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Talking about pay, so many here talk about what you should be paid

Posted By: Sassie on 2008-02-22
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I have years and years of experience but I think most pay is not offered for experience now and a lot of companies only have set amount to pay, whether you have done this for 30 years or 3 years. I find it amusing (as one post said below) to ask for 10 cpl in doing VR work. Listening to a talk radio show the other day caller asking about raises and why he was not getting. Interviewer asked was he valuable to the company? I just wish a MTer would have called in to let him know, raises- what in the world is that for us? I see no change in this business. The pay is terrible, see no change in that and only see more outsourcing for less work for us. This once very good career choice has just gone downhill and keeps going.

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Talk of "mass exodus" and trash-talking a great company
is what you refer to as 'not being thrilled about the switch'?

Are we even reading the same posts?

VR people have tried reasoning with these posters in an effort to reassure them and calm them down, but apparently they're off to the races and thriving on their self-generated hysteria.

So, to answer your question, YES, I have said how much I like VR, only to be accused of lying, being management, an inferior transcriptionist, etc. They don't want to hear reason. They don't want reassurance. They want to draw blood.

These people are vicious with their false accusations and assumptions, and now they're turning their efforts towards a highly respected company that I, and MANY others, love working for because they refuse to catch up with the times. VR is no surprise. It's been a force for years and yet they all act shocked when it comes to pass, and then immediately turn tail and try to denigrate TT for implementing it.

And desperate to attack? WRONG. Because I refuse to sit back and watch my profession and an employer I have nothing but gratitude and respect for run into the ground are things I will not abide.

Not thrilled with the switch? These people have the same mentality as those who were burning books in ages past.

I haven't been paid yet. What are you talking about?
Training on the system, not paid, but if you are physically typing reports then you are getting paid
Oh, yea -- PAID, too. Grandmother PAID LEAVE would be a great drawing card to TT !!

Just love that PAID TIME OFF !!

Any company that makes you wait to get paid until they get paid by the client
is not a company you want to get involved with. That's part of being an MTSO, figuring out how to cover your payroll while waiting to get paid. I would stay away!
Is this a live count of lines paid for or same as CTRL I that we do not get paid for ?? nm
Not talking about lines. Talking about what you actually
Me too.. the outsourced company was paid for and paid me for headers, but OSI does/did not.
I have always paid yearly and have never paid or been assessed a penaltly. nm
Be glad you get paid tomorrow. We are paid on the 1st and the 15th, so sm
since the 1st is on a weekend, we don't get paid until Monday.  It will happen again on the 15th of August …sigh.  It is the only thing I do not like about the company, though, so I guess a few weekends of poverty a year is not too much. 
Lori never paid me and now ETC has not paid my friend.
What is WRONG with these companies?    
Is it still being paid on time if you are paid on the 1st and 15th.....
and if the 15th falls on a Saturday getting paid on the 17th?  My bank is open and posts on Saturday that means I am not being paid on the 15th doesn't?  This has happened a lot lately. 
At least you get paid, I would rather be paid late than not at all. Just my 2 cents.
Yea, at least u got paid. Everyone who worked for TSI is STILL waiting to be paid

I don't understand how Jayne cannot pay us.  We have christmas coming up.  I bet her family has a fantastic Christmas because she is using OUR money to pay for it.  I worked so hard for her and I know the other girls did too.  How insulting that she will not return phone calls or emails or PAY us.  How does she look at herself in the mirror knowing that the MTs who did all the work FOR her did not get paid.  She even sent me an email saying I give you my word HAHAHA her word is nothing, obviously.  Well, I will call the attorney for the THIRD time and see what is going on. 

To the poster, at least you got paid even if it was late.  I sincerely hope you get your last check.

This is Ms B. - Talk all you want, I
You drove me to drink.  A six pack just won't get it anymore.  I am on the hard liquor.  Just kidding.  Get back to work. 
You would have to talk to them about that.
Sorry. I believe that is confidential information as far as pay but as far as their requirements, it is my firm belief that 5 years is needed to be a good QA person.
I can tell you this because I still talk with MTs that
work for them currently, my name is still on the mail list, and I have not been there in over 2 months. I'm not doubting that they have hired people, but keep in mind that they have brought down the 3-5 year minimum experience, now down to 2 year minimum expeience. So that accounts for A LOT of the new hires.
lp talk
I think they pay very well.  Correct about turnover on QA managers.  Pay is 1st and 15th, but once in awhile, they change it to 7th and 22nd, and you wait an extra week to get paid, which is quite horrible.  Is your new job Emdat?  Did you find the job through here?
Like to Talk More to You


You have an interesting name, something like HappyWithoutPS?  Anyway, I see you know a lot about Precyse, the true straight skinny, eh?  That's what I wanted to know about.

