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bait and switch on QAs

Posted By: QA Editor on 2008-11-01
In Reply to: MTSO bait and switch when hiring QA staff - sm

Your post really hit me. I am an experienced QA Editor and have had the EXACT same experience. My resume is on here for specifically QA work and they still call me and stall before telling me they really want an MT. I was even hired once for a postion that didnt exist! I am about ready to get out of this business. There is a lot of dishonesty and abuse in it.

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Bait and switch
Was hired for a gross line account (this was put in writing), and then shortly after hiring was switched to a regular line account. When I did the math, I found I was losing. I contacted them, showed them the math, and the response was unfriendly, to say the least. When I was there, the QA staff were the absolute rudest I've ever encountered, also (and I work in QA now).

Unless they did some major housecleaning of their nasty QA staff and quit their bait-and-switch gross line tactics, I would stay away from this company.
They must bait and switch because...
Their ad says pay is 8-10 cpl for straight typing and 4-5 cpl for editing which is pretty normal for Escription, but as I stated above, you could get paid 15 cpl but if your not really getting paid, then it means nothing. I hope no one goes to work for and supports companies who do not pay their employees. What a disgrace. I am pretty sure the owner and/or managers are not going without pay.
Switch and bait????
You do not have to have WP5.1 to work for WRU, you just have to know how to convert files from Word Perfect.  I do not switch and bait anything.  It is straightforward, and you have to know what you are doing to understand it.  It isn't difficult when you understand directions.
Bait and switch

Has anyone else noticed that MTs are being hired and promised, say 100% radiology, then suddenly radiology isn't ready yet so they need you to do acute care (which you *can* do but not so well).  And then you never really ever do get moved to the promised specialty?

Or been hired for a new account coming on that never seems to materialize and then you are one among 30 new MTs sharing the work that the prior MTs were covering just fine, so NO ONE is getting a livable wage?

I think bait and switch has become the new incentive for recruiters.  Promise them anything, give them nothing like it.  And they wonder why people want OUT of MT!

Bait and switch
I have to agree with the other poster who said no matter what you are offered now, it will change and not to your advantage. That's how they lure you in. And yes, they do a huge amount of offshoring.

Here's the scenario:  A company posts here at mtstars that help is needed immediately for a daytime account with no set hours, paying higher than most.  I submit my resume.  About 2 weeks later, I receive testing materials via email, which I complete and return within 24 hours.  Two weeks after that, I email with a query as to the status of my application.  Yet another 2 weeks later, the company responds to my email with we're working on it.  Yet another 2 weeks later, I am offered a phone interview.  I'm wondering what might have happened to that account that needed immediate help?  To prepare for the interview, I go over questions and answers in my mind, and wonder what to say when I am told that the previous position is filled or whatever.  Am I totally out of line to ask what took them so long to get back to me?  Or, might I ask if someone else started that position and already resigned and, if so, why?

Am I a fool to continue to communicate any further with this company?


The old bait and switch ....
currently happening at my current company. I can't name the company here because the CEO threatens legal action if we say anything about it. It has always received high praise here and everywhere else but now that they are practically forcing everyone to speech and cutting pay to lower than what was told previously I am moving on as soon as I find another job that pays me what I am quoted. I feel your pain.
Bait and switch, but need this job!!
I tested for a company and jumped through hoops to take their many tests.  I had to take a 3 hour grammar, spelling, verb, etc test.  Then, I had to take a transcription test and then interview with the owner, manager and team lead.  I got the call yesterday with an employment offer, in which I accepted.  Then, when I received my offer via email this morning, it stated that per our discussion, your account will be all ESLs.  I am mortified.  All ESLs were never discussed and I accepted verbally.  I am scared to death because I really need this job.  Should I keep looking?
Typical bait and switch
They are nice in the beginning, then you get lost in their shuffle. You get mass e-mails that maybe do not even apply to accounts you work on - to the tune of sometimes a half dozen or so per day - that you are told to read NOW, before you start typing. Trying to get an answer to a specific question is like trying to reach the president himself. They tell you the accounts are good, then you get put on pure garbage accounts where you will struggle to make your line counts.

The thing is, a few years ago when I began with them they were great. It seems as they have expanded, chaos has taken over. I am currently looking elsewhere. Others have already left. Notice how they are always hiring now?!
bait and switch tactics

in addition to all negative reports from other posters.  I would say don't, unless you can afford to gamble that all the posters were indeed crackpots as the recruiter will tell you. Good luck whatever choice you make.


