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Give it up. You have been here saying it for a year now. sm

Posted By: Sick of the same posters over and over again on 2006-01-09
In Reply to: Keystrokes hiring - sm - BTDT

You are probably the same person who posts about other companies. What's the matter? Can't get and hold a job? Maybe you should get a clue. No one wants you.

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Give it another year...
i just left after 4 years from spheris. if you have 24 years experience, you are killing yourself to get piddly pay. I have 4-1/2 years experience only and am making three times that much! that is awful. Anyway, i started there when it was healthscribe, then avicis, then spheris. i have seen huge changes, NONE of them for the MT's benefit!! Moving On hit the nail on the head. You have only been there two years. Give it more time and you will be among us ex-Spheris people. (Don't worry, I did the same thing at my 2-year mark!) Most importantly, you are killing yourself for piddly money. ouch. i'm glad you are happy. And I don't understand why people have to be rude to one another. Moving On is sooo correct. and even if he wasn't, it's HIS opinion. That's what these boards are for. Don't rip on individuals for giving their opinion. not saying this directly to you, Former MQ, but all involved in this thread.
Is it safe to ask a company after one year for a raise? Do companies give raises?
my first year I made 16k. Doubled that second year. Going on year 6 with (sm)

two local accounts I earned 23,000.00 and a national I earned 35,400... 58,400 this year.  Don't ask me how many hours, though, I really have no idea.  I'm pretty motivated.  (When people ask me how many hours I work a week I reply as many as it takes  I'd say 40-50/week.  I am also a fitness instructer and personal trainer, about 5 hours a week or so.  Decent money (sometimes under the table!) but mostly I just do it for fun and to be social and wear cute work-out clothes. 

that first year was a rough one... but I consider it part of my education. 


I'm pretty motivated. 

"warned" by someone who won't give facts or sign her name. Give me a break! nm
Nationals give at least a week to learn program. Give
Last year, there was a letter sent that told us what we earned the previous year. sm
In the past, it has been all or nothing; if you did not hit the lines for full time for the year, you did not get PTO. I talked to my lead this morning about a last-minute vacation and she told me that the yearly packets are going out in a week or so and that the new policy will acrue PTO by the pay period or month. I like that a lot better, but she also made it sound like they are upping the amount of lines needed to acrue PTO. I normally get between 15 and 20,000 lines per pay period, so I am sure that will be fine but I am worried about the periods that have lower volumes, like most of January every year.
They used to give out $25 Amex cheques -- give them time. :-) nm

Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I would stick it out, most places are slow now through the end of the year every year (nm)
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


I get what you are all saying about them not having to give give you work, but...
I guess I just figure that as an IC, I am basically my own business and it is my responsibility to make sure that the work is done when it should be. I just think that if the standard of the company is 24 hour TAT then that is what I am agreeing to do when they hire me. There are advantages for both of us to the IC senerio, they do not have to pay benefits, or take care of collecting and reporting the taxes, and I have to adhear to the 24 hour TAT (or what every thier standards are) but can do that during hours that are convenient to me. Of course it is better for the company if they know exactly when I am going to be sitting at my desk and typing that is why they have the option of hiring employees. Just my opinion and wanting things to be like they used to be.. I guess I have to get out of my time warp or look a little harder for a company who really knows what IC status means.
Give it time, sweetie, give it time.
Don't give up what you now have. (nm)
We Cannot Give Up..
I have been doing this for 10 years now and I believe that none of us should give up. It is my understanding that part of the reason why they are going offshore anyway, besides low cost, is because they cannot find anyone who wants to do the work here. Partly, I disagree with nobody wanting to find work because it took me many, many attempts to find a job and I was so desperate at the time that I worked for one of those Indian companies. I found that team leaders there are not qualified enough to lead and really have no leadership abilities. Also, the MTs are not great either. If we all team up together, I believe with my whole heart that we can truly win our jobs back. Besides...how many people do you know wants their medical reports and social security numbers floating over there anyway? I know I don't.
give it to you
on a handout in the packet. I didn't gain, didn't lose.
I would give it a try
about how MTs were dropping out of the sky like flies.  I don't believe it.  Good ones are very hard to find.  Ones that will work and not take a half day to go to Wal-Mart.  It is not a straight typing job.  Most people think it is.  I have people calling me all the time saying My sister is interested in that.  She can type.  and on and on.
i give you the
Why give up one?
It sounds like you have a good thing going working amongst both? But if I HAD to give up one, I'd probably give up the national and stay with the smaller MTSO with plenty of work and good communication.
Seems a bit low? It IS A LOT LOW! Don't give
them the benefit of your time for the interview. Line pay is not worth it at all! Taking a job with a co that pays line pay says you are not into quality because apparently they aren't! All of the QA I know will not work for line pay. There are companies out there that pay decent for QA. Don't settle for it or you will be selling your fellow QA folks down the river. Hang tight and find these hourly jobs. I have one that is a pretty good rate. Tell the 2-cent-per-line companies what they can do with their QA jobs
ugh.. i give up.. that should say.. SM not NM ..
I give up

