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Posted By: Unreal on 2006-11-26
In Reply to: you just don't discuss pay. Ranges maybe, but not actual pay (sm) - nm

but this is getting absurd. I think it must be the same person, otherwise multiples who cannot stay on topic?? Why can't you STICK with the subject? The subject of my post was NOT what your cent per line rate was or is - I could care less- and not how much money you made last year, this year, or in your life, but how silly the comment was that your cents per line rate means NOTHING, that its up to you - some fluff like that. That is just so silly. Again, working for the same company, same account, is one going to make more money being paid more per line? OF course! This is so frustrating and really makes me so tired of reading this garbage let alone posting. Its like a nightmare. And also makes me completely believe that the original company must pay peanuts.

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Yes, they can track you via the IP address that you are posting from. There is no such thing as pri
Just came upon this post and LOVE it, thanks for posting, have one thing to add....sm
This past year I had a lot of changes, some okay, some pretty bad, but one of the only consistently bright spots has been my job this past year since Februry. Just wanted to share, as they are hiring, perhaps someone else would not like this position, but I have been MT for close to 30 years and feel very compensated, cared for, content, un-stressed, and happy.

My company is on the west coast. They have many accounts from clinic/acute care, sports medicine, ER, primnary care, and just about every specialty. They truly strive to match up each MT with primary accounts, and also with accounts you are familiar/comfortable/proficient in. Work is strictly IC, and they truly work it that way. You basically choose hours/how many/when, there are no weekends unless you want to work, no holiday coverage (unless you want!), very flexible with personal days, sick days, etc, as long as there is sufficient notice for coverage; pay is always corret and ON TIME, although we are paid monthly; Yes it was a drawback the first month, but after that I just took that fat check and budgeted it, no problem.

One of the best things is that we are paid by the GROSS LINE, which is a line is a line is a line, everything counts, spaces, returns, macros, certain headers, it adds up fast and to the the MT's benefit, believe me.

Our platform is MedRite XL on Crescendo network, very easy, fast, user-friendly, Word-based, all you need is a high-speed connection, Windows XP, sound card and foot pedal, training is very laid back, kind, helpful, and very rapid if you have been an MT for quite a while. My boss was just asking me if I knew any fairly seasoned, dependable, well-rounded MTs, and although I have a few friends in the field, they are busy with other jobs they have been at for a long time....I am not a salesperson, I am not a headhunter or anything, never even been QA, I actually over regular old transcription, but I really love this company, I have had some horrible experiences, and these folks have been a JOY to work for this past year. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions, I did not give the name so as not to be too much of a cheerleader. Happy, peaceful, prosperous, and very healthy new year to everyone out there!
I've been posting the same thing for a couple of years. I don't understand

why people feel like their company has to provide insurance and they may take a job they hate just for insurance.  Getting your own policy is almost always cheaper and then you aren't tied to a job/company you hate.

If you have pre-existing conditions situation may be different. 

good thing it is a temporary thing sm
because people with your attitude don't stay in anything very long anyway. Nobody has to listen to that crap to keep their job.

You don't know me either. you can say old fart all you want (when did 53 get to be old fart....too funny) but at least I am a valuable employee who can get a decent job!
Well for one thing, it would not be a professional thing
to do for any MTSO to have a board to do this as part of being an MTSO involves the ability to identify and hold on to confidential information. Even if a person is a job hopper (which in this business rather than go against you can make you a stronger better MT if you can do just about anything thrown at you), if a person is looking for a job, a company needs to have the MT's permission to contact their current employer. Where one has worked or has not worked is something that is very unprofessional being discussed on a board by MTSOs.

Being a business owner of any kind comes with it possessing what it takes to maintain ethical practices.

While I do not debate that this does happen. sm
I also believe that some recruiters and employers may not be entirely truthful about their company and the work situations when interviewing potential employees.
Not so, and really don't feel the need to debate the issue with
I was referring to you being wrong about the software bundle, and what Medware furnishes. I could care less about your opinion of Medware. We all have opinions and you are most welcome to voice yours.

I think you are the one who started this with the wrong information about the software and references, and then you got upset because I am happy with my employer.

Maybe you are the one who doesn't like to be called out. Once again, sorry bout ya!

