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Fellow MDI'ers, is it just me or do the worst dictators seem to be on on evenings and holidays?

Posted By: just wondering on 2009-09-20
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I don't mind a mix. We, of course, all have to take the good with the bad, but when I'm getting almost exclusively terrible dictators for working these kinds of hours without an incentive pay and am taking an excessive number of hours just to make a decent line count, then something is wrong.  I know I have a responsibility to the patient, to the facility, and to MDI to put out a quality document in a timely manner, but I also have a responsibility to my own financial health to be able to meet my own obligations.  This is getting to be a ridiculous situation.  I don't remember this account having such a concentration of challenging dictators as this. Sorry to vent like this, but this is really getting to me today. Life is just passing me by as I sit at this computer making little to no money, and I'm finally tired of it.

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To all my fellow MDI'ers: Things to ponder...

Hi all

I have been with MDI for over a year now (part time) and really like it! Most times my accounts have work. I am going through some changes at home and am really trying to make some serious life changing decisions so would like to get a few opinions:

My husband and I separated in April. I have been home for 6 years with my youngest child, and he is in first grade this year and absolutely love being home for him. Summers of course are the most difficult, I do not send him to day care and we do more things together in the summer, love it!  However, as of last year I have been trying to get into a local LPN nursing school here and have succeeded and am scheduled to begin September 8, but here is my dilemna, I am having second thoughts!  I now don't know if this is something I really want to do and why I am having these thoughts. I do like being a medical transcriptonist, but feel a little burned out at times. Plus, I am not sure if I can afford to go to school, my first loan installment (cost of living) will not come until November.  I have a little money set aside, but it is going quickly. I am trying to determine if I can support me and my son on just an income from MDI or if I should really change gears and go to school. I love the flexibility of working at home and am sure I will miss this, but nursing school is very demanding and the job itself once I am out there. Like I said, I love being a mom and able to have the freedom of doing this from home. So, how many of you support yourselves or your families on the income from MDI and is this something I can reasonably expect to be able to do? I have been doing this for 15+ years so I am definitely experienced. Plus, I do not like the idea of worrying about taxes, but if I go to work as an employee I will lose more of my freedom. I like being an IC. I did work for Medquist for almost 7 years and left them to come here and there is a world of difference between the 2 companies.

What would all of you do? Stay with MDI or go to school? And if I do go to school, I would keep MDI very part time at least until I was through with school. But, do you think with all the changes going on in the transcription world we will eventually have no jobs or our jobs will change drastically? How can I decide what is best for me and my son?

Please any and all suggestions welcome! Thanks!

Everything about SS is atrocious. Worst dictators
I've ever had and sound quality to match. 
Dictaphone with the worst dictators
No way. Worst dictators I ever heard and QA very very RUDE! SM
Condescending e-mails from QA, but as I said, the bottom of the fish pond dictators.   Stinko!
Are you crazy? Worst dictators I've ever had...SM
I've been an MT forever and worked for several nationals on a lot of terrible accounts but FN is the worst dictation I have ever done. Office staff is terrific, pay is fair but I hate the dictators and am actively looking for a new job now that 2006 is here.
Sound quality horrible, the worst ESL dictators
I ever heard and I do probably 80% ESLs, poor management, poor support, pay sometimes late.  I can honestly say I wouldn't refer my worst enemy to them. 
Getting the worst shift and worst work are two different things...
If you are new, you may not get the best shift, but everyone should share in the difficult work. No one person should be stuck with ESLs because they are new. Maybe the new hires won't get first pick of holidays...things like that, but shouldn't get stuck with all ESLs. Doesn't make sense.
Does Cardioscribes only hire for evenings? sm
I've visited their website and I'm interested, but it's only showing evenings available. I do work some in the evenings but can't commit to that full-time and I was wondering if they ever hire for day positions or if they are pretty hard to come by. I have a lot of cardio experience so I'd love to send my resume but I can't do it when it states evenings. Also, do you work weekends/holidays there?
Does your company pay a differential for evenings,
Transform, are they any good for weekends and evenings?


I know that if you are evenings or weekends, you can be part time. sm
I went back full time but that was what I was looking for. I have a friend who works there too, and she is part-time. She works Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
No they don't. There is slight increase for evenings and nights;
What I mean is, to be paid for holidays, even if you dont work. Major holidays.

Sorry.  What I mean is, to be paid for holidays, even if you dont work. Major holidays.

Very few MTSOs pay for holidays. Some give you 6 days you can use for holidays or regular PTO, but
Holidays - Is there any company who pays holidays?

Are there companies (like in the old days) who pay you for Christmas, NY, Thanksgiving, etc., MAJOR HOLIDAYS?



