I wish I had paid attention to MT Stars
Posted By: OSI on 2007-09-23
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I read all the complaints about OSi on here and accepted a job with them anyway which was the biggest mistake of my life. Then after I was hired they came up with the weird holiday policy. I will be eligible for the holiday pay because I am past 6 months but since none of those days are on my days off I have to work every single one of them and if we run out of work I won't get paid extra - - - - - but I definitely have my applications in elsewhere so I hope I will be gone in a few weeks. I truly truly hate this company and never look forward to starting my shift. And the posts on MT Stars were right about the Q dept. Everybody says something different and their emails are full of errors including the manager's emails. I don't know how they hire some of those people. This is a big mistake. Don't even think about applying for this company. All the bad things you read on MT Stars are true and I really wish I had paid attention to them. Also I keep getting put off about my hire bonus so that is a bait and switch tactic too. They don't intend to pay it. I can see clearly now and I am P***** that I did not pay attention because I consider myself warned a long time ago.
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Thank you to MT stars
I started with OSi last year then my account coordinator got fired along with a man in technical support. The account has done nothing but flounder since then without a leader. I was fortunately able to find another job thanks to this board. Thank you.
What do the stars mean?
Thank you for posting this list.
Before I go to bed I check MT Stars
Wow. I can really appreciate all of your questions, as I am a transcriptionist.
I am the general manager of MDI and former co-owner of the company.
I am so glad you work for us and honestly, just give me a call tomorrow and I will answer all of your questions.
We are very stable, have been in business since 1972.
Some of our platforms are harder than others, but we do give 40 hours training pay @ $12.00 an hour.
Line counts are usually great. Some are tougher than others, but we try to compensate by paying more.
Dictators - some good, some bad. This is the way it always goes.
WE PAY EVERY TWO WEEKS. We have not missed a payroll since I opened the doors to MDI.
I think our changes are for the better.
We are definitely HERE TO STAY.
Pleae give me a call at the office tomorrow or e-mail me at Liz@medicaldictation.com. I really try not to let my employees down.
Thanks a lot for working for us.
Try searching MT Stars itself
Instead of Google, try the search for this site. Type in the name of the company and it should bring up information about them. I hope this is what you mean.
MT Stars search...
I haven't looked for it the last few days, but about that same time I posted something and got a response stating MTSOs talked to each other and I shouldn't be talking about the company you are leaving No one but the company I was resigning from knew I was leaving my current employee and I had not pubically discussed the name of my current or prospective employer. I had not disclosed my employment status pubically anywhere on any forum, so how did someone know to say that to me?
re: MT Stars post
Thank you for responding to my post. I would love to which account so I can be on guard (or happy) from the beginning. I am a bit of a workaholic, but I don't want anyone to take advantage of that.
Thank you in advance for your help!
MT Stars is a board
The only thing about a private board is we don't have to hog a public board.
We can't discuss it on MT Stars
Saw an old post of yours on MT Stars
and it reminded me of how you always seemed to have some great thoughts on the state of the MT business these days. Are you no longer posting there? If not, it's too bad.
Anyway, I wanted to get your permission to quote one of your posts verbatim for an article I'm writing. If you're interested, I'll let you know the details.
To help with the anonymity barrier, I can tell you that I'm a regular old MT grunt currently working for Keystrokes, but that has nothing to do with my writing.
Search this board and MT Stars
some posts about them not long ago. Don't remember it being good, but then don't remember much any more.
Do I have this right? MT Stars now supports offshoring?
In reading the revised front page, it appears that, even though staunchly against offshoring, MT Stars now promotes advertising of offshoring companies? I just want to be clear on this.
If you Google MT Stars.com on this pg with Axolotl in there
So why not change the policy for the All Stars?
OSI All Stars is a joke if there ever was one. Why not demand the same qualifications in order for them to receive this honor?
I applied with them before checking with MT Stars...
but their offer was so low-ball I declined, after taking their rather rigorous and pain-in-the-neck test. Then I remembered this board and started reading... and thought phew, I dodged THAT bullet!
I have one. I am professional Stars poster.
I think MT Stars is an excellent way to check out - sm
a prospective employer. In most cases, it's the only communication we at-home MTs have with each other. With the ability to read and assess for ourselves the pros and cons of MTSOs discussed honestly and openly here, we have a better chance of finding the right company.
Never heard of stars and apples
I believe there is a threat to lower pay, although I've never had low scores to find out. I have never heard of stars and apples. I've been around over 7 years and QA has always been about numbers.
pg 4, company board, here on stars
At least one person got fired, supposedly.
But I thought MT Stars does not give that info out- how could they get it?
