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What a shame! As an employee I would have expected some

Posted By: ICMT on 2008-09-28
In Reply to: Webmedx - Run

job security! I thought only ICs like me had very little security net. I am sorry to hear that you are having such problems. Makes me think I should still stay IC because I was going to sign on with another company (not Webmedx) just for the security of having work. Uggg. I hope you get work soon!

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from IC to Employee status, pay cutis expected.
Can someone tell me the difference between IC and employee and what hours are you expected to work
as an IC. Are your hours flexible as an IC.
Shame, SHAME on you people

for putting the MDI/Transcend people down!!!   When the offshoring, mergers, sales, etc.  knocks on YOUR door, as it surely will in time, will you still be so self-centered?  I am glad the moderator is allowing them time to discuss their plight and I am reading every post and thinking what I can do to help.  I am only one little person but I'm speaking loudly about the MT industry to anyone and everyone who might be able to help.  I spoke this morning with a person who knows an MT who works for one of the local  hospitals that has their MTs working from home.  This person told me they are ultraflexible and the MT she knows takes time off to go for a massage.  I left my number with our mutual friend and asked her to have her call me, I would  like to find out how they have made this work.  Sure sounds like going for a massage beats sitting around waiting for work from some MTSO and imagine the flexibility allowing her to do that!  I also spoke with an MT who has worked for one of the BIG MTSOs for over a dozen years.  She is not willing to trust another MTSO so she went part-time with the BIG one and took a full-time job waitressing where she says she  makes much more money.   She is so far behind she is in fear of having to file for bankruptcy!   Now THAT is pathetic.  If she can't make a living in MT anymore it is doubtful anyone can under the current working conditions.  I know nothing about MDI or Transcend but those aren't the only MTs who are suffering for lack of work and it seems more are in the boat every day. 

Please have patience with these, your brothers and sisters.  You may think this can never happen to you but I assure you it CAN and more than likely WILL sooner or later.

So if you have a question you'd like to ask, fire away,  I'll answer if I know the answer.

Shame, Shame, Spheris

I just noticed on Spheris's new CS platform on one of my backup accounts (one that happens to also be offshored to India), that not only is a patient's SSN available, birth date, but also the home address and personal phone number.  I've never understood why a SSN has always been available, since it is never used to identify a patient, but now all the other personal info is available on this particular account; however, is not available on my primary account (which interestingly is not offshored).  I am absolutely appalled that Spheris has made available all this private information, and none of it is required to identify a patient in order to transcribe a report, as the patient is only identified by name and/or account numbers.  It scares me that a patient's complete identity is available to any disreputable person with access and willing to profit from this info. 

That is exactly what I expected --
unlimited accounts and unlimited available work like it used to be. Seems to be getting some better though, so maybe it will work out.
Yes, but it should be expected...

that when you hire on as an MT, your skills will be evaluated.  I'm sure their clients have certain quality expectations that must be met.  The company is better off finding out whether those expectations can be met sooner rather than later.

But not this year, although not really expected. nm
Precisely what I expected, nothing more, nothing less
At least we'll have plenty of work this summer...Cheers, fellow VR'er!
MTs post here often they are expected to be avail.
Probably because most of us are expected to do our share and work at least one sm

day of the weekend, at least once or twice a month.  It doesn't bother me to work weekends.  I grew up with my mom in the medical field so the idea that I would be off on weekends never really occurred to me.  I do not have a family or anything, so I only have me to consider.  I usually work holidays too so those who have families can maybe spend some extra time.  Still, that is me.

If that schedule works for you and the company is happy (which would seem to be the case here), that's great.  I wouldn't mind working 10-hour days and having an extra day off, but not sure that is possible with all of the jobs I am juggling right now.  Still, we all can dream. 

Again, I am glad you have a good situation for you.  Congrats! 

In the manual it says we're expected
Its not a matter of can we use it, its we must use it.  The company expects and demands it, which I think its utterly unfair since they deliberately overhire.  They won't let us have the option of taking it unpaid - my supervisor recently reminded us of that.  Therefore, if you have a vacation scheduled for next month, and you can't get your time in this month, kiss your vacation plans goodbye - you just spent your vacation chained to your desk hoping for work!
Leads actually are expected to meet
a certain quota like everyone else. Otherwise, they'd starve. Leads have to pay their bills like everyone else.
She didn't say she expected to be thanked back
She just said they didn't respond. I think Miss Manners would say that the proper response to thank you would be you're welcome.
Cut & paste. They expected us to type in Word and
Too low even at that rate probably still expected to work many many hours
Really? I just came from a company that expected 2000 minimum!
Per day.  I guess I was getting screwed, but at 5 cpl, 1200 lines a day (if you work only 5 days a week) is only 1200 a month!  How can you live on that?
I was told when they needed help and that is when they expected me to work
so it is possible she was told what days and times, as that is pretty much what they said to me. Then work was never available during that time slot and so I opted to move on.
Heck no. You're expected to work the holidays, even the big ones! nm
that is such a shame.

