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Not necessarily. I was a CS grad...

Posted By: who got 7.5 cpl first job -- nm on 2006-07-25
In Reply to: 6 cpl. Those with 30 years only get 7-8. - nm


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new grad help
Hello, I am a new graduate of the Career Step training program. Can anyone give me guidance as to how to find work. I am applying like crazy, but no one wants to give the unexperienced a chance. I am hoping the year of school was not all for nothing. Thanks for any guidance you can give.
To M-TEC grad
I am also an M-Tec grad.  Axolotl is on our COC.  Why don't you go for it and send them a resume?  They will waive that requirement for M-TEC grads.  Good luck!
M-TEC Grad
Can you tell me if the graduates are being told they will be hired after graduation? You can all share in the over-hiring that we all experience and the lack of work and the crummy ESL dictators.....
Another PCDI grad
No, don't give up. While I will say that PCDI does not really give a good insight to the real world of MT, I feel pretty good about my abilities, and have 2 jobs. If you really want to do this, you can. If you can find a different school and want to, then by all means go for it. I don't believe at all that just because you go to PCDI you will be hurting for jobs. Once you test for companies, and if you have the determination to succeed, you will be fine.
you said off shore and New grad MT's
which means if I pay my experienced MT's 9 cpl, then the newbie should get 4 cpl, because I have to pay an Editor 5 cpl to QA their stuff to get it up to the 9 cpl quality.  But then everybody screams about newbies only making 4 cpl????
What CPL rate could a new M-Tec grad sm
with no experience for a national (acute care) expect. 
If you are a VLC grad, I can provide you with
As an Andrews grad, I highly
I felt well-prepared when I got my job and never regretted having paid top dollar for my training; as with many things, you truly get what you pay for. In fact, many of the national companies prefer Andrews grads or M-Tec grads as the previous poster mentioned and as a newbie you will need every advantage. Good luck to you.
Determination/PCDI Grad
I agree. I graduated in July 2004 and have had SEVERAL opportunities to test, and even work with National company. I had no problem at all finding the 2 jobs that I have now and ALWAYS do very well on the tests. I also agree about detemination...since it was a driving force for me to excel in school and to get a job. I got EXACTLY what I set out to do! I have to say that if the original poster has enough determination, she will get her just reward!! She can do it!! Don't give up!
Yes...these days that is good for a new grad.
Unfortunately at first many new grads can only do 100 or less lines an hour but it is NOT bad to start since many, shall we call them sweatshop companies, are offering 4 or 5 because it's a mentoring experience.
Anon. IF you do not know what an Andrews grad is then you don't know this business
Andrews school produces only the best baby!!!!!!!No exaggeration here. Ask anybody on this board about Andrew graduates. We produce like pros, which I am.
Softscript for Recent Grad Good?

Recently graduated from 1 of the Big 3 & SoftScript offered me a position.  Mixed reviews from what I saw - anyone have an opinion on them considering I have no experience yet?  They are offering 7 cpl.  TIA. 

Sofscript for Recent Grad Good?
I would warn anyone off from working for SoftScript (SS). I worked for them for a whole two weeks (middle management) and couldn't stand the owner or JG (his counterpart who actually runs him and the business).

My experience with this company would warrant my saying RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

typo, I type 1,200 a day or more. Yes I really do. Andrews grad. HOORAY!!!!
As a recruiter, I'd hire an Andrews grad in a New York minute. You're doing a great job of se
They are properly trained. They are ready and able to work from day #1.
Wouldn't YOU like to have training that made you a hot commodity the minute you graduate? Maybe you should go back to school so you can be an arrogant MT and not be penalized because you aren't cutting it.

As a famous model once said Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

Good luck in your future endeavors.

Not necessarily going to ASR

All of a sudden, no work at ALL on my offices biggest ED account...no one seemed to know what happened

Well, MQ's ED templates is what happened.."over 70 different templates for 70 main chief complaints" is how it's billed...go to MQ's home page, look at the link for ER's.  Doc picks the form, circles his choices and voila..all done! Don't need no MT to take care of business with these.

So, you mean to tell me after a week. the office finally says.."well, unbeknownst to us.SOMEONE sold them on the template system..just amazing the answers they think we will believe.

