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I am growing tired of this sm

Posted By: You know me well and I'm a TTer on 2008-01-18
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So I am going to try to end it, here and now. I am sick to death of hearing I am selling myself cheap working for TT. I can sell my services for wherever I care to, for whatever benefits I need/want and for any line rate I want to. Since I am no longer firm enough to sell my body, I can be a flabby MT making what I feel good about making and the job I am doing to get said income. It is not your business to come on here and tell me that I am selling myself cheap, nor to brag about the line rate you get. When asked about whom you work for, suddenly you can't tell, it is all so hush hush. One has to wonder...if you told, would your supervisor get on here and contradict you? Given your grammar and spelling, I can't think you are worth the money you supposedly get paid. Contrary to what others may think, this is job is NOT about getting higher and higher line rates! I have been in this way too long to be talked to like I have fallen off a turnip truck and I don't know a certain orifice from a hole in the ground. PAY DOES NOT INDICATE THE QUALITY OF MT WORK YOU PRODUCE any more than report cards are an indication of learning. I read a lot on here (note the TWO words there). I listen to complaining about QA people and how obnoxious they are, about MTSOs who don't care about their MTs, about running out of work, about unusable platforms, difficult ESLs, falling line rates and lack of benefits. These are the difficulties of being an MT in a marketplace that doesn't value the people element in any job, and in an industry that is rapidly changing. To come to this particular board is to be bombarded not only by all this complaining, but also by constant gloating over a line rate that may or may not exist in reality. The fact is, unless we are all MTSOs with well paying clients, none of us are going to get rich doing this. We are going to pay our bills and we are going to work hard. Line rates are the same as they were 10 years ago and 12 years ago and 15 years ago. If you find a job with 10 cents or better a line, I'll show you a job where the work stinks, the platform is impossible and the person in charge has more psychological issues than an inpatient on a 72-hour hold. I know, because I have worked for a lot of them. Now, I have recently gone to work for TransTech. Sure, I took 8.5 cpl, MY CHOICE, MY DECISION. When I quickly understood that medical benefits would not total $100 a month, and that as an employee, they will cover part of my FICA taxes and that there is PTO that is figured the way it ought to be figured...8.5 cents was looking good to me. I have made 11 cpl and recently (see above). Even simply talking money, that 2.5 cents will not buy me medical insurance on my own. It hardly covered my taxes last year and I had to work a second job. I had West Nile and it didn't pay for the 3 days I missed from work because of it. I ran out of work frequently too. I am concerned about what the rest of you are concerned about. I don't like running out of work. I detest snotty QA people. I, for one, cannot abide the whining from my MTSO that greets me every time I have a technical problem or if I am sick. I don't like that I can't afford to go the doctor without insurance. I'd like to be respected for my experience and hard work too. If I am going to work extra hard, I'd like extra money for it. We who work for Transtech are bragging these past couple of weeks. Why? Because we have joyfully found a place where we can't complain about all of the above issues. We have seen that money, as in higher line rates, isn't the entire picture. We are finding that we are rapidly more productive, lines are easier to get and we have our job satisfaction back. The 10, 11, 12 cents you get, can't buy love. It can't buy satisfaction. It can't buy THE BEST QA team in the business. It can't buy the most gentle, understanding and patient manager I have ever come across XXXX. It can't buy you the thank you for your hard work that I find on EVERY report returned from QA. It can't buy you technical assistance that is on a problem as fast as a duck on junebug. It can't buy the pat on the back that I have gotten from all the QA people every time I have cleared QA on another new account. Now, 10+ cpl can't buy you love, but 8.5 got it for me!

