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Posted By: MTnotwishywashy on 2006-01-24
In Reply to: You post on a offshore board. - Get over it

outsources overseas. precyse does this quite heavily.

even though this board has 'flip-flopped' and now agrees with this practice, it is still driving our rates way down and has damaged our trust.

I have done two reports on individuals working with homeland security just this past week...hmmm, I wonder if they realize how vulnerable they would be having their 'vital information' shipped overseas for ANYONE to see. bet if they have a choice, their work is done here, and WHY WOULD THAT BE? Why would these people be more important than we are?

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Nice people but be aware....sm
they do not pay for spaces, even if they tell you they do.  You need to definitely get this is writing (the spaces part).  You will find your check short about 20% and you won't get the money either.  Bad experience for me.  Most people probably don't check their line counts.  Maybe this has changed but I know others had this problem too (old posts here).  Good luck.
I am not aware that MQ is starting people at the base rate.
Maybe QA made the decision, not the company, and the company managers are not aware of it. sm
I started with a company that did the same thing. When I went to the manager outside of QA, she fixed it right away. Turns out that the QA manager had made a decision to do that and had not told anyone else.

It does make sense to do that though. Find out if it is a few days or longer and base your decision on that.

Can we ask which company or at least which state they're out of?

Unfortunately, I am going to be looking AGAIN due to offshore.
good guesses, but none of what you stated in your post....i rest my case though, you people
ARE TRULY NASTY.......nothing short of a JERRY SPRING remake here....i simply said that SoftScript was wonderful and so far, i've been told i'm a joke, insulted, called names, etc.......now lets see if anyone has anything nice to say......as if that were possible on this board.............
K-Force is the only company that I am aware of

that advertises for traveling transcriptionists.  From what I have read about them it isn't something I recommend, you have to front expenses, takes a while to get reimbursed, pay isn't anything special, etc.  

With the internet it has pretty much eliminated the need to bring in transcriptionists. 


i worked for a company that used ExText, and they were aware of a problem
with the line counting, so they actually provided a web site, separate from Extext, that provided your daily count.
I am not her spokesperson just happy with the company I work for and upset that people can be so sm

misleading because the fit was not good for them. 

If you have been on these boards a while, you would know that she always posts her name.  I emailed her today to tell her what was happening on here, and the response I got back was she does not even look on here as it is too upsetting and has promised herself not to come and look.  She has too much else to do with her time and defending herself and her company is always misinterpreted.  She basically told me I should spend more time working or with my family than spending time on this soap opera.

It is better to not care and let people form their own opinions.  Everyone takes the postings with a grain of salt anyway.  I think it is sad that she has to be so tough-skinned.
Decent company, good people, pay on time, work low sometimes. nm
I didn't take the posts as trashing the company, just people venting about no work. sm
I used to work for TT, and yes, they are wonderful people -- very caring and supportive -- but in order to get my lines in, I had to be VERY flexible, working on my days off, during times I wasn't scheduled, etc., and it gets old pretty quickly.  I personally didn't care for the e-mails calling me sweetie or telling me you rock, but that's just me.  I just want to be paid well and have plentiful work.  I do not know if they just overhire or what happens, but I finally left because I couldn't stand the feast or famine work flow there.
They are well aware there is no work and that they have over hired..they don't care....sm
as long as backlog is 0 they are happy.  Good luck to you.  I guess one more person couldn't make it any worse than it already is, but I hope you don't have a family to feed. 
In case this company doesn't see this post, email them and tell them
I think if you test well they will consider you on a case by case basis without the full 5 years.
I would definitely contact them anyway.
they may be willing to make considerations on a case-by-case basis s/m
I have a couple of situations that make 8 hours straight not possible for me, and when I hired on with the company I was with who recently merged with Transcend, they worked with me to find ways that would help me be productive without hindering my physical and personal limitations.

I am not going to list specifics, but I was very impressed at how willing they were to help me and they told me that they are willing to make considerations on a case by case basis.
No work is not the case

I know first hand that there is plenty of work to go around at Transcend.  If you run out on one account, you switch to another.  If you still run low you let management know and they will set you up with more work. 

