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This is just the beginning of hard times in America.

Posted By: We used to be great. nm on 2006-05-09
In Reply to: God bless all of you (soon to be former) Heartland employees! The only way - Pokey


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We are definitely in hard times...sm
And there are so many people being laid off and with no job period. Think of all the autoworkers as you said who you know have got to be getting laid off because the auto companies themselves are going under. I am thankful for the little job I have with the little bit of money I make. It isn't a lot but, my God, without it things would be a lot worse. My paycheck is a blessing. I wish it was more most of the time but I am thankful for it. I would never quit this job without knowing what I was getting into somewhere else.

I work at Alphamed. I have made posts on here before I am sure everyone knows that complain about the lack of work. I need more work but can't find anywhere hiring besides Focus that doesn't require 2+ years. I am so hesitant to leave Alphamed cause I work for the best people you could ever ask for. They NEVER bother me. They are so accomodating. If I need off it is no problem. I was given a raise last January without even asking after only 5 months with the company. I got a Thanksgiving bonus of $30 last year after only being there 3 months. That isn't a lot but who else gives Thanksgiving bonuses? I got a check for $50 for X-mas. So even though I am not happy with the low work they are a great company.
The excuse was hard economic times SM
and I take that to mean they bought a school and had no money left over to send even a card to the people who helped them make the money to buy that school.  This company has really gotten top heavy with the management and I'll be looking around after the holidays for sure.  This is the last slap in the face I'm taking.
It is hard! They have been back to the table 3 times
where my husband is on strike and nothing still.  It is VERY hard, especially with children! I pray all works out perfect for your family and my family.  Hang in there
A lot of times, if they need extra help, they will over 1-1/2 times our regular rate. sm
This is the equivalent of OT but you get it even if you have not done 40 hours already. I have also received AmerExp gift cards a few times for incentives offered. I think it depends on the account.

I do know for sure that they are working on an incentive program but I have no details and not even sure if they are still looking at it.

I do know for sure that I make more $$ with Keystrokes than I have ever made anywhere else.
I have been with QT since the beginning, have been
looking the past year.  Every decent offer I've gotten comes from a company who offshores and I've turned it down because I don't support it.  M did say there were working on something though back when we were getting the Friday e-mails. 
I am beginning to think we all should
and then when we sit, like I did today for four hours with NO WORK, we can jump to the other account.

If they are going to over hire and spread out the work, our response should be similar in logic.

Probably - she has been there since the beginning.
uh uh you never said that in the beginning..
stop confusing yourself
you just said it, right here, that's the beginning
of the end for the MTs.
DQS was the beginning of the end for me with MQ
That was the first sign of bad things to come for me. My line counts dropped quite a bit, then they added VR, and of course the cesspool soon after, which was disastrous. I went from making 25.00 an hour to maybe 10.00 if I was lucky. However, I did think it was a great platform, only problem was manipulating line counts.
DQS was the beginning of the end for me as well with MQ! nm
Thank goodness - I was beginning
to believe this was a company from hell - according to the other posts.
Not related, but they sure like they are beginning to
I had a little trouble in the very beginning

getting my direct deposit going, but on time every time since.  I started 6 months ago.  I checked BBB and found them to have a BB rating, which is a good rating according to the BBB themselves. 


I hate being paid late myself, it is really frustratign and has happened to me far times than I can remember, but I am sure they will work things out with you. 

No other national beginning with "M"...
I worked for Cymed and stayed with SPi. I hate it. Absolutely. TAT is so tightly controlled that there is almost never any work. It totally sucks. And they don't give a damn about us MTs. Just in it for the money. A HORRIBLE company.
I do - have from the beginning - going on 2 years.

I'm beginning to wonder if the person who is using the name (sm)
Keystrokes Recruiter really even works there or is just stirring things up! 
it is not actually 30 days, it is just the beginning because....
you get paid on the 15th and last day of the month.  You submit your invoice on the 16th and 1st.  So right now, if you were working you would submit your invoice on the 16th and get paid on the last day of the month.  After that, you would be paid every 2 weeks.
No not now. Through beginning of March I did though.
It was awful, awful, awful.

I actually have a very large primary, so I am quite surprised we were out and you weren't. Usually everyone else is in the pool for 2 or 3 days before I hit it. When it hits us, we know they're very low on work.
A trend beginning...
About 6 months ago, Keystrokes and Transtech were the 2 best companies going on...and now 6 months later, we are reading all negative about the both of them.  Go figure.  It all comes down to finding the right company for you. 
So maybe this is the beginning of a new trend - sm
in American Transcription? Turning it back into a REAL job again! If what this site says is true, I'd be surprised if this didn't become the best MT company and most sought-after employer in the Northeast. I know I'd rather have MY records transcribed at a place like that, and not in Bangalore or Manilla. I wish them every success, and that that other MTOSs will follow suit!
I use it quite a bit, but it was slow in the beginning. sm
If you get the regular version instead of the medical one, you need to program it for drug names, diagnoses, etc because it doesn't know any of them. But you can train it to recognize those words and once you do that, it really goes pretty quick. You still have to watch and go over your work when you're done - kind of like VR editing, because you're never quite sure what it's going to think you said. It's worth a try, espeically if your transcription is a lot of conversational work, like psych reports or H&Ps. Good luck to you! =)
this only in the beginning; doctors have to get used to it!...sm
then it becomes all routine.

