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I worked on it for a few days - NOT BAD AT ALL (SM)

Posted By: txmt on 2006-02-23
In Reply to: Anyone work on the oncology account at Transtech? - passing through

I had to Google quite a few drugs but other than that, not bad at all.

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I worked for them for 2 days...sm

my first time doing editing/Escription. They have a network of offices, not all of which are in the U.S.  They had a LOT of work available when I was tried them out this last summer, and what I saw was 80% ESL. Yes, you can cherry pick, which I don't want to be a part of whenever possible.  After 2 days I felt pretty sure that I was not going to like doing the editing and that is primarily what they had available at the time, very little actual transcription. Plus, editing ESLs I found pretty challenging, but that's just me! I will say that the woman who hired me and trained me was very nice and very accommodating.  Just not the right fit for me.

all those days off I worked,
trying to keep MDI afloat and competitive, to keep the client happy and within TAT, extending myself further than I wanted because it was OUR company and we wanted to preserve it!. How could I fall for all that after all these years?  All we did was make it pretty for a merger, to once again put money in the higher-up's pockets, and to heck with the ethics, the promises, the claims of great communication, and all this to help ourselves.. What is the point of even holding to the great principals anymore?  Seems like a losing battle, with hardly any companies who don't offshore. May as well get in line for slave wages or maybe get in line for the big Obama benefit plan. Why did I ever believe MDI was different?.  I am so depressed.
Yes, I'm not sure why either one of them overhires. I have worked for both and had too many days
no work. It is frustrated to get hired for a job and have no work. I envision this. They get a new account, overhire, a lot of people quit because there is not enough work to go around and they are tired of waiting all day for work, THEN, because so many people quit and a high turnover..they panic AND THEN overhire again. My opinion is that it is a neverending circle. It would be nice in a perfect world if companies knew what it took to retain and keep good employees and only hire on an as-needed basis i.e. brand new account etc.. but that is never going to happen and thus the circle continues. I'm getting off this merry-go-round.
That is what I just said. !0 days PTO, period. That includes vacation, sick days and personal days
They should have paid holidays so that you are paid if you take off. Also should inculde extra hours for sick days and personal days.

That annual raise of .002 is kind of a joke especially when at the same time they upped the minimum line requirement from 10,000 lines to 12,000 lines.

OSi just does not have the qualified people in management positions that I wish to work for.

I am glad that you are happy at OSi and all is working out for you. Their dishonesty and the way they treat people just does not work for me.

Of course they can get by cheaply by hiring unqualified people so that is very good for the owners.
You bill 30 days behind, and they snail mail it so it's late - about 40 days from invoice
No way jose - they even messed up their direct deposit payments
Maybe she/he works 14 hour days/7 days a week? nm
Would that be 5 business days or 5 regular days?
So when are we going to be paid this time around since you're so knowledgable?

Sorry, but for some of us a day or 2 actually makes a difference.
Most want 20 hours over 5 days, but it could be more, or it could be spread over 4 days. nm
Correction - TH has 5 PTO days 1st year/10 days 2nd yr
Axolotl within 30 days. Transolutions in 60 days. NM
It is true. Any job has its good days and bad days.
Perhaps you'd like to just keep your old job and try this one out. Just because a poster here is crabbing about it, or even if as in the past there have been negative posts, odds are that there are very happy people who don't even post or know that this board exists. As Alice says. Everything is relative. The fact that this company is hiring and pays may be a place which is a blessing. As opposed to digging ditches on day labor for example. Or somebody might prefer digging ditches. This is just an example. Sometimes we who are employable, even though we don't make as much as we used to in this business, or as much as we would like to, we still if working at home do not pay for gas to go to work, career clothes, deal with office politics, have to look at a boss who writes us up if we are a minute late, etcetera. I don't make half as much as I used to, but I don't send my 3 children to day care which by the way saves us money. SO I remind my husband I am worth that in addition to my salary if I had a job outside. No job is perfect. I am not even sure if Focus is any good or not, I have not worked there. But if one poster says there are good days and bad, I say that is the most honest answer you are going to get anywhere, and if you need a job badly, how is it to hurt trying it out, until you know for sure for yourself? THanks for listening. But sometimes this board gets to be a bit much with the agendas of people railing on other people like the OP here who just wanted all opinions instead of just one side. Balance is always great. And, if things seem lop-sided, then it is a good thing to seek out both sides. IMHO.
I think they would. Those are good days for 10-hour days. sm
I have a set schedule but it is Tues-Sat and it works well for me. It wouldn't hurt to ask!
90 days is correct. 3 days off 1st year, 10 during 2nd.
Were the 2 days weekend days? sm
They expect everyone to work a weekend day. Their definition of team player is to actually work 6 or 7 days a week. One might consider it if the pay was there & she gave out some decent work. It is the ideal place to work if you are a workaholic with no life.
11 days is more than you would get inhouse...usually 10 days.
We have the convenience of working at home and yet you want MORE than what inhouse positions offer?

