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Yes I am happy, tho I'd be happier if I got paid for spaces - sm

Posted By: XXX on 2006-04-09
In Reply to: Is anyone on this board HAPPY with their job? - MT

I am very lucky I guess to have a good steady IC job, have about 22 hr TAT and take as little or as much work as I want (with notice). No minimums and can work whatever hours I want. Just have to finish all the work I am given whether it is 30 minutes or 90 minutes by the following mid-afternoon. Except for not being paid for spaces (I lose about $200-$300 a month due to this), it is very good and as close to perfect that you can get.

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So, if not spaces paid, what cpl would be comparable to at least 9 cpl w/spaces, do you know??
paid for spaces
you can bet the companies are charging for spaces; and the buck stops where? not here, anyway.
Cy/Med and No spaces being paid!
MTS:  I applied and passed Cy/Med - they tell me they have over 600 people working for them - why are so many MTs out there working for companies that do not pay for spaces - to get 600 lines you have to work at least 20% longer - why are you working for no spaces - I am told that many clients are doing this now - this is really going backwards in the MT business I think - Your comments please!
We do get paid for spaces. sm
Employee handbook states 65-character line, including spaces and all characters necessary to create the document.  You must be mistaking Webmedx for another company?
You are not getting paid for spaces.
Do you know if we are paid for spaces?

Yes we get paid for spaces.
Getting paid for spaces versus not...
any good or bad experiences? Thanks
A post from May said they paid 7 cpl with NO spaces. That's all I have. nm
YOU ARE WRONG!! We are paid for spaces. nm
OP did not ASK if paid spaces, SAID didnt. Re your
This is current, no spaces paid for


A response to my inquiry.  Not for me, we make nothing as is or what we should. 

 RE: MTJobs Probity Penn.

The line is a 65 character black and white line.

The line rates vary from 8 to 9 cents per line and will be discussed if you are granted an interview. 

I must DISAGREE. I get paid for spaces!!! (nm)

Yes, not being paid for spaces would reduce your pay A LOT!
Spaces, paid or not paid. Do you know? sm
I just started with a company and when I asked specifically if I would be paid for spaces, they said yes.  When I started using their program I noticed that the line count for each job did not include spaces.  I checked it with more than one program.  I called them and they said there was a glitch in the program that would be fixed.  It has been almost two months now and that glitch is still not fixed.  My checks do not include spaces either.  No one at the company knows what is up.  I can't believe I am the only one at this company who has deduced that they are not paying for spaces.  So, do you check your line counts to see if spaces are included?  You might be in for a surprise.  Man, I am tired of being burned when I am a reliable and honest IC.  Maybe time to do something else.  Thanks for listening.
I know I'm going to be happier... heck, I'm happier already
Although only on day 2 at my new job and having to learn a new system, all new doctors etc etc, I typed 50% more lines per hour today than I did yesterday and I anticipate it'll keep getting better.  For the most part I was able to work the hours I wanted to at MQ, and DQS is a very user-friendly platform IMO, but other than that I don't think I'll miss a thing.  I was with MQ for 12 years and at the end there it felt like I was in an abusive relationship.  Change is good!
What I meant by "making up" for not being paid for spaces was this.
I've been paid for spaces before but have had awful software (ex. - unable to refer to past reports, being down constantly, etc.) as well as no work situations and no pay for headers, footers, etc. Also, I've been assured of not running out of work. Based on the above, I accepted the position. Of course, if things aren't as described, I'll certainly look elsewhere. Other than the no spaces, everything sounds great - soo, gotta give it a try!
I just asked. We do get paid for spaces. If QA said that, they are wrong.
Still need help on figuring what would be a good cpl if paid w/o spaces.
See my first message above. Thanks
Probably not getting paid for headers, footers, or spaces. Do you get
In orig. post; she did not ASk if paid for spaces.
Are you paid extra to compensate for no spaces?
I just went back to my old job, because they are compensating per line the amount I would have made with spaces. In other words, I get 8.4 c with spaces, and between 9 and 10 cpl without spaces. If you are compensated with cents per line, the only difference is how you would react psychologically to seeing the low line totals at the end of the period. I had a time adjusting to this, but just remember 7500 lines without spaces equals approximately 10,600 lines with spaces. So you are not typing poorly, you are on target and if you are paid the extra amount then all is fair. It is how the client would charge, I assume. Talk to the people who offered you the job to double-check, but when I cleared this up, my misconceptions regarding lower line counts with no spaces, and productivity with the difference in cpl, I happily returned to my original company on an account that did not count spaces. Good luck on whatever you decide! :)
Wasn't somebody asking about Probity?? NO SPACES PAID sm

Don't pay for spaces.


Subject: RE: MT jobs ad (Probity Pennsylvania)

0.08 and 0.09 cents per line.... somewhere between there.

 65 character black and white line. 

(black and white means pay only what shows up on the paper as black letters on white paper)

Paid for spaces depends on the account. Good company. nm
Hired by Cymed and told they did not pay for spaces, but paid for headers and footers. Just did a

check on the line count, and not only do they not pay for headers and footers, they also pay for 2 lines less than I typed.

I agree, if you went to work knowing full well that the company paid 7 cpl no spaces
why on Earth did you accept the job?
If Ichart deducts 8% from ExText line counts, you are actually not getting paid for spaces

It is the equivalent of a 70.2 character line with spaces, 65  characters without spaces. 

