Cactus Communications Reviews

Updated 5 Aug 2020

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3.5
73%
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94%
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Cactus Communications Co-Founder and CEO   Abhishek Goel (no image)
Abhishek Goel
61 Ratings
Pros
  • "Extremely flexible in terms of work hours and work from home(in 56 reviews)

  • "I can always ask questions about the work and the resources for editors are always being updated(in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • "Editing the writing of engineering and scientific research all day, every day is mentally draining in spite of the exposure to world-class research(in 147 reviews)

  • "Editors on contract are not actively involved in the company(in 94 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.

  2. "Is the review done by other freelance translators?"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freelance Translator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications part-time

    Pros

    The translation desk is polite and always respond in time.

    Cons

    I am suspicious that the review was done by other freelance translators who nitpicks on any possible variations in terminology or expressions to give out a bad QI score so they can outcompete the new freelance translators. Sometimes the terminology and expressions could be translated in more than one ways in the literature. There were times the glossary for the terminology was already provided by the client, followed by the translator but changed by the reviewer. It's frustrating no matter how much research you have done in this area before translation, the reviewer always finds a way to pick on you.


  3. 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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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Decent work for students"

    3.0
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    • 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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  5. "nice place to start your career"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Medical Writer in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    no office politics cool office 5 days a week

    Cons

    deadline driven work real high expectations

  6. "Test"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Editor in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good coverage of material in simple 25 question test

    Cons

    Too difficult for the average person

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work in!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CACTUS is a great place to work in, especially if you are fresh out of college. There is minimal workplace politics, everyone is super friendly, managers are approachable and the perks in office are great. There is scope for horizontal and/or vertical growth in the company. Everyone is friendly and there is no dress code. Extremely flexible in terms of work hours and work from home.

    Cons

    It gets a bit tedious, to be reading and reviewing thousands of words and dozens of papers on a daily basis. But that's part of the work description Also, most days, your work tends to stretch on beyond work hours.

  8. "it was good"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good employer to employee interactions

    Cons

    sometimes it gets very intense and the breaks are few

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  9. "Trust the negative reviews"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Growth. Free breakfast.

    Cons

    Horrible work - life balance

  10. "Awesome company to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Translation Quality in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home Well paid Employee friendly Great management Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Difficult to find any cons.

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