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I think you are both saying the same thing. Why beat each other up? nm

Posted By: Lurker on 2005-12-27
In Reply to: A lot of people here are thinking I am - unhappy about where I work which is another


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Not to beat the break thing

to death, but I just read the responses to my question about the lunch/breaks and think I might have been misunderstood.

It is line-based pay (not hourly).  I don't expect to be paid for lunch (that is voided out like other jobs).  We work the extra time to have the lunch so doesn't affect our line count

It just seems like if workers are legally supposed to have 2, 15-minute breaks during an 8 hour shift but line count is based on 8 hours, then it's sort of like we really don't get the breaks (like if in an hourly-wage job, people got pay deducted if they took their breaks).

Am I making any more sense wording it this way?

I would not go so far as to say they cannot be beat. sm
There are several services out there offering 10 cents a line AND they pay full benefits, PTO, 401K, holiday pay etc, AND they have direct deposit, which FN has for only a very select few.  Who wants to pay $25.00 a pay day to have your check overnighted?  Not me.  Otherwise, you wait for the mail which could take over a week to get to you.  Not very technologically advanced in my opinion. Plus, the ESLs really are the worst ever.  I am glad I left and got a REAL job with REAL benefits. 
Beat you both....
I am 66 years old and still working full time at home. Worked as a legal Transcriptionist for over 30 years, but had always been interested in medical, so I took a course, and been working ever since. Just wish they had telecommuting many years ago!
Don't beat yourself up
I have a 5-year-old who is prone to ever respiratory illness known to man it seems, which terrifies me after him being born with CDH and one lung not fully functioning. Anyway, even at this age, he knows my work is important but that I'm here for him if he needs me. I actually have my office set up with a small sofa in it. If he's sick, he lays in here with me where I can keep an eye on him. I don't believe your child will be traumatized with you having to work while he's sick. Just the sight of mommy makes things seem better, and at least he has that. :)
Oh I can beat that one...
How bout they email to say there's no work...then close with, Take this slow time to get some Christmas shopping done or to do something nice for yourself! Excuse me, if I aint making cha-ching...I aint Christmas shopping and I certainly aint gonna waste money on a massage or a manicure...Puhleeze!!!
do not beat yourself up

I took the test for the WMX and did pass (they would not accept the schedule I needed).  I do believe that I left a blank on one of the reports, could not hear what was said and I belive I left blank lines for any MD name listed. 

It might have been something else, like maybe you did not hyphenate (5-cm incision), or maybe it was a wrong medical word. 

No one ever tells you what you did wrong.  Maybe you could e-mail them back and find out what it was.  Just tell them you would like to learn from your mistakes so that you could re-apply in the future.

You beat me to the punch. - nm
Wow. That's really beat. There's a butt for
Sounded like a backstabbing, dirty trick to play.  But if you had known (and the NEXT time they ask you for a list of worst dictators) you will know what to do...thanks for the tip for the rest of us:  Just do a turnabout and give them a list of your BEST one...they'll send the worst to India!!! Kind of like switching drinks with someone who's spiking your drink when they're not looking (LOL)
I agree with everyone. If this is an example of how they treat you in the beginning, just think of what it will be like after a few months!
IMO, TT is hard to beat
Nice people, including the nicest QA people I've ever encountered, low-key, let the MTs do their work without micromanagement, great communication, and a really generous bonus plan.

The account I'm on is on Escription but they have other platforms, too. I love my account and actually look forward to working every day.

I haven't been there very long, but I just can't say anything negative at all.

TT pretty much is the best I've worked for.
You are right. It is hard to beat the experience of having someone sm

right there to listen for you.  I worked in a department where there were ladies with 20+ years of experience.  It was amazing to me that they could listen once and knew what it was.  Unfortunately, not many places offer inhouse training programs anymore, and even when offered, it seems that most people want to start working at home immediately.  I have tried to mentor people by having them call me and play the dictation over the phone, but it is still not the same.

