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fatcat, your "heard" was in the right place! No need to apologize! nm

Posted By: Old and Wise on 2009-05-03
In Reply to: Wow, I need QA - fatcat


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Whoops! I meant to address this TO fatcat, not FROM fatcat. Sorry Fatcat!
Fatcat correcting fatcat
I meant to say THEIR face, not THERE face. Have been up since early morning working and it shows. Sorry.
Don't apologize
I was looking to see if you left an address. Good luck.
I do apologize

I took the fact that DRC was in California (I couldn't remember what town she said) and that it was a work from home company and just assumed....You are right, though, it's not the same company, and I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions.  She assured me they are certified with the AAMT (or whatever it's called! :) and they are legit. 

By the way, I got the job :) at 1-1/2 times what I am making now!!

I do apologize
Delete away.
I apologize...
....for my foul language; I'll refrain from using such offensive terms in the future. 
Don't apologize
Many of us have had these issues to deal with at certain times in our lives. Don't be sorry for coming on here to fellow MTs to vent. Worrying will not change things, of course. All you can do is your best. Are your bills paid? Is there food in your cupboards? If your needs are met, you're doing a lot better than some. I don't have much money at the end of my paycheck to put away, but all of our bills are paid and my kids' bellies are full, so I'm happy. Things do get tight, especially this time of the year, but it always seems to work out, and I will give credit for all of this to God. I have yet to see one promise He has made that has not been kept in our lives. Just keep doing your best!
I apologize (me), but
I have read a lot of posts and I do not know about which company you posted, but do agree that no one can guarantee work! I have read bad on both companies, but also good. Thanks, LOL.
I apologize

Getting ahead of myself and got misinformation.  *MDI-Maryland people are moving to Transcend as they are if they are ICs then they will remain so.*

I guess we are too early in the game....


Here, Here!, Welcome To, Although I don't apologize SM
for those who certainly wouldn't want me to, I enjoyed your description of the torch-bearing mob I've been imagining myself these past few days. :)
I apologize for the typos.
I guess I shouldn't try to type when I'm upset. 
Ok, I see your point. I apologize. (sm)
There was a point in my life where I had kids and a family to support and so it was more crucial at that time for me to have work always.  Now I can be more flexible about it.  Didn't mean to be mean.  Sorry.
Why should you apologize for your post?
Why are people crabbing about asking you to e mail? I thought the lunar eclipse was last week...but is there a full moon out there today? LOL
Okay. I apologize. Didn't know
anyone was allowed to have Monday off. That's what I was told when I started. Good thing for you because you don't have to worry about Monday-after-the-end-of-the-pay-period.
No need to apologize for length!
I am hoping for logical thinking in-depth reasoning such as yours. :)
Not me. I hope there is a special place reserved for them in a very hot place.
Glad you feel better and we apologize, but sm
Administrator requested we come here.

I'm just reading up on the new changes, not posting except here, just for you!! :-)

Thanks for letting us invade this board for a while. This won't last forever. Probably a few MQers will be coming here soon to use the board as it is intended -- to find a new company LOL.

That wasn't meant as a "dis" to MQ, just that from what I read, the new program might not work for some. I'm just going to roll with the punches and come here later if necessary...

Thanks again!
I stand corrected and apologize to OSi
And, love the red coffee cup and candy. 
I apologize if I sounded rude to you
It just gets my goat when somebody seems to show a lack of professionalism and others of us work so hard to try and be the best MT we can be, and are working very hard to support our families.  The attitude of working whenever I feel like it causes companies to overhire and then the reliable MTs don't have enough work.  I am truly not trying to be rude to you and I do apologize if I sound that way, but your attitude is detrimental to the other MTs and also to any company that might hire you.  I am sorry, but I still would never hire somebody with that kind of a work ethic. 
I TAKE IT BACK and apologize. Someone out there truly believes we are
worth something. I think we have all been taken so many times and have become so paranoid that people are taking advantage of our desperation and vulnerability, we sometimes forget to people there are people out there that still value us and not DE-value us. Apologies to Ms. Reed!!!! 
I apologize for the mess, I actually was stupid

You didn't do anything wrong to apologize for.
It is totally appropriate to want to discuss some sensitive career matters privately. If someone is uncomfortable in e-mailing you, then that is absolutely their choice, but no one should dictate to you how you can and cannot communicate. Anyway, hope you get the information you're seeking.
I misread what you wrote and apologize.
My response below was a result of my misunderstanding!

