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Thank goodness you are all starting to listen!!!

Posted By: anon on 2005-12-28
In Reply to: To my fellow QTers: What if the outsourcing talk is true? Just what does this mean .. SM - SadQT

None of what was posted on the board was to stir the pot but rather save a bunch of wonderful MTs that are being messed with. It is so true and I would look for another position ASAP.

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Do you recommend starting with clinic notes or acute care when just starting in the MT field?
!I realize this question may be better suited for the new MT board, but this board is my favorite)

I am considering accepting an acute care position, even though I am just out of MT school. However, I don't want the learning curve to be so steep that I fail before I even begin. I would also like to have a smaller pool of dictators to transcribe from as opposed to many.

Also, are there more ESLs in acute care versus clinic/dr office work?

What has your experience been? Would you do it differently?

Thanks for any insight!
Don't listen!
Trust me, honey. If you want to find out about OSi, you don't need to be reading this board. All of the "ex-OSIers" get on here and criticize OSi for trying to weed out the bad employees and become a better company. They make assumptions of upper management when they really have NO IDEA. Then they wonder why THEY aren't invited to the home office parties or why OSI doesn't take their "parties" on the road. Well, I'll tell you why...because OSI doesn't want people like them at their parties. Would you want someone that does nothing but criticize you to come to your parties? I think NOT!

If you're really interested in working with OSI, this is not the place to research. OSI is a wonderful company and they treat their employees with respect. Some will tell you that OSI shorts them on lines, OSI gives the easy dictators to their "favorites", and so on and so on, but if you believe that then you're just as ignorant as the people saying it. OSI is growing VERY rapidly and will only continue to grow. If they really were doing all of this stuff, there's no way they would be where they are today. So--don't listen to all of the nonsense on these posts. It's nothing but a bunch of unintelligent people getting together to complain because they have nothing better to do with their time.
Well we know what it is really like and if they want to listen to em, then they
are passing up a great opportunity.

I am happy here. I guess that is all that counts.

You don't listen
You are not understanding. I was never told that they weren't hiring. I was told she was too busy to hire. Didn't you read my initial post??!! Also, there were many other things going on besides that. Like I said, I am not putting their business in the streets, just a fair warning. Oh, and by the way, I am not an MT.
Yes, but 100% listen
so it is really a cut in pay for me.
Don't listen to them...sm
I've used Meditech with rad before and averaged $25/hr. Just depends on how lines are counted, etc. You know how it is. It all depends on the company/client.
That's not VR. On VR, you have to listen to
every report the whole way through and make corrections throughout the report, and there are generally a lot of corrections to be made because VR isn't what it's cracked up to be. VR will never be able to go straight through to the client without a complete listen/edit. I think you're thinking of QA, not VR (voice recognition reports). QAs fill blanks and/or do full listens/grading AFTER the MT has already either transcribed or fully edited the VR report.
Listen to this
I just got to work (am on the West Coast) and all of my accounts are packed full of work. This after nearly two months of famine. I am not complaining, just amazed.
don't listen to these people
find out for yourself. There's a whole lot of MTs at MQ that have been 'around the block' a few times and have been w/them for years. MQ is the biggest for more than a few reasons, one being that they have more to offer.
I just don't want to have to listen to the whining when this happens, as you know it will. nm
careful what you listen to
You might want to find out from someone who knows.  Call the office, check what the TAT log says.  There is work, they have been doing overtime on many accounts.  If that person posting isn't working, it is because they aren't trying to.  There was just an email sent around that if you account was slower you could do a different platform, etc.  Can't blame the company for this one - blame the one who sits back and waits for the company to come to them.  Don't have to, too many others who are stepping up to the plate!
You should listen up to Listenup.

