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Good post

Posted By: Whew on 2005-12-27
In Reply to: Here is what you save because I work from home - the least you could do is reciprocate

These are all things many MTs apparently don't look at. Low rates offered because you can work at home. The only thing you save is commuting cost. They save tons and tons. You should be getting pd more for at-home work, not less.

From what I see in the MT world, these folks are so busy trying to undercut each other's prices rather than acknowledging the amount of education needed to do a good job and getting higher rates.

Did you know that the AAMT was trying to get legislation passed that will prohibit anyone not certified by them from working in the field? You think about that next time you think those little initials at $350 mean something.

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Good post. (nm)
(no really - no message). :oD
Good post!
Totally agree with you, Sally!!

Good post...
Good post.!
''language barrier''--LOL.
Good post. One has to have...
a cushion in this business. If you have done this work for any length of time you should know that there are times of feast or famine. BTW, love Dave Ramsey, hubby and I are going to see him in a couple of weeks. He has good, sound advice regarding money management and not living beyond your means.
Good post. (nm)
Good Post
You've got some valid points. I am definitely one of the wounded from MQ, but to be honest, I have not been with TT long enough to encounter any major issues...and for that matter, I never really checked my lines at MQ either. I could have been totally ripped off and never knew it. To me, it is of great comfort to work where I feel appreciated, and yes....part of that is a result of the wounding.  I guess maybe my head is somewhere else....I am second income, I don't want to dig that deep to make sure I am getting every single penny and line. I come from the Good Ol Days, when a line was a line and boy....did we get paid well, from the days of Pica and Elite, and everyone got Pica, because that was only 10 characters to an inch. Any of you newbies out there won't understand what the heck I'm talking about....but those were the days. I feel sorry for all of Veteran MTer's, who knew the day of $1000.00 a week paychecks...but those days are gone.  We were so busy making money then, that the technology just went behind our backs and kicked our butts. So, well....what do we do about it? We could be a nurse, or we could go out and start looking for another career at our ages. Me? NO THANKS! I'm happy and content, and feel blessed with TT that I can still sit in the comfort of my home (making half the money I used to mind you), but TT still has that MA and PA type feel. I love it. Go back to work and put up with peers? NO THANKS! Sometimes when I read these boards...I reinforce my feelings as to WHY I still work at home and make half the money.  Okay....enough running on. Gotta go. Gotta work later. Gonna go pay some much-deserved attention to my family that they never got when I worked for the Q. Bye-bye everybody. Have a blessed day.
Very good post

You bring up some very good points.

The big picture is quite scary.  I experienced Katrina on the coast, and I kept feeling like I was in a war zone, the devastated environment, the (temporary) martial law in effect, confusion and chaos, reporters obessing on certain story angles and completely ignoring other more vital ones, and all the bureaucratic bunging before during and after....and I realized America is not equipped to handle big disasters, yet we remain in denial and have learned very little from that experience.

Yes, we pay lip service to privacy with HIPAA regulations for ourselves, then send our medical records overseas where the laws don't apply.  Every time I am made to comply with another restriction to satisfy HIPAA, I wonder why we bother - so we can delude ourselves that everything is safe and secure?  We KNOW it isn't.  God forbid I should copy a medical record (without patient identifiers) in order to do a better job tomorrow - it might be a privacy violation! - but its perfectly fine to send it overseas where some disgruntled person can email it all over the world with no legal repurcussions!  Or use it for dark political motives, should the record belong to someone famous, or get rich tattling the details to a tabloid.

Its insane that we voluntarily give up more and more freedoms in this country to artificially bump up our sense of security, while undermining that security in a big way by deliberately giving other countries the opportunity to take our jobs, take our private information, and take our way of life, piece by piece.  Why are we doing this, and why don't we stop?  Are we so short-sighted that we blame the economy for our economic woes without realizing that we are undermining that economy by giving our jobs away and buying cheap imported products? 

Why doesn't anybody see the cause and effect?  They outsource a job, someone here loses theirs, has financial woes, has to get by cheap, purchases cheap imports, which causes a local factory to go belly up or outsource, and the spiral continues downward.  Who will be the consumers of American products - the foreigners who took our jobs?  Or will there simply no longer be American products, and no American jobs as a result?

good post
You hit the head on the nail.
Good post!!