My apologies, MtMommyof2!

I apologize ... that post has apparently

been deleted.  After posting above I went back to look at the post that I referred you to and I cannot find it.  It was posted either last night or this morning and there were several discussions concerning this. 

I apologize,..this post is INCORRECT...SM
this was incorrect information and i humbly apologize for any further postings below. you are correct...they are accountants. i ask forgiveness for anyone i have offended. i was offered a job by them and i could have sworn they said they were lawyers, not accountants. went back thru my stuff and you were were correct. i ask forgiveness of those that read here and i will be more cautious in my posts in the future, if i ever dare again.
Apologize for the misinterpretation, but I DO have a life .. sm
and a very good one at that!     
I apologize for any discord my post may have caused.
Again, despite other claims, it was not my intention to stir up such a big argument or to cause harm to anyone (including the company), and at this point the argument isn't even about the issue anymore. It seems to have morphed into an entirely different argument about whether people have the right to post pros and cons about issues within a company and where to post them. I think people should be allowed to express themselves freely on this board (under the discretion of the administrator) no matter what side of the issue they may be on, especially if all avenues internally have been exhausted . I have no desire to rehash, reargue, redefend myself, or re-anything. I think people can make their own determinations from everything that has just transpired that bad feelings have come from both sides of the issues. I just want to apologize for my part in it.
Actually, I apologize; your post just rubbed me the wrong way. sm
I get so tired of coming here and seeing the high drama and the name-calling when an obviously content employee is called management or recruiting by someone who is unhappy.

Anyway, I do still wish you luck in finding something more to your taste. Personally I trust what my STM tells me; she hasn't lied to me yet and I don't see why she would start now.
I apologize if this sounds unkind, but it seems kind of cheesy to post sm

how great your company is and solicit referrals.  Perhaps you mean well -- I will certainly give you the benefit of the doubt.  But in my 30+ years of transcription, I have rarely found that it pans out to refer someone.  Granted, you say that the recruiter knows that you do not know these people and are just soliticiting the referral bucks, but it just sounds wrong for many reasons.  Heck, I have referred FRIENDS to companies I was happy with and either they hated the company and were mad at me (using the word mad loosely .. perhaps disappointed/whatever is a better choice) or they didn't measure up and the company was disappointed that I had referred such a person. 

Regardless, I am happy that you are happy where you are working.  THAT, for all of us, is the bottom line it would seem.  I want to have a home where I can just work and be happy for the rest of my working days, which will probably be until I'm 100, so I guess I had better make sure I AM happy! 

Good luck to all of us. 

I do not do homework for others unless they want to pay me. I am too busy makin my lines, and apparently you could be makin more lines too by getting off your high horse on this board and spending more time making your lines!!! You are so funny....
Fatcat ......... sm

Not sure where you live, but my local YMCA offers kickboxing classes, free with membership.  Also, i just recently bought a Kathy Smith Kickboxing DVD for $2.99 from eBay.  I haven't tried it yet because I'm afraid I might destroy the apartment -- coordination is not my strong suit!  (ha)  The class at the Y is fun ... I'm sure you'd enjoy it!  Plus, if you're like me, after sitting all day, it is nice to get up and move the legs and get some circulation going.

She is a known troublemaker on this board. 
Well said, fatcat (NM)
Tell me where fatcat.

