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Personally had a very negative experience.

Posted By: EX-DR on 2006-01-10
In Reply to: DISKRITER? Any comments, please.... - NONE

Platform - antiquated. Supervisors - a mess.  Account - not much better. I was extremely disappointed, but should have posted here first. Generally a negative consensus.  I was a hospital employee, which is supposed to be the best, as opposed to their other offer of Diskriter employee. No thanks. Oh, yes, also very old equipment and unstable system. Wish there was a positive I could share, but I don't personally have one.

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So your experience was not negative?
I thought they sounded decent until I read these posts, and was disappointed. I don't want to go out of the frying pan and into the fire. The only thing holding me back is I'm not sure I want to commit to FT.
I also had a negative experience here
She would never commit to a position with me even though I have 20 years' experience. I tried again with her another time and same modus operandi...

My experience was negative
but it was a while ago... so things may be different now.
I know of someone that had a very negative experience with them and moved on right away. nm
Just because one person had a negative experience...s/m
Does not mean that things will work that way for everyone, and I hope that everyone will remember that. I personally have never had any problems at all with anyone thus far at Transcend. I have had occasion to ask for an additional account or two, and have never been removed from my original accounts, but allowed to back into the other ones when work was low.

When I first cross-trained on these other accounts on this other platform, they asked me if I wanted to switch completely, but I simply told them I wasn't comfortable with that and that was the end of that discussion.

This other platform is a heavy VR platform, and it isn't BeyondTXT, but I have not found that I have lost a lot of money, as I can produce much more in an hour on VR. I average around 200-300 lines an hour on a straight typing account, and 400-600 on a VR account, so it evens out, really.

For those of you facing being merged with Transcend, please take everything you read with a grain of salt, and remember that your mileage may vary significantly from that of what others have experienced. It has been my experience that every situation will be what I make of it, and not to base my plans and decisions on what others have seen.
Try to be less negative? There is only negative here. It is a depressing way to start the day but
I think it's thoughtful in a way. Maybe your supervisor is just trying, in her own way, to make her MTs feel less isolated. Might not be the way you'd choose, but I'd take this sort of supervisor over one that ignores me any day!
Personally, I liked it better when it was
a small company.  I'm not excited about all the tiers of management that have been added, makes you feel more like you are just a number rather than someone who is making a difference.   Some of the team leaders are good, some are not so good, some are there to collect a pay check.  Pay is every other Friday, without fail.  As far as the programs to work  on, there are several, just depends on what you like. 
They KNOW THE LAW. I know personally I sent it to
them enough as well as others. They just do not want to abide by it.
I don't think some of these schools really care if their students gets a job or not; they are just in it for the money. I had a situation where my stepdaughter had a friend who took a course and wanted me to tell her where she could work. I had no answer. The school SHOULD have had some ideas, but a lot just don't care.
personally, i don't think they
overhire. I think it is a combination of short turnaround times, and work flow variations mainly, with maybe a few other factors thrown in for good measure...

also i believe that they (and rightfully so) hire a few more than needed as all of the new hires never stay. The ones that do are transitioned in slowly and then generally i believe (as with myself) get plenty of work. and they will work with account changes until you are happy. but obviously that doesn't work for everyone. i'm sorry it was a bad experience for you, but it has/still is an excellent one for me! wishing you well...
Don't take it personally

The QA people don't know you other than how they see your work. They can't possibly like you or dislike you.   I have found that most people who are very busy (I have been one of them) when they are sending e mails or messages along those lines, just don't have the time to pretty it up.  When you don't hear tonal inflections from someone speaking it's very hard to interpret how a statement is truly intended.  It's also very easy to take something in a way that it was not intended at all.

Ignore the perceived tone and focus on the content.  Keep every e mail as backup.  Make the corrections that they want you to make.  Now if they are being contradictory with themselves, that's one thing, but if they're just being picky . . . . . that's their job.

Just keep at it, don't take personally
Have you ever noticed how many hits (viewed) listed on each job posting? So say 500 or more and allll emailed a resume and only 1 position AND, say they stopped reading resumes after one or two and hired. See? Just keep emailing your resume, even go to the old listing and email. It is not costing anything, not a stamp etc. Just check both main job posting areas MTjobs and MTstars. Look to see if you can add or subtract something on your resume. Make the Font heading a bit larger.
Personally, I would not take it
I make way more than that now, but it the other things it offers meet your needs, go for it. Insurance isn't cheap to buy on your own, and that would be an attractive part of the deal. I personally couldn't handle the $13.50 an hour, but that's just me. Maybe the advantages outweigh the low salary? Do what is best for YOU.
personally, not really,
I am honored to have a job that others think sounds great. well, I guess I do get irritated if they think it sounds too easy, but whenever I've let someone listen to a few sentences of dictation, they get a whole new perspective!!
Why take it so personally? No one

wants to listen to YOUR ignorance, either. Maybe you should also stay in the seat that's best suited to you, and you know which one that is.

