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Like anything, it depends on the company. Some good, some bad. nm

Posted By: depends on 2005-12-05
In Reply to: What does it take to become a recruiter?sm - amie


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Overall it is a good company. Your paycheck, however, depends on the account SM
you have, and your level. I am currently a level 8 with a high number of ESLs. I like Spheris the company though, but dislike my account.
Paid for spaces depends on the account. Good company. nm
I've easily done 600, but it depends on the way a company counts lines and it depends on the
dictators. Obviously, if you have a good share of ESL, there is no way you could ever do 600 or 700. On really difficult ones, I usually run around 400 lines an hour and I have been working on this platform for 3 years.
Personally, DSG is a good fit for me. Pay is good and on time, sound quality depends on the account
and I like the platform. There is not much weekend work, although sometimes is available.  I get along well with the management, no major complaints.  There is pay incentive once you get over a certain number of lines in a pay period.  I work as an IC, so can't help with benefits, insurance questions, etc.
depends on what you consider to be good
I did excellently on the tests for MT and QA and was offered what they said was their top tiring rates and it is an INSULT to those of us who have been in this industry for years. Bonuses are NOT something to count on (no certainty) but the bills that have to be paid are (and that IS a certainty).
AllHealth in GA - Good company, good equipment, any info about this company? (sm)

What type of work do they have?  Any op reports?  Appreciate any info. 

A lot of it depends on the account, but a good

It is like a Word-based program, but a lot of the functions from Word were not incorporated into BT.  If you have to change large blocks of text, once you highlight it either takes an extremely LONG time for the program to work or it will just freeze up altogether, in which case you have to back out and relog entirely.  Imagine doing this on every 3rd report and then you'll have a good idea of what it is like on some accounts. 

On some accounts the sound quality is so poor it is either all crackles or volume so low you can barely make out a word.  If you're a person who likes to use the keyboard more than the mouse, it has very few function keys and you can't program your keyboard for your own hotkeys.  Autocorrect does not work with it and most Expander programs do not work with it either. 

On my computer we had to reload the whole program several times because they figured it was just a bad download.  So even if you get an account that some people have no problems with, it's hard to tell what the precipitating factor is that will make it freeze up or not work well with other computers.  There is really no rhyme or reason as to why it works well for some and why it doesn't for others.  That's why tech support is having such a hard time.  They don't know the total ins and outs of the software because they didn't develop it.  It was developed by a company called M-Modal and so whenever there is a problem that tech support can't handle, they have to contact M-Modal.  The problem could be hours or days before corrected.  And there is no downtime.  The loss is YOUR loss, not the company's.  It is by far the worst program I have ever worked with in my 15+ years in MT.

again, depends on what you call good
As with anything in life good and bad is relative - only 3 years ago if you called 8 or 9 cents a line good you would NOT have known what you were talking about. For well educated, hard working people as we are to being accepting less and less money is a CRIME and this industry is getting away with it. For someone with a test score to be offered less than 10 cents a line for day work is a DOWN RIGHT INSULT. Everyone else's salaries go up - and ours go down. We should NOT was accepting this situation.
Both are good companies -- depends upon what you are looking for. sm

With MDI-MD, you are a statutory employee, meaning they take out FICA, but not your state or federal taxes, and there are no benefits.  You do not have to adhere to a rigid schedule.  You make a commitment for x-number of lines per day and have a 24-hour window in which to do those lines.  Every 2 months you submit a calendar telling them which days you will work.  If I recall correctly 2 weekends are required per month.  There is no extra pay for holidays or weekends, but their pay scale is way above average.  Some accounts are internet accounts, and for some you need a C-phone with unlimited long distance.  They use Bayscribe as a platform, which is very easy to use and has a built-in expander.  The liaisons and QA people are quite pleasant and easy to work with, and Dorothy cares about people.

With TransTech, you are an employee, and you are required to work a scheduled shift, Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Sunday, I believe.  However, unlike the poster noted below, there IS flexibility -- all you have to do is email management and let them know you need to make a change that day.   You get abou 3.3-something PTO hours per pay period, which amounts to about 11 days a year, which increases the longer you are there.  They have reasonably priced insurance -- medical, dental, vision -- and have just recently added a 401k plan.  The pay scale is a bit lower, but they have a nice incentive tier that is easy to achieve.  They use ExText as the platform, which is Word-based and very easy to use.  QA and management staff are friendly and supportive, and management seems to truly care about the employees.  Again, it is a great company as well.

Hope this helps!

Good luck! 

not as good as typing but depends
I do both VR and straight typing...so much of how productive I am in VR depends on things other than myself: like how easy it is to get through the system, how good/bad the dictators are, how much dead air space there is (that I'm not getting paid for) and how good/bad the starting document is, etc.

