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Jeannal, here is some advice - it doesn't matter which company

Posted By: just 2 cents on 2006-06-18
In Reply to: Diskriter - Jeannal

you go with if they have good insurance. If you are basically looking for great insurance, then go with the company that has the best insurance for you. Bottom line. It doesn't matter what kind of work you get, what kind of jobs you get, as long as you make the minimum line count and you are only concerned about insurance, then go with that company that offers the best. It might not be Diskriter, it might not be Spheris, it might not be Medquist - or on the other hand, it might be all three. It's up to you - if insurance is a big issue and work is not, then go with the company that offers good insurance only. The rest will fall into place

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It doesn't matter. IF the company wants
people on site to train, that is their right to insist. There is a MTSO that has been mentioend on here, don't remember the name, that requires new employees to come to them for training.
It doesn't matter one whip which company she works/ed for...sm
It's all about experience and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE, which seems sorely lacking - evidenced by the ongoing bashes on this subject.

On top of that, one company is NOT a good fit for all - therefore, you may have to try and try again before you can find the right fit.

She is totally correct about years of experience. You don't start out riding a bike on the first day, and the same is totally true about MT-ing or any other career. So, buckle down, start learning and use every tool that is at hand for futuristic possibilities of better money.

But if you choose to go to work for TT, please refrain from returning here and complaining that you're not making the same kind of money. The dollar-making ability differs from MT to MT. Some of us have and some of us don't.
Doesn't matter
They won't have the work anyway! They just want to keep EVERYBODY on standby constantly.
It doesn't matter anyway
We don't have any work now, so no work later will be no surprise.  Have been working for 3 hours and have been able to "snag" only two reports. 
No, it really doesn't matter sm
I get health benefits through my husband, so I really don't need those.  I do like my taxes taken out, though. 
No doesn't matter. nm
It doesn't matter what you think...
It's so entertaining, and it keeps the people who advertise on this site happy... lots of hits!
Doesn't matter how you want to
transcribe something, you have to follow the guidelines set by your employer and/or client. Many go by BOS now, and using numbers instead of spelling out words is standard with everyone.
It doesn't matter
because there's not enough work even if there was a production bonus. I guess they feel the honor of working there is bonus enough lol
It doesn't really matter
In theory they have clinic and acute care, but speaking from my own recent experience, you're liable to come up short on work. I had taken a position in the very recent past for clinic, and within two weeks that new account, along with its M-F 9-5 hours, had disappeared. I was given a secondary account, at the lesser clinic line rate, which I did for a while, or, if I wanted the acute care line rate, I could give up the M-F 9-5 and take later hours with, of course, a weekend day. I acquiesced but the secondary account had been running out of work, so I decided to say hasta LA vista, more out of disgust for the tactic of luring me in with the sweet smell of easy work only to have it abracadabra disappear.

The work, when it was there, was not that hard. A blend of good and bad dictators, simple and complex cases. QA can be beeyatches at first but once you're off that, it's pretty good. They leave you alone to do your work and, unlike some places, no daily format changes, etc. All things considered, if they had the account they hired me for and if my secondary account actually had work, I probably would have stayed.
Education doesn't matter in MT because it's become
It's better to get a bachelor's degree. It goes much further than an MT certificate or an associate's. You get what you pay for.

Yes, I remember making 11-12 cents a line back in the early 1990s when this industry started going into the home, but those days are long gone. Time to regroup and think of something better to do for a living before we're making less than the 16-year-olds at Dairy Queen because, believe me, there will always be desperate poor people who will work for peanuts be it on American soil or elsewhere.

This industry is fast on its way to hell in a handbasket.
It doesn't matter to me if they are outsourcing...
Did you ever think maybe they are doing it to keep it in turn around.  Why would be privy to such information, is it really any of our business?  As long as we all continue to have work what is the difference?  Maybe it was to help keep the company rather than lose accounts so that we do get to keep our jobs.  I have no idea if they are outsourcing or not, but as long as everything seems the same I don't think we need to worry.
If they don't allow satellite, doesn't matter who
it is through it is stlll satellite. 
It doesn't matter whether it is authorized SM

or not.  If you work it, they must pay.  What is worse here is that they are aware the MT is working it and specifically telling the MT not to report that time.

