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As much as I enjoy the freedom of working at - sm

Posted By: BacktotheFuture on 2008-10-03
In Reply to: But would you want to work in an office again?? sm - HappyWebX2

home, I've come to detest the loss of so many other freedoms I'd taken for granted: Freedom to buy everything on your grocery list at Safeway, not just the few that fit in your budget. Freedom to FILL your gas tank, not just put in $5 and hope that gets you back home from Safeway. Freedom to take a vacation once in a while, and if you DO take a vacation, you actually get to GO somewhere, and don't just spend it in front of the TV set because you can't afford to leave the house. The freedom to put even a tiny amount of money into my savings account with each paycheck, instead of continually siphoning off what little is left in the bank to pay bills each month, would be nice.

When I worked in an office, I only had to work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and I made 3 times what I'm making now, and I now work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

I was willing to trade a little bit of poverty and maybe have to work a few more hours per pay period in order to be free of supervisors breathing down my neck all the time, but honestly, I miss being able to do things on the weekends besides just work. That's gotten REALLY old.

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I kinda agree. I enjoy working at TT, but this kind of "overkill" is why people sm
get tired of us talking so much on here. Every place I have ever worked has always paid early if the pay day fell on a holiday.  Granted, they do not have to, and it is a nice and considerate thing to do, but hardly so much so as to make me want to burst into a chorus of Go Tell It On the Mountain.   lol
I also enjoy QA and enjoy the mentoring aspect
as well as the contact with the clients and MTs. I feel it is very rewarding personally. I also enjoyed being an MT (I earned between $30-$40 an hr way back when but those were the days). I was fast and burned my body out by being fast. Because I was fast, QA only pays me about half of what I earned as an MT and I only had to work as an MT for half the time that I have to work as QA.

I do understand there are different personalities and if the above poster does not enjoy QA, I definitely would not care what people think. I would get back into MTing. We have to try and be happy as this job no matter what you do can be a very tedious one.
enjoy it very much
depends on what hours/days you work as to amount of QA to do - many days 50/50 on QA versus transcribing - quite a few strong Spanish ESL dictators but after a while you get used to them
I would not even think twice. GO for it an enjoy.
yes hospital jobs do get outsourced, where do you think all the nationals get their work from?  It happened to me, too, and it happened a couple months after we were told that they were thinking of adding an incentive for certification.  Then we're booted.  Go figure.
They enjoy it??
There are a lot of sickos in MT HR; at least, I've met quite a few.  Maybe they derive some perverse pleasure out of watching us jump and squirm for them.
I also enjoy my job at Transcend but still..
believe that management does come on this board, and know for a fact that management posts because I have seen it.  Not that it matters though because they can post just like we can, as long as they do not pretend to be an MT.
I really do enjoy transcribing, actually
as much as the day I first started almost 17 years ago.  I'm willing to go the extra mile and learn as much as I can.  I just need someone to give me the chance.  Thanks for the encouragement.   
I currently work for them and enjoy it.

They only hire ICs and there is no direct deposit but I get my check like clockwork every two weeks, either Friday or Saturday.  I have never had any problems with them.  The pay is not that great but it is what I was looking for account wise.  I have two accounts and really enjoy the work, 48 hour TAT.  I have complete flexibility which for me compensates the low pay for now.

They are really growing and I would highly recommend them to you.  The last newsletter they sent out stated they were actively seeking new MTs, so you might want to apply online if interested.

Do you want to enjoy your work? If so, you know what you need to do.
It is your choice; it doesn't make any difference what others think. They cannot find peace for you; you have to take charge. Personally I love QA as I find it much more challenging.
I do psych and I enjoy it.
It actually ends up paying pretty well for me too because they are generally longer reports but I can do them fast without stopping and starting like clinic notes.
I know it is frustrating and I sure don't enjoy it
either, but doesn't it make sense to give all applicants a difficult transcription test?  What better way for a real cream of the crop MT prove that she is skilled?  If the test is easy, the results will be the same, whether the MT is a newbie or highly experienced.  True?
You must enjoy being clueless....
Didn't get your paycheck?  Why not contact your employer?  How's that for rude !
Enjoy it while it lasts.
I hung in there with MQ for a long time, about 9 years. I watched them go down and down, get worse and worse. I hope they get bought by somebody soon and all the people who created the mess there get fired. Then, and only then, do they even have a prayer of being anything like the great company they used to be. If the powers that be stay the same there, forget it, it will never get better. I agree with the poster below. They do not treat all their employees the same, and their pay is all over the board. They do not reward experience or excellence. All they care about is their bottom line, which I am sure is getting smaller and smaller. I hadn't had a raise in about 7 years when I left.
And YOU must enjoy being extremely
Enjoy EMDAT!

