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Easy, but definitely won’t pay the bills

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The work itself is fairly easy most of the time, but that’s if you can even get jobs. You may get 10 audios to transcribe in one day, or you may get none for two days. It’s hit or miss for the most part.
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What is the best part of working at the company?flexibility, kind of What is the most stressful part about working at the company?low pay rate, lack of projects, pressure to accept projectsWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?it exists if you're good at social forumsWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?unpredictable
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A great place to work.

Its great working for TranscribeMe. But they're limited jobs to do. I have plenty of time to dedicate but low job turn out. The pay rate is quite reasonable considering where you live.
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Unethically low pay

This company doesn't misrepresent how much it pays, but it's absurdly low. I originally started working several years ago, and my hourly pay increased over time from about $3/hour to $5 with less regard to quality. High quality work is not appropriately paid. This company squeaks by by taking advantage of loopholes in labor law in developed countries and by hiring international workers for whom the pay (hopefully) is not quite as bad. Although I'm not sure. I did find some satisfaction in the work, but I'm done after being demoted from a team when I asked why two of my jobs were rejected without explanation (0% change)


Interesting if you don't need money


Unethically, inhumanely low pay.
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Good when work's available

I've enjoyed TranscribeMe. Once you get good, the day is decent as long as there's work. Problem is, there is often not enough work available. Whenever I've needed to reach out to the employee help desk, they've resolved my issue quickly.
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Lame and boring

It's time-consuming for a very little amount of money compared to the actual work you do. I don't recommend it. However, it's good if you have another job.
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Poor pay, overworked, poor quality audio

Pay of $15 per audio hour, which translates to 4 hours of work! Files are pretty short, about 2 to 4 minutes long. Can make about $5 to $10 a day. Work gets preassigned. You can't select which file to work on.
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Too automated

The promotional system lacks structure. Passing the tests for earning a higher salary is difficult, which is understandable and good. The company has to ensure that a certain level of skill is being met by their transcribers. The issue is support and the format of the tests. The company has a policy that doesn't allow any of their contractors to give feedback about test questions. The only tool you have is the style guide. This is not a viable means of progressing through their payscale system. In terms of the work, the transcripts were of a good quality, and the subjects were wide in range.


Variety of transcripts


Promotion system
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It can be quiet sometimes.

I like that I can work when I choose to but the downside is that jobs aren’t always available when I’m ready to work. I’m on more than one team so that opens up more work but it has been quiet recently.


Flexibility, friendly environment


Dry spells
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Its fun and you keep learning each and every day

There is plenty of work as long as you submit high quality work. The payout is on time and withought hestating. Its fun because am doing what I love in exchange of cash.
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If you like to work for pennies and dimes, this is for you.

20$ per audio hour sounds nice! until you realize that it might take 4-6 hours to complete 1 audio hour. If you are lucky! sometimes you get such bad audio that it might take even longer than that.


the online community that they have built is so amazing, supportive, and great to have around.


the pay is nonsense
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Challenging work and scarcity issues

The files are all over the place in quality, which is to be expected from such a wide variety of clients. Work is very hard to come by in the general pool; you won't get much of anything unless you can pass the tests to gain access to more exclusive workflows. Low pay rate per audio hour means you won't make much money unless you can commit most of your day to it. Company resources for research and support are great though.


Helpful resources/staff, friendly coworkers


Low pay rate, work is hard to come by and can be more trouble than it's worth
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Hard & Tedious Work, Little Compensation.

Working at TranscribeMe was a great fit for me at first because of the ability to work whenever and wherever. I enjoyed being able to log on when available and take work as it comes in. However, there are periods where work is slow, you might spend more time waiting than working on something, and your pay for the amount of time you spend working is definitely not as much as advertised. A 4 minute audio clip may take you over an hour depending on audio quality, and you aren’t getting paid for your time, only for the length of the audio clip. At $15 an audio hour, that’s only about 25 cents for every audio minute you’re transcribing. It just takes some of the motivation out of you knowing that’s all you’re making. Not to mention that the application/english exam requires that you transcribe 3, 4 minute audios and you’re not even getting paid yet nor will you be compensated for the time spent on that. It was a stressful process for me doing hours of transcription on the exam, hoping I got everything perfectly correct so I would be accepted to work. The only other nice thing about working here is the community, everyone seems so welcoming and accepting it helps boost morale having that aspect and the ability to communicate through Yammer, the social media site TranscribeMe uses.


