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Posted By: MT4Life on 2005-08-24
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Hi...I have been dragging out being hired by Medquist for over a month now. I currently work for a small local company...however, they want 250+ lines per hour for $15 per hour, which if I can do the 250 would come out to 6 cpl.  Medquist has offered 8 cpl, plus bonuses for more lines, sign on bonus, etc.  I would be working with the St Louis office.  however..everytime I get on the boards I hear very bad things.  I'm really tempted to go with Medquist because I would like to be paid by the line rather than hourly, but I hear better things about Transcend.....anyone out there who is really happy with Medquist? I don't need their insurance for me or my kids and the DSL connection in my area is $40...so that would be covered.  I was taking full time, so I won't rent equipment......any advice?  I have six years of acute care experience working in a hospital....thanks!

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Medquist getting nervous
11 yrs, on DQS for 1 1/2 and no complaints.  Plenty of work on my end.
I have been with MQ since 1983 when they were Transcriptions Limited. They have closed a bunch of offices. so far it hasn't affected anything. I have always had good luck with them, but again have been with them many years working at home. I do see many differences now and I get aggravated because transferring to a new office, they don't route work sometimes the way they should etc. etc., not running out, just causing certain things to back up. you really have to stand your ground and speak for yourself as to what you expect from them also. All in all, I say go for it though, every office is different.
MedQuist board is now set up. See Medquist link to the left.
MedQuist board is now set up. See Medquist link to the left.

Link is also below.

After about 4 months, I'm out of there. Struggled to get 12000 lines a pay and 25+ years as MT...
nervous about MQ
Just to clarify - as an employee, 40 hours a week only, no bonuses or shift differential or holiday pay. Okay, but when you do the math after getting a pay check and see that you are averaging anywhere from 10.29 an hour to my max of 13.42 an hour, that's not good enough for me, so I've found something with a good, stable hourly rate with good benefits. MQ was good to me, answered any and all questions whenever I had them, but still had 5 different accounts and days where I had to wait for work to come up (even working the afternoon into evening shift). It would be great to use them as a part-time job, but not for my main source of income. Just my situation....
Ex-DR is right. I'm too nervous about getting
kicked off the board for saying anything. DR recruiters do post on this board posing as current DR transcriptionists and love love love it and they've never had it so good.

If DR is such a great place to work then why is it taking so long to fill the position for the hospital employee status??? They have been asking for transcriptionists for over six months now for that particular account.

I too had a dinosaur computer.
don't be nervous. /sm
If you know your medical terminology and where things are located in the body, that type of thing, you will do fine. They will ask routine interview type questions like you might get if you went into an office and had an interview.

Hope you do well. I think its a great place to work.
What are you so nervous about?
Don't know what she's nervous about, but your
Wow, am I nervous now...
Ok I am trying to find the first post to figure out what the problem is with Ascend being that I just got a job with them and needless to say I am scared ****less right now. Are you people NOT getting paid or what is the story...I cannot make heads or tails out of these posts, as I came in after the picture started. Please, someone reassure me! So far, they seem like a great well organized company...I am wrong?
I would be nervous, too sm

Just to be safe, I would pick up a part-time job.

Good luck!

This is For Nervous MT2, please read
I feel so badly for you, after reading your horrible experiences with testing. I know as I have been there recently, too. Even with 25 years' experience, I was turned down twice. However, if you want to work as an IC, there is a company who seems to be very fair about things. They are Freedom Type. I tested for them and unfortunately, the sound quality for the dictation was not the best. Instead of dismissing me for the errors, they offered me a second chance, making sure that this time I got a report that was perfectly dictated, but full of good terms (to test your knowledge as a MT and not your interpreting ability, which will get better as you learn any new account). I passed it with flying colors and was offered a job immediately. However, I had to turn it down because I need employee status and did not realize that this was an IC position.
If you are interested, just go in and type in Freedom Type in your search and it should bring up the home page. Then you can take the online vocabulary test and submit it. If they like the looks of that, someone will contact you and set you up for the dictation test. It is a voice file but I just downloaded Express Scribe and it worked fine. They even helped me with that part of it. Like I said, they seem really nice and its a shame I could not go with them. Perhaps you can consider this. Hope this helps. Hang in there and the best of luck!
Now THAT makes me nervous!

