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or they are growing. What a terrible blanket statement. This is so confusing now. sm

Posted By: WI MT on 2007-02-05
In Reply to: Good point - companies that constantly run ads - can't keep MT's! nm

I hear good things about a company and the exact opposite from someone else. Then stay away from another, and a friend of my gets the position and has been there for 4 years. I missed out by listening to others on that one but listened on others about how good they were and now have had 8 jobs in 3-1/2 years. I AM NOT A JOB-HOBBER. I just want to work and be left alone except to get paid.

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I agree. You have no believability given your blanket statement.
Once again, a general blanket statement that is completely false. sm
Many hospitals and clinics do a 100% complete outsource of one or more departments. The dumping and overflow could very well be at a company level. How do I know? I am a Team Lead at a big company and we do 100% of the work for more than 50 facilities.
? That's kind of a blanket statement; things are fine on the accts I work on. sm
Yes, it was slow a couple weeks ago but started picking up last week.

PS - Yes, they pay for spaces.
They are growing, growing, growing! The best MT company I have ever worked for!
Give them a try. 
Could you clarify your BLANKET post please? ...sm

I am not sure what the poster meant, but perhaps they meant that patients' information is ripped off by others in the medical field? 

Could you further expound please?  Would be greatly appreciated. 

Take pic of you sitting at PC with blanket draped
you are right, a terrible, terrible thing it is.sm
but I won't complain too much after having made over 50,000 last year.
They must be confusing themselves with someone..

else..they are the ones that posted this ad on the job board:

Keystrokes has an opening for a radiology MT.

We supply the tower and the footpedal. You supply the monitor and the keyboard and the high speed.

This is a lovely account, clear and concise dictators, fast, but good. Platform is MANTIS, experience preferred, but not required on this platform.

Pay is by the report.

Yes, it is confusing ... sm
MDI-FL is different. They are also a great place to work, and their website is medicaldictation.com. You might want to look at them, also. The two are not affiliated in any way, only their initials are the same!
Thanks, it seemed a little confusing. nm
It is confusing (sm)

I think we can look to other industries as a possible example. 

Imagine you need someone to paint 2 rooms in your house.  You speak with a man on Monday and let him know that you need your living room and kitchen painted by Friday 8 p.m., as you have company coming from out of town.  You both agree and create a contract that states his pay ($300), 2 rooms need painting, and the deadline to complete the project.  The end result:  Two rooms painted by Friday 8 p.m. for $300.  The homeowner has a right to specify the end result, but is not managing his hours.  If the homeowner had no control, the painter could finish whenever he wanted.  This would make no sense.  So, the homeowner would have someone come to paint with no idea when it would be finished or how many rooms would be painted?  In MT, the end result could be total lines, number of tapes, etc. 

It is really confusing, the whole thing, which is why I left.  Everyone is sad, myself included, that the Indian team leads are being let go as well.  They were great to work with and I do know for a fact that they are being replaced with American team leads.  It is confusing that they let the American QA team go in the first place, and from they way it sounds was without warning.  They now have a forum board on Yahoo groups for the MTs to voice concerns and to stay informed.  That was a good move on their part.  If things get better I would like to go back part time.  I guess time will tell the outcome.  Focus was my first company and I wish them the very best.
It is confusing, and while not for the . . .
most part going to change the meaning, I do find it very confusing.  I do use Stedman's and Dorland's as the most reliable sources on these issues..
All so confusing!!!
I was referring to the one in FL. Sorry if confusing....NM
WMX call very confusing
She just went round and round about how much more money we as MTs are making since we are so much more productive with the ISR, yet the example she gave had the MT making $100 less!  I just don't get it. So disillusioned. Their coldness and statistics make me ill.
I think perhaps you're confusing them with another company?
They pay extremely well - higher than any other company I've been able to find.
Sten-Tel....this is getting confusing....please read
Yes, the previous poster below is right, I am referring to the job ad that they had for cardiology and pathology, not the platform or the franchise.  It's the company out of Springfield, MA that I am talking about.  I appreciate some of the feedback I got so far.  It seems that those who are working for them out of MA are happy with their jobs.  I was given an opportunity to work for them as an editor/transcriptionist and all I wanted to know is if they were a decent company to work for.  So, if there are anymore Sten-Tellers out there, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks.
Your moniker is Overseas MT, which is very confusing.