I have lots of work.  What kind of account were you on?  The platform I am on is great and the sound quality is the best I have ever worked on.  When it did start to get slow for me, they gave me another account and then told me I could have another on top of those 2 if I  needed it.

Funny how things can be so different for people.

The shame is that many of your
colleagues who are scheduled to work do not hold up their end often forcing the company to add others to keep the work covered.  It is a shame with fault on both ends of the stick we keep poking each other with.
And it would be a shame if somebody.....
ACTUALLY put their real name on here and had enough maturity to say who they are --- Gee! If you mean what you say, you shouldn't be afraid to say who you are especially if you are legitimate. And if you are legitimate, anybody that has any common sense would know this is not how you take care of a problem - in a grown up world at least.
None taken.....it's a shame, isn't it? nm
What a shame
I worked for them when they were HealthScribe and I hated them. I left as soon as my 6-month sentence was up and I never looked back. I was hoping that with the Spheris merger things might have gotten a bit better, but it's apparent they haven't. Reading this brought back so many memories (all unpleasant). It's really a shame - they give the transcription field a bad name.
It's a shame, they used to be

very well respected. I worked there for a little more than a year and saw things happen that I did not agree with (training in Trinidad, etc..).

I never really had a problem with management. My first manager was promoted (she was great). The lady who replaced her...I think she bit off more than she could chew and realized that the position was too much for her. Then my team finally got a new manager and she was nice as well.

To me, the pay scale was not hard to figure out. It was based on lines per hour, QA score and how much work you sent through to QA. It was, unfortunately, on the low side. The account I was on was very good, so I didn't have a problem meeting my line count. I have heard that the recruiter they have now (who is not the recruiter that hired me) couldn't explain how the pay scale worked.

All in all I felt they were a decent company. The Trinidad thing made quite a few people nervous and unsettled. I was one that was uncomfortable with it. I thought the grass would be greener on the other side, but it wasn't. Honestly, I would go back if offered. I miss the flexible scheduling and the account I was on.



its a shame
that its happening and also the poor MT that have lost respect also.
Shame on him then!!
Shame on him then!!!
shame on you all

And you are NOT a class act.  You are dishonest.  That unemployment money comes out of my pocket (government = taxes).  It's not money from Keystrokes.  You were working; therefore, you don't deserve unemployment.  (Duh!)  I don't care if you got the account from hell.  Too bad.  Life's not fair.  Move on and work for your money.  

What a shame.
What a shame that any company would jeopardize the livelihoods of its employees for such obvious disrespect of the law and for a person who certainly has a right to live their life without the intrusion of their employer. Who of us can give 100% to their job if we have family and other responsibilities? It shows the extreme short-sightedness and disregard of common law that this man has. I hope that people remember this when they see his ads for employment and that hard working MTs steer clear of a company such as this. Ego that is so inflated as to think you are above the statutes that govern how you do business is just too much .. I hope this woman takes him to the cleaners! Her intention was to return to work. He has no right to determine whether or not she can give 100%, most particularly for such an owner, good luck with that!
What a shame
Such a shame that companies ruin their own reputations by permitting unprofessional ''Ms Nasties to run rampant. They miss out on some good/sharp MTs who simply refuse to work with unprofessional rude people with obvious issues. To put up with silly whimsical nit-picking QAs is bad enough, but rude supervisors who abuse their little modicum of authority is enough to make many an expert MT say thanks but no thanks and move on.
And shame on you
for making assumptions which have no basis in fact. No one squashed the crap (is gutter language necessary in your posts?) out of anyone. I was merely stating something that anyone should have known. And no, I do not work for MDI. Stating you had no work is not legally actionable, but casting aspersions on another's character is. And yes, I quote the Golden Rule and live by it.
That's a shame
sorry for your boyfriend's loss. :(
Shame on you WMX. Shame on you!
All of your talk about being bold and being better than the rest, I actually feel nauseated. You are no better than the rest. I am so disgusted with this industry and what you are doing to us.
that's a real shame
sorry to hear they sold out in such a huge way... they didnt used to think this way.
That's a shame but hang in there

I'm do a different platform/client, but I also hired in this summer, and went through a rough time at first.  I talked to my supe, and after changing my schedule a bit and taking on two secondaries, things have become much better, and there's actually been OT on my accounts for the last few weeks.

Check the backlogs on the community page.  Some accounts regularly have OT approved (its in the little box at the top left, who's approved for OT and for how long).  Maybe you can get trained on some of those.  Are you willing to change your schedule at all?  My accounts consistently have certain heavier days than others, and before I was off during the heavy days.  My supe asked me to shift my schedule and it has made a very positive difference.