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They are growing, growing, growing! The best MT company I have ever worked for!
Give them a try. 
tired, tired, tired of all the tech
problems with these platforms.  I just want to work on an old fashioned program, like WP5.1 or Medrite, maybe with voice wave.  Too many problems.  Does anybody know any companies that use something like these.  Just call me a dinosaur lover. 
AccuStat now has voice recognition to their software and has a lot of new clients.  I run an MD office that uses AccuStat and we have had no problems ever with this company.  They have been on the ball with all of our needs, no matter how complicated!!  We have over 50 MDs and they all love the company and their flexibility!  The owner is a great lady as well....ignore the bad things you see as they are simply not true about this company!!
I don't do Rad so I am not sure if they have any or not. They are growing like crazy though, so
call them and ask. They are usually always hiring. Right now I think they are hiring for Med Rec, Oncology and maybe Rad. Call them and talk to Debbie, my supervisor. She's great.
Yes, it does, it means we are growing! :)
Why can't anyone ever see that with a service? Advertising doesn't necessarily mean something negative,it can simply mean there is an increased need for qualified MTs!
Growing business? nm

not sure if they're growing but...
i was with them not long ago and they were wonderful and i never ever ran out of work. staff was all very supportive and friendly, system was nice, line count was awesome, paid on time and accurately, no complaints at all, just couldn't squeeze in enough time to work for them with the other job. great place to work, though, highly recommend.
They are growing like MAD! This is an awesome
company. Definitely not overhiring. I have been here almost two months now and I have never been happier with my job. The accounts are good, the people are amazing, from management to tech support and even the general office staff. They treat me incredibly well and many, many others on here say the same.
Growing with a new group of
They started a group of hospitals based in TN, and are adding them one at a time during the year.  Lots of ER and acute care positions, we get emails noting the new accounts and added positions. 
the growing company?
see details inside, only provides an email response.
She's still there. They are just growing so fast, they need more (sm)
many times in office works well for other reasons.
Not sure what the deal is but the ad said they were growing or something..
and it also stated in the LOOOOOOOOONG AD that they get someone trained and then start training another person and so on. Almost sounded like they ran an assembly line where they get one MT put together  and scoot her down the line and then get another ready and so forth. Unfortunately, I do not buy that. I think this employer has come up before in discussions and it was not favorable. Also, if you read the ad, you can tell there is a little chip on the shoulders on what she expects from an MT, leaving me to believe she has been less than happy with whom she has hired in the past. In any event, I do love animals but I have NO interest in applying there.
You are kidding yourself. OSi is not growing. You cannot grow without
OSi wants to be big, but that will never happen because they will not listen to anyone about giving the MTs more instead of putting all the profits into their own pockets. All you get at OSi is your base line rate...that is it. Nothing extra for nights, weekends, holidays. They make you pay for the foot pedal and even the cheap spell checker.

You pretty much said it all when you said that OSi is choosy about who they invite to their parties!! How awful! When most companies have company parties, all employees are invited. That is pretty sad and pretty much says it all about OSi.
I figured they were growing, hadn't
ever seen them advertise until fairly recently.  Makes sense to me, usually if a company grows they have to hire more workers.  Haven't heard of anyone complaining of not having work.
Gee, could it be they are getting new accounts and growing? Geez
We are growing. You are a person not a number.
We have employees in 18 states and have full bennies. Other states ICs and SEs. Pay is decent with incentives. Good team work. Direct deposit every other Friday. Pay is correct and on time.
They have a couple hundred and are still growing. You are right about it
feeling like a small company. EVen though they are pretty big I think they really make an effort to not lose what makes them special.
And the reason the list keeps growing is because...
these companies know they can get MTs here to correct the poor quality before it gets sent to the client. Talk about cutting our own throats!
No, that is because Transcend is growing like wildfire!
We are adding two new accounts a month, and converting others. I am one of the ones that usually helps out on new accounts, so I know.

Hope everyone on the board had a happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I have a place to go to share ideas.
Geesh. Maybe they're growing. Ever think of that? nm
The MTSO does it by growing themselves a spine
instead of constantly trying to undercut the other guy. If all MTSOs stuck together, and charged more across-the-board so that they could pay their workers decent wages, clients would have no choice but to make their cuts elsewhere.