You are you to constantly insult MTs here? This board is for MTs, which you are not, otherwise you wouldn't lose your drawers everytime someone posts something you don't agree with, HMMMMMM???

I don't personally know anyone s/m

who works on escription, they all seem to work on different platforms and some of the things they tell me they correct just blows my mind.  Most of them seem to have to put in headings or take them out and correct the numbering patterns in addition to making all kinds of really STUPID corrections.  Here is a good example one of my friends sent me this morning:

VR:  He will be given deep gentleman hospitalization. 


Dictated:  He will be given Epogen during the hospitalization.


So from what you say, I would say that it won't be long until MTs are really obsolete.  

No negative sm
So......okay.  Send her to Andrews, she may as well get a decent education for her money.
Why is everyone so negative?
Life is too short to complain. Just pray about it and it will all work out the way it is supposed to. 
is anyone ever positive on this board. you have to draw your own conclusions. you have to look out for number one, yourself.
Read the contract carefully - you are responsible for covering your agreed upon shift if for any reason you can't work it yourself.

They really just seem to be contracting out the work to other businesses, which is OK I guess, but not very practical for the individual IC.

They may have changed the contract, but when I questioned this and a couple of other items, that's when communication ground to a stop.
not just that she said something negative - sm
they have to prove the content has cost them. and we do have a right to voice our opinion no matter what. like it or not.
I personally am getting started with them
soon and cannot be more excited. I look forward to working with them!
I personally would rather be warned of
a company's questionable business practices and stay away from them altogether than find out after I had been hired by them and got screwed out of my pay. 
Personally I don't think there are any psychics on here but I do see where someone would have
gotten the impression it was that service owner just based on the statement by the MTSO about the MT who bashed the company because they were fired. The MT had a good reason to be fired yet they blamed the MTSO. That is the only reason I thought it was that MTSO as well as I had seen something someplace else but this MTSO does usually use their name. Nothing psychic about it.
Personally, that's one of the things I liked

like I was really part of the health care team then, hearing doctors paged, hearing code blues called and hearing the pounding of the feet of the code blue team as they ran to the patient's room (of course the code blues aren't always on the floor directly above you, but when it is..).

Also, I've had a doctor pull up a chair and sit beside me as I transcribed his report where he mixed up left and right and he went through it with me and corrected himself. 

I dunno, I kinda like the in-hospital atmosphere.  I work at home now, but I do miss it being in the midst of it all. I never had that same feeling working for a service, because you are removed from it all.

I personally would take the $15 simply because
production-based work stinks regardless of how easy and how many normals there are. Production is never going to be a salary you can count on. Go for the $15. I sure would.
Personally, and this is only my opinion, I would never ever
go with either one of them. I used to work for Diskriter, and while there are some people that had problems with them, there are others who did not. I personally had quite a bit of problems - ran out of work all the time, late checks, etc. etc.

I have heard great things about Alltype - I do not work for them. I currently work with three people who all work for them part time and have loved it.

I, myself, decided to go back to working for a hospital. The benefits were far better than what Diskriter was offering.
Personally, I would not reveal sm
the fact that I had a medical condition. Isn't it discrimination and illegal for a company not to hire you based on the fact you have a chronic illness? I have a chronic illness, for years, and have never been turned for employment based on that. I don't reveal it in interviews. It doesn't keep me from working and I seldom (maybe once every 2 years) take time off related to it.
I have personally experienced this.
You say that you have a job with meaning and subsance. What is so special about the job with Sten Tel. Did your other MT jobs not provide meaning and substance?
I personally know of one company that is

a horrible company and the turnover is incredible.  From all the bad stuff posted here there are probably many who don't apply and I've seen at least a couple of MTs who ignored the comments here and applied anyway, only to come back a month later and say we were right and it was a horrible company and everything said here was true.

I saw a company yesterday on the job boards advertising a double bonus.  I have also heard lots of bad on that company. 

I think most of the companies that offer the bonus offshore and I guess need U.S. MTs to handle the crap.  I think many of the companies have weird line counting programs or change their programs so that the MT finds it hard to get lines.  I think many of them have a very boggy platform where the MT spends too much time looking up demographic information instead of transcribing.

I don't understand the bonus thing.  If they paid a decent wage to start with, had a good platform, didn't have 80% ESL dictators, etc. they wouldn't have a problem keeping MTs.  If they can offer the bonus why can't they break that down over a year and pay 1 to 2 cpl more.

I also think many of the companies realize they will not retain MTs because of the various things listed above, so they dangle the bonus, but then they stretch the bonus over months or a year and hope that at least they will have you long enough to get your bonus.

I haven't seen a company yet that has offered a bonus that I would work for under normal circumstances. 

