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Now THAT makes me nervous!

Posted By: nervousnelly on 2006-01-09
In Reply to: Keystrokes hiring - sm - BTDT

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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! 

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!

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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
what makes them the best?
It just makes me sad...
I love Christmas (at least what it's SUPPOSED to be like)and you're right about the commercialism ruining it. I try to avoid the mobs if I can. We've had 2 people in this area held up at gunpoint for X-box systems! Unreal! It's fun getting together and celebrating the season with family and such, but 'tis definitely the season to be greedy.
I don't think having your CMT makes you a better

MT and I've seen CMTs who did really lowsy work.  I have never considered getting my CMT.   I have always been told that I do top quality work and at companies that do pay a differential for having your CMT, I am paid the same rate.   Some people need letters after their name for whatever reason.



What makes you think KS is any
different than the company you work for? Go ahead. Check them out, but don't come back here complaining.
Can you say what makes you think this.

I don't understand why people take the time to respond to questions but they really aren't telling you anything. If you have something to say...say it.  But please only say what you know.  I'm not interested in what one 'thinks'.  If you 'know' it...let me hear it.




What makes me mad? sm
When new people get hired at a higher line rate and doing easy accounts.
What makes you so sure it is YOUR job? Maybe they just need more help

Makes you wonder
The intro letter they send makes them sound like top professionals - and they waste no time in telling you how many fail their test.

But it makes you wonder when see *several* typo's in the materials that come with the tape - and then they are very lax with the testing process. Something tells me not getting my results was actually a favor in disguise. :)

they are living in this country. Most are in INDIA and calling from INDIA!!!! Gotta give these companies credit though. They know how to hire good tech folks to set up in THE U.S.A. and they most likely live here but came from India.
Makes me wonder now..
My husband worked out of state for 3 years and they only took out taxes for that state. He says that when you work in another state, the state taxes for that particular state are the ones they take out. This is also a big co., so they should know the laws too, but if that's the case with MT, I guess you would have state taxes taken out for the state in which the co. headquarters are located. But I certainly can't speak as an expert because I have no idea, just know that's what happened in my hubby's case. It's never been an issue with me because I live in the state where my co. is based.
Makes ya wonder, don't it?
makes you wonder

I worked for a company for around 2-1/2 years, basically 7 days a week to help out.  Never got one single incentive for it, nor did I expect it because in my eyes at the time, this was as good as it got.  I also never asked for a day off while I worked there.  I was paid lower than what I've been paid at other companies, in fact, 2-3 cents lower.  I was offered more for other places, but I let personal feelings and guilt if I left them get in the way of business. I liked the personal feel of the company, as there were only about 30 transcriptionists and you had a chance to get to know your doctors--probably about 50 of them.  My skills were good because I was always told that. 

I had to leave due to reasons that I didn't have any control over and got literally a 1 sentence reply 3 days later.  Said basically ok, no thank you, no good luck, no nothing.  I still worked my 2 weeks afterwards.  My reason wasn't a run of the mill lame excuse either.  This was my first thanks.  I felt like dirt after sending it and was sick about it for about a week before I did.  I  certainly didn't want them to say oh, please stay because I couldn't have even if I wanted to. I just expected a more grown up response from someone who could definitely write professionally. 

Things have since cleared up and I have been back in the job market for about 2 months, so I sent my resume to them and re-applied.  I figured, I liked working there, they liked me--had a great platform, why not?  Well, this was over a month ago and never received an I'm sorry Sharon, we don't need anyone at this time.  I figured, you can give an old employee that much acknowledgement, especially when it comes from a familiar e-mail and you KNOW they've read it as soon as they received e-mail notification because they, from personal experience, always got back to your e-mails within seconds. 

I don't expect anyone to kiss my butt, but a little bit of graditude from a place where you aren't just a number, where you are like family, I guess I expected a little more.  Am I wrong?

I have gotten more heartfelt e-mails from companies I have been with less time than that. 

Moral of my story:  They don't care about you, so if you don't have to, I wouldn't worry about sacrficing your family, life, and health to care about them. 

I have found a better place who won't use me for my time or under pay me or EXPECT that I be at my computer all day every day to help them. 

Thanks for listening,

What makes you....
so in the know that you look at other people's work. I work there and there are no names on jobs...just MT numbers. I have been there for more than 3 years, was not a newbie when I started, and like it there just fine. I do not brown nose, and do not speak to anyone. It log on, work, and log off. I pass all my QA reviews have absolutely no problems with QA. It is beyond me how all you whiners and complainers know so much about everyone that works there...I would imagine you spent more time gossiping and spreading rumors while there than actually working.
Wow that makes my day - thanks!
as to sensible comments - anyone seen my prozac?
Really makes you wonder huh?

This is just one example of how we as at-home MTs do not really know who we are working for?  This sounds like the ultimate bait and switch.  

I don't know about CS but SSc makes you buy...sm

a pedal off the web.  Seems like only a specified brand ($139 .. at a special MT discount will work with their program (LOL).  This isn't specified in their job posting, though.

What makes anyone think only MTs are having this done??
This is a common practice now for jobs of every description, not just in our field. Someone said if I were in their spot might not like, I took bankruptcy years ago and did not buy ANYTHING on credit for years. When I once again tried, had clean slate and like I was starting all over. When I was low on money, I worked several jobs in order to pay my bills then and brought my credit back up to an excellent number now. I have been there (probably worse than most of you now with my bankruptcy) so it can be done and I do not AGAIN mind people checking.
what makes you think they have only 1?
What makes them think someone will
They snooze, they lose.
That makes 2 of us!

They said they sent me an email to download start up but i haven't gotten a thing!