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It was less than 6 months ago - sm

Posted By: BTDT on 2006-01-09
In Reply to: I don't even work for them, but I can read SM - but here's the thing

Doubt very much that anything has changed for the better since, and I have EVERY right to beat the same drum for what was done to me. Until you have walked in my shoes, you have nothing to say about what I post here.

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TransTech and low/no work for months and months _ don't think there are continous holidays LOL

This HORRIBLE low/no work situation has been going on at TT for almost a year now.  You can't convince me it is due to Memorial Day.  Are holidays now assigned in this world to being daily. 

That is an excuse these companies use in these no work situations, but it is due to their OVERHIRING.  Holidays just come on a daily basis, but LOW WORK/NO WORK is happening and has happened going on a year now at TransTech.  Always asking to flex into the middle of the night, EVERY weekend, etc. 

The TT mgmt checks are NEVER affected, tho, so they can continue to HIRE EVERY MT who gives them a call, and create a NO WORK situation for all of us.  The newbie MT's are cheering at first, but then realize that it hit them in the paycheck, too, and very soon it did!!!!!!!

My company has been low on work for months and months..sm
Tired of getting the same ol' message that things will pick up.  I remember the days of bonuses, making money and being able to pay my bills!  I am also wondering what is going with these companies not having work.  Is everybody sending work overseas?
I have been there for almost 4 months..
I have only seen 1 MT leave from my training group, but that was due to a personal health issue.
going on 4 months now
up until last month i had plenty of work.  now none.  it doesnt matter anyway, they will all be going to editing and then you will only get paid 4 cpl.  You will NOT make as much as you did typing. 
Four months ago. nm
seems like it was about 2-3 months
but i'm a slow learner too. Still, it takes time to build the shortcuts, and for things to become 2nd nature...
What happens after 8 months?
I'm an IC, so wondering if they'll use and abuse me, and then at 6 months, when it's time to renew my contract, they'll say no thanks after I worked my rear-end off to get them up and going on a new account.

Actually, reading the MQ thread about the % productivity is making me wonder if MQ adapted that from Transcend. You know, one recruiter I talked to mentioned Transcend buying MQ ... hmmmm.
Is 6 months enough for you?
I did not say they left because of no work. I was pointing out that yet another MT did not like the platform. That makes 4 MTs (and I am sure there are many more) who think the platform is hard to use. I know there are current employees who like it or just have nothing to compare it with. The 3 I personally know about all commited to at least 6 months (one was with them over a year) before making a judgment, and they did not feel they could get comfortable enough with the Amphion platform to make a good line count. These are not disgruntled ex-employees. They left under good terms and all said the people were great, but that does not pay the bills. With all the complaining I read on this board, I just think MTs should get all the facts before they decide. Everyone needs to make their own decision. What is a great place for one person, may be the absolute pits for another. But making it sound like it is the best place on earth is also misleading.
been with wmx about 7 months and..
I'm sorry to hear you guys have been having problems with the lines and hours at WebMedX.  I hate to say it, but oh my gosh - have I been in that boat.  I was at 40 hours but then cut back to 35 because I was literally working 10 to 11 hours every day just to make 8 on the clock AND working on my days off, researching ways to make more normals and Expanders and raise my counts.  Some days I was literally so frustrated I just wouldn't even work.  I am now usually around 175-190 lines an hour but I only work on 2 accounts right now and one of those is the one I was absorbed from and where I had worked for 13 years.  FYI: I am now working twice as hard to make half the money I did before.  The only advice I can give you as a 33-year MT, is to make as many normals as you can - and really, really be creative with ShortCuts.  ShortCut anything you possibly can.  I actually think I type in my own weird shorthand now.  I believe there are so many things which are actually logical to shortcut that people never think of - or at least I didn't until I was forced to... If there's anything I can do to help, actual shortcut suggestions or anything, please email me or reply.  I'd be more than glad to help if I could. 
I have been with them going on 7 months sm
and they are such a wonderful company. There are things that could be better but the managers and the QA staff are simply great. I think they are probably the fairest company that I have known and I have worked with a number of companies. QA does not beat you up; they are more on a mentoring type of level and do not belittle you. The account I do is hard but I know some that have been on 100% for many months and they still treat them very well.

