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POLL: Best Company You Ever Worked For!!

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POLL:Worst company you ever worked for and why?


Poll: What % of base rate does your company pay for ME?
MQ - 70% of base rate for ME.
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.
posting for the poll
SS and also proud of it!~
Poll: school vs. OJT, etc.

I was just curious....

How long have you been an MT?

Did you attend an MT school, or did you receive on-the-job training?

That's all for now.

If you were offered a job working for a company run by someone in another country such as India at .27/line would you take it ?
can we poll Heartlanders? Who has a job yet and who has a job that is better than the old one?
Best MTSO Poll
Who thinks they work for the best MTSO?  Of all the companies, lets see who gets the most votes.  I vote for Transcend.
That's why it's a poll :) . Trying to find out about
Let's take a poll-which platform are

you using at WMX?  Enterprise or Chartmatrix?  I think that's where the problem is.  I am thinking one side has no work and the other does.

Poll: Take or pass

After reading posts below here's the situation: IC at company presently for a while which has lots of work. Decided to take E-Trans plus for security of employee position. Husband provides benefits. After reading warnings below:

1.  Take and try out anyway, despite the negative feedback.

2.  Keep IC job and do as much as possible, as it has not been a problem there and no need to stir the pot.

Just confused and seeking feedback since new information has popped up on the board. I am like the newhire below and do not want to waste time if job no good! Thanks in advance for your advice.

They are conducting a poll on the politics board.  Please vote on it.
Poll question
As some of you may recall, I recently retired from MT.   I was wondering if the companies y'all work for would be more likely to hire newbies if they had an experienced mentor working with them?  I'm not trying to sell the service of mentoring but by way of explanation, I met a gal via the internet who is just finishing a course.  I think she would make an excellent MT and I would like to help her. As we all know, a graduate of many of the schools don't have a snowball's chance of getting hired.  I would appreciate your thoughts.
Taking a poll about VR

Do you use the mouse or the keyboard to maneuver through your VR documents?  Which one do you think is faster?

MDI Poll: How many MTs have resigned since the


Poll -- or pole dancing
Sorry had to give you a bad time.   All you are paying extra as an IC is 7.5% of the social security and you should be able to write off part of that.  You need to look at both, see if the IC offers something to make up the 7.5% you will be paying.  You also have to know that you have the capability of putting aside your own taxes and paying them if you do not have a husband that can overwithold them for you.  But again if it boils down to the scare of the taxes -- you only pay 7.5% more as an IC for the social security.  As an employee they withhold the taxes for you -- you still pay them. 
Is the OSi I saw down further under the poll for the worst companies
the one in Atlanta? I just accepted a position with them and when I researched the archives, I saw good reports only about a month or so ago. Tell me this isn't the same one I am going to start working for!
Transcription platforms: A poll

What company do you work for?

Is your transcription platform easy to learn and easy to use?  Do you have to go to multiple, multiple screens to enter data? 

How much downtime do you experience a day?  How many times a day do you have to work with tech support to straighten out problems?  How many times a day do you have to either reboot or fix problems that occur that you have learned how to do yourself? 

How many lines an hour or a day do you average?


Poll: Is your MTSO low on work (please name it).
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.
POLL: Which companies are currently using Voice Recognition

I am currently looking to change companies, and from the posts I have seen, VR does not seem to be too popular, with a huge cut in cpl, so I want to put those companies at the bottom of my list. 


Could everyone please list their COMPANY NAME and if they are


  Currently using VR

 Planning to switch to VR soon


Any comments about cpl, how long it took to get back up to previous pay, and if you like VR would also be greatly appreciated. 


Thanks for your time.  





Poll: How long does it take your MTSO to cancel
preference poll ~ DocQscribe or Extext
First poll on what constitutes fair MT wages

The numbers are in from the weekend USMLSU poll regarding fair compensation for full-time US MT employees:

BY THE LINE:  All work types

  • $0.11 per line base starting pay for MTs with 10+ years experience and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment testing.
  • $0.095 per line base starting pay for MTs with 5-8 years experience, and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment transcription testing.
  • $0.085 per line base starting pay for MTs with 3-5 years experience and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment testing.

