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Equipment is now on the way...

Posted By: AnonMT on 2007-12-31
In Reply to: Call them. Something is not right. I was hired a month ago and started 2 weeks ago. sm - KSMT

I'll get it 30 something days after hire. So things are moving...just veeeery slowly.

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You can rent a C-phone or Lanier unit from them, but you have to provide your own computer. You have to pay your own LD charges. No benefits as we are statutory employees. I've been with MDI for 18 months and have been very happy there.
Just hired.  They require a $40 dollar lease payment a month for special pedal needed.
You must use their equipment, for which there is $200
No, I have all my own equipment. sm
My checks were short and late from the very first check.
I know that KS just stopped providing equipment. I asked my lead why and she told me flat out that it was taking a FT person to keep track of it, the shipping costs were getting out of hand and they were no longer going to stock endless supplies of it all.

When they made the decision, the owner contacted us all and offered it all dirt cheap: Pedals were $50, c-phones $100 and Lanier machines $200.

I have worked for many, far too many IMO, MTSOs and have always had to have my own equipment. It is part of being an MT.

I have been with KS for 2 years. During that time, they have been fair to me, have paid me on time and correctly and have always provided me with enough work to pay my bills, send 2 kids to college (2 more years and I am done!!!!!) and no have to depend on an ex-husband who does not always remember that child support is not optional.

If someone did not have to pay for their equipment, perhaps they worked something out with the office; I am sure if someone could not afford to purchase, even with being able to break it into 4 payments, the owner would have made special arrangements and probably just gave it to them. They're like that there. They look out for their own.

This is your job. You need to have the necessary equipment
A fax machine is standard equipment in the year 2007.  If you work from home, you need to have the basics.  Either that or pay the $1.50 a page and DEFINITELY do NOT complain to the company about it. 
Equipment - SM
All accounts are on different platforms and require different equipment. Some of them will require that you have your own C-phone or Lanier system with unlimited long distance. My 2 accounts are internet-based, so all I need are my transnet/Dictaphone pedal and my other acount just uses a USB wav pedal. They supplied me with the Dictaphone pedal when I started a year ago, but I already had my own USB pedal, which I use for my backup account. Each account is different, so you will want to ask them what equipment you will need. You will need your won computer, however.
Precyse Solutions provides equipment.
MQ equipment....sm
Your friend shouldn't have to pay for the shipping. If MQ wants their equipment back, they need to send pre-paid UPS boxes.

I left MQ about 8 years ago. I held onto their equipment for at least 6 months. I contacted them several times. I was moving and didn't have the space for it anymore. Since they neglected to send boxes, I finally tossed the hard-drive into the back of a Rumpke garbage truck. I made sure I witnessed it being crushed to cover my a$$. The system was DOS and they had just transitioned onto their web-based platform, which is probably why they had no use for it.
They only provide the foot pedal...no PC. They also sent me Stedman's electronic medical dictionary and spell checker software as well as quick look drug reference software.
TTS also requires you to buy Word 2003 out of pocket.
What equipment do I need?
I can't go into more debt buying pedals and systems that won't work with them. So far I have a wav pedal. Anything else?

I've heard such mixed reviews from them, I don't know what to think. I just know I need a job.
I never heard of the FOB, either.

You do need a specific foot pedal to work on Bayscribe. There are tons of foot pedals and not all are configured to work with every platform.

I agree that the Baycribe platform was simple to set up, and there were rarely any technical issues with it - only when it was down for maintenance by the owner (not Landmark).

Landmark did have some accounts that used ExText and that would require a different foot pedal.
Companies =can use my own equipment?
Any suggestions on companies where you can use your own PC.
Spheris equipment

Looking for current info about their computers/equip.  Do they rent theirs, or can you use yours?  Deposit? Rental fee?  I see different things in the archives regarding this.  TIA

Spheris equipment
You pay a deposit at start (a couple of pay periods). If there are any problems, you call the Help Desk (available 24/7). If there are any major problems, they send you a new one.
They do supply equipment for a (sm)
nominal lease fee.  No weekends unless you want to work them.
don't they provide equipment...sm
even if you are an SE. I know I worked as an SE for them before, and used their equipment.  So, why were you providing your own?
Upgrade equipment
Upgrading your equipment, I cant make enough money to pay for upgrading the equipment!  I have been sitting here all day, since 7:30 this morning, trying to get a decent line count and Im still only at around 500 lines..hardly any work all day..just about the worst I have ever seen it.  If and when I decide to move on, Im gonna have to go with a company that supplies the equipment.  Right now, this pay check I probably will just about be able to pay my bills and I need new tires!  LOL!  Well, I will be sitting here tonight till about midnight, hopefully some work will build up in the system.
Keystrokes Equipment
It's true, and it is a new policy, Keystrokes no longer supplies any equipment.  You have to have your own C-phone or Lanier.
Do they make you pay for equipment? sm...
Thinking about applying.  Do they have an equipment rental fee?  Do they reimburse internet?  Do they require unilimited long distance or is it all internet based?  How is the pay for radiology transcription?  Weekly or biweekly pay?  Anything? or everything? for someone who knows. Thanks much!
lol it didn't say anything about equipment
maybe she is trying to find someone who is using the same equipment as she has...sm
and inadvertently addressed the post to the company.
Precyse Equipment
I was just hired by Precyse and they provided full computer setup within 2 days. Not sure if you HAVE to use it or not, but my equipment was extremely nice.
Sometimes it is necessary to buy equipment if the company sm
does not supply it. We find that most MTs have either a C-phone or a Lanier X-writer or both.
testing equipment