As a person who received a check for back OT owed by DR (thanks to the person who reported them) I can vouch for the fact that it DOES NOT have to be *authorized* at all.  I would suggest the MT print and keep the email saying not to report the time and call the Dept of Labor to file a complaint.

Employee or IC...doesn't really matter. sm
I've done both and have run out of work doing both. The job I'm currently at is an IC position.
It doesn't matter Sheri....let it go already!
Just a reminder - it doesn't matter
It doesn't matter AT ALL what the contract states. An IC sets their own hours, and if the 'boss' tries to control said IC, this person is no longer an IC.

Contracts have nothing to do with the law. The LAW trumps a piece of signed paper EVERY TIME.

In talking to the lawyer I've been dealing with, not a single one of us who work regularly for a company and depend on a company for a portion (or ALL) of our paychecks are really ICs.

By law, we are ALL employees.

Soon, I will get together a thread of people who wish to take this all the way and change the face of transcription for the better for TRANSCRIPTIONISTS.

I hope companies/MTSOs who are knowingly and willingly breaking the law by calling EMPLOYEES 'ICs' read this and take it to heart. There's only a small amount of time to fix things before it's going to get REALLY hard.
Whatever. Doesn't matter, we're all going to be

It really doesn't matter how long ago this happened.
Most people reading that article will only notice what she did, not the time frame. And quite frankly, a leopard doesn't change its spots, and most criminals just find other means of committing their crimes. The article is relevent and will affect other MT businesses in that area.
Sometimes years of experience doesn't matter as much as what
I've seen MTs with 5-10 years of good exposure transcribe circles and beat the QA pants off MTs with 20 years experience simply because of the type of work and exposure they've experienced.

Doesn't matter what their country of origin is, - sm
if they are now Americans and working in the U.S. If that is the case, they ARE American transcribers! But even though our compnies that hire them are paying U.S. taxes (though probably less than they should, becuse of loopholes), are offshore employees paying U.S. Social Security and other taxes out of their wages? NO. So it undermines our economy in that way, as well.
keystrokes vs. lines doesn't really matter
If they stick to a standard 65 character line and include each keystroke as part of a line it won't make a difference. I made a mere 7.5 per line at a previous job (counted headers and footers) and made much better money because I was put on good accounts and kept on them. I've read some companies do not pay for spaces. My thoughts on that is fine, Iwouldn'ttypethem.

If it's not a trick line then counting by lines is okay.
Doesn't matter how fast you type.. SM

That has nothing to do with the ratio.  I agree though that it does depend on the dictator and how fast they type, but it's true that the standard is 10:1.  I have some that I get more like 30:1 and some 5:1 so it averages out. 

Doesn't matter. Large or small, they know
They know what it takes to live on in this country. They know because they're making sure THEY'RE making that. And too bad for everybody under them - that's their problem. They didn't have the guts to stand their ground when hospitals started wanting cut-rate transcription. Instead of running to India and Pakistan for cheap labor, and trying to turn American MT's into poorly paid proofreaders, they COULD have lobbied to keep the work in the US by pointing out the liabilities of sending sensitive documents offshore to be processed. If that hole in the dam had been plugged early, while it was small, the hospitals would have had no choice but to pay what medical transcription was WORTH. But nooooooo ---- it was easier to just 'go with the flow', and cheat the MTs who actually produce what it is they're getting paid for, instead.

The one thing that NOBODY ever discusses, while all this uncertainty is bouncing around in our country, is:


Most companies have far too much highly-paid management, and whenever they want to 'trim the fat', they end up trimming the lean, instead, by cutting out the workforce that produces their product. Of COURSE the auto industry doesn't want to pay it's workers more money. They'd rather give it to all the CEOs who've been so busy, not running a competitive and improving company, but who were getting paid under the table by the oil companies to continue producing cars that burn their petroleum products, even though they knew that someday, that ride would be over.