I'm always amused at the posts wanting info on the same companies over and over again.  Most of us who have been in this business a long time  have a fellow MT working for just about every MT company so it is easy to get the poopy-scoopy first hand.  Just look at the views on the jobs board.  I wager most of these views are not from 30 year veterans!  The companies do not care who does the work or whether it is fair or not.

I would never tolerate being out of work either.  My contract (or employment) was between myself and the company I worked for, NOT with my fellow MTs.  Has nothing to do with being selfish or considerate.  If you don't take the work when it's there someone else will do it and keep right on doing it so likely you will never have any work.

There were a number of factors that made me make the decision to retire.  Probably would have gone to work for another company, even considered it, then I got the poopy-scoopy from an insider that said that  heretofore good company was on a downhill slide.  So I'm done with it.  MT is no longer a desirable career IMHO. 

Very good and thorough post, and you are
can you help me with my problem above?  LOL.  All kidding aside, I truly believe in books of labor practices, somewhere, there must be something that prohibits employers or management from posing as lower level employees and misrepresenting the aspects of their job.  I just have to find it and I will.  Liar, liar, pants on fire!
Now YOURS is a good post! sm
The companies don't *owe you* a living because you can't make ends meet. You either get better at what you do (work smarter, not harder) or pick up extra work with another company. You can't expect them to pay you for NOT WORKING because you can't make money.

The handwriting is on the wall in this industry and if we don't all change and adapt, we should get into another profession.
good post.
Good post.

I know someone who was just hired though.  I also remember the threads on the newcomers only able to transcribe 5 reports a day until they were off QA.  Oh yeah, I totally see that as looking out for your contractors...  NOT!  I'd go broke!  If I'm not mistaken, Transcend pays their employees during their training period an hourly rate.  Now that's what I call looking out for the newcomer!    I don't work for them either.

Everyone knows you get more bees with honey! 

No, they are not the only company out there that hires great MTs, are nice - which is important to so many on this board, and give you flexibility.....  You just have to look for them; that's all.... 

Good post.

I know someone who was just hired though.  I also remember the threads on the newcomers only able to transcribe 5 reports a day until they were off QA.  Oh yeah, I totally see that as looking out for your contractors...  NOT!  I'd go broke!  If I'm not mistaken, Transcend pays their employees during their training period an hourly rate.  Now that's what I call looking out for the newcomer!    I don't work for them either.

Everyone knows you get more bees with honey! 

No, they are not the only company out there that hires great MTs, are nice - which is important to so many on this board, and give you flexibility.....  You just have to look for them; that's all.... 

Good post....just an FYI

For those considering applying for unemployment, be prepared that it may take months, not weeks, especially considering how many people are on and applying for unemployment these days.  I have a friend who applied in September 2008 and, after appeal, did not receive a final decision until Februrary 2009, which was a denial.  If you can afford to do it, then go for it, but do not plan on receiving the money and do not borrow money to cover your expenses during that time, as there is a good possibility that you will not ever receive compensation.

This is a really good post. sm

I agree with a lot of what you said.  The field is changing and we have to adapt, but then again, isn't EVERY field changing, even globally?  We started out with G6 summits, then went to G8, now it's G20.  One comment I wanted to share though is that even though the fields are changing, the economic climate is changing for the worst.  Capitalism has now become a dirty word because it isn't what it used to be.  In the 60s, capitalism stood for the American Dream.  Michael Moore (and PLEASE don't think I'm a fan b/c I'm not!) had it right when he said in this day and age capitalism is nothing more than legalized greed.  You touched on that when you said that corporations are MANDATED to bring in the most money for their shareholders.  Now unfortunately, the gap between the 'average' middle-income American and those at the top is widening at a frightening rate, with us middle-income people racing towards the poverty level. 

Diversifying means of income isn't really going to change that.  It might put a Band-Aid on a lacerated jugular vein.  Real change is only going to happen when the laws governing capitalism are changed.  Sadly, I don't see that happening too soon since most of the legislators are those same 'shareholders' and those at the top.  These are really scary times that we live in.  So, at the very least, coming on this board and screaming at the top of our lungs about MTSOs is really the only release we have...the last little bit of control we have.  And, to be honest, a lot of times we do it, not because of capitalism and the fact that these huge conglomerates and CEOs get away with what they do, but because of the way we are treated by the management that represents them.  Some management is good...some isn't. We scream at the top of our lungs because we know THEY read it.  Unfortunately for them, the good ones are caught in the crossfire.  It's really no different than the excellent MTs being caught in the crossfire of the angry managers who send out scathing emails regarding accounts being out of TAT.  It just happens.