As long as the MT industry dontinues to delude itself with its gas-station-price-war business practices, they'll continue to shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to not being able to get quality workers, that in turn bring them the quality clients.
This company definitely belongs on the growing
Is there any way to get documentation of what, exactly, the 'misconduct' was? It sounds like they're not only being untruthful, they're also being spiteful and vindictive, just because you couldn't meet what was probably an unrealistic daily line minumum on crappy accounts, using substandard software.
Same here, but hospital jobs are growing fewer SM
and it seems most people are getting into this to be home with their kids and believe me, old as I am, I completely understand.
Definitely growth. The company has been growing steadily...sm

for the past few years.  Good platform, steady pay (direct deposit, have never experienced a late paycheck), good MT support, great bennies.  I'm happy there. 

Ads all over jobs board because they are growing and need good MTs.
Three new accounts that I know of recently and more scheduled to come on. Started here as an MT and then moved to QA. Just like any place, there is good and bad but I can't imagine working anywhere else.
They are constantly advertising because they are GROWING! They have brought on
two new accounts that I know just since Christmastime and more to come.
Try TransTech. They are growing like crazy and are hiring a ton of MTs
right now. I'm sure they could accommodate a weekend only schedule. They are great to work for. You can e-mail them at jobs@transtechmedical.com
Still growing, just controlled growth. We would rather take care of what sm
we have and make sure that it is smooth than take on too much at once and have the problems that so many companies run into that bite off more than they can chew.

Tip: This is not the only place to advertise for openings. We have ads in other places right now and have openings for multispecialty clinics, orthopaedics, radiology and just had contracts signed for a new acute care account that will need staffing.
India has one of the largest growing economies in
Company has been steadily growing, great bennies,...

I've never had a late paycheck.  Pay is very competetive, PTO, holiday pay etc. I believe there is more than one platform on which to transcribe - depending upon the account.  I work on the main platform - not glitchy for me.  No problems reaching my line count.  I'm quite content there, no plans on leaving.

For every single company out there, you'll find happy employees and not happy ex-employees. Deciding on an employer is a hard decision to make.  Good luck with your choice, no matter what it ends up being. 

lol They are the 2 biggest MT companies in the world and growing every year.
or they are growing. What a terrible blanket statement. This is so confusing now. sm
I hear good things about a company and the exact opposite from someone else. Then stay away from another, and a friend of my gets the position and has been there for 4 years. I missed out by listening to others on that one but listened on others about how good they were and now have had 8 jobs in 3-1/2 years. I AM NOT A JOB-HOBBER. I just want to work and be left alone except to get paid.
Phew!!! Glad I didn't have to spell that growing up. LOL
MW has it's own training in facility in India, so offshoring is growing with them. nm
MW India
Small but growing company, great to work for
Really sharp owner, great QA.
I notice that Transtech is continually hiring. Are they growing that fast or are they
overhiring?  Should I be concerned by this or apply?  How are they to work for?  Any input is greatly appreciated.
It depends how fast they are growing. I worked for a company in New York that sm
had 5 new accounts start, 1 a month for 5 months, that were all very large and needed 20+ MTs. They are now a larger company and do not constantly need new MTs, but I think it is unfair to judge a company by how many people it is hiring. I think it would be interested to find out how many are new positions and how many are due to MTs leaving and why they left.
NO! Global Transcription in St. Louis is a small company that is slowing growing.
I worked for them previously. Very good, growing co., wonderful MTSO, average pay but lots of work.
because i'm tired of you or whoever
Nonsense about MQ going under.  Vague statements like "watch out" or "be scared, changes on the way" and nothing to back it up.  I work for this company and so do about 9,999 people, you are playing with our minds here.  I have sifted through everyone one of these postings worried i'm going to lose my job.  Sorry if it was not you, but someone is doing it.
Tired? Where are you getting the
variables of 8, 16, or 24 hour work weeks? I've read everything and see nothing about that.

