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And would you be amazed to know that most MTs

Posted By: with 10+ years experience on 2008-12-23
In Reply to: I am amazed by how many ungrateful MTs there are - my 2 cents

have now just topped out at 7 to 8 cpl, while the newbies make 9 cpl on clinics, yet they experts struggle with the difficult ESLs, being paid less. That is exactly what the problem is, and you've nailed it but don't even realize it.  Why should I 30 years into my career make the same as a newbie who doesn't know a boil from a blepharoplasty. That is what we are talking about - wages comparable to experience, fair wages, fair benefits, etc.  This is so much more than MTs whining. We have valid problems in our industry, not to mention that the work is being offshored right out from under our hardworking feet, and some of us are trying to brainstorm a SOLUTION.  What is so disgusting to you about that? You don't want to participate - fine. You don't believe in any of our causes? Fine. Either things continue as they are now, status quo, and you'll never notice, or things will deteriorate as they are, and you'll be out a job, or imagine - things might improve and you could benefit from change for the better.  How hard is that to swallow? 

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I was amazed also about...sm
the MT who stated she did make many errors.  As we all know, in our field we have to be particular in what we do.  And, everyone, I mean EVERYONE makes mistakes...we just have to watch them and try to prevent them and do the best we can.  But it does go both ways:  MTSOs need to work hard for us to provide us with plenty of work, half-way decent benefits and also respect us because we are what is keeping your business going after all.  It is a two-way street and we all have to realize that we cannot have one without the other! 
I'm always amazed (sm)

that whenever they offer a bonus like that and the work is so far behind, somehow it almost never fails, everyone pitches in, even if it just for a few hours, and the work somehow gets done.  They have been a great company to work for, and I think a lot of it has to do with morale and actually wanting to help out, not just $$.

I'm AMAZED that
Amazed would take the time out of his/her busy life to post something like this. You know, I hesitate to even post on here anymore because of all the snippy comments like this one. I have to wonder how many hours it took you to come up with such a witty answer. Not that it is any of your business, but I wanted to be semi prepared for my phone interview, which is Friday, about which direction I wanted to go as far as part time, flex part time, etc., but thanks for your most helpful input. The next time I need someone to state the obvious, I will be sure call upon you.
To those of you who did respond, you've answered a lot of questions I had, and I sincerely thank you.

I am always amazed at
how many people say they do not get paid by their MTSO! Not sure if they are the same companies (we know there are at least 3 from your experience).

Seems to me we should be able to give the names so no one wastes their time getting hired by them!

I think you should try some lawsuits and get those late fees covered!!
i am constantly amazed

at how MW can make such a good impression on new employees, but then they are good at doing that. you have not worked for these people long enough to see how they really are, obviously!

I am amazed by how many ungrateful MTs there are

posting on this board! People complaining about making 9 cents a line on clinic notes??!!! Ranting about 9 cents a line with only 3 years experience! Wanting to form a union now? Come on, people!!! After a few months doing this work, most MTs can do 200 lph. At 9 cents, that's $18 per hour! Work on your speed and your expander, type 250 lph and you can give yourself a raise to $22.50/hr! Can anyone else tell me what other field out there can you make that kind of money after a short home study course with no college required???? And on top of that, work in the comfort of your own home??? Americans are so spoiled!!! That's part of the problem with this country right now! We want, want, want as much as we can get, get, get for as little effort possible. That's the American way, and look at the economic mess we're in now!!

That's just my two cents... take it for what it's worth.

I am always amazed to read what others put here about TTS
I think without a doubt that there must be something terribly wrong with anyone who writes a post like you. I have worked for TTS for about 2 years or better now and never have 1 single, solitary problem with them. No one has attitude with me. People let me work independently. I have no one to micromanage. I have no one breathing down my neck. I have no dominating person and God only knows, would never put up with a person with threatening behavior. I for the life of me just do not believe your posts. I never run into what you are describing. This has been a place that I am truly happy with and hope to be there for as long as I can.
I don't work for TT. I'm just amazed at your lack
I don't even work there and am amazed at the bashing here. sm
From everything I can tell, there are only a handful of good companies to work for of the bigger ones yet I see a lot of negative, bashing posts for these same company that stink of one or two people with chips on their shoulders.

