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It matters more on the company than the method. Go with a company that does a lot of sm

Posted By: RadMT on 2006-07-09
In Reply to: Radiology MTs - need your input - AL MT

radiology or it won't matter because you won't have a big check no matter what. Ask them how many radiology accounts they have, if they are overflow or complete department, how long they have had them and do you get a back-up account.

There are very few out there that have good radiology accounts. Stick with the ones that do. I am with Keystrokes for that reason after going with 4 others that kept running out of work.

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They are the best company for ME and that is all that matters. sm
I love the account I am on and make the amount that I need to make and want to make. I know my check is correct and it is in my bank when it is supposed to be. I am treated with respect and have a good rapport with my lead. I know that I am fortunate, especially as the other companies I worked at prior to Keystrokes were missing at least one of those important ingredients for me.

I have found that they are the best out there, but that is my opinion.

What I hate about these boards is that those who have bad things to say act as though those of us with good things to say are recruiters or managers or crazy or lying. What gives them the right to say that they are right, and I am wrong? We may just have had different experiences. The ones that bother me the most are the people who jump all over you when they have never worked at the place they are working. I contacted three nay-sayers when I was interviewing with Keystrokes two years ago, and ALL OF THEM told me that they had never actually worked there. UGH.
Think they are an Indian run company if that matters to you.
I've been with the company almost 10 years. I know the truth. Hawaii was a company-paid vacation.
They do not offshore. The owner's original company was bought by MQ; started a new company, whic
That's about all I know. I would give them a try. They sounded good!
Great company. I've been recommending this company for a long time.
Must be a small company. I have never talked to the owner of the company I work for. sm
He wouldn't have time. Why would someone talk directly to the MTSO? Most do not know (or care) about the details just the big picture.
I hope my company flies under the radar. This is horrible what happens to one company sm
after another on this board.  The owners must have very thick skin.  First TT, then Amphion, now Keystrokes.  No one is safe.  I hope everyone takes all they read with a grain of salt.  I have met a few of the owners of the some of the bigger services, and they are all very nice, including those that own Webmedx, Keystrokes, Execuscribe, Medware, MDI and Transcend.  I hate to think how they feel when they read things on here, even though they all say they don't read the posts here and advise against it.  I don't know how they don't read them; I look just to make sure that no one mentions mine.
Maybe QA made the decision, not the company, and the company managers are not aware of it. sm
I started with a company that did the same thing. When I went to the manager outside of QA, she fixed it right away. Turns out that the QA manager had made a decision to do that and had not told anyone else.

It does make sense to do that though. Find out if it is a few days or longer and base your decision on that.

Can we ask which company or at least which state they're out of?

Unfortunately, I am going to be looking AGAIN due to offshore.
or maybe it's really a good company. Give me a break. If a company isn't talked about sm
on here, good or bad, it's probably too small to matter and does not offer benefits or anything at all.
Ask insider if her company is in position to take on MTs from other company who are familiar
Loyalty has nothing to do with it until you find the company for you. Be loyal to THAT company.
Let me know if you pursue this company. I would like to work for a MN company as an employee?
Let me know! Thanks!
Chasing work from company to company - Have any of you ever watched (sm)

5 year olds learning to play soccer?  The ball is in play and no matter what the coahes say ALL the kids go running for the ball.  Maybe we are like that, masses of us going from company to company in search of work.  This company has a new account BOOM here we go.  Now it is out.  Let's go here. 

Yep, I think it is a big game someone is playing with us.  Not a particularly funny one either. 

Why would you want to work for a company with no QA? Anyways the only company that comes to mind is
I worked for in the past which is Medquist NJ Radiology.
Love this company - want to retire with this company...sm
Been with them for nearly 2 years now and absolutely love them. I make my living with them - I don't do this for fun money. I think the dictators are pretty decent - you will always have your good and bad ones. You just have to get used to them. I love the account I am on - been with the same one since I started. They are a VERY fair company to work for.
They are not a Fortune 500 company. They are a past INC 500 company. There is a
HUGE difference.