Wonderful company, but you type letters and look up addresses and you do not get paid for spaces nm
This is not true. I have been there a month and get a good line rate and paid for spaces. ??? nm
Yeah, be careful. I worked for MTSO that "said" they paid for spaces. I had to work really S

hard for my lines.  Took a second job part-time with hospital, same platform (EXText), same font size, etc. and did the same amount of lines in half the time.  Decided to look closer at the MTSO and found out they weren't counting spaces.  I confronted them and all of sudden.  Got lots of apologies and will add to your next paycheck.  Long story short, never happened and I never had any work after that. 

There are a lot of unscrupulous MTSOs out there.  They lie, cheat, and steal!

Is anyone happier with OSI now?
Be honest and give me some feedback.  I just tested for them. 
with JLG now much happier..can't believe
there's nobody constantly looking over your shoulder. Almost no contact with sup but that's because they treat you like a grown up and not some kid to babysit as did MQ. No monitoring your every move. I only have 2 accounts, a primary and a back up with only one hard dictator. Email me if you are interested in a referral!
So MUCH happier without MQ!
I have been gone only 2 months and am making a lot more money. After getting W2's and seeing how many thousands I lost after all the cesspoor and ASR I am absolutely thrilled to have made the choice. Also being able to spend time with my family rather than fighting for line count is fantastic!
Have been there 2 years - never been happier nm
Did you ever leave QT and are you happier now? nm
More money and much happier
I have too much work right now. Working two IC jobs and part time with an MTSO. All pay better than the Q. Almost doubled my pay at one IC job because they pay for everything, headers, foots, ADT, etc., on top of a higher line rate.

I was afraid I would run out of work but the opposite has been true, and I can't keep up with all the work. I am going to quit the MTSO today because I do not have the time, it pays the least and requires I work Saturday.
MUCH happier and making way more...sm
I left a year ago. I never made any money working for them. I went back to working for a hospital in Maryland and I am making great money. I have heard good things about MDI-MD (My ex-supervisor from the hospital I work for went there) and I know they are our backup account people. I would look around, there are jobs out there that have to pay more than MedQuist, I found one!! Good luck!
I would go with the second - you will be happier, trust me. nm
couldn't be happier for you
Then there is hope . . . if you don't mind saying, what type of work are you doing now?
So...you mean you're actually happier
Subject: Daily Rant
From: C. Mai Bottom, Supervisor

Dear Such-and-So @#$$!!

You #%%%^@@!! and $$^$&*## reports $^&$!*@% schedule %%^$#$&*@@##% TAT $#^&*#@?

And furthermore, %^$&&*(@# QA score %^$&**##&&&&!!!!!!!

Best regards.
Medware- I've never been happier with
I work for Medware and could not be happier

Medware has been a great company to work for, I have been with them for over two years.  Very happy at Medware.

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes! Love Transtech. Never been happier
with an at home MT job!
I am glad I work at OSi. Never been happier.(nm)
I left after 7 years, and am much happier,
after MTing for 30+ years, i too dread learning new things. I find the bayscribe platform to be not as perfect as DQS in some respects, but much simpler in others. It was a heck of a lot easier to learn! another big bonus was being able to transfer my Expanders over. but like another poster said, my stress level is 0 now, i am not reduced to complaining all the time and i suggest you go on with your thought to move on. i don't regret it one bit.
I left OSI for MedQuist & still happier
I think most places pay for spaces. I work for TransTech and they pay for both spaces
as well as punctuation. I would never work for an MTSO that doesn't.
Well just imagine being even happier when you contact the company to follow up, and guess what? sm
You actually get the job because you show an avid interest in a job with the company.  On the other hand, you could be just happy to know that you passed the test. 
I left a month ago, and couldn't be happier! They are the pits! Good luck. nm
Anyone happier working for a national versus local clinic or hospital? SM
I'm with a national but from time to time, openings come up with areas places. None are in my own town, but would be 30 to 45 minutes away from home. In the case of at least one of these places, you are required to work in-house just to get used to their system, which I understand, but they say it usually takes a year before being set free at home. Now I can understand that if you are a brand new MT, but as far as just getting used to how they do things, that seems excessive. If you meet the criteria sooner, you can go sooner. It worried me about the length of time. That would put me in a bind with little kids and being away from home on certain days after they got off the school bus.

On the flip side, they pay hourly so I might like that, rather than make next to nothing on some days where the dictators are horrible on my current account. On the other hand, on a good day the lines are worthwhile and I'd come out ahead by LPH rather than hourly rate.

So many things to think about...oh, and another biggie...with this local place I'd get health insurance free for myself (not the family, but I have the kids covered on a plan I'm already paying for myself, along with me on the plan, which I could then drop myself from).

Anybody worked both scenarios and decided the national really was better? I actually interviewed here a year ago but didn't have to decide because they offered it to somebody in-house so I never got an offer. I have 3 years of experience but I still worry I would take forever to meet the criteria to work from home. I guess there are a few that have been there over a year and haven't met it. I don't want that to be me.
65 with spaces versus 65 without spaces; how to calculate?

Can someone tell me if you are getting 9 cents per 65-character line with spaces how much you would need to be paid per line to make the same amount per line if you are offered a ''65-character line without spaces?''  Thank you very much