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Well, you made this your business and obviously want to know

Posted By: what is said....OP on 2008-02-25
In Reply to: Why email me? You want people to email you. NM - Natalie


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Do you feel better now? !! Business is business, most of it should be confidential. Why post on a
Trying to build his business? He's been in business over 15 years!!!!!! sm
I also had a hard time, nearly impossible actually, getting paid. The owner does this on the side; he is very involved with other things.
If you don't know what is confidential, you have no business being in any business.
This is confidential information and should not be divulged. It is one of the biggest problems a co can have. If you have to ask...well I won't be able to explain it to you
u made 300 a week? That's more than I made there.
But no work, no pay. Nice ppl, they really are, some of the nicest in the business. Just can't communicate to save their lives and the recruiters are lying dogs.

I'd say if you're looking for part-time work, as in less than 20 hrs a week's worth of work, then this place is for you. Use them as ur backup. Because guaranteed that's all they're using you for.

Are they still in business?
Were you currently working for him?
It's really none of my business because I
don't work for MQ, but it looks to me like they need some kind of formal verfication for whatever reason that you received the letter. Perhaps to prevent any future actions on your part by stating you already had received notification in the form of a letter? Do you know if the phone call was recorded or not? Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but this sounds so awfully underhanded and sneaky to me.
It is none of their business (sm)

and there are certain questions they are not supposed to ask employees.  What other ways can they invade your privacy?  I would look elsewhere.

OSi has not been in business for 10 yrs. Who are you trying to
This is about all she does to run a business.

Business 101 sm
You are supposed to have a budget set up for payroll and taxes ahead of time. Every other week is the norm in regular business. Companies penalizing ICs or employees because they have lousy contract terms with an account is unethical.
This business. sm

Duh!  I guess I don't.  Just supported 2 children all by myself until they left for college with my MT wages.  Nope, sure don't know anything about this business which has kept me employed for 25 years. 

I don't have to know what Andrews is, I learned the right way - on the job.

Ya know, I have been in the business as
long as you have and worked in every aspect of MT including management and the slackers do exist, but they exist from any country. That's just an excuse for outsourcing or low pay. If you have slackers, get rid of them and leave the ones who work hard alone, but pay them a decent wage.

This kind of bull just literally makes me ill to read and it justifies nothing.

Just wanting some opinions about what people think of companies that have been around for 5 years and how to weigh the pros and cons to leave a company if the one that has been around less would pay better?  thanx!

I own my own business
big mouthed fool! Go back to bed!
Is JLG still in business or have they gone under, too? nm
Bad business
Yes!  I agree.  I tested today for another job and accepted something else part-time. As soon as am sure about the new job I am washing my hands of this GA company for good.
That is really nobody's business.

If the girl has transcribed errors more than likely from my experience it is due to POOR TRAINING on (OP) or Rad MT's part.  If she was such a good trainer or whatever, the girl wouldn't be making errors!  Sorry, but sometimes ya' gotta' step back jack and look in the mirror!  There's plenty of companies looking for radiology MTs.  Furthermore, the girl probably never got a bad vibe from (OP) Rad MT OR SHE WOULDN'T BE ASKING HER FOR A JOB REFERENCE ya' think????? 

ITA. Not sure how they are still in business. nm
Should go out of business
Hopefully, they will not stay in business long. I had a friend who worked for them and just resigned. They are HORRIBLE! They are a disgrace to our profession.
Probably 99.9% of them. We are in a 24/7 business. nm
Unfortunately they are still in business
Talked with someone I know who actually still works for them... the person said she was busy, but struggling getting paid again.  Did my own research, found they are doing advertising in Canada.  May have to go off shore soon to get an MT that will be willing to type for them.  Pretty sure the investigation by the State of PA is still going on.  They are not out of the woods yet.  Just hate to see anyone get caught up with them.  The care nothing about their MT's.  Not too sure who and who not has not been paid yet.
Are they still in business?
I say enthusiast because they have been a hot topic that keeps me interested locally and nationally on what they do next...In that regard, I notice their web page is paid for up to 2009 but apparently has been under construction or not found depending on the page you try to enter on.

I also know that all of their ads on various sites are still up, but they would not bother to pull them anyway - making me very curious- does anyone still work for them - did the tax man, labor board, and lawsuits finally catch up and put them under.