When you are put on a new account, they give you also 2 weeks' time to get used to it, isn't it?
I'm beginning to see a pattern
and that being how every time new accounts are brought on, and more MTs hired, then they are 'temporarily' spread onto other accounts, driving the workload into the ground. I am no manager, but there has got to be another way. I've been trying wait for all this to normalize, and every time it does, then it quickly deteriorates into a new account coming on board situation. I cannot keep rearranging my hours dramatically to compensate. Been doing this way to many years to take all the crappy hours/days to make ends meet. As great as MDI is, they must do something differently or else they'll just have to keep retraining, rather than keeping their good help.
I started there at the beginning of this year, and..
have had no problems whatsoever. Never had to call even once about a late paycheck. I have the schedule that they gave me sitting in front of me right now. It gives all of the pay periods through 12/31/05, and the exact date that the check will be deposited in the bank. It has never been late; always on time. You can even go online a few days before your scheduled deposit, and see the amount that is going to be deposited on pay day. Are you sure she worked for the same company?
Terribly unorganized is just the beginning with them
They take your lines from, send rude e-mails daily, never answer your questions, and have about 90% ESL.  Too bad you took the job as I would recommend you go elsewhere.
It's been happening since the beginning of time.
Jobs get phased out and are no longer needed.

I don't know any blacksmiths, mule skinners or pony express delivery people.

But live in your world of denial if you want to. That's up to you. I'm going where there is a future, and that's not this industry.
My membership is up beginning of June.
Slow going since the beginning of July..nm
Just beginning to resume normalcy here.
No other "national" beginning with "M", Ginny! lol
I'm just beginning to job hunt and I'm askeered.

There are like a gazillion MT's looking for work now, right?  Why are some MTSO's still offering large hiring bonuses? I'd think they have more candidates than they can handle.

Do you reckon since the MTSO's do have so many applicants right now, that they might overhire just for fun to keep their TAT's down, and there will be a serious lack of work wherever I apply?


Beginning today all OSI MT's need to use holidays as PTO!
Don't stand for this total BS. Ask for PTO right now for the upcoming holidays!
That's what happens with me, too; it'll work at the beginning of the day but then not.
My tech guy said he'd look into it but I'm thinking it's just a glitchy program. 
She has been there a very long time, but not since the beginning. sm
If it is who I think, she came from DDI to OTI. I was with OTI in the beginning and SE was not there until years later.
that's exactly what I mean - she knew that was too low for that many reports in the beginning. nm
Beginning to sound like you made this up.
That could be any number of companies. Put up or shut up as they say.
I'm beginning to wonder if that's how he gets his work done for free.
testing MTs. Lol.
Did you read this thread from the beginning, so that
you know what it is all about?
Do not jump in in the middle of a thread!
We all know that we can creat a 2nd email address for ourselves on our computer.
The discussion was about something completely different.
Read the thread from the beginning and then comment.

alt-F8 takes you to beginning of text/alt-F9 to end. n/m
I'm beginning to believe its price fixing
Seems like reps from all the major MTSOs sat down, came up with a so-called competitive rate, and decided to all cut wages at approximately the same time - so there's really nowhere else to go when MTs want to leave!  Greed!  Plain and simple!
Do you think maybe that is why they are starting this plan in the beginning of the year. That may
indicate change in type of employee. We shall see. Dont know why I think things point to no SE anymore just a gut feeling. There has been talk off and on about a merger with MQ and Spheris so I just connected the whole thing as MQ seems to be moving closer to how Spheris operates all the time. Seems that way to me anyhow.
the whole platform should be trashed and start over from the beginning.
There is nothing good to say about it.   If not down, the disconnect and reconnect is continuous.  Too many glitches. 
They said, "NEW beginning" which means they are starting over. (sm)
Who knows how different they will be from what they were before? Sorry, I don't want to be the one to find out.
What scares me is a drop in pay beginning today.
Certainly, not the training; certainly not being out of comfort zone. In all my years as an MT I have gone through many changes. What I don't like is being put in a position where I put a question mark next to my check for the next rent, and for the future... That is what I am scared of...
Doesn't it make sense to be frightened of a sudden drop in pay when you have no other income to depend on? If I were salaried I certainly would not be afraid of anything... I would enjoy learning something new... but this is like no safety net.
Also, my car loan as well as my landlord expect me to have the same or better income on my paystub... what am I supposed to tell them about a drop immediately in the same job? They would certainly be afraid if they knew this were happening.
Go to the beginning of this thread and READ ALL the comments!...nm
I'm beginning to suspect it's the Xanax Express n/m
I was offered 8.25 cpl in the beginning of 2006. Turned it down. 13+ years in.
yes, but obviously if she thought 500-odd lines was acceptable in the beginning there was a problem
Amen. I'm beginning to have serious trust issues with this place.
I am beginning to think that you need a backup company most of the time anymore
because it seems most places just over hire and run you out of work.  I guess you are to be at their beck and call when there is work or no work.  Gets a little old and I am looking at working 2 places to cover this problem.  Gets old and tiresome being on call for someone to snap their fingers. Of course, you realize they have covered their buttinski.