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RE: If you are a Transcend employee

Posted By: Current employee on 2006-01-12
In Reply to: If you are a Transcend employee - Then read the newsletter

I have read the newsletter and I understand what it says, and it did not say oursourcing was imminent.

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If you are a Transcend employee

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RE: If you are a Transcend employee
An addendum: Outsourcing is not currently ongoing per the newsletter. That is the point I am making.
A Transcend ? re: IC vs. employee

Anyone here who's done both who can tell me what-is-what would be wonderful.  I have an interview coming up and was hoping someone who's been on both sides of the tracks can elaborate on the differences, the plusses and minuses with particular reference to this company.  I relish flexibility and not been hounded with Big Brother watching my every move so That aspect of IC is calling out to me, however there are so many benefits to employee status that I could use too.  I'll take whatever they give me just to get away from MQ but I was just wanting some info to think about over the weekend. 

Thanks so much !  

Former Transcend Employee
I worked for Transcend for a little over a year and had a very positive experience. I only left because I wanted to go into QA, and they didn't have any openings for an Editor when I worked there. I was on the eScription end of things and really liked the eScription platform, met a lot of terrific people who I still keep in touch with. They were very flexible with schedules and from what I gather by reading this board, pay more than average to edit VR reports (the VR drafts are very good, at least on eScription)and it is possible to get a great line count once you get used to the platform (it doesn't take very long, very user friendly). Good luck in your job search!
Currrent Transcend Employee
Transcend acquires California company's transcription biz - from bizjournals.com

Does the above information sound like a scam? (your words, not mine). According to my dictionary: Scam means:verb
1 victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, con

My experience tells me you do not know the definition of the word/words you are so obviously using incorrectly concerning Transcend.
Loyal Transcend employee
Everything Liz is saying is true.  I have worked for just about every transcription company out there and Transcend is the best by far.  Please don't be worried about outsourcing of work to India...that hasn't impacted my ability to get enough work at all.  A very small % is sent overseas, and this happens in almost all of the national transcription services.  They mostly provide us with 3rd shift coverage when there aren't enough American MLS to meet turn-around times.  The only thing that will keep you from getting enough work is not being willing to work on all work types and all accounts, or not wanting to adjust your shift/days to accommodat workflow.  Please try to keep an open mind and positive attitude about Transcend.  I wouldn't still be here after 8 years if this wasn't the best transcription company out there.
I am a current Transcend employee and think they are great.

Any new job takes time to learn.  Give it a little while longer and see how it goes, check in with your Team Leader, they can really help you.


Good Luck.

Statuatory employee versus regular employee....
Can someone tell me the difference between a statuatory employee versus a regular employee?  My company offeres IC or SE status....I am confused about whether switching over the SE would benefit me more than IC status that I have been for some time with them?  What are the benefits and disadvantages of being an SE versus IC?  Thanks for all of your help!
They hire both IC and employee. I am an employee (see message)
and I have full benefits. I am very happy that I came to work here. I came as a statutory employee from a large company. Everyone at MDI has been great to me.
Depends on if you are employee or statutory employee (sm)
Employee, 8th and 23rd of month
Stat. Employee, 15th and 30th month
Diskriter - Anyone go from their employee to hospital employee with them?
Thinking about giving up on being their employee and applying for a hospital employee position through them, they have one in PA right now that looks good.  How is it for scheduling?  Do you keep your line rate or get whatever the hospital pays? Who manages those accounts, is it the same PM and DR that are on the other ones?  I have DR and feel like she doesn't have a clue what she is doing and it is so annoying, but I just don't have the guts to let the company know she needs to step it up a notch because the transcriptionists are not happy under her.  Are QA the same people or through the hospital.  They have 1 QA that is constantly asking us questions on doctors and format, things we should be asking that QA person.  Annoying that new people move up to QA but people who've been there 2 or 3 years get treated like dirt and jumped account to account.
Transcend bought MDI, so if Transcend sends work offshore, so does MDI. nm
We heard Transcend is buying Keystrokes next. I'm not working for Transcend. No Way !
If MDI-FL is owned by Transcend and Transcend admittingly offshores, sm
then doesn't that make MDI a company that offshores? That's like saying that one branch of a company offshores but another does not, so they are excluded from the offshore label. If MDI-FL is part of Transcend and Transcend offshores, that means that they do.
RE: If MDI-FL is owned by Transcend and Transcend admittingly offshores, sm
Your hypothesis is incorrect. MDI is a wholly independent subsidary of Transcend, therefore, they were not a part of the experiment to offshore to evaluate cost/benefit ratio that Transcend only tried for 90 days (I believe the evaluation process is not still ongoing).
Only employee and statutory employee..no IC
It is not Transcend. Transcend has not had control of
the accounts long enough to make any changes to anything. Maybe your account just slowed down like a lot of others did over the last few weeks. Everything will run status quo for a few months before any major changes are implemented. And give Transcend a chance. It is a good place to work and you will finally have some benefits that you will enjoy.
As an employee
I average about 8.5.  They have an incentive if you type 12,000 in a 2-week pay period and that's not too hard to do on their system.  Plus they pay higher on the weekends and at night (which I do on a split shift).  I also figure the benefits are worth it because they use United, which I like the coverage in my area.  All in all I am happy with them and I really like my team leader, that's a big plus to me.
Is this IC, SE, or employee?
Yes they do, also employee and PT
positions were available when I interviewed 6 months ago.
Every employee is different.
I have found OSi to be very flexible.  I personally do not work weekends.  We are required to work holidays if they fall on your normally scheduled days; although, getting paid at 5 cpl extra.  You can also request holidays off, which has never been a problem for me.  I have never been denied on a request.
IC vs Employee
You will pay more taxes as an IC because of SSI, whereas as an employee, you do not (your employer pays half of SSI.)
You said you are an employee? Where?
Where are these 4 companies that pay $8K a quarter for bonuses?!?! Please, do tell!!