Do you mind telling me what company you are now working for?  Do you like it?  I am looking for a good one.  Thanks.

Linda D.

No talk?
They also cannot  control your rights to freedom of speech, as long as you are not spreading lies.
So, let's think of something else to talk about
thanks for pep talk
I appreciate it. I was feeling like I just shot myself in the foot. I will check them out. From what you say, they sound okay. Is this one people refer to as MDI? I saw there is also MD-IT. Which is which?
before you talk yourself out of it,
you'd be wise to consider the future of MQ in this country. I left there after a long time and long time being their cheerleader. All the red flags of concern are in place.
You might be able to talk...
MDI-MD into that one. They seriously need weekend coverage.
Talk to your STM about it - she or he can sm
set your choices as ASR vs non ASR if you want to opt out. They don't just let you know, you would have to ask. Also what I was correcting what that you said ASR pay would drop to 35%; your pay remains at 70% of non ASR rate. Did you know other companies pay a flat rate of as little as 2-3 cpl for editing?

As for what is not on ASR - it's not always the crappy guys who are left but the people whose formats can't be mimicked by the ASR engine. (Guys who say - Oh go back up and do THIS, etc)
Talk to HR

You need to talk to HR, because I do believe the other poster is incorrect when she says that most companies pay in full for one employee.  Rarely does anyone do that any more.  When a company advertises paid insurance, they are probably meaning that a portion of it is paid and not the entire premium.

Some employers pay more of the premium than others do - it depends on how generous your employer is.

Believe me they DO talk
They will find out. Whether its okay is up to your company and whether you signed a no-compete agreement. My company found out and tried to make life miserable for me and continues to do so. I won't quit
no I don't talk to anyone like that sm
except comments like this. I have heard enough complaining about this profession in 35 years. Its very obvious to me this person has not been paying attention to what has been going on. If she had had experience working for a national she would KNOW that this has been going on and will continue to go on until people stop it. I do not see how anyone who says they have been doing this for as many years as she has can not know this is happening. Its happening and people need to get their head out of the sand!
nobody else would talk the way sm
his/her messages appear on this board. Easy to figure it out.
to MTs in such a rude and demeaning manor?  Whether or not you're mgmt, I don't give a rodent's behind ... they are entitled to their opinion just as much as you are.  If something is affecting their ability to make a decent living, they also have a right to speak up without your high and mighty attitude.  You're happy at TT? Well, bully bully for you!!  But your rude tone and the way you talk down to your fellow MTs ( if that really is the case) makes one think that you are also a very UNHAPPY person. 
Transcend talk

I read some posts below about Transcend that were disturbing to me.  I work at Transcend and I love it very much.  Being an employee at Transcend, I have access to the forum for all employees there.  I have not found one thread on there that supports for one second what the unhappy ex-Transcender was saying. 

My question is this, however, what if  high producers are treated differently than others? They are kind of like the employee who is always at work, on time, positive attitude versus the employee who calls off, is undependable, bad attitude.  Which one do you think would get better treatment?  That is pretty much a no brainer if you ask me!  There are also those MTs who are great employees and do the basic line count required of them.  They receive the basic pay that they were offered.  What is so wrong with that?  That is the effort they put into it.

I will say exactly what I do there.  I scored 100% on all my tests for hire with Transcend.  I have 9 years' experience in clinic transcription.  I was hired in full time, benefits, etc.  I work on a clinic account and have a secondary that is hospital.  No, I did not have hospital experience when starting at Transcend.  Being the great company that they are, they were willing to train me and enhance my experience for both our benefits.  I make 0.0850 cents per line.  The incentive plan is so great that I try to produce more than 11,000 lines per pay period so that I can benefit from it.  I have asked for days off and have always gotten them without hassle.  I have a schedule, however, do not always work my hours but different ones according to what is going on in my life.  I dont ask if that is okay, I just do it.  If I cannot work in the morning, I do it at night.  No one has ever said anything to me about it because I do my lines. 

I work also on VR.  Everyone will be.  Let's face it ladies, it is the future.  You can hate it, fight it, but in the end you either do it or get a new career.  Every MT in the future will at least have to know how to do it.  I plan to learn all I can and become better and faster at it so that I am assured a job. 

There will always be some people who are bitter when they leave jobs.  Some people seem to have a sense of entitlement.  However, it all goes back to the good old days where you get what you give.  The more lines you type and the harder you work, the more money you make.  There is nothing wrong with an honest day's work. 

Talk to your manager about it first of all. Then...
...if that doesn't work, most companies, depending on how much they are hiring, can find you a spot if they want you bad enough.

