Aberdeen Captioning/Transcription Jobs Review

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Aberdeen Broadcast Services is one that I have mentioned before in my 22+ closed captioning jobs and get paid to type posts.

If you can type fast and you like the idea of working from home, then Aberdeen may be a company to consider.  Yes, they are legit, and yes, they do pay.   However,  the question is if it’s worth your time.

As in all of my reviews, I love to see what the company is about, what others are saying about working there as well as if it’s worth your time.  I’m 100% honest and won’t mislead you in any way.  So, with that being said, let’s talk about Aberdeen and how it could be a decent work-from-home solution.

What is Aberdeen Broadcast Services?

Aberdeen Broadcast Services was founded in 2016 and has transitioned from a small family team to more than 50+ employees today.

The company offers a variety of services, including live/post captioning (AberCap), subtitling, transcription (AberFast) as well as translation (AberLingo).  And, as you can see, most of their jobs revolve around typing.  It’s exactly what you think it is, wherein you will either type captions in real-time or you will transcribe what you hear via an audio file.  The only thing that makes this company different, in comparison to most, is that they work with real-time captioning.

Aberdeen is as reputable as they come, working with prominent brands such as Fox, TeleMundo, CBS as well as 800+ stations worldwide.

Aberdeen Work and Applying

As you can imagine, working with Aberdeen will require high accuracy and high typing speed, especially if you partake in the real-time captioning jobs.  However, the non-real-time jobs will require you to transcribe as you would any other transcription work.

The application process is straightforward, much like the other transcription companies I have talked about.  Simply head to this link and see which positions they are hiring for at the moment.

For example, at the time I was writing this, they were hiring a real-time broadcast captioner, but of course, this can change at any given time.  Again, follow the link for more information.

During this application process, you will be asked to submit a resume, and if they are interested, they will then contact you with a live real-time test to see if you qualify.  As long as you pass with a 98% accuracy rate, then they will discuss the job options with you.

The Requirements

Aberdeen, like most companies, does have requirements, however, which include:

  • must be proficient with English (grammar/spelling)
  • live caption transcribers should type 180+ WPM
  • must have two computers (one for backup)
  • must have back-up internet
  • must have a headset and foot pedal
  • must have three phone lines, one of which can be a cell phone
  • software is required

These are the requirements for the real-time broadcast captioner, but the other transcription positions are much more lax since you won’t have to type in real time.  Refer to the job description for more information since each job does vary.

The Pay

The company doesn’t note what you will make, however, I did find some salary data on both Indeed and Glassdoor.  According to these reviews, it appears the salary is within the $16 to $20 per hour range for the average employee.  However, this Reddit post said you could make up to $75 per hour.  I guess it will depend on how fast you are, but I can’t confirm this.  Nonetheless, I did read a few reviews from past/previous employees who said the compensation was fair.

The Reviews

Aberdeen seems to be one of the smaller captioning companies as they don’t have a lot of reviews online from both former and current employees/contractors.  Glancing at some of these sites, however, I found some pros and cons.

Here’s what I found…

The Pros

  • great work/life balance
  • great management that treats employees with respect
  • wonderful culture
  • nice compensation
  • the bosses care about the employees/company
  • no micro-managing
  • small enough company to know everyone

The Cons

  • hard to keep up with the latest technology
  • lots of requirements
  • benefits are said to be weak

Glassdoor users gave the company a 4/5 while Indeed users gave them a similar rate.  100% approved of the CEO, Matthew Cook.

Final Thoughts

7/10If you want a job that offers benefits and solid hours, it’s one to consider.  Just remember that you will have to meet the requirements mentioned above.  From what I read, it’s a company that cares about its employees and really wants to see you succeed.

If you can type 180+ WPM for the real-time captioner position, then it doesn’t hurt to submit a resume.  And, if you can’t type that fast, consider a transcription/non-live job if one were to pop up.

For now, the company is 100% legit and seems like it could offer some opportunity if you wanted to work remotely.

That wraps it up.

As always, if you want to comment on what I have written or maybe you have some experience with the company, I would love to hear from you.  Feel free to comment below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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