Cactus Communications Associate Editor Reviews

Updated 14 Oct 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "The experience was great"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible timings and work from home

    Cons

    Have not found anything yet

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work at!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everything. Great office, great people.

    Cons

    Have not found any yet

  3. "The office environment is good."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate Editor 

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    The work area/ work space is good. The compensation for freshers is good.

    Cons

    No growth for editor profile.

  4. "It was fun and I learnt a bit."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Not much growth. Their values keep changing

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not as great as the GPTW ranking shows"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor 

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible timings; number of holidays

    Cons

    Too much work load. Faking happiness.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the flexibility of time, compensation, vacations, work ethics, team work, new, growth chances, science, technology, good work environment, challenging, money, friendly, development, good office spaces

    Cons

    none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none

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  7. "First job - First love!"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Associate Editor in Andheri
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications for more than a year

    Pros

    No office politics! They really care about what's troubling you in the office, what your needs are, whether you have a house to stay, etc. They'll do everything for your comfort. The culture is the best part about Cactus. Everyone is approachable; no senior-junior conflict, and causal dress code!

    Cons

    Work pressure is high (but you like the stress if you enjoy the work). HARDLY any holidays. You're expected to work even during Diwali, Christmas, Ganesh chaturthi, Holi, and you name it! Getting leaves approved is a problem for the same team members. But then you have comp-offs and also get extra credits for working on public holidays.

  8. Helpful (25)

    "Used to be a great place to learn"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Andheri
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As it used to be then, it was a great place to learn. I haven't learnt as much about English as I did while I worked at Cactus. Teaching employees was an integral part of what Cactus used to be. Team mates were (always) overworked but always willing to help.

    Cons

    The company at least used to recruit people on the basis of their graduation degree, something that doesn't always work out mutually, especially for people who may have taken up science at school and college for the lack of anything better, but secretly wish they had taken literature. And then when the person's dislike for the science subject starts showing, and requests for a change from the science edit group to say another, the management or the team heads start behaving very suspiciously. The person requesting that transfer is made to feel like a thief, as if; there are whispered talks (right in front of the team member), a stern-voiced directive about why you shouldn't repeat it (like it was some offence to ask them to transfer you to a team where you know you can perform better), etc. Very weird. In general, moving from one team to another is frowned upon. Like seriously?!! Then, as the company began growing, the teaching petered. There was less time to learn because there was so much to get done! Un-endingly. You are left to feel an unnatural sense of stress for the errors you 'commit' while editing a client document...it's almost as if they have lost their perspective on the enormity of errors, some of which get marked as 'grave'. I mean, you have made a grammatical mistake. Not killed someone on an operating table! Nothing but the client matters here, an attitude that can sometimes feel very tiresome because nothing you do is seemingly good enough for the sake of the client. If you have crossed one level of expectation for the sake of the client, it's time to work towards the next. And so on and so forth. It feels kinda weird, for instance, to know that the Japanese (whom the company services the most) get a day off for their national sports day (no less) while we at the office slogged it off on a national holiday, working on a roster! Team leaders are a polite lot but persistent about work, which means they will have a 3000-word edit (standard or premium) waiting for you to tackle at home even if you or yours are unwell and you need to take a day off to attend to yourself or your loved ones. It's like a place where you are made to feel like it's all cool, but underneath it all, all that matters is how much profits you can help the company rake in. So that's that about work-life balance! And for all the unending work and the profits that the company seems to be making, the pay structure (including the VPP) is a joke. Then, if I am to freelance with the company, no matter how much better my English skills are as compared to that guy from the UK/USA whose only claim to fame is that he is a 'native speaker', I will still get paid about 30 paise, per word of edit, while he gets around a dollar or so. Maybe there is a business sense in here somewhere, which I don't quite understand, but it still leaves me fuming, feeling undervalued and humiliated!

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  9. "employee salary"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    good pay, perks and work environment

    Cons

    there is nothing to be stated as cons

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture, fun, values, people, work-Life balance. The HR and the senior management know what they are doing. Many lead by example. It is a fun office to work in. Lively environment. Reliable people. I relocated from Bangalore to Mumbai for work, and the management did everything they could to help me, right from helping me choose my accommodation to making myself comfortable at the workplace. I learnt a lot during my tenure as an editorial associate. The training is satisfactory, and the learning is never ending. Very understanding people.Also, the salary is good. I had to leave for health reasons. I had a really good time at Cactus. The career growth can be linear or exponential depending on your performance. No holds barred. No politics. They strive to stick to their values. They really care about their employees. It is an added bonus that they are a stickler for cleanliness. In addition, free pantry snacks. You can hog all you want! I see a great future for this company.

    Cons

    None, really. It was truly great working with Cactus.

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