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I don't agree -- some of the smaller great sm

Posted By: LTMT on 2007-02-03
In Reply to: Apply directly to companies. Call them. sm - not the way

companies find you from your resume.  I recently had an offer and accepted a postion with a very small MTSO who saw my resume.  If she posted an ad, she'd probably be inundated with tons of resumes, if you can believe what everyone says here on the boards about the amount of responses.  Instead, she looks at the qualifications and contacts those who meet her requirements.   I suppose if you are currently in a position and afraid to have your employer know you are looking, it could be a sticky situation, but ...... use a different email addy and/or a different ID of some type until you find out.  

Bottom line ..... I never say never :-)   I feel very fortunate to have fallen into the situation I am in -- a great small MTSO with great accounts,  who cares about helping you achieve whatever you want to achieve. 


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I agree -- great post.

I started in a clinic but quickly moved to a large teaching hospital, and the mentorship and listening parties was very valuable.  Another thing that works that I particularly like is to walk away, go have a cookie, then come back.  Sometimes then you can hear what the doc is saying!  At least as bad as ESL are the docs who have a 15-minute report but by the time they're done uhh-ing and ahh-ing and emm-ing through the report you have about 40 lines. 

I have to agree -- great post. Plus, when you take the job, sm

you are told upfront what the benefits are and what the requirements are, so if they are not to your liking, why take the position?   I am quite happy here at TT, and am thrilled at the news about the 401k.  Of course, I've been doing transcription for over 30 years now, so I guess that puts me in the age bracket where thinking about retirement is a little bit higher on my list than maybe someone 20-something, although I wish I had been smart when I was 20 and started putting away.  Oh well .......

Again, great post ... thanks for sharing. 

great post...and I agree...
Agree - Everyone I have had contact with is great (sm)
very friendly and informative. However, I don't need to know everything they are doing, just that they provide me work, pay me and then an added bonus, I get benefits. My name is not on the company letterhead, I/we are simply parts of the whole process.

I ran out of work a couple of times, and a couple of times I have been unable to work due to construction issues going on at my home. Not their fault and they certainly didn't chastise me over it.

I am more than glad to bend and flex with the company just as they seem to do with us.

I hope they don't allow people to speak out at the meeting today. A few disgruntled ones will monopolize all the time and won't allow the company designated speakers to keep us apprised of any upcoming news or changes they might want to share.

Like I said, I am relatively new, but so far very very happy and would suggest to those who are so very disgruntled that they go out and there try MQ or some of these other companies on for size. It will certainly make you appreciate what you have.

That's a great suggestion, and I agree.
I have been in this a long time, but I would be interested in training for ultrasound tech... I wonder how much that would bring in salary? Does anyone know? We can always transcribe on the side for extra money... even with VR the extra money would be pocket money which is always welcome. If I were younger, I would go into nursing, just can't now... Thanks for your great and positive idea... I hope that other people can add to this.
I used Emdat for 9 months and do not agree that it is that great.

It is great for the company and the doctor.  Generally the doctors are not expected to supply the information or even use their designated recorder which causes the Transcriptionist to change and fix the demographics.  The spell checker is the worst and I ALWAYS copied my finished document into MS Word to check for errors.  You CANNOT copy back into Emdat from Word. 

It is slow and boggy.  The F1 function is way over rated.  There are good points if the doctor actually does his part at his end.  Just my opinion.......

I have to agree -- truly a great place to work. sm

There is always a learning curve anywhere, of course, but wiithin just a short time, my production was the same with TT as anywhere else.  The benefits are pretty good, insurance affordable, and as an added bonus, the people there truly care about their employees.   After 30+ years of transcribing, I feel like I finally found my home.

I agree, it's a great company! I have worked
at many places, but Transcend is the best. No company is perfect, but I have been very happy here.
The same here! I agree. They are a great company but the lack of work drove me away.

I agree. The TTer's should have own board. Tired of reading about TT, about how great they are, e
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the moment I heard she had sold to MQ .. ugh. 
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There are a lot of smaller companies out there

That have managed to stay in business for a while because they don't get greedy.  They're also the ones who don't really need to advertise because the people they hire usually stay with them for a long time and there isn't a high turnover.  I left Transcend for a company that doesn't normally advertise for employees and has been in business for years.  They don't supply equipment and don't have a huge tech support team, but all that overhead saving is passed onto the MTs instead of the lion's share going in the owner/CEO/shareholder's pockets.  They also see the larger companies investing in VR, but they're just biding the time because they know that sooner or later companies are going to see that VR will go the route of offshore outsourcing.  It's not the major wave of the future as some may think because there will ALWAYS be clients that prefer quality over quantity and are willing to pay for it.  VR just does not offer the quality that a human can and the way editing is geared towards producing as much as you can to make enough to compensate for the wage cut, the mistakes will abound. 

The easiest way to find the companies like this is to post your resume. You don't have to post your name. The companies that pay to see your resume are the only ones that will see it.  Let them contact you instead of going for the companies that advertise consistently and are offering big bucks to get you in the door.  Usually there is a reason for consistent advertising for employees or offering the bucks to hook you in, and it isn't always because of getting new clients. There ARE still companies out there that will pay for quality instead of quantity and will reward loyalty and experience.  Some companies actually DO "get it" and realize that keeping the MTs happy keeps the business running smoothly.  The company still makes a profit and has less problems. The problems arise when the companies get bigger, want more, and offer less.

Some smaller companies might. (sm)
Check locally.
HELP!! Looking for a smaller MT compay!

I am looking to work for a smaller MT company.  The kind of company where you transcribe the same dr. every day!  That sounds so great to me!!  Anybody know of any???? If you do work or have worked for a company like this, please tell me likes/dislikes.

Thank you so much!

