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Working in Tech: 3Play Media

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3Play Media provides closed captioning, transcription, and audio description services to make video accessibility easy. 

We connected with members of 3Play Media’s team to get an inside look at the company's day-to-day operations and its culture.

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Quick Hit Company Details

Year Founded: 2008

Number of employees/number of employees: 50

Industry: SaaS

Can you share the details on what 3Play Media does?

The goal at 3Play Media is to make accessible video easy. What that actually means is that we provide captioning, transcription, subtitling, and audio description services. We pride ourselves on having an easy-to-use system and providing high-quality cost-effective solutions so that we can create a more accessible web for all viewers.

Who are some of your customers? 

Our customers range from Colleges and Universities to Sports Networks, and everything in between. We have customers in Media and Entertainment, Government, Faith organizations, Enterprise, Fitness, and eCommerce. A few specific customers include Gaia, ESPN, The New York Times, and Perkins School for the Blind.

What are your company’s core values or how would you best describe the culture and working environment at 3Play Media?

Our core values include creating a more inclusive and accessible web. We also really value having a fun, transparent, and honest company culture. In addition to our services reflecting our values, so does the culture at 3Play. We have an open and collaborative office environment with a stocked kitchen, a friendly office dog, Bo, and monthly social outings.

Is there anything that you’d like to share in terms of promoting diversity across your company and hiring practices?

Our team is growing rapidly, and with that comes an opportunity to create a more diverse team. We are always looking for people to bring their unique background and experiences to our smart and hard-working team.

From a big picture point of view, what experience or traits do you typically look for when interviewing and hiring new employees into 3Play Media?

We look for new employees that are inspired by our mission and vision and that enjoy working for a purpose.  3Play employees are smart, open-minded, motivated, and enjoy new challenges.  Those typically are the qualities and traits that we seek when interviewing and hiring new people.

What’s the best way to get a job at 3Play Media?

Check out our website for a list of available positions and apply. We encourage applicants and interviewees to express their genuine self throughout the process. We are always interested in chatting with qualified candidates to learn more about their experience and interests.

What can someone expect during the interview process?

Interviewing at 3Play starts with a phone screen by our HR Director, Amy. If you are a good candidate for the position, you’ll come in and meet with a variety of different team members across departments. We’re not only looking for someone who has the right skills and experience, but also someone who shares the same values as 3Play and will be an asset to our company culture.

What can people expect over the course of their career at 3Play Media?

3Play is a rapidly growing company, which means there are a lot of opportunities for personal growth as well as company growth. Everyone at 3Play works with their manager to create a roadmap. This helps to identify career goals and find attainable ways to reach those goals. 3Play truly understands that in order for employees to invest in the company, they have to invest in their employees.

What types of activities are employees involved in at or outside the office?

Our office is full of talent – and not just when it comes to accessible video. People in our office are involved in many different things outside of the office from working out, to circus, to playing different instruments. We have crafters and dog lovers, and readers galore! We also have people who sang acapella, diving to name a few...

Share one or more random fun facts!

Our very first headquarters was located in Somerville, MA, and according to co-founder CJ Johnson, was a “small apartment where the floors seemed as flammable as they were slanting.”


Rapid Fire Questions

What’s on tap?

Jai Alai and Alagash White

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

iPhone or Android?


Favorite employee perk?

Bo (our cute pup) being in the office every day.

Coffee - hot or iced?


What TV show or movie describes your culture?

Silicon Valley or Parks and Rec.

Wake up before the alarm or hit the snooze button?

Hit the snooze button.

What superhero could you see working at 3Play Media?


What music is playing in your office?

"Hamster Dance Song"

Colin W. Barry is a Staff Writer & Editor at VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter @ColinKrash
Images courtesy of 3Play Media

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