It is open to debate, like everyhing else
MDI-FL is not the same as it use to be. They say one thing sm
and do another. MDI-FL has their pets and it is so evident. 
One more thing

Do you know anything about Medical Transcription Services out of Texas. They hire graduates of Andrews and other schools.  Thank you.



Oh-one more thing...

You never said how many lines you type an hour-- over 350 to 400 typing and 600 editing??

DIDN'T THINK SO--you don't know what you are talking about in regards to the problems a lot of us are having because it is probably better for you.  Even the Transcend CEO said it would be better for the SLOWER MTs.  I guess you are one of those I take it.  If you EVER get your line count up and then have it snatched away, then maybe you will understand what we are talking about, but right now you are clueless sweetie!!!....LOL

That's the thing and
I've been watching this board for a few months now and whenever anyone has a good position as the the poster above states, they never post their real name or where they work. Hmmmm.
OSI did the same thing to me ....
It took them 2 months after I got an acceptance letter. Nobody knew what anyone else was doing and they would never call me back or answer my E-mails or anything, so I went elsewhere and boy am I glad I did
Another thing...

I find it particularly pathetic that someone at Transcend is so willing to put my name out there, yet doesnt post their name.  I am sure that you are one to get on here and complain and whine about how you hate Transcend and are so unhappy and trash the place while hiding in secrecy.  Why not post your complaints on the forum?  To afraid?  It really burns me that someone could drag me into this thread while being a coward and not post their own name. 

She had one thing that the other
management knew nothing about....RESPECT for the MTs!

And the sad thing about this...sm
they have some great accounts, great dictators...but they are pitiful to work for. Happened to me 3 times. When I told them their check was no good...her response was....funds will be available in 3 days. yeah right!!! I was stupid to stay on that long to receive 3 BAD checks.

Know what will happen, one day some of those MTs will get pissed off and they MAY just lose some of those good accounts they have...and that 8% allowance for spaces..yeah right, who does Deb Garrison think she is fooling? Does she really think all MTs can't "figure" that this is so wrong!!!!

She and her husband are a piece of WORK...
Here is the thing. (sm)
Those who fail a test for employment at other nationals can be hired by OSi. So, how does that make you feel? OSi does not require a decent score to be hired....they are desperate!!!

I would not feel too superior working for OSi...I would be embarrassed!
They are doing the same thing at MDI-FL.
Overhire and no work for current employees.  
Only thing I know is... sm
I've seen the recruiters name listed for at least 4 companies in the last couple years and have been misled to two companies she recruited for, I would be wary of any promises she makes.  Just my observation of the job boards, won't work anywhere she recruits for.
And another thing (sm)

We all will make this profession or what used to be a profession what it is today.

We are selling a service.  If I hired an attorney, I would not ask him for a psychological test or a credit report.  I wouldn't ask a contractor that was doing some work in the backyard for a credit report.

When companies ask me for too much for too little, I blow them off.  They are already taking a lot of your pay.  For them to want you to be an IC, you pay for your own equipment and internet service, you give them an hourly schedule when you are supposed to be an IC, they want 3 references, etc., and now they want a psycological test?  Ask a contract attorney or contractor for that, they'd probably hang up the phone in your ear.

Yes, I want to hire you as my attorney, but I want to see a credit report, want to know exactly what hours you will be working and you will need to take a psychological test.  All this and I will pay you $10.00 an hour.

I think it is nonsense and they are not treating us like professionals and with the respect that we deserve.  And with that, good luck ladies and gents! 

Same Thing For Me

The same thing happened to me.  Got a call yesterday stating that I started the testing, but never finished and they would like me to work with them.  The reason I didn't finish it is that I got a pop-up screen that said I didn't have enough experience, but the caller yesterday said they stress the 2-year experience heavily and I don't have 2 years yet.

even my mgr says there is really no such thing
as straight 'verbatim'. We have to use a little common sense, and esp with obvious errors of dictation, we put what is right, ie, the he/she thing.

