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Wow. One of my friends was thinking of applying there. I'll have to caution her!

Posted By: JRMT on 2008-01-29
In Reply to: Don't have mine yet either...agree with above post about company going downhill..sm - DS

I had no idea they were so bad! They offered me a position a year ago, but I turned it down and ended up going with Keystrokes, and I'm glad that I did! They kick you off the system when there is low work? That's screwed up!

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Hi! Thinking of applying to Keystrokes.....
Would really appreciate any help/comments/pros/cons of this company. 


Do they outsource?

Have steady work?

Use voice recognition?

Pay competitively?

Health insurance?

Offer part time?

Allow you to choose your own hours?


Thanks in Advance for any replies!!!!     


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Proceed with caution...
Be CAREFUL!   Very very careful!   Some flaky stuff going on over there...
If you proceed - do so with caution.
Proceed with caution?
What do you know about this company that you are not saying?  The name of the company is FASTPHALANGES.  What did you not get about that?
proceed with caution
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Proceed with caution...
I keep getting those emails, too, because I applied with them quite awhile back, passed the testing, but declined their offer. Once I started reading many of the posts on this wonderful forum, I was relieved I had passed on their offer.

Please read the archives before you make any decisions regarding Focus. I gather for some, it's a great fit, but the majority of posts I've read here paint a not-so-pretty picture of the company.

Best of luck to you making your decision!!!
Ditto what she said - Proceed with caution! nm
agree about caution prevailing
--you have been offered sage advice by these posters.  I am in a situation akin to yours.  My fantasy had be quitting my other job straightaway upon the start of at-home work.  Ha!  So glad I did not.  I will resume my hunt for a job suiting me and am relieved that I can expand my search beyond (at-home) transcription.  Perhaps my foray into at-home land has coincided with beginning a position with a really mean-spirited company--dunno, but as another poster wrote, it is apparent even in these early and few hours with this company that I am to expect unresponsiveness, punitive policies, a lack of forthright disclosure of the meat and potatoes of what matters most (pay and how it is determined), and silly, incompetent tech support--all this moaning about a company where there are happy employees!  I dunno, perhaps I am with an acct. and thus acct. managers who are not as good at their jobs as are other acct. mgs. of the same company; still, I know what I know and I know how ugly this situation feels and am very, very relieved that I did not resign my other position with another job.  Have to say--if I am as legitimately put off by my cyber-and-phone encounters with the staff at the company for which I am in the waning hours of working, what on earth does that say about what I am to expect?  I thus will resign my at-home position without a backwards glance, very happy to have the erstwhile security of my other job.
use caution before making the decision to jump to TH
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prepare to have to seek out other avenues. I was raised to be considerate of others at all times and not to screw anybody over, so it's really foreign to me that people would knowingly screw others for their own personal gain. It goes against my DNA to believe such people exist so I have to remind myself not to be a fool and that people like this DO exist. Unfortunately, they weren't all raised by MY parents, lol. But if they treat people like that, eventually they will be TREATED like that and their luck will run out. Then they'll see they shouldn't have been so uncaring about us regular folks.
So true. Massive overhiring. Shouldn't have left my other job for Webmedx. Use caution....nm
Good luck.
At first I was thinking that you were being unrealistic, not thinking about taxes, benefits, etc. bu
surprised to find that you are not asking the moon. Let me clarify a few things: Rates charged are not as high as 0.25 per line, but no one that has U.S. employees goes as low as 0.115 or they would not be able to pay their bills. A more realistic range is 0.125-0.165, and that top end is hard to find, most falling at 0.14-0.15 per line.

The rates of pay you propose are very reasonable IF the following is true: These are seasoned MTs who do not need a lot of hand-holding, QA or blanks filled in, unless a very difficult/impossible doctor.

How about a scale based on experience and accuracy of 0.09 - 0.105 per line (acute care), and $1.15-$1.30 per report (radiology)?

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Funny thing here? My company already follows that scale. We should work together, not at odds, to reinforce this industry and bring it back to where it should be, right here in the U.S.A. with a decent paycheck.
If you'll read through past posts you'll find lots of
recent info.  Why do you need menitoring if you already work as an MT.  Unless you do clinic work most companies will require you to work at least one weekend day, at least initially. 
Says you.
I have friends who are still there and (sm)
are hating it more and more everyday.  They are already putting out feelers for other companies and ask me how I like my new job.  It's like day and night from SmartMed.
What? My friends?
Because of my good buddies, I don't have to pay any taxes. That makes them my bestest friends. As I trot around the globe on the backs of the working class, I'll flush the commode while flying over your state just to say a BIG HELLO! 
Yea, try almost 60!!!! And my friends say I should go
try All Type. I have quite a few friends who
work for them part time and have raved about them.
If they were very close friends, yes I would let them know. sm
However, I would be very tactful in doing so. Maybe give them a hint to start looking for another company or job that you have some inside information...etc. If they don't get the hint, then just tell them.

Chances are the company may know this is coming and didn't tell the MTs. Most companies know when their contracts are up for bid or they are given 30-90 day notice the hospital dropping them. So, if the owners of the company do not have the common courtesy to let their MTs know, shame on them! It happens all the time in the corporate world.

Little bit of advice - do not get into gossipy detail, he said, she said. Just do it with diplomacy.

Good luck whatever you decide.
new friends - Winefred
Wow, thanks girls!  I had a lot of response and appreciate it.  Looking forward to chatting with all of you. Go TTer's!!