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I totally agree. Once you've posted your private information

Posted By: a word of warning on 2005-08-25
In Reply to: To Kim from Keystrokes - MQ2

on these boards, it's indexed and cached through Google and other sites.  I've been stalked and harrassed twice through MT boards due to information I posted.  One was a woman who totally disagreed with me and thought she needed to set me straight.  She was right and I was wrong, and she was going to scream and cuss at me until I saw things her way.  She Googled everything she could find about me and my business, then tracked me down through Anywho.  The other was a man who called my business number at 2:00 a.m. wanting to talk about sex because he needed a sex-cretary to do his transcription in person.  I know they got the information from the other MT board I used to go to because that was the only place I posted anything in the directory.  The scary thing is that information can still be found all these years later because it's been cached.  I had to change phone numbers, but those people still know my full name and address.  That's why I don't use one nickname to post now.

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I've had private individual policies and you pay a fortunate for bad coverage.
You either get stuck with an awful deductible or a policy which limits coverage. So, that is not always a good option. If you want a decent cheap premium, you get what you pay for.
Whoever posted TT pays 1.5 for holidays worked or not is TOTALLY WRONG !

TT pays for NO holidays any day of the year.  It is paid at 1.5 line rate ONLY if you work those fingers to the bone that day.

Only those who work inside the office building GET PAID and GET TIME OFF, too.  LOCKED DOORS !  Who made that policy?   Great policy for mgmt. and other office staff.   sigh

Yes, I have posted the IRS information...
in the past, and I understand it quite well.
I am glad you posted this information sm
I posted some negative information about Landmark about 4 or 5 months ago and got absolutely ripped apart on this board. Obviously they are too going the way of every other MT company.

I wonder if the folks who tore me apart several months ago are whining about their jobs now?

I think all these companies are eventually going to do the same thing. I did have a little hope for MT in general, but not much anymore.
I've posted this before.
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I've seen this posted before

Can you tell me the source of your info?  Were/are you a current or ex employee?  I'm not being snarky or rude, I truly want to know where the info comes from.  I'm on a permanent clinic account, and yes the work usually is done by Sunday but there's plenty to keep me busy during the week.

I'm just curious as to how old/new your info is about them having overflow accounts.

I understand. Thank you for what you've posted.
Don't you still work for QT? You've posted

several times in the past, always seeming to want to get something started. 

Off? I've posted here for years. SM

You could do a search to verify that.  MT in MT is right...referral bonuses ARE nice.  But, I would never recommend a company that I was not happy with...they couldn't pay me enough.  I've only been here a year, but that is way past the honeymoon stage.

Also, I would only get a referral bonus if a person stayed there for 6+ months.  So, unless someone really liked it here (as I do), I have absolutely nothing to gain with sharing my experiences.  I have said in past posts who I work for (Echo), but I didn't know if I could do that in this post as I didn't want the board administrators to think I was posting a help-wanted ad (which I'm not).  All I'm doing is sharing my experiences...what anyone does with that information is completely up to them.

Take care,


My line rate was better than any I've seen posted
before.  I haven't been there long enough to get a raise, though I think someone asked this question last week and the answer was you do get raises. 
I totally agree with you!
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If they actually hire you at 8 cpl wouldn't it be much easier and up-front to say you'll make 8 cpl for typing and 4.8 cpl for editing with 0.0025 cpl for each incentive level reached?  I mean if they're really going to pay the incentive on the whole amount like they say they are, why do they need all these complicated, misleading terms like "blended rates" anyway?  If you get other incentives on top of that, it's only included on those separate lines anyway, not the whole thing, so why try to make it look like you're actually making more on everything??

I totally agree..
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You are certainly welcome & I totally agree with you
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I totally agree.
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I totally agree...
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This makes no sense at all to me. If my work is low for more than a day, I email my supervisor and try to find out what's going on. Sometimes, they are not aware that there is a problem. Why is it that most of you have ABSOLUTELY NO loyalty to the company that you work for? Why come to this board to fuel rumors and/or start new ones. You work for Spheris. At least TRY to resolve the issue with them before coming to this board.

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Totally agree
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I'm praying I can get out within the next 2years.

I totally agree
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And no, before I'm accused, I am not management.
I totally agree with you....
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I totally agree.
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I totally agree
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I lasted 2 weeks too.
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hat one!  I also hated that company!  They were extremely rude, after hiring, in their feedbacl and also just generally the way they made you feel ridiculous for even asking questions about the accounts, or anything else, for that matter.
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Agree totally and
if you do not do your share of ESL then the good MTs get stuck doing them all and not making the $$ you or they would make if they were only doing clear speaking dictation. So be fair, do unto others as you would have for yourself! I really resent all the ESL dumped in my queue simply because I can do it.
Yea for you totally agree

I have been paying business rates for over 15 years, you are doing a business so should be paying business rates.  If you are using it as a business deduction it should be a Business expense.  Perhaps then they will lower the business rate.



I totally agree

message well put.

Did QA for them and totally agree
You are so right. Agree with you totally.
I totally agree.
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I agree totally but there are

too many people who still believe they are the corp are actually doing THEM a favor by ALLOWING  them work from home (as opposed to the reality of drastically, drastically reduced overhead for the corp) that they will take just about any slap in the face as long as they can sit on their behinds at home. You see repeatedly I want to stay home with little jonnie and little billie. I want to work when I feel like it. I don't to work weekends.


I totally agree
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I totally agree
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I totally agree!
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I totally agree
Hand-holders quite frankly are not welcome anywhere. If you need hand-holding, please do yourself and others a favor and work inhouse somewhere
This will also save us hopefully a bunch of time testing for these companies that pay junk!!!!!
totally agree with ya
I love Transcend!!
Totally agree
Same for all the immaturity elsewhere on this board.
totally agree
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You said it just right...I totally agree
I totally agree!
I will never waste my time taking a test that will take me at least 2 hours and they are only going to pay me 7 cents per line and I have over 5+ years' experience. I do not even bother to respond to their reply. You can see why these companies are constantly hiring over and over again because nobody is stupid enough unless they are so desperate for money to accept a position for that low of pay. I keep asking myself every day is this really the type of job for me. I honestly think I need to get a job in a hospital and make real money and be treated like a decent employee!!!