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OMG, get a grip. Just talked to ofc. It is NOT a large acct first of all

Posted By: JIEP on 2008-09-22
In Reply to: Transtech losing large account - bignews

and secondly it's not even a hospital. For those of you who must know, initials are TO and it's in Texas. It is apparently going to an offshore service to save a buck or two. Do you really want to deal with a practice that would do that? Further, they have already replaced it with not one but two new accts that I can choose from, so there is no need to get bent out of shape like this. Please.

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My acct mgr sent an update this morning stating a large acct sm
starting next week; another in 2 more weeks; another in early October; and another in November. This is just a normal end of summer / holiday slowdown. I'm sure other posters on this board are also out of work due to the same circumstances.
I lost an acct with MQ, called the hospital and they told me who had the acct. I chose not to go wi
Older posts about them have the MTs bouncing from acct to acct and not being able to make
get a grip
STOP WITH THE NAME-CALLING...... In these times, people just are curious and want to make their lives better... knock it off.
LADIES - Get a grip!
Why is everyone ripping each other apart as well as the original poster?  No one was **acting like a prima donna.**  She did not state it was a hospital to begin with.  She simply said she did not want to take the schedule.  The same as someone else saying they do not wish to work at night.  Good grief!!  Yes, it is true that many positions being offered require 1 weekend day.  I, myself kept looking until I found a M-F.  To some of us, **raising a bunch of kids** is important.  What gives anyone else the right to knock it?  Some people stiff have a wonderful sense of family being important.  Sad for those who do not.  So you work days, nights, and weekends, good for you.  Please live and let live!!
Give it a whirl. I WAS on that same acct, same pay. Asked and got put on an acct just as bad, so I
get a grip!! they did not ALL get fired - some left
and they left around the same time a bunch of transcriptionists left.
Get a grip - The previous ISR rate was 30% cut sm
of your base rate. This is 7% more, hardly HUGE. And way better than the flat line rates that most places are paying.
Your posts are always so nasty. Get a grip already. nm
That is gripe board. Freudian slip as in get a grip. LOL.
Global economy's grip on the short hairs
This is what happens in a global economy. I don't know for sure, but I would hazard a guess that the companies with the ads paying the miniscule amounts are not behemoth MTSOs. Sadly, they feel the need to try to undercut the MTSOs that do have the advantage of sending their work across the Pacific where 5 cents a line would be considered golden. Much like the Union Label we're told to look for on clothes, maybe the real American little companies would be better served to charge a little extra for the service, and pay the Transcriptionist a living wage, because I'll bet there are still some individuals/clinics/etc. that would pay for the security and skill that an American MT provides.
MTSOs are going into la-la land, losing the grip on reality!...nm
How was your acct at Amphion? I have a HORRIBLE acct...

I am new to Amphion and have this account that has a lot of account specifics, no automatic ADT (which means I have to search for the names, etc) which is not a problem for me, but there is one dictator who is ALWAYS awful, and I have been getting him back to back to back my first week with Amphion.  Did you find that you basically only had 1 or 2 dictators while there or did you have more?  Of course, I would not mind doing him occasionally but can't do this all day.  I will never be able to make any money, especially at the line rate that I am being paid.  I have 2 children of my own and 3 of my sister's children in my care.  I cannot afford to do this everyday and don't know what to do.  I work as an IC for another company making 9 cents a line, which is much more than Amphion, but really wanted employee status so was willing to make a little less, but I am afraid it is not going to work.  I do not want to have to find yet another company and start all over with them to only find out that they suck too.  Any suggestions?

I can't tell you, sorry, but it is a LARGE one.
Well I am one of the ones who has talked with them....SM

The pay they quoted me was fairly good though not all that great, but I'm really looking for a smaller company and to get away from the really big companies.  I did email with one MT who said she had been with them for 3 months and is now moving from PT to FT because she likes the money she is able to make with them.  I took that as a good sign lol.  I also looked them up in the archives and could find nothing negative. 

I know what you mean about thinking with a maybe this will be the one attitude.  I've been really disappointed in my search over the last few months. 