I work a verbatim as my primary account, and at times would LOVE to put it character-per-character verbatim, but it'd never fly and at least my mgmt understands that (at MQ)...
Here's the thing.
I came to this board in a sincere search for info about companies. When I saw all the OSi bashing and name-calling and the tendency to berate anybody that might disagree, my immediate impression was that this was just a disgruntled employee taking his/her bad feelings out on an ex-employer. If anything, it made OSI look more appealing to me. I was relieved when the adm. finally took measures to get some proof because when facts are presented in an irrational, angry way, they're really questionable. Presentation is everything. If you want to express your opinion, why not do it in such a way that you're believable and don't come across as an unreliable source. What's so difficult about that? People want your honest opinions, but aren't looking to be insulted or read your personal vendettas. And now that I'm comfortably with a co. again, I won't be coming back to this board. It's been a very negative experience for the most part.
One more thing to add...
Remember, we don't have time to give kudos for every good report you do too - most of us (I know at my company we do) we have an extremely high production level to meet every day, which I don't agree with because it makes it difficult for us to give much feedback and we only have time to say if someone is doing something wrong, etc. We don't have time to say on every report for someone who is training -great job on this one, good job on that one - it's just not the way it is.
One thing I can say for sure is that
medical transcription keeps recruiters busy.  One recruiter pays $1200 rent in Florida, not to mention other expenses.  She told me this herself.  Sounds like recruiting is big business more than MTs.  Another recruiter whose last name rhymes with day probably makes as much or more.  Her name is continually on this board.  Thanks for the freedom to post on this board.
One last thing.
You are just annoying people on this board who have a rapport with me. Maybe you are just annoying people on this board who have a rapport with MQ'er. I agree with her, and I'll thank you not to accuse me and the others of being her. You're the one using foul language and calling people names because you got CALLED OUT for making the mistakes and having a negative attitude, and you don't like it one little bit.
One more thing, lol
I'm going to assume you are talking about the fact that _____'s name is being used. I'm guessing that because she came on the board to defend her position and used her name, that it opened up the door, so to speak, for her name to be used in posts. If my assumption is wrong...well then my previous post still covers it! :)
the thing too is
no job is safe anymore. Sure you can go to school for your bachelors degree, but look how many people who are degreed to the hill with experience are out of work.
The last thing I would want is to be put on a
they have just hired too many MTs, period.  I have worked for MDI for several years and working whenever you wanted was never a problem before that I knew of.  But I think now there are just too many people competing for the work.  Every time there are a few reports everyone jumps on and grabs them, we run out again, and we all have to keep checking back in looking for more work.  There is just not enough work to go around and that's the whole problem.  It took me 10 hours yesterday to get 1000 lines.  My goal had been 2000 lines, but can't get 2000 lines if there's not enough work.
The best thing to do!
Be honest. Better to look up what you don't know, and admit to having to do that than be cocky and guess at it.

There are a lot of things I know off the top of my head, as another poster put it, but it, along with everything else, escapes me when I'm hit with something like that.

Look at it this way: Actors memorize their lines and could probably recite them in their sleep, but if they get stage fright, it all goes out the window. Same thing.
That's the same thing I did...
We moved to another town and I went from in-house back into the hospital world.  To make a long story short ----- I'm back working at home after almost 2 years.  We had a MT manager that made Hitler look like a sissy.  What an ego!  You can take that favoritism, cherry pickin', loudspeaker, etc. and keep it.  At least now, I'll just keep movin' from company to company until I find a match.  There are plenty of them out there......unlike a town with 2 hospitals.  Good Luck!
PJ ... one more thing....
I actually am leaving my email address in this post.  I forgot to put it in on the last one - sorry for all the bother!!
See...the thing is...
on this site for every company that is recommended by someone as being a great company to work for, someone else will come along and say that very same company is a terrible place to work. It really is best to reasearch the companies on your own by going to their websites and asking the companies directly. You can ask on here...you just have to try and weed through all the muck to get to the truth. The company I work for I great, but I don't talk about it on here because I don't want to have to see all the untruths come about from other posters. A good website that lists pretty much every MT company is:

one more thing
I guess what is really upsetting is that a lot of us came on here defending our company stating that this would never happen while others were accusing us of sticking our head in the sand, and then come to find out it was true, no fun looking like an idiot, a little heads up would have been nice along with an explanation of why the offshoring had to be done because of the slackers. That's all.
You did the RIGHT thing.
But it also does not mean that it is a BAD thing either. sm
Remember that AAMT accepts applications for Emp of the Year from employees of that particular company. I believe that it takes multiple applicants and information to make that happen too.
same old thing
it was like so many others, they hired a bunch of us, put us through training, and then told us to wait a couple of months until they got their big new account going. They all seemed extremely nice but I need to work, not wait
I was going to say the same thing....