And what a darn shame too, because if there
wasn't the MT no one else would have a job.
That's a shame about the increase
excited to be getting to work for that company.  Keystrokes has a high plan too and are looking into it, but I've read that on here for over a year now.  I guess I have nothing nice to say, so I'd better be quiet.  Sometimes saying too many good things can jinx us!  
Shame on you, Karl

First of all, no need to yell.

You call MTs pompous?  I think not.  I trump your experience with 40+ years.  Just as all other businesses, there are good MTs who do their job and do it well; there are those who care for nothing past their own paycheck.

I have not, and will not, knowingly work for a company who offshores so I have no first hand knowledge of the quality of MTs in other countries.  Certainly they have the right to improve their living standards but at the expense of our AMERICAN brothers and sisters?  I think not. Look at the ads on the Job Seekers Board.  Hundreds and thousands of views on each and every one of those ads.  This tells me that there are plenty of MTs, many perhaps newbees, in this country looking for and needing work.   You say you are QA swat team.   This tells me that the offshores need lots of QA-ing.  So why not swat for people in our own country first?  I will tell you why.....GREED....not only from the transcription companies, but from the suits in the medical profession who are only interested in the bottom line profit statement.  And there are people like you who try to justify this

Again, I say shame on you for taking part in cutting opportunites for AMERICAN jobs and for being a part of the reason wages are falling.  Maybe this has not affected you personally at this point but trust me, it will sooner or later.


Shame on them! What do they pay for abnormal ones?,,nm

It is a darn SHAME
WEBMEDX is a click. If you don't know someone personally and are not someone's friend personally, FORGET IT, they will trash you and think nothing of it...Great Job Today, On the streets tomorrow. They don't care who they hurt or who they Belittle. The QA mentoring is LAZY also.
It's a shame, too, Skunko....
I was really enjoying our intelligent exchange of information until the trollster came thru. I have nothing but respect for you and NightOwl and various other posters who contributed to this discussion. I love exchanging ideas and tips and always feel like I can learn something from someone else.

I gotta hand it to you, though, girlfriend...If I had to practically rewrite every sentence that came down the pipe, I'd be pulling my hair out! I'd love to see you have one day of good dictators and relatively clean reports so you could experience the difference. I think you'd really enjoy it. It sucks that there's so many 'cooks in the kitchen' and such a vast number of dictators at the Q that it kinda defeats the purpose of having VR at all :-( .

Shame on MT schools
Shame on these MT schools saying they can guarantee graduates $60,000 per year!! Of course some say up to, which is very subjective, though very misleading.  They ought to let people trying to get into this business know that unless they are fortunate enough to find the right fit, they are in for a bumpy ride.
And shame on the MT wannabes
who don't do thorough due diligence before giving one red cent to any of the schools. It is because of this naive attitude that the matchbook schools thrive. It seems that nobody wants to take responsibility for their own well-being anymore. Part of being a good MT is doing exhaustive research. IMHO, researching a potential school is step number one. Good luck to everyone, do your homework before picking a school!
And shame on the MT wannabes
who don't do thorough due diligence before giving one red cent to any of the schools. It is because of this naive attitude that the matchbook schools thrive. It seems that nobody wants to take responsibility for their own well-being anymore. Part of being a good MT is doing exhaustive research. IMHO, researching a potential school is step number one. Good luck to everyone, do your homework before picking a school!
And shame on the MT wannabes
who don't do thorough due diligence before giving one red cent to any of the schools. It is because of this naive attitude that the matchbook schools thrive. It seems that nobody wants to take responsibility for their own well-being anymore. Part of being a good MT is doing exhaustive research. IMHO, researching a potential school is step number one. Good luck to everyone, do your homework before picking a school!
Name her and Shame her, LTMT
Get the word out before she does this again, and I'm so sorry you're going through this. Whether $338 or $38, you earned it and you deserve to be paid, too.

These people stiffing MTs never fail to amaze me. What a bunch of soulless monsters.
Shame on you. You don't know this person, you
don't know anything about the quality of her work.  Maybe she isn't a good MT, maybe she isn't dependable, but I don't know that and you don't know that.  I think post like yours show a lack of maturity.  This business is very cut throat.  Tomorrow it could be you or I that have lost our jobs and then when we're down someone comes along and says maybe it is the quality or our work.  I don't know about you, but it wouldn't make me feel any better about my loss, even if it happened to be true. 
Go for it. Have been there a year and they put Webmedx, MDI-FL to shame.
See...shame a yank has to correct you LOL
Shame on them. They exploit, do not pay for spaces.
It's a shame when a post gets moved
to another board/correct board - that posts made to it in the meantime are lost.  I've seen good replies lost that way. :(
You gave away all their secrets. Shame on you!