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I just left MQ after 12 years, read their board before

Posted By: ann on 2007-12-05
In Reply to: changing MT jobs - sandi

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Read their board. I left after almost 12 years. (nm)
I left MQ after years and went with a highly rate company on this board (sm)
my account has dried up and I am constantly out of work now...same with backup account.  I like the company I'm with and don't want to leave but I HAVE to have a steady account.  I realize there are slow times of the year but on this account they have overhired and now it's low a lot of the time.
Read their ad on job board, 3 years minimum. nm
check the job board to the left
Just left after 5 years...

Up until Jan 1, it was fine, although my line rate was low.   They had bonuses that made up for that.  Then came Jan 1.  They took away the bonuses, which halved my income.  They promised a raise in my line rate, but it always got lost or forgotten, until I finally got sick of asking about it and gave up.  Before Jan 1, I ran out of work twice in the entire 5 years I was there.  After Jan 1, I ran out at the very least twice a week. 

If you do decide to work for them, make sure you get the line rate you want up front.  Once you are there, they never give raises.  Even when they promise them to you, it won't show up on your check, someone will have to check on it, and they will never get back to you. 

I left there maybe 3 years ago and
the part you mention about the 'medical lesson' reminded me of an embarrassing episode - I was taken to task because I put peridium instead of Pyridium - was just typing what I heard and meant to go back and fix and missed it on my reread and you would have thought I was in kindergarten the way I was taken to task for it.  I do  QA now myself and I know it was a bad error but give me a break - I'm the type that beats myself up and don't need to do them for me!!
I left for 2 years...
Boy was I happy. Then DH's business slowed down and I had to get a part-time job, figured I might as well get back in MT. Man, was I rusty after 2 years.

Now, I'm really wanting to get out but am afraid of that Rusty period if I decide to get back in.

I think I'm going to just help market my DH's business and maybe try to find a couple of accounts on my own.

I am sooooo miserable doing this. I have worked since this morning and barely got 500 lines. I'm bored and miserable.

I thought about going back to school. My kids are finally in school all day so I do have options now. Jobs are slow around here though, right now. Wonder if I can deal with 'office politics'. Of course it's not like I don't deal with it now, just more of a passive-aggressive-type office politics.

Anyway, going to take something for this borderline migraine!
I was there for 3+ years and still left
Things started going from good to bad.  Like I said it has alot to do with the account you have.  Lost an account that was absolutely the best, but had in-house hospital girls cherry picking there also, proved it and was told that was a HIPAA violation and not to be doing that.  I had just stumbled onto the fact and was in a position to prove it, which I did and had been saying so forever and a day.  We had in-house hospital girls along with the KS girls and cherry-picking going on a daily basis and that is still going on more than one account.  We were told there was nothing that could be done about it. If you want to deal with that crap and be told that I say go for it.  There are not many out there that care to deal with that.  But you will never know until you try it.
not me, left there over 5 years ago. just trying to help out sm
a fellow MT so she does not take a job that will make her unhappy, like it was your business anyway.
I left 2 years ago for same...
they are like this always. A revolving door. They just keep hiring and people keep dropping out for this, but they are always covered. the only ones paid are the recruters.
I left MQ after 11 years too...sm
I made the move about two months ago to KS - and I love it! No more time clock! And REAL PEOPLE to talk to if you have a problem. ALSO, ONE ACCOUNT and all the work I want. I don't know if this will apply to your account, but be sure you dont use ATT long distance for ULD. I did, and had to miss a few days of work while waiting for Charter to come out. (No one at KS told me I couldn't use ATT, but they did tell me they are advising future employees so they won't have the same problem. Other than that, the freedom from being out from under MQ will overwhelm you! Congratulations!

