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it was pretty calm

Posted By: full moon madness??? on 2006-01-13
In Reply to: Huh?? I was just thinking how calm the boards had - been. Guess there must be drama somewhere. nm

for a while, but it was like everything went nuts today for some reason. Then I remembered it's Fri. the 13th and the moon's full. Maybe there's something to that luna tic stuff.

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Okay, now calm down, it's okay. I see a hand too sm
when I have the message open, then scroll down to see the list, it is pointing to the one I have open. Do they have rooms with a view there?
OK, everybody calm down. Anybody can have an off day once in awhile.
Happy: Please calm down.
you reall need to calm down..
sometimes people sense that and ignore.
Calm down. It's easy. I know the pay isn't fun,
Calm down, Webbers. This isn't SM
the pay cut you're imagining because you didn't listen to the message. I've been through this before at another MTSO.

It's actually good news in that moving to a more efficient platform means management is working to save our jobs in a very competitive, unstable market by increasing our output, and thus our value to the hospitals.

My prior MTSO changed my accounts from transcription to VR eScription, a platform challenging others with its efficiencies. At first average line counts shot up dramatically, and so did the initial paychecks--definitely happy time for fast learners. As everyone learned the platform, the line rate was adjusted to market rates--i.e., what a company has to pay to get skilled editors. If it hadn't been adjusted, people who had been making $30-60K would have been making many thousands more for the same work.

Now, why I'm at Webmedx these days: My primary account also insisted on offshoring or paying only offshore rates. That MTSO didn't do conferences and webinars, though, but instead kept us completely in the dark about what was happening. There came months of evasions, deceptions, outright lies to direct questions, disappearing work--and further pay cuts--until the day we were finally told the truth and offered a chance to move to other accounts.

Also, unlike WMX, that MTSO had already done extensive offshoring. Since WMX has been keeping its work here all along, I see no reason to doubt their sincerity when they say they will continue to try to do so. I also feel WMX has been as honest with me as I can reasonably expect from a corporation in today's culture.

BTW, let's please keep discourse to a more professional and dignified level. For my part, my relationship with an MTSO is a mutually profitable business one in the employer-employee form. They need the skills I have, and I sell this client my technical expertise, knowledge, judgment, and time. Rude and foolish messages to my client do not speak for me.

Best wishes.
Huh?? I was just thinking how calm the boards had
Just wanted to say, that was a nice calm
and thorough review of a company, no huge emotions, you presented the positives and a negative, didn't ridicule anyone who might have problems, and offered a kind bit of help if needed.  If only everyone posted responses like your's, we'd all have a better picture of our potential employers. Just wanted to say thanks for this thoughtful answer.  I really mean that.
My post was calm as well and meant to
are looking at the big picture and trying to be proactive in all arenas of life.  I will handle my hatred/anger in my own way and at least am healthy enough to recognize that I feel it. Hatred is a valid emotion - it's what you do with the hatred that makes it ugly versus productive.  To date, I have not honestly met an Indian phone rep who has been able to help me efficiently.  Some have seemed to grasp my needs, only for me to hang up and find out later they were clueless to my situation.  Yes, Indians do understand and are quite accepting when I explain that I wish to speak to a US worker.The US workers always ALWAYS thank me for asking for them, as it does help them with job security. Again, I said I do it in a friendly and kind manner - if the truth hurts the Indian worker, that is not my fault. And yes, if all of us did that every day, you would quickly see the Indian call service centers crumble.  That will happen a lot faster than trying to lobby politically or contact my congressman! That's a waste of time - been there, done that. You choose your plan of action and I choose mine. So far, mine is working for me.  I found a great job with a great company and I can sleep a bit better at night knowing that I am taking a stand, albeit a friendly one, for our country and our workers, our families.  You pointed out something, as did I.
The calm happy MTs you speak of

But that's OK.  You'll find out how professionally perfect you feel when your wages are cut, your platform is turned inside out and upside down, your primary account is leaving and you are only informed of it the day they go, you have no work, and you're expected to be grateful to still have a job.  Then you can come here crying about it and find a clone of yourself to tell you its you're own fault and you're probably incompetent, and sneer at you for having victim mentality to rub salt in your wounds.

Clients and MTSOs consider us faceless nobodys, and have better things to do than read this board.  They frankly don't care what we say, good or bad.  All we have to talk to is one another.

I love ExText...calm down..it'll be okay
ExText is extremely easy. You've got your demographics screen...easy...and then you're in your document.  You know what's great about ExText? It's so easy to search for past reports by provider, by patient, by MT.  It's very straight forward and a very easy system to learn in my opinion.  You get past the demo screen, finish the document, ctrl-N, it spellchecks, you're done. Voila!
Wow....calm down. She simply stated it wrong..
All you have to do is say don't you mean...

Take a Xanax lately? Just a thought.
Where is the flame. It was only stated that you had incorrect info. Calm down a little
We can see you dont like the company but there are those that do like it.

We can state our opinions as well.

