hour that you type, not total lines per pay period, so it did make a difference in my pay.  I also did not like the fact that I had to use their computer.  I like using my own computer, and also like the flexibility of being able to load the program on my laptop so if I have to be away from home, I can still work if I need to.

I have seen negative posts about TT, but I have no complaints with them.  My line counts are fair.  The people in management are absolutely some of the most caring people I have ever met.  The work generally is plentiful, and I have a backup account.  The incentive tiers are easy to attain, and the benefits are pretty good, I think, and not outlandishly priced.

Obviously, not every company is a good fit for everyone.  I hope you find just exactly what is best for you -- good luck!

So it's about 3 weeks PTO each year
good point!!!! summer off plus 5 weeks during the year
if i had my life to live over.... a teacher has the best life
Typical holiday at Transcend - no work!

They musta sent all my stuff over to India so they can all get new saris for their next holiday.    Meantime, there goes my lunch for 3 weeks.  Ya happy now Transcend management?  You have managed to put us all in the poor house.  Hope your summer cottages burn and your boats sink.

I am concerned this may be the company I work for
and I very much would appreciate knowing this information.   I need to look out for myself and perhaps I can get on with the other company.   Since you have proof that the account is being picked up by another company you aren't just spreading rumors. 
Sent resume-no response in 2 weeks, nothing, nada, ziltch-20 year veteran of MQ??????
Does seem professional to me to not even answer-would love to talk to someone because I too have heard it is a great place to work!!
This is not a past-time. This is my sm
profession. Maybe you should look to do something else since this is your past-time. A past-time doesn't usually pay enough to support a person. Most of the time a career does!
So you work for free? Typical male response, jerk.
In the past 4 years I have always been paid on time
Go for it. Have been there a year and they put Webmedx, MDI-FL to shame.
Pay on time, do have direct deposit, paid every 2 weeks.nm



I got to be paid on time every two weeks or I'm outta there! Just my advise

Webmedx did a verbal test when I applied last year (sm)
The tester/interviewer was very pleasant and apologized for poor sound quality due to her using a head set (which she continued to use) during the testing. You could barely hear her and I had a bad feeling about the quality of transcription from this and turned the job down.

For the first time in over a year I am
having problems with Vonage. Can anyone tell me what other companies actually allow unlimited LD for work? Embarq (Sprint) informed me a while back that I was not allowed to use my unlimited LD for data processing. TIA
Have been with them for over a year and pay always on time
Talked to a few others and none are having any problems except for you and the other one posted below - you didn't state how long it has been since they haven't paid you - was it this year, last year, last month, etc. - you are not very specific
Yes, this is the 3rd time in 1 year (sm)
since I have been with them that it has been like this.

It is slow this time of the year EVERY - anybody that has done......sm
transcription for any length of time knows that.
Yes. I was told it is the time of year.
and....they always pay on time....4-year employee--nm
Is this a slow time of year or what?
Looks normal to me, especially this time of year nm