Your post was fraught with errors.  You didn't even get the gender of the owner right. 

I realize this is a message board, people write quickly and are bound to make typos.  Many of your errors simply weren't typos, though.

If I were an MTSO reading your post, I don't think I'd invite you to work for me.  Sorry. 

I think they use different programs, very confusing and disorganized
The archive searches here are confusing.
But when I put 'davis' in the second search box down (not the top one, with Google, etc.), just to the right of the ''Post a new message'' button, I got plenty of results.
I think the confusing issue here is the term

Maybe access is a better word.  For instance, I have access to certain accounts for my online company.  As an IC for them, I have no quota to meet, I draw from the pool of dictators.  Now, I have agreed to take on certain dictators that no one else seemed to want to do.  But, if something comes up in my workday, as an IC, I just e-mail the company and they find someone else.  It's that simple and it works great.  Other than that, I draw from the pool of dictators that I have access to for that MTSO. 

Assigned means no help from any other MTs; it's all you and when a company assigns you work they should actually be paying you as an employee not an IC.  An IC works piece work meaning each and every sound file is a job or a service you have provided to that company.  You are an MT that provides your skills and they pay you for that service.

The only thing I've found that's difficult in this biz is naming your price with the online MTSOs as an IC.  They seem to name the wage; so that part is tough. 

If it is an ongoing relationship, it's also important that you think of this client and/or MTSO on a file by file basis.  One voice file is a job and so on.  There are other MTs in place at the company I work for that will step in and take work, so the downside is that I have to be on my toes if I want more than just what I have agreed to do on a regular basis unless something comes up.

As an IC, I have my own personal clients as well.  But, I consider the online MTSO one of my clients, so I service them all in the same fashion.

In actuality, my own clients are the money makers, and the online MTSO is filler and works very well for me since there are no set hours, no set line quota, and I can not work at all on any particular day.  As a courtesy, I let them know if I'm taking time off, but I really don't have to do that if I don't want to, but I like to because I know that TAT is important.  I respect them and they respect me.

I think you're confusing the deductible with the premium. sm

Family coverage is not $1000 a month in premiums. 

TTS has a very low starting pay & a confusing bonus scale. nm
To make it confusing, there is also MedScript Services, Inc., and
Mediscribe of Indiana, NOT MedScribe, confusing, the first one has ....sm
hired me without testing, which seems great, but should I be worried?  I mean, 18 years experience in all phases, but this was so FAST!  Please, can someone tell me about this company, worked there, info would be so appreciated because the contract does not tell me anything that I do not know....recruiter is Tonya.  TIA!
I guess what is confusing is why keep running new ads if you already have too many resumes
Obviously, they didn't find what they were looking for and are seeking to get more applicants.  I have sent in several resumes to different companies recently and some I have not heard from at all and some did not response for another week or two, but in any case, they did not repost an ad every few days.
This whole IC Transcend thing is totally confusing to me!! sm
I read this board pretty regularly and I recall a few days ago somebody saying how they got an email threatening termination because they were not making the PT status.  When the company I was with was bought by Transcend somebody asked about IC and they said they only did PT and FT, no IC.  Since they bought MDI there is all this talk about them now offering IC.  I am just questioning this because it seems to me they might expect someone who is an IC to actually work PT status, of course with no PTO earned or anything else.  Again, this all just does not make sense to me especially if what a read a few days ago is true and somebody got an email threatening termination unless they made enough to be PT status.  I guess I am just wondering if anybody else has gotten an email stating that they needed to make PT status or might be terminated??
Could you be confusing "using the facilities own MTs" with "sending to India" mayhaps?
Anyone have any recent info on Sten-Tel out of Massachusetts? Old posts were rather confusing sm
as to whether the company was Indian or not.  There is an ad up on another board for editors.  Are they offshore?  TIA.
AccuStat now has voice recognition to their software and has a lot of new clients.  I run an MD office that uses AccuStat and we have had no problems ever with this company.  They have been on the ball with all of our needs, no matter how complicated!!  We have over 50 MDs and they all love the company and their flexibility!  The owner is a great lady as well....ignore the bad things you see as they are simply not true about this company!!
I don't do Rad so I am not sure if they have any or not. They are growing like crazy though, so
call them and ask. They are usually always hiring. Right now I think they are hiring for Med Rec, Oncology and maybe Rad. Call them and talk to Debbie, my supervisor. She's great.
Yes, it does, it means we are growing! :)
Why can't anyone ever see that with a service? Advertising doesn't necessarily mean something negative,it can simply mean there is an increased need for qualified MTs!
Growing business? nm