Ask if those are calendar days or biz days too nm
I worked for a temp agency for 3 years..LOVED it. Just worked. No counts, no hassels, GREAT pay..
No benefits at the time.  I even learned pathology while temping (8 months on that assigment).  I loved the variety, the ability to say I'm not available such and such time.  I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I didn't need benefits.
A company is ONLY supposed to verify that someone worked there, what dates they worked, whether PT o
and last date worked. It opens everyone up to a lawsuit if more is given, so most companies are told by their attorneys and business advisors to verify only.

No one has a right to a reference, only verification of employment.
It worked! Latest suggestion from DJ's email worked. nm
If I worked a longer day, I just put my regular shift, 3p-11p, or whatever. If I worked sm
an extra day, then I was told to fudge the hours around on the other days so it all came out to 40.  I didn't really mind -- have learned not to expect overtime in this profession -- and I was happy to be able to work whenever I needed to get the lines I needed.  However, them telling me directly to fudge on my time sheet would seem to be a violation of the wage and hour laws.  I suppose it doesn't matter now if they do not even have enough work to make the minimum line count necessary.  Several of the companies I thought were golden seem to have gotten a bit tarnished lately sad. 
Glad it worked for you. I have worked for companies
that were more reliable and paid without the delay I had. Maybe you started before they started doing that but it makes no difference. I TOO am a single parent.

You are not trying to argue? Sounds like you not only are trying to argue but you are just waiting for anyone to post anything about the co on here so you can just get out there and respond, which seems to be the way I have always noticed it. It's like all the MTs or whoever that work there are just waiting to respond.

This board is about the good points and bad points about companies. I am telling my experience.

The people were nice people though, but my experience was not a good one and I will not say it was.

I can go a week after the end of payday and even 10days later but that's it. Kids would starve.
Best company I have ever worked for, and I have worked for a lot!
I can't believe some of the things these people say here, and have to wonder if it just the same person or two bashing. I have been at MDI for four years and I do not have a low workload and I get treated very, very well.
They one I am not sure of. I have always worked FT for them. I have worked both IC and employee
and I always did way over 12,000 a pay peroid. I am sure they are pretty comparative to other companies. You definitely could contact a recruiter by applying if they would answer all of your questions up front. Good luck.
90 days
...so I'm not eligible yet, but that was the first good thing I heard about the...that their pay was about average, benefits were great.

I can't give specifics yet, so maybe someone else can help with that who already has it, I just didn't want you to feel ignored!:)
Re: A few days ago...
It was not a few days ago. It was weeks ago. They've gotten everything straightened out. I've posted in defense of this company before. They are compassionate, they are very helpful, and are all about finding ways to make us be able to do better as MTs and QAs. I love this company and hope to be there for a long time to come. Those of you who have no personal knowledge of the company need to not post in response to people who are asking legitimate questions. We hire newbies that have no experience and give them a chance. Unlike so many of the 'great' companies out there that everyone spends every day worrying about. We are onboarding more and more accounts by the week and are growing tremendously. I highly recommend this company. Good luck to any of you who decide to apply.
That's what they want... we have 60 days sm
to find another job and we can give them 1 days' notice and they'll consider it a lay-off, otherwise if we leave with no notice, they will give us bad references.
We all have those days
It seems like I have days like this a lot lately.  Isn't this job fun? 
Five days for me. sm
have not yet started, just heard yesterday, but sounds good so far.  Hoping this will be my last carnival!  lol!
90 days
Diskriter benefits start after 90 days of employment. I have been with them since July 2006 and love it here.
It's been eight days now
And still no answers.

Despite their many good points, I disagree about the benefits. I think they are awful and very dependent on circumstance beyond the MT's control. I think they're only good for people who have been with them for a very long time and are allowed to stay on a primary account. I thought I was alone in this and even began to doubt my own abilities or chalked it up to my aging until talking to some other MTs who felt the exact same way; that every time they got good at anything their work was switched to something unfamiliar, keeping their production and wages down, and benefits next to nil. I've heard three MTs complain of this and wonder how many others there are.

yes, same here, last few days.
am getting concerned...did they overhire?
I believe it was 3 days
I think within 3 days I had heard back. In the week after that, we exchanged information, etc. Before 2 weeks were up, I was actively working on my account.

