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Thanks for the honesty!!

Posted By: RME on 2005-08-15
In Reply to: BTW, I don't work for Transcend, I am speaking SM - A hospital VR editor

It's obvious that you don't have a horse in the Transcend race and that you're objectively describing what really happens with this technology.  If you don't mind my asking, as a hospital employee, are you paid on a per-line basis or an hourly basis?  Because I think that also makes a difference.  If you're paid by the hour, you have the "luxury" of taking more time with a particular job to make sure that job quality comes first and are free of worrying if you're making your line count. 

I can't wait to read these boards about six months from now.  I want to see if all the Transcend cheerleaders are still cheering.  I believe it's human instinct to want to believe in and be loyal to and defend the company that employs you.  Two months ago, I was still a cheerleader and very loyal to Transcend, but when you are working as hard as you always have and suddenly, without any warning, you find your income has dramatically decreased and have problems paying your light bill, something is drastically wrong.

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Well.. in all honesty..... they were my ... sm
favorite national that I worked for... and believe me.. I've worked for most of them.. the only reason I left was because I was offered an editing job somewhere else... (lets say.. a Soft place in H E double hockey sticks) and at Transcend I don't think you can move to editing until you have typed there for a while.. Anyway.. my biggest gripe with them could only be that they were still using the Voicewriter phones which were a nightmare for me.. for some accounts becasue those hospital accts felt if they were getting their work done for a certain price using what they had.. why should they get something newer... Well.. those phones .. at least mine..was possessed or something... if my roommate even sat in front of it.. it literally would shut down and not work for a half hour.. anyway.. others were using voice wave files and I was dealing with this antique phone with bizarre set up.. which eventually i lost 10 days of work becaseu of. they have an awesome tech support team... and a good software platform.. .. i thought....
looking for honesty :) thanks.

Right now, I am employed as a full-time psych. Transcriptionist in an office.  I currently make 25k a year.  Before I make the plunge to invest in my MT training, i really need to know if I can realistically make the same amount of money my first year. 

i would really love to get into med. transcription, but my family's financial situation requires that I make no less than 25k a year.  I do understand that you make the least in your first few years, but im not sure we could afford that right now.

Is it realistic to expect 25k a year my first year? or should I wait until my family can afford less?

I reallu appreciate your honesty! if youo would like to reply by email, that is fine too.  Thanks so much!

Honesty please
Is it necessary for you to work at home or could you work in a doctor's office or hospital or outside the home? I was thinking a temp agency that specializes in medical personnel like Diversified Medical Staffing. I worked for them and learned a lot of different branches of medicine, drugs, etc. Granted the jobs are not permanent with bennies, but if you are looking to educate yourself without having to fork over $5K to someone else, I would try it and see. I also made a lot of useful contacts that I was able to utilize when I started my own business. I had 13 years of urology when I started from home but but was able to get into some temp jobs when I was downsized and enhance my employability. You can also get Stedman's books that will help you out along with the AAMT BOS.  I guess I would say do what you have to if your family depends on your salary.  Good luck to you.
Thanks to all of you for your honesty.. sm

Those are the things I needed to know.  I will keep looking and not give MQ another thought. 

Honesty, No Way!
Well, they can't be honest because they don't know how to problem solve. If these companies could learn how to manage, fix the problem where the source is instead of dumping all of it on the lap of the MT, they could level the playing field and well, it'd be a whole nother ballpark. If they kept track of how long it takes to transcribe Dr. Can't Speak, they could have a case to charge the hospital more who would, in turn, counsel the physician. But, as long as they are think the only way to get business is to tolerate any and everything, then, they can't be honest because they aren't willing to accept the responsibility for any of it. It doesnt cost them anything (except ridiculous turnover). Very immature managing in this industry.
Thank you for your honesty!! nm.
Thank you for your honesty.
She asked for honesty
if you need to learn other MT lingo, you will not make close to what you are now, for a while.
In all honesty, the whole reason they need the MT

With no clients, there's not a need for an MT.  I think it's great the companies put the client first because after all they are the butter for the bread. 

Honesty is not the best policy?
I had an interview with a company who I know is hiring yesterday and when they asked why I left the company I was with, I was honest with them.  It was a simple error on my part and all of a sudden the mood changed in the interview and they didn't have anything right now...try in a couple of months! It doesn't pay to be truthful any more, I guess, but I'm not so sure I would want to work for a company anyhow who doesn't feel it is worthy of taking a look at me, even though at times I may have flaws.
Honesty a problem for you?
Or harsh reality?

Sorry, if you think it's okay to turn down positions with the current economic situation and then have someone whine about turning down a 'wonderful' job because it inconvenienced her, YOU have the problem.

There are countless MTs that would love to have the opportunity she just turned down. I'm delighted one of them will now get the position they're willing to work for.

I suspect you're REAL problem with my post is that I'm not a Bible-thumper, hehehehe.

Honesty, Loyalty, and Integrity! sm
A company that will be honest, no matter what the cost. Integrity to keep our records and work in the USA. Loyalty to your entire staff, let them know how important they are to the company, as well as loyalty to your clients. Keep your TATs and promises to your clients. Keep your promises to your MTs.

A decent line rate such as 10 cpl or above and flexibility!

Hope that helps!
Thank you and to poster above for the info. I appreciate your honesty.
the info and your honesty.
Blunt honesty is needed
We need to be blunt and honest with each other.  There is no time to sugar-coat or beat around the bush.  It was good advice that was given to you by the previous poster.  The truth is that you cannot make money by waiting.  I know that I delayed searching for another job, and now I am paying for it, because it does take a while to learn a new company, new platform, and to receive the first paycheck.  I waited for my original company to come through; all that happened was my bank account bottomed out.  Hindsight being 20/20, I now wish I had moved on much sooner!! 
Your honesty is refreshing,Tonya.
Thank you for posting, and thanks for being so forthright.
I applaud your honest reply. You will go far with your honesty! sm
I observe many coming on this board and bashing companies, but never once blame their lack of skills for not being happy or quite yet competent to do the work. We were all new MTs at one time. Hang in there and keep working hard; you will be rewarded. I just had to say how refreshingly honest your reply was. No, I don't work for Spheris.
Let me ask you this, please. In all honesty and not being snarky, how could/should we prepare ourse
for something like this? I've been an MT for 15+ years. This is really my first experience working for a large company though. I typically have local clients. This is really a new deal to me. What would you suggest to prepare ourselves and for future reference if we're working for another company, how do you prepare for this possibility? Thanks in advance.
Please read the post honesty is the best policy about ATSI
The post is  on this board and will tell you all you need to know.
Gosh..thanks for your honesty. I have not found ONE positive about them. I'll pass. You saved me
a lot of trouble it sounds like.