No one was flaming you.
You put it in all caps. You need to calm down. Caps means yelling.
Liar is slander and I hope you did not use your real initials.
Must be pretty far SM
I've worked for them for 2 years and never a problem.
Pretty Bad
I have no interest in working for Keystrokes, but had to check out their new and improved benefit package. It is pretty bad unless you are unlucky enough to have a couple of deaths in the family.
You could say that about pretty much every co.
You know what they say about opinions...I have seen just about every major national company being asked about on these boards at one time or another and there are always people who will have negative things to say about them.  On the other hand, there are always people who will say positive things as well.  The only thing you can do is educate yourself about each company by going to their website and contacting the company directly to get answers.  Otherwise, it's all a lot of hearsay. JMO
I appreciate that!! I am pretty used to getting
flamed for not-so-positive comments so you are a breath of fresh air!! I hope they work out for you, I really do. I was one who loved Spheris until, well, I guess I should not say, but I hated MQ, so I guess we have both BTDT. Good luck to you, too:) I really think I have found mine with this company that just hired me. Sure hope so:)
That's pretty bad...
most editors I know make way more than that.
Most of them do, I am pretty sure.
They pretty much
change things to suit themselves....  not the mt
Pretty sure they do, I have seen their
banner across a board....
Pretty much par for this course, it seems. nm
Pretty much
It is very difficult to go after foreign entities due to cost and resources. I won't work for one ever. This is why many con artists in different countries get away with it. There is not much we can do.
Pretty sure
for some reasons with all the new accounts for administrative reasons they felt easier to catagorize that way.  It is all one company and everything is the same.  Only the accounts are designated 1 and 2. 
Thanks, that's pretty much what
I am getting from everyone I ask.  I just thought with them being as big as they are maybe they would have better benefits and a better rep.  Thanks!
I'm pretty new
at TT myself. I've only been there a few months, but I'm very happy working for them. Have any of you asked to be taken off an account and given a different one? There are times when I really struggle with my account, and I wonder what would happen if I asked for a different one? I'm a little nervous though...what if the newer account is more of a struggle? I would be anxious about learning a new account too. Sigh. Any thoughts? Thanks!
i think that is pretty low
look elsewhere. did you try looking for jobs on mtdaily.com  they have many legitimate firms looking for workers.
Pretty please.
I am pretty sure you do
need a USB.
I think I pretty much said it all, but if you have
specific questions you can e-mail me. 
Im pretty sure this is it. SM
Seems pretty low to me. NM

SE and IC are pretty much the same - sm
The only difference is with SE you get part of the tax paid, whereas IC you pay it all.  You have no benefits with an SE status except being able to set when you want to work, that's it.  You do get to have the same tax deductions with the SE as an IC would have too.
It has been pretty low for at least the last 3
months at my company.  Some accounts will dump a bunch of work on Saturday and then we have OT for 2 days, and then not enough work during the week.  We do get paid for downtime though, so it isn't as bad as most have it. 
I think I have everything pretty
well summed up. I did basically what just my opinion has done, summed up all the points that everyone had given me. I found a couple of more stats on how many more MT's are going to be added in India at a couple of different companies in the next 18 months.

I do have to mention when I first started talking to this reporter he knew already about the lawsuit with the Q infact he brought it up.

So stand-by I think we have it summed up. I will post a link to the story so everyone can read it.

Thanks for all your help, I couldn't have done it without the group effort.
All companies are pretty much the same, unfortunately. sm
Some are better in different areas and worse in others and vice versa! Just gotta go with the company you can make money with and forget about the rest of the nonsense!
has been pretty much on time for me
I've been with SoftScript for over a year and have only had my check deposited late a couple of times. It was deposited early an equal amount of times. Apparently if all timesheets would have been done on time, checks would have been sent out and deposited today.
I was told I had to have pretty much a

Giving hours when I would be working and all.  Then again, I was 'interviewed' by a clerical type who didn't even know what the BOS is. 

Pretty sure Medware still does. xx
pretty flexible
I've found them to be pretty flexible, so long as you put in at least 35 hours a week.  I was just saying in some other thread that I can knock off two hours early if I want so long as the hours all balance out at the end of the week.

If you're wondering about clocking in and out for breaks, it's really to your benefit to do that, as you'll get a better line count.
wow, this is a pretty small
Yes, it was pretty easy. nm


pretty close to DQS
a little different
pretty soon KS will need their own forum like MQ
I am pretty sure it is .08 for transcription, .04 for
editing, and you will most likely be moved to VR editing.
Well that seems pretty painless, sm
I'd love to hear what your experience is with them since you were offered a position. Feel free to e-mail me if you'd like.

Thanks again!
That is pretty strange...

that with your years of experience Axo offered you 7 cents!!  I have 10 years total MT experience and they offered me 9.5 to start and said after 30 days they would review and possibly bump it up to 10...

That is the thing that really irks me about this transcription business.  There really isn't any standard as far as pay goes and it seems you just have to get lucky to get a good line rate....I've had other places offer me anywhere from 6 cents up.  No way I am working for 6 cents...

I feel pretty much the same way.

The company I worked for before didn't pay on time but it was good money.  Got tired of fighting for my paycheck, so I left.  When I started with this new company things were going well.  Once I got up to speed I got smacked with ESL, marble mouths and 20 minute dictation that ends up being 1 page because of mumbling, stumbling, etc.  I'm looking outside of MT positions, but until I find something, I'll hang in there.  -- 

It's pretty obvious this is
if so, they should spend this much time and energy fixing the problems with the company...
Pretty good
They are really flexible on my shift.  I am working a split shift until school starts in the fall.  But, all in all I think I like getting my shift done in one setting.  The hospital that I work has very few ESLs too.  I am happy so far.  I would recommend them to work for.