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You guys are scaring me as I start in a couple weeks :(

Posted By: nn on 2009-05-07
In Reply to: What is up with the No work? Been here almost a year and (sm) - Nother webber

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You guys are scaring me!

It looks like I'm still in the honeymoon phase.  Hope I don't experience the same things I'm reading here.  I know that they offshore but in all honesty, there are not very many companies who don't anymore.  Even the ones that SAY they don't...DO!  Believe me.  I've come to realize that this is something I can't change and if I want to continue having a roof over my head and food in my fridge, that I just need to keep doing doing my job the best I can or...get out of the MT business.  Not a bad alternative at some point but for now...I just type away. 

It took me a couple of weeks...
had to get all those shortcuts in but once you get used to it, it is okay.  I always keep track of how many reports I do and I don't look at line count until I do so many.  I can get my required line count in 6 hours or less and when I first started it was a lot longer than that.  So, it does get better. 
Yes and no. Went through this a couple of weeks ago.,

Hired for new account that didn't come on-line as projected.  Extended training/staging time that at least we got paid for, but half of what I make transcribing and then when we went live there was no little work for week we were lucky to get 4 reports a day.   Other accounts were low so couldn't give us a backup, but looks like most accounts are back to producing again and lots of OT now. 

My situation isn't quite the same, but the result was the same and I sympathize with you.   When you have bills to pay you need to be making the lines. 


Well, not long enough, really. Only a couple of weeks. nm
A couple of weeks ago some Keystrokes MT
were having issues with a system down and not being able to work.  I've searched the achives and I can't find the posts.  Can someone tell me if it was a Meditech account? 
A couple of weeks ago I worked

for Landmark for just a few hours.  On interview I was asked if I was familiar with a certain platform and said I was not.  I was asked if I was willing to learn. I was more than happy to do that.  After all, that gives you more employment possibilities in the future.

Got set up, and was basically just told to do the work.  I thought learning a platform meant there would be some training, at least a sheet of paper with some instructions.  I received zip even with asking.  I emailed the trainer 3 times which I guess was her limit because she only answered the first 2. I waited 24 hours for a reply.  With none, I quit. 

I earned a little over $40.  From what others are saying, I guess that is money I will never see. 


I have my first experience with EMR a couple of weeks ago. My
son had to see a specialist, first time seeing this doctor.  The doctor was so concerned with filling in the blanks that he paid no attention to my son.  My son, DH, and I are were very underwhelmed with the doctor and the visit.  Fortunately we have to see another specialist and don't have to see that doctor again, but the new specialist is part of the conglomeration and also uses EMR.  
I asked about these 2 companies a couple of weeks ago, just not
about rad, and I was told to go with Keystrokes.   Both companies seem to have 90+% positive comments, though I have seen more with rad about KS. 
They offered me a position a couple of weeks ago.

IC position and pay is low.   Can't remember any other details of their offer.  The first 2 were enough to know I wasn't interested. 

It definitely can be frustrating. I tested for Accupro a couple of weeks ago, sm

and there were several long reports to type, yet I never received the courtesy of a response.  They were great guns at first, sending me info about the company, telling me how impressive my resume is, etc., and after the written test, I heard back immediately, but then, after investing several hours into their written test .. *poof* .. nada.  I don't know that I aced it, but after 25+ years of being an MT, I didn't think I did so awful that it would not even merit a reply.   Such is life ...

On the flip side, I do realize that companies receive 100s of applications when they run an ad, and so I try to be patient and realize that I can just be lost in the shuffle somtimes.  I perhaps am not aggressive enough, because I do not email or call if they drop the ball.  There are lots of other companies out there.  

wow. I talked to one of their recruiters a couple of weeks ago, and she was awesome.
My experience was completely different from yours. Maybe we talked to different people.
start in 2 weeks
They have been wonderful so far in the hiring process. They have several VAs starting now...The one I will work on goes live on the 31st. You should check them out again.

So have not experienced anything yet, but have been told they are a good company.
Read through old posts, discussed a few times the last couple of weeks. nt
Oh, great. I'm about to start in 2 or 3 weeks.
The fun never ends. I think I will take a LOA from transcription for a while. I am going right now to get my poster board and picket sticks and post Strike on them to walk around my house and living room. Perhaps you will see this on the news. But really, since I left my job at the hospital, it has been one MTSO after another with the bait and switch biz. Ugggg. Maybe if I go on strike I can at least get food stamps. No kidding.
No one has had to wait six weeks to start. You are a liar and a troublemaker.
We also do not supply equipment any more, so that is another lie. Unreturned phone calls? Another lie. All 8 people in the office answer the phone and take care of the person who called immediately.

You are a troublemaker and obviously have nothing better to do than post lies.

The only time posts get pulled is when someone calls someone out by name or gives away account or confidential information.