The union worker didn't drive those companies into the ground, CORPORATE GREED did it. And so now they've been 'bailed out'. How very nice for them. If fewer and fewer people in the country have the money to buy cars at ALL, we may have already reached a point where it doesn't matter WHAT they build - they still may not be able to sell them. So don't be surprized if they end up going under regardless. And who pays the bill? WE do.

'Merry Christmas'? On an MT's wages? Not here. I didn't buy a single one this year. And to spare me the guilt about that, I asked my family leave me out of the gift-exchange. Thank god the price of gas went down a bit recently. Even if temporarily. Then maybe I can use my car for transportation for just a little bit longer, and not have to turn it into an expensive planter, or veggie garden, or something.

There's something very wrong with a business that wants experienced, educated, WHITE-COLLAR workers (we are NOT day-laborers, remember?), and thinks they can get that for 6 cpl. Or even 10 cpl. Those are 1970s wages. It's almost 2009, and after 10-30+ years of hard work, what do most of us have to show for it? Why should this profession pay any less than a paralegal, or a court reporter? Or an architect or a video game designer? (And some of those can work at home too.) I don't believe for 1 minute that just because my computer is in my home, I should be getting paid less than someone who is inhouse. The work is the same.

Actually, it's harder. Instead of an account with 8 doctors with no accents, I now have roughly 250-300 different doctors, 50% of which have thick accents. It doesnt bother me. I can do the work. But please, someone PAY ME what that knowledge is worth, don't insult me and MTs everywhere with what you're currently paying.
Doesn't matter. It'll set precedence. nm
Doesn't matter how nice they are, I wouldn't work
Doesn't matter how many companies you work for. I'd like to know how you manage to do this???
What kind of work do you transcribe?

How many hours a day do you work?

What kind of line rate do you get from the companies you work for?

How many lines you do an hour?

Do you work as an IC or employee?

I'm very interested in hearing how you manage 100,000/year.
Doesn't matter. That's no excuse for their lack of responsibility
for something so important. One or more states will get them sooner or later and it will bite THEM right where they need for it to bite. They know the law and it is their choice not to do the proper thing and because it is, they will have to pay at some point.

But in my experience, offshore men do it more and lie about stuff that doesn't matter.
No, I'm not on his side. He ought to pay every penny he owes. It doesn't matter what
This is a capitalist society. He is free to charge as much as the market will bear.

If you're tolerating that, then the market holds.

For the trouble, I'd make a surcharge onto the shipping charge as well.

If he did not pay my 1st check within 24 hours of the pay date (absolute proof), I would stop working that very day for him.

I use mine too, but the tech helps me when I need it - doesn't matter
making 9+ CPL doesn't matter if the platform is crap.
It doesn't matter where the server is, it is still a database and accessed via the internet
I have worked on Escription and also have IT experience.
It wasn't rude, just stating the facts, which doesn't seem to matter apparently to you.
She doesn't need money management advice, she needs
Jeannal, were you working for a hospital that
decided to outsource, or did you decide you want to work at home and so you are leaving the hospital?
A line is a line is a line. Doesn't matter if we are talking about radiology or acute care.

1600 is not a fair minimum requirement.  Sure you can achieve 1600, it shouldn't be the required minimum.

Why is it that no matter what is said about any company, there is always someone to jump in negative
I was called the day after I put in my resume, hired the next day, working within 2 weeks. I have had a great experience so far with good pay, on time pay, plenty of work and have been treated better than anywhere else I have worked.

Comments like this one made are uncalled for and rude. You have no idea what you are talking about and the nay-sayers are all getting a little out of hand across the board, for all the companies.

Then you should be fine at Diskriter if that's where you choose to work, Jeannal.
There are angry, negative people all over this board and, unfortunately, this line of work affords people the opportunity to job jump a lot more than most others. You will see negativity about any company on this business if you inquire on a message board, but the best thing to do is what is best for you.

Again, I'm very happy at Diskriter and would highly recommend them to anyone. I can only speak for myself.

Best of luck wherever you decide to work.