That's what's so frustrating to me about VR...my ability to be highly productive is being controlled by more factors out of my control.

Of course, depends on your line rate, but $700.00 is very good for MT right now. I can make over
that if the work is available, and I put in more than 40 hours.  I think to make $1000.00 you need to have lots of expansions and dictators with which you are familiar, IMHO. 
7 Cents can be good - it all depends how the line is calculated - sm

I see posting all the time saying don't accept 7 cents a line that we are worth at least 9 cents or more.  Well it all depends how the line is calculated.  These national companies usually pay character with or without spaces and some of them have their own counting software where you just have to go with what they say and can't actually verify what is really being counted.  With that said you can be paid 7 cents a line counting Keystrokes (bolding, underline, etc - example the word paid is four characters but if you bold it then it is 8 characters and if you underline too then it is 12 characters) which would usually equal around 9-10 cents or more a line depending on the format of the document.  So it is very misleading when some transcriptionists say 7 cents is insulting when actually it is good if you are getting keystrokes with Abacus and you can actually verify it yourself to make sure the company is paying for all the headers, footers, template, shifts, tabs, spaces, returns, bolding, italic, underling, caps, etc.  You really have to investigate how the line is calculated to be able to compare.  So to all you people that keep saying don't accept it....I bet the ones that have are actually getting paid more than you in the long run!

It depends on if this is editing other MT's work or VR. If VR, that is a good rate. nm
depends on company but...

would guess most have a number of lines that they call full time and another number they call part time. Probably lines more than minutes.

Do you have the flexibility to fit them in whatever hours you wish? Depends. Usually as an employee you would work whatever shift they told you, i.e. S-Th 7-3. IC's are not supposed to be scheduled though I would not be surprised to find some companies fudging on that. After all, what are you going to do, quit or report them? Most of the criteria to determine IC vs. emp. come from the IRS. They are the ones that it matters most if you are IC or employee. You can search on some government sites to find tax publications regarding this issue.

It depends on what company you
they overhire, sometimes send to India, depending on your company.
Depends on the company. Did they tell you that you would be doing ER?

Some places treat ER as acute care, not clinic, but it is really up to the individual company.  Best to ask your supervisor if you were not told anything when you were hired. 

Really depends on the company.
I think it depends on the company...sm
I have worked for a company as an IC under a 24-hour TAT, which was still a little stressful. I love the company I work for now because I can work whenever I want without the stress and still get a good line count in. I would never go back to employee status, which I've done in the past, as well. Way too restrictive and so much stress. No thanks! Finally, after 10 years of doing this, I am happy.
Depends on the company
I had that job at a northeastern-based company and it was awful!  It was trying to deal with account managers fighting each other and me. I was told to go in and monitor the accounts and get work assigned, etc., and then would hear from the account manager never to touch the account.  It takes a LOT of experience and a lot of responsibility.  If you take this job, don't do it for less than 16-17 an hour.
Depends on the company but overall
Your line counts very much depend on the company with ExText. I worked with one company and was easily able to get 400+ lines an hour..easy account, easy dictators, etc, but then I worked for another company and was on an even easier account and struggled to make 200 lines. With the average pay per line for VR editing running at around .04, that's just not gonna cut it.
Depends on the company.
I have 2 IC contracts and neither of them require me to have a certain number of hours or lines. I work when and how often I want. A lot of companies require a certain line count per week. and then there are other companies that treat their ICs like employees and require a set schedule. I personally love being an IC and having complete flexibility over my schedule as I have a little one at home and can't always work at the same time each day.
I think it depends on company.
I know mine does pay for spaces.  I get good lines on Escript averaging higher than my straight transcription and higher than with my previous platform (ancient word perfect).  I've heard complaints of low averages but I don't understand how this is. 
Depends on company. Some just the
lines over base, some pay for all lines if over base.
That depends on the company
. Normally a lead is the main MT on the account who supervises the other MTs. But structure varies from company to company
It depends on the company/msg
You probably will not make as much as you would MTing, but $800 every 2 weeks sounds low to me.  Probably will not have to type, but again, it depends on the company. 
all depends on which company you work for
to define the line they first determine what is and is not a character. Some companies believe that a space is not a character so it is not counted as one. So, once the term character is defined, then every 65 characters would count as 1 line. This is different from a gross line that just counts the lines you see on the page.
I have worked for both. It just depends on the company..sm
the smaller one treated me better, but pay was less, benefits were less, however, more flexible in scheduling and treated more like a person than a number. The bigger companies I have worked for pay better, better benefits, but you are treated like a number, not too much personal chit-chat with other employees or with your supervisor and not as much flexibility in scheduling. Depends on what you are looking for.
not necessarily so - I think it depends on the company and how they set it up(sm)
I worked on a hospital using Cquence and the lines produced on it were paid with spaces (the way my company was paying us.)
But I think it depends on which company you work for.
Depends on the company, but with Axolotl
there is no freedom in the schedule.  If you are scheduled to work 9 to 5, you work 9 to 5.  Can fudge 15 minutes either way without an issue, as long as you are getting your lines. 
I think it depends on the company and what position you hold. sm
If you are a Team Lead or manager, I think it would be a conflict of interest. If you are an IC, you should have more than one place that you do work for to be considered as an IC, otherwise you are an employee.
Depends upon how your company counts things, I suppose. sm