There is NO ONE that has slipped through the cracks. No one.
Ur scaring meeee!
I'm a nervous Nellie...
Wow, does not sound like the JLG I work for! You are scaring me! sm
My experience has been quite the opposite, but then again I came from MQ so I could be tied up and dragged by my toes while having needles stuck in my eyes and I'd think it was better. Just kidding, but other than not have DD, no complaints at all here.
Yes, they offer I think 4 weeks at full pay or 8 weeks at half pay. Call the office
and talk to them about it. You wont lose your job. They aren't like that.
TransHealth has some that start the next month after you start work. nm
Hey, guys!
I'm glad you're here, I find that guys can sometimes tend to be a little less emotional and more objective than girls (please no flames, just MHO!). And specialties...I love path, too, but have only ever been able to do it in-house. I've been doing Onc for many, many years and love it absolutely, but it's not that easy to find at-home. I have a fabulous account now, but I work for the apparently doomed MQ, so now what? RadGuy, was it only money that motivated your stay? Do you think your account will stay with MQ? PathGuy, have you thought about tapping into more vet stuff? Will they pay better or the same?

Glad you guys are here...

Thanks guys
I took my time and used my reference materials that I have and thought I did pretty well. Guess not. There were a few questions I did not know the answer to so I guessed, but would never do that on a report. It was very disappointing.

I wish I knew what questions I got wrong. Almost like QA'ing the test would have been helpful to learn from that.

I will keep trying because I am still looking for job. Not happy where I am right now.
Hi Guys!
Well, I think I am still in shock, but the panic has been hitting hard today. I just found out this morning that one of my kids looks like he will be facing surgery on both of his eyes in July! Great timing, huh! I am just worn out! Last week took its toll both physically and emotionally.

I hope everyone finds jobs (the right one for you!) quickly!

Take care of yourselves!
How about these guys?
Any info on Aero Transcription in Maryland or U.S. Transcription in Iowa?  TIA
If I were you guys (sm)

I would start looking.  I know you reach a comfort level where you are, but TRUST ME, there are reputable companies out there (I work for one) and believe me, you are better off leaving now, before things crash down on you just when you start feeling comfortable again.  Good MT's can still find work in this country, and they are paid in dollars, not rupees.

thanks guys -- could

you e-mail the account name or some specific hint so I if apply I can be forewarned?  Thanks.


Thanks guys...
your help is sooo appreciated. From the frying pan into the fire is not a good thing.

Thanks again!!!

Hey thanks guys

As good as it feels tho to be able to feel hopeful about the future, I guess the pessimist in me wont feel truly elated until I've started my new job and quit my old one. But hell I'm happy regardless LOL It's just such a huge load off my worried mind !

Thanks again and I hope to be in close correspondence with any present and future Transcenders, maybe we can help each other out at times :D
Thanks to both you guys.

Thanks guys
for all the great info.  I will let you know how I test.
Can you guys believe this!!!

I am sick and tired of taking these so-called top notch transcription tests with the most difficult grammar questions, BOS-style like questions, abbreviations, what is a plural,etc, and only having an hour to complete the test.  I just recently jumped through hoops for a compnay I shall not name.   The VP told me I had exactly one hour to complete the all most impossible task.   Well, I passed her fricking test.  Then, she told me to gear up I had exactly until the end of the day to complete her 4 wave files.  I completed them.  After all this, she had the nerve to offer me a full-time IC position at 7 cpl.  The wave files I heard require more than 7 cpl and why on god's green earth would I take an IC job doing acute care for 7cpl, I would be losing money.  Then, she had the nerve to set a schedule for me Monday-Friday starting from 9 am to 5 pm.  No thank you.  I will keep right on looking.  I do not need this stress.  I am going in-house.  I simply outdone. 

Thanks for letting me vent.

Thanks guys
I appreciate the straight dope about this place. We all probably know what to expect with any national company, so we gotta look after ourselves ultimately. Medquist and Transcend have failed me pretty bad so I'm gonna try and do whatever I can (within reason) to make this work.

I'm hopeful.

Thanks again and thanks for the All Caps trick !
Wow! You guys, I'm so sorry! To have to go through this after...

all the drama you had to deal with at Focus.  I had a bad feeling things were going south at JLG right before I quit back in July.  I can't believe they didn't even offer you MT positions!  Well, my opinion is they are going under and they probably didn't have anything to offer you.  When I quit, I sent out an resignation email and never got a response.  So I just quit working and started my new job earlier and nobody said a word.  I thought that was a bad sign.

I was having trouble getting my pay checks when I quit and then right after I quit they sent out the email about not using direct deposit anymore and then I kept reading about all these poor people who were late getting their checks.  It just didn't look, sound or smell good at all.

Man, it just goes to show you there isn't a reliable company out there anymore.  Used to be when I first started working from home JLG was one of the most reliable companies around with a good reputation.

Well, good luck gals!  Drop me an email sometime.  It's still the same and use me as a personal reference if you need to.  I have nothing but good things to say about all y'all!


Hey, guys.....

Hey, lighten up!