Not necessarily ......sm
It could have the opposite affect too. The aircraft industry has tried that too and it just pushed more and more work offshore. We used to have 30,000 aircraft workers in my town and now we barely have 5000. My opinion is you train everybody you can to do transcription and take as much work as you can and that will leave less for them to do and evetually they will find out it is not the little pot of gold they once thought.
Not necessarily
Some MTs who have posted this kind of income were working for a service - it's mostly a matter of getting on a good account, I think.
Not necessarily so
I work at Spheris and have an account I've been on since day 1 with plenty of work. I do have a secondary but really just work on 2 accounts. I have not found them to be inflexible at all -quite the contrary. It's a big company with lots of supervisors, several platforms, and different people have different experiences. There are MANY happy employees here, along with some that are unhappy. Sorry you had a bad experience - I have had a very good one.
Well...not necessarily, but it CAN

All you have to do is create a new folder each week that you save all of your work into.  At the end of the week, have Sylcount count all of the lines in that folder (the place where you saved all of your files for the week).

So, you would have a main folder called:

ABC Transcription (or whatever your company is called)

and inside that folder (after a year's time) you would have 52 folders (one for each week of the year).

Hope this helps,


Not necessarily
Just want decent pay, and to work with people I can respect, not people sticking daggers in my back. Managing people is really not my thing, I am more into QA, things like that.
Not so necessarily
Many high school grads are avoiding higher education in highly trained skills BECAUSE of the influx of foreign workers -- so yes, it is due, in part, to a reduced US skilled labor force not due to pay, but the realization of competition from outside countries. Even in the mid 1990s, software companies were bringing in foreign workers. I have a friend who works for one of those companies and while he has held onto his position, he recently told me that 90% of his coworkers from the 90s were laid off and have been replaced by foreign workers. The skill set of the foreign workers is higher than the ones let go and the work force is younger with fresher ideas, having grown up sucking their thumbs while surfing the net. They get an equal pay and performance bonus as he, while prorated for longevity.

If Silicon Valley employers can buy a retired cruise ship, import large numbers of foreign workers and float them in international waters for months at a time to work, bring them on shore for the government allotted time before returning them to sea, tell me where money is saved?

If our international MTSOs can spend millions of dollars on the construction from the ground up for the training of and employing of up to 5000 MTs (just for one company) in foreign countries, and those employees are now beginning to earn salaries and benefits close to what US MTs are getting, tell me where to find the savings, especially when you factor in lost profit due to power outages and riots over things we would never lose a day's work over.

It is a global economy, not just in the MT world, and will continue to filter down in every aspect of our daily lives.
Not necessarily.
I recently applied for a similar position. They did have a website, but it was very limited and didn't really have any info. No one had ever heard of this company. I was a little hesitant, but decided to accept the other anyway. It has turned out to be the best company I have ever worked for. The pay is much more than I was offered at any of the nationals. I had been there less than a month and received a raise as they said I was doing great and they appreciated all my hard work. There are good companies out there. I am very happy I took a chance.
Not necessarily - LOL (sm)

SM's platform is a horror.

Not necessarily..

Unless you don't mind working more than an 8-hour shift when the work is low to get your counts, or when there are problems with the platform, etc.   Not trying to discourage you but there are problems there.  And they quoted you 10 cpl?   

Not necessarily

I can do 2000 lines in a day - usually a 9 to 10 hour day, but still ....

Anyhoo, my accuracy stays in the 98 to 99% range.  I have occasional blanks when I just can't make something out.  My company uses templates, too, for each doc (it's a clinic account) and I have them saved in Word with the modifications that are needed.  I type in Word and then cut and paste into the platform.

I use lots and lots of expanders.  That's how I can get 250 lph.  Everything that is more than two or three characters that can be made into two or three characters is or has been and I add to it constantly when something else comes up.

Not everyone is fast and sloppy. 

Not necessarily. When you have new MTs,
Indian MTs, or MTs who just really don't even try, it can slow you down DRASTICALLY & be very time-consuming. QAing is not something that should pay per line if you want it done right.
Not necessarily - sm
It is my belief that if the number of employees laid off is less than 50, then 29 USCS 2106 and 20 CFR 639.1 would still apply.

Good luck!

Not necessarily--probably just tell them --sm
to look in the *archives* or Google it. *This has been discussed here a thousand times. look it up* or some other such rude answer. Nobody on this board seems to want to help any longer.
Not necessarily...
Sometimes the bar is set so high that, even those who do meet it, can't do so for any length of time without suffering the consequences in terms of health, mentally and/or physically. Sometimes meeting the bar takes a toll. It doesn't necessarily mean a person can't meet it...simply that they won't. It all depends on each person's priorities. ;-)
Not necessarily.
Signing a nondisclosure agreement at the outset of your conversation with the company presents no onerous burden to you and allows them to discuss the position in greater (specific) detail with the knowledge that you have agreed not to disclose anything you learn during your conversation with them, such as who their clients are. This is reasonable for them to ask, especially since neither of you knows whether you will be offered or will accept a position with them.