I know this because I was not happy on the account I was on and all I had to do was ask and I have been flooded with new accounts to work on.

I ask if work will be in my time zone in case of ?'s or need for
Funny how no mention is made of this when there is no work, which has been the case for much of the

There has been no mention of this for months because of no work/low work for months now.

Today might be a good to apply since there is work today.

We have had plenty of work for the past 3 days, and now getting emails to work schedule to completion and get required lines or more! 

I would agree. Another case for sending work overseas (sm)
Those MTs work their schedules. Ask any MTSO or management of a national transcription company, and you'll find out it's like pulling teeth to get MTs with good work ethic to actually work the hours they are contracted to work. This is another reason that overseas transcription is used.

You may not believe me, but this *is* a growing trend in the MT industry. MTs that are both skilled and have a good work ethic are a rare find. I don't understand why - perhaps it is so many new MTs expecting working at home to be a walk in the park. I've definitely seen a downward spiral in the past 10 years.
Just be aware that not all Escription accounts pay the same. I worked for one company on Escription
struggling to maybe make $50 in 8-10 hours. I didnt know the difference as that was my first job on that platform and I just thought it was not a money maker. Then, I switched companies. I average $20-30 an hour and once I made $50 in an hour. I tried yet another company and I was lucky to make $9 an hour. The bottom line is that not all companies are alike, even though they use the Escription platform. What I have found is that goes according to how they set it up i.e. paying for footers, headers, spaces etc. Just dont be shocked if you dont make what you think you will. The companies know how to set it to where it benefits them and not you. As is the norm, not all companies are created equal out there regardless if they all use the same platform. That is what I am getting out.. Good luck.
Who said people who work for KS aren't happy for people who work for (sm)
other companies?  I'm happy for people who are happy with their jobs, no matter what company they work for. 
As a whole.. nice people to work for, decent benefits but the get off/on the system, work/no work,
is maddening. I couldnt pay my bills or even work the schedule I was assigned. They would ask us not to work until work built up in the evenings and I specifically wanted to work days as I have kids etc. It just didnt work out for me but to each his own. It just seems there has to be a better balance in this business that what is happening.
For people at MDI-MD that say they are out of work, I see they are hiring now. Are people still
running out of work or did they get more accounts.  I am interested in this company.
I did some overflow work for Landmark.. they are wonderful to work for.. very nice people.. pay was
There is NO work at Transtech. Maybe they just choose special people to send work to
Great people to work for, but I had to leave due to lack of work. Hopefully that has changed. SM
Most of us who do not live in California had to go IC. When I was there, they did not have statutory status, although they told me they did when they hired me. Their pay for VR is VERY low, not a living wage. Many of the folks in the office are ex-YOG and great to work for/with. Good luck.
how do we work it? Easy answer - work for another company. That happened with the company
I was working for. I would wake up at 4 a.m. AND ON THE WEEKENDS TOO because they needed "coverage" supposedly and I would sit until 9:30 or noon without any work. Sorry, but my rent of $1450/month could not be paid with only $57/day. So I got another job and when I got the equipment and everything, then I quit for the other employer.
People would rather the company be (sm)
2 days behind in their work to insure work for all.  Doesn't work that way. 
Company no, people yes
I don't know about the company itself, but I do know personally people who work there and they are just the kindest, nicest people you'd ever want to work with and for. No, I don't work there, mainly because there are no openings in what I do, but you shouldn't hesitate in applying.
How many people (and for what company) (sm)
actually keep a manual log of all jobs you do? 
Perhaps they are the only MT's at the company. How many people
I liked the people who ran the company
General info needed, such as their general pay rates, flexibility in schedules, direct deposit, pay on time, and anything else that may be helpful.