Thanks. I'm nervous and excited. nm
Yep. Getting pretty nervous. nm
what is making you nervous? nm
I'm not nervous and I cannot say I have been "perfect" either.

It is hard for a person who comes from a position that allows you flex time to come to a company to where you have to work your shift.  That at one time was me. I cannot say that I have never been talked to about taking too long of a break while on the system, as I have.  But I have been with some companies who actually know when the keyboard keys are moving, who IM you all the time to see if you are there and Axolotl management has NEVER done that to me. 

Have I been in a report a long time for one reason or another and asked if I was there, yes, but for good reason because the report had been in my queue a while.  It was just taking me a while to type it or I had to go to the bathroom.  You won't get fired for going to the bathroom or getting up to stretch if you need to for 5 minutes or so. 

They do run it like a business and that is why they are successful.  But, they do not micro-manage every move someone makes.

Nervous about BeyondTXT
We are getting ready to go to BeyondTXT and I am really concerned about what I have seen with the program not showing cc's, doctor signatures, patient names.  It tells me that clicking and researching this stuff we will not be paid for any of it.  Also, I am thinking when it goes to VR there will be too much editing since I do not think the program will know the difference between here and hear, and their and there, etc.  It also looks like we will be fixing where the headings and info goes, not to mention all the clicking here, there and everywhere.  Since it is not in word I will have to start the word Expanders again I suppose.  I hope I am wrong since I have not started using it yet, but am very nervous.  I hear you when you say you are worried about losing your benefits as I am in the same boat.
I'm very nervous as I have a phone interview with (sm)
Transcend Services for part time work tomorrow.  Anyone out here had an interview with them?  How is it?  What do they ask you?  I haven't interviewed in 7 years and am a tad bit nervous.  The last one I had I was not exactly altogether (won't say why), but they hired me anyway.  Any insight on this company would be extremely helpful.  TIA  
Thank U, Carolyn. Now I feel much less nervous!

Nervous Nettie Here...OSi seems 2 B falling apart.
Upper management is acting so skitterish....had a mandatory conference call this morning and it was pretty nasty!  Anyone have a clue as to what is going on?  I'm going to start looking for a new job. 
OH BOY. My post below re: Just Hired, a little nervous...

If you read the post below with the flame, I'm having a communication problem as well, just not insurance - yet!?  This is my 2nd nite I was supposed to start my shift (in an hour) and the Acct. Mgr. is gone for the day, no User ID mailed to me again.  Insurance issues as well?  I do feel for you and the other poster gave some good advice.  Keep on top if it!

I agree. It's making me really nervous. Something
Dominatrix at the Institute for the Very Very Nervous--
My husband's favorite movie! Further comment and disclosures withheld.
Don't stress. Tell her you are nervous, and she will be very nice about it. sm
You can't ask for a nicer group of people. They worked with me through my husband's long illness, house problems due to his illness, followed by a few health problems of my own that I still think are the after-shock of dealing with his illness. He is fine now, I am fine now, and I will never again look for another job because Keystrokes treated me like family, not just a number.

I had been at the Q for 17 years in some form (company I worked for was gobbled up by them) and was very nervous but they were very gracious about and put me at ease. That was 3 years ago and I am grateful that I took the plunge.
Wow, where do you bank? Mine is not there yet .. getting a bit nervous. :( nm

okay nervous nellies, consider the source and their agenda
there are so many people that want to see the 'giant' fall -- they throw out statements with nothing to back it up -- hoping everyone runs scared and they can help MQ fall. Well it ain't gonna happen. You provide no facts. Every thing this company is doing shows it is improving and getting stronger. So go cry in a corner and quit the chicken-little theatrics of "the sky is falling!!". MQ is the biggest and getting better and has a lot of happy MTs that are too smart for your antics.
Just hired, a little nervous about it now, general question....sm
Just took a position with a well-known company, I'll withhold it for now to be considerate.  I was supposed to work Sun night thru Thurs. nights.  Friday evening I was sent the software download and called for training on it Sat. morning.  After the training, I had to answer a questionnaire, at which point I would then be e-mailed my specifications for the account I was assigned along with a 'test questionnaire' that I would have to complete and return and THEN I would get my access code to the system and my Acct. Mgr's contact info.  I sent my first little questionnaire Sat. morning and waited for my acct specs and 'test'.  On Sunday, I had yet to receive anything.  I called them and they said my Acct. Mgr. did not work weekends and would be in Monday!  I asked how I was to start my shift Sun. night then!?  Another person sent my acct. specs for me at 6 pm Sun., which was a 26-page manual on the particulars of this acct along with a 30-question test. I stated that I was supposed to start my shift in 3 hours, and how could I thoroughly complete reading this manual and answer the test questions and be prepared?  They told me I couldn't start that night anyway because I could not recieve my User ID til the Acct. Mgr. came in Mon. morning to give it to me and that I'd have it by noon Mon. (today).  Still nothing in my Inbox and its noon, AND I didn't get to work my shift last night and I'm supposed to work 20 hrs. minimum per week.  Is it normal for start-up to be so hairy and unorganized?  I'm nervous now.
Makes me nervous though when the phone numbers
listed on their website are not in service.  The number for their main office is no longer in service and one of the 800 numbers is not good.  Hmm......curious......
One of the few companies I haven't tried (ha), but they always have an ad, which makes me nervous