Nice to meet a fellow TTer 


New accts. Can I beat myself with a stick now? A-G-G-H
Oh yeah...I can beat that one...How about the IT guy who tells who...
that the company has massively overhired on the account that you were just hired for. Hmm...could that be the reason why I have no money to buy my kids any Christmas gifts this year???!!! 9 months to go and I will never go near this transcription bullcrap ever again!!! This is my last Christmas ever again that I can't buy my kids any Christmas gifts!!!
I got that beat - three days to figure out it wasn't for me (sm)
Spent more time flipping through paperwork trying to figure out spellings for carbon copies.  (CC to everybody! referring doc, primary doc, all docs on speciality team).  Spent more time arrowing up and down the prefilled headings looking for the one the doc was dictating.  Had to delete headings not used by dictator (but prefilled on form).  WASTE of my time.  Hopefully they've fixed all this mess.
I have worked at MQ before and I would say that HIS has them beat when it comes to playing dirty!!
Trying to beat the mass exodus. May be hard to
Not a chance in the world. Why would I let the company get beat up again sm
when it has been quiet for the past few weeks?
I be wlling to bett you my $200,000+ house here in Georgia will beat
anything like that in California. I watch HGTV and cannot believe what kind of crappy looking homes you get there for a price that is so over the top. I have a stand alone 4 bedroom, 4 bath, stucco house with over 600 square feet great room and a huge fireplace. I was in Sacremento about 2 years ago and what gives with the homes connecting onto 1 another? That was really strange for me. We live in Georgia also and with his salary and mine we have gone to the $90,000 salary per year. I would take my home here any ole day than what is offered there for 4 or 5 times the price of mine.
I think I beat the dictators on that made-up term -- deductionable ! Oops ! nm
I'd do it in a heartbeat. You'll never beat a hospital's benefits or job security.

I like the idea of going to my job every day, doing it well, and being done with it. You are not penalized pay-wise if you dont happen to meet your line count and the incentives are nice. I'd say jump from that sinking ship and jump aboard job security.

If you timed in for WEbinar let them know so they can take it off time card. Doesn't that beat a
Debate is one thing, and posting is one thing,
but this is getting absurd. I think it must be the same person, otherwise multiples who cannot stay on topic?? Why can't you STICK with the subject? The subject of my post was NOT what your cent per line rate was or is - I could care less- and not how much money you made last year, this year, or in your life, but how silly the comment was that your cents per line rate means NOTHING, that its up to you - some fluff like that. That is just so silly. Again, working for the same company, same account, is one going to make more money being paid more per line? OF course! This is so frustrating and really makes me so tired of reading this garbage let alone posting. Its like a nightmare. And also makes me completely believe that the original company must pay peanuts.
good thing it is a temporary thing sm
because people with your attitude don't stay in anything very long anyway. Nobody has to listen to that crap to keep their job.

You don't know me either. you can say old fart all you want (when did 53 get to be old fart....too funny) but at least I am a valuable employee who can get a decent job!
Well for one thing, it would not be a professional thing
to do for any MTSO to have a board to do this as part of being an MTSO involves the ability to identify and hold on to confidential information. Even if a person is a job hopper (which in this business rather than go against you can make you a stronger better MT if you can do just about anything thrown at you), if a person is looking for a job, a company needs to have the MT's permission to contact their current employer. Where one has worked or has not worked is something that is very unprofessional being discussed on a board by MTSOs.

Being a business owner of any kind comes with it possessing what it takes to maintain ethical practices.

MDI-FL is not the same as it use to be. They say one thing sm
and do another. MDI-FL has their pets and it is so evident. 
One more thing

Do you know anything about Medical Transcription Services out of Texas. They hire graduates of Andrews and other schools.  Thank you.



Oh-one more thing...

You never said how many lines you type an hour-- over 350 to 400 typing and 600 editing??