And provide enough work for you alone to do that much work?!?! Please, do share!!
When you are an employee, do you
If so, you are better off being an employee. Otherwise, the so-called self-employment tax cuts heavily into your earned income credit. It did for me at least, without having made a huge amount of self-employment income.
You can owe as an employee also

If you filled out your W9 form and put down for 10 dependents you would also owe or if your marital status changed or your deductions changed.  All I am saying is that people think that because their employer is taking their taxes out for them they are not paying their own taxes.   When you handle your own money, you just have to be structured enough to take out what an employer takes out.   See your paycheck before and after taxes and see the percentage you are paying.  When you get a tax refund that is YOUR money that the government has had for a year.   You just underpaid.  You can also overpay as a business owner or an IC and get a refund.   But with the amount of deductions I have, I will never go back to an employee full-time as I would lose another 20% to the government and not ready to give that over.

employee or IC.
IC or employee?
I just checked their website and it states they only hire employees? It is possible to be an IC with them?
Yes, you can be IC or employee, nm
Their platform is very productive and they offer full benefits to full-time employees. For that they do expect you to work an employee schedule as they try to have the coverage issues worked out. There have been some growing pains with work flow, but my experience has been they have been resolved quickly and certainly nothing chronic. They do not pay for spaces but I took that into account negotiating the line rate. The efficient platform and getting paid for headers also helps offset the spaces issue for me.
Is this as an IC, or are you an employee? nm
They must be as I don't do employee (nm)
Sorry.. Employee, soon to be EX, at MDI-FL..

Definitely need to clarify that.

Pay for IC vs. employee

I'm interested to learn the average difference in pay between IC and employee--such as, if as an IC I earn 9 cpl (65 char with spaces), as a regular employee what would be the equivalent?  I'm guessing about 2 cpl less, so it would be 7 cpl as an employee.  I don't need insurance though.

Thank you in advance!


IC vs employee
An employer generally pays about 20% in benefits and overhead for each employee which includes medical insurance, paid vacation, income taxes, 401K, equipment, fringe bennies.   So yes, in the example you gave it would equate to about 0.2 cpl.
Employee only. nm
Are you and employee or IC? (nm)
An employee. nm
Really? I am a former employee of one of those
companies and I know one of them do.
are you an employee? sm
if so they are bound to take out state taxes. If you are an IC, of course not. Oh-- and by the way-- you would have to pay your state taxes yourself anyway :)
P.S. And, yes, I was an employee.

And yes, taxes are ultimately the responsibility of the employee, but most legitimate companies withdraw taxes from the employee's paycheck.  I found it difficult enough just paying my regular bills with the very low rate of pay this company offered, and it was impossible for me to also put aside extra money to pay for the taxes they refused to take out.