I really think what is showing through as excitement in these threads (or just this one lol) is the fact that someone finally heard back from this company.  I also think it took a while because it IS small and maybe they are extremely busy.  I think the smaller MTSOs and their managers, account leaders, etc., probably all have too much to do everywhere so maybe these particular ladies really have just not had the time to finish up their hiring.  JMO you understand. 

If you are still looking, maybe you should email them and see if they still have openings.  Their ad is on the job board.  Just be prepared to possibly wait a couple of a few days for a response lol. 

When i talked to them
they were very, very rude!
Only because we do so much rad. I talked to someone who sm
went to a radiology conference this week in Chicago (a radiologist friend) who told me that Keystrokes is everywhere and that whenever he talks to others in radiology, they all mention them. I hope that is good for all of us. I feel secure knowing that. He knows I work for them, so he made sure to tell me that they are very respected in the world of radiology!
I think I talked to them about 18
months ago, and that's what they were offering. Then I asked questions about how efficient things were, and it sounded rather time-consuming to me. They may have improved things by now, of course.
both I talked to
were women.  I was actually told the Nuance recruiter wasn't with the company, but her email is still listed with them.  This lady had a very thick northern city accent.
large comp

I agree.

They have taken on several new large accounts over
the past several months.
been with 2 large nationals; will never do that again.
Much better with the smaller companies.
I have 22 employees, which is not large, but had to do the same. sm
Our state unemployment division did an audit on me and determined that the ICs are actually employees. I had to pay unemployment on everyone who works for me or who did work for me back 5 years to present and make them all employees. I had to pay fines and penalties too.

The IRS has their list of 20 checklist items but the states can have a few of their own and they have the right to enforce them.

One from our state (Missouri) states that if you perform the same type of duties as employees at the company, even if you fit the 20 items from the IRS, you are an employee.

I appealed the decision and lost. It cost me $5000 for a lawyer but still have to pay the $218,000 to them (the total with the fees, penalties, interest and payments that should have been made). It is going to force me to close our doors.

If it is a large account
your email may be one of nearly 20+ she gets per day. When you are a lead you are getting many calls and emails daily. Address the issue with the head and go over his/her head if things don't improve.
these were supposedly large sm
companies that have been around awhile.  I am hearing a lot of MTs going through the same thing.  Its getting ridiculous!
It is hard to get a large
group of doctors at a hospital to ALL do VR and their own editing. Smaller clinics are more likely to completely do away with MTs, as they are more inclined to do their own editing; plus doctors in clinics do not go into as much detail as hospital dictators. Clinics usually stick to a fairly standard normal template, whereas doctors in hospitals dictate all kinds of ways...That is what I have seen..
What was the name of the person you talked to? nm
I talked to them about IC status sm
and I really liked them. You might just call and ask. It would be IC status and you need your own equipment. They download their software.
I talked to her by telephone. sm
After about a 5-minute conversation, I knew I wouldn't be going to work for her. When I asked her about pay dates, she stated that MTs do not get paid until she receives payment from the client because, well, you just never know. She also stated that if she does not feel an MTs work is where she thinks it should be, she will lower their line rate. In my opinion, this person is very unprofessional. I agree with the above post about staying very far away from this business.
When I talked with them about a position, I was going to have to use....

their software and they did send a pedal.  However, I decided to go with another company and never even plugged in the pedal that they sent.

Their software is based on MSWord, from what I understand. 


What was the recruiter's name you talked to?
wondering if it is same as the one I talked to. They seemed very nice, but I got a much better offer elsewhere.
OSI - talked to their recruiter sm
and she got snippy with me for just asking a few questions, so I never went further than that with them.
I have talked to the office.
They say they are looking into finding me something.
Susan -- I talked with

recruiter today. It sounds pretty good.


Have you talked to DeVenture?
It is $20 a week for me and another $50 to put my two kids on.  The company contributes a flat rate of $280 I believe.
I got hired the same day I talked to them but (sm)
I had to wait about 2 weeks for my keyfob from the hospital.
I talked to a recruiter and she had the
most WONDERFUL position available and that I was luck because the MTs loved this account and there was rarely an opening on it - blah, blah, blah.