I like both platforms.  Bayscribe is easy to use, and the Expander emulates PRD+, which I was used to.  The spellchecker is kind of clumsy -- that could definitely use some tweaking.  The thing I liked the most about Bayscribe was at the end of each report, you saw the line count for that report and how much you made, plus a total of lines for all reports and the total number of lines you had made for the day.

I am currently using ExText, and it is also easy to use.  I have to go to ichart to view my line count, though, and you cannot get it on a report-to-report basis.   The CTRL+I feature is useless to me since my employer does not count headers or footers.  I quit using it because I hated to see what a big difference there was at the end of the day.  I could do 300 lines per hour on Bayscribe.  With the current setup, maybe 250.  I can do 300 if I just sit and type as fast as I can with no breaks, but that cannot last for 8 hours solid.

Either platform is okay.  I still kinda miss WP51 -- think DOS-based programs were faster -- but you can't hold on to a dinosaur.  And, obviously that is just my opinion.  Hope it helps. 

It depends on who is offering it, and what kind of work is available. If you posted the company sm
name, we could give more helpful advice.
It depends how fast they are growing. I worked for a company in New York that sm
had 5 new accounts start, 1 a month for 5 months, that were all very large and needed 20+ MTs. They are now a larger company and do not constantly need new MTs, but I think it is unfair to judge a company by how many people it is hiring. I think it would be interested to find out how many are new positions and how many are due to MTs leaving and why they left.
depends on work type, experience, spaces, company, area
Does anyone recommend a pretty good company that is good to work for, pay always on time and plenty
of work.  I know that is asking a lot, but just curious?
Strictly IC, good company, hard accounts, good platform.
Good pay, always on time, no direct deposit though.
Is Transcend a good company with a good platform to work on. They are advertising.
Webmedx hires some ICs. Good company. So sorry for your loss. Good luck!
TransTech for many reasons, good pay, stable company, good benefits
and flexible.
I have looked around the last 6 months and have found nothing better. Have turned down numerous jobs, and have finally decided to stay put. The better insurance plans were announced and even moreso than ever, I am staying put, and my paycheck is happy about that because it is getting better every day. Good luck to you.
TransTech is a good company. Debbie is the owner and a good one at that! nm
Good company, great people, good benefits.
Affordable insurance. Good luck!
I know JLG and they are a good company with a good group of people

I joined JLG about 9 month ago and I am thrilled with the experience that I have had.  Although the company has been around for 20+ years, a group of good industry veterans who know how to operate fairly to both employees and clients have joined the company in the past year.  I followed my manager from another giant company. 

I have also worked on this account and it was plauged with problems from the start.  The hospital required the account to be implemented in a matter of days, there were technical issues and the hospital management staff was new and the employees were mad because transcription had been outsourced.  Personally, I won't miss this client but good luck to those that get it. 

There is plenty of work at JLG and I have already been advised on my new assignments

DSG is a good company. The sound quality is good sm
but I don't understand why they are hiring. In the a.m. was have NO work. The afternoon and evenings do have more work though.
or maybe it's really a good company. Give me a break. If a company isn't talked about sm
on here, good or bad, it's probably too small to matter and does not offer benefits or anything at all.
Good company, with good incentive SM
pay scale, decent health plan for full-timers, lower end for other benefits, well organized and dependable, good platform, good support. Very heavy ESL, medium-sized community medical centers, relatively high SR pay rate because it takes longer overall to clean it up. However--good producers who put in a good workday make quite good money here.
No - it is not always slow! Depends on the company and hospital. I have never been slow this time
Slow time is usually in September when everyone is back to work/school from the summer months.

Been doing this 24 years and never slow this time of year. Actually, I am drowning in work - can't keep up.
Like I said - it depends who you work for. I work for a hospital at home - not a company. nm
good company
I have been with them for awhile now.  Every one is wonderful and helpful.  I thought it was a 65 character per gross line.  I am going to look back through my notes.  If it is not, I still make a line count that I am happy with and still improving. Pay is always on time.    Have a good day.
Good company
I am happy with them. Good accounts, very rare to run out of work, good managers, decent pay. I feel I have been fairly treated.
D*** good company, go for it
I was off of QA in 3 days, overtime yes, benefits, yes. GO FOR IT, EXCELLENT COMPANY.