BY THE REPORT - Radiology and Pathology

  • $1.10 per report for plain film radiology, CT, MRI, ultrasound
  • $1.25 per report for interventional radiology
  • $1.25 per pathology report


Hourly pay would benefit those of us who spend countless mandatory scheduled 8-hour shifts babysitting overstaffed, underproducing accounts with little to no transcription work to be done.  As it stands now, in order to sit in front of our PCs for 8 hours doing little to no work (because there is none), in order to be paid for this mandatory idle time we must work weekends or night shifts to make up pay and quota for benefits, or request to use precious PTO time in order to be paid to sit idely for 8 hours to fulfill an unreasonable request promised to the client by the company:

  • $18.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work - 10+ yrs experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hiring test.
  • $15.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work -  5-9 years of experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hireing test
  • $12.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work -  3-5 years of experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hiring test

Please email your comments/suggestions/opinions.

This was a limited poll. Post your comments on

the Initiative web site, which I cannot post here because they keep deleting it, so ask around.

The more voices that are heard, the more input received, the more realistic the figures will be.

The person that posted that there are union MTs making $28 hourly with full benefits must have typed that during cocktail hour.  It's not happening any where, especially not for at-home MTs who are paid by production and paid nothing when there is no work.

Poll on ChartScript- Would you mind telling your likes and dislikes? nm
I think it is. He worked for my company
and this is the name he went by.  Might not be his birth name, but isn't just an internet moniker.
How do you know? Have you worked there? Maybe the company

just expects their MTs to do their job. Ever think of that?

I ask because I have worked for the same company

for 15+ years, and I don't like the way they are conducting their business right now.  So, I ask.  I think, like everything, you can take it with a grain of salt, BUT when you see a consistent complaint, then there is cause for alarm. 

I also want to know if a company pays fairly, keeps their word with regard to what is offered, if they have a high number of ESL doctors on their accounts, what type of transcription platform they use and is it easy to learn, and how quickly and accurately QA answers questions. 

Those are not things that can be observed from an ad for employment and instead come from the people who work for a company or have worked for a company. 


If this is the only company you have worked for then you don't know

there is any better out there.   I don't mean this to be ugly, but if you only have one year of experience you aren't qualified to be an editor, I don't care how good of an MT you are.  It just isn't enough experience and speaks tons for the quality of work that is produced.   Since I was also in QA I know the kind of work that is produced.   I've been in the business nearly 20 years and I'm still learning.  

I was actually offered a management position with SS after working for them for only 4 days, so obviously I'm good at what I do and they had no complaints with me.    Everything I said is/was true.

They were the best company I ever worked for (sm)
I left because I needed benefits of an employee position. However, they were the nicest QA. They left you alone. They didn't have the nonsense I've dealt with at Webmedx. I would have loved to have stayed with them if I could have afforded to. If you get your benefits from someplace else, they're really worth it.

What others are saying about having a hard time getting hired on is absolutely true, however. They don't have a dedicated recruiter, but instead have an owner who is wearing many hats including that of recruiter. I had to message her several times, call multiple times, and really pursue it to get hired on. I was persistent, and later I was glad that I had been.

I haven't been with them for many months now. They were a bit behind with technology, but not the worst. Being able to work whenever you want is definitely a huge plus.

I would highly recommend them still. Just know you've got to be persistent to the extreme to ever get past the resume/interview/email stage.
Anyone who has worked for more than one company can
tell you that every one of them - the good ones and the bad ones - have slow periods. Hence the concept of backup accounts. My backup account is actually p.r.n. with another company, and it works perfectly for me.
With every company I have worked for
you most certainly need the speed of DSL or cable to be able to do the work. I have DSL and mine still goes slow sometimes. There is no way it would work with simple dial up.

It's not the companies' fault that you do not have access to DSL or cable. I know some companies do not allow satellite, but there are many others that do so I would seriously look into that.

I worked for a company that had both

union electricians and pipefitters.  I did the payroll so I know what dues were.  Their dues way back then were steep.  If the union called for a strike the union did pay them for a certain amount of weeks, but not at full salary and if the strike went longer they were SOL. 

I know many people in unions who don't want to be in them, but due to their occupation have no choice.  In theory unions are a good thing, in reality not so much.  

If an organization like the former AAMT would have fought for us that would have made a difference.  Where does all the money go they get in dues each year?  It doesn't benefit me in any way, shape, or form.  They should us out.

I never worked for company, so was not SM
my bad experience. This person is a recruiter for Webmedx. She used to be recruiter for Spheris and she lies. I have never worked for Webmedx.
I have never worked for a company that
started one out on easy dictators. They have limited work-type, but not the dictators. They have given samples of any hard ones. If you are getting that many ESLs, then that is what they are getting also. Can't learn them if you don't actually do them.
I worked for a company
for eight years that finally decided to outsource to India, and when they did they decided to cut all their American transcriptionists pay to 5 cents per line.

