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This was on and off over about 5 hours---sucks!

Posted By: Laura E. on 2005-08-04
In Reply to: Did a whole 388 today....this is why I try not to work when the kids are home/awake - basically impo - Laura E.


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For us slow pkes---my best would be 3 hours, worst 6 hours - just depends on the dictator ,
I have to look up (i.e. Dr. names, addresses)...I have to do a lot of that and it majorly slows me down, without all that and good not too horrible dicators, in 1 hour I can do anywhere from 15-20 minutes of dictation.
MQ sucks!
Perhaps the OP is someone new to this rotten bunch called MedQuist and maybe new to this racket in general. Innocence is so cute in a newbie!
MQ Sucks

Take it from some one who worked on the inside. you think you MT's are treated like xxxx? you have no Idea what an actual employee has to go through. specially in a certain office. Now I can't talk to badly about MQ as a coporation unless you count INTENTIONAL FRAUD bad but hey it is always the "right thing" to do when you come clean after you have been caught right? Considering they went through great lengths to hide their inside coruption....

Now the people that work in the office, lets just say if this is how women would run the world boy am i happy that men are in charge. These ladies are vindictive, mean, ugly, and unholy. They take advantage people over left and right with no regards to ethics and morals. trust me i would know. and all of you who are treated kindly by this office must do either a lot of xxx kissing or be on their good side. I have seen some xxxx in my day that would disgust most of you. So those who are defenders of Medquist are completely in the dark about what they are talking about. Maybe the coporation as a whole has matured some but the office in SO. Cal. and you know where i am talking about sucks. beyound sucks makes me want to throw up! 

can i get an AMEN? (sorry if my spelling sucks)

OMG! The BO sucks!
I was in a Walmart once in Connecticut and thought I was going to vomit! What's up with people???? You're in the store, buy some soap for goodness sake!
Wow, that sucks!
Good luck on finding another job if you haven't already...
It sucks

that sucks
I guess I waited too long? I just found out today that my company is being audited by AT&T. Basically some suits are coming in next week to decide whether it is financially frugal to keep the center open or not. Since att owns practically all the major telecommunications companies now, there is a lot more competition for my job, which means they won't bat an eye at firing over 300 employees. Yet another sign of our failing economy. I might be completely jobless soon. Where are people like me supposed to go from here? I love transcription and was planning on doing it for a very long time.
I know and it sucks....
If my accounts go VR/SR and pay what the above poster mentioned, I will have to *edit* 3-1/2 times the lines to make what i make now. So, my paycheck that is 16,000 lines this Friday would have to be somewhere around 51,000 lines. I don't think there are enough hours in a day for me to get that much. lol Good thing I decided to go back to school this fall and I'm steering clear of the medical field. lol
Nothing sucks more

In my opinion, its always what they want to hire you to do and its always the hardest temp job to take - receptionists are magically expected to know "everything" about a company and every employee that works there.  If companies had any sense they'd make a more seasoned employee (that actually KNOWS some answers) take the receptionist job and let the temp file or make copies.  But the seasoned employees refuse to do reception work - because everyone knows it sucks!  Then they act like they're doing you the ultimate favor if they drag themselves to the reception desk long enough to let you pee twice a day - and sneer at you because you don't KNOW Mr. Jones always plays golf on Thursdays at 2, and Mr. Smith always covers for him...how the heck WOULD you know that unless you'd worked there more than 5 minutes!  Oh, and by the time you've learnt enough mini-facts like these to actually make you good at that job, the assignment is over - and none of these vitally important tidbits will mean a thing at the next temp job.

I finally had to tell every temp agency I applied at that I refuse reception work - it was all I was ever offered, and I got really sick of being treated like I was stupid because I didn't know every idiosyncrasy of a company the second I strolled in the door.  Temps already get treated like second-class citizens at most companies, which is bad enough on your self esteem, but to be chided all day because you "should have" known the unknowable and having to beg to be let to have a pee break is just too demeaning!

Softscript sucks!
Run as far away as you can from them!!
Work on my end sucks! But is MDI
so that should explain why.
sucks is a compliment.
I know that sort of sucks, but that's what the gov
Truthfully, imo, ES sucks!!!
I will admit that EditScript is kind of a neat program.

HOWEVER, whereas I used to make 9+ cpl, on the same account with ES I now make 8 cpl for transcription and 3.5 cpl for editing. Not only that, I no longer get paid for headers.

Also, the longer the hospital uses ES, the more editing and less transcribing I do. There are only so many reports being dictated, so no matter if I increase my speed and do more reports, the work WILL run out.

As a result, my pay has been effectively CUT IN HALF!

Thank you very much!!!

After 25+ years in this field, I'm ready to quit.
iType sucks
Aww, that sucks. It isn't your fault...sm
though. It is the dang machine.
That's one thing that sucks
about this profession. There are so many factors involved and things to learn, and we are not compensated properly in regard to that. There should be a handicap or something. It would also help if the companies would at least be patient and understanding about the breaking in process.

I, too, get all fumbly and freaked when starting new accounts. I hate that. We need to come with reset buttons for times when the fight or flight mode kicks in and makes things harder. Lol! :)
For the most part, non-ASR dictation SUCKS.
That's why I wondered why people would give up ASR to do regular dictation. What's left is junk from dictators no ASR could be trained.
procrastination sucks has the best advice-just do it!! NOW! nm
speech recognition sucks
They are selling it to docs and hospitals based on one thing only, it will cost them less money. Guess why?

It will cost US more money.

The only good thing I have to say about it is this: I know one of the major hospitals in my area is trying it and failing miserably.

