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they never allowed me to test

Posted By: frustrated on 2006-04-18
In Reply to: I would call and talk to them. I know that they say 5 years for some positions - OH MT

They just called me asking how much experience I have. I guess it was not enough for them to allow me to test. There seem to be a lot of those. They want a lot of experience, but what about those MTs who can pass with flying colors and never be given a chance. grrrrrr!

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You're allowed your opinion and I am allowed to
Usually a spelling test, a punctuation test, and maybe 3-6 test files to do. Sometimes done using
I took a test for a company and my foot pedal would work with the test and I had keep going back
over the dictation time and again to get all the words because I couldnt stop and start it by the foot pedal.  What can I do about this.
Just took the test myself. No actual dictation to transcribe. Just a written test.
For 13 cpl, I might do it if the dictators aren't a total horror.
I just took the test today - thought it was a great test of MT skills.
There is no written test. Must have been a different company. I took their ortho test sm
and it was easy. You had to know your terminology but it was easy to understand AND I used my foot pedal.
Is the test through mttest.com a timed test? Thanks. nm

are we allowed to go over the 150 lph?

No it is not allowed
You cannot post names, as well as confidentiality papers have been signed to not discuss or disclose by employees.
Sorry just saw this, was the OP. Not sure if that's allowed????
Are we actually allowed to say the name on here?
Is this allowed?
Why is this person shikhar saxena  posting on the Job Seeker's Board?  He/she is an Indian.
I don't get how ICs are allowed in MT anyway.
From the IRS website:

Permanency of the Relationship:

If you hire a worker with the expectation that the relationship will continue indefinitely, rather than for a specific project or period, this is generally considered evidence that the intent was to create an employer-employee relationship.

Services Provided as Key Activity of the Business:

If a worker provides services that are a key aspect of the business, it is more likely that the business will have the right to direct and control his or her activities. For example, if a law firm hires an attorney, it is likely that it will present the attorney’s work as its own and would have the right to control or direct that work. This would indicate an employer-employee relationship.

Aren't we as MTs providing the key activity of the business? Also, none of the IC contracts I have had ever specified a length of time. We as MTs are contracted for an indefinite amount of time. These 2 things to me make it seem like all MTs should be classified as employees and we should not be having to pay additional self-employment taxes.
Are you allowed to say Christmas?
Pretty soon, everything is becoming so politically correct, we won't be allowed to use the word Christmas anymore. Maybe they were insulted - you should have sent a holiday card instead.

But, no - I don't think I've seen a Christmas card or bonus in years. Boy, in the good old days at MQ, a few years back, we actually used to have Christmas parties - imagine that!
It is not allowed at my company
Deductions are still allowed
Even if you are on employee status, you can still take deductions for your at-home office. I didn't think so either until my accountant told me that absolutely, you still can. It isn't as much as if you are totally self employed, but there are still quite a few allowed. The best of both worlds is statutory employee. That means you do not pay both sides of the SS Tax but you still send in quarterlies. This way, you can take all deductions for your home office, etc. Hope this clarifies it a bit better.
If they allowed use to use Control-I,
they wouldn't be able to manipulate the line count!!!
Why are we allowed to discuss MQ's

pending lawsuits but not KS's?   

This is not allowed, the usage of all
reference material is allowed, but not asking other people for help with the tests.

Why don't you stay with your employer?
That's what QA is for. No one is allowed to push
are you allowed to use your own expander?

Irrc, when I used to work in meditech, I used to copy/paste from WORD  into my personal Expander then expanded it into Meditech ... The use of ShortHand was compatible.

It's been about 5 years, but my recollection is that SOME versions of Meditech incorporate WORD as an overlay and so things are compatible ... other versions (cheaper/smaller companies) do not, and so direct copyd/paste is not compatible.

The problems are embedded codes in regular word documents.  copy/pasting into my expanded eliminated apparently removed the embedded codes ... I recall my copy/paste file in Shorthand was named Kinko for just that process.

good luck 

Are you allowed to say the company name, cause
Didn't know anyone at TT was allowed
to straight type only anymore.  Wouldn't be fair if some didn't get to partake in the joy we are all feeling with HAVING to do VR, now would it?

I did not get downtime even with a ticket# and having to wait 2 days for another computer. All I got was a BS stating reasons not to give me downtime and that I could take PTO or not get paid for those 2 days.

Thank God I have next week off. I don't think I can stand much more of this BS.

TRS allowed a 12-hour window to do
an 8-hour shift, at least they did last year. I only worked there a month, though.
they supply you with everything - you are not allowed to use your personal
computer for their work. Be forewarned - When you get their equipment, do not play or surf the internet for anything other than work related. They do monitor it. Use your own personal computer for personal emails and surfing outside of work related things.
YES! On MTStars you are allowed to say CHRISTMAS!

