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Keystrokes announces 2006 benefits package sm

Posted By: Keystrokes Management Team on 2005-12-26
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Keystrokes has finalized the benefits package for full time employees and has received great feedback from our MTs.

We wanted to share these so that you get them straight from the source rather than in rumors and heresay.

To be FT, you must produce a minimum of 12,000 lines (acute care), 1200 reports (radiology) or a combination of the two.

After 90 days, all FT employees are eligible for:

2 sick days, 2 floating paid holidays, rate x 1.5 for holidays worked, 3 days bereavement pay for immediate family, 1 day bereavement pay for extended family, 401k plan (with vesting schedule for match), health insurance (paid by employee) and life insurance (paid by company), direct deposit.

After one year, FT employees are eligible for 5 days PTO.  After three years, FT employees are eligible for 10 days PTO and after ten years, FT employees are eligible for 15 days PTO.

After years of changes due to growth, we have deemed 2006 a change-free year and have put in place many surprise perks for our MTs for this coming year. 

We value our transcriptionists - both employees and ICs and want to make Keystrokes the employer of choice. 

Give us a look ... you will like what you see.  No more awkward growing pains; instead you will be treated with the professional respect you deserve while enjoying a personal touch!

Thank you to all who have helped mold the company into what it is today - we could not do it without the support of our transcriptionists, customers and supporters.  We even thank the critics - their criticism allows us to improve :)

Happy Holidays !

LINK/URL: Keystrokes Transcription Service, Inc.

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look at the whole package! their benefits are amazing.
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Anybody out there got an opinion on the new benefits for 2006?  Extremely disappointing, to say the least.  You would think that a company who claims to be the 3rd largest national would have more to offer to those of us who tirelessly make their position in the industry possible.  It has become painfully obvious with this package that they have lost sight of whose backs upon which their growth has been riding.  Maybe it's time to move on.   Any place you folks can point a loyal veteran MT desiring an employer who sincerely appreciates hard work and is willing to reciprocate?

I will start there on Sept. 8. They have a nice benefits package, sm

and the pay via the incentive tier seems fair and easily attainable, although since I have not started on the account, I cannot really say for sure -- if it is an atrocious account, then of course that changes everything.  I have not read anything bad about the company, though, so to me that is a good sign.  I will be using ExText, which I have used before, so that is another plus for me. 

As for choosing between IC and employee, I guess that depends upon whether you need the benefits.  If you do not need the bennies and are still interested in working for them, maybe you could negotiate a bit higher line rate ... I do not know, just guessing.  They also have a bonus program if you keep to your schedule each quarter, so that is a nice plus.

Good luck with whatever you decide.  Like you, I would like to find a home.  I have an IC position that I love and will probably never totally give up, but I would like to have the benefits and some of the tax hassle erased. 

my benefits for 2006 will be less as well

I feel very disappointed about the loss of some benefits, rate increases for others and I also wonder with the all the other changes that the company isn't what it used to be and how it can feel it offers something unique or is different from other MTSOs.  It seems to be joining the ranks of well, nobody else gives you this/that, so don't expect it here either.

Of course, after only 4 months of having cable, they raised their rates without giving me more channels, better service, quality, etc, so I'm trying to see the balance on all sides (it's hard, though). Is it just the cost of living?  I don't pretend to know the answers but it is getting harder and harder to stay in this profession.

After 8 years at MQ I went to Keystrokes in September 2006..and (sm)
I don't regret it.  For the most part my account doesn't run out of work.  I wish I had a backup but I haven't been able to get one.  But my main account is swamped a good part of the time so when they do run out of work it doesn't usually last long. Good Luck!
The news always announces pending layoffs
and company closures.  If the news would know about it in advance of closure, it would seem like the companies had announced it.
What benefits does Keystrokes have?

I need a company with good benefits like health insurance, life insurance, pay increases, and retirement.  Keystrokes sounds like a good company, but I do not know their benefits.


Keystrokes benefits
Regarding the Keystroke benefits.. I work for them and have not heard a thing??? I LOVE the company!!  Regarding the incentive package... Would this pertain to IC status or just employee status??
Keystrokes Benefits

Does Keystroke offer affordable health insurance for husband and wife?

Keystrokes benefits
We just got AFLAC coverage. We are still waiting on new health insurance. The owner did not like the final quotes and continues to look for a plan with reasonable rates and reasonable coverage. I'll be glad since I currently have no health insurance.

I don't know about any other new benefits per se. However, they pay well. Account lead is nice and helpful. Direct deposit is always on time.

I have only worked here for 3 months so I don't have all of the benefits yet, so hopefully someone else can help you out in that regard.