I say if we want to use this board to scream away, HAVE AT IT.  We know we can't really change a whole lot here, but boy it feels good to let off that steam.  Off my soapbox now.  lol  

but this is why it's better to post the good things
Take cpl to email.  You can post great things about a company, but once you post how much you make (no matter what company), you are going to upset a lot of people who are inevitably making less than you do.  If you must, post a pay range because you can't say they pay 10 cpl period, because obviously they don't.
Nothing good. Recent post says you get
paid when they get paid. 
Good post. But hopefully they will just fade
Very good post. Unfortunately I think its too late for them

to wake up and smell the coffee.  They have already lost many of their very good MTs and editors.  If they keep on going the way they are now, they will lose accounts. 

I just want to comment about the AAMT selection of employer of the year.  I did not know how the winner of the award was chosen, and I'm not saying management would send in those forms for themselves, BUT I highly doubt that anyone who works at Medware would send in a nomination on their behalf these days. 

Good job...Excellent Post!!!
You could not have said it better or more straight forward.
Agree. Good post.
recent post are very good but

if you go back aways, yikes. I am always concerned when this happens.  Raises the question of concerted effort to rehab a company's rep. Proceed with eyes open, I would say.


There isn't any good, but if you will open you post and down
near the bottom in blue is related posts or comments.  Click on that and you can read the most recent posts about them. 
Such a good post!! Sums it up quite well!
I absolutely love this business and my job - Right now.  Of course this is subject to change without a minutes notice.  I have learned that.  I have been right there with the rest of you though.  This business is not what it used to be and I have considered getting out too.  I have compared it to other professions.  If you were, say an insurance salesman, etc., etc.  You have to be educated and experienced in your field, certified and pay all kinds of state fees, get CE credits, and will still lose clients all the time.  That is the business you are in.  That is what the MT business has become.  Even if you love your company, clients are going to move all the time.  When I was finally let go after 10 years due to lack of work and offshoring, I checked into working outside the home in a local office M-F, 9-5, no weekends, or holidays with secure work.  At this point there are not many of those either, so I kept looking in the MT business and found that PERFECT job!!!  Specialty I love - 9-5 M-F, no nights, weekends, or holidays.  I am blessed for now but I do realize that if I stay in this business this too ABSOLUTELY WILL COME TO AN END.  They all do.  Then I will be on the job hunt again.  I just hope I can keep this up until I retire which is not too far off.  It is easier than walking into an office applying for a job at my age with all the younger competition.  If you hate your job - at least look for something else.  I have said it before and I believe this - Serious and dedicated MTs would be much happier in a smaller U.S. Company.  They post on here and other sites all the time.  They state U.S. only on their job posts and on their web sites.  Their pay is better and there is steady work, except around holidays.  They do not over-hire.  They do not offshore.  Even though they lose clients too, I think I will stick with them.
good post, but sad state of affairs nm



Are you being sarcastic or serious? I thought it was a good post. nm
good guesses, but none of what you stated in your post
I don't believe anything that was said was directed to YOU personally - it is SoftScript that is the JOKE, not you.

I, for one, am glad that you are happy where you're at not all companies are a good fit for all MTs and we all know that.

I speak for myself, with over 35 yrs experience. Personally my time at SoftScript was anything but pleasant and, again, from my point of view if you are willing to put up with J and H more power to you!!

Have a Great Day ALL, and a safe 4th of July!!

Dear Emperor - good post - NM
You followed the "rules of the post"!! Good job! (I am kidding :-)
And a great opinion! Good post. nm
Not sure that 3 out of 100 or more is a good sign. I stick to my post above. LOL nm

Good post, Amber. And true, too. All professions
restructuring.  But anyone with eyes can see that even though the MT profession has changed, there's still a TON of work out there.  You know, it behooves the employers out there to have doom and gloom run rampant and the MTs thinking that they can't do any better than 6-8 cpl.  Sometimes I wonder if they're the ones spreading most of the doom and gloom, and then some naive MTs are picking it up and shouting it too!
good post, but in response to 'why apply if you don't want the job'....