Listen, there is some truth to some of this
I just left spheris. I do not have anything bad to say about them. I simply woke up one day and decided to give my notice without having another job. I left 2 weeks ago, and today I accepted a job offer. I simply did not like working for Spheris. Nothing bad to say, but the reports I pulled for samples from India had a lot of typos. Whole pages were crossed out and medications spelled wrong. That is the truth. I often wondered how do they reach 98% accuracy. I really do not think the MTs in India could maintain 98% quality. My guess is they probably are not required to maintain any accuracy, because every report I pulled was really, really messed up.
Teletrak? did anyone listen to the
tapes on their site? They have voice files right there to listen or download.
I agree... but listen sm
The big nationals who underpay and push things through... nobody hires them anymore except for the most impossible hospital accounts. They are not going to last very long. Also, the best thing to do is for the companies to demand quality MTs and editors, pay well and take less profit, get better paying accounts.
Listen please. I've been at this many many
years. MDI is not DOING anything to you. I am confident they are not over-hiring. The doctors have to DICTATE consistently for there to be consistent work. It was just a few weeks ago with MDI that I didn't even take a day off for weeks as we were so busy. This morning, my accts are extremely low to empty. This business fluctuates, people, depending upon holidays, hospital deadlines, bla bla bla. Try to relax. It will not be this slow for long. I can tell you though, when the work was heavy, I felt almost alone out there -- very few people seemed willing to pitch in. I take the attitude to make hay while the sun shines. You newbies to MDI, if you'll just hang in there, I am confident you will be glad you did. Those that can't afford to, being this is SE status, you are certainly free to get back-up acct's with other companies for security. And don't neglect to talk with your liaisons, or even the recruiter. Let them know your needs/concerns. Things may look scary if you are new, but it is my firm belief that MDI will take care of you like no other company, and CARES like no other. Do what you have to, but I recommend hanging in there.
Listen to your second thoughts
As an employee, if your line counts is low for what ever reason, this puts your health insurance in jeopardy and happens too often. I would stay as IC.
You don't want to listen to this poster.
Really, it would be decent advice--except that you don't want to have anything whatsoever to do with Softscript!  Try any other company but them.  This person posting is either SS management or has never worked for them. 
This person is management - do not listen to
them!! They most certainly will as it happened to me!! I did a great job, but took time off due to a family emergency. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE ABOVE POSTER!! PLEASE!! SHE IS KNOWN TO POST HERE ALL DAY!!
They said we couldn't have people listen in - sm
nothing at all was said about discussing it afterward, and we were told all things regarding this merger were supposed to be 'open & transparent', & that no one would be kept in the dark. We're all entitled to our opinions.
I see you didn't listen to my last post sm
TT MANAGEMENT DOES NOT GET PAID HOLIDAYS. They are SALARIED. That means NO EXTRA for overtime, NO COMP DAYS either. They work when they are told. I can't be told to work on my days off, but management CAN and they frequently DO work on their so-called time off. Given that I make more than many people in management at TT, I will not begrudge them taking off Christmas or New Year's or whatever pittance they get in the way of a holiday off. I know 3 people in management who worked yesterday, from home on their *paid holiday* so that those of us who were working had a go-to person. They have management around between 6 a.m. and midnight 7 days a week, 356-1/4 days a year, and tech support too. If this **** you off so much, GO FIND A JOB WITH A SALARY and get a grip! I have had a salaried job and guess what? Worked more hours in a year for less pay than I get on production. You just aren't bright enough to see the writing on the wall. How is it you MT when you can't read?
So, listen to this, you would rather continue to retype
a VR report for only 4 cents a line rather than train it where you could hopefully just zip through it? It will never improve as long as being deleted. Does that really make sense to you? You are paid 8 cents a line if straight, 4 cents if VR and yet you would continue to retype time after time?? Again, this is making sense to you?
so 500 lines/hr listen through & edit???
Absolutely - listen carefully!

Though not at Transcend, I have just recently been a victim of exactly the sequence of events and circumstances posted above.  It was sooo hard to keep my mouth shut, with a lead sending condescending, negative, accusatory, power-hungry, and just plain idiotic e-mails.  Just couldn't do it, wanting to have my side/opinion/defense known to all the blind CC's - management.  The power went to her head, and it was like being assaulted through e-mail on a daily basis.  When I made a suggestion, it was rudely shot down immediately. 

I wish I had though, because it was my demise.  It also was a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation, though, so I really still don't know what I could have done differently.  You have to respect yourself, you know?

Anyway, to the posters who said just keep doing a good job -- that doesn't really matter anymore.  There is no work ethic anymore.  There are plenty in line waiting for your job.  There is no one to help us.  We are at their mercy.

And to the suggestion, if you don't have resolution, go higher -- YEAH, RIGHT!!!  Management just LOVES that!  Look where it got me!!  That absolutely does not work anymore - so please, please just follow the rules and keep your mouth shut about everything!

MT LITTLE is just sharing an experience, you better listen to your fellow US MTs.
I dont know why even other countries can view this site. MT LITTLE is just giving a general warning to everybody concerned with the MT industry. Kasmir pls go home.
I am glad I did not listen to the nastiness of this board. Going to sm
Keystrokes was a good move for me. What kind of promises could be made? We do our work, we get paid. We know our pay rate from the day we are hired. We have a book sent to us that explains their expectations and our benefits. There should be nothing to have a broken promise about.
Listen, Howie, go back to surfing the net...
or recruiting more followers or however you spend your days. Most of your minions are fleeing the cult. Your lies are becoming apparent to even the most naive and foolish among the Evil Q MTs. About time!
I agree that QA is there to listen to blanks that the MT cannot understand...
However, there are times I see so many reports where people do not even try to find the blanks and think someone else is going to do that for them...I wouldn't spend hours finding a blank either but you made it sound as if you didn't even try to find the blank...obviously you are the type of MT who are not talking about so you shouldn't get offended...I don't think doing QA means your above anyone...you are there for an extra set of ears to see if you can hear a blank but some MTs take advantage of QA as a backup to not finishing the report...
Co I work for, large national, allows normals. Of course, you must listen
You make a lot of good points. Listen up, MTSOs.
Hi, Unfamiliar. An already typed report comes up on the screen. You listen SM
just as you always did to the dictation and hop the cursor along the sentences and down the page with the dictation, making corrections as needed, such as correcting formatting, names, spelling, and wrong words, correcting and adding punctuation, filling in blanks, and so on.

