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I think it depends on the company and what position you hold. sm

Posted By: MT2 on 2005-10-30
In Reply to: Conflict of interest working for 2 nationals - kks

If you are a Team Lead or manager, I think it would be a conflict of interest. If you are an IC, you should have more than one place that you do work for to be considered as an IC, otherwise you are an employee.

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I've easily done 600, but it depends on the way a company counts lines and it depends on the
dictators. Obviously, if you have a good share of ESL, there is no way you could ever do 600 or 700. On really difficult ones, I usually run around 400 lines an hour and I have been working on this platform for 3 years.
I dont know this company but I would absolutely hold into a job I had until I was sure these
companies arent playing games.  I dont trust any of them anymore.  
Why not hold the company accountable for their apparent lack
of cash flow. If they can't pay, then they should tell their MTs and give them a chance to bail
Ask insider if her company is in position to take on MTs from other company who are familiar
To OP: Are you? Are you this company? Because if you are, you just offered me a position.
I'd like to know if it's you before I decide whether to accept or decline.
I accepted a position with a company last week. sm

How long does it take usually for a company to get you into training and typing after just being hired?  A week from your acceptance? Two weeks?   I'm waiting for equipment to arrive now. 


I accepted a position with a company last week
I was able to set up an appointment to start training after my software and equipment arrived also.  It was approximately 2 weeks after being hired on.  Don't get to worried.  They still have to run business as usual and it takes time getting training schedules and software set up.  I am so thankful that I switched from MQ .  I have been with my new company for 6 months now and wondering why the heck I didn't leave earlier.  Good luck. 
Looking for a PT MT position, for company that provides equipment, and allows satellite....
Are there any such companies out there?
I just declined a position with a wonderful company due to
How many of you work for a company with a Tues thru Sat or Sun through Thur schedule? How can you possibly due this every weekend? I would have no problem working a rotating weekend schedule every 3 to 4 weeks, but EVERY weekend when I have kids and family time is important? Please explain this to me, as I just cannot see how it is possible. Thanks!
depends on company but...

would guess most have a number of lines that they call full time and another number they call part time. Probably lines more than minutes.

Do you have the flexibility to fit them in whatever hours you wish? Depends. Usually as an employee you would work whatever shift they told you, i.e. S-Th 7-3. IC's are not supposed to be scheduled though I would not be surprised to find some companies fudging on that. After all, what are you going to do, quit or report them? Most of the criteria to determine IC vs. emp. come from the IRS. They are the ones that it matters most if you are IC or employee. You can search on some government sites to find tax publications regarding this issue.

It depends on what company you
they overhire, sometimes send to India, depending on your company.
Depends on the company. Did they tell you that you would be doing ER?

Some places treat ER as acute care, not clinic, but it is really up to the individual company.  Best to ask your supervisor if you were not told anything when you were hired. 

Really depends on the company.
I think it depends on the company...sm
I have worked for a company as an IC under a 24-hour TAT, which was still a little stressful. I love the company I work for now because I can work whenever I want without the stress and still get a good line count in. I would never go back to employee status, which I've done in the past, as well. Way too restrictive and so much stress. No thanks! Finally, after 10 years of doing this, I am happy.
Depends on the company
I had that job at a northeastern-based company and it was awful!  It was trying to deal with account managers fighting each other and me. I was told to go in and monitor the accounts and get work assigned, etc., and then would hear from the account manager never to touch the account.  It takes a LOT of experience and a lot of responsibility.  If you take this job, don't do it for less than 16-17 an hour.
Depends on the company but overall
Your line counts very much depend on the company with ExText. I worked with one company and was easily able to get 400+ lines an hour..easy account, easy dictators, etc, but then I worked for another company and was on an even easier account and struggled to make 200 lines. With the average pay per line for VR editing running at around .04, that's just not gonna cut it.
Depends on the company.
I have 2 IC contracts and neither of them require me to have a certain number of hours or lines. I work when and how often I want. A lot of companies require a certain line count per week. and then there are other companies that treat their ICs like employees and require a set schedule. I personally love being an IC and having complete flexibility over my schedule as I have a little one at home and can't always work at the same time each day.
I think it depends on company.
I know mine does pay for spaces.  I get good lines on Escript averaging higher than my straight transcription and higher than with my previous platform (ancient word perfect).  I've heard complaints of low averages but I don't understand how this is. 
Depends on company. Some just the
lines over base, some pay for all lines if over base.
That depends on the company
. Normally a lead is the main MT on the account who supervises the other MTs. But structure varies from company to company
It depends on the company/msg
You probably will not make as much as you would MTing, but $800 every 2 weeks sounds low to me.  Probably will not have to type, but again, it depends on the company. 
How is turning you down for a position rude? Are they, or any other company, obligated to give you
No. As a recruiter, I am seeing this more and more. Maybe the hours you were available did not match what they needed. Maybe your equipment or speciality or background did not match. How is it rude not to hire someone? There would be no need for interviews if everyone was just hired because they applied. I did not understand most of this until I started recruiting. The company I work for is spoken well of on this board and then bashed at other times. I see a lot of people that think they are entitled to a position or a shift or a certain account. It is difficult to be on this side.
Like anything, it depends on the company. Some good, some bad. nm
all depends on which company you work for
to define the line they first determine what is and is not a character. Some companies believe that a space is not a character so it is not counted as one. So, once the term character is defined, then every 65 characters would count as 1 line. This is different from a gross line that just counts the lines you see on the page.
I have worked for both. It just depends on the company..sm
the smaller one treated me better, but pay was less, benefits were less, however, more flexible in scheduling and treated more like a person than a number. The bigger companies I have worked for pay better, better benefits, but you are treated like a number, not too much personal chit-chat with other employees or with your supervisor and not as much flexibility in scheduling. Depends on what you are looking for.
not necessarily so - I think it depends on the company and how they set it up(sm)
I worked on a hospital using Cquence and the lines produced on it were paid with spaces (the way my company was paying us.)
But I think it depends on which company you work for.
Depends on the company, but with Axolotl
there is no freedom in the schedule.  If you are scheduled to work 9 to 5, you work 9 to 5.  Can fudge 15 minutes either way without an issue, as long as you are getting your lines. 
Overall it is a good company. Your paycheck, however, depends on the account SM
you have, and your level. I am currently a level 8 with a high number of ESLs. I like Spheris the company though, but dislike my account.
Depends upon how your company counts things, I suppose. sm