This is only my opinion.  If I am considering taking on a new account, I will send my resume' out to a few companies, and see what offers come in.  If it takes one company a day or two to make an offer and another company a week, I may not be available in a week. 

Not sure if you think it is proper to send out a resume to just one company, and cross fingers hoping they will call with a decent offer.  I, for one, prefer to interview the company, not have the company interview me.

Hope this sheds some insight on why you may not receive a call back from those who submit their resume'.  You may be taking too long to get back to them. 

Umm, MDI doesn't know who she is by her post so she isn't obligated to give a good exp.
I'm sure MDI doesn't appreciate the lies and people posting like they know something when they don't but I doubt they mind someone posting in their defense re: pure crap posts.
I think the point was to POST names of good companies for all MTs to see,
What a good post MTIM - Feel your pain

We all feel like that from time to time, but it doesn't matter whether you are an MT or working in any other profession - some days a job is just a job.  You sound like you work for a company like I did.  Too much management getting in the way.  That said, look at it this way.  At one point in my career I made 0.075 cpl for many years (raises unheard of).  I took that rate and turned it into $40,000 a year because I typed by fingers to the bone.  Minimum line count of 1,200 was not enough for me, but some people will only type the minimum and then quit. This is where their problem is.  It's called ambition.  Of course the pay will be low if you quit at 1,200 lines.  Being an MT for 5-10-15 years you certainly should be typing more than that.  If you are not, and it is not YOUR fault, but because of company dynamics, it is time to find a company and account that helps you reach your full potential.  Please do not cheat yourself.  The first thing I would do is not answer phone calls or e mail during your shift (do this before or after) because you are going to have enough to deal with to slow you down while you are working as you described. 

I do not move from company to company, never have, but I certainly would if I felt like I could do better than what is being offered to me, for whatever reason.  Again, no one is going to take care of you - except you, so don't cheat yourself.  Since you already have a job - go with the flow until you find what is absolutely perfect for you and you can make lots of $$ no matter what the rate ( to a degree of course).  It would be nice if we could all make 11 cpl or better.  I never have.  I have found a company and account that is perfect for me, making good money and love the work.  The kicker is, I would have taken that job for 7 cpl and because I am very good in that specialty - I could still make a decent living with it.  Don't go jumping at the first thing offered to you.  Think about it - and yourself.  What is it that you do best as an MT.  That's what you look for.  Being at this for 15 years, maybe you should just throw in the towel where you are but I think you do have the potential for something else.  Go for it - and good luck to you. 

yuck, and good morning to you too. First post I read is THIS
Good post MissIndigo....I make 6.5 cents for VR sm
and I do agree it would be difficult to do it at 4 cents a line. We are fortunate, and yes it is possible to increase speed even after a year of doing VR, 4 cents still would seem completely unfair to me. I have in no way doubled my production lines. I may have increased by 50% or 75% of normal line rate, so I think 6.5 to 7 cents is more than fair. No matter what the rate, no one in this industry should think is easy and not have to pay extremely close attention. Good luck to you Ms. Indy. You have a great attitude, I watch your posts. You are a true professional.
No affiliation with Transend, but that was a DAMN good post and fall under
all companies, all posts. These same "cheerleaders" have posted negative on other companies IM SURE, but yet when they find their place they think it okay to bash others who have not. Very annoying. There is nothing wrong with giving neg/pos on companies, but it should NOT lead to an argument, bashing, etc. When making a decision a pro/con list is very affective and those looking for a new company or doing just that by reading this information. I have turned jobs down solely for the "attitudes" of the cheerleaders. I figure if they have people that snotty and high and mighty working for them, I don't want to be in that category or atmosphere!!
Good thing it did end up here. Post about squecky clean posts has already been
Awesome news. Too busy to post - it's a good thing :)
Thanks for taking the time to let me know.
good guesses, but none of what you stated in your post....i rest my case though, you people
ARE TRULY NASTY.......nothing short of a JERRY SPRING remake here....i simply said that SoftScript was wonderful and so far, i've been told i'm a joke, insulted, called names, etc.......now lets see if anyone has anything nice to say......as if that were possible on this board.............
Pay suposed to be good per 5/06 post, but at that time you needed Emdat and had too many fields
Read that post below on hospitals? They're definitely good for great bennies! nm
My post should say the post above not the post below, Sheryl's post to be specific. nm
The best co. ever! Good work, good people, good pay, good bennies.
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