Cactus Communications Reviews

Updated 5 Apr 2020

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3.6
74%
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95%
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Cactus Communications Co-Founder and CEO   Abhishek Goel (no image)
Abhishek Goel
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Amazing culture & facilities, Good work timings and option for work from home if necessary(in 52 reviews)

  • "I think they do a good job of balancing the demands of their customers with the needs of their freelance editors(in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • "Paid electronically in USDs once a month based on number of words edited (not hours spent editing)(in 141 reviews)

  • "a technical problem, it is dealt with immediately and everyone does their best to facilitate the freelance editors' work(in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Translator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    I've worked with Cactus as a freelance translator for over a year now. Some of the pros of working with Cactus -Feedback on your work from senior translators -Ability to preview any assignment before accepting or declining. -Communication with PM when issues arise is quick, friendly and useful. -Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Work is pretty seasonal, sometimes you may be overwhelmed with the amount of assignments other times you may have nothing for ages.

    Cactus Communications2016-07-04
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good opportunity as a starter"

    2.0
     

    I worked at Cactus Communications for less than a year

    Pros

    - great tools/manuals/documents for reference for new freelancers - good choice of work

    Cons

    - they do not like it if you over edit work (even though it may need it) so that it does not offend the author - freelancer rates were low - could never get proper access to a project manager if you needed help with any assignments - never got feedback (good or bad) during employment until the last minute when you were told that your editing was not on par with standards (how does that happen when you are judged by someone who is not a native English speaker?). You were also reprimanded if you did not take all the assignments given to you and judged and seen as inferior

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    Cactus Communications2018-08-30
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Decent work for students"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Freelance Translator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    I'm an undergraduate who has some publishing experience. The work at Cactus was definitely helpful, in that the nature of it still revolves around my field. Also, some of the papers are interesting, and the pay boiled down to around 20 - 25 USD/hour, which is pretty good (I've also seen some benefits from the current exchange rate.).

    Cons

    While this is in contrary to some of the other reviews, for me, at times, the work was excessive. I was completely exhausted for some time. Perhaps this applies to my department only, but given the number of names that appear as reviewers/crosscheckers, there is a severe lack of freelancers. Also, surprisingly, the original text to translate is often written very badly in the original language to be translated from as well.

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    Cactus Communications2016-03-11
  4. "SWE"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Cactus Communications part-time

    Pros

    1) best team for the research ML

    Cons

    1) low salary wit old technique in ML domain

    Cactus Communications2020-04-06
  5. "Exciting work"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work; great communications and camaraderie in the team

    Cons

    No specific advice at this time

    Cactus Communications2020-03-20
  6. "work from home"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    work from home option available

    Cons

    work life balance is not great

    Cactus Communications2020-03-07

    Cactus Communications Response

    March 19, 2020Head Business Partner

    Thank you for your feedback. Please share any suggestions you may have with your HR or manager and we can discuss further

  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture & facilities, Good work timings and option for work from home if necessary

    Cons

    NA, nothing in specific, need to look through

    Cactus Communications2020-02-21
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Hotbed for mental abuse, encourages bullying"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andheri East
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility as there are options to work from home. There is free breakfast for employees. The HR team is really helpful.

    Cons

    The work culture is dependent on bullying others especially if someone has joined in new as people are in this company from a long tenure. The management encourages use of bullying and mental abuse to ensure that work is done with there is zero empathy to the claimed humane approach. This is true from top to bottom and all teams encourages such behaviour and makes the work environment very stressful. The fairness level is also low as on lodging complaint there is some amount of victim blaming.

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    Cactus Communications2020-03-18
  9. "Full steam ahead"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Opportunities for everyone - No hierarchy. There's a chain of command, but collaboration is valued.

    Cons

    - Decision making can be slow

    Cactus Communications2020-02-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Every coin has two sides"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Writer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good policies, great team, nice infrastructure, out-of-the-world training

    Cons

    No work-life balance, too much politics involved. Non-technical people dictate what is to be done technically

    Cactus Communications2020-02-06

    Cactus Communications Response

    March 19, 2020Head Business Partner

    Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We would need to understand the context better on some of the areas raised. Please write to me at sunitha.sudhakaran@cactusglobal.com with more details. We are constantly making improvements and we will look into this.

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