Cactus Communications Freelance Academic Editor Reviews

Updated 24 Jun 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good to get a taste about academic editing, wage far below minimum wage for any developed country"

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Academic Editor in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I use Cactus Communications academic editing to get more familiar with the editing world, and I can do this job from anywhere and whenever I want. I also only need the internet to download and upload the files.

    Cons

    The payment is FAR below the minimum wage for anyone living in Canada/US/Europe/... If you want to deliver a job that lives up to their standards, you will edit 500 words/hour at best. At an average payment of 10$/1000 words (you get paid by word count, not by the hour of work, and some articles are extremely poorly written) this brings you at a wage of 5$/h. The quality control is strict, so minor editing mistakes will cost you points, and drop your payment for future jobs. Being a bit late (even if it's 30 minutes) will cost you money for the next ten posts to come. Anyway, if they find a way to pay you less money, be sure that they'll implement it. To optimise my wage I now sub-quality editing work and spend not too much time on editing anymore. This will cost me money, but the time that I would otherwise invest in good editing I'm now investing in online learning on 'deep editing' and looking for a US or Canada based editing company to be able to earn at least minimum wage (which is the least you could provide when asking highly educated freelancers).

  2. "Freelance work is great"

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Academic Editor in Nyíregyháza
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and very interesting work

    Cons

    Rigorous editorial control, but I've learned alot

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  3. Helpful (20)

    "You have to be there 100% for them but the loyalty is only one way"

    2.0
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    Freelance Academic Editor in Ottawa, ON
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    Interesting and stimulating work. Flexible and remote work. The administrative team is very responsive and helpful.

    Cons

    You are paid per quality of work which is decided by numerous editors who all have different stylistic requirements. Sometimes reviewing editors forget to record high quality work. Sometimes reviewers are punitive -- for example, giving you 3/4 instead of 4/4 for a 6,000 article with only 1 very minor mistake. Depending on where you live you have to wake up in the night to see if you may have an assignment. The worse your ratings, the less assignments you receive and also the assignments nobody else wanted, which means you probably won't do a great job editing, which means your rate will probably decrease. My manager ceased communicating with me after I complained one too many times about improper ratings. No one ever got back to me with answers or advice to my questions from my reviewing team. I was fired for low scores even though my last 3 assignments had been 3/4. Pay is pretty meager sometimes.

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  4. Helpful (9)

    "Good first experience"

    3.0
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    Freelance Academic Editor 

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    Work from home, Flexibility, good work load adjustment, good first experience

    Cons

    Low pay, inconsistent quality feedback rating system

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Nice experience, harsh feedback."

    3.0
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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Academic Editor in Lancaster, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work, you get to pick and choose when you work and what you work on.

    Cons

    Shameful rate of pay if you're living in the UK, the work can be demanding or impossible depending on the quality of the material, and the way in which your work is assessed is often overly harsh (and it means that they don't have to pay you as much).

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  6. "Flexibility and professionalism"

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    Freelance Academic Editor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team at Cactus is very professional. You can choose how much or how little work to take on and choose your working hours accordingly. The interface of the job allocating system is brilliant. Payment is always on time and fair.

    Cons

    There are jobs for which the English is truly a disaster and take much longer than expected, but you can check the files before accepting. You can end up working at odd hours to meet deadlines sometimes.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "This is a great company to work for!"

    4.0
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    Freelance Academic Editor in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You're able to select a work schedule that gives you some freedom and flexibility. The per-word pay rate is excellent. The work is rewarding and challenging.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be difficult to obtain work, especially during the academic off-season. This is to be expected, however, due to the nature of the work. Also, you don't have access to as many jobs if you don't maintain a certain level of quality, as subjectively rated by reviewers, and the ratings can seem rather arbitrary at times.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Editor"

    3.0
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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Academic Editor in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    I enjoy the work, and I am satisfied with the volume of work I receive. Interactions are pleasant and timely. Work is assigned in such a way that I can balance my work and my private life.

    Cons

    The pay scale is low, given the expectations for follow-up and multiple-round edits. Evaluations sometimes appear to be subjective. All contact is on-line, so communication is limited.

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  9. Helpful (39)

    "My brain hurts after most jobs"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain experience building up editing credentials and working with international authors. Obviously, a telecommuting job offers flexibility, so that is a pro.

    Cons

    Essentially, here is what you are doing: Helping authors whose work has been translated or for whom English is not a primary written language get to a readable document to send out. To get the job done and not exploit yourself for the little pay offered, ignore what you know about doing quality research and maintaining academic writing standards and make the documents ones that will not cause a journal or book editor to completely pull her hair out. PM's insist you waste your time offering revision suggestions for content that can make no sense -- where does this happen in reputable editing jobs?

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Freelance Editing"

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    Freelance Academic Editor in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    Although freelancers work remotely, communication with management and staff is swift, thorough, and very helpful. Cactus provides freelancers with an incredible amount of resources to enable freelancers to develop in-depth knowledge of editing protocols and offer top-quality edits. Bonuses and more thorough editing services are available to freelancers who deliver high-quality work consistently, and management is always willing to assist editors in developing their skills. The base pay rate per word is competitive as well.

    Cons

    Although the pay rate is competitive, it is sometimes challenging to edit very difficult manuscripts that require thorough revision; however, freelancers may download assignments prior to accepting them to ensure that they are capable of editing the assignment.

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