Sometimes recruiters are really restricted on what they can hire for, but if there are a lot of openings to fill I can hire a M-F person if it's a deal breaker and I absolutely don't want to lose them.

However, it doesn't happen often, the person typically has to have a spotless track record and reputation in the field, and they possibly will have to fit into a potentially difficult-to-fill niche (oncology or very high ESL, for example), but it's not unheard of.

Good luck!
Can we talk - about this MQ letter!

The first sentence that sent me tossing my cookies was "...we would like to thank you for your continued service and support.  we know the key to our success is the people who work so hard for our customers every day".


PLEEZE......I have not had one centilla of a raise in over 5 years!  So we know what that sentence was all above.  Your thanks and $1.25 will get me a bad cup of coffee at Huddle House.


Next - that's the whole reason for this letter if you ask me - the little ditty from WINSTON AND STRAWN, attorneys at law.


They wanted MQ employees to cough up DOCUMENTS (document preservation).  Of course the attorneys for the MTs' class action suite are also searching out those very same documents.   How quaint.


And that graph about "over the past several months with your help and input we have been working on developing a pay plan and comprehensive benefit program that will enable us to set the standard in the industry."  Nowhere in that whole paragraph did it mention statutory MTs.  It addressed them in the salutation of the letter, but never in the paragraph about the pay plan of benefits if you notice.  and lord help us if MQ is going to set the STANDARD for the industry (which they have single-handedly devastated all by themselves).  They did not make profit through solid  business means, they made their profit off the BENEFITS we as MTs made previously and which they through smoke and mirrors merely shifted over to their profit column.  That didn't take a genius - just underhanded business.  I could do that too, take what used to be benefits and change it to the profit monies. 


And in this letter they further have the nerve to claim:  "While we believe that the claims raised by the three transcriptionists appear to lack merit..."  How about the thousands of other MTs who also believe it to be so, and the hospitals that back them up?


I have to go pour me a drink. 

You did talk to the person about it too, right?
I have had some rude ones in the past too, but I usually am very upfront and candid with everyone. They know right away if there is a problem and we clear it up right away. Otherwise, I move on quickly. And because this can be such a high turnover job, the MTSOs can become a little rough around the edges over time, expecting way too much and getting very little in return. A lot of people say they can do more than they can. Not that it's right but I take all of that into consideration when dealing with them. Try to go smaller family oriented company if you can.

--It's good you are venting but try not to let yourself get that upset...just let it roll off your back--
There was talk about them recently, but again (sm)
They are notoriously bad about paying and have been for years. They misrepresent whether they pay for spaces or not, and they pay when they feel like it.  I waited months for payment back when I worked for them a few years ago.
Did you talk to them about it? I had the same problem, went sm
directly to Lee, and she had someone fix it. She might say to go to the proper person and not to her directly, but I have found that if I do, she takes care of it and points me to the right person. Hate to say to go over your supervisor's head, but it worked for me. If not Lee, try Karen or Martha or Becky. I am really glad that I did as now I have plenty again!
Why would you talk to owner?
Perhaps she is an account lead. That, or a buttkisser.
Me too. They sent me 3 emails that they want to talk to me..but..sm
I emailed them back 3 times and have not heard from them. 
Talk to Dictaphone
They will tell you the method of counting varies with each company so there is no standard measurement.
Maybe talk to your lead and ask....
how it works? Don't you see the job numbers and what order they come in if it's in a pool? What kind of account is this for, acute or clinic? I would honestly ask and let her know you're not happy about with this.
7 accounts?? Why?? Did you talk to D about it?
Call and talk to them. They have a few.
I am sure they will help you if they can. Unfortunately, most systems require high speed to run properly.
Still there, but would like to talk to ex-MQ for their input (NM)
Can you talk to your doctors and let them know the
How about talk to them? Every situation...
is different. Funny how when the company wants us to adhere to a schedule they are roasted over the coals for not being flexible but when the MTs expect certain things the company is supposed to go out of their way to accommodate them. If most transcriptionists worked in the real outside world they would be surprised at how flexible they would have to be, work when your company needed you, not when you wanted to.
There was some talk here about that when the OSI stuff was
You, too, need to talk to your STM. I find only 1 or 2 sm
accounts EXTREMELY boring. Why not ask for another account? Things are slow this time of year most of the time. Webmedx is getting new accounts all the time. I say hang in there!
There may have been a glitch. Talk to your SM
supervisor and HR on Monday. I don't think any company would stop your insurance without advanced warning.
Pay NOT confidential. My pay, if I want to talk
again talk to the supervisor
that is their job to let MTs know what the work volumes are and where they are at.
If you want to talk about this further, email me please.