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not anonymous - I do work for Keystrokes, I thought I made that clear

Posted By: ccamplin on 2007-03-23
In Reply to: I am sad that you are so cynical... - Denise Thompson

I do work for them, it is hard not to trust anymore but yes, I do work for Keystrokes, I thought I made that clear. The other poster seemed cynical. I understand that. I love working for Keystrokes. it is an honest company. After all the other companies I have been with it is refreshing!

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I thought it made a difference to work
but unless you are working for the hospital it doesn't matter, you still get what they want you to have. I asked my last supervisor if they get psych work and was told they did but she saved them for another MT who liked them. The work I would get would be one-minute mush mouths. It sometimes took 20 minutes to complete one. That's the way it stayed until I finally left. I think that's an MT service thing because when I worked for the hospital, I typed whatever was next in line, no cherry-picking and no favoritism.

Sorry to hear that is happening to you. Hopefully, things get better either through communicating the problem or by getting a better job situation.

I don't believe I said that that THAT was already not made clear sm

although I do not think it is fair.  Most companies will pay on Friday, not make you wait 2 days later.  I have the official pay schedule, and I said that I didn't get paid until Monday.

My objection here is that if you are going to take extra out of my check, you should give me a warning about it the payday before and not the day of my check, saying 'oh by the way, we are going to take out double premiums starting this check.

True on my team. Maybe not on all. It has been made abundantly clear.
Glad you are better off with your STM.
Wow, thanks for making that clear. Ever thought about
Did Keystrokes sell to Transcend? I thought Keystrokes was buying up companies sm
but I heard from another service owner that they sold out to Transcend. Anyone know if that happened?
Did Keystrokes sell to Transcend? I thought Keystrokes was buying sm

small companies but another service owner told me that she heard that Keystrokes sold to Transcend.  Is this true? 

I posted this down below but meant to post it as a new thread.  Before I apply with them, I would like to know as I left Transcend a few months ago and do NOT want to get back into that mess.

I receive an anonymous email from someone that had a friend go to work for them and it was bad news.
Glad I passed it up. It sounded awful, no communication and no work etc..
If you are a Rad MT, you have it made with Keystrokes. Other than that, be very cautious. nm
Was made an offer by Keystrokes, and....

have been waiting and waiting for a call from tech support to get set-up, but after a week and a half and no call, I am wondering if I should move on. 

I would call, but I am not even sure which Keystrokes hired me....UGH!!!  I read here somewhere there were two different companies. 

Any insight would be helpful.

Keystrokes - I thought this was rather rude

I applied at Keystrokes at least 6 weeks ago.  My only communication with them was my sending a resume and them sending back a questionnaire regarding my equipment.  Not asked to test, nothing. 

I get this rather unsettling e-mail today (6 weeks later): 

Thank you for your interest in the medical transcription position now available at Keystrokes Transcription Service, Inc. We have had the opportunity to review your resume and regret to inform you that we have chosen to pursue other candidates whose skills, background, and length of experience more closely match our needs.

Now, let my just say I have 16 years of experience, acute care, ops and have worked for some large teaching hospitals with always great QA scores.  What the heck is up with this company?

Has anyone ever left Keystrokes and gone back? I left a few months ago and realize that I made a


Not only that, but I would MUCH rather work for Keystrokes than Spheris as Keystrokes doesn't

Ever thought of a home health care aide? Usually paid training and start work right away. Can work
That's illegal - an IC cannot be made to work sm
either a schedule, a set number of hours, or mandatory overtime.
I think I work for the comp. with an M that you mention but they are the ones I made more with than
I had previously at another job..huh?? I do notice a discrepancy in accounts. On one account, I get a great line but when I tried another one of their accounts I was not making the same..not even close. I questioned it and was told that the way it is counted is per the hospital/client's contract and they set the rules. So, I just assumed that that facility got a contract that paid for less things than my main account. You can email me privately if you'd like to compare accounts. Trust me, I wont share with anyone. I have had more than my share of issues with this company and am seeking to move on. Good line count or not, sometimes it is just not worth it.
Actually, I'd be happy to work for 80s wages -- I made a lot more then. nm

I, too, so frustrated with TT NO WORK that I made typo


No reason to talk to them.  They talk to us via email about NO WORK.  Flex, flex, flex . . . overnight, into EVERY weekend, and then absolutely impossible to get line counts required.