Would over to know - I could use a reason to celebrate.
It should be none of their business
I think a person's credit report should have nothing to do with a job in this industry.  Just another excuse they use to kick you when you're down!  If your current job is not paying your bills, isn't the smartest thing to do to look for a better job?  Penalizing you for that is ridiculous and unfair!
Bad Business
You know, I applied to a position right here on this board, took the test, and just got turned down.  I know I did a great job.  It was the easiest stuff I have ever transcribed.  For some reason, the recruiter wrote to me and said my test did not warrant the type of Transcriptionist they were looking for.  It makes me sick.  I currently work for 2 other places and do over 60,000 lines per month, with rarely a remark from QA.  I have over 28 years' experience and am a dedicated and hard worker.  I actually am in a foreclosure situation and am willing to put the time in for 3 full time jobs.  I will find the right third company, but what a shot that was!!!  I work 7 days a week and know I can fulfill them all with at least 12000 lines each per pay period, 2 weeks.  What do you think?  Just trying to save my house!!!!
bad business
I don't think so!!!  I know what you mean though.  I recently worked for a big company and they abided by BOS unbelievably so.  Hey, I can appreciate that and I learned a lot and follow every bit of feeback I get.  I love it actually.  I think it is just a case of false advertising really!!!
If you have been in this business a while you know

it is feast or famine.  The company can't give you work they don't have.  My company had clinic and acute care accounts.  Unless there is work leftover from yesterday there will be little work today and even less tomorrow if the clinic MTs work weekends.  My company pays holiday pay.  You could take PTO if no holiday pay, or you could anticipate the holiday and the lack of work and work extra when there is work. 

I do acute care work and we're on OT, even this week, though by Sunday and Monday it might be a little slow. 

I can understand your frustration though. 

You know what? I am an MT who has been in this business
for 10 years, and I have gone through my ups and downs, had a house, built a house, lost a house, had 2 kids, could not afford macaroni and cheese to put on the table, had to go on state assitance.

So, yes I do know what it is like to starve and not be able to pay bills. Yes, I am a Transcriptionist who DOES want to work and who needs to work. For over a year, I was with a company who promised me work as a statutory employee. They did not deliver. Every time I would try and talk to them about it and tell them what was going on, I got another excuse. Those excuses did not put food on MY table or pay MY bills.

It just really pisses me off when MTSOs promise one thing and then another happens. I have a very good work history, used to own my own business and am making less now than I was 10 years ago because of offshoring. It should not be this way. I have the experience, do not cherry-pick, work my hurting fingers to the bone and for what? To be replaced by someone who cannot even speak English and has no knowledge of the general English language let alone medical language?

You really do not know what you are talking about as far as Americans not knowing what it is like to be hungry or wanting to work. Maybe you were one of those MTSOs who promised everything and then did nothing.
Going out of Business?
The gossip on the grapevine I am hearing is that they are going bankrupt??????? Anyone else hear that? That is SCARY! Now I'm scared I won't get paid my last check! Wonderful.
I have had my own business . ..
I have had the misfortune of having to collect money from doctors who have it but don't want to pay it. However, this has plagued me even into working for someone else on the internet. I am thinking about going back into business again . . . hmmm you have made such a great point.
I would not do business with anyone
who worked off the books. If they have a lack of ethics and honesty in one area, they doubtless have it in other areas. Be careful. Watch your back.
How do you keep in business if you
constantly have work out of TAT??
Are we all in the same business?

I've just read a lot of the comments and it made me wonder if most of us have forgotten how to communicate without taking offense at every little thing.  Come on folks, we all work hard and would like to see this particular career become more than it is right now.  I think I understand what the original poster was trying to say, but obviously it did not quite go over as it should.   Now that being said, letís all take a deep breath and stop with the Xanax talk...lol...Heck there have been days and doctors and companies when I felt like I needed to be on Xanax.  The only way you find out anything is by asking a question.  Let's be more respectful about how we post and word our post.  Now, have a good day all.

That's the way it is in this business.
I have been doing this for over 20 years, and I make the same money I made 20 years ago. Incredible, but true. So much has changed, none of it to the MTs advantage.
This is what MT business has done to us.... sm
Made us nasty ... I never saw so many nasty postings as on this MTstars. Go to the politics board and you will be horrified, but the COMPANY board is a close second.
its not just in the MT business either, its
just about anywhere you go anymore.

Hubby complains about this stuff all the time at the hospital where he works. Stupid supervisors and management that sell their souls for the almight dollar and the employees be dam##$!
They actually have been in business...
Since 1997 and I have worked for them for 6-1/2 years.  You are right about the absolutely no benefits, but I will trade that ANY day for the independence and not being chained to my computer 8 full hours a day.  As far as vacations, I have only noticed them taking one vacation per year since I have been working there.  How many vacations they take though does not affect me in the slightest bit.
In war and in business

(sometimes they are identical) you need to know what hill you're willing to die on. 

The OP can either establish boundaries early on and learn also what hill the boss is willing to die on, or she can surrender the first battle and become a slave.  The boss has won the first volley and she knows it.  Do you think she'll be more or less reasonable next time?  You don't have to yell or be disrespectful, but you do have to take a firm stand, otherwise you walk around with a ''kick me'' sign on your butt. 