It seems to require somewhat different skills from straight transcribing--ability to read and decide what and how to edit fast and accurately are needed, in addition to the ability to listen and type. I have the audio speed cranked up at or close to maximum on dictators I'm familiar with and whiz through those reports. Some make more editing and love it, some make less and hate it.

But all produce a lot more lines editing than transcribing. My company pays exactly half the transcribing rate for editing, feeling the average person produces about twice as many lines per minute of dictation on our platform, but some produce significantly more. So when you see someone fussing about how she's going broke earning only 60% of her transcription cents-per-line rate for editing, it's possible that she's significantly below average in her ability to edit quickly. Or something else is wrong, because at current pay rates a competent Editor should be making a decent or even better living.
maybe we're hoping companies listen up when setting
next year's goals...

Short attention span, now listen closely
I have reached the age of retirement. I do not have children to raise. I have a husband who pays for the housing, the vehicles and I pay only small household bills as in gas and electric. I have no debts. That was not the case years ago but now is. I work PART time now, my choice. I do not have to work 2, 3 and 4 jobs, donít now even have to work part if I do not want to. I have money in the bank, financially well off now and will get in almost $2,000 a month now on social security because of my strong earnings in the past. I do not have to struggle like in years past. What do you not understand now? As my daughter says, donít hate.
All the old reviews say they're horrible. Listen to those MTs and choose another company. nm
How is editing for them? 100% listen, fill in blanks, lots of feedback
My goodness, how much help did you need SM

where you would have to keep evidence, as you say?  Are you someone who needs your hand held throughout the shift?  If so, better work in-house because the at-home deal isn't for you.

You have to work INDEPENDENTLY.  That is what a lot of people don't seem to understand.  If you really have no ability to go through the material you have received and figure it out using common sense, I don't know what to tell you.

Well, thank goodness for that because
you wont be able to meet production on their platform and lack of work!!
Oh my goodness, I too would like to know what co that is.
email me if you want to share :)
Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much!

Oh my goodness....
I am absolutely AMAZED at those figures.

I know by the time I started things were already way down from where they used to be, because I know it was fairly common to start at 14+ cpl. Since I've started, my pay has decreased an amazing amount...which is really, really sucky.

I keep hoping it will get better. Funny thing is, when I think I should get out of this business and wonder what I should do...I always think....hmmm, what could I do to make 100K/year. So, you've just completely blown me away that you actually DID make that AS AN MT!! Kudos to you:-)
thank goodness
your work on everything
My goodness
That was uncalled for. Who are you angry at? MTs who are successful or yourself for not being motivated enough to work at home? There are lots of people who need the structure of in-house or need a supervisor breathing down their neck to make them work. MTing is not cut out for everyone.

BTW, a good MT does not have to be glued to their work 24/7 and therefore has time to surf the net or do anything we please!
My goodness!
It just amazes me how negative this board can be.  I am a partner with Superior, yes.  I have my OWN clients as well (have for years & years).  I do not work with Focus.  There are many people who do not wish to work with these larger companies directly.  I do the best I can to supply work to this industries.  Those of you that do not like it, I'm sorry!  I cannot please everyone, but those of you that do work with me know that I'm fair, honest, and will do whatever I can for my team.  I have not always done this.  I have been with Superior since the end of 2008. So, maybe you should get your information straight before you post things like this.  It really saddens me to see such horrible attitudes on this board when all I'm trying to do is provide work to this industry.  I do not see what is so wrong with that.  If you think the pay rate is too low, then do not look at my job ads. 
Oh, goodness...
Here we go again with the TTD drama.  Everyone here is adult enough to know what they are willing to take and what they aren't.  Why continue trying to babysit people?  
Oh, my goodness.....
Thank goodness!!!
I thought that I was the one that was going crazy and trust me, these days that is a great possibility! 
thank goodness...

that people are finally starting to see the light about this company.  when the editors took the hit, a lot of the MTs didn't seem to believe what they were saying.  We knew it was just a matter of time before the truth came to light. 

one of the things that really amazed me about those folks is that they seemed to believe that we didn't talk amongst ourselves, so their dirty deeds could be kept a secret until they were screwing everyone.

surprise.  word's out.

Thank goodness
Plenty of work, new accounts and new work types on the old accounts. So glad I didn't quit when work was low. My family helped me out because I told them I had faith in TT.
Looks like they pay more at MQ for goodness sake.
Pretty sad.
Thank goodness for these forums!

You're right, they are not the only ones; but my experience was opposite.  More work that a person should be expected to do in one day, worked 14 to 16 hours.  Did not have a choice, had to clear out my que each and every day.  And THEN came the battle of the paycheck!  They, Panhandle, still owe me my last one from over a year ago! 

Again, thanks so much for all of the posts on these forums.  I always check here first (don't post much tho) to research a company.  I did submit my resume to Sten-Tel, but thanks to your posts, I'll never apply or accept a position with them.