I totally enjoy EMDAT.  It's very different from what I was used to at MQ and at first disliked it strictly because it wasn't what I was used to.  I've worked with it now for almost three years and wouldn't go back.  My particular account has all the data filled in already and I have two lines before I even begin typing the history.  I average about 300 lines per hour and have often gotten 400+ when I have my good doctors.   The expansions and short cuts are wonderful...once learned.  I was told once when I applauded EMDAT that I was just not familiar with the more advanced/professional platforms!  No, I don't switch jobs often.  In 11 years, I've been with MQ and present company, so, no, I don't have experience with all the advanced platforms!  If they are all so wonderful, though, why are these people changing jobs all the time.  I think it is a very professional platform.  And the bosses of the company I work for said that all the people that stay with them, do not quit real quick before they learn it, all the stayers, there has not been one complaint Ever!  It's a matter of learning it.   

Isn't it great to actually ENJOY your job again?
I actually look forward to starting my shift every day and truly am enjoying my work again.

I personally used to enjoy the little quotes (sm)
that were at the end of the job overviews we got each morning, on Cottage. Now that I'm on DQS, I don't get anything. And I don't even get an e-mail each morning from my supe, so you must be special!
I currently work for Meridian and really enjoy it
There was only 1 person that I ever had a problem with, and that was only on 1 occasion with a person in QA.   I just chalked it up to a bad day like everyone has.  Other than that, I really haven't come across any problems with the itchy office staff. 
Wow..Good luck and enjoy it !!...nm
Enjoy my 401K at Medware
It has kept me ahead of inflation, and I have no problems with their plan.  I make a regular deduction from my pay and get statements every quarter.  Have you contacted HR, maybe you did not fill out your paperwork correctly.
Think we're all just very hopeful and looking for a way to enjoy
Enjoy your good fortune! nm :)
You MUST enjoy arguing, looooool....

I enjoy this company. Sorry it did not work for you though. nm
Actually I enjoy reading most posts
Even if they are repetitive.  That only reinforces one's opinion.  Accept or not.  Since I did not see the prior posts, I actually thought the post would be informative and there would be useful feedback.  That is what this board should be about, and most of the time it is.  Then you always get the one or two people who have to be rude, nasty, demanding, negative critism.  Nothing useful.  I think it probably makes them feel better about themselves.  My point was, even if she was annoyed by the post - other people might not be. So many topics are actually repetitive here.  If the topic was old or annoying to her, then why participate in the post at all?  What was the purpose of being so ugly?  I don't even recall the post being addressed to her.
I have Verizon Freedom too...may
I ask why it won't work for you any longer?
Anyone know anything about Freedom Type
I am getting gun shy with MT companies after 2 bad experiences and have just applied to Freedom Type. They sound very nice but so did the others. I am just trying to find out if anyone here knows of them and how they are to work for. Thanks.
Freedom Type
I love working for Freedom Type!!  The owner is terrific and QA extremely competent.  The work itself is fairly straightforward.  I am glad to be part of this team!
Freedom Type
I have found these people VERY easy to work. I don't find QA demanding either. They pretty much just leave you alone to do the work. There's also a good support system. Lots of integrity with this company.

Hello out there! Would anyone have any info on this company?  Any info appreciated!  They are running an ad on one of the other transcription sites.



Well thank you Very Much for your response!

Freedom Type - sm

Can anyone tell me how the work is done?  Do you have a platform?  Do you continuously type or do you have to save out each patient?



IC here too and love the freedom but
consultant that helps you know what to write off.  There are so many write-offs that I don't see tax time as a killer. 
Freedom Type
Does anyone have any information regarding working for Freedom Type? Thank you very much.
Freedom Type
Does anybody have any info. on Freedom Type - good company or not? How is the pay? Do they require weekend work? Thanks!   
Freedom Type
Does anyone work here or know anything about it? Archives are old. Please respond or email. They have no info on their website, only application. Thanks!
freedom to express

I agree with the above poster. If you can't vent to people who are in the field about your good or bad experiences, then this is not a democracy. Personally, I do keep a lot of mine to myself basically because I don't like dealing with negative people who will judge me. It stems from not having a very supportive family and not being able to express myself growing up. What is heaven for one is hell for another but either way, people need to express themselves and get it out.

In this profit-driven healthcare industry, MTs are under appreciated and in many cases abused by management and perhaps isolated and ignored by other MTs. We definitely need a support system and these forums are supposed to serve as a support system out of the work place where we can vent and hopefully be comforted by kind words. We work in an industry that refuses to acknowledge the fact that if it were not for us, they would not have jobs. We are the industry but many of us do not feel we have much clout in the way we are treated, i.e. coldly, indifferently and there-are-more-where-you came from attitude. Lets start cooperating instead of competing especially in the forums and let people have their say and try to embrace with kindness. We all need a pat on the back.


