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Quitting without notice

Posted By: Marge Kamm on 2006-02-07
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Well, if someone hadn't told me I would not have believed it. First I am the relative that couldn't keep her thoughts about such things as hiring newbies with a contract that states they must agree to work for 30 days for free to determine if they are good enough to get paid or running off in the middle of a HUGE hurricane forecasted for Mexico and leave 4 kids with a babysitter and no emergency funds left for the sitter. I am also one of those that have NOT been paid for work done. First I would like to say that XXXXX is a great mentor, I learned a great deal from her, including that there are MTs out there that do not apply the ethics of medical transcription into their own life or the lives of their employees. As for upsetting her clients, I just informed them of the violations going on like file sharing after signing a confidentiality contract, some were quite shocked and I am sure she lost work because of it, but after the smear campaign she launched, I don't know what she expected. As for pay, you get paid as long as you work for her, you can ask just about anyone who has quit, and they have not received their last checks. Her famous excuse that I know that at least 4 MTs have heard is It must be lost in the mail. Funny how the only checks to get lost are those due to past employees and not current ones.

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    I quit with only three days' notice. (I have always given 30 days notice for leaving MT jobs because I am a high producer and I want people to have an opportunity to get an adequate replacement. However, there were extenuating circumstances of offshoring involved here.) I e-mailed D. and told her that if I had been given two weeks notice of the merger, I would surely have given her two weeks notice that I was quitting, but that, in all conscience, I simply could not work for any company that offshored, that it violates my principles as an American, so I hoped she would understand why my last day was going to be August 31. She wrote me a very kind and gracious e-mail back saying she understood. I started my new job the very next day and have never looked back. My unasked for advice would be for each person to follow her (or his) own conscience. You know how Jiminy Cricket used to say Let your conscience be your guide? Or as they said on Star Wars, Follow your instincts..... Do what is right for you, for whatever reasons your own circumstances dictate. Good luck!
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    As a matter of fact, I just left a company without notice. I felt horrible about doing it to my team but not to the company. While they never messed up on my pay, I was under constant stress. They treated several other people horribly and also changed all the terms of my employment contract within months of hiring me, which was going to cost me $800 a paycheck. I am the major breadwinner for a family of five and couldn't hang around a second longer losing that kind of money.

    The only reason you would not want to quit without notice is if you want to use them as a reference and/or want the chance to go back to them in the future. I was advised by a recruiter that you should never put anything on your resume that is less than a year, so you really don't want to use them as a reference anyway, and you certainly don't want to go back to them.

    Messing with someone's money is a big NO-NO, especially when they are costing you $400 for a second time. Heck no, I wouldn't give these people notice. There are some great companies out there hiring right now.

    Feel free to contact me by email if you would like some more detailed information about the companies I narrowed my search down to. I was very sceptical about trusting another company with the bad luck I've had (just as you have) in the last few years, but I think I finally found somewhere I can be happy at for a long, long time (of course only time will tell, but I'm feeling very optimistic).

    :) Best of luck to you!
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    Many are quitting
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    Just gave my notice.  The substandard pay for the amount of work I do is not doing it for me anymore.  There is a better way and I found it.  From what I understand there are quite a few more leaving this very strange company too.  The least they could do is add a minimum wage stipend for all the unpaid busy work.  Not my problem anymore.

    I'm planning on quitting too. sm

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    If you're thinking of quitting

    I rarely ever post but I just wanted to let people know what happened to me so they can avoid the same experience I had. i'm not gonna mention the name of the company here,but anyone who works for this company knows the problems they've had with their payroll and getting their direct deposits on time.. and how the owner is uncaring about how many bounce fees she causes everyone to have to pay, or how people can't pay their bills when their DD doesnt show up until Monday. She just turns off her IMs and doesnt answer emails. Really great person to work for..   Well.. aside from those problems, i just wanted to warn people that when you do decide to finally leave the company, just be sure she doesnt owe you anything before you leave. Do a slow down, so that she owes you as little as possible by the time you quit, unless you don't have any equipment, like a foot pedal or anything, that she sent you that she can use to justify holding your final check(s). She has done this to a few people I know of..and I'm sure there's lots more I don't know. I can't say if she pays right away if you don't have equipment,.she probably does ...but I know what happens if you do!!

    I had a foot pedal that belonged to her, and she held my final TWO CHECKS on me. She owed me one full check and for two or three days into a new pay period and held them both. When my next to last check didn't show up as expected and I called to ask her about it, she said its "company policy" to roll all money owed into one final check. She happened to be on vacation, so I returned the equipment,but still had to wait from the 4th of April until the 26th when she returned from vacation.. I waited and still didn't receive any money from her, so I emailed her multiple times with no response.. Then i happened to check my bank balance and found out she had deposited the check for the 2-3 days in my account..but the full check she owed me wasn't there.  I had expected a paper check from her, so I didnt check my balance for a while..I just happened to check it. When i emailed her about the money, she didnt even bother to answer me to say she had deposited it, so its a good thing I checked or I'd still be waiting.  I finally called her. since she refuses to answer emails, and she said she would look into what happened with the other check first thing Monday morning...This was last Friday.. today I FINALLY got my money from her.  only more than a full month and 266.00 in bounce fees later!!   So, the good news is she will probably pay you..eventually...but who wants to wait over a month with no check?  I know I had extenuating circumstances because she happened to go on vacation, but she also did payroll early, and there was no way I could have gotten the pedal back to her before she did payroll. She knew she was going to hold both checks and didn't bother to tell me that when I emailed her to tell her I had mailed the pedal back and would be expecting my check as usual on April 14th.. so I got a nice little shock when my DD just didnt show up on the 14th.  Maybe others get their money a little sooner, but still ..who wants to wait for their checks for that long.  Well anyway, I decided to let people know what happened to me, just so they can avoid it happening to them.