My pay rate was 7 cpl for an easy ortho acct. I'm guessing it could range between 7 and 8 cpl, but ask and I'm sure you will get an answer. Flexibility wise, they want their work back within the agreed TAT. No direct deposit was available and I don't remember having a late pay. They give you your work and leave you alone, which is good if you don't like to be hounded. I had to give them up because of other commitments, and now work outside the house, but wouldn't hesitate to work for them again if it weren't for me working away from home.
I know 3 people in the company
the owner, Kristal and my immediate boss. I know of no others who work there- I was told when you assume it is usually wrong and this is what has happened with my being taken for an owner?/boss?/higher up? - as far as stealing, have no knowledge of things going on. It is strange the posters seem to have so much more information than me. I do my work, keep my nose to the grindstone and stay out of other's business. I happen to love my job- even after my retirement in a few months I still hope to work there. Prayers going up.
I know two people who work 3rd shift for Keystrokes on radiology and have a lot of work. Maybe you
on an account that has enough work. I hate to hear that someone doesn't have enough work or that they have a problem because I know that Keystrokes works to find the right account for every person. They do a lot for us but you have to talk to them until you find the right account or volume or hours for you.

I think that a lot of companies are that way but there is a lot of job-hopping in transcription. Everyone is looking for the perfect job but the grass is not always greener on the other side. There are a few MTSO's really are not good but for the most part, the others don't intentionally drive people away. That would not make sense. They need us to work as much as we need them to have the work there for us.

That is exactly how quick this company can get people going.
This company truely is one of the best. I feel like I am honestly part of a great family!
I used to work there and know people who still do...they have no work on clinic account but if you
are acute care or have experience in acute care you will be fine...
I see people asking what the best company is, so I am going to turn the tables here. What would sm

a company be the best.  What type of rate would you want realistically?  Benefits?  IC or employee?  Direct deposit important?  What pay schedule - weekly, every other Friday, 1st and 15th, once a month?  What makes you stay at a company?  What makes you leave?  Equipment?  Training?  QA?  Etc???

Can someone tell me what ATS stands for for the transcription company that people have
talked about.
Apparently this company takes people for a
So, Yes, they were once OmniMed, meaning the same people. Thought so! BAD company! x
Yes, they are a decent company. Different personalites, overall good people. nm
Proscript is a wonderful company, great people. nm
Second the motion.. Nice people.. Best company I have worked for.
They really care about their employees and it shows..
A company full of people on a power trip!
Absolutely correct, as well as the fact that most people who move up in that company are totally unqualified butt-kissers.

What people are saying about Keystrokes is not hype like another company posted, this is really how
You cannot go wrong. They are as honest as the day is long.
They won't. It is common for a company to be bashed into the ground once it seems people are hap
I knew it was going to happen once I saw the positive posts about Keystrokes. Some people obviously get sick thrills from stirring the pot.

I hope they're happy now. I am sure Keystrokes will miss out on some great MTs because they won't apply due to the posts that have been put the last few days.

Can't anyone accept that there really is a good company out there?


I am sorry I can not state my company.  They are very small, only about 150 MTs, and they are not hiring right now.  I did see them post twice when I was looking, though.  Watch for the small U.S. Only job posts here on MT Stars.

To the solicitor from Infraware Platforms, I am in the MT business, not the IT business.  I very nearly did give out the name of my company, and now I am glad I did not!

Do tell. I find it interesting in what some people like and dislike in a company. Could you share
more about your experience...
Probably some people will move on and the company saves on benefit pkgs. (sm)

Telling us work is coming in at some time in the future is fine, but right now we have lost more than we have gained and  like you said, if we speed up we will run out quicker.  Not to mention that we will all have to work a little harder in order to make nearly the same as we did before.  Panic will make our fingers work even faster.

Remember the memo we got about over-editing.  Bet your butt we won't be over editing in the future.  If this ISR is so good, it shouldn't need too much now should it?


Yes, I am aware of it. sm
I struggled and struggled when I first discovered my company was offshoring, but then I realized that I have bills to pay and a family to feed; which comes first for me. I cannot afford to just give up 5 years with a company and start over with new docs, new accounts, etc. It was taken a little while, but in all honesty, the work that I edit from India is pretty good. There are a few things that still throw them for a loop, but for the most part, they are not as bad as you would think! I actually do way better doing editing/QA than I did transcribing, so this is where I stay.
(from above), as they must be aware of them by now.
I'm an IC with DSG - now aware they do this.