I need part-time, 24 to 32 hours per week.  No one wants to hire part-time.

I have applied at 15 or more places.  Pass every test, get offered a job for 7 cpl  or when I give my schedule, they say NOPE.

The stress is killing me.  I think I have an ulcer.  The migraines are back and I spend the better part of my shift crying.

Looking for Fatcat
I would like to ask you some questions through email.  Thanks.
The first letter of the company i work for is T
To fatcat:
I'm just wondering if you could tell me anything about your company:  things you like/don't like, pay, platform, etc.  I am also interested in this company.  Thanks for any info you can give!
Thanks you so much, fatcat. It does seem
like most companies require you to have your own computer. I guess I worked for MQ too long....They provide the computer but too many other down sides to working for them. I think I will see if I can pick up a used computer to start with.

Thanks for the info about the statutory status, too! I was thinking it meant you were sort of on-call employee. I get it now. THANKS again!
Thanks to all and Fatcat ...

I awoke with basically the same feeling.  I work for a wonderful company, have a wonderful husband, kids and grand babies so I have a lot to be thankful for.  I know that there are many of our fellow MTs who are struggling out there right now, I wish with everything in me that I could change that for them but since I cannot, I was hoping that a positive post would help to uplift everyone at least someone.  Like you and probably most on this board, I have had some pretty horrible experiences but seem to be on the right path, which I hope continues.  Hopefully I have kissed the right frog this time, lolol.

For those of you out there who are struggling I wish you the very best and lots of luck! 


I'm not sure if this explains anything, but I remember a few weeks ago getting an email telling us they had a new account coming on and had hired about 30 MTs to cover it.  Unfortunately, the account didn't start when expected and those MTs were training on the other accounts.  I thought the account started last week, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

There was also a lot of talk in the last few months about adjusting our schedules to accommodate the evening/late night and early morning work flow.  They may have ended up hiring more MTs to cover if the work wasn't getting done.  Unfortunately, I think that SE/IC companies are forced to hire more MTs than needed sometimes because they can't enforce a work schedule like the employee status companies ('cept for MQ; they overhire and then send all the work overseas.  I think the Indians just like to watch the Americans scramble).

I think the work flow also ebbs and flows more in the summer months due to holidays, vacations, etc.  My accounts have been low also, but I don't really mind.  I like an unexpected day off.  I expect things to pick up again soon. 


After being brainwashed for so many years by the Q, MDI has been a breath of fresh air!  I wouldn't think of changing companies, either, and since I'm not the breadwinner in our house and I have a second income myself, I won't fight for the lines.  If the work is there when I'm available, so be it, but if not, then I don't worry about it.  I check back throughout the day, but I won't sit and wait for the work.  I know there are others not as fortunate and I'd really rather see them get the work. 

LOL, Fatcat!
Your friend had it rough too, lol! I'm about an hour north of Bakersfield, more in Fresno territory, but I certainly relate to his difficulties with that two years. I believe Fresno and Bakersfield are cut from the same cloth. I had to move back from this area from a gorgeous northern coastal town (Pacific Grove, if you're familiar with it), about 6 years as my mother was ill, and I think I'm still in the throes of culture shock!

I just don't understand what's going on with MDI-MD at all, Fatcat. Normally when one of their MTs reports having no work, they bend over backwards (and IMMEDIATELY) to rectify the situation. This time the pleas are met with silence. It arouses my suspicions that something is going on behind the scenes of which we are unaware.

I might be WAY off base here, but you know D pretty well. Do think there's any conceivable possibility that perhaps they're brokering a deal to sell MDI-MD? I hate to even think that it's just one of a few unpleasant possibilities that has crossed my mind during this disheartening time.

Your email went to my spam folder. I found it and just now replied (and made sure to mark your emails as NOT spam, lol!).
Fatcat -
Grab those lines while you can, because I'm sure they'll mysteriously disappear VERY quickly!!!
Fatcat -
In the case of the Q, I do hope that is followed by the old addage:

The bigger they are...
The harder they fall.