not sure if they're growing but...
i was with them not long ago and they were wonderful and i never ever ran out of work. staff was all very supportive and friendly, system was nice, line count was awesome, paid on time and accurately, no complaints at all, just couldn't squeeze in enough time to work for them with the other job. great place to work, though, highly recommend.
They are growing like MAD! This is an awesome
company. Definitely not overhiring. I have been here almost two months now and I have never been happier with my job. The accounts are good, the people are amazing, from management to tech support and even the general office staff. They treat me incredibly well and many, many others on here say the same.
Growing with a new group of
They started a group of hospitals based in TN, and are adding them one at a time during the year.  Lots of ER and acute care positions, we get emails noting the new accounts and added positions. 
the growing company?
see details inside, only provides an email response.
She's still there. They are just growing so fast, they need more (sm)
many times in office works well for other reasons.
I am growing tired of this sm
So I am going to try to end it, here and now. I am sick to death of hearing I am selling myself cheap working for TT. I can sell my services for wherever I care to, for whatever benefits I need/want and for any line rate I want to. Since I am no longer firm enough to sell my body, I can be a flabby MT making what I feel good about making and the job I am doing to get said income. It is not your business to come on here and tell me that I am selling myself cheap, nor to brag about the line rate you get. When asked about whom you work for, suddenly you can't tell, it is all so hush hush. One has to wonder...if you told, would your supervisor get on here and contradict you? Given your grammar and spelling, I can't think you are worth the money you supposedly get paid. Contrary to what others may think, this is job is NOT about getting higher and higher line rates! I have been in this way too long to be talked to like I have fallen off a turnip truck and I don't know a certain orifice from a hole in the ground. PAY DOES NOT INDICATE THE QUALITY OF MT WORK YOU PRODUCE any more than report cards are an indication of learning. I read a lot on here (note the TWO words there). I listen to complaining about QA people and how obnoxious they are, about MTSOs who don't care about their MTs, about running out of work, about unusable platforms, difficult ESLs, falling line rates and lack of benefits. These are the difficulties of being an MT in a marketplace that doesn't value the people element in any job, and in an industry that is rapidly changing. To come to this particular board is to be bombarded not only by all this complaining, but also by constant gloating over a line rate that may or may not exist in reality. The fact is, unless we are all MTSOs with well paying clients, none of us are going to get rich doing this. We are going to pay our bills and we are going to work hard. Line rates are the same as they were 10 years ago and 12 years ago and 15 years ago. If you find a job with 10 cents or better a line, I'll show you a job where the work stinks, the platform is impossible and the person in charge has more psychological issues than an inpatient on a 72-hour hold. I know, because I have worked for a lot of them. Now, I have recently gone to work for TransTech. Sure, I took 8.5 cpl, MY CHOICE, MY DECISION. When I quickly understood that medical benefits would not total $100 a month, and that as an employee, they will cover part of my FICA taxes and that there is PTO that is figured the way it ought to be figured...8.5 cents was looking good to me. I have made 11 cpl and recently (see above). Even simply talking money, that 2.5 cents will not buy me medical insurance on my own. It hardly covered my taxes last year and I had to work a second job. I had West Nile and it didn't pay for the 3 days I missed from work because of it. I ran out of work frequently too. I am concerned about what the rest of you are concerned about. I don't like running out of work. I detest snotty QA people. I, for one, cannot abide the whining from my MTSO that greets me every time I have a technical problem or if I am sick. I don't like that I can't afford to go the doctor without insurance. I'd like to be respected for my experience and hard work too. If I am going to work extra hard, I'd like extra money for it. We who work for Transtech are bragging these past couple of weeks. Why? Because we have joyfully found a place where we can't complain about all of the above issues. We have seen that money, as in higher line rates, isn't the entire picture. We are finding that we are rapidly more productive, lines are easier to get and we have our job satisfaction back. The 10, 11, 12 cents you get, can't buy love. It can't buy satisfaction. It can't buy THE BEST QA team in the business. It can't buy the most gentle, understanding and patient manager I have ever come across XXXX. It can't buy you the thank you for your hard work that I find on EVERY report returned from QA. It can't buy you technical assistance that is on a problem as fast as a duck on junebug. It can't buy the pat on the back that I have gotten from all the QA people every time I have cleared QA on another new account. Now, 10+ cpl can't buy you love, but 8.5 got it for me!
Not sure what the deal is but the ad said they were growing or something..
and it also stated in the LOOOOOOOOONG AD that they get someone trained and then start training another person and so on. Almost sounded like they ran an assembly line where they get one MT put together  and scoot her down the line and then get another ready and so forth. Unfortunately, I do not buy that. I think this employer has come up before in discussions and it was not favorable. Also, if you read the ad, you can tell there is a little chip on the shoulders on what she expects from an MT, leaving me to believe she has been less than happy with whom she has hired in the past. In any event, I do love animals but I have NO interest in applying there.
You are kidding yourself. OSi is not growing. You cannot grow without
OSi wants to be big, but that will never happen because they will not listen to anyone about giving the MTs more instead of putting all the profits into their own pockets. All you get at OSi is your base line rate...that is it. Nothing extra for nights, weekends, holidays. They make you pay for the foot pedal and even the cheap spell checker.