DIDN'T THINK SO--you don't know what you are talking about in regards to the problems a lot of us are having because it is probably better for you.  Even the Transcend CEO said it would be better for the SLOWER MTs.  I guess you are one of those I take it.  If you EVER get your line count up and then have it snatched away, then maybe you will understand what we are talking about, but right now you are clueless sweetie!!!....LOL

That's the thing and
I've been watching this board for a few months now and whenever anyone has a good position as the the poster above states, they never post their real name or where they work. Hmmmm.
OSI did the same thing to me ....
It took them 2 months after I got an acceptance letter. Nobody knew what anyone else was doing and they would never call me back or answer my E-mails or anything, so I went elsewhere and boy am I glad I did
Another thing...

I find it particularly pathetic that someone at Transcend is so willing to put my name out there, yet doesnt post their name.  I am sure that you are one to get on here and complain and whine about how you hate Transcend and are so unhappy and trash the place while hiding in secrecy.  Why not post your complaints on the forum?  To afraid?  It really burns me that someone could drag me into this thread while being a coward and not post their own name. 

She had one thing that the other
management knew nothing about....RESPECT for the MTs!

And the sad thing about this...sm
they have some great accounts, great dictators...but they are pitiful to work for. Happened to me 3 times. When I told them their check was no good...her response was....funds will be available in 3 days. yeah right!!! I was stupid to stay on that long to receive 3 BAD checks.

Know what will happen, one day some of those MTs will get pissed off and they MAY just lose some of those good accounts they have...and that 8% allowance for spaces..yeah right, who does Deb Garrison think she is fooling? Does she really think all MTs can't "figure" that this is so wrong!!!!

She and her husband are a piece of WORK...
Here is the thing. (sm)
Those who fail a test for employment at other nationals can be hired by OSi. So, how does that make you feel? OSi does not require a decent score to be hired....they are desperate!!!

I would not feel too superior working for OSi...I would be embarrassed!
They are doing the same thing at MDI-FL.
Overhire and no work for current employees.  
Only thing I know is... sm
I've seen the recruiters name listed for at least 4 companies in the last couple years and have been misled to two companies she recruited for, I would be wary of any promises she makes.  Just my observation of the job boards, won't work anywhere she recruits for.
And another thing (sm)

We all will make this profession or what used to be a profession what it is today.

We are selling a service.  If I hired an attorney, I would not ask him for a psychological test or a credit report.  I wouldn't ask a contractor that was doing some work in the backyard for a credit report.

When companies ask me for too much for too little, I blow them off.  They are already taking a lot of your pay.  For them to want you to be an IC, you pay for your own equipment and internet service, you give them an hourly schedule when you are supposed to be an IC, they want 3 references, etc., and now they want a psycological test?  Ask a contract attorney or contractor for that, they'd probably hang up the phone in your ear.

Yes, I want to hire you as my attorney, but I want to see a credit report, want to know exactly what hours you will be working and you will need to take a psychological test.  All this and I will pay you $10.00 an hour.

I think it is nonsense and they are not treating us like professionals and with the respect that we deserve.  And with that, good luck ladies and gents! 

Same Thing For Me

The same thing happened to me.  Got a call yesterday stating that I started the testing, but never finished and they would like me to work with them.  The reason I didn't finish it is that I got a pop-up screen that said I didn't have enough experience, but the caller yesterday said they stress the 2-year experience heavily and I don't have 2 years yet.

even my mgr says there is really no such thing
as straight 'verbatim'. We have to use a little common sense, and esp with obvious errors of dictation, we put what is right, ie, the he/she thing.