I'm so glad you decided to join us, Jeannal! Welcome to Diskriter!
Glad you're having as good an experience as I've had.
It would not matter that you complained to your company, they will just say, "there is no work
but the truth is, I want work, you want work. I don't know you, you don't know me (even in the same company). I doubt either of us will complain to anybody if we get work however we get it. You are right, we have families too and need the money. Companies lie all the time, making us job hoppers in a lot of cases because there is not enough work after hiring on that there was plenty, or we got all the ESLs and crummy dictation because we have more experience. That to me is taking money out of my pocket and playing bowling, handicapping me for transcriptionists who have not paid their dues. I don't make the rules but I don't have to continue to work for a company who does those things and there are a slew out there and they don't care if you quit. On the day you quit they already had an ad for more transcriptionists which is what amazes me. It costs money to train us for their platforms and they don't care when we say we have to quit because we aren't making money. No loyalty whatsoever with companies.
Anyone have advice if a company will not pay you?
I just want some help & advice about a good company
Perplexed and need some advice regarding current company...
I ran out of work last weekend on my main account and asked for a backup account.  I was told Monday that later this week I would get cross trained on a new account.  I have sent three to four emails with no response as to when we are training.  An obscure email was sent out today to everyone about how all the accounts are low and not to worry about it and we could take the day off and work this weekend or such.  I understand things are slow right now, but having absolutely no response to any of my emails is rather upsetting.  I know I am not their greatest producer, but I do not appreciate being ignored.  Any suggestions other than just sending a resignation email and see if I get a response?  LOL.   Thanks.
I think that is very good advice but how do you know if a company is going to treat you well?

During the interview they will tell you all kinds of wonderful stuff.  Are you saying it is better to look a company offering a lower line rate as an indication of a better place to work?  You could be right.

It seems kind of sad though in our industry that in order to get decent management the personal price is to take a cut in pay.  Why can't it be good management and good pay at the same time? 

MD-IT hiring - looks like a really cool company to work for... any advice/information?
I sure would love to know more about the company - a search of this forum turned up zilch.  I was with Medquist for 8 years, and the company I went to did not deliver on the acute care account I was hired for..... 
Well that doesn't say much about the company
You've been there 4 months and have 5 accounts already?????  That tells people that they run out of work consistently otherwise you would be working on 1 account and have a backup, maybe 2.  I've been there years and didn't even get my secondary account for almost 6 months because the work was so heavy on my primary account.  Things have changed.  The turnaround is so great they have to continually overhire.  The only thing I have to say is think about why you were hired at 10 cpl.  You're training the VR that is going to be cutting that 10 cpl to 5.5 cpl. If you're happy earning 5.5 cpl doing FULL editing that's great.  Maybe you weren't there when the CEO was saying that the people who do really well on editing are not high producers in typing and vice versa.  Those who have a hard time doubling their lines in editing are the ones producing 350-400 lines an hour in typing. There's no way they can make 700 lines per hour doing FULL editing.  So if you're doing great in editing, you're not that great in typing...you're average.  If you're a high producer in typing, let's see how happy you'll be when making 5.5 cpl for producing the same amount of work.
This company doesn't try either
They have not responded to their employees directly ... instead they put their comments anonymously on this board.
Best pay, doesn't always mean the best company. sm
You could make $0.18 cpl doing ESLs all day long and run out of work. That being said, how much would you make really if you can't do ESLs or there is no work available.

Everyone is looking for something different in a company. My suggestion is to write down what it is you are looking for, line rate, steady work flow, schedule, pay periods, etc and seek it out.

Good luck to you.
A company that doesn't ...sm
test? CMT, 16 years experience including transcriptionist, QA, supervisor/trainer. Tired of all the companies that use mttest before they will even talk to you which takes up my time - only to find they don't pay very well! Are there any companies that wave the testing if you have the experience and great references?
Just because one company does it doesn't
mean they all do.  I worked for KS and I know that the work fluctuated and there were days without work.  It still reflects very poorly on you to say such a thing.  I don't know whether it is true or not, but without knowing every detail from both sides you aren't qualified to suggest that something she has done has caused her a lack of work.