You know, most MTs who post on this board seem very negative.  I have 2 years experience, but you don't even know what I have been doing in those 2 years, or my educational background, so how could you even say I am not qualified?  I was just responding to a post directed at me.  Good grief.

wow...you can do all of that but you cant give
 Sheesh.. Glad I didn't apply.
in my exp. with KS, you give them
 what schedule you prefer (what you already work now, etc.), whether you prefer to work a certain weekend day (I prefer 5a-1p, Sun-Thurs).  Basically, they trust that you will be on during most of those day time hours.  However, they are very flexible, and are very in tuned to you switching hours in the case of low work volumes, or appointments, etc.  They trust you will get your lines in, somehow, in your 40-hour week.  They just like to have a preferred shift, for paperwork, I think, like MQ USED to do, before they went anal. 
Just keep looking, don't give up.
Real QA does take a fine eye and stellar information base. MTs that edit never make any decent money. It will take a couple years or so to really make a decent living alongwith the right company and account. Making 9 cpl on an account you can't even understand could wind up paying you less in the end than a 6 cpl account with speakers you actually can understand. So, the right fit is also important to your eventual success. Still, it'll take time. Just keep looking and be persistent.

Good luck to you and God Bless.
why not give it a try
I haven't used Meditech before, so can't comment on that, but you can tell MDI that you want to try it for a few days P/T and get a feel for it before committing to the job. They'll probably be okay with that.
Maybe. Only way to know is give them a try but
at least they give you something
that is better than the same line rate for years with the same company.
Don't give up.....

Compared to alot of the MTs on this site I would consider myself a newbie...7-8 yrs experience with stronger skills in psyche, but nonetheless a newbie.  This site has helped me out a lot, I promise you.  I have learned not to give up.  How long have you been in this field?  I worked at a hospital for a couple of years and then was fortunate to float around here at home.  I was recently let go from a company (7/21/2008) that I loved but due to offshoring, I was let go.  I had given alot of myself but not nearly as much as I could have as I look back on it.  But, in either case, you take the positive with the  negative and build upon it....you have to make it work for you (I love it).  I considered going outside my home to work but then changed my mind as I realized that my complaints are the same as all at home MTs (lack of socialization, weight gain, basically not getting out of the house).  I have decided that I love my job and only want to give FN the best, but I love me and want the same things for myself, so I am going to make some changes.....

I give up
Well, it would be at least nice if they would get back to you with your score. I will take that as a start. I guess if they want perfection, they can pay for it too!
Don't give up

I applied for 15 jobs when I was looking last October.  Some said thanks, but no thanks, and others I never heard from.  One of the ones that I had written off because of no response actually responded to me positively about a month after the fact.  That's who I ended up working for.

I know it's a pain, but keep applying and you'll find something.  Companies are hurting for people like you with good experience.

Let me give an example of the pay
I have been working as I have been on this board yaking away and for the first hour of my work today I made $19.28 and that was not really working the entire time on VR and running my mouth here.
That is what I have been doing...i give up.nm
Give it up....
If you're rational and have common sense and actually can do VR, these posters will continue to call you management (or a liar), even when faced with proof.

I've given up trying to reason with them. They're irrational and those types of people don't want reassurance or guidance. Instead, they prefer to label us all management or liars or incompetent or slow typists.