In the old days -- 20 or so years ago, or maybe as recently as 10 years ago -- those terms were possessive with the apostrophe and the s.  It wasn't until recently that the definitive references like Stedman's (or should that be Stedman?) decided to drop it. If you read medical literature, you will see that in most instances the apostrophe s is still used.  So it has changed, and a lot of oldtimers (and M.D.s too) still put the apostrophe s at the end.

I prefer the apostrophe s as most docs dictate it that way and that was the way that I was trained to do it many, many moons ago.

Hey - You guys that are IC's
Forgive my total ignorance, but why do you guys choose to be IC's?  I have been an MT for very many years, but all I really know about IC it is that you have to pay your own taxes and you do not receive benefit.  I am not currently using my medical benefits (hubby's), but are there other perks?  Do you make more $$.  More flexible scheduling?  Do you just like to have your own clients, and more than 1 or 2?  I would think having your own client would be more profitable than to do IC work for a company, cutting out the middle profit.  I see so many IC positions now but I thought that was to the company's benefit.
Exactly. You guys need to get over it -
lots of companies operate this way - they just tell their workers about it. It's nothing new or earth shaking. Get a grip.
How do you guys know so much info?....sm
I have been working at OSi for almost 2 years and never get any information about anything...other than from this board. I got the email this weekend about the coordinator job and have been wondering since who left...and hoping that it is not mine, who is awesome. I like working there and have had zero problems since the day I started, other than being made to switch to SE from IC, but all this nastiness is starting to worry me too. When I started up with them I could not find a single bad thing about them...now it is all that I see.
Do you guys know of anyone hiring for
If I could find a psych account I would be in heaven.
Thanks guys. Seems as if it is the same thing everywhere.

Thanks to you guys who answered...

on Oracle. Guess I don't know about the platform since I saw some not so favorable reviews on using it and being productive, am trying to figure out what exactly I really need to get started purchasing and I don't think at this point a C-phone would be one I would be willing to purchase. Thanks for the info!!

Anyone out there on JLG and their platform? Thanks!

I declined it. Thanks guys. sm
I just can't survive on $10 less an hour.
Thanks for the info guys :)
TT. You guys like working for them?
I am currently in the testing phase.
As an outsider to MQ, isn't anything better than what U guys
How do you guys make that much?
How many years exp do you have? I have a little less than one and am struggling with money. How long did it take you to start making that much money a year?
Hey guys, got a question for you!

I work for this company part-time, ExText platform, pays for spaces, headers, footers, etc. at 9 cpl, easy to get lines, M-F.  I am considering going full time, but there are a couple drawbacks.  They don't have PTO.  They pay only for 5 holidays, provide health and dental insurance.  What do you think?  Should I take the dive anyway.  I really would like some 401K with match since I'm in 50s, and would love to be able to take a week's vacation.  However, it is easy to whack up 250 lines per hour on the system  with the spaces, headers and footers.  Any opinions appreciated.  Thanx

Well guys, you convince me --
from now on I'm going to demand that I have work.  I don't care if it takes it from someone else.  That's too bad for them.  I'm just going to worry about me and my pocketbook.  The rest of you don't matter.  Thanks for the push!
how do you guys know your on the same account?
maybe you BOTH are speaking to quickly eh?
Hey Guys, tell me if I got "dooped."
I just recently started a new job and was offered 8.5 cpl and and accepted it, now I am feeling I should have at least held out for 9 cpl.  This is going on the second week and I am only up  to 7000 lines on my 8th day.  Is this about the norm.  I have worked for some companies where my production is up after about the 2nd day.  The company offers BC/BS with low premium, dental ins, 401K no match, life insurance, short term disability, holiday pay, personal day pay, sick pay, vacation pay, incentive of 1.5 cpl for any lines over 12,000 lines per pay period, every 2 weeks.  The account is a huge one with all kinds of work types, but not a lot of ESL, and I also have an excellent backup account that is not as large with a few ESLs.  Do you think it would be wise to ask for a raise in 6 months or maybe 9 or 12.  Thanks for the input.
MT - CNN says hot job 12/27/08 Did you guys here CNN -jobs to go into
This morning 12/27/08 CNN had some economic expert on there telling people about the HOT JOBS that will be secure.  First one he said Medical Transcription.  He said 18,000 MTs will be hired a year.  Where is he getting this info?  Just thought you guys might be interested.  I find that questionable.  What do you guys think?
Thanks guys for your suggestions.
this problem with.  Yesterday I was even beginning to question if she has the correct MLS when she directs these corrections to me.  The work does not look familiar.  I'm making a good attempt at the suck up game :-) and saving all the emails.  I guess I'll give it a few more days and see how that works out.  I've just never been in this situation before so it's kind of an eye opener I guess.
Thanks for replying, guys...
At least you asked more more questions than I did. Maybe if I knew somebody in Jersey, ha-ha. I would not have minded driving to the next town if that was required; did that back in the day. Oh well. Maybe if I was 20 and up for an adventure, but guess I'm getting too old for this stuff.