Cactus Communications Reviews

Updated 23 Jan 2021

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3.5
72%
Recommend to a Friend
95%
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Cactus Communications Co-Founder and CEO   Abhishek Goel (no image)
Abhishek Goel
86 Ratings
Pros
  • "This is my second freelance contract with Cactus(in 63 reviews)

  • "Amazing culture & facilities, Good work timings and option for work from home if necessary(in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay is relatively low for academic editing(in 154 reviews)

  • "Editors on contract are not actively involved in the company(in 99 reviews)

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  1. "Translator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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. Helpful (3)

    "Is the review done by other freelance translators?"

    1.0
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    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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    • 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. "Good Place to Work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - AME 

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Team, culture, etc.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

  6. "Good opportunity for training in scientific editing"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in Mumbai

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    Two months of training period with fixed pay, working from remote

    Cons

    Deadlines, malus if a minimum output is not reached

  7. "Awesome place"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, remuneration, diverse culture

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. "Hhh"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work here

    Cons

    None for the above role

  9. "The same mundane editing every day."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Contractual Editor in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Once you get the hang of editing you'll be able to do more and hence earn more. Work from home.

    Cons

    There is no variety in your work. All day you'll be sitting in front of a computer and editing. You will barely have any contact with people from the company as it is almost entirely an individual contribution role.

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  10. "Best place for learning"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Editor in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ambience, Work culture, Respect , Salary

    Cons

    Nothing as such to disclose

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