Use the Google search bar towards the top of the MT Stars site
Make sure that -mt stars- has a dot beside it. Type in the company name and do a search.
Tons of stuff in the archives. Use the MT Stars
I'm grateful for MT Stars but wonder if staff or mgmnt
rudeness... it's really what I expect to see on Stars these days.. n/m
Well since MT stars is global you will see Spheris, Medquist, Diskriter, etc. posts sm
so if your going to be unemployed because of offshoring that is to bad. The majority always think of India when it comes to offshore but the Philippines, Australia, Europe, etc. also transcribes.
Why Google web? Compile a Stars company-specific list.
Immediately above the first post about 'Dictation 9 cents' whatever, and next to the 'Post New Message' button is a Search box. Use that one and get what you are looking at - only company specific. Why go outside the source? this is much easier.
Pay attention please .sm
This is my final comment on this subject. From day one I was never contacted by anyone other than your CEO. She responded to my resume. She offered me the job stating there was plenty of work. She called me to tell me how wonderful Keystrokes was and how happy I would be there. She welcomed me aboard. She told me I would be contacted regarding the necessary paper work within the next few days. That was the last I ever heard from KS. She knows that many of us live from paycheck to paycheck. I don't care how busy she is. This is just a blatant inexcusable disregard for a fellow MT.
You need pay attention to what is sm
formulary and nonformulary with medications. Apparently some medications were nonformulary which is why they were $50.00. They cost more to purchase. If you can get another drug in name brand you pay 30.00, if generic it $10.00. Always, always read your insurance packets.
Don't pay attention
to the Keystrokes bashers. The bottom line is, as I've found time and again, that Keystrokes is a great company to work for. Please don't let the nuts on here get to you. You were just telling the truth and have a right to your opinion.
If they cant post why, I would just not pay any attention.
I cant stand it when someone says they suck.
That in itself shows their immaturity.
I dont know about this company myself, but just the comment made makes me feel this person has some issues.
Attention poster: Instead of ...
Instead of writing in ALL CAPS here begging for help, why don't you email the admin directly at Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously, you were not paying attention...
I corrected myself before you could. BUT, you're the type that likes to rub things in another one's face. I REST MY CASE LOL HAHA
Don't pay any attention to that person SM
because he/she has totally missed the entire point of the posts....it's not a matter of discipline or whether they want to do it or not. It's the LAW. They want to have employees under their control and that is fine, but there are some responsibilities that go along with having employees. One of them is collecting and paying the employee's taxes.
This is not an option for them; they have to. There is no reason for you to have to set aside your own tax money. If you wanted to do that, you'd be an IC and not an employee.
Attention: QT followers
You go ahead and stick your heads in the sand and I can guarantee you will be on the board crying because you have no job in 30 days. I can't give names or specific information or it will be removed. Just know that this information is straight from the client.
I don't pay attention to posts like yours
I don't know about others but I find your post highly offensive and if I were searching for employment I certainly would not base my decision on offensive statements like yours.
When I was searching for employment awhile back I had 4 offers for employment, and decided to go with OSI. I'm still with them and very happy with my choice. If for some reason I decide I made the wrong choice you can bet I won't get on here and badmouth them and their present employees because they weren't right for me.
i corrected myself. PAY ATTENTION LOL
ATTENTION ANYONE WHO WAS LET GO FROM JLG THIS WEEK
I understand 5 people were let go from JLG this week, I would like to chat with any of you who are interested, not to turn it into a war stories episode or to badmouth management. I am just curious about some things. We can stay anonymous if you would like. Just post a reply if you are interested in just letting your feelings out with a follow exJLGite. I am just very hurt and would not mind having someone to share my feelings with. We dont have to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves, maybe we can even help each other find new jobs.
pay attention, she says in the post sm
Pay days are the 10th and 26th.
Thank you for bringing that to my attention. DONE! sm
I am writing to request that you support the above bill. I am a medical Transcriptionist in Wyoming. I make an above-average income, which I spend in my community, but my job is at risk because so much of this work is being outsourced, particularly to India. More importantly, the health and privacy of the American public is being put at risk by this practice. First, Indian transcriptionists do their job poorly and inefficiently. The gross errors jeopardize health care. Every error has the potential to injure or poison an American citizen, including many young children for whom accurate diagnoses and medication administration can be a life and death issue. To add insult to injury, Indian transcriptionists are NOT required to honor HIPAA. Once a physician's dictation leaves this country, it is no longer private.
I am a very hard working medical transcriptionist and I am still able to earn a decent living in this industry, but it is certainly not what it used to be. I am paid 9 cents for every 65 Keystrokes I type, whereas an Indian is paid 2 to 3 cents for the same work. This undercutting has hurt this industry and every woman (95% of us are female), many of whom are trying to support families on their own, has been dragged to the poverty line because our wages have not grown with the cost of living. I make 9 cents today and I made 9 cents in 1996, the year my career began.