One of the reasons I decided to accept employment with them was because I belieevd of all the hype about them being best employer, etc., and I refused to listen to all the little warning signs that frequently popped up in my brain.  I won't ever do that again.

Not the OP, but is she is an employee, sm

why shouldn't she get paid for downtime?  If you worked at Burger King and no customers came in for an hour, yet you were required to be ready to service the customers, wouldn't you expect to be paid?  JMHO

Now, if she is IC, she's out of luck.

Are u an employee or IC? nm
I am an employee
I have written a demand for payment and have not worked since not receiving my check.

Any advice on who one contacts regarding those in the legal end to contact would be most helpful if anyone knows this info.

IC vs Employee

I know this subject has been broached before... but, how can a company seek an IC, and then assign work each day and expect you to put in X amount of hours, etc.  I don't understand this...  I was under the assumption that as an independent contractor, you work when you want.  You are providing the company with a service, you are not their slave and do not have to answer to them at a certain time of day.  IC means work is done and returned in the manner the IC sees fit.  When asked part-time or full-time, what is the answer when you are an IC?  Anyone else having this trouble?  I would love to hear from you...   

I also do not see how a company can put you at edit status, and then never give feedback on blanks, etc.  How do you ever get out of editing?  Is it the IC's job to ask about blanks when you are already receiving a smaller pay rate to be in editing and trying to make some money while learning a new account. 

Are you looking for employee or IC

CIT employee
I presently work for CIT and wouldn't work anywhere else.  There definitely is work out there to be done--almost too much work.  Bottom line is that I firmly believe your job is what you make it.  If you think it's too tough and can't be done, then guess what... It will be too tough for you and you won't be able to do it.  In regards to ESL dictators... I look at it as job security.  They are not going to change or go away, so my goal is to learn to master them.  Any good Transcriptionist knows that a short-cut program is the way to go--work smarter, not harder.  At least our platform offers you one if you do not have one of your own and it is very easy to learn to use.  I presently use my own, SPEEDTYPE, with my own standards for the dictators.  As for communication, if there is a breakdown in communication--maybe all parties involved are not communicating with mutual respect??  Basically I don't expect my boss to have to contact me unless it is necessary.  I was given what was expected and am allowed to accomplish it without having anyone breathing down my neck, but help is there if I ask for it.  As for a small company, yes, we are at this point.  Sam Walton didn't start Walmart with a boatload of people, each with one single specialized job, but a few very multitalented people who were flexible and able and willing to do what was needed in order to get the job done.  Look at the number employed there now--YEARS later.  My point is we are growing--fast.  Bottom line though, is that there is no job that is perfect for everyone, so you need to find your niche in life, determine your goals and what YOU are willing to do to accomplish them, and you may be surprised how your dream job could be exactly where you are today.   
Are you an employee
Are you an IC or employee? nm

I am not now, nor have ever been an employee, but

I was offered a position by them within the last 6 months.  The recruiter was so busy I.M. people during the interview that she couldn't keep a train of thought and I was distracted.  I felt red flag #1.  I'v heard from many people that you're questions go unanswered, despite the fact that management seems to I.M. each other all day long.  The recruiter told me about this account that was fabulous and there was rarely an opening  because the MTs loved it and there just wasn't any turnover.   She also denied offshoring.  She put me in touch with the team leader for this wonderful account and it was an account that I had worked on with another company and it was a horrible account.  The TL said it was a horrible account and they could never keep MTs on it.   The TL also told me that they indeed did offshore and not only that, but they offshored the good work and left the crap here.  

I just felt like I couldn't trust them and turned them down.  Their pay scale is based on lots of things.  There is a base pay, then extra for so many years of experience, extra for 2nd and 3rd shifts, extra if you have CMT, etc.  I can't remember what their benefits were like. 


IC to employee......
You are so very right!! I absolutely hate! being an employee.  It really is a hard transition.
Well, are MTs IC or employee? sm
If employee, how about benefits? Major medical? What company is the major medical with and how much does it cost? Schedules, M-F or do MTs work weekends and holidays? Do they supply equipment or can you use your own? How about pay? Line quotas? Easy to reach? cpl rate of pay? Platform? Clinics or acute care? Sorry for the long list but curious and would like to know before I apply. TIA.