Anyway, would recommend them highly to any good MT.

Naming a particular time for being on 100% would not really be fair because it varies with so many things, but the fact is that the company does not hold it against you if you are on QA for a long period of time. They know the difficulty of several of the accounts.
about 6 months ago...
I was offered 8 cpl, but that was just for the first 90 days. After that you go into their payplan, and can make either more or less. All depends on your lph rate, QA score, how many reports you send to QA and I think something else.
It took me months. Sorry:(
Months for me too
I actually worked for them when they were still Edix and I think it was at least 2 months. I even got a letter from them probably a month or so after returning the computer telling me that I needed to return the equipment in order to get my money. Could never get in touch with anyone, but I eventually did get it, just months later
two months in this.....you probably don't know it all yet
I make a higher rate of pay for being an IC as I do not get paid bonus or benefits. Everyone has different reasons for why they want to be an IC. For me....I made too much money to not take the write-offs (I had to take them to avoid paying a high tax rate). I have had to incorporate as well. Not that I wanted to, but if you make high dollars in this field, the more tax shelter you have the better.
First off, it is going to take you 9+ months just
to get your schooling.   Depending on how well you do you might be able to get a job working at home right away, but most likely you will need to get 2 years' experience working in-house for a company or in a doctor's office.  There are may newbies here working for jobs without success.  Once you do graduate and if you have good scores, you can post your resume on the various job sites.  You'd probably have more success that way, as lots of companies don't post openings but hire from the resumes.  
It was about 7 months ago.
I have been with MDI for about 4 months and
I really love it! As for LD, I am on a wav account, but my LD with Verizon was only about $30 per month (Freedom package). However,I just had it taken off because I have wav accounts only. Work slowed a bit over summer, but it seems to be picking up now. Great people! Pay always on time via DD, and statutory IC status, which is really nice 'cause it saves you paying both sides of the Social Security tax. MDI is the best company I have worked for and I have over 30 years' experience and have worked for 3 different MT companies. MDI is home for me from now on and there are not too many MTSOs you can say that about any more.
Been there 7 months
I have been with them 7 months. Made 2 small raises so far and always have work. I work on 3 accounts. Everyone is always professional and prompt and accurate when I ask questions. QA department could be a little bit more in sync with each other, but they're pretty good. I am a newbie and have been mentored well and given this opportunity 2 weeks out from graduating school. A lot of more experienced MTs may not choose this company as they have no benefits (all IC) and don't pay the greatest, but I am extremely happy and have my line counts slowly but surely rising and am on accounts where there are about maybe 30-50 doctors each (just a guess), and I get repeat ones all the time. For me, nothing but positive. Good luck! Becky
I was there about 6 months....

very low pay and I was stuck on ER work only, but there are several different accounts. The people were nice enough, IC status, paid once a month. One of the worst things was getting e-mails from the account manager, most of them would be in capital letters, i.e., I NEED EVERYONE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING TODAY TO BE WORKING! Talk about annoying!  Also, they used WP 5.1 and you had to save everything on a floppy disk...talk about antiquated! I hope it has changed by now! A friend of mine also only lasted 6 months. They keep track of your lines, but when your paycheck comes there is no documentation to go along with it, and my counts were always more than what they had documented....hmmm. When I worked there they required 120 minutes of transcription a day to get the full cpl rate of pay. The ERs I did were mostly 1.5 to 2 minutes long. Hope this helps a bit.