I hope I have been helpful.
Keystrokes benefits..
I turned down a position at Keystrokes after I found out that they offer you health insurance but don't a cent toward the monthly premium, it all comes out of your paycheck.  I think this is a joke.  If you make your required lines of 12,000 per pay period and get paid .08 cents a line that $960.......take out taxes and the insurance premium, you'd barely be making $600 a pay period.  That is ridiculous! 
Beware Keystrokes benefits
Keystrokes really does not offer benefits in my opinion. The health insurance is no less than $300 per month, PTO does not even start for 1 year and yes, I got 2 different stories, too.
I elected to stay with/return to MQ. Their benefits are spelled out and soon, in October, they are supposed to be getting even better.
Be very careful with KS. Take it from one who learned!
Keystrokes benefits - are you employee or IC? SM
If you need/want benefits, you have to be an employee. Just call the office. Becky will send out the right paperwork. The benefits include 401k, life insurance, health insurance and PTO. I know that 1/1 will start bereavement, incentive, insurance going to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, better PTO, etc. The packets are due out by 12/1 but I know that they are trying to get them out sooner if possible.
Keystrokes has good FTE benefits
So sorry about you losing your job, and I hope you find something you enjoy quickly. 
Keystrokes....Any information as far as benefits?
Specifically insurance...family or just employee costs? I really need a job with good insurance. I have an individual plan now but the costs keep going up and the deductible gets higher and higher. Thanks.
I bet Keystrokes is sooo glad they posted their benefits! LOL
Sheesh! Talk about attack mode!
Keystrokes is hiring. Can anyone tell me how much for their medical insurance benefits etc...
I am looking for a FT job with good medical benefits for either myself or family coverage. They are seeking ortho MTs and that is right up my alley. Thanks in advance for any help.
Heard Keystrokes was getting better benefits, medical insurance etc.. Anyone care to elaborate? I
ready for a change.
What package?
How about not getting a package at all and

when you call a week after it was due to arrive, in their little computer it comes up that it WAS delivered a week ago, that the package was handed to some woman over the fence at that address, when in fact there is NO woman living there and the person living at that address was home all day waiting for the package with a clear view of the street and checking his doorstep every hour.  How is that one explained?  

Whatever happened to them actually knocking on the door and getting a signature??  Twice this week I didn't even know I had deliveries until I opened my front door and almost tripped over them while walking to my mailbox.

Yes, it is a busy time of the year with holiday packages being sent in addition to their regular load, but if you cannot deliver it on time, don't take someone's overnight-priced package with a promise it will be there the next day and not deliver it.  I would be asking for my money back.  It was NOT delivered overnight as promised.  My mother will get the money (eventually) for the gifts that were lost IF she can prove it was not delivered or stolen, but what about the thought, the time, the gifts that cannot be replaced with money?  

Look at the total package

Sometimes a great incentive program more than makes up for low CPL, also a good program, good dictators, how many templates and normals you can get.  I knew someone who consistently did over 2000 lines per day and did not work more than 8 hours, doing mostly OPs with ESLs, but they all said the same thing, used formats.  She just had to keep making her normals and inserting them.  They said the same phrases over and over, so she made big bucks.  Once she got used to them, it was a breeze and she was consistently one of the highest earners. 

I would just keep checking other companies.  I am sure there is something out there for you.  Don't give up.


How is their benefit package? Insurance costs, etc?
the benefit package for Diskriter is the only reason I am looking at them...nm
Feedback on Nuance transcription package
Just started the Enterprise Express software upgraded version in December.  There seems to be a lot of manual input to create documents even with the link to our ADT feed.  Any hopes of getting good production on this system.  We will be going to a voice recognition system in addition to the transcription package after the initial bugs are worked out.  After a month, I am just hoping things will start to fall in place, but looking for feedback if possible. 
This is home based with full benefit package. (nm)
If someone has the experience, the volume and the quality, whole package, they SHOULD be paid well.
Our employees, at 0.08-0.10 per line make $24-30 per hour. That is not peanuts.
I'd rather have my 6 paid holidays and nice PTO package at Webmedx sm
than any gift, anyway.
I've been very happy at DSG -- pay always on time, decent incentive package, sound quality probab

depends on account, mine has been fine most of the time.

Been there is 2006

They'll have to drag me out of there. I plan to stay forever.

I've never been happier. Make my lines every week, lots of bennies and lots of incentives.  Take the job. You'll never regret it.

Nothing since 2006?
I'd be very wary. First, VR is very poor pay for what you do. Be very careful of any company asking for ONLY VR work and pay less than 5cents per line. Second, if nothing is posted since 2006 either they haven't hired anyone new in a long time or there is only neutral feedback for them, not great but not devastating either.

I, personally, only post negative when something is really awful and I fear for others who get stuck in that situation. You might do a BBB search on them to check for any complaints. Not everything is put into a BBB score, but you can check if anyone has ever made a complaint as an employee or customer. I did this with my last employer, they were not BBB, but the BBB does keep records on all companies and wannabe companies out there whether they are members or not. Just research a bit before you are bitten! :)

I hope they are a good company, keep us posted!!
I don't know, but here is the phone # 301-921-2006 nm
See below post of 03/30/2006
I noticed it and it might have some info you were looking for. :) I have none myself, sorry.
All the MTs may be fired 05/10/2006
or soon thereafter--what about the call-in meeting they are said to be having this Wednesday for all the MTs? Does NOT sound good. (Glad I left when I did.) Looks like the offices in India will be getting more jobs as the American offices will be closing, I've heard, at the end of May.
Ad from Dec. 2006 said they have their own software. nm
2006 listings
There are some back articles where people were not paid for work and even one person had a check bounce.  I am wondering if anyone has an update as well...I have an interview with them tonight but even though that was 2 years ago it makes me wary!
So who is their 2006 Employer of the Year?
An old ad said they did. I sent a resume in Jan. 2006 and never got a reply. nm
First Choice uses WP5.1, at least in Sept of 2006

The people I spoke to on the phone and by e-mail were very pleasant, the job sounded great.  I chose another MTSO but was left with a very good impression of this company.  They did work in WP5.1, at least in September of 2006.  Good luck to you. 