It is a transcription test.  You have to have some type of wav player.  I had to download express scribe which was free.  You also need to have MS Word and a foot pedal. 

Equipment -- reply
I think a few do, but also they charge you so much per month for the computer...think it depends on which company in regard to how much they charge.
Charge for equipment
Well if they don't charge for equipment rental just how recently did they stop. I just started working for them last month and have to pay $20 month. As for the incentive, doubt I'll ever see it because all I seem to get are ESLs, financially a disaster.
Equipment costs?
They sent me a footpedal and give the license # to use the Expander program. I would never had accepted a position with them or any other company with this much of an investment, I don't think anybody else would have either. This is just ludicrious and I don't believe it.
Keystrokes equipment
They asked on my application last week if I needed equipment whether I'd be interested in renting it from them, on loan. They just don't provide it free of charge.
What kind of equipment do you need?

Do you need a C-phone?

Do they provide equipment?
Also, do they have IC positions?
Is it possible to type clinic work only?
I'd say if you aren't using their equipment it is known of their

business.  I do see an issue if you have their equipment and are using that equipment in the second job. 


computer no, equipment yes
MQ does provide equipment
Precyse provides equipment.

These used to provide equipment
Medquist (NJ), OSi (GA), Transcend (GA), Amphion (WI), Transtech (TX).
Axolotl provides equipment
You pay a fee to lease their equipment. I believe SM

it is $350, which is returned to you when you resign.  The platform, which we are all moving to, is not very good and their SR program is poor and more and more work is being done in India, where all work will be done eventually. 

I know about Busy MT, who is one very together lady and I respect her, but everyone else, if you work for both Spheris and MQ: Ouch!

Nice supervisors do not a company make.

Best employer who provides equipment
I may be changing jobs soon.  I will spare you the gory details of why.  Anyway, can someone tell me who you consider to be the best employer?  I need one who provides the employee's equipment.  I am also looking for one that does not offshore, pays well (I have 25 years experience), good insurance, steady work, minimal ESL, HOPEFULLY DAY SHIFT OPENINGS M-F, and let's see, I guess that would mean I am looking for the perfect employer!   Opinions invited!
I believe most require you to have your own equipment
I used their equipment for the first few months, paid about $9-10 a pay period.  I ended up buying my own.  The good thing about using theirs is if there is a problem, they take care of it.  I know MQ supplies equipment, but you do not want to go there.
Who was it that stole equipment?

Just curious, do you have to use their equipment? Can you
I can only work with my own equipment,
computer, foot pedal, ear phones, etc....exactly out of these reasons.
Transcription equipment
Has anybody had experience with Transcribe Solutions, Inc. in Hewett, TX? They advertise refurbished equipment on the internet. I have never bought anything from them and would like to know if anybody has heard of them, if they made purchases, and if the company is legit.
Equipment provided
Looking to change companies.  I am currently using a company computer and don't want to have to buy a new one for work.  Can anyone tell me which companies provide the necessary computer equipment? 
I think you have to use their equipment, if that matters at all. I prefer my own. nm
look on the equipment board here also--always some for sale there--nm
Be careful on the Equipment Board here - sm
There is a troll that pops up from time to time scamming people who need C phones - whatever you do, NEVER pay for any equipment via Western Union or personal check and be especially weary of one particular troll from Oklahoma (no offense to the good people of Oklahoma).  I would be more comfortable on eBay.
MT equipment is often not compatible with VoIP too.
For example:

If you need your (*) key to sign off on a job, it may not work because some phone plans/phone cards will use that key to disconnect you so you can dial another number to avoid having to dial in again and enter your whole ID# and PIN# all over again.
Same goes for the (#) key; some may use this key for that function, which might be a key you need to get the header info. for each job or to repeat the header info.

It's very difficult for an MT to find a LD plan, and unfortunately, some MT companies out there don't realize this or simply don't care.
start-up costs for equipment

What are the start-up costs (ballpark) for newly hired home transcribers?