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They said they have very few IC positions, and this would be discussed in January with Human Resourc

Posted By: NOPE on 2009-08-26
In Reply to: I heard that we had a choice, stay IC OR become employee - NorCalMT

thus they are going to try to get you to go full-time employee and get benefits and take a lower pay. Did you not notice how she was trying to play up the you will get benes now BS?

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This is January. It is always slow in January. Part of MT. sm

This is the normal situation during the holidays and January and then accounts usually pick back up.  It was that way when I worked in a hospital, that way when I had my own accounts and that way now that I work for a service.  It always picks up.

My husband and son are both in construction for the State of Illinois, working in concrete.  We know that they are always laid off for most of the winter, and we plan around it.  It is part of the job, just like it is in transcription.

Next year,  we're going to be smart about it.  We are both slow at this time of year so we are planning a vacation somewhere warm.  We'll spend on vacation what we'll save on our heating bills, not really but will save something, and on gas in our cars. 

In the next few months, these same people will complain that they have too much work and no time to do anything. 


Thought of it, tried it and STILL needed QA. We are not a big company so we do not have the resourc
nationals do in terms of recruiting, benefits, etc. We have to QA because it seems everyone just tries to make good lines not good quality.
He sounds human!!
Yep, he's correct.
Ok - so I had a typo. I am human ya know.
It's human nature.
Grass is always greener on the other side. Human nature. At least there will be green for Christmas! LOL.
Wow! It would take a human robot to do that every day.
It would take me at least 11 hours to do that.
human beings
There is a saying that most Americans are ONLY one paycheck away from being homeless. You say you can identify with being broke and impoverished, like those in India. Well, what if you are REPLACED BY AN INDIAN TRANSCRIBER and you become broke and impoverished AGAIN?

It is one thing to buy flip flops made off-shore from Walmart, quite another thing when VP Cheney's 4 heart bypasses and pacemaker insertions could be vunerable to prying eyes in off-shore in India, or worse their next door neighbor, Pakistan, where AL Quaeda is hiding in the Pakistani mountains.

Can you be human for a minute?

Please, Carlotta, get off your high horse for a minute.  You know darn well that accounts have been overstaffed in order for MDI to shine for their clients in regard to TATs.  There is a lack of balance going on here whether it is over hiring or something else.  There is NOT ENOUGH WORK!  We have been out of work for WEEKS!  And, Carlotta, you hound the hell out of people and threaten to bring their wages down to an impossibly low rate on a prn basis if they don't live up to their committments in a near-impossible work environment.  You are transcription's version of Hitler.

Did you read any of the posts below?  Did you read some of the concerns that REAL people, VALUABLE transcriptionists are having?  Why don't you or the owner care?  You rule with an iron fist, Carlotta.  When you try to say how great the company is, it's a real slap in the face for those of us who are out here in the trenches trying be a part of the MDI team and very little in return. 

You, MDI, should have an overall feel for the accounts.  No, you cannot predict, but you can give us some insight if accounts may be winding down because they are moving to EMR or changing service providers or whatever.  You could be decent enough to guide us in the right direction so that we could continue to be valuable to MDI and support our families.  No, no, instead we get hounded and threatened about line counts.

Did you read below, Carlotta, how we do go to our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on backup accounts?  Do you comprehend that we have to mentally change gears to relearn account specifics and the dictators and that really slows a person down?  And on top of that, those accounts are SLOW, TOO!

Instead of telling us MDI has the best group of people (management) ever assembled, why don't you listen to the people helping you get your paycheck!  Why don't you prove your greatness by being a better listener.  Do you realize you are impossible to talk to because instead of listening all you do is e-mail responses that are criticizing and demeaning, to those of use who are sincerely trying to work hard for you. 

Come on, please.

My capitalizations are not for yelling, just for emphasis.

Under Human Resources at top, then sm
I think it's under General.  There is a link to the updated jury duty policy and then under that is the link to the employee handbook.
guess it IS human. nm
VR will never replace the human ear - Or you could

Tickle Me Elmo:

      There is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys.  The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms.

      Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 AM.

      The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door.  The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new employee.  He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

      The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the 2 men march down to the factory floor.  When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up.

