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Telling a company when you make a move

Posted By: to take your kids to school is not flexible. on 2007-05-26
In Reply to: I used to think like that as an IC, but... - ILEmployee

That is being held accountable for letting someone know where you'll be for that time.  I still think IC for flexibility is the way to go.  Furthermore, don't be surprised when that is someday thrown back in your face.  It happens.

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It's all those matchcover schools telling them they can make
$40,000-50,000 in their first year working at home while their small children play quietly at their feet! The only ones getting rich are the so-called schools. There ought to be somewhere to turn them in for false advertising.
Might have to make a move
Can you tell me how many lines you can produce a day with your Medware account and what the going line rate is for someone with 5 years experience?
Don't make the move!!! sm
All of the questions you ask will have to be answered by your specific company. Where I work, I do have an assigned account and there are about 10 doctors in that account that I do QA for all of them.

I fill in blanks, give feedback and do random audits. I'm on several different IMs, so any of the MTs can reach me during the day to ask questions, but this rarely happens (easier to leave a blank and move on).

The ratio of QA to MT again depends on whether your company assigns you an account or has you randomly pulling work off of a system or pool.

I've seen the average pay for QA top out at about 4 cpl per 65 char. I get paid 1 cpl per 43 char (I know it's kinda weird, but the company I work for pays by 43 chars).

Now, the reason I say don't do it is that if you are a good MT (and you must be since you are being considered for QA), you will make far more money and have far less stress in your life if you stick with MT. What you will find is that there are a lot of substandard MTs out there, especially if your company outsources like mine does, and it is now your responsibility to fix all the problems the other MT either doesn't know how to do or can't be bothered to do.

You'll send emails, give feedback, try to be positive and helpful and when you start getting into arguments about where the comma goes in the middle of a sentence, you'll discover that you're now one of the QA people that you hated as an MT.

I think if you'll go back in the archives, you'll see I'm not the only QA person that feels this way - sorry I ever made the move. My paycheck was just about cut in half from when I was an MT.

Definitely get some of your questions answered from the company you work for about this, but think seriously about it first - it's really a lot of stress and who needs more of that in thier life?

Good luck to you and I hope whatever decision you make works out best for you! =)
Make it easy on yourself and move to TransTech
Correction. They do watch every move we make
And you cannot sign out more than once (for break) for your 15 minutes during your shift. You must work every minute during your shift and no break longer than 15 minutes. If not they will come to you and question you why you were not on. You have to have a pretty good answer or you will have to decide if you want the job or not. Regarding cherry picking there can be none, but on the other hand there does not have to be, if you get the ESLs you will get mostly all ESLs and it is your problem not theirs if you don't do ESLs 99% and with appropriate line count. None of this is mis-spoken it is the solid truth.
Move on, girl - gotta make a living
Would you mind telling which IC company? NM
I really wish MTs would move on when a company does this to them.

I know a company who has been pulling this crap for 5 years now stating the same sorry story over and over.  By 5 years, they really should have the bugs worked out, but, oh wait, she bought another new car and put in a hot tub. 

Bottom line, if they are not paying on time, move on.  If everyone would respect their work enough not to tolerate this more than twice, then eventually all the crap companies would either fade away or would make the necessary changes to stay in business.  I really believe the MTs who continue to put up with this are perpetuating the problem.  my 2 cents 

I'd let a company do this to me once only...time to move on. SM
I work for a company who pays bi-monthly. The check is literally in my hands 2-3 days after they receive my invoice (not local either). I worked for a company years ago who made the MTs wait until they received payment from their client. If you tolerate this, you are selling yourself short. Good luck to you. When I had a small MT service in the past, I paid my two subcontractors before I paid myself. There were many times I would have to wait on my physician clients to pay me, however it was unfair to make my subcontractors wait. I can't tell you how many times I had to use the old credit card and then pay it off when I received my paycheck. Being in this position, I have no tolerance for a company not paying on time.
So much anger, why not just move on to another company..

your fabulous attitude and skills are probably needed elsewhere. Why stay with a company you so vociferously hold disdain for? Some people just like to wallow and complain and do nothing for themselves.

Probably some people will move on and the company saves on benefit pkgs. (sm)

Telling us work is coming in at some time in the future is fine, but right now we have lost more than we have gained and  like you said, if we speed up we will run out quicker.  Not to mention that we will all have to work a little harder in order to make nearly the same as we did before.  Panic will make our fingers work even faster.

Remember the memo we got about over-editing.  Bet your butt we won't be over editing in the future.  If this ISR is so good, it shouldn't need too much now should it?