Worst of the worst...I agree with RUN
Please - don't learn the hard way!  You will only waste your time and run the risk of not making anything to boot unless you have a relative who is a big city lawyer.  Under the sugar coating is something very bitter.
Hey all you TT'ers out there..

Hey have had my first talk with TT.  Checking out hardware issues.  May be coming on with ya'll.  How's it goin'



For FT'ers, that's another way of saying they pay OT (as they should).
help any MDI'ers...
did you do the dnr changes?  Did they work for you? did you proceed past the certificate warnings?
MDI-FL'ers, can you do 250 LPH, even with heavy
DSG'ers...are you happy?
Thinking about coming to work with DSG and I would just like to pick up on the feel of the company before making a definite decision.  Everything sounds good.  Is it easy to get lines on DocQscribe?  Can you see your line count at all times?  Are you treated fairly and honestly?  Work load okay?  Any info appreciated.  TiA
The MQ'ers just don't like to admit that (sm)
they are working for a company who abuses them, and they stay there and put up with it, kind of like an abused wife.  I for one believe you, cause my company is also hiring a lot of MQ'ers.  There really ARE companies who values good MT's.  It's really sad they can't believe this, but I guess it makes them feel better for putting up with the abuse.  Who knows.  Congrats on your new job.  BTW, I have never worked for MQ - came close, but didn't.    Thank the Lord.
Hey former MQ'ers. Question for ya.
How much do you miss DQS?  How does your new platform compare?  I guess I'm looking for reassurance that after 12 years, I too can learn new tricks.... ty!
TT'ers, how can I put -yo right after a number
Don't you TT'ers have any work to do?
Geez, stay off the boards and go to work.
Former D&L'ers **Please read**

While the message board here at MTStars is a great portal to spread the word, at the same time, this is a public forum that allows anyone access. 

We've decided to move our discussions to a PRIVATE forum solely for former D&L employees and ICs involved currently in the nonpayment situation.

This is a private group created for us.  It is a moderated group, and you will be asked to prove your identity before you are permitted access.

D&L'ers please join here:  http://groups.msn.com/FormerDL

Calling all MDI-MD'ers...

I have just been contacted by MDI-MD for interview.  I could sure use your imput esp if you are an old MQ'er.  If you would like to respond, could you please E-mail me?


Thanks so much!

Hey MDI-MD'ers, newbie has a...



I am getting used to some ESL guys and have to go back to listen to blanks that I have left.  Could you E-mail me with any tricks of the trade where I can book mark or note where, timewise, I am in the report at that time so I can go back more easily and find my blank area?



Thanks for letting TT'ers know...
I have almost 40 years of experience and was quoted 4.5 cpl on editing, AND I have been with TT for a few years already.  Now I know I have a bargaining edge since you are being paid 6.5 cpl.  How in the world did you manage that?  I would definitely try editing for that, with the incentives and all.  So glad you posted this.  I really do not want to leave the company. 
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So what do all you QT'ers think: Will they/have they sold the company to them? nm
old DDI'ers,anyone work for Proscript?
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I was told they are not currently hiring PT'ers
JLG'ers wanna take a bet on which day checks
and the 10th is on a Friday ?? Maybe on the 15th???  Still no word on DD??
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A welcome to MDI'ers from the Transcend trenches

This is addressed to all the MDI-MD MTs who are still spinning from the news last week of the merger with Transcend.  I am nobody special, but just someone who tries to find the positives in any situation.  WELCOME ABOARD to what will hopefully be a great next stop in your career. 

            I know many of you loved MDI and are leaving for greener pastures rather than seeing what Transcend has to offer.  But things were obviously not all red roses and rich, dark chocolate or the Transcend/MDI-MD merger would never have come about.  Nobody just woke up one day and decided it looked like great weather for upending hundreds of lives with a corporate merger. 

            I don't think there are many people out there in our profession or in any other profession who like change.  Change is uncertain.  It eliminates any sense of knowing what is coming next.  I do not handle change well.  It is for that reason that I began immediately scouring the job boards when I learned that my company was merging with Transcend earlier this year.  Transcend is a big company.  We were their second merger of 2009.  I believed BIG equals cold and impersonal, all about the profit margin.  They send work offshore.  I had only been on board with my company for 4 months, and my benefits had just started.  (Why is it you seem to need your insurance the most when you DON'T have it?)  I was scared because I had left a large MTSO and did not want to work for another one.