Good luck to you!! I am another happy Keystrokes employee.
Up 2 u, can take 5-7 days (sm)
They are probably checking references, background, etc. Give them a week from when you interviewed and then give them a call. They are interviewing a lot of people I'm sure since they always have ads on the boards. Can take awhile to get all candidate interviewed and make their best match for schedule and experience.
Sure you can, and use up one of your few PTO days.
I get 10 PTO PLUS 6 paid holidays!!
Gone are the days...... sm
Sorry, my opinion is that this is going to be the norm for most. I think the days of making .10 and over/line are gone unless you have already been employed somewhere for a long time. There might be just a few places that pay like this but I doubt many. Some places are even only paying .3-4/line for speech rec.
Some days yes, most days no..sm
It is usually my own fault if I don't get my lines in 8 hours. Usually related to too many interruptions, too many distractions (looking up something on internet, which leads to looking up something else and so on), or when Im not feeling well. I don't want to sound rude, but really look at why you may not be meeting your lines. You may find you have more to do with it than the system.
How often can you take days off at MDI-MD?
How do you maintain your required line count for the week if you take a day off? Do you have to make them up on other days or what? How many days in a row could you miss? I've never been an IC or SE before so just wondering since I've been reading about them being flexible.
TT these days.

All I have to say is ARRGGH. Sorry. Usually not this way, but that is the word for it. Arrrrrg.

After 90 days.
42 days???? huh???????sm
Report away, that is what I was just told Friday by a Recruiter!!!Maybe the recruiter or whomever she was, needs to get her information straight.
No pay for 42 days
OMG Not being paid for 42 days is even worse!!! Nothing defamatory about telling what actually happened to a person individually. The truth is the truth.
those were the days...

gosh, you are very lucky to work for a hospital that does not outsource, I used to and those were the days.................so few hospitals still have inhouse MTs.  I am not the speediest MT, that's for sure, but I take a lot of pride in my work with accuracy and extensive medical terminology being my strong suits - but it is hard to make money without speed.  I know I should give it up and do something else for a living probably but I love this work and cannot imagine doing anything else.

A few days?
Wow!!!  It sounds like you have a great gift to be able to tell someone is abusive.  You worked there a few days??? 
Yes, a few days...
but this has only happened twice in the years I have been working on it with the last time being last Christmas. Normally, there is so much work that we could work for days straight and not make a dent. And yes, 4 initials. LOVE LOVE LOVE this company.
Some days

Some days are good; some days are bad.  I like my manager and account, most of the time.  So far, I haven't found anything better.  However, things seems to be going downhill fast, with regards to the company as a whole.  They keep saying that things are changing and that the changes will benefit the MTs, but I haven't seen any evidence of that so far.  I would like to expect the best, but I am very cautious.

I do mostly VR and enjoy it.  Some good points about Focus include that the pay is always on time; I have never had to chase down a paycheck.  On my current account, work has been abundant lately, while others are complaining of no work; however, this could change in a second. 

Some of the bad points include that we do work off of a pool and there's a lot of unofficial cherrypicking going on.  Also, though I've been on my account for over a year, I often log in and find yet another new dictator, today included.  So, the account is always new to me.  Some might appreciate this challenge, but I like the same old thing over and over again. 

So, good experience is quite a relative term.  It really depends on what you are looking for.

QA these days.. see msg
I have been in QA for several years now, just left a huge company that is going you know where in a hand basket. The nightmares there were to the point of unbearable (no not Focus). What I have discovered of late is very low line rate pay, horrible dictation, headaches and misery. I am looking to get out of this business completely. It may take time but it will happen eventually.

I have found hourly pay rates for QA starting as low as $12 an hour (yes, for what we know a disgrace) and line rates as low as 3 cents! The testing for some of these companies is grossly lengthy and you feel as if you have worked the entire day for nothing (and, yes, this is all in the midst of being overly stressed at your current job, to the breaking point), only to discover, during the interview, that the pay is an extremely low line rate of pay or a low hourly rate, the accounts have not started up yet, and/or the shift is a graveyard shift, including all weekends, all the time. This field is but a gutter now and a disgrace!

Days off

It's not the amount of unpaid days off that gets me...it's the fact that they don't pay you for any time off, vacation, sick, personal, or even holidays, and I certainly don't want an empty queue. When I take days off, it's because I want to do something, not sit around and wait for work to come in...been there, done that.  I guess with the applicant pool that's available these days, they can do what they want.  Unfortunately, the trend these days for MTs, it's called expendable.  If you don't want the job, somebody else will. Oh well, movin on to the next offer...

90 days
90 days
I had a phone interview today and was told 90 days for medical, 120 days for PTO.
120 days
pay after 30 days
Hi, I am interested in applying for this company. I JUST graduated and am eager to work. I see it is only 6 cpl to begin with. Does the pay go up after 30 days? It also says a 500 line per day requirement. You ARE allowed to go over that and they will pay you for above and beyond the 500 lines, right? Just curious. I am just afraid reading some of the posting on here that there is no work and no money to be made and i am scared to death. thanks for any advice.