I left the Q after 18 years for TT. I am very
happy here. You are treated like a real person. Work can get a little low at times, but that happens everywhere. I think you will be happy here.
over 2 years ago I left WMX because of $200
a payperiod cut in pay after working on VR there. you mean they are lowering even further? I was there 2 years and when I had started it was the best company around.

boy was I wrong. once that pay cut hit and I started questioning, they turned on me as did a lot of people on this board.

that was at a time former MQ people had almost completely taken over and they sort of turned it into MQ philosophy, in my opinion. attitudes changed, everyone got meaner/nastier, and that wonderful job I had with all the nice people, GONE in a heartbeat. my supervisor got changed and well thank goodness I left when I did.

I feel your pain - there are no jobs out there really. 1 job opening and probably 500 MTs apply. anyone who tells you it is easy or there are jobs is I think in denial. who cares what those people think, we know differently.

we missed the boat on forming some type of (labor) organization. I know 'union' is a bad word and as with anything these days not to be trusted, but we have absolutely no representation or advocacy whatsoever. this is ridiculous, like living in China. ever see how Chinese people work? I saw a documentary and trust me we are not far from it.

you think it will not happen? it will exactly happen. this profession for some reason attracts a lot of sadistic people...too many with really bad attitudes.
try Search function, top of the board, to left of Topics
Do you read this board at all?
I used to work for MQ and quit for the same reason, twice actually. Those of you who stay busy with MQ and make money, my hat is off to you.
Read the MQ board....
more company-wide changes to come........My days there are numbered. Everyday something else happens that pushes me just a little closer to leaving.
Just read the MQ board.
You must not read this board very often
Otherwise you would know transcription is NOT easy money and you sit for hours and hours and have to work weekends, holidays.  Even though I don't do it anymore I visit this board.  After 10 years it's the same gripes and complaints.  You will bust your butt for 9 cents a line and no benefits.  Good luck - this type of work is not for everyone.
I left a couple of years ago
From what I heard they still deduct like crazy but maybe they are better now than they used to be.
I was with MQ for 11 years and left last summer.
The changes after 1/1/06 were not to my taste. And from what I can see over on the MQ forum, it hasn't gotten better. I started with TT last October and have really liked it. I've only run out of work a few times, and have had work in my backup. The office staff is wonderful. It was a very good move for me.
IMO is it that bad. I left after 12+ years. As of July 1 no
incentive, replaced with a quarterly bonus that is almost impossible to obtain - also the amount of bonus is subject to how many MTs receive it and how much they decide to pay out for cpl. Also if you like transcribing 8-10 or more different accounts a day then go for it. A good many of us lost our primaries and went to a national pool and some were reporting 25 different accounts in 1 day. Impossible to obtain line count and/or quality. They are now apparently losing many accounts because of the poor quality of dictation.
I left after 7 years, and am much happier,
after MTing for 30+ years, i too dread learning new things. I find the bayscribe platform to be not as perfect as DQS in some respects, but much simpler in others. It was a heck of a lot easier to learn! another big bonus was being able to transfer my Expanders over. but like another poster said, my stress level is 0 now, i am not reduced to complaining all the time and i suggest you go on with your thought to move on. i don't regret it one bit.
I left more than 2 years ago and went to Keystrokes...
I am way happier
I worked for MQ for 12+ years, left in
6/07. Up until 1/07 it was a good place to work. But in 1/07 they started losing accounts and in 6/07 changed the incentive plan to the point I was losing $600 a month, not to mention the inflexibility of schedules, no communication, lack of raises (did not have one in 5 years), etc. I have never once regretted leaving especially after reading the MQ Board. If you just start there and did not go through the changes it might be okay, but if you have a choice to not go there.
I just left there last month after 2 years -
I had been really happy with my job until about last November. I finally even applied for and received unemployment. Not only was my line count down from 20,000 a pay period to sometimes 7000-8000, but that also meant my line rate of pay was down because of their tiered schedule. It did not seem to matter how much I asked or complained about the work and begged for more, there was always an excuse.
It's in the left column under the Company board or the link is inside


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Has anyone here ever read the message board
It's pretty interesting in that some posts have been made in regard to stocks being valuable based on the MTs.  One even said that As long as there is cash in the bank and transcriptionists transcribing it remains a viable opportunity.  I wonder if they know all the problems with keeping transcriptionists transcribing there.  I also wonder if that post came from Transcend management.
I read yesterday on another MT board that they only pay 6 CPL.
Racism on this board -- Everyone read

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Remember, however, that we just cannot tolerate racism on this board.  It is your businesses and government that are doing this -- pushing for it, allowing it, promoting it. 