Every MT in this business needs to get...sm
their heads out of the clouds. Stop looking to the future. There is no future transcribing. Between EMR, the Indians, and VR this profession, which maybe once upon a time may have been a good way to earn a living, is not anymore. I have been transcribing for 14 years and have worked for just about every company from Edix to L&H to Medquist and then some. What I know so far is that this business is the epitome of lying, cheating, stealing, and scheming. I have seen companies hire 50 people as QA and then 2 weeks later fire every one of them for absolutely no reason. I have been hired as an account manager with a salaried paycheck and have the company refuse to pay me because they said I didn't work enough!! I have gone completely bankrupt. I am getting out ASAP!! I have had enough. Regarding the postings on MDI, all of you who are furious as hell have every right to be and what you think might happen, absolutely, carved in stone like death and taxes, will. Not Transcend or MDI gives a rats *ss if you leave or stay. You will all continue to fight for lines and paychecks, all the while they will be laughing all the way to the bank. I have been reading the posts over the last couple of months about no work at MDI. I worked for MDI and I was completely broke for 8 months because there was no work and, if there was, it wasn't for long. I begged for additional accounts and was told no because, get this, my line counts weren't up. I, with a passion, hate this profession and every manager, supervisor, and everyone else on up who take home big fat paychecks at my expense. I remember those e-mails from Dorothy. I can just imagine how hard she must have been laughing at writing them, all the while saying to every higher up in the company, wait until the sucker's get a hold of this e-mail! I can't wait to say goodbye forever to this profession. Boatloads and boatloads of luck to those of you who stay in this. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT!!
This is business. This is $. You are not their BBF.
They are still in business.
Declined the offer as the pay was too low.
They have definitely made some changes for the better - sm
There are a few people that are no longer there, that made working there very very very horrible, and they have a new insurance plan, and everything is going real smooth now!!
You made my day also! nm
I have seen that ad and it made me
sick to my stomach. That is why whenever someone finds out what I do for a living, I am extremely quick to point out the fact that you cannot make near that much. Well, I guess if you had your own accounts and lived in a very busy area, but not where I live.
I made 38+, some are up to 50K. BUT...you need to know...
You need to consider that recruiters work *for the company*, and they don't call the shots on what they sell. I eventually left the biz because I wasn't comfortable with what I was told to say to prospective MTs, knowing it wasn't reality. When you get in the door and things are different, remember also that the supervisor is probably not be in the know about what is sold on the front end, and the recruiter isn't to blame, either. It's senior management that should have their feet held to the fire.

So, don't shoot the messenger, please, because they aren't always in control of the script they're given. I speak from experience.
More $$ can be made as an RN BUT
the work is incredibly physically demanding, shift work is the norm, and holidays have to be covered.   If you love nursing, become a nurse - but don't go into it for the $$.  
I made nearly $60,000 ...
Öin the 80s, when I worked for a hospital. Now that I work for a national company. my salary is $24,000 a year.
Don't know, but it made me...
think of on-point.  Stay away, very far away....
Made in USA

It's pretty hard to find anything made in this country anymore.  I just recently heard that Walmart imports their produce from Mexico and China!!!  Wouldn't eat anything from that place.  I don't need my veggies fertilized with people poop thank you very much. 

I just took my Gateway laptop back to Best Buy for the 2nd time since I bought it 3 months ago.  Hard drive went out within the first month.  Now it won't even turn on.  The guy who took it for service said it was the cheap made in China  parts.  Cheap isn't the issue with me, quality is.  But I don't particularly consider that $1200+ laptop CHEAP.

And that is so bad??!! I have never made
such easy $$ as here at KS on Meditech.  It rocks!!! 
I made a little more than that....sm
at my previous employer, but not much more, probably about $2200 a month. I am not sure what I will be making where I am now because of all the variables....efficiency of platform, difficulty level of docs, etc. However, I do live simply. I do not currently have dish tv (cannot get cable where I live). I mostly eat at home and eating out is rare. I shop the specials at the grocery store and only buy meat on sale and then I don't buy things like shrimp, salmon fillets, etc. I don't spend a lot on clothes. I drive an older model (2001) car when I drive which is not all that often. I don't take vacations anywhere but rather spend the time here at home catching up on things that have been neglected the other 50 weeks out of the year. I also have a very close relationship with my Lord and Savior and feel that helps me cope with life in general and living on a small salary in particular. I'm not saying that everything is roses or that there is nothing that I lack or want for, but because I live simply, I find that I can live better on less. I realize also that I live in an area of the country where the cost of living is relatively low by national standards and I feel very blessed in that respect. My heart does go out to those who are trapped in areas where living is more expensive. Not being able to buy a box of mac and cheese to feed your kids (as another MT mentioned on here) must be an awful feeling.
omg u made my day!
For Real ! thanks for that :)

It sounds like the downsides are nothing to be worried about, I can deal with that.

Thanks again!