Don't worry. Next week, the bitter people will move on to attacking another company. It is just
you watch this board, you will see a pattern. One a week. Have to shred the reputations of good companies to bits just to feel good about being unhappy in general. I wonder sometimes if these people job hop constantly, even work at all, or work for the company they are bashing. Maybe it's just sick fun for those with no outside lives :)
As your accounts move to India, they move you to another account. NM
You may have to move on to move ahead (sm)
One way to look at what you are doing right now is more training only you are being paid for it; once you have a year or two under your belt as experience, you may be able to command a higher wage someplace else. It's funny, a place will pay more for someone with 2 years' experience than they will pay someone who has worked for them for 2 years! Go figure.
The name of the company alone is enough to make
me stay away - like all we do is type.  Owners obviously aren't MTs and are only in it for the money.
You will not make more because your company
is not paying enough at 3.5 cents a line. I make 4 cents a line and yesterday I had 3245 lines at 4 cents a line and 275 straight at 8 cents a line which was $151.80 for 8 hours. This would put me at mostly VR work at 1518.00 for a 2 week period.
???? How can any company MAKE
doctors dictate so the MTs have work. It is part of the business. If there is no work, there is no work.
Or it could be that "your company" couldn't quite make the cut.
eyes wide open
If you can make the grade, this will be the best company you have ever worked for.
What specifically would you like to know?
Wow, Will that then make Spheris the largest company?
Does your company make you do the fiddly work? (sm)

By that I mean, how much lag time between sending one report and getting another, how much demographic stuff, searching for place names, doctor names and cc's, consulting of account-specific instructions, all things that do not pay, are you required to do?

Right now, the company I work for makes demographics and cc's easy.  OTOH, each account is very different from another in format and style, so that takes a lot of time. 

Once upon a time, I worked for a company in which I estimated all the 'fiddly' work took about 10 seconds per report (large hospitals), which I thought was pretty good.  Not like that anymore.

Thanks for any insight and input on this.

Is lousy, 4-5.5 cpl. I make 7 cpl at the company I work for now.
FN's platform really slows you down for editing as well.
Management of any company will make you think it is "just you" having troubles. If you are
as you can see, no one else is telling theirs either-sm
and they don't want anybody jumping on their bandwagon's either. They were very quick to mention who they had bad experiences with, but no one is telling who they are happy with, other than for the sarcastic MQ and Diskriter.
You just don't know - I'm telling you ..........
they'll hate it.
keep telling yourself that
over and over until you really believe it; say it like a mantra. There is nothing wrong with talking about what is going on as this affects current MTs and could potentially affect many other MTs. I am willing to keep an open mind as well as it seems others who have posted are as well; however, one cannot just look at one side of the story. There are questionable things.
She might be telling it like it is but...
I am sure there is a much more polite way of saying it. I know I wouldnt appreciate be spoken to in that manner.
Always telling us at OSI they will do this
? Why are you telling us this?
I mean, good luck. I just do not understand your attitude and why you are making this huge statement about your big decision to stay and telling us when you plan to work, etc.

Maybe you are directing this to someone in particular and I didn't catch it.
Thanks for telling me how to do this.
I do not have much experience doing zipped files.  Anyway I will try what you said.  Sounds easy enough.  Again thank you.  
Right. Just keep on telling yourself
Repeat it over and over again. I'm sure you can convince yourself with a little practice.
Why are they telling you they will be out
I would refer all of these to the supervisor. This is not part of your job.
But telling somebody to look for another job
is more or less avoiding to confront the issue all together, and throw out the bath with the child in it.
Telling you it was not a lie
Well, there is an old saying that if certain people's lips are moving, you know they are lying.....Just sayin'. If the shoe fits, wear it and if not, it plain old don't fit.
would you mind telling me (sm)

this Cindy-person's last name. You can E/M me if you want, in fact, I'd prefer it that way. I worked for a Psycho Maniac named Cindy before, and wonder if they're the same person!


gapeachxx@yahoo.com...thanks a bunch!

She's telling the truth about this one. It is
terrible, no work, system is out of order a few times a day, and they just hire more and more people when the accounts have no work on them. 
Well, they are not telling the truth! sm
I was offered an incentive package to stay with them and that was on eScription! I turned it down and left anyway. Prefer working for Americans!
Not to flame but telling me I don't

Thank you for mentioning things in your latest post that you left out of your first.  See how easily one can jump to conclusions?