5 CENTS PER LINE???? Shoot, I didn't even start at that fresh out of school. It's just ridiculous. The more ridiculous part is that some people actually stayed.
Who said I worked for that company?
Never did, imagination working overtime.
I worked for a company....
for 8 years and NEVER got a raise!  I even asked once and was told We don't give raises, you have to raise your production to get paid more.  Okay, so after 8 years on one job I am quite certain I've figured out all of the nooks and crannies, not gonna find a quicker way to type and I type fast already, so basically I NEVER get a raise!  I have heard of other companies that never get raises either, so just be thankful you got one:)
KS has been the best company I have worked for sm
thus far! The people there are great and sure there are slow times! Learn a different account. There is always a learning curve on any account one may get, hang in there!
Worked for company that was sold
I worked for a US company that was sold to an Indian company.  It was truly a nightmare.  No one had any kind of plan as to what was going to happen, there were management changes weekly, and in the end, nearly ever US MT was laid off or fired and nearly all of the work was sent to India.  Right after the company was sold, paychecks bounced, utilities in our building were shut off for nonpayment, expenses were not reimbursed, and even health insurance premiums were not paid and many people had no healthcare coverage for nearly a month. 
I worked for the same company the whole time and

just traveled for a year.  I downloaded via FTP site so as long as I had internet access I could work anywhere.  I have direct deposit so I didn't have to worry about that.   My family and I traveled through 34 states and Mexico and I worked the whole time.

Probably not what you were asking, but maybe something you hadn't considered. 

How long had you worked for the company? sm
I feel like a dolt for not doing any research on this company before beginning to work for them. I was already a bit apprehensive because they do not have direct deposit. Had you worked for them long before the problem with the paychecks? My feeling is, first check they miss, I'm outta here, but that does not compensate for the money already lost. :(

I worked for this company. The one thing they do have
Maybe you should ask for backup accounts, more than 1. They never run out of work, at least they didn't when I worked there 6 months ago. On the other hand, they have been hiring a lot lately. Can't hurt to ask for a backup.
Worst company I ever worked for.
Sounds files are horrific, worst ESLs ever (and I'm very good with ESLs and do greater than 85% ESL), all kinds of internal problems, etc.   If you look back for previous posts you do find an occasional good post about them, but you'll find 10 bad ones for 1 good one.   There have even been people who ignored all the bad comments and went to work for them only to come back here and post that the bad posts were right and they were sorry they didn't heed them.    There is always work because there is such a turnover in MTs.   I also worked in QA and was offered a management position with them and the quality of the work I saw was so bad that I had to pretty much retype every file.  
I second that-worst company I ever worked for also..nm
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.
By all means ask. I once worked for a company and had
an extremely difficult account.  The platform was difficult, the company was very large and disorganized, sound quality bad, no samples, and lots and lots of very difficult ESLs.  I had several years of MT experience, but very little ESL experience and was way in over my head.  I turned in my notice and was offered another account that wasn't supposed to be as challenging, but was.   Anyway, if the MTSO wants to keep you, it is in their best interest to do whatever is reasonably necessary to make you happy.  Now if you asked to be switched multiple times that is a whole other issue. 
I had never had this happen until I worked for my last company -
Your story sounds very similar to mine. I wonder, does your company have initials that start with D by chance? My main account had a few ESLs, but nothing like what was on the backup accounts, which soon very nearly became my primary because I was assigned to do jobs from them every day. I would just finish a batch of them and here would come another! They seemed to be the worst ESLs and the worst reports under the sun. I went from an easy 1200 lines a day on my primary to scrambling around to get 1000 and working 2 extra hours on the secondary accounts.

It was not like that in the beginning for me either. Everything was fine. They used to ask how things were going, etc., and fairly distributed the work. Then the company grew really quickly and they just dished out whatever work to whoever was on at the time, with little to no regard if it was your secondary or not. I suddenly felt like I was being fed a steady diet of garbage because quite frankly, though I complained and fussed, I could wade through it.

Their idea is that the work needs to be done by someone. I am sure it is not personal. You are just a body to them. Just decide if you can deal with it day after day. After 6 months of this and it steadily getting worse, I finally decided to quit after nearly 2 years with them. There are companies out there who offer better work assignments and care about their people. Best of luck to you! :-)
But if you worked for a company that hired
good quality MTs in the first place, you would not have so many 100% QAs, right? Actually..I think I work in the same place : ( lol
Love it there, best company I have ever worked for, NM