    OSI ALWAYS hiring, good MTs ALWAYS quitting
    don't think I will get paid for transcription I did before quitting
    I worked for several weeks for a transcription company and things did not go very well. I worked VERY hard trying trying to do my best work and just was not making very much money and things did not look like they would improve. I up and quit and now they are not answering my e-mails nor have I received pay for the work I did do. The quality of my work was great.  The platform was hard and I spent too much time trying to find patient accounts I believe.  Does anyone know what recourse I have? It is not a lot of money at all, yet I worked so hard to make it work.  Or do I chalk it up to another bad experience?  Thanks in advance. 
    Quitting, more work and other melodrama
    And you know I police everyone else because? Quite the assumption to make, eh? And spoken like a true cherry picker. Do my own work? Nah, I'm too busy doing the work everybody else has decided they're too good to do and they throw it back. Yes, please explain exactly how I get to do MY OWN work. Either you are a cherry picker yourself or you don't have people cancelling jobs and throwing them back for you to do, which results in a pretty crappy line count at times. You don't know me, don't make assumptions about who I'm policing. And, betcha the non-cherry pickers aren't afraid of us police!
    I see a lot of people posting on here about quitting MQ and I was just wondering where they all went
    and is it better. I guess we wont know what we are up against yet for about a week then we will see what happens.
    Sorry to hear of any quitting. I am on the "busy" account..
    I do like it a lot, but I also worry about overhiring.. and forcing me out of a job that I love..
    I don't recall saying I was quitting, just gonna wait and see. nm
    Are the part-timers quitting DeVenture?
    It's been about a month now with very little if any work for part-timers.  Anyone else quitting?
    Yep, hiring again. Are people quitting or what? There never seems to be a lot of work to me. nm
    WELL SAID - OSi people are quitting in droves including management
    that's what forums are for.
    Dont bother. Not enough work to go around. People are quitting.
    I guess at this rate, they may be hiring if everyone ends up quitting due to lack of work. They will come on here and state that we should just call the office and you will get put on another account. That is a joke. We have all tried that and you get ignored.  
    "People are quitting" -- who? I work in the home office
    and no one has quit in the last month.
    see post below "if you're thinking of quitting"
    that's the one.
    well, she asked; I just thought quitting extreme advice.NM
    Forget my check is 2 weeks late, I am quitting my

    job because I have to use some of my ink to print out paperwork.  If that is an honest-to-goodness complaint, you need a dose of reality.

    A printer with ink will cost about $30 to $40.  My company owes me $900 in back wages and $900 in current wages.  Yes, I refuse to work any more until I am paid, but I am still out almost $2000.  All they say is check is in the mail. 

    If you can put your MT-princess resume out there and get a better job that doesn't require you to spend thousands of cents on ink, you should go for it.

    honestly, no I didn't read. Pretty sure I'm quitting NM
    remember, (I'm sure you don't remember :) just saying, I went through this with Spheris, stuck it, ended up leaving anyway
    You aer required to work 3 holidays each year ... not sure about the quitting early thing. nm
    I notice you are on here a lot and I know
    for a fact that Spheris does not want its employees to participate on these boards, especially with their equipment. Is that what you are doing?
    MQ Notice

    My Story:  When I quit MQ a couple of years ago (and I had been employed by MQ for a few years with an account that requested me personally), I was kind enough to give 2 weeks notice and offer training/assistance to another MT to take over my account to ease the transition for the client and MQ. 

    I was informed that my 2 weeks were not necessary and I was done.  They took me out of the system so I could not get in to work even 1 more day.  They do not care who you are or what you have done for them, your outta there. 

    BTW, absolutely no correspondence from them since that time. Was FT employee, their computer, still have it with no word on what to do with it!!
    I did notice that too.
    I wonder why more do not post here about it. I searched the archives and found only a few posts about them.
    Anyone else notice..
    The job posted on job seeker's..whose pay range was from 4 cpl to 8 cpl depending on experience?? Seriously, if your newbie, do you really think you could eat on 4 cpl..and I thought VR at that pay rate was rough..straight typing at 4 cpl..Wow..glad to see cost of living keeps going on up but wages go down. I think I'm insulted.. LOL
    Did you notice
    their wonderful command of the English language? Get real!!
    Since it was w/o notice
    She is supposedly still working here, wonder what she is doing now. Wonder if she is typing now.
    I would try both if you can tolerate it. You don't want to start this new job and decide it is not your cup of tea and be without a backup plan.
    Notice when someone does not like they always say something like
    less experience or slow but I have more years in than you, 36 this year and actually transcribe straight in a day around 2500. Now I can make around $22-25 an hour and that is ok with me. We are checked x3 months at our job and expected to have 97 or above which I always do.
    did you notice
    When you spend years at these companies that don't give raises, they bring on new people who make more than we do?
    60 day notice .... What??
    California is an at will employment state.  Your employer can let you go and does even have to tell you why.  That is the way it is.  A sixty day notice does not even make sense.  I have lived here for lets just say over 35 years and had a business (not MT.)  News to me
    I always notice that too. nm

    I gave them my notice. I was looking

    for a job when I found them so I'm not worried. Good luck to you. You might need it.

    2-week notice
    It seems if you give a 2-week notice, companies are pretty forgiving... I would give it a try.... the worst they can say is No... or the best they can say is Yes!!  You don't know until you try!   Good Luck!