      At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo's.  She has a roll of plush red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles.  The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

      The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter.  After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena.  I'm sorry, he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday... 


     Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles. 




Its human nature
to hear and see the bad. Bad always trumps good and the saddest part of all, the same people trashing it won't come back to post good things after they've tried it and were proven wrong.
every human makes errors.....
we get paid low enough as it is
Could be she has bad days - called being human
maybe it is just the bad applicants with chips on their shoulders and she really does know how to recognize talent from strut talk.
Human? Must be on the cymed side then.
Definitely not the SPI side - those Nashville people are insane.
Firstly, you are a human being, you matter, and you
should never be told to just get out of the business, and whomever would tell you that you take with a grain of salt (because that is useless and usually speak that comes down from management to keep people where they want them).

Until women realize their full worth and potential, this is going to keep happening. Unfortunately, the majority sets the tone and there are too many people willing to work for almost nothing (why I do not know) but in my experience men who never allow this. Sometimes I think we get so preoccupied with wanting to BE like men rather than to make use of some of the good things, such as self-worth confidence but still being women.

Funny but as an aside I see so many young girls out in public and they are exactly the way young boys used to be when I was in high school. The roles have reversed rather than blending the good things of both men and women. That is my opinion
We are all human and things happen! No big deal. Just tell them
you will be taking test sometime during the week. No need to pressure yourself and hurt yourself for a test that you can take anytime.

you're gonna feel like a new human sm
being for sure! Congrats!
Company ok, but the human ratsources and payroll stinks.
They play good game of being KGB, screw up more than anyone else in the company, but never get in trouble, just keep compounding their mistakes. The wondeful programs to keep track of us never work right, but they are so nasty to us that no one wants to work for them.   Why is management so blind?
MQ until January 1, then no more.
Been with them since January and have
not had any problems at all. Staff is super nice and very helpful.  Was taken off of QA after my first three reports.  Vianeta is very user friendly.  Pay is mailed on time.  I have no complaints.  Line count got up to par very quickly.
I have been with KS since January. What would you like to know? nm
I'll help if I can.
Believe that's until January
but am I wrong? Information does seem contradictory, muddy at best.
I have worked for them since January...
there is definitely plenty of work, they are VERY sweet people.  I recommend them! 
I applied with them on January 4th and just got a
account starting next week.  They sent me a bogus looking transcription test with the incorrect words underlined in red (duhh, just do a spell check) and you'll ACE this test.  They also sent about 6 files to transcribe.  I have over 15 years of experience, I no longer test for positions.  I have a packed resume, so I don't feel I should.  I tested for the position I currently have, but I only had to transcribe 2 files, and the test I think a newbie could pass halfway through an MT course.  I aced that test.  I have that job, and it is wonderful with great people that get back to me in like 5 minutes when I have a question or technical issue.  I have decided that with the way my resume looks, I am not testing any longer if I ever need another job, which I highly doubt because the job I have now throws work at me left and right.  I was out of their QA in like 3 days.  They totally respect me and do not use IM at all.  They don't believe in it.  I was not impressed at all with American Transcription.  I thought the e-mail was unprofessional and also a way off base since I had applied so long ago. 
I started MW in January

It shows that they are taking out SS.  At the end of the year am I going to find out they didn't.   If they didn't.  Were is that money going? 

Is that what is going on.  They show that they are taking out and people are finding out that they didn't? 

Got the email January 8th.
January 1st doomsday

In my opinion, from the 2nd conference call MDI has no clue what will happen with our pay and schedules come January 1st.  Seems like they would have asked Trascend about their pay scale, etc. but it appears they have no answers to those questions at this time (or they don't want to tell us).


When I was hired back in January they sm
offered $500.00 bonus. After the 3 months they automatically put in paycheck.
I posted this on January 12, no answer
Somebody answer, even if you have to make up sumpin.
They had an ad back in mid January, so maybe that is why it is so slow now
I left Focus in January.
I have mixed feelings about them after looking back. I will say that I was very grateful to them for hiring me fresh out of school and giving me the opportunity to work in this field. As a newbie, it is very hard to find work as an MT.