Bait and switch happened to me too
I was promised everything that I wanted and was given an account where it was impossible to make any money - what a waste of my time. Only when I gave my notice did they promise what they started in the beginning but TOO LATE. Bye bye liars.
It's on this page under BAIT AND SWITCH
Bait 'n' switch is ILLEGAL ---
How do you spell Bait and Switch?
Sorry, but that was my experience. I don't like to give negative feedback on things, but like E-bay you have to be honest about your experience. I ran out of money and patience so I just ran and never looked back. Hope your experience is different. Oh, and forget the sign on bonus. You have to be full-time pay in 3 months and 6 months and for some unknown reason (sarcasm), a person may just always be short of that.
I do not want to take a job where it's the bait and switch. Tired of that game.
If you could email me that would be great. This profession is going down hill fast. You get a ton of job offers but no one wants to pay you anything. I wouldnt have a problem with some of the wages, IF Iived in India.. or somewhere else that the cost of living is lower, but unfortunately when you live in America, we need American-ized wages.
Ditto!!! I have experienced bait and switch
more times than I can count. I have spend hundreds of dollars on equipment and software only to start work for someone and have them act like they never heard of me. They tried to give me work that I don't do, change my hours, and even change the pay promised. Be very careful out there.
FOCUS! Run the other way-bait and switch experts!
Was interviewed by American, tested with same, was offered job by same and took job. Then, suddenly everyone else was East Asian! After specifically asking for no more than 40 to 50% ESL doctors, first job is all ESL! When I called to ask questions of the American people who hired me (such as what the instructions actually meant as they made no sense in American English, and why all the Drs were ESL) I was told that almost all of this type of doctor was ESL and I should have known this with all my experience! With all my experience I know that only a portion of the physicians who perform the type of medicine I was discussing are ESL. So, I quit before I began!!! Can you say Bait and Switch?
I had a terrible experience with them with bait and switch.
I am assuming that the Bait and Switch tactic
people smell the coffee and leave. That is just IMHO. Of course, if you don't make that great sign on bonus, and you decide to stay for making about 300.00 a week is your thing, then go for it.
Sick of it too. Bait and switch, always happens. Will look at my contract closer too. nm
MTSO bait and switch when hiring QA staff
I have applied to several companies for QA positions in the last few weeks. I tested for about 5 and received offers from 3. I accepted 2 of these positions.

Job #1: Told me that pay was hourly and that I would not have to do any typing. I signed paperwork and completed the 1 hour training. Was told again during training that pay was hourly. As soon as training was over I was told that I would have to type on the account first and would be paid by the line for what I typed...NOT HOURLY.

Job #2: Told me that they will pay by the line for QA and that no typing was required. As soon as I finished the 1 hour training I was told that I would have to type on the account first and would be paid by the line.

WHY DO MTSOs do this???? Why not tell the truth up front? I resigned from my original position to take these jobs. Had I been told UP FRONT that I would have to be a Transcriptionist before becoming QA I would have remained where I was and would not have accepted either position.

I have carpal tunnel issues which is why I am not a transcriptionist anymore. I DETEST LIARS AND DECEPTIVE RECRUITERS.

MTSOs, PLEASE STOP THE BAITING AND SWITCHING!!! Please be honest with people that you make them an offer!!
MTSO Hiring Bait and Switch (sorry- long)
There's a posting on one of the other forums here and it sounds similar to mine, and I just wondered if I'm having a grassy knoll moment or if it's just coinkidink.

I, in addition to 2 other people, was recently (in the last 4-6 weeks) hired IC to do M-F 9-5 clinic work in a specialty that I have years of experience in. Within the 2nd day, I was making my line counts because of the ability to short-cut the heck out of the very repetitive nature of the specialty and the doctors. At the time I discussed with the recruiter that based on my prior experience, 3 people seemed overkill for this type of account, but that was tut-tutted. Okay...they know the hospital this clinic is affiliated with, not me. Within 1-1/2 weeks, the 6 week old backup was gone. A week later, about 21 jobs came in. Two weeks go by, 17 jobs. Nothing since. Last I heard mid July, there were some technical issues and the account should be up in August. Well, here we are the 5th, nothing.

Needless to say, I've had to request a secondary account, which as it happens is acute care. At the time I talked to the recruiter, she quoted me a 0.5 cpl difference between clinic and acute care. I have not been getting, despite invoices including the extra 0.5. I sent an email off to the powers that be, and was rewarded with a phone call saying fine, but from now on my primary would be the acute care, that my hours would no longer be able to be 9-5, and that M-F is also out the window as acute care doesn't work that way. When I inquired about the status of the clinic, the response was they didn't really know what was going on, but it likely wouldn't be enough work to keep the 3 of us in lines anyway (going on to state that it's our fault a ICs since we can't be counted on to work when we're supposed to as much as we're supposed to). I said okay at the time since I don't work because I want to but because I have to, but needless to say I'm searching again.

So to summarize, I'm an older, single, empty-nester and looked forward to easy lines with little or no brain power required and the freedom for a social life who thought she had stumbled onto the ideal job- perfect shift, perfect days, easy account with great lines, only to find it has vanished, and I'm back to working weekends and into the evening on an account that while not overly difficult is not the joyfully mindless line-accumulating stuff I was looking forward to. Is this common, or do I just have the world's worst luck?
Sound mediocre - bait and switch game with them thought. nm
Bait and switch and rudeness puts them at the bottom of mine. nm
Bait and switch? Hard dictators? Easy accounts?

Lets be reasonable here.

I see complaints because we get put on a difficult account when you know there are easier ones out there.  I see complaints because when you start working for a new company you are put on an easy account and then switched to a more difficult account. 