And I truly hope MDI hasn't fallen into the evil clutches of the Q!!!
Fatcat, if it were me, I would definitely keep the second job. It would help my
peace of mind tremendously to know I had a second job to fill in the financial gaps if my workload dried up again.  As long as having both jobs doesn't overtax you, I'd definitely keep it, at the very least for a few months to see what the ebb and flow turns out to be at your MDI job.  Just my humble opinion.
Yep, we actually do work together, in a manner of speaking. 
Hey, has anyone heard from Fatcat lately? Unless I've missed her posts, she's been absent. I know her account had seemed to pick up, but then it apparently dried up again.

I'm an MDI-er too. I checked my account earlier and, again, only a handful of jobs availabe on there.

I've seen a few post that they've emailed D and the other powers-that-be at MDI.

Has anyone heard anything back?

I know what you mean, fatcat
With so many of us sitting with no work, I just can't understand why these new accounts aren't staffed by the current ICs and hire on new ones to train only a few days before the account goes live.  I'd gladly work a little extra to be sure the new accounts are properly staffed while judging the need for additional MTs on a live basis.  I guess what's worse is that there is no communication.  Just because we're ICs we still work our tails off when the need is there to keep the jobs within TAT.  But yet don't we deserve the decency of some communication so that we can make advance planning on what *we* need as well?  Isn't that what makes a company successful?  The happier the workers, the better the company runs...the more successful the company is.  At least that's the way I always looked at things.
Um, yeah, no kidding!

Wait until Transcend drops the ball in about 2-3 months (when everyone's comfortable, thinking there will be no changes) that they ARE going to VR, there WILL be massive paycuts, and they find themselves another statistic, just like those dedicated MTs over at MQ.

Sorry, but we were betrayed by MDI-MD. If not by the sell-out (hey, it's D's company, she can donate it to charity if she wants to).


And, I don't know about you, Fatcat, but my money says that's whwere all that work has been going, over to Transcend to be fed into their VR system in preparation. The reason you got that windfall of work one night (ONE WHOLE NIGHT, lol!) must have been because the Transcend system was down.

You and I were most assuredly on the right track a month ago, as discussed via our emails. We saw this coming. We KNOW what the end result will be.

While I applaud the loyalty of those trying to '15% isn't that much' and ATTEMPTING to remain loyal to MDI-MD at this point, I also pity them, because they are now ducks in a row, getting ready to be FORCED into VR, FORCED to take paycuts, FORCED to adhere to a RIGID schedule.

Their lives as they know them have just irreversibly changed and sadly I don't think the realization has sunk in for some of them.

I'd high-five you for you and I being SO on target (although our guess was 1 week off, it's still AMAZING how accurate we were), but sadly I don't feel it's time for a high-five. It's time for an MDI-MD group hug as we all part ways.

Fatcat -- I wonder...

I wonder if the rest of MDI mgmt supports this merge.  I know when everything went down at MQ, it seemed mgmt supported the changes at first, but then one by one, they began dropping like flies.  They just quietly left, not to be heard from again.  I wonder if this is how it will go with this merge. 

Another thing that cracks me up -- everything that was stated in the conference call was followed by the statement until January.  I don't think I'm going to stick around to find out what all that entails.

My husband and I have been discussing me returning to the real world for a full-time job for the last several months (since April or May when we got the first State of the Union address) and up until now, I've been very reticent to do so.  This seems to be a sign that maybe that would be the best option for us.  I have a few opportunities to pursue, outside of the world of MT.  It might be kind of nice to work a straight 8-4, M-F, holidays off, kind of job again. 

Wherever I end up, I wish you well.  This just feels all too similar to the way things went at the Q.  But this time, I'm not going to hang on as long.  I'm looking at this until January thing as my window to search other avenues of employment.