She mentioned the account and I had worked on that account when I worked at YOG and I knew it to be a horrendous account.

I talked to the team leader (or whatever her title was) of the account and she told me that they can't keep MTs on the account because it is so difficult and no one wants to work on it.  Then she let slip that they offshore and the best dictation goes offshore while the crap stays here.

The recruiter was constantly IM people during my interview, which I felt was unprofessional. 
It has been talked about several times, but no one is

willing to do anything so nothing gets done.  Personally I have no desire to be in a union and wouldn't join if there was one.  By the time you pay union dues you wouldn't be any better off than you are now. 

I talked to her yesterday or the day before... nm
Have you talked to your lead? sm
My accounts are busy. They were slow for 2 weeks but picked up, asking for extra help through this week!
I talked to them last year - sm
I am a long-time MT as well and they offered me 7 cents a line - umm, NOT!  They gave me some song and dance as to why ER was only paid that as everything else was slightly more.  I was shocked to say the least.
Just talked to recruiter
I did accept the job, now I have to get the C-Phone. There are a lot of sites that sell refurbed ones, so I guess I will start checking there.

I start May 18th. Good luck to you!
I have found that large places
like hospitals, banks, insurance companies offer the best benefit packages to part-timers. In fact I once worked 10 hours a week at a bank just for the benefits package. PT MT at home with benefits, however, I don't think you will find. It's hard enough finding FT with benefits and the premium isn't $800 a month.
Yes, 2 large hospitals. Both accounts out. nm
When I worked for a large national, they
had a gal from New York using a steno machine.  She consistently turned out over 20,000 lines every 2 weeks/pay period.  So if you know the steno machine, you can make megabucks in transcription.  She always won awards at this biggest national.
The accounts are so large you get them some days
and other days none. I too have had days when that seems like all I get. Sometimes I will go 3 months before I get the same doctor. She should have asked them to route her a variety that day or try another account. There really is a break in period with any new account but Transtech really is the best company out there and they are willing to work with their MTs.
Um, not exactly - some of the VERY LARGE companies do the same thing!
Trust me. lol
I do a large number of ESLs and usually

don't have issues, but when I worked at SS their ESL dictators on at least 1 account were horrendous.  They were bad dictators on top of the sound quality being the worst I've encountered in my 20 years of MTing.  Management was a joke and you couldn't believe a word the CEO told you.   I worked in QA and the quality of the transcription was very bad.   Someone asked me if the work was done in India and I said it may very well be because it was so bad that it pretty much had to be done over.   I had some suggestions on how to better run things and was offered a management position to implement them, but I declined. 

The reason there is a lot of work is because they can't keep MTs.   I agree not all companies, not matter how good they are, are a good fit for all MTs, but if a company has constant turnover there has to be a reason for it.  I work because I need the money and I don't see any reason to waste my time going with a company that has the reputation that SS does.  There have been a handful of MTs who despite all the negatives about SS decided to accept positions.  A couple of MTs have come back about a month layer apologizing for not believing us and said everything we said was true.  

I would not refer my worst enemy to this company. 

Would anyone work for a large national co, with a

I use the company provided computer.  They had a change in computers and I was sent a new one.  Since that time, the foot pedal provided has not worked.  I can hear reports, but I cannot backup or move ahead using the pedal.  To hear something again, I have to bang my foot on the pedal. To move ahead forward or go backward for any length, I must go to playback page and manually move the cursor to where I need to be. 

I have put up with this for five years. Yes, that is right, FIVE YEARS!!!! I have called our so-called Help Desk numerous times and I have been sent two more pedals, neither of which work, or, rather, work the same as the original pedal.  I have asked for help from countless people.  The Help Desk states I am the only one having the problem.  The supervisor says I am the only one having the problem. I know one other person on my team who is also having having the problem, but we are too  ashamed to really raise heck.  I am disgusted. 

By the way, it is the most commonly used foot pedal. Even their ad states it works with any computer.  I just had to vent. 

Large nationals don't like radiology because of TAT
I was offered a very large rate of pay, so you