Face it.  Every company has hard accounts along with the easier accounts.  What should these companies do?  Start you out on the worst accounts so you cannot possibly get your line counts when you are starting and as nervous as a shaky leaf?  Start you on an easy account until you lose your fear and have passed QA to ensure you know the basics of transcription?  (That is what you are calling bait and switch.)

I just do not think these companies can win.  They certainly cannot meet your demands of easy accounts, especially those who are just starting for them and think you should get the cream of the crop.   Are they supposed to penalize their long term MLS and give them all the hard work just to accommodate your every wish?  Is this how you would want to be treated if you had worked for a company for 5+ years?   I don't think so.




Somebody took the bait
because I just got an email stating the position had been filled and they would keep my resume on file.
This is obviously a bait post. I am not biting
They will try anything to get people to work for them.....WOW..what a bait trap!

yeah, they are watching and people take the bait



Keep it coming - you apparently take the bait every time.
do they switch your
account once you become really good on it?  I was not sure if that is infamous for all companies or just MQ.  Thanks!
Yes, you can use a KVM switch.
So why don't you switch to VR? Don't
Yes, if don't switch to EMR, will pay
And they wonder why we switch

I am so frustrated with companies pretending to be wonderful and have tons of work and then once you start working for them they are a joke and you can't any money.  Where are the good reliable companies anyway?   

Get a KVM switch and you can tie your computers together with (sm)

one keyboard, one monitor and one mouse.  Try Circuit City they have them.  Good luck.

Bonus for switch from SE to FT
You would not quality, only for new-hires only. Even though you are SE you still "work" for MQ and are not new to them.
The OLD me would switch too fast
the NEW me (still old) would rather fight than switch. NOW if you can remember THAT commercial you are dating yourself!! LOL

If I have a job I like doing that comes close to being a good fit, or better, and they pay on time, don't over-hassle or over-ignore, I'm willing to to deal with *a fair amount* of irritating demands.

I'm sure they have a financial/legal interest in making this change, but if you can live with it... :)
KVM switch and Spheris...........

Are you allowed to use a KVM switch with Spheris?  I really don't want to set up 2 desks, but I will.  I know using the router is okay, but I don't see anything in the manual about using a KVM switch. 

Thanks for any info.

Hounded to switch to VR, in what way?...NM
Hounding in what way? 
I have one of those KVM switches to switch SM
between my personal computer and my WMX PC. This way I can share one monitor and one keyboard. If I need to do anything personal on the computer, I flip over to my personal PC. I know that doesn't answer your question about whether they are monitoring, but I would venture to say that they can watch anytime they feel the need. I never wanted to find out! LOL
Actually, if I ever lost this job and had to switch
companies, I'd have to take a cut in pay according to what I've been seeing, so I'd be well below cost of living increases... It's the nature of this crazy MT business. Work harder, faster, know more, get more experience, and make less and less and less as the years go on, while the prices of everything keep going up...
sure, teh switch to EMR will be gradually,
step by step, not from today to tomorrow, the question is:
How long ago did the change to EMR start? This differs from hospital to hospital and client to client.

Some will never want to switch, but in case EMR is a success, it will be cheaper, but it depends if the clients are ready to make the initial, rather expensive investment for EMR.
What position did you switch to?
Everything you said in your post are my sentiments exactly.  I don't think this field will ever go back to what it used to be and I'm done waiting around for it.  I work every weekend, have gotten only a 1/4 cent increase in 4 years (which I had to beg for) and I'm on from morning till late night with nothing to show for it.  VR was basically just the straw that broke the camel's back.  I just can't make a decent salary or lead a normal life doing this work. Haven't worked out of the house in 10 years and now I feel like I'm being forced to because this industry has gone down the tubes.
Hospital wants me to do VR when they switch - sm
I work as an IC for a hospital. They are going to VR. They wanted to know how much I would charge and I told them the same as I'm making now unless it is too cumbersome in which case I will charge more. I figured they would turn me down. Actually, they said ok! Shazaam!
VR CAN be worth the switch sm
I do a combo for TT of VR and traditional. I have been at the speech for about 5 weeks and I just made out my invoice. I have quite a bit of traditional work because of the account I am on, but I also have quite a bit of speech when that is gone. This invoice is DOUBLE what I invoiced for about 6 weeks ago, prior to the VR/typing combination and was for just straight typing.

I do about an equal number of lines of both traditional and speech...but it takes me 5 hours to get my minimum traditional lines and the other 3 hours of my shift to do the same number of lines speech. End result? More money, less fatigue, more joy in life, no more second MT job.

Three seems low, but TT pays less for Escription because it is a better program. It is SUPPOSED to be good.
KVM switch is used to connect 2 computers....sm
your home computer and the computer from a company so that you can use use 1 keyboard and 1 monitor.
So if you are SE and switch to PT or FT, do you get the sign on bonus?
You'd be surprised. You can switch careers.
No longer doing MT and loving it!
Does Webmedx switch you on accounts a lot? Thanks. nm
Does Webmedx switch accounts?
Not only do they switch you on accounts, the accounts they start you on are so absolutely, horribly bad -- ESL docs in masses and very, very hard to transcribe - that taking the gas pipe seems a much gentler form of agony! $$$ are not to found with Webheadaches!