Sorry, but two months ago.......
I would have agreed with MQ MTr! I use to read how peopler were running out of work and would think Boy, am I blessed but now I totally relate to Summertime! I have consistently ran out of work for the last two months and this has never happened to me the entire 9 years I've been employed with MQ! It was a great company in my mind but here lately, I'm not thinking that as often. I believe I would try another company if I were Ginny. Good luck!
SPI had one like that. Six months in and
she still didn't know echo cardiogram from electro cardiogram.  And they SAID she used to be a medical records department head.  If so, I pity those guys.
I did this three months ago..
I left the company I had been with for a long time due to weekly running out of work. I was VERY scared, to say the least. I am SO glad I made the move, though. I'm making more money here (paid hourly) and never run out of work.
11,000-12,000 2 months
Almost 9 months
Yes, I tried it for 3 months
I thought it was horrible, Transtech pays higher than most companies for editing but I never managed to pick up speed so I gave up.
I think it is 12 months.
Just a few months ago
and I had a lot of ESL's. Maybe you will have better luck but it did not work for me at all.
I did QA for DSG for a few months
and found very stressful.  Accounts are horrible.  Platform nice but you don't get headers, footers, patient names, cc's or anything - just exactly what you type into the report - which I think is horrible as you are certainly responsible for the other stuff....
I have been there for 2 months now
I have never run out of work. They have been great. Offering bonuses and OT pay to work extra hours on certain days, even if part time. I took a while to get my normals up to speed, as I could not transfer my olds ones, and to learn the platform, but after about a week I was up to speed. Its been great.
I have been there for 3 months....sm
I have 2 accounts.  If I run out on my first account (very seldom), the work for my second account automatically pulls in.  I have had a day where I have ran out of work in both accounts.  Hope this helps.

I think it would be 2-3 months at least before you
were making close to that, just because you are learning the platform and the dictators and account specifics. 
Been there 9 months
and I have never been happier. Account managers are super friendly and great to work with. They are also super flexible as far as scheduling. My pay has always been correct and on time. I have even been paid a couple of days early on a lot of occasions! I have 2 great accounts and make excellent money there. I am left alone to do my work and have never had any problems. I would highly recommend them. Good luck!
I have been there about 2 months now
I have days where I easily clear my line count, and other where I don't. Im not sure at what point they will counsel an employee on this. But I agree with the other poster...give yourself a chance. It does take a while to learn a new platform and new dictators. Right now Im not worried, partially because Ive had a lot going on in my personal life adding to my stress and distraction level... but if I get to my 90 days and Im still having more than 1 off day in a week, then I will begin to panic myself, but for now I just go with the flow.
I have been there over 6 months
and can barely get 900 lines a day on the accounts I have/am doing. If people are getting 1500, they must be on total ER notes or other such cake work and cake platforms.

I am moving on.
I have been with AT for 15 months now....sm
They will hire you for either clinic work or acute care.  They are flexible with schedules but do require consistency.  I have nothing bad to say about this company.  They pay by direct deposit twice a month and the pay is ALWAYS on time or early.  The people I have dealt with are very professional, honest, and caring but they do expect you to get your work done.  They are very helpful and always let us know what is going on with the company and they are very approachable.  If you are a dedicated Transcriptionist desiring to make money, you will be happy here.
Is MQ better now than six months ago????

Well I have been there for about 9 months now.  I remember it was kind of awful last summer.  In some ways it is better, although the pay is still very bad.  I do have a very nice PS, whom I won't name, but she is very kind and very encouraging.  That does help somewhat, but still they give bonuses only if you do a huge amount of work -- like 1,500 or 1,800 in one day.  We recently crashed and we were out of work for 1 1/2 days.  They were really encouraging everyone to help make up the back-load of work.  Maybe it is just me, but I just feel disillusioned about working there anymore.  I just don't care about the job, which is bad for me and them.  I think too I resent the fact that they send us MTs who are Tier 1 and 2, Op reports when we are not really paid to do them.  Also the cesspool as the tend to call it really bad.  So many different hospitals to do and so many new docs to learn their accents.  I am just tired of working so hard for so very little pay.  I did make 8 c/line, but does not seem like it when I get my paycheck, which is very small all the time. 

