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I left after nine years in June before the pay cut and I am very happy in my new position and making

Posted By: also left MQ on 2007-10-11
In Reply to: Anyone leave MQ for another company? - jennie


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I just left a company after 10 years, making only
I left them over 4 years ago. Best thing I ever did. Moved to Webmedx. Quite happy. nm
I've been offered a clinic position making 0.72 cpl
as an IC, have to train for 1-2 days in which you type reports but you don't get paid for them.   No it isn't TransScam.   
I just left there 3 weeks ago and was making
Are you truly happy making less than 8 cpl???

When I talked to them last week, they had one position left -- sm

third shift, Tuesday through Saturday, 80% ESLs.  They have some great benefits, it seems, and I have only heard great things about them, but I like 2nd shift, not third, and I'm more comfortable with Sun-Thurs, but that is just me.

Good luck! 

I'm very happy there. Making more money
than I've made in a very long time.  QA nice but tough.  Excellent insurance that is very affordable. 
Since she/he has accepted this position and is happy about it - sm
you should keep your opinion to yourself.
I took the position with Shapin and VERY HAPPY about it.
I make decent money and they do not allow us to zip through. However, they are the nicest people I have ever worked for and I found my place to be so am very happy!
QA compensation - anyone happy with what you're making?

I'm sorely tempted to look into a QA position and I was wondering how the compensation compared to transcribing.  I would love to be paid hourly, but it seems most offer by-the-line pay.  I know there are variables (platform, ESL, etc.) but I'm trying to come up with some type of comparable compensation formula just as a jumping-off point for negotiation.  Anyone care to elaborate on what they're earning, how they're paid, and how this compares to their transcribing earnings? 

Glad you are happy. You making good money there? sm
as well?
Not convinced that anyone is happy making peanuts when they made $70,000 sm
no matter what year...........if you made $70,000 typing and now you do VR... keep telling yourself you are happy now making peanuts.
I was not happy and left.
The account I was on had 15 phone numbers that a person had to dial manually, and if you couldn't get a line, you were out of luck and had to wait a while. The sound quality on the account was awful, and as others have mentioned, you also have to have unlimited long distance.

I was assured there would only be 1 account to work on so that I could become familiar with the doctors. Instead, within a short period of time, I was being jerked between 3 different accounts.

The owner began e-mailing every day asking people to do extra. She also demanded people work weekends (even if they were already signed up to work one day), and at one point became demanding. I worked 1 month straight without a day off, and at the end of the month was asked to work more. When I said I needed a day off, it wasn't pretty.

I am with a new company, on the same platform, and can get the same line count in 4 hours compared to the 8+ it took me with MDI. The difference? The new company's accounts are web based.
Have you been making less than $16/hr for 11 years?
I hope not.  If so, poor you after 11 years!  If not, you better get ready for the pay cut.
I really doubt it!!! Left after 2 yrs with them and now very happy!!
OSi lacks professionalism in every aspect. Unqualified managers, horrible tech department, servers always down, on and on.
I worked there as an MT..... was not happy and left.

I worked there for 2 years.  There were a lot of policies there that I did not like.  I left there and found a company that is better suited to me and treats their employees much better.


How long have you been there?  I know leaving the comfort of a job is tough but there are much better companies to work for (in my opinon anyway)

I was making 6.5 cpl in 1975!!! So --- 30 years later,
does gas still cost what it did in 1975? NOT!

Is housing the same as in the 70s? NOT!

Can you fill your grocery cart for what it cost you in 1975? NOT!

(In fact, here in 2008, can you afford to fill your grocery cart at ALL? NOT!)

So I'd sure like to know why they think they can get away with paying us 70's wages, or why we accept the insulting pittance they pay, when we have to pay 21st-century prices for everything.

I've pretty much had it with working for the middlemen (MTSO's), and applaud the few hospitals and clinics that have kept their work on-site. That's where I'm headed next, folks, even if it means pulling up stakes and moving.
I was making .06 cpl in 1977. So even 10 years ago,
the wage of .06 cpl for medical transcription was a complete ripoff by the MTSO.

I suppose, 10-15 more years down the line, when a box of Cheerios costs 11.50, a gallon of gas is 29.95, and the average 1-bedroom apartment rents for around 3700.00/month, they'll STILL expect us to work for .06 cpl. After all, they've gotten away with it for the last 30 years, why not 30 more?
Having the years in MTing is making no difference
with the pay. If that were the case I would be making the big $$$ as I have over 30 years. You are either going to have to learn or find another profession, that is unless you are perhaps working for a specialty group of physicians, not these companies. I was outsourced from a hospital position to a company. Do you really think that company takes into consideration the years I have in? Nah, doesn’t happen. Having said that, I am extremely happy I know VR and use it now, only work an 8 hour day and can make good money doing that.
Hunred bucks says it's TT - exactly why I left after a month. Happy now.

Any happy Transcenders out there? I know a couple people have left, not sure why. nm

10.75 and 11 cpl is Great. I have 25+ years and only making 9cpl as employee and 10 cpl as IC- Do

Do you mind e-mailing me you employer if they are hiring?

I know of someone with years of experience making 8-1/4 cpl doing mostly Op notes. Think pay starts
Why should I go back to making 9 cpl when I make 11 cpl now?? I made 8 cpl over 12 years ago.
I am still making good money with a natl. Not giving up yet. Just need about 10 more years and I a
It is the only place I have been for 5 years that I feel I am not being ripped off and making money
I work hard but I did for the other companies too and bit by bit more things were stripped away and I would end up making half again. Keystrokes has given me confidence again, and I am making money. That is the name of the game, that is me though. I love it here.
may be good now, wait until they Global your account, too. I left there long ago, happy I did. nm
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.
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.
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 MQ after 12 years, read their board before
thinking about them.