Flexible hours and friendly community


Extremely low pay/compensation, little work available
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Side gig. Deceiving pay.

I’m gonna be real. It comes out to about three dollars an hour if I’m working fast currently. Sure, you’ll improve on speed as you go but to be paid for two minutes when what you did was two hours is not what you want if you ever have to use money for necessities.The people are very nice. I use this when procrastinating other things and just pretend it’s not for money at all so that it’ll be a pleasant surprise $20 eventually. So no it isn’t actually twenty-five an hour. But the feeling you got from reading that initially sticks with you as though it were true. When you first start out don’t be surprised if it comes out as low as forty-five cents an hour.


Remote, free schedule


Sometimes there’s no work available, misleading about compensation
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Productive place to work

You learn something new each day, the audio quality is poor which makes the job harder and you don’t get paid for that time, resulting in an increase in stress


You make your hours


Low pay
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It's a freelance transcription company.

They don't pay that well, but they can be a little forgiving with the work. A lot of the audio depends on what time of day you log on. If you log on during the middle of the day, you get a better chance of more work and good quality audio. Early morning and late night, you're more likely to get the poor audio quality or no jobs available.


Completely remote with the option to work whenever you want and for how long.


First come first serve for audio and poor pay if you're just starting out.
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Relatively low pay but great flexibility

Good way to make a little money on the side completely on your own schedule. Work isn't always available in the general pool, but there are lots of teams to join where there's more work and the pay is a little better. There's also the opportunity to advance to QA. The community on Yammer is fantastic, creating a really positive and supportive work environment.


Fantastic Yammer community, flexibility, opportunities to advance


low pay
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Very low pay, barely any work to get

To get work, one has to login on the system and keep watching to see if any audio clips appear, and then immediately snatch them up. So you waste time staring at the screen waiting for work, then the 2-minute audio clip can up taking a long time to transcribe if there are names or terms to research, or if the audio quality is poor. To become a transcriber, you have to pass a bunch of tests, which take several hours -- this is not paid. You also cannot get your pay deposited into your account unless it reaches a certain amount (I think it was $20). So, when I started out, there was hardly any work at all and I was unable to reach the threshold to actually collect the money for the work that I had completed because there were no clips for me to transcribe. And if you don't complete any transcription for a certain period of time your account is deactivated, meaning you lose any money you had earned and would have to redo all the unpaid testing in order to be reactivated. Definitely not worth it!


Can't get money when you want it, not enough clips for number of transcribers, lengthy and unpaid training/testing
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Great experience so far! Management team is helpful, friendly, and encouraging. Work from home😊

TranscribeMe has been a fun learning experience so far. A lot of these review questions on Indeed (ex. about maternity/paternity leave, paid time off, how they are responding to COVID-19) are not applicable to TM. And there was no N/A option. Since we work as independent contractors/freelancers and not employees, there is no sick time, vacation time, etc. But you work when you want to work - there aren't any set hours. And you get to work from home in your pajamas!Everyone has been so friendly and super helpful. You can ask any question and someone will get back to you quickly. And they actually want you to succeed! As far as pay, it's kinda low to start, especially since I was super slow! But I can tell I have improved a lot over my first six weeks. And there is room for advancement, with pay increases. And working from home is fabulous - my first time!!


Work from home. Super friendly management and teammates.


Pay is low, at least to start
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A lot of uncertainties in grading and analysis of jobs but basically a nice place to grow

It's a platform that offers a side gig to earn some cash but most times since it's human audios that are being transcribed, a lot of human imperfections and factors comes into play. The audios are not always clean cut clear and sometimes its hard to make out words. Sometimes even doing your obest on the audios, the QA reviewing your work who is also a human brings to play their own imperfections. You can be faulted for the slightest of error. So basically can be frustrating at first


Time flexibity and choice of what to work on


Pay is low and work is stressful
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Wonderful environment and incredible flexibility

TranscribeMe has an absolutely phenomenal work culture; interacting with coworkers and team leads is an absolute joy every single time. Work guidelines/expectations are very well laid out and explained and they give you everything you could possibly need to succeed while providing help and encouragement. The schedule flexibility is incredible; you choose when and how much you want to work. There's a lot of room for advancement as well, and the entire atmosphere is uplifting and motivating.


100% flexibility, incredible company culture, everything is very well organized, etc


If you are slow at the work, it'll take a while to build up money, but the more you do it the faster you get.
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