Just FYI ... the article was in the Rochester Business News. It notes that the person charged with everything was the owner's husband, not Linda herself. It was something that was done at the company that he worked for, not Execuscribe. If their biggest client is going to fill-in reports, I am sure they will bounce back and get something else. I doubt they do not know that it is happening. Any MTSO worth her/his salt keeps an ear to the ground AND has enough contact with their accounts to be up-to-date on changes about to happen, good and bad.

Perhaps you should not be so smug and instead focus your energies on figuring out WHY your customers were able to be taken from you. I hardly doubt that a good business person could be an ex-MTSO because of another service. There is too much work out there.

You can' ask a question directly TO a company. About them, yes. The company isn't going to ans
company going to service company or India?
That is a hard thing to be cut back after you are used to that position.  We have a couple of hospitals near here who have turned over all of their work to a Service Company, and one eliminated their department and turned over to India.  I am afraid that the service company may be taking over our work also.  Understand the others kept same pay, but lost most benefits.  Anyone else have this happen to them?
Small company GREAT COMPANY

Axolotl is a WONDERFUL company with great benefits and competitive pay.  We have maybe 100 MTs but are growing rapidly.

Exactly..company recruiters and/or company owners (sm)
Meant every company for every MT, not every company for every company. nm
Our method
I work as an IC as well as an employee. Here's what we do. We have a separate checking account that all of my checks from being an IC go into.  We don't have any checks for that account or anything.  It's just used as a depository of sorts.  My income from the other company where I'm an employee is just direct deposited into my regular checking account.  So, all of my IC checks go into this business checking account.  We then transfer usually around 35% into a separate savings account that we call the tax savings account.  The rest we transfer into the household checking account to pay bills, or depending on what's going on maybe into our regular savings account.  So, this business checking account will a lot of times have only a few dollars in it, because the money goes into it, but then is transferred right out first to the tax savings account, and then to the household checking account.  What's so great about this method, though, is that since everything I make as an IC goes into this account, and nothing else goes in there, I can easily just add up the deposits quarterly to find out my quarterly income.
According to THE method...
You should get about 1400 lines with this amount of work.  Do you?
Started small; great company. Rapid growth; not so great company
First year I was there was like heaven. Then the big growth spurt when they hired managers from another company (that I had run away from before because of their bad management) and let them kind of take over. Although I have no proof it was as though I got 'bumped' by these new people when they came in and I lost a good account, good manager, etc. My paycheck went down every month lower and lower, and it became harder and harder to make my minimal lines. Having any kind of advocate was nonexistent.

It depends on you and what kind of MT you are. Seems to me there are pretty much 2 types...

Sports like basketball where you have the pros who play with finesse, and then you have street players who think it is all about physical strength, period. More and more the physical strength is winning but the art of the game gets lost more and more...

As in this country where there are almost 2 sides now, those with intellect and thoughtfulness, and those who think the only way to be strong and be a leader is to beat up everyone who does not agree with you...and force your will on others.

Suffice it to say in my opinion WMX changed its philosophy of the way it treated employees and lost its heart when it grew, and it was literally almost overnight...

If you are a mass producer who has no care of what it takes to make money, if you are a 'street fighter' then it would probably be for you because you WILL have to fight for everything. Fight for the right account, fight for lines, fight to be treated fairly, etc. If you appreciate MTing for the art of MTing or have any kind of joy for the profession, my guess is you will not make it there very long...

This is happening all throughout the what used to be called profession. Seems to happening all through everything these days. Humanity and heart are being pushed down to the bottom...
My method to avoid
buying foreign-made clothing - THRIFT/RESALE/CONSIGNMENT shops.  It has been a very long time since I purchased any clothing new/retail, but I have managed to assemble a great professional wardrobe (in case I have to go get a ''real'' job - which is becoming a distinct possibility.)  I hit several nearby thrift stores every Tuesday when they open after restocking.  I don't keep up on where designer label clothes are actually made but I suspect that like most things they are assembled in third-world countries.  However,  I can own a guilt-free Ann Taylor suit by buying secondhand. I like to joke that I am not buying the clothing, only renting it.  Because when I'm tired of it, the stuff usually goes back to the place I got it.
There is some convoluted method to figuring OT.