So there you have it.  In some ways there are very nice, if you don't mind making very little money, you are in great shape.  I honestly wish I could be more positive about MQ, but right now I feel very discouraged about everything. 


I have been there for 6 months now and have had no
problems with my Expander and Iscriptor. I use ShortHand and it has worked perfectly. After you are used to the formats and dictators, there really is not much need to look at samples, so for me, that is not an issue either.  As far as looking up addresses is concerned, I can't think of a job where I have not had to look up addresses for letters, etc. Most of the referring provider's addresses are there for you in a simple search format right there in Iscriptor. I am also very happy with the dictators on my account. Most are great and the others are good enough. The people have been great to work with and always ready to help if I need it. My schedule is totally flexible and no one has ever given me a hard time if I have needed to be gone or switch things around. Pay is good, always on time or early, and always the amount I expect. No surprises!!! I have found Iscriptor very easy to work in and really have had no glitches. Advanced has been by far the best company I have ever worked with and I intend to be there for a long time....home at last!!!
That's more like 8 months' pay for me -
I took it about two months ago and
I don't think it's possible to fail it.  I kept waiting for the punch line it was so easy. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. There is no challenge to it if that's what you want to know.  I didn't take the position so I don't know anything past the testing process. 
Been there 5 months
and I like it.  The ESLs really are not that bad, especially once you get used to them.  Just like any other place, there are good and bad dictators, but you are not on a lot of different accounts, so you can learn your doctors pretty easy and quick.  If you don't have a problem with ESLs, it won't be bad.
I was there for about 8 months....

they have an excellent benefits package, pay is about average (started at 8 cpl), different platforms including their own proprietary, lots of QA help, regular QA checks. I worked on a few accounts, one was a nightmare, the others were pretty good. If you have some specific questions, you can drop me an email. 

or more months
I know someone who was on QA at TT for 3 months sm
I have heard of over a month from several people. I was told their average was 2-3 weeks. I was on full QA for a day.

I don't know who she was speaking of as the QA Queen who liked to put people down. The person I think of as QA Queen is about the nicest lady I have come across and SO knowledgeable, it scares me about what I don't know.
I think it's 3 months
Tried with them for 6 months
in 2006; could not tolerate the very low pay.
Only 6 months?
Has nothing to do with accounts. With the revolving door of managers and QA your time is coming. Don't forget to turn on your IM and keep your email open at all times.
2 months ago for my new job...
I worked 6 years for the local hospital. I'm fast and we had a great platform, worked from home, pension, just perfect. I was making more in salary than the OR nurses. THEN they went VR and I gave it 6 months and just dreaded working every day.

Kept following comments on this board (much appreciated, I must say). Took 2 tests, had job offers within 1 day from both of them and took the one that said they did not do VR. It is a small company and I have 2 accounts. One is a major teaching hospital. I am really enjoying my job and learning a LOT of new words. QA has been very helpful. I'm looking forward to getting some good insurance coverage in another month. I work second shift, off on Friday and Saturday, and average about 10 cents/line.
That is all we TT MT's have seen for months and months on end

always, always promising new accounts coming onboard, but NOTHING but MORE MT's causing a major OVERHIRE. 

Congratulations to you MT's whose mgmt have thought about you and shared some of their money with you MT's who are piecework employees. 

Been on OT for months, have one day where
I think we might run out, but never do, and the next day there is a bunch of work again. 
should say last 6 months or so.
I think I quit about 8 years ago. I noticed on their ad that their starting pay has gone way down (just like everyone else I guess).
I have been with KS for 7 months now..
My primary account has always been up and down with work. I got a backup account that I never even got to start on cause, you got it, ran out of work and hasn't picked back up. Now have another backup which is very steady. You just need to ask for a back up if your account is low on work. They are very good about working with you and keeping you in work.