From all accounts, I think that the few that are good, including Webmedx, Keystrokes and MDI-MD, want experienced MTs who produce quality reports and do what they commit to doing in the time they commit to completely their days. Not too much to ask, but there are handful of people here at MTStars that feel like everyone is out to get them.

My advice to all of you that complain about QA departments and strict companies: Brush up on your skills, learn from your corrections, work your shifts OR GET A NEW JOB IN A DIFFERENT LINE OF WORK.

You all give professional MTs a bad name.
I am still really amazed about that MT who bashed the co this week for being fired because of her
poor quality! You rarely see an MTSO fire an MT because of poor quality (boy would I love to see it having seen some of the poor quality that is sent to the facilities) because there are some who are just given so many chances that they do not deserve. They need to be weeded out and continue to be weeded out and for one to publicly come on here and bash an MTSO for doing what they had to do really has stuck in my mind.

I still think MTSOs really need to be a cut above the MTs when it comes to going off but yes I do understand that sometimes they just have to say something.
Their verbal test was not hard at all. I was amazed
really that it was as easy as it was because when she said she was giving a phone test, I panicked. I received a job offer a day later and gladly accepted it as they sound like a very nice company.
I am just totally amazed at this what some people think is fair for us!!
You want us to go on assistance?, in a profession that takes 5 years to get good enough to do this at home, that is 1 past a college degree, and many, many wonderful transcriptionists listening, listening, until we could hear it too, and not having to have our nose in books constantly, it takes at least 5 years, I have heard that over and over when I trained in a hospital, girls telling me to hang in there, major mark at 5 years. Now you think with all that if I don't make enough to pay my rent, buy groceries, utilitieI (and sometimes not much more), that there is assistance out there for me when I work my buns off and my nose is not in books constantly anymore, but you think that counts for nothing. What a stupid, stupid remark to make for hard working transcriptionists with years in this profession to make a remark like that to bow to the people who are living like kings and we need to get assistance. Why don't we give a break to the patient's whom we do their reports? The hospital that provides a place for the doctors to dictate (I am sure if they get a break it will be through us). Maybe you think we should get an outside job so we can contribute more to the nationals who are getting vulgarly rich off transcriptionn. Sheesh, I am constantly amazed at stupidity in this profession, if it is one anymore.
Actually, you should be MORE amazed at the fact that the majority of our profession has been
outsourced and to add insult to injury, we are expected to survive on what is practially tantamount to Third World wages?  Not only that, but as a MT for the last 25+ years, I am livid about the fact that our medical information is in the hands of individuals outside of this country not to mention SS#, etc.  IMO that particular issue among others I have listed should be a legitimate cause for concern....
Not a KS employee just amazed at the conclusions that people on here jump to. I work for a
small MTSO and hope that they are never mentioned here. I would hate to see someone I know attacked so constantly. I feel sorry for service owners that are not MQ or that big.
Just took a test today for a company and I am amazed how rusty I am after not testing for years and
years.  I had to really think about things again.  I guess after you test enough you get used to it.  That is the first one I took in about 13 years.  I just more or less did it to see how it was.  Should be interesting to see how it went because I really dont want to work for the company I just wanted to take the test.  A lot of tricky questions in it.
Great post and very true! I read these today and was amazed that someone's first thought was pay
I agree that circumstances can make loans necessary but the OP sounded more like she uses these on a regular basis. No I'll have to learn to budget for the difference, just oh no, now I need to go to Payday Loans and pay 400% interest.

We have the potential to earn what we need to, although sometimes lately it is harder and harder.

Good for all of you. Wish I had seen these earlier.

p.s. Can someone call and tell my BIL to grow up too?