The guy in payroll told me how to figure it once, but I forgot it.  Something about figuring your total line count, dividing it by something to get your OT lines and then multiplying it time something else.  Your OT lines are then subtracted from your total lines, so if you have the incentive bonus over 13,000 and they subtract your OT lines and it's less than 13K, you don't qualify for the incentive bonus anymore.  I used to think it was counted for all the lines, but it's not if you have OT.

IntelliType's method of paying????

Could anyone explain to me how IntelliType's tiered method of paying works?  I have been offered a job with them but not sure I understand how this works.  The recruiter said they pay 8.25 cpl for the first 700 lines, then after that it goes up to 8.50 until you get to 1000, and then up again to whatever amount of lines to 8.75, etc.  How do you make any money this way?  It's so confusing to me.  Their ad states they pay 8-9 cpl, nothing about the tiered payment method.  Are you able to make a decent living this way?  It just seems very low for IC status.

Thanks for your help.


Use the Quickest Search method I posted above. nm
Bayscribe is a bare bones method
and while it is easy it is really more cheap than MT friendly. I found the spellchecker nonexistent. You have to have some bells and whistles and is there anything more important to an MT than correctly spelled content? I used SpeedType with it and the lousy dictionary and no spellchecker drove me crazy. One opinion. I far prefer a more traditional transcription package .. there are no bargains!
Method of counting lines with ETrans Plus
I'm noticing something kind of fishy with the line counting method used by ETrans Plus out of Nashville after several weeks of working. What is strange is that I can load a template for a particular dictator with several lines of routine text and the line count doesn't adjust if I go from the top to the bottom but continues to count at the point of entry regardless of how many lines of text are between the top of the report  and where I jumped to in order to add new text. Has anybody with previous ETP employment experienced this?  Just curious and would like to be informed.
how do we work it? Easy answer - work for another company. That happened with the company
I was working for. I would wake up at 4 a.m. AND ON THE WEEKENDS TOO because they needed "coverage" supposedly and I would sit until 9:30 or noon without any work. Sorry, but my rent of $1450/month could not be paid with only $57/day. So I got another job and when I got the equipment and everything, then I quit for the other employer.
AllHealth in GA - Good company, good equipment, any info about this company? (sm)

What type of work do they have?  Any op reports?  Appreciate any info. 

How is the DocQscribe line count method controlled?

Every line counting software has a way to mark what to count and what not to count.  Does anyone know how this is done with DocQScribe or who controls this?

Does anyone know how to control the DocQscribe line counting method?
Every software has a way to mark what to count and what not to count.  Anyone know how this is done with DocQscribe? 
Why not? It is either this company, MQ (most of the time) or another company.
If you don't like it, don't read.  That simple.
But they own the other company and it's a big company. Why would they then start
a competing company in the same state? What do you think they are up to?
Good company, bad company? How to tell. sm
Please give your reasons as to why a company is bad.  How do we know it wasn't YOUR fault you had a bad experience, like the poster the other day who was fired for poor quality and was totally shocked and bashing the company.  It does not help us when someone just says, Yuck, don't go there, or some similar phrase.  We can learn more about the different companies if we have more succinct and specific information.   We could very quickly amass of list of the bad companies with specific reasons why they are bad. And one person's bad company could very well be someone else's perfect fit.  ALso, who knows, if company managers happened to see the reasons, maybe things would change.  (Stop laughing so hard, it is just a thought, lol.)  Thank you for your time.
I'm sure it varies from company to company.

There are a lot of companies who do not use mttest, but with mttest you can submit your resume and then do the testing immediately.  This way the company has your resume and your testing to look at  at the same time.    I have submitted resumes via posted ads, or I have just posted my resume on the job wanted boards and have been contacted.  I was offered one position without any testing at all and even no interview prior to the offer.  My current position I was contacted from posting my resume and then they asked me to test. 