They came out of the barn with this donkey a wee bit too early.
Wrong. You're the only one who sucks
more than Monica. In fact, you sucked so much, you were the first american to overdose on semen. They were barely able to save you. Yo daddy and uncle ron kept your throat full of protein.
Agree on the K-mart. The one near us SUCKS.
Yep, that about sums it up. Weekend TV sucks.
Sounds like their training sucks! nm
But in transcription, if you are good at what you do, you can do 8 hours of work in 4 hours. So eit

you slice it, both companies will still get 8 hours worth of work out of you.

That is the problem I've been having lately being an MT.  Companies want to pay us on production and they set minimum productivity standards, but want us timed in for 8 hours a day.  My thinking is, if they want 8 hours of work out of me, pay me hourly with production incentive.  If they want to pay me on production and tell how much I have to produce in an 8 hour period, then when I hit that mark, I should be able to call it a day even if I've only worked 4 hours.

Seems these companies want it both ways and it is simply not fair to us MTs.  JMO, tho.

Much easier to make lines, but the pay sucks
i count blind everyday-it totally sucks!
i work for a local hospital and we have 2 systems, one system can view their lines in realtime and the other side of the department doesn't have any idea what our lines are. we have to wait til the following week for the report to be ran. you can always tell if you made the manager or lead mad that week because your lines will be really low. if you dare to question them then you have to face the rath! they screw with our lines on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. there are a few people that watch their lines by report and catch them doing it and have to fight, and i do mean fight, to get it corrected.
True, you can test without a pedal but it sucks and if you are newbie

trying to test for your first jobs, doing it without a pedal is going to really be difficult!  Plus, you have to consider the first job she gets probably won't be the last and she'll probably be testing again in the future and that USB pedal will pay for itself in the long run.

Personally, I think a USB foot pedal is a very good investment and I've always had need for one.  Down the road, you can buy one of the 9-pin or 15-pin pedals if you find a job that requires one, but the future is USB.  You'd be hard pressed to go out and buy a brand new computer that would even have a 9-pin or 15-pin port.  I'm just saying... 

P.S. You can get on ebay and find pedals and headsets for pretty good prices.  I got my USB Infinity off of ebay and paid $30 for it and my Koss DC-10 headset for $20. 

mine sucks snot all the time...allergies I guess.
If it's my fav doc with lots of shortcuts, 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours max
I see, we sit at the keyboard for 40 hours and then throw on 20 more hours
Is this how you do it? Me? I got a PT job so that if my FT job didn't have enough work to meet my needs financially, the two jobs together would.

They hired me to work a specific shift and that is what I am working. If they want me to type after I clock out, then I will happily do so.
I must say, I work long hours, sometimes 12-14 hours a day.
I thought it was important to mention that. However many hours it takes to get the work done is what I do. Some days 12 hours, other days 6 hours and sometimes 14 hours. So, I guess there really is no easy answer.
I do 2000 lines in 6 hours - so maybe 3 hours - nm
typing 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week
on my wrists I mean.
and not getting any benefits... and for a salary of less than 30K? not really worth it...
I love my Electrolux, I am hard on Vacuums and I found Electrolux to be great, it sucks up everythin
That was PT at EACH. Isn't PT up to 32-35 hours?
She could be working 70 hours a week to make that kind of dough.  Ergh, not me, no how, no way, uh uh.  I'm happy with the 35 hours total that I've been putting in lately.
Contracted to work 8 hrs M-F but I usually do more, may be 1.5 after baby is sleep. If I have to work on Friday nights I can make my personal quota in 5.5 hours.
12,000 AND 40 hours
No, 12,000 not enough. Must do 40 hours to be full time.
About 6.5 to 7.5 hours. (nm)
40 hours?
I got a letter from my office but it stated the 12,000 lines or 10 or 6 for staturatory. It stressed lines, not hours, Massachusetts office, great supervisor.
About 6 hours from me-- they are way out there! - thanks for the tip
Here, here! But it won't take us 8 hours

but 14 hours to get a decent line count.


If you are an employee and have a schedule to work, then you should work all of your hours. Generally services don't hire you to do so many lines per day (although you will always have a minimum goal), but to work 40 hours/week as a full time employee. One of the biggest problems is those who agree to a schedule and then just decide they don't have to work it. If you can get your "quota" in 6 hours, what will be expected is that you simply are able to do more work on that day.

And BTW, never any such thing as a dumb question! :)

PT here, do 25 hours over Fri, Sat and Sun.
7-1/2 to 8 hours
I work 7 1/2 to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, make 5000 a month.
About 12 hours . . . (sm)

That broke down to 1881 lines in my usual overnight shift (I've done 1950 before but usually average more like 1200-1400/shift), then far less productive the rest of the day as I had both children home (daughter homeschools; son was sick).

Thank you all for being so very encouraging.    I didn't expect that . . . I've seen other posts about production where the OP got hammered for bragging.

My method is normals; I save a copy of practically every report I transcribe (no patient info, just the body).  Even if I only do the same dictator twice, I save a lot of lines on headings, especially since my primary account has highly formatted headings.  While I love Instant Text and have been using Expanders for 12 years, I believe the combination of normals and expanders produces far greater productivity.

Think the service will notice?  I love them dearly, but they've been in a sparse-communication mode of late.

1600 lines/day is great!  The service I work for says their top MTs average 1300-1400/day.

12 hours
is a LONG day transcribing - more power to ya!  I keep mine about 6-7 hours and that works for me!
usually 24-48 hours but not....N/M
Already did - hours ago - did you get it? *l*..nm

in 3-1/2 hours: 500 first job/90 second =
If you have the hours they have to pay you for them, it is
the law.  You can call the Labor Board and they will gladly get your money for you.  Be sure and keep good documentation in case they protest.