Hate it when these companies OVERHIRE for a supposed account coming onboard and another company picks up the account from them! ! ! ! !   And we MT's continue with overhired MT's and NO WORK.

I, too, so frustrated with TT NO WORK that I made typo


No reason to talk to them.  They talk to us via email about NO WORK.  Flex, flex, flex . . . overnight, into EVERY weekend, and then absolutely impossible to get line counts required.  Something like the saying, TT is counting their chickens before they hatch NOT even thinking one thing about the MT's who have been sticking by them and continuing to pay their SALARIES while we cannot even get paid our OWN salaries, because we are PER LINE/PIECE WORK employees. 

Those TT employees who work in the office and those mgmt-type people who work from home HAVE NEVER MISSED A PENNY from THEIR paychecks, when we are constantly getting LOWER AND LOWER paychecks due to their OVERHIRE.

Hate it when these companies OVERHIRE for a supposed account coming onboard and another company picks up the account from them! ! ! ! !   And we MT's continue with overhired MT's and NO WORK.

WMX is a great company to work for. Made
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! 

that was union and they STILL made us work overtime, etc. Depends on where you
are.  Personally, count me OUT!  My experience is HORRIBLE and getting worse.  I am now union free and tell everyone I know about my BAD experiences with the union!  Companys do what they want anyway!  When you start starving and no one will hire you because you are on strike you will get the picture
I "only" make $1.15 per report and have made over $62,000 this year so far. I only work 8 hou
5 days a week and pick up one 4-hour weekend shift a month. It depends on the account, your company, the report length, your expanders, normals, etc. I made $1.43 with Edix before I switched and even though I took a per report loss, I make more money in the past 2 years than ever with Edix. I rarely run out of work, which is a HUGE factor. I know that the company I work for is both praised and condemned on this board, but I am happy at KS.
I agree they have WAY over hired, but I am required to work my schedule..you got it made then!

Why is pay rate confidential? It is YOUR money that YOU made with YOUR hard work. You should be
I would go back. The factors that made it difficult to work there before are no longer there
Clear expectations, documented style guide, friendly and helpful staff from the top down, consistent QA. They put in writing what they expect and if you do your thing within those expectations, you will thrive!
(I'm only a lowly MT, not anyone in a position to profit from these statements!)
Saw the ad for Molave - made no bones about it being Asian work you are editing. nm
Plus my company is out work and I haven't made my rent yet, so am grouchy!
made type -- SO UPSET OVER TT and their NO WORK situation way TOO LONG now

sorry about type, but very, very upset with the TT has lost any concern/care for their MT's who make their paychecks for them.  Dictatphone doesn't pay you your salary, nor pay for your raises.  Your MT's allow your paychecks the remain the same and allow you to give yourselves RAISES.

Leads/sups, etc are transcribing OUR WORK now and we have none to little no paychecks to pay our bills.

You who are thinking of hiring on with TT better give some very consideration to your decision.  GOOD ADVICE.

I used to work for a Tailor Made Transcription that was called TMT for short - does that sound right
I am glad to hear that a lot of money can be made with MT work. This gives me hope for the future.
To anonymous. SM
I totally agree with your post. You would think a forum such as this would be full of comradery, support, and help. And, sometimes, it is.

Unfortunately, mostly it seems to be MTs (and MT business owners posing as working MTs) bashing each other. It's almost as if you become afraid to post an opinion for fear of being jumped on for having that opinion.