Just by noticing what the current employees are saying and how they handle situations like comments on this board reminds me of I KNOW YOU ARE, BUT WHAT AM I, LOL! 

Same thing!!!
Wow!! Same here, I complained to the recruiter, and I have not heard back from her. I have never had such a difficult test and I have been doing transcription for 23 years!!!! I am guessing this is the way it is with their company, since I did not hear back from their recruiter after I complained about the sound quality. I didn't have a test smaller than six minutes, either.
same thing here
lasted only 2 weeks there
The best thing I did was set a sm

special ring tone to DHs number and the school's number.  Unless I hear those tones, I don't answer.  I have told my friends/family that I work until 1 and I will not answer the phone.

I had a friend who asked me to babysit once--it was a one-time deal, really in a bind, so I did.  Well, next month she asked again.  I just nicely said I really could not do it because I had a lot of work to do and that was that.  She hasn't asked again.

Like the saying goes--Just Say NO!

They always say the same thing the same way, because that is the only sm
way they know to say it.  You just have to get samples and figure out what they are saying.  Personally, I think they are much better than the English as first language ones, who like to play around with words, show off their verbal skills.  give me a break.
any such thing...
What company/companies can start a FT employee w/9 years experience out at 10 cpl?  Are there any?
another thing
When I first started (I won't say how long I was there for obvious reasons) we really did want to make sure the quality was good, now it's just get them gone. It's like the owner doesn't even care anymore. My direct super would tell me just send them. That's really scary considering how bad some of the offshore shops were. The op notes were so bad it was frightening. I guess it will take somebody getting hurt from a bad report. Sure makes you feel stupid for doing quality work and then finding out you aren't worth anything but a few cents a line and the offshores are everything. I bet the people here from the US typing are less than 5%, and the ones they got that I would edit were the hideously bad ones. Yet another quality shop down the tubes.
We are all going through the same thing right now!
I wish I knew what to tell you but I'm in the same boat. The first 7 or 8 months I worked at Amphion everything was GREAT; tons of work, overtime pay, same account most of the day. Now, the work is so slow I'm switching to 3 or 4 accounts all day long and every single one of them have a million different rules and way to do demo screen so it's hard to make any money like that. I can only hope that they get things straightened out QUICK and things go back to the way they were because they were such a good company before. They have already lost a lot of MTs for this very reason so I hope they wake up soon. I'm thinking about a 2nd job myself. Good luck to ya
One more thing. The one thing that
I did not call perfect was their line rate. I do believe the line rate for someone who had been doing this for many years could have been more, but if you weigh all factors in (I am thinking of other companies, etc., that was not enough of a reason not to take their position). From wearing many hats, I do know what the companies are paying. Some pay more per line, but bottom line is they have sound problems or other problems, downtime problems, communication problems. There is always something. This company has it all, but I do feel they could pay more money for a seasoned MT who knows all work types, accents, etc. You get the picture. I still think that had I been able to do FT MT again that even though they paid less per line that they still would be the best to work for by how they make you feel.
I also wonder the same thing.
Especially the folks who get emails from their supervisor and then come to this site expecting us to explain what the supervisor meant. This truly baffles me. I don't get it.

This is no different than if they worked in an office and their supervisor told them something that they didn't understand...and then this person walks out on the street flagging down strangers expecting the strangers to explain to them what the supervisor meant...instead of just asking the supervisor.

I am beginning to think that mental illness is rampant amongst MTs.

Do my own thing

I do not bother with the office thing.  Just do my own thing and bite my tongue. Been there done that before and still nothing really gets accomplished.  Fighting a losing battle.  Just do the work and shut up.

The only thing I know

about them is they aren't allowed to recruit from NJ. At least that's what I was told by the recruiter. She scheduled an interview with me and about 10 minutes later phoned me again to cancel it stating she wasn't allowed to recruit from NJ.


PS: One more thing...
we're not talking about wealth here. We're just talking about an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, and the ability to make a living.
same thing

Suggested to apply by my family doc, who was a member of a BIG local group owned by the hospital that decided to go with them.  Both recommended I apply.  I applied three times over a year's time, not one reply.  Don't care now, must have been in my best interest.