and I was told they do a background check, which includes not only criminal but credit, etc ... just too big brother like to me, but then again, I think they loan you equipment, so maybe that is within reason.


Good luck! 

Anyone else at CardioScribes nervous about not receiving the line count yet? sm

I didn't receive it today, so even if I get it tomorrow, that means funds will not be reieased until Monday, meaning no pay day until Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday.  I am a bit fed up with not having a reliable pay day I can count on.  I will be leaving soon, but in the meantime, I still have bills to pay. 

Sorry ... guess I just needed to vent. 

Big changes happening very fast at Medware! Anyone know what gives? Making me a spot of nervous.
Medquist is getting really bad
Been there for a long time (years and years) - am looking for another job now. They don't care about their employees, only their accounts. The pay is horrible and you almost never get a raise. Management only cares about management - not us lowly peons.

I did not like MedQuist's platform at all.  All of the info required to be filled in was ridiculous (wouldn't have been so bad if they paid for the keystrokes).  Also, I was switched between 4 different accounts during the first week.  I was told during the interview that I would have one main account and a backup account. 

Another complaint I have is that whenever I called the office, my calls were not returned.  I had to just keep calling until the manager was available.  I just did not have a very good first impression of them.  Luckily, my previous employer took me back. 

I would recommend anyone switching companies to try the new company out before turning in your notice.  Sometimes you don't know how good you have it until you almost lose it.

I think it's only fair to say, though, that if I would have had a stable account and had a chance to get used to the doctor names, local cities, clinics, etc., I may have had an entirely different impression of MedQuist.  Don't put too much weight into one transcriptionist's impression of a company.  They may have 'easy' accounts.

I also have noticed that sometimes, the less qualified you are, the easier work you get, the more money you make.

I work for the Ohio MedQuist and have had exactly ONE radiology account in the entire eight years I've been with 'em - I've never even HAD a secondary account. Needless to say I feel like these docs are old, old friends (and a few hated enemies) and the work is always there, easy docs, cutting edge technology and they leave me alone and don't bug me. Give 'em a try, I say.
I work for MedQuist and make $25/hr. doing radiology - I've done exactly one account the entire 8 years I've been with MedQuist and have never run out of work. The doctors are great, they don't bother you and allow you to do your work and pay on time. Seems kewl to me. Radiology pays quite well there.
Despite all the negative press and opinions, they are still probably the best - since they are the biggest they can afford to pay more, work always plentiful (at least in radiology) and they don't bug U to death (U don't have to clock out to go to the John). At least that's how it is at the Ohio Medquist - don't know about other branches but assume they are similar. There ARE perks to being with the biggest, I must say.
MedQuist uses DocQscribe!
Medquist pay

Anybody who works for Medquist, I am wondering what they pay? 

MedQuist pay

0.850..I work at Midwest office..but we're supposed to be starting that scale pay thing in October which I know nothing about yet

They want only the very best for their employees - we're like one big happy family!
The DQS is NOT with Medquist.

MedQuist. nm

VR and Medquist
Yeah, and if MedQ has anything to say about it, we all will be in the soup kitchens pouring up our family the needful food they need to survive on while the homeless shelter people protect us from our bill collectors!!!!!!!!!
Medquist should never be on a list of 10-top companies to work for!
MedQuist! nm


Any info on working for MQ now?  How about its QA department?