Let them talk amongst themselves and generate further negativity and hysteria.

I continue to keep working rather than whining. This one-sided debate of who can 'yell' the loudest is completely counterproductive and a waste of ANY positivity attempted to be interjected.

I say let them plan their 'mass exodus'...just means more money for the rest of us.
I think he should give up.
If he hasn't found anybody by now I'm not sure he ever will. It must be a a horrible place to work judging by the ridiculous instructions he has for simply sending in an application.
Exactly. I don't think they would give SM

a new mother any more consideration than anyone else.  If they are low on work, I think they would just say you can't come back.  I hope you weren't going to be coming back around the holidays this year because I can almost guarantee the work will be low then.

Well said. And they always give the same - sm
old sob-story about the economy, or 'the hospitals just won't pay sny more.' Sure they will - if MTSO's grow themselves some backbones and stand up for what their product is truly worth. But no, that would just be too SCARY! Easier for the Spineless Ones to just cowtow to the hospitals, and make up the difference by stiffing their employees.

Obviously most of the suits don't seem to believe in KHARMA.
Who says you have to give up...
Who says you have to give up -God- if you miss church on Sunday? Sorry, I don't get that... even though I agree that an every weekend requirement is a pain to say the least.

Did you ask your TL or ROM to give you - sm
work on another account?. I have 5 accounts and if I run out of work, which is rare, and want more, they pool me to another account.

Everyone knows this industry is feast or famine, but I have not been starving in quite a while. In fact, I have found my team leaders and regional operations manger will bend over backwards to accommodate. Sorry your experience has not been the same, and I truly mean that.

Oh my, please don't give up! sm
I have been doing this for almost 32 years. Have done every type of MT you can think of and have done very well at it. I agree jobs are hard to come by but don't give up as far as changing career paths or even staying in MT.

I went to school and learned a new field, but you know I decided after that just stay in MT as difficult as it is nowadays. I love it that much.

I am a certified pharmacy tech also but I can't say that I like that anywhere near like I do MTing and believe me right now I could make a lot more money at it. So don't give up, if you want to change fields you can and if you want to stay in MT you can.

There is alot of talk going around about experience versus nonexperience and how an inexperienced MT can do just as well, etc. etc. Well maybe eventually, but there is something to say for experience. At the very least, we who have had all these 30+ years of experience don't have to look up as much stuff which takes a ton of time thereby increasing our pay even in VR!

Hang in there, its not hopeless, just maybe a little bit harder.
Have been with them for over a year...sm
and have no complaints. Pay is always on time and they have direct deposit. I have rarely ran out of work on my main account, but when I do I have a backup account to work on. There are incentives offered often as well. I don't see a high turnover rate...the reason they are hiring new MTs is because they have new accounts. Good luck in your job search!
Been on it for over a year and
still struggling. My lines went from 1,500 to 2,000 a day down to 800 to 1,000 if I am lucky. Still haven't found the courage to quit :(
Yes, they were. This year and I believe one other year. nm

Last year
Last year when I worked there I live in Texas and had BCBS of Tennessee through them since they are located in TN. Just FYI. Good luck!
Well over a year..nm
first year pay
I was lucky to make 15000 the first year.

I am making it now but hard in the beginning.
Wow, a year?

 That's great!!  I know of one that is $3000.00! You have a great deal there.

Been with them almost a year
I've been with SPI/Cymed for almost a year (at the beginning of March) and the benefits seem to be okay, but I have never had to use them. When I first started with them last March, it was still just Cymed. I did hear that since they merged with SPI that the benefits were supposed to be less expensive when they go to get them again this year.
No, it's DURING second year (after 1)
From 1 year ago...
Left because of having little to know work.  Seems like they way overhired.  They might do better now as I am seeing more than just clinic work
It's over a year old.
Been with them over 1 year now - sm
as a statutory employee. I would say scheduling is flexible depending on your account and what you and your manager work out. They have been an excellent company to work for and the people there are terrific. If you need support they are right there with you and if you don't they don't bug you and let you run. Their pay is very comparable and always on time. I plan on retiring with this company!