But, hang in here if you will and post what you want. Help when you can. Take what decent advice you can get. And, just let the b.s. roll off your back.
You are anonymous here, so sure!
I am not anonymous
From what I understand there was insurance but too high, they are working very hard on getting a plan a lot more reasonable, I am sure if that is a big issue someone could wait until it is in place, but I would work for Keystrokes if they didn't provide insurance.
I am still not anonymous
We have all become so cynical,I am myself, and have really lost a trusting part of me that I miss because of this profession. Keystrokes has been honest and that is something so many of us are not used to anymore. I don't think that is going to change, at least I hope not. Keystrokes is not a fit for everyone, but if you want honesty, a fair shake, then what I am posting is the truth, I am not a lead, not a manager, haven't met the top people but the owner is hands on and that means a lot. I personally emailed Lee when I wanted to come back after leaving for 2 years and she took me back with open arms, and for that I am greatful.
to anonymous
Finally, I knew this could not just be happening to me,and I know that there are even more out there that this is happening to. Monday count off by 58 lines, Tuesday their count and my count the same, Wednesday count off by 44, Thursday count off by 69 lines, and today the counts are the same; but nothing changed on either end as far as how the counters were set up. Come on now, you don't have to be an accountant to see it does not add up.
To anonymous
I doubt the other poster is your honey (whatever happened to treating colleagues like fellow professionals); you might gain a lot from taking a basic business course. Many of the women's business organizations offer them and that might help you find a practical answer that you could use in your situation. Asking what the top line rate is is like asking what X equals in a huge algebra equation with too many variables. We'd like to help you, but there are just too many variables here.
Cuz?--As a former MTSO, I would not hire anyone who cannot use the tool of our trade (English) correctly. No, I am not being the grammar police. I think it is relevant because the issue seems to be professionalism--on many levels. Please keep in mind that all kinds of people read these boards--recruiters, hiring managers, etc. It seems that people either have professionalism or they don't......
The best thing I ever did when I was starting out was to take a workshop in basic business for women. Although this class was in California, I am sure that various women's business organizations offer them other places. They will teach you how to price things, how to do P and L statements, how to write a business plan and a proposal, etc. Truly, it was kind of fun and it might help you get started. Not trying to be the police here, just trying to give you a hand up.
It does not matter how many times you say it and it does not matter whether the client allows it or not. What matters is that the company actually DOES it and it deprives an American worker of work. Get it?
No, that is incorrect. The merger went into effect 1 September, 2009. The MDI-MT's will have things as they are until 1 January, 2010 when heaven knows what will happen. Just guessing, but I am putting my bet on a reduced cpl for all MDI-MTs and forced use of VR. I could be right, I could be wrong, but that is how I would call it. Just saying.....
I don't work there, but I thought
your summary sounded quite realistic.

I don't work for his company, but if he really wants to buy up companies, he could save a lot of time by just buying one - MedQuist. Then he could leave the good companies alone, LOL.
Anonymous report to IRS (sm)
I just posted a reply to an IC who is tired of being burned.

I want to add - and not to out of spite to fellow MTSOs - if you want to stop the trend of requiring ICs to follow set/ employee schedules, you can make an anonymous report to the IRS. No company, and no one wants an IRS inquiry/audit.

That said, I strongly suggest that, so as not to arouse suspicion that you are the anonymous reporter, you not complain about your hours/set time while you make this IRS report. You want to rectify the situation, but you do not want compromise your earnings.
It's anonymous board.
posters here use monikers/handles to protect their real identity.

No way to search by name!

See my name above :))
I'm not hiding behind an anonymous name. I am me and have
used this moniker for years, though others are posting with the same moniker.  
Nope, its anonymous.
Anonymous Transcender
I hope it all works out for you. Rather than looking it as being jerked around, you might take it instead in the positive viewpoint of being given a heads up. Good luck to you!
I get it now. I thought you were subbing out all your work, and thus just getting like 2 to 3 cpl

profit to run your company!  I get it now!!  I wasn't looking at it from the perspective of you transcribing it, too, which makes a lot more sense! Thanks for explaining!

I thought you didn't work for MQ????????

MQ is not for the transcriptionist.

MQ is for the company.

I wouldn't get any work done, but the thought of sm
of a food pedal is great..... Hmm, could make a ton of money.....Where's that patent list???? LOL!!! Nice to have fun on this board once in a while.
I thought it was just the ones who work in SHINE sm
that felt we might be losing in this merger.  Thanks for letting me know I am not alone!