Sign the forms and get yourself into the conversation. It's nothing you should worry about and it makes perfect legal sense.
Not necessarily - there are 2 systems....sm
Transcend's and eScription used by MDI-Florida.
Bigger ain't necessarily better!

Just because someone works for a national doesn't mean their accounts aren't overstaffed, they don't have a terrible platform that breaks down virtually every day, (sometimes for 8 hours at a time), and they don't constantly run out of work. I simply can no longer afford to remain with my current employer, which is a national.

I'm a hard-working, loyal, dependable, dedicated person who takes pride in her work and doesn't like to switch jobs.  I'm not looking for my next job; I'm looking for my FINAL job.

All I want is an HONEST company with a dependable platform that actually works, an abundance of work (with no overstaffing/bait-and-switch games) and decent medical benefits.  If it's a small company, that's fine.  I just want to work for an ethical company that I can trust and respect, and one which is willing to pay a fair cpl rate.  (To actually receive respect and some loyalty in return would be the proverbial icing on the cake.)

Is there such an animal out there somewhere?

Not necessarily 2 weeks (sm)
It depends on how fast you pick up their excellent system. Your reimbursed after so many months for your expenses out of pocket. No charge for the use of their computer which they maintain excellently. No one looking over your shoulder. What more could a happy MT ask for. Excelent work environment.
Not necessarily-if you get a bad dictator -- sm

your production is hurt whether you are experienced or not.  Fast production not only depends on the MT's ability but the quality of the dictator and how fast or slow they speak or how clear the speak.

A person with more experience will leave far less blanks but will still be limited on how fast she/he is.  Thus they deserve to be paid more than 7 cpl.

It isn't necessarily overscheduling. My
account is fairly new.  They may get 800 minutes one day and get 1500 the next day.  The TAT on my account is very short.  If they staff for 800 minutes and there is 1500 they can't stay within TAT.  If they staff for 1500 and only get 800 then obviously there isn't going to be enough work to go around.

If you've had an account a while and can see the trend in dictation, or have a longer TAT, then you can better staff so that everyone has plenty of work.

I agree there are companies that overhire.  There are horrible companies that constantly have ads running because they can't keep people, but there are also companies that frequently have ads running because they have getting new accounts.  My company has gotten 4 large accounts within the past 6 weeks and have had to hire probably 100 new MTs. 
That is not necessarily true...
The company has a right to control the end result, but they cannot control the means to the end result.  As I understand it, they can require a certain number of lines each week, but cannot tell the IC how to complete those lines (which hours or how many hours).
Not necessarily spiteful
The negative comments were well unpleasant, but seemed genuine and not over the top. Is it not possible that some people really did have a bad experience, and were just trying to answer the original poster's question honestly?

Most readers know to take comments posted with a grain of salt...
Not necessarily true.
My company has Global in their name, yet they are a very small US-based company. They are the best company I have worked for yet. I wouldn't judge a company based on their name.
VR does not necessarily increase
your speed. If you are making lots of corrections, then you will actually lose ground.
not necessarily fault of the MT
I ran into a former coworker of mine. She works at a hospital where the doctors are allowed to send the VR reports out without review by an MT and was telling me about the HUGE problems this has caused. Can you imagine? Egads.
Agreed. What you train on is not necessarily what
you'll end up with.  You'll never know what account you'll be on from day to day or hour to hour.  I agree with the 1 to 2 days for support, but that is too long IMHO if you have several similar reports back to back and have to leave blanks in all of them.
Not necessarily, I'm paid better by the national right now. -nm
Are all the bad applicants necessarily newbies?????


Not necessarily true; my acct is less than 50% ESL SM
The higher paying accts are higher percentage ESL but there are many other accounts which are nowhere near as high as your 80%. There are at least 20 different accounts there (maybe more?) and not all of them are high ESL. (BTW, been with them for 6 years now so don't suggest that I'm a newbie and they will bait and switch me to another account later.)
Outsourcing does not necessarily mean offshoring. nm

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.)
VOip and digital are not necessarily the same.
VOip is voice over internet protocol.  I have digital phone and it is not over the internet, uses a regular phone line.  It is not connected to my computer at all, thus you don't get the hesitations, etc.  
Do you necessarily make more if you only type ops?
Not necessarily so about the pay scale. But more importantly, you can get an almost
It all depends on what you mean when you say company A pays MTs well. They could be paying same amount to company B and company B is okay with a smaller profit.
EMR doesn't necessarily mean no transcription

The account I work for has EMR - and they say in several things reviewed and unchanged.  See EMR.  And yet I still type reports for them.  There is always going to be a need for a narrative in part of the report.