I wonder if you could try a smaller MTSO? sm
Maybe a smaller company would like the option if you are interested especially in case of emergency and p.r.n. for summer vacations, etc.  I think you definitely have something here with what you're asking.  I'm just not so convinced a national would be receptive, but who knows?
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Smaller companies
have a tendancy to have this problem because some of them tie payment to contractors to payment by their client. This is OK IF it's discussed up front and agreed to by all parties.

Frankly, any company that can't cover $200 payment has no business hiring people of any status (employee/IC).

These companies don't seem to realize, or care? just how critical it is to be paid on time, consistently.

How about going for the smaller ones that don't test at all but pay well :) sm
They are there. You just have to look!
There are many. Try smaller MTSOs. (nm)

What about starting a little smaller, like the op-ed
The larger a paper you can get your piece accepted by, the better the chance that one of the TV shows might pick it up. Remember, it's not just about MT... our problem is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to America selling itself and it's workers to the lowest bidder. Telling the nation about MTSO lies, scams, bait-and-switch hiring tactics, and sweatshop working conditions would be a very good way for the media to illustrate the SYMPTOMS of a much larger and more pervasive problem.
10.75 cpl National; 11 cpl smaller MTSO. 25 yrs exp. nm
I have a question.. are smaller transcription

I've just been wondering this because I made the switch last fall from a national to a smaller place, kept a 99-100% accuracy with a national, but never feel good enough for the small one.




What does one consider a smaller company, 100 MTs, 150 or a lot less? Just curious so I know where
to look.
Smaller company? Not me! Heartland was a
shocker to me!! No thanks! Smaller to me means easier to put on idle status - or lay off!
Is Keystrokes smaller than TransTech?
Do they have more MT's than Transtech out of Houston?
You may have to search smaller companies
and look for a few IC jobs.  Smaller companies have doctor office transcription and also will assign 2-3 docs.  It seems to me that the larger nationals are the ones requiring you do acute care first and foremost, but these are the companies with the larger hospital accounts.  Keep checking the job seeker's board for smaller companies. 
And with so many smaller MTSOs selling out
to larger MTSOs with no warning, it certainly justifies our being suspicious and expecting the worse possible outcome.

I don't know about D...her silence during this entire month-long famine has made me second-guess my opinion of many of those at MDI-MD whom I previously thought very highly of. While selling MDI-MD wouldn't make her dishonest per se, at this point it feels like she is selling out her dedicated MTs.

I was completely exasperated with her email this morning which made no mention of any of our concerns and instead acted like it was regular Happy MDI Wednesday.

The lack of acknowledgement that there is a problem on more than one account just flabbergasts me.

Another nat'l (smaller sized) just announced they
are going to voice recognition very soon.  Pay now 3-4 CPL.  I quit MQ for this.  I could cry.
Sounds like one of the smaller, new services out there...hmmm...nm
The larger companies are squeezing out the smaller ones, so they
probably do have 3 new hospitals starting. I have been letting my accounts fade out naturally, not renewing them when contracts come due, not replacing people that quit, etc. I am down to 3 of us, and will be looking to work for a national soon. No more headaches, no more worries about keeping hospitals happy, no more worrying about the financial well-being of my employees. I am done kaput. Finished as an MTSO.

Who do you think will still be around? I am looking at Medware, Execuscribe, Keystrokes, SilentType, Cymed and MDI-MD. Any others? Do you think these will be around and survive? I lost two accounts to Keystrokes and one to Silent Type. Neither was cheaper but the hospitals all felt they were bigger so better. What's up with that?
Look at smaller MTSOs that want to send you files
in Word.  You'll need to go MOM AND POP shop because it seems all of the larger companies have what you don't want, which is what I don't want and totally despise.  All of these junk-u-scribe platforms seem to benefit the company and not the MT. 
The smaller companies just can't afford the health
Exactly, but everyone blames MQ - its the smaller MTSOs who are "jiving" us all. Poor little
companies that can't compete with MQ - yeah, right!
Can I make the font smaller on this board? Some text is being cut off because it's too big on
Are TransHealth or Medware considered big nationals or smaller
companies?  I'm having trouble sifting through some of these companies and trying to find the smaller ones. Thanks. 
You mentioned smaller companies, but MQ is the largest, so do you think thousands will be let go?
If you want big, move to Philly (3.6 mil); or on a smaller scale, the surrounding suburbs where
you can live as if in the country, but only be minutes away from all the action. Philly really does have it all.
send resumes to the smaller companies, try your state first, and then branch out. sm
they are out there. If you can put your money where your mouth is and prove your skills, these small to mid size companies will grab you. I work for a mid-sized MTSO in my state. They absolutely do not outsource overseas, do not mess with VR, and I make .10 at minimum, more depending on the specialty I get. I bounce around between 5 specialties, but have become familiar enough with each specialty to make a good line count. Sorry, I'd rather not share who I work for. The company does not even advertise. You will find many of these companies do not advertise because very seldom are they in need of MTs, as most of their MTs stay with them for years.
There's a smaller service called Global Transcription in Texas. Had
Great company, great boss, great account!!!nm
Can anyone provide a name of a good smaller company to work for that offers decent benefits..
I want to get away from the "nationals". I know there are smaller transcription companies out there looking for a good MT.. Hopefully someone will have some good advice for me.
Base rates with National incluidng shift differential. Smaller - base rate 11 cpl. nm
System great, pay good, everything great, but most managers from old Edix, problems, poor people ski
when you are out of work, you are out of luck. If you are good at brown-nosing, are tough enough to be without any self-esteem, and have maybe money coming into the household on the side in case you tick someone off, then you may succeed, for a little while.

Don't ever ask questions or have problems with anything. Don't ever have a problem. Don't think you will have any control over anything you do, either.

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