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I left after 14+ years. I loved MQ and my PS until July 1. sm

Posted By: backandforth on 2007-10-10
In Reply to: Anyone leave MQ for another company? - jennie

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

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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 MedQuist last July and went to Keystrokes..(sm)
I like it there.  They are very nice to work for.  The pay is on time.  I always have plenty of work on just one account, maybe a couple slow periods but there is still work to do. I also have a backup account but have only typed on it once because my main account has enough work. I type on Meditech and don't find it bad at all. I can still produce a lot of reports. I hesitated to leave MQ because I had been there 8 years and thought I would never leave.  But I had several accounts and none of them had work and I was losing so much money. All in all, I'm glad I  went to Keystrokes.  Good Luck!
Left end of July for a company paying more and I set my own hours. Much less stress too. (nm)
Left Zylo in November. Loved it at first, but
not enough work to maintain 800 lines/day to qualify for employee status. 1000 lines one day, 150 the next. Gave me phone notes which took 2 minutes to download, 8 seconds to type, 1 minutes to upload, and got 2 lines of dictation. 20 reports in 1 hour equalled $3.60. No one else would do them. Kept asking for more work so they switched me around several accounts, then had to learn new account, new supervisor and still not enough work. Finally left. I made $6000 with them as an independent contractor and now have to pay taxes on all of that.
I agree ... I loved YOG ... left the minut the squid bought it. nm
I too have loved MDI for years now but something has definitely changed..sm
I have always had plenty of work and suddenly little to none. Very frustrating especially when emails trying to get answers or resolve the problem result in nothing. Up until now I have had no complaints but I can't live on what I am able to barely make now.
Worked for them years ago and loved Mongoose
You can see your line count as you type, and it was very easy to attain and bypass your line requirement.
Years ago I heard a quote I loved:

Second marriage is the triumph of optimism over experience. 

That's sort of how I look at trying to make a go of it with Transcend, having been front row center at the fall of several very pleasant small companies that were gobbled up by mega MTSOs.  And I KNOW that if I give in, they will definitely not respect me in the morning. 

Got that right! Except for occasional freezing, I've loved it for years! nm
I worked for a temp agency for 3 years..LOVED it. Just worked. No counts, no hassels, GREAT pay..
No benefits at the time.  I even learned pathology while temping (8 months on that assigment).  I loved the variety, the ability to say I'm not available such and such time.  I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I didn't need benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 MQ after 12 years, read their board before
thinking about them.
Read their board. I left after almost 12 years. (nm)
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.
I wasn' screaming...I left MQ after 8 years and worked for MDI-MD
for 1 month before I finally went to where I am now.  I just asked if anyone else got theirs.  I got mine from MQ and now I have to wait for 2 more.  It was just a generalized question, not accusatory at all.  What a jerk!
I left there several years ago, but from reading recent posts, SM
it seems to me that if it's the MTs who have been there for a couple of years or more that are are liking it fine there and sing the praises, and that it is the new hires or recently hired people who don't like it and don't seem to get work or at least get bounced around.  Just an observation from what I've read.  HTH.
I left EDiX/Spheris after 8 years there to come to Webmedx. SM
I moved over here in 2003 because I knew the recruiter and she told me it was a great place to work. She was right. The benefits are fair, the work plentiful, the bosses fantastic, and the QA staff wonderful. Good luck!
For radiology, Keystrokes is the best. I worked at MQ for 8 years and left in January. sm
Wish I had done it two years ago. Lots of work, easy accounts, great team leads! I am making less per report but more each check because of better account with more work available!
I left them over 4 years ago. Best thing I ever did. Moved to Webmedx. Quite happy. nm
I left after nine years in June before the pay cut and I am very happy in my new position and making
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.
I left Amphion a couple of years ago and never looked back.
It was one of the best moves I ever made.
They never change, 4 years ago a Xmas, they lowered everyone's line rate, I left then
I hope it's a rumor..I left MQ for KS 3 years ago..I finally found a place I love (sm)
so I hope the rumor is not true!
I started with MQ in July as an SE (sm)
My incentives? Well, it starts once I make my required lines of 6000. It goes as high as 2 cents a line if I type 16,000 lines.

Yes, I will get quarterly bonuses.


Yes, in July 2001. nm
Ad from July said ICs for 2nd and 3rd shift only. Don't know anything else. nm