            We were invited to a conference call hosted by my company president and the president of Transcend, Larry Gerdes.  I was not prepared for the warmth nor the sense that what we wanted and needed from our new employer was important to Transcend.  During the call, Larry gave nearly 200 people his cell phone number.  When the conference call was over, I called Larry's cell phone.  He answered on the second ring.  He had no idea who I was, but he answered immediately.  He was as warm and genuine one-on-one as he was in the group call. 

            Starting all over with benefits paperwork was challenging.  We do what we have to do for our families, however.  The Transcend HR team was prompt with calls and e-mails, explaining the process and making it more than bearable.  The benefits include dental, medical, vision, and flexible spending.

            The technical support crew was quick and responsive with software installations and continues to be very helpful.  I believe the technical support offered at Transcend is the very best I have ever experienced in my career.  They are professional and know what they are doing and they get the job done, even at 3 in the morning.

            There is a lot of training available for everything from logging the time you work to using text expanders.  We are called medical language specialists, not medical transcriptionists.  It took a little while to get used to MLS instead of MT but it really is an accurate description of this very specialized work we do.  The training is available ongoing, not just once with a followup call and then you're on your own.  For those who do not want to venture into new territory with a different platform and facility, staying with a familiar client and platform has not ever been discouraged.  Some of my coworkers and I were transferred onto BeyondTXT because our primary account had gone with another MTSO.  Those who have not thrived and are not happy are transferred back to prior accounts and platforms.  No one is forced to work on a platform or an account.  When work is low, we are encouraged to learn new accounts, secondary, tertiary, even quaternary for those who are brave enough to take on that challenge.

            The subject of offshoring was my biggest objection to this merger.  What I have learned is that offshoring is used only to cover the third shift and weekend hours where domestic coverage cannot be adequately obtained to keep accounts in turnaround.  Our profession necessitates 24/7 coverage, 365 days a year.  It is a challenge to find adequate coverage for the overnight shifts and weekends.  I worked second shift including Friday and Saturday nights for many years and I was thrilled to finally get a first shift.  I am working a weekend shift again, now, and while it isnít my preference, it beats not having a job at all.  Recruiters report nearly every candidate wants first shift, Monday through Friday.  Hospitals unfortunately do not work only those hours.  Transcend has contracts which require them to write checks back to customers for failing to meet TAT.  Substandard quality is not acceptable from domestic MTs and it is not acceptable from offshore MTs so all reports done offshore go through an arduous QA process.  I like knowing that my employer is not having to pay back its clients because the work wasn't completed and returned in a timely manner. 

            It's not a perfect world we live in but it's up to each of us to play the cards we're dealt.  If you have decided to hang in there and give Transcend a chance, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  I did, and I'm really glad I did.

Do you work evenings or nights? If so TT has plenty of work
It is not that TT has no work, it is that everybody wants banker's hours. What do you expect?
PT'ers work part time because they are....sm

working on other private accounts....sheesh.......I spend half a week working for private mds and the other half working for MQ......what do you want from us PT'ers??????

Are you calling all PT'ers malingerers?  How unfair is that?  I work my arse off 24/7/365 and since I'm a young teen......so that's about 40 years!  The only YEAR I took off was to have a baby 25 years ago.

AGAIN, POSTERS, consider the source of the perps posting!!!

How rude!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

XQ'ers - that does explain the gross paranoia.
MedQ'ers, can you answer a few questions for me?

I've reviewed the MQ board but I don't work there and I can't post on the MQ board, so I'm posting questions here.

1.  Is there any grace period about clocking in on your proposed schedule?

2.  What happens if there is no work when you're scheduled; can you make it up without hassle?

3.  Can an experienced MT consistently average 200 lines on MT?  What about ASR?

Thanks for your help.  E-mail me privately if you're more comfortable. 


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Could the TT'ers get their own board on here so the rest of us can talk about something other tha
TT for a change? 
WMX'ers, can you access the Community Page? sm
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Thinking of applying but would like the skinny on if you can make any money with them.
My Fellow MT's I need your help!
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Thank you fellow MTs....
I am so glad to have people respond and will check into all of these companies.  Thanks again!  You are all very helpful and I appreciate it. 
See what I mean, fellow MTs? (see below)
And I think Bitemia's rage is just the very TIP OF THE ICEBERG. The rest is hidden just below the surface, and could end up sinking their ship. TT sure shudda' thought this one through a little better.
Was hired by Amphion two weeks ago, and even though I don't start for another week, was wondering how long until I get the computer, etc.  Don't want to bother them, but am getting anxious....should I contact HR or just sit tight?  Am REALLY excited about this opportunity!!! 
Fellow Transcender, I have had so
many problems with this platform.  If you make just ONE mistake, it screws everything up and you can't get back.  I did 3 reports in 3 hours today.  Very frustrating.