I work for a good company, that pays better than most, pays per gross line, easy platform, etc. but sometimes you just get in a rut and want a change.  I've tested with several companies and been offered positions with each of them, but I felt like my line count would be significantly lower, line rate was lower, so that I would not be coming out ahead with the bonus.

I'm in the same boat, not trying to take it personally. nm
Personally, I am always worried about the
companies who offer the sign-on bonuses. Know what I mean? I don't know - just makes me wonder...Call me paranoid!! Don't know much about them. I applied there and it just wasn't -- all that -- for me. Pay was rather low, 8 cpl, I believe. Very nonspecific about accounts and work load, etc, as far as guarantee of work. No other specifics. Oh, yes, no sign-on bonus then!
Need to personally speak with

Anyone out there who works for Accu-Script located in Lake Orion, Michigan?

and I'm not saying this is your issue, but I know personally

my company will make things not so nice for an MT hoping they'll quit rather than firing them.  If quality continues to be poor, not meeting TAT, etc., then there may not be enough work, only the horrible dictators, etc.   If things are slow and you are a new hire maybe the old-timers are getting the work.   If a new account went VR that might also explain the work load too.   If you are otherwise happy at KS I'd call and be firm in that you need more work. 

I feel like companies should offer some explanation if work is low.  I know they can't give you what they don't have, but if you are a FT MT, there is a reason you are and you have obligations to meet and it isn't fair that they can't provide the work you need and not give you some feedback.    

I have never personally worked on it,

with some companies.  I hear ya' on the patient demographics.  I do mostly clinic, so schedules are provided to me, so I'm not sure how to help you.  I am surprised you are searching by name and not medical record number or some other number though.

Personally I was not happy.
They never got back to me and I emailed them several times. Bad enough not to hear back from a company but when a company whose job it is to help you does not get back to you? Depressed me even further.
I would definitely rather have 65 with spaces personally
Personally I like DSG. I work for them and MQ sm
I know there are people out there who disagree but if you work when you are supposed to and do what you tell them you will, then they don't bother you.  I like them.  Pay is decent.
Personally, I think TT is more organized than SG.
I applied for SG, got an immediate response because I had been on the Escription platform for over 3 years and 15 years of MT experience. They told me they needed someone ASAP and asked me to the do testing that day, which I did....and then NOTHING.  No response. My emails to them went unanswered, which I found rude. If for some reason, I did not pass the test (which was extremely easy), then out of common courtesy, they could have contacted me with a Dear John email even. I wasted my time immediately doing the testing only to be blown off. Very unprofessional in my opinion. That right there says a lot about a company. A few years ago, I did apply with TT, got offered the job and did work with them for a few months. I ended having to quit for personal reasons, nothing on their side as they were very organized and nice to work for. So, they get my vote. 
Your right on with that comment - Personally I'm

I personally am very, very happy for you..
good luck and you take good care of yourself
Personally, I think anyone that is interested in

becoming an MT is crazy.  It is one of the worst jobs to have and horrible for your health (sitting all day - horrible on your circulation).  I regret the day I got into it and thankful I have the opportunity to get out of it.  They pay is low unless you are an above average typist and you are responsible for your own taxes.  I hate paying taxes for the luxury of working in my OWN home.  If you get employee status the benefits are horrible.  Any MT that praises this field either types 200+ lpm and/or doesn't mind working 10 hour days including weekends. 

   I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.


HOW RUDE!  It's wonderful that you are able to tell what others are thinking or what they want to do.

Who are YOU to tell an MT to go somewhere else?  The poster has a right to her/his opinion just as much as you do, although she seems to be able to express herself with somewhat more class that you are capable of.

I have seen it happen personally.
You should contact a recruiter or possibly even your supervisor or another coworker if you still have their numbers and see if an opening is available and if not, what does the future look like.
Personally, I would never work for a
company where I had to pay if certain conditions were not met. What if there is no work and you are short your lines. I would look elsewhere.
I personally don't know of the company...
but I've heard them called TransScam through the years.

A Google search on Transam asociates should enlighten you fully on this company.

I emailed you personally
I am wondering the same thing.
Personally, I would rather find another job than
work for a backwards company like that.
Personally I am very thankful for ...

this person posting this information about this company, as well as anyone else posting about any company on this board, good or bad.  There are lots of good and bad companies out there and this is one of a few resources that we, as MTs, have to come and search out information about companies.  That is not to say that you make your final opinion on a company based on a post here but it definitely helps.  In this day and time when most of us are struggling to make ends meet, working on horrible platforms that make it almost impossible to make a decent line count, dealing with horrible audio and horrible dictators, it is at least a bit comforting to know what little bit you have earned you will actually receive. 

To the original poster, I am so sorry that this has happened to you and I wish you the best in obtaining what is owed to you.  Thank you again for this warning.

Personally, I would not go into debt for a new car sm
just to get a bonus from a company. It does not make any sense to me at all.