If companies offshore they are not allowed to
post ads on MTStars.  TM is not one of those companies.  They are not an MT company, more like an employment agency.  If a company pays to advertise on MTStars any post that doesn't glorify them is removed and evidently that is what happened.  
What is the big deal about posting the name? Is it not allowed?
Negative posts are allowed. (SM)
As long as there is no language or vicious name-calling, etc., positive or negative posts are allowed.

If you are just coming here to cause trouble, however, you probably should post elsewhere.

If you have issues about posting policy, contact the Administrator (admin@mtstars.com).

I'm sure they'll be allowed back
I was hoping this board would give in, but they have, and that is a MAJOR disappointment.
Are we allowed to say our line rate on here? nm
They are not allowed to talk about anything on the boards. nm
No cherry picking allowed

Axolotl's Transcriptionist software (ARTI) is designed specifically to prevent cherry picking. Jobs are assigned within a work pool strictly on the basis of when they are due back to the customer. There is no way for an MT to send a particular job back to the pool. A user can sign off and all of her jobs go back to the pool, but then she will have to wait at least 15 minutes before she can sign on again and get new jobs assigned. If someone has figured out a way to beat the system please let me know so we can fix it; we want to make it fair for all of our employees.

As for difficult ESL dictators, well you're going to get some of those at any MTSO. It probably varies depending on the accounts you're assigned to.

Are companies that outsource allowed
to post job openings on this board? I thought they could not however PeopleSupport Rapidtext, Inc has offices in the Philippines. I was going to apply but now I don't think I will. If anyone can clarify this along with any information about them I would greatly appreciate it.
As companies being allowed to treat their MT's like this.

If TT and the other companies who do not pay for downtimr/no work to their at-home MT's when they log on and there is NO WORK, then these companies would assuredly be more careful about letting us run out of work. 

Discussion was about having to stick to a schedule when they want us to, but in no work situations, mgmt will forget about a schedule then and request us not to  call the office, nor email on those days, and we are allowed to be flexible with our schedules (at their convenience).  These companies who run out of work need to be paying for downtime/no work situations, and they will be more careful about surprising us with no work days when we log into the system.

 This began as a discussion about sticking to a schedule, not about $$$ saved up. 

initials not allowed; yes, it happened.
Names are not allowed on this board.
How would you feel if you were an MT who was applying for a job and came to this board and saw a message with your name on it. Maybe she does not want her employer to know that she is applying for a job elsewhere....

Why don't you list the name of your company so that I will know NOT to apply there. Very unprofessional. If an email keeps bouncing...just let it go and move on to the next qualified applicant...very simple. Do not post people's name here.
They're not allowed on any other board here either.
P.S. - I don't even know why they are allowed to advertise on this board because....sm
their US QA gets audited by guess who???  The team leaders which are not from the US and are based overseas....lovely, eh?
Are you allowed to volunteer for accounts?
If you can see the whole backlog, then can you volunteer to work on one that is obviously backlogged? Do the managers decide this or can you make a request to someone else?
Is a company allowed to charge,.sm
a fee to use equipment to do company work?  I am assuming this is not IC but employee.
Don't you know we are robots and are not allowed to get sick!! nm
Have you ever been on a call where a bunch of MTs are allowed to sm
speak at will on a call like this?? LOL - Oh you never get off the phone. If your company is big (like 100 MTs or more), there's almost no way to have an open call allowing people to discuss things at will. There's no time to fit everyone in!
So we're not allowed to comment on anything
other than exact specific question asked, no more, no less. What are you, the posting police?
Where in the world did you work that they allowed
the reports to just run through like you put it? At my job we have a certain format, our work is graded every 3 months and we have to get and maintain a score of 98% or above. I know the hospital that I do work for would never be accepting of a halfway done job and we are never allowed to just shoo reports on through just to get them done.
Doing VR am not allowed to erase and just start over
That would be ridiculous because would not be paid for straight typing and secondly, my VR is so good that the editing is a breeze. We were told from the very start not to erase. I think probably if that started/continued, the company would be looking for other employees.
yes, per moderator, company name is allowed.
Will you be allowed to work any new account that comes in as your third (sm)
or does it have to be in your STMs group of accounts?
No - No, Allowed is the wrong word
IF the dictation was there, we can type as much as we want as long as we don't go over 8 hours.  1200 is the minimum requirement.  What I meant was that if they did not do so much overhiring, we could transcribe a lot more than 1,200.  As it is now, we are running out of work by 9:00 a.m. and having to wait for dictation to come in, type, wait for something to come in, type, wait, type, on and on.  If you start at 7:00 a.m., it could be 5:00-6:00 before you CAN get to 1,200 lines.  Ridiculous.  This limits not only one MTs income on the account, but all of us.
Why are they allowed to continue to post here when they are known not to pay?..nm