I'm sure companies don't have time to read all the resumes that come in because they can get upwards of 200 resumes when they post an opening.  I was once contacted by a company to submit my resume (don't know  where they got my name).  I did submit a resume and they sent me a letter via snail mail saying that I did not have enough experience, even though I had 10 years of experience more than they require and they were the ones who contacted me.   Some companies say they hold resumes for 6 months.   With so much competition for jobs I think companies now take the most experienced and the others get filed or tossed.  It is rare that a company contact you to let you know you didn't get the job. 

It is not a company. This is a hospital, not a MT company.
sent you an email
Everyone should contact this company because they must the the best company ever

Apparently, I was one of the lucky ones who passed the Medgarde's transcription test. I received a call from the recruiter that told me I should be so lucky because the waiting list for their company is long and her calendar was booked for an official interview until two weeks from now.  At that time, they would have verified the MT school I listed I graduated from and have investigated me.  Also, when my two weeks come up, I would be given an hour long interview, 1/2 hour of the test would be general questions regarding things such as my computer and the next portion would be more indepth about medical termionology and transcribing.  Last, but not least, the recruiter told me I was lucky to get a call because most do not make it thus far.  Well, should I be waiting with bated breath for my interview in two weeks.

There is no best company. Only the company that works for you. sm
I work for a company who gets reamed here regularly. BUT, they work well for me except pay wise. There is no best. Yes, there is a worst.. the ones that don't pay. Truly have to make your own decision sometimes. I did.
I'm thinking NOT..on the company's name. Probably a company with a bad rap
wanting to post anonymously so people will actually apply, but I could be wrong...
No not that it matters
But the QT tech office with the office help is off Race Track Road, have been there personally, the address on the checks on East Lake is a small office complex, someone else from QT told me it is the office of the accountant.
It's not the cpl that matters (sm);
it's what you can make per hour. I'd rather work on an account at 8 cpl where I'm paid for everything and easily do 350-400 lph than be given 9.5 cpl but struggle do to 150 lph.

Unfortunately, there's no quick way to judge an account's productivity. One has to work at it for a couple weeks.

Good way to judge account: what is average lines/min dictation? 10+ is decent.
It's HOW they tell you that matters,
but to be fair, QA in general is often a mismanaged part of the picture...

It's not enough to just to HAVE a QA department, you have to make it work WITH the MTs in cyberspace - Team effort versus playing the GOTCHA! game.

I don't know if this matters or not
(probably it does) but the recruiter who helped me also works as an MT for the company.  She was able to provide lots of details that most recruiters can't and she had a true understanding of my situation and my needs.  We talked for quite a while and I felt like she was being straight with me. 
Like anything else, it's the fit that matters
Just like people, some relationships work and some don't. It's called choice.
Secure Copy Protocol - encrypted file transfer method. nm
Only experience matters....
and even though I was impressed with the Atlanta office it was really Florida that I was interested in.

I don't think I said sex/love had anything to do with anything. So I'm laughing at your response. I'm just dissappointed at the financial picture and it doesn't look good. High turnover in the corporate office is not a good sign.

Forgive me if I implied anything, a mind has the freedom to wander, I don't know why Tara said that, maybe she had an off morning? Maybe his personality was cute? I don't really know why the comment, but it is funny and odd. Not what I was expecting either.
Of course the recruiter matters

They are your first impression of the company.  If the recruiter is not honest, it is very likely the rest of the company will be the same. 

I personally interviewed with them in the past and the recruiter was very shady.  I asked her if I would be paid for templates and she stated she didn't know what I was talking about.  I asked her if she could find out for me, but I never did get a straight answer.  I received an offer, which I declined.  An MT friend of mine decided to accept an offer with them right around the same time and she ended up leaving within a few weeks.  She said the recruiter made promises which the company did not keep.  She was promised a certain report type and would receive 8 or 9 reports in 1 day...definitely not enough to keep anyone busy.  Anyway, I am glad I turned them down.  I knew right away by the recruiter's attitude that it wouldn't work for me, and my friend confirmed that with her experience.

I don't think it really matters! Too twisted at