I like both platforms.  Bayscribe is easy to use, and the Expander emulates PRD+, which I was used to.  The spellchecker is kind of clumsy -- that could definitely use some tweaking.  The thing I liked the most about Bayscribe was at the end of each report, you saw the line count for that report and how much you made, plus a total of lines for all reports and the total number of lines you had made for the day.

I am currently using ExText, and it is also easy to use.  I have to go to ichart to view my line count, though, and you cannot get it on a report-to-report basis.   The CTRL+I feature is useless to me since my employer does not count headers or footers.  I quit using it because I hated to see what a big difference there was at the end of the day.  I could do 300 lines per hour on Bayscribe.  With the current setup, maybe 250.  I can do 300 if I just sit and type as fast as I can with no breaks, but that cannot last for 8 hours solid.

Either platform is okay.  I still kinda miss WP51 -- think DOS-based programs were faster -- but you can't hold on to a dinosaur.  And, obviously that is just my opinion.  Hope it helps. 

Paid for spaces depends on the account. Good company. nm
It depends on who is offering it, and what kind of work is available. If you posted the company sm
name, we could give more helpful advice.
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.
depends on work type, experience, spaces, company, area
The DQS is an IC position and the Dictaphone EXtext is an employee position....
both part time...both making 9.5 cents per line...which is better IC or employee?
Thanks :)
I'm hoping too as I accepted position a position also nm
well then, maybe the only way they got a hold
of your name is that maybe you are from New York. Did you used to work for Ubiqus maybe????
lol, hold on now...
love the weather but the cost of living is high so my pay with my job versus your pay with your job might just equal out and weigh even. the good thing, though, is when we have meetings, we do the conference thing from home and use it as downtime.
Anyone ever experienced having a hold put on a check they received from the company they work for?

I just did. The company said the funds have been released but bank still shows hold. I asked for another form of payment as I didn't want to wait for the hold to come off or possibly find the check returned and they actually had the gall to say, no-one else has had this problem. My reply, that's great for them but this is my situation. They also said, we just sent another check. Just what I need. Another worthless piece of paper!

Checks always late anyway so time to start job hunting again.

Why did they hold them out??? Did you
What degree do you hold?
I hold a bachelors in psychology and I wouldn't trade my education for anything. By the way, I've left MT and now have a great career in a completely different field thanks to my bachelor's degree. I'm now working towards my masters.
Hold my hand??? sm
How about returning my calls instead of hiding behind the answering machine!! How about answering one of my dozen emails!! Give it up Lee. You're just making the obvious more obvious.
Don't let that hold you back
I never paid $25 to get my check delivered via UPS, and I got it the following Tuesday.  I believe they're mailed on Friday.  FN is in CA, and I'm in CO.  There are no guarantees on mail service, but I wouldn't let this hold you back.  Are you considering part time or full time?  If you're considering full time, why not become an SE and get the direct deposit?  You only have to do 12,000 lines per pay period as an SE.  May be worth checking into!  Good luck! 
Hold your ground everybody
They should only be able to get newbies or Indians for that rate.  It seems like a lot of companies are hopping on the bandwagon to try to get away with offering lower and lower rates.  I have noticed some companies later on bringing their rates back up a bit though - probably because they can't get any good MTs at that rate - so HOLD YOUR GROUND!!!  I think it's doing some good already.  I also recently read that some doctors and hospitals are requesting that they work be transcribed in the US only - which is good news!
ESP is quite good. You might want to hold
off on spending your money on ShortHand since you don't already have your shortcuts loaded on it. I did buy it because I'm used to having it, but ESP is really good and easy to use. The only thing I'm using Shorthand for is my long normal reports, but it's not really necessary.
You are right not to hold your breath
Sorry, but as much as I'm for the concept of free enterprise our system of cRapitalism breeds corruption and greed. Watch for this industry to be further diluted with regard to quality, benefits, pay, etc.

That 'doesn't' mean good jobs aren't possible, just that ever since the cRapitalists discovered there is $ in transcription, the industry was exploited... and the winners will generally 'not' be the worker bees. The 'new' generation coming into the field will not have the history (memory) of what it was like before, and because these jobs will still be higher-paying than many others, and allow one to work from home, finding 'worker bees' will likely not be too difficult, especially with the advent of VR...

Sorry to be a bummer - hope I'm proven wrong on this.

hold up on that party

you may need it later.


Don't Hold Your Breath
She does have a brand new $60,000 vehicle to pay for first.... Guess where her priorities are?
Medquist does but I would hold off until
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They do expect you to hold to your

scheduled hours unless the work is slow. Then you can flex, but you need to make up your time later. 

One weekend per month is required.