Please protect the healthcare and privacy of Americans, and help to protect yet another industry from moving to overseas. Support and sign S.810/H.R. 1653.
ATTENTION ALL JOB SEEKERS
Regretfully, we have had an incident where an unscrupulous offshore individual has placed an advertisement for employment, pretending to be an actual US-based company. Apparently, some have applied and even begun to work by this ad with an abrupt cancellation.
The owner of the actual company (US-based) has contacted us and is understandably upset.
We have removed the advertisement and placed a ban on this individual. Please, if you have responded to or are corresponding with anyone related to the ad, we advise you to stop.
The ad was posted on 10/03/08 by Timothy Olyphant and the subject was Seeking Contractors. This what the ad stated:
We are currently seeking contractors for Transcription Project. Audio is downloaded via FTP. Preferably, these contractors would work the morning shift clearing jobs as they come through the server. We are looking for contractors committed to do 5000 lines/day, Tuesday through Saturday. This contractor positions are available immediately. Interested contractors can send in the resumes/contractor profile to email@example.com. Please quote your rate per line.
Please note that this ad is a scam and the email address is not the actual address of the real US-based company.
We encourage you to contact the Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of our Moderators (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any complaints or suspicions you have about advertisements on MTStars' Job Seeker's Board.
If you would pay attention to the program sm
and click on get new dictation the flashlight DOES APPEAR. No one is blocked. TT is not saving work for ANYBODY. Goodness, it's the day after Christmas. Lots of docs took 4 DAY WEEKENDS AND ARE CLOSED. I know mine did. It's going to be the same way next weekend for New Year's. If you are that broke and need money that bad, then GET A SECOND JOB AND QUIT COMPLAINING. There is nothing you can do about no work at TT. And when the work comes in, you will probably gripe about that too. Get a life.
Attention Keystrokes MTs
How often do you run out of work?
Attention MQ packet receivers
Is there ANY mention at all about what is happening with SEs? If so, please elaborate. Also, could you give us the new guidelines for part-time versus full-time employee status (# of hours that need to be worked and/or line quotas per pay)?
Attention: MQ MT Old Tiimer. See message, please.
Thanks for being a calm voice of reason. Even though I think you're somewhat unfair with some of your criticisms of some of us other old-timers (we're not all unprofessional "kids"), I do appreciate your reminder that we're a profession that has not acted very professionally at times. It's been very hard over the last decade for those of us who have stuck it out, and many of us are defensive of the little perks for which we have fought in exchange for awful benefits, oftentimes poor compensation, and little or no respect.
But for the most part, I think the tone of your posts below is correct. Medquist is trying to reverse some of its bad ways by giving better benefits and treating the MTs more professionally, and in return some of us (ouch) will have to be more yielding about our flexible schedules in order to ensure that TATs are met and the accounts stay with MQ (and in this country). I truly don't know if these aging tired hands are capable of pumping out 39 hours a week in a fixed schedule (I already do pretty decent production), but I'm going to try to see if I can make it work.
Added to the stress of all this is simultaneously switching to the new MQ program, which seriously bites at this point. It's not my first platform change--and I'm sure it won't be my last--but it's been very difficult so far, in part because the training has been very haphazard and tech support has been less than helpful many times. I sincerely appreciate the help of my fellow MTs on this and other forums who have helped me along. I'm sure in six months I'll be singing DQS's praises. But maybe not today :).
We can all do this. Come on now, group hug .....
If they want attention and recognition as a newbie, go with one of the big 3....
...Andrews, M-TEC, or Career Step.
Attention THMT - thank you for your postings
You helped me make a decision to join your team because of the way you are level and positive. Thank you!
Attention lead person at KS
Listen up here! Instead of asking MTs on a board to give up someone's initials, why don't you just go through all the tests that have been taken and passed, and see what or when jobs were offered. Do your own internal inventory and grow up and become a professional.
Attention Current TTSers (NH)....
I know there have been problems with late pays in the past. Is this still an issue? Thanks!
Attention potential new OSi employees
You have to be an OSi employee for at least 6 months to be eligible for holiday pay, on top of all these other new guidelines. If you are thinking about applying at OSi, forget it - or you could be stuck working every holiday that is coming up WITHOUT HOLIDAY PAY.
Attention OSI MT's about Extext companies
These companies use Extext and are hiring so you won't have much of a learning curve - Medware, Opti-Script (also called OSI), Amphion and TTS (Transcription Technology and Support). Good luck, you can do much better than OSi (Outsourcing Solutions). I found my ideal company.