How is there freedom as an IC if you have a set schedule?
To me, the trade off of having no medical, dental, paid time off, etc., it that I get to work when I want. Just because I work went I want, doesn't mean I don't get the work done in a reasonable manner. I keep my TATs and I transcribe more lines each week than anyone else on my account, but I do it when I want. One day I may work in the morning and the next day I might work at night. It shouldn't matter when I work as long as the work is back to the client in TAT. Luckily, I work for MTSOs that understand I am an IC and I have gotten rate increases. Guess I am just lucky. :D

I don't see it as a matter of MTs complaining, I see it as companies trying to get away with an illegal action. JMO.
Freedom Type
I have worked for them for a long time now. As long as you do your work and do your minutes daily, there are no problems. I have never had any issues getting paid on time. I would suggest you give them a try and make your own opinion.
Freedom Type
Does anyone have any information on this company?  I can't find anything current and was wondering if it is worthwhile to apply.  Thanks.
It is called Freedom Of Speech, a RIGHT we have in AMERICA.  And fact is fact, truth is truth.  If you can back up statements, you are NOT liable.  Speech is free.  But to state lies as fact, then that is wrong.  I don't see many of us MTs stating lies or making up stories about the abuses we endure.  This is just another MTSO scare tactic to keep those in the know from spreading the truth which in turns affects the corporate livelihood and the continued use of slave-labor MT.  The TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, and the MT or MTs will prevail if not pushed/scared/threatened by the big money taking advantage of the SKILL of the MT who actually earns the wages they so despately wish to exploit.  Stick to your guns, knock them on their rumps!
Why, it's freedom, Lara...
This is what freedom is all about.  Here, women have freedom to flaunt their bodies to random men just because they want to, maybe because it makes them feel good about themselves because they have no self-esteem.  Then, when men objectify them and use them for their bodies, they begin to complain because they are being objectified.  Makes no sense at all....
Freedom type
Too much busy work for what they pay, lots of zipping files, sending and resending, logging your time and sending...I knew after a couple hours that it wasn't going to make me any $$$ to pay the bills, so I went with something else.
Enjoy the same "benes" you do, work at home,
but work for a company that pays fairly, average $22-36 an hour, depending the dictators. Also get PTO, insurance, 401K, etc., and equipment furnished. I do not consider less than 200 lines an hour good output..
Boy, so do I (NJ gal but got to Philly enough to enjoy the cheesesteaks. I miss them
I work for a company that really enjoy flogging the MTs. sm

Cracking that whip really seems to send chills down their spine for some reason. We get notes every now and again telling us how badly we are doing and how the clients are so unhappy with us, etc. I have also noticed that this company has a problem with letting the MT win and that if we do something extra for them, it becomes the expected norm in the future. I must admit that I fear doing anything extra because I know that will factor into the totals I must reach for bonus pay. Also, it increases my chances to receive nasty notes from QA if I happen to get a difficult doctor. They actually had the nerve to jump on me (and it was literally a blind-sided attack) about a very difficult doctor on a report I had sent to QA that I really spent a lot of time on and just could not figure out what he was saying. Then later, they come across with these sound upgrades, and it is like night and day from what we were struggling with before. I feel they owe me an apology for that attack from QA - I really do. It was not my fault!

I am relatively new to working at nationals. Since they upgraded the sound quality, my QA percent has reached to less than 2% (sent to QA). I always do what I say I am going to do and I am exceeding line quotas, though I know it will work against me at bonus time.

My worry now is that they are mismanaging the accounts (and blaming us) and that the company will lose accounts, and I will be out of a job. I really can't work more than I work now because that makes me such a terrible person to live with. I have to have some down time.

This is a very troubling situation. Any comments? Thanks for letting me vent.


I started 6 months ago and enjoy my account
I am on an acute care hospital and they have me backed up to ER.  They just mentioned starting a new hospital, I guess a big one, in about a month so I know they will be hiring.  So far so good.  Pay is every other Friday by direct deposit so it is on time. 
Email some of the people who enjoy it there and see what they have to say. They won't bite! :) nm
Great Idea. I'd enjoy participating.
You'd enjoy it if u like micromanagement. She wont leave you alone to do your job!
I guess some enjoy aerobic exercise
That must be it! I know of multiple MTs (the American ones)testing elsewhere and looking for the best option to get out. Must be about swimming! You don't hear from them here because they're afraid to post anything, lest they drown. They know as soon as they do, that a few others will pipe in with smart-aleck remarks. I assume the non-swimmers prefer the beach so they can dig a hole and put their head in the sand.