I work a verbatim as my primary account, and at times would LOVE to put it character-per-character verbatim, but it'd never fly and at least my mgmt understands that (at MQ)...
Here's the thing.
I came to this board in a sincere search for info about companies. When I saw all the OSi bashing and name-calling and the tendency to berate anybody that might disagree, my immediate impression was that this was just a disgruntled employee taking his/her bad feelings out on an ex-employer. If anything, it made OSI look more appealing to me. I was relieved when the adm. finally took measures to get some proof because when facts are presented in an irrational, angry way, they're really questionable. Presentation is everything. If you want to express your opinion, why not do it in such a way that you're believable and don't come across as an unreliable source. What's so difficult about that? People want your honest opinions, but aren't looking to be insulted or read your personal vendettas. And now that I'm comfortably with a co. again, I won't be coming back to this board. It's been a very negative experience for the most part.
One more thing to add...
Remember, we don't have time to give kudos for every good report you do too - most of us (I know at my company we do) we have an extremely high production level to meet every day, which I don't agree with because it makes it difficult for us to give much feedback and we only have time to say if someone is doing something wrong, etc. We don't have time to say on every report for someone who is training -great job on this one, good job on that one - it's just not the way it is.
One thing I can say for sure is that
medical transcription keeps recruiters busy.  One recruiter pays $1200 rent in Florida, not to mention other expenses.  She told me this herself.  Sounds like recruiting is big business more than MTs.  Another recruiter whose last name rhymes with day probably makes as much or more.  Her name is continually on this board.  Thanks for the freedom to post on this board.
One last thing.
You are just annoying people on this board who have a rapport with me. Maybe you are just annoying people on this board who have a rapport with MQ'er. I agree with her, and I'll thank you not to accuse me and the others of being her. You're the one using foul language and calling people names because you got CALLED OUT for making the mistakes and having a negative attitude, and you don't like it one little bit.
One more thing, lol
I'm going to assume you are talking about the fact that _____'s name is being used. I'm guessing that because she came on the board to defend her position and used her name, that it opened up the door, so to speak, for her name to be used in posts. If my assumption is wrong...well then my previous post still covers it! :)
the thing too is
no job is safe anymore. Sure you can go to school for your bachelors degree, but look how many people who are degreed to the hill with experience are out of work.
The last thing I would want is to be put on a
they have just hired too many MTs, period.  I have worked for MDI for several years and working whenever you wanted was never a problem before that I knew of.  But I think now there are just too many people competing for the work.  Every time there are a few reports everyone jumps on and grabs them, we run out again, and we all have to keep checking back in looking for more work.  There is just not enough work to go around and that's the whole problem.  It took me 10 hours yesterday to get 1000 lines.  My goal had been 2000 lines, but can't get 2000 lines if there's not enough work.
The best thing to do!
Be honest. Better to look up what you don't know, and admit to having to do that than be cocky and guess at it.

There are a lot of things I know off the top of my head, as another poster put it, but it, along with everything else, escapes me when I'm hit with something like that.

Look at it this way: Actors memorize their lines and could probably recite them in their sleep, but if they get stage fright, it all goes out the window. Same thing.
That's the same thing I did...
We moved to another town and I went from in-house back into the hospital world.  To make a long story short ----- I'm back working at home after almost 2 years.  We had a MT manager that made Hitler look like a sissy.  What an ego!  You can take that favoritism, cherry pickin', loudspeaker, etc. and keep it.  At least now, I'll just keep movin' from company to company until I find a match.  There are plenty of them out there......unlike a town with 2 hospitals.  Good Luck!
PJ ... one more thing....
I actually am leaving my email address in this post.  I forgot to put it in on the last one - sorry for all the bother!!
See...the thing is...
on this site for every company that is recommended by someone as being a great company to work for, someone else will come along and say that very same company is a terrible place to work. It really is best to reasearch the companies on your own by going to their websites and asking the companies directly. You can ask on here...you just have to try and weed through all the muck to get to the truth. The company I work for I great, but I don't talk about it on here because I don't want to have to see all the untruths come about from other posters. A good website that lists pretty much every MT company is:

one more thing
I guess what is really upsetting is that a lot of us came on here defending our company stating that this would never happen while others were accusing us of sticking our head in the sand, and then come to find out it was true, no fun looking like an idiot, a little heads up would have been nice along with an explanation of why the offshoring had to be done because of the slackers. That's all.