For what it is worth, I ran my own daycare for 10 years.  I know EXACTLY what it is like to be the one responsible for every aspect of running a business day in and day out, when people don't show up or go to lunch and don't come back, having to meet laws from varies state agencies that are contrary to one another and smile the whole time.  I've started work at 5 in the morning and finished at 9 at night (while trying to raise my own two young children).  I know what it is like to cook for 95 kids EVERY day for a year because I couldn't keep good help.  I know that until I converted all my private investment into a nonprofit organization, I could not achieve the success with my business that I was able to do.  Imagine working for 10 years and having NOTHING left of it but a good reputation, no retirement plan, no assests, nada, because the effects you left on people and the benefits you offered were worth all of it.  Would you be willing to do that?  Not many would, I bet.

When you want to yell at me some more and show your true colors, you will turn away the good MTs whom you were trying to entice in your original post.  See how easy it was to fly off the handle.

I do wish your business well, but I stand by what I said.  I save you money by working from home and doing what I do.  Every year I get devalued by the onslaught of forces I cannot control.  If you want to toot your own horn, I would suggest a marketing consultation next time.


Are you telling me that they only have the one account?
Good for you for telling it like it is (sm)

I work for a smaller MT company who, like the employer of the previous poster, seems to want to keep their MTs in the dark about what's going on behind the scenes. However, reading between the lines and according to the grapevine our company recently was apparently outsourcing some work to the Philippines, and apparently, when the hospital found out, they were livid! The MTs were also upset, as this was one of our best accounts, the kind that make the other slog work worthwhile - and they handed it over to the Philippines...well, recently, we all of a sudden had a whole lot of this account's work available once again - my guess is, no more Philippines! I hope this means the hospital issued an ultimatum - and this means they appreciate our work and understand that you get what you pay for.

moving on is telling it like it is
I too have had horrible experiences. I think we both were previously working for the same company, a company highly recommended on this board. It was a huge disappointment as far as lines. It was impossible, too many foreign dictators and something funny going on with the line count. You wrote me and told me about Keystrokes. As well, I read your many posts about KS. I took a chance with your advice and accepted a job with them. You were speaking the truth and not just another recruiter. Thank you so much for recommending them and posting your experience with them:)
You are actually in the "I'm telling" mood?
You're going to tell?  What do they care?  They should know where they stand on this board... Why do you think they keep hiring from here? 
I would say Monday should be the telling SM
day.  If there is no pay and no indication of when you'll be paid, I'd get out of there FAST and also post the name of the company.  They've had plenty of time to correct their supposed **error*** cough...with the payroll company.
They can't sue you for telling the truth...nm
Would you mind telling me....
where you've gone.  I, too, work for MQ as a flex PT, but would LOVE to get out.  I used to be a SE too!  All these changes are making me nuts, but I've been with them for 13 years now, and I'm afraid to make that move.  I have 4 kids at home, and would love to have that scheduling flexibility!  Feel free to email me if you want!  Thanks for your help!
keep telling yourself that while I tell you a story
Main job $23/h plus incentive (which is very easy to make). Full benes. 20 weeks PTO/yr.

Second job REAL IC 11 cpl including headers/spaces.

So go ahead and laugh your way to the bank while I strut down to the credit union, which by the way, is better than a bank LOL

I don't mind telling you
My clients tell me they receive bids for anywhere between 12 and 16 cpl. I won't say what I charge but that is what is out there.
Thank you for telling this experience.
I've worked for companies before where the powers that be have no transcription experience and it wasn't a great experience.  With this information I will take them off my list of possibilities.  If a long time employee shared all of this I think the writing was on the wall.
Thanks all for telling your stories about
these companies. I have been looking for a new job and have applied at 10 the past week with only All Type responding. Guess I will not even bother testing.

I appreciate learning from the experiences of others. It avoids a lot of heartache that way.
Would you mind telling...
me where you work? Is is a small clinic or do you work for one of the big transcription companies? Thanks for the info.
Sure can't figure out why telling the sm
truth upsets you so much. I will put this MT way too long up against you any day of the week as far as quality and quantity! I am fed up with folks on here acting like anybody who has been doing this for 25, 30, 35 years needs to retire. For your information I am 53 years old, far from being too old to do anything. I have seen the stinking changes come along in this profession that have forced wages and line rates down the tubes for experienced MTs. I have listened to the complaining of the newbies who don't want to do the work it takes to succeed in this business, the ones who want it all right now etc. etc. and its sickening. Somebody needs to tell the truth and stop walking on eggshells around folks like yourself.

Oh yeah I almost forgot......even with wages and cpl going down, us old-timers still make a good wage because we have done the time and got the experience and don't have to have our heads in a reference book or the internet every other word! But you don't get that proficient until you have done this for a long time do you?

If you knew what you were doing, you would know the difference between a real question and a question by someone who is just too lazy to look for themselves.

You get over yourself!