Keep racist remarks off the board, period.  Racism is hate speech and it will not be tolerated.



My advice, go to MQ board and read a while. (nm)
Go to MQ board and read notice of new
bonus policy, came down yesterday. Judge for yourself.
Have you read the posts on the MQ board?? You might
You don't have to read the entire board there
certain company.  There's no reason for you to be rude, she or he is just trying to help!  I'm one of those MTs that is fed up with the B.S. being fed to us by these we strictly hire U.S. MTs only companies. 
Best read the comments on this board first!
You can tell they read this board. The production
Just read the Medquist board.
if you ever read the posts over on the MQ board sm
lots of those folks didn't believe what they were told either. It just took a few years to really hit them. Now they are all screaming.

The poster has a right to post what she did. The other posters also have a right to post the positive posts they have. I am glad they did post. I just wish I had known all this before I went to work for LM, I would have weighed all this out and been more careful as far as looking for signs that I was not going to get paid, i.e., I wouldn't have done as much work the first pay period until I saw that I did get paid on time.
I worked there for 2 years and am glad I left
However, I have several friends that still work there, love it and probably will never leave. I personally choose not to work for a company that outsources overseas. Just my opinion though.
Been here about a month, but worked for them 3 years ago and never should have left.
I left the first time cuz DH (now my EX-DH) was less then cooperative to say the least.

I LOVE it here.
Poster said she left there at least 4 years ago. did not say she knew what was going on now.
Well, I left MQ after 8 years last summer to go to Keystrokes (sm)

so I would have to say Keystrokes.  I have plenty of work and love my account and Keystrokes gave me primarily what I asked for as far as what specialty I wanted to type. I work in Meditech but there are other platforms there, it just depends on your account. MedQuist was a great place to work for about the first 7 years.  In January 2006 they introduced what they called the Rewards Plan and after that my work dried up in a hurry and I lost a LOT of money by staying there. But there are still people at MQ who have plenty of work and like it there, the way I felt about it in the old days. Both places have positive qualities but I am happier now at Keystrokes. It also depends on what you are looking for as far as how large of a company you want to work for...MQ is a big national, KS is much smaller and more personalized.  Good Luck!

I was there 12 years, left 3 weeks ago. Many are leaving. (nm)
I left after 14+ years. I loved MQ and my PS until July 1. sm
I left for another company. I started with the new company and also with Instant Text on the same day....threw myself into the fire! I so struggled the first 2 weeks and even questioned both on here. I decided to stick it out, and I have to tell you that I definitely am getting settled and love it. When you see dictator names and report types come up that you actually RECOGNIZE, the feeling is amazing. Even tho I felt that i was struggling, I made a bonus for my first full pay period. The grass..IS GREENER! Good luck
Run, run away. I just left after working for them for 12 years . Go to their forum
and read a little bit.
I just left a company after 10 years, making only
I left MQ for KS 2 years ago and love it. They have a lot of rad accounts. sm
I make great money even though I took a report pay cut because there is always work!
left after 6+ years - loooooong wait
on invoices and they are very good at finding deductions and telling you after the fact (that is, when you finally DO get your invoice). Great account (not EMDRAT) but I can't work for free!
Left MQ after 10 years for Webmedx, a better place. nm
not matching for a couple years now since I left.
It was just sitting there. Started another 401K with next job. Let it ride say the politicians...yeah, right. Could have done better in Vegas.
Read down the board back through T'Giving.
You need to read the ad on Job Seekers board for QA person. huh? nm