When I first started with them (for about the 1st 4-6 months) everything was wonderful and I had no complaints at all. After that, however, things started to unravel. My supervisor stopped communicating with those of us on his team, workload plummeted, and everything started going to VR. I was having a very hard time keeping the bills paid because with all the VR, my paychecks were significantly less than they were before. Because it was a new system, the VR hadn't been trained yet, so each report pretty much had to be retyped from the very beginning...for half the pay rate. I have been gone since January, but I still get emails on almost a daily basis telling me there are X number of STAT reports, etc.

Anyhow, I have moved on now and work for a great company. Like I said, I am very appreciative of Focus for giving me the opportunity fresh out of school, but I'm glad I am not with them anymore.

I'm sure there are people who could be with them for a very long time and be perfectly happy. I'm just not one of them.
This happened to me in January of this year... SM

You have every right to feel paranoid and betrayed.  That is exactly how I felt.  My employer, knew well in advance that they were going to outsource the entire department and yet our supervisor told us in a meeting that they were looking at outside services for overflow work only and that we should not be worried, our jobs were safe.

I was worried and said as much to the other MTs at the Christmas party.  Some agreed with me, but others said there was no way this hospital would even consider outsourcing transcription.  The doctors would hate it and complain. 

Next thing you know, we get an email saying in lieu of our quarterly department meeting, we were going to be scheduled for one on one meetings with the boss.  The first person went in and came back home, emailed us and said guess what, we're fired.  It was horrible, horrible, horrible!  I know that management knew months before that this was in the works.  They knew at our last meeting when they looked us in the eyes and told us not to worry. 

They acted like we should be grateful that the service that had decided to go with was offering us all jobs.  We went from hourly with incentive and excellent benefits to per line, crappy benefits, and facing the possibility of working on other accounts because ours kept running out which meant low production which meant a pay cut.

I refused to go with the service.  Maybe I'm too prideful or too bitter, but I couldn't do it, especially since the service they went with offshores.  So I channeled my bitterness into making it known to the community that their beloved community hospital was now offshoring medical info to India.  I wrote letters to all the local papers, had an interview with a local reporter, and put the hospital administrator on the hot seat for a while because he kept having to talk to the papers telling them he requested his hospital's work not be offshored.

They will not soon forget me and that helped me get over it.  Now, I'm working as an Editor and love it.  I've moved on, but as you can see, I still have bad memories. 

You have every right to feel the way you do and you should be very cautious whatever you decide.  I will never be lured into a false sense of security ever again.  I have come to realize there is no job security in transcription anymore. 

Hope everything works out for you!

An ad here back in January said they paid on a
In January, their software was SoftMed & you still
Medware is just starting to in January. nm
Signed mine in January
so, how convenient is that?
do you realize you are posting to posts from January of

I was told last January all team leads would be

in the U.S. by summer along with the QA team.  Come May, I was canned along with a bunch of other QA and management people.  Strange dontcha think?  Now they are singing the same tune to a different audience.  See ya at the unemployment office...

Do the MQ firm scheduled start immediately or in January? nm
I last used it the second week of January. Maybe your company's version was better than the compa
They have a history of pay problems. In January, the owner told us sm
all that she could not pay us and that it would happen again in July. I have had 8 bounced checks, dozens of late checks and a few no check situations in the past 2 years. Not sure why I stayed but I am much happier now that I moved on.
If it's the one in the Carolinas, they offer 7.5 cpl and use MPWord, or did in January. Nice
fixed by January, I was told. I love my boss. Maybe you sm
were not a great employee! Ever thought of that?
Well, forget about LPH average. All that is gonna change in January. sm
no more bonus money BASED on LPH but total lines. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. I hope Non-National has already left Webmedx. She doesn't deserve to work here.
For radiology, Keystrokes is the best. I worked at MQ for 8 years and left in January. sm
Wish I had done it two years ago. Lots of work, easy accounts, great team leads! I am making less per report but more each check because of better account with more work available!
so does this mean OSI can still be discussed in
This has probably been discussed before....sm
But could someone tell me what is a low/high rate of pay when getting paid by the minute?  Never worked this way but it could be a more fair way to pay???  Not sure.  Comments appreciated.  TIA
this also has been discussed in the very
recent past with more than a handfull stating they do that range regularly.

That has already been discussed. nm
Already discussed below. nm