I'm currently an SE (having just switched from FTE several months ago!), tier 3, and capped at the line rate, but see NOTHING about part time having to work in 8, 16, or 24 hours. Perhaps my eyes are worse than I thought!
Tired of it too...
Work myself to death and can't get line requirement.  Was told they paid for headers and footers, but apparently not..Made up to $18/hr in private sector and if I get close to $10, it's a REALLY good day. 
sorry I'm tired, not your, you are.
Sorry, I am tired
and did not read your post that well. Here is a link to help you convert from DocQScribe expansions to Shorthand:


It may take a little tweaking to get it right, but it sure beats starting over.

Tired Too...
There is too much unpaid time, period, in this industry. There is a significant amount of time worked that isn't paid. We don't get paid by time, we get paid by moving fingers. I recently had a situation where I was having a new application installed. It was installed wrong and I fought the thing all day trying to figure out the problem. Finally, someone sees one little box not checked. I miss an entire day of pay, but the person who screwed up my install gets paid. Now there is something very wrong with this picture. I'm personally working on changing it, but it is a long road to hoe. Our pay structure is a little confusing to the average attorney.
I so agree with you. I would never, and I do mean NEVER, advise anybody to choose this line of work. It has been good to me in the 80s and first half of the 90s, and it has been all downhill from there.....
okay, i am tired, but....come on
Okay, I think I saw one typo....big deal. Here is someone offering their time and probably blood, sweat and tears for FREE, and we have to point out their mistakes. Hey, SM email me and if I get the job I am trying for, I would look into if you could type some, and I proofread for you and you don't have to work for free... you work for half of what I get and I will be getting I hope 11 cpl, so I will pay you 5.5 cpl. How does that sound?
To old and tired
I am with you. Since the late sixties I have made a lot of money MTing (until the 90s). Today I would absolutely NOT advise anyone to become an MT for any reason. Since I have three years until retirement, I will stick with it, but I now make exactly half what I made in 1997.

I am incredibly happy at MDI-MD. They are kind, honest, the work is plentiful and I have never been happier.
No need to Google, here you go:

I'm with tired

I've been an MT for about 18 years now and when I get my periodic social security statements and when I look at my earnings record I could just cry!  My income went up steadily for the first 4 years or so and since then it has gone consistently down!  I now make about 1/4 of what I made at my highest point and I work just as much, if not more.  I am so sick and tired of this crap!  I know many long-time MT's and don't know of any who is doing better than they had 10 years ago or who is happy with their companies, or hasn't worked for so many national companies that they have lost count.  These companies benefit from our experience while we have to deal with their crappy platforms, bogus line counts and QA people who think they are the queens of medical transcription, each one with their own set of rules and very little MT experience.  If I have a blank, then I might need your help; otherwise, don't tell me where the hell to put a comma and don't add words to dictation that I know is not there or take out words that I know were there, especially when I have no way of relistening (although for the umpteenth time) to the dictation - Got to find something wrong with the dictation, that justifies the need for your QA position, and then when the company wants to change that big 8 cents per line they promised me to 7 cents a line to up their profit, they then can lower my QA score.

The new thing now is to pay you about 2.5 cents per line for templets!!  What a bunch of crap!  That templet wouldn't be there if I didn't put it there and more than half the time the templets need to be altered, either because the dictator wants it changed or because it was screwed up in the first place.

I'm sorry, but all you Happy, Happy MT's that say you work for national companies sound a little too much like job recruiters for these companies.

Being a good medical Transcriptionist is NOT an easy job.  We pretty much have to know about as much as a doctor does in any given specialty without actually going to medical school.  We have to keep up to date on any new instruments, drugs, etc., in every specialty and God forbid we put a comma where AAMT says it should not be today or type in or on when the QA person says the dictator did not state this.  All this and my 19-year-old daughter makes way more than I do!  Now that I think about it, so does everyone working at McDonald's!  Sad thing is that I have sat on my butt typing for so many hours for so many years that I don't think I could stand on my feet for 8 hours a day and I am way too young to retire.

Good luck to you that stay behind, I'm out of here!  Now this post will either be deleted or all the Happy MT's will attack!  At this point, I've typed way too much without getting paid for it anyway, so have fun, it's all yours!