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Cactus Communications Medical Editor Reviews

Updated 27 Jun 2020

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Cactus Communications Co-Founder and CEO   Abhishek Goel (no image)
Abhishek Goel
3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "I am enjoying every part of the job. It opens doors to many aspects regarding Medical Editing/ Medical Communication."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical 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 work hours, you get paid for the effort you do, excellent guidance, and very respectful staff.

    Cons

    You must make an effort to get to know the company's system. This not a bad thing per se but enable to proceed in this job a certain level of professionalism needs to be acquired.

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  2. "This is the best job ever!"

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

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

    Pros

    The support is amazing. I can always ask questions about the work and the resources for editors are always being updated. I make my own schedule and the content is so varied that I am always learning something new. It's been an absolute pleasure to work here. The management leads with empathy and kindness, and I can really believe in the company values of non-discrimination and respect for all.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons. It's been a pleasure.

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    Cactus Communications Response

    July 9, 2020Associate, Freelancer Engagement

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you found the management nice and supportive and that the work has been interesting for you. We hope that your experience only continues to improve ahead. :) Best, Tanvi Devpura Associate, Freelancer Engagement

  3. "A reputed company to be associated with"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Medical Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    If editing is what you're interested in, then Cactus is the place to be in. Diverse subject fields are available, so there is something for everyone. You work at your pace and time, hence lot of flexibility. Highly recommended for women looking to earn in an academic field while maintaining a work-home balance.

    Cons

    This also means if you don't work, you don't get paid. If you are looking for a high income, you need to put in a lot of hours each day; at times, you may get demotivated seeing your earnings, but you have to come to terms with it and hang in there, to find what works for you.

    Cactus Communications Response

    July 9, 2020Associate, Freelancer Engagement

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to be a place where glad that the work has been interesting for you. I understand your concern. Monthly invoice values for editors depend on several factors such as experience, speed, and time available in addition to the quality of the original manuscript. Best, Tanvi Devpura Associate, Freelancer Engagement

  4. Helpful (5)

    "High Expectations and Time Commitment, Very Low Pay"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Medical Editor in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent resources are available for those wishing to learn or improve their medical editing skills.

    Cons

    Unless you are a seasoned medical editor, the time you invest in these assignments will FAR outweigh the compensation offered.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible pay and ridiculous quality metrics"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Freelancer - Medical Editor 

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

    Pros

    Fairly steady remote freelance work. Very polite and helpful process managers.

    Cons

    1. The pay can be literally $3/hour. $0.22/word seems like it might be okay, if the job were simply that. But there are other things that are "included" in the job, such as formatting the paper for submission to the target journal (anyone who has ever done this knows that this takes a bit of time), composing an Editor's Report discussing the paper's suitability to said journal, and composing a cover letter for submission. These items are not paid at $0.22/word but are instead somehow considered part of the job. To me , it's not accurate to say that you are being paid $0.22/word if you get $110 to complete a 5000 word manuscript but on top of it, also have to complete an extra 2000 words and 2-3 hours of work. 2. You are graded on the quality of your edit. That's right. If your average grade falls below a certain threshold, then you only receive 80% of your pay. Get above a certain threshold, and you'll receive up to a 20% bonus. But don't expect that bonus to last, because it seems like the quality reviewers themselves are paid a bonus just to make sure your quality index stays low. Many of my quality reviews have been rife with grammatical errors, which I find funny considering they are calling me out for "awkward phrasing" or a proofreading mistake.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "I actually enjoyed it but the pay was terrible"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Freelancer - Medical Editor 

    I worked at Cactus Communications for more than a year

    Pros

    I got to read and edit some really interesting papers. I could do it when it suited me.

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits (though you work on a contract basis)

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  7. "Great opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Medical Editor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn and help non-english speaking MD get published

    Cons

    Remote communications can be tricky

  8. Helpful (19)

    "READ THE REVIEWS: Cactus is unfortunately a scam. All of my colleagues quit after 1 week. Use Fiverr/Upwork instead."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Medical Editor in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Hours Work from home You can take long breaks Extremely advanced and organized online platform Kind and responsive staff

    Cons

    "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." I was so excited when I saw this opportunity. The staff seemed so nice when they reached out. They promised wages of up to $4k per month, and all work-from-home! Sounds great, right? A number of my friends applied for the job as well. The pay is $14 for every 1000 words. Sounds reasonable right? Here is the catch: They expect you to take an incomprehensive text and make it worthy of top journalistic standards. Any remaining error is YOUR fault, even though you salvaged this illegible "research paper" from going into someone's junk folder. Most of the time, you can't even READ through 1000 words in less than 2 hours, since it takes so long to decipher the meaning. Just imagine how many hours it actually takes to edit. THEN, they expect you to write a report and continue doing more edits. FOR FREE. You know what they charge their clients? $330/1000 words minimum. Check editage.com. Like the other reviewers have mentioned, once you calculate your final wages, it makes zero sense to continue working for Cactus. You end up making about $2/hour, while they pocket HUNDREDS for your time. If you are a native English speaker, let alone have a degree, why would you EVER bother working for them? They're scaring their qualified editors away. I feel bad for their clients. They're probably paying hundreds of dollars an hour to have their work edited by their fellow Indians.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "Freelance Medical Editor"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    Freelance Medical Editor in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    +Can pick work to fit own schedule +Normally sufficient assignments +Staff generally quick to get back to queries +Simple online system to monitor all assignments +Payments given regularly +Reasonable earning potential (I've earned about $2,500 per month on average)

    Cons

    -Quality of the assignments can vary massively with no difference in the renumeration -Assignments are score on a four-point scale and are used to assess the quality of a freelancer's work. This is applied inconsistently, sometimes refers to assignments that you have not worked on, and rarely takes into account the level of the effort required for the original assignment. -Customer feedback-based productivity bonus. If you have any negative feedback then you're no longer eligible for a bonus. The negative feedback does not have to be justified and is often not related to the quality of the editing but the success of the author in having their article accepted for publication.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Freelance Medical Editor in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good way of getting some editing experience. I have had feedback on every piece of work so far.

    Cons

    I haven't had very much work at all. Not feasible as a full time job.

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