You pretty much said it all when you said that OSi is choosy about who they invite to their parties!! How awful! When most companies have company parties, all employees are invited. That is pretty sad and pretty much says it all about OSi.
I figured they were growing, hadn't
ever seen them advertise until fairly recently.  Makes sense to me, usually if a company grows they have to hire more workers.  Haven't heard of anyone complaining of not having work.
Gee, could it be they are getting new accounts and growing? Geez
We are growing. You are a person not a number.
We have employees in 18 states and have full bennies. Other states ICs and SEs. Pay is decent with incentives. Good team work. Direct deposit every other Friday. Pay is correct and on time.
They have a couple hundred and are still growing. You are right about it
feeling like a small company. EVen though they are pretty big I think they really make an effort to not lose what makes them special.
And the reason the list keeps growing is because...
these companies know they can get MTs here to correct the poor quality before it gets sent to the client. Talk about cutting our own throats!
No, that is because Transcend is growing like wildfire!
We are adding two new accounts a month, and converting others. I am one of the ones that usually helps out on new accounts, so I know.

Hope everyone on the board had a happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I have a place to go to share ideas.
Geesh. Maybe they're growing. Ever think of that? nm
The MTSO does it by growing themselves a spine
instead of constantly trying to undercut the other guy. If all MTSOs stuck together, and charged more across-the-board so that they could pay their workers decent wages, clients would have no choice but to make their cuts elsewhere.

As long as the MT industry dontinues to delude itself with its gas-station-price-war business practices, they'll continue to shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to not being able to get quality workers, that in turn bring them the quality clients.
This company definitely belongs on the growing
Is there any way to get documentation of what, exactly, the 'misconduct' was? It sounds like they're not only being untruthful, they're also being spiteful and vindictive, just because you couldn't meet what was probably an unrealistic daily line minumum on crappy accounts, using substandard software.