Do you mean Transcription1 out of Florida? They last had an ad here Jan. 2006. Don't
2006 posts said QA is VERY picky here. Pay was 6-9 cpl. Under
In 2006, you had to pay a fee to their site to test & they say
Is this RI in Minnesota? Some posts from 2006
Don't know, but in 2006 they told me 7.5 cpl was starting
I see Brinker got a SBA loan for $74,774 in 2006 .
All Type - Current Info 2/2006

I'd like to know anything good or bad as well.  They called and have scheduled an interview but I'd like to hear from y'all on this one


Response to Heartland Employees (5/10/2006)
Dear MsAnonnie Mouse:

I’m sorry this response is so after the fact, but I just read your posting today.

I am an MT with years of experience and a 100% accuracy rate, employed by Heartland, and I lost my job to India. Although I have the luxury of working from home, I send my 2-1/2-year-old son to preschool to ensure my undivided attention to the work at hand. Therefore, I guess, according to you, I would be considered one of the shafted employees, worthy of your acceptance and attention.

Perhaps the quality of the reports you QA has something to do with the fact that they are from newbies who were not trained properly - not the fact that they are lazy or have no work ethic. That is not the fault of the MT, it's the fault of the training school and the company that hired them without enough prior experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I’m sure you had your fair share of errors and blanks when you first started out. The job of the QA should not be to judge or embarrass the MT, or “whine” about the blanks, but simply send out the corrections that the MTs can use for future reference. I would suggest you talk to your supervisor about the hiring practices of your company. Perhaps they can screen the MTs to ensure their qualifications meet your standards. By the way, if there were no errors to be corrected, you wouldn’t have a job.

Also, you have quite some nerve stating that these women whine about not being able to stay home and work because they have children. Did you ever think that perhaps they cannot afford childcare? Did you ever wonder if they are single mothers, willing to work instead of rely on public assistance, who can either pay the rent and buy some groceries or fork over money for preschool? Did you ever have to wonder how to work and be available for your special needs child at the same time? You did not lose your job via a conference call, not only worrying about your own situation, but listening to these other women panicking about how to provide for their children, which was, quite frankly, heartbreaking. If the idea of having children in the home while working bothers you, perhaps you should contact every school out there whose advertisements show a woman on the computer, in the comfort of her own home, working away while her children are in the same room. The at-home aspect of this profession was designed just for that - the luxury of working at home, and the training courses and schools promote this to attract mostly single mothers who cannot, or will not, send their children out of the house. Maybe you could again contact your supervisor and suggest that they do not hire women with children under the age of 5 who might get “under foot,” and forget about the ladies who have disabled and/or sick children - those kids are nothing but a distraction.

Finally, you should be ashamed of yourself for using this as an opportunity to insult any of these ladies (and some gentlemen). This was a corporate decision that had nothing to do with the quality or work ethic of the American MTs or whether they have children at home - it’s about a bottom-line cheaper price. If anything, you should count your blessings that you still have a job and be supportive of those who don‘t, since there is a very good chance that you could lose your job overseas. What happens when the companies trying to keep employment in the US are undersold by the companies who are not? Think about it.

In the meantime, stop “whining.” The blanks and mistakes are what keep your job secure, that is, until they train more people over in India to do it. Also, the high-and-mighty all-knowing attitude does not suit you, as it is ethic, not ethiic (and survive has only one “I” too).

On behalf of my fellow coworkers at Heartland, thank you for your support.
AAMT 2006 Employer of the Year

So the AAMT is naming their employer of the year.  One year, after Mag Mutual had been bragging that title up for all it was worth, I called the AAMT and asked exactly how many submissions they got and how much competition the big employer of the year received.  I was working for Mag as an MT and found it to be my worst experience so far.  The woman on the other end of the phone laughed and said there is very, very little competition.  I think there were something like 3 or 4 submissions.

Just wanting the MTs out there to not leap when you hear the results.  Please inquire with the AAMT as to how many applicants were considered.  Know that AAMT Employer of the Year does NOT mean it'll necessarily be a good place to be an MT. 

They had an ad here in early June 2006. Did anyone start with them? nm
Has anyone who worked for CorTmedical in 2006 gotten their 1099 yet?
I know that a lot of us were burned last year by this company.  I am wondering if they are going to at least send the 1099 for what they should have paid us.  I am wondering if they do not send it, how am I going to claim what they did not pay me as a loss?  Thanks to all, hope everyone has found something better since that disaster.   
Odd ... I did a search and most recent posts from 2006.
Thanks for responding anyway. Not sure what I'm doing wrong in terms of the search feature.