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Cactus is unique in the Indian corporate environment and it is truly a great place to work!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

I have been working at Cactus Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- Fantastic work culture: open, informal, young and incredibly vibrant
- Good people policies: Cactus is serious about keeping it's employees happy and does several things big and small right from unlimited tea-coffee/snacks and fun events to asking employee views before rolling out organization level policies
- Fast and sustainable growth: if you are smart, and are ok with working hard and can handle stress growth opportunities at Cactus are limitless.
- Great people to work with: the general public at Cactus is positive and hardworking. No matter who you work with you'll always learn something.

Cons

- Weak on execution of and creating long-term strategy: Since Cactus is still young and unique in the Indian corporate scene (they offer language services to the academic community in East Asia) it is difficult to get strategy right. But I know that this will get better as the company matures.
- Need to find your own method to the madness: Things sometimes seem too chaotic, changes happen to quickly, past decisions and plan are not always reviewed. This sometimes leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed. You have to find your own way to deal with this in a positive manner.
- Decision making is sometimes slow and may seem random: this links back to being weak on strategy.
- Word of advice to job seekers, if you can't deal with change don't join,

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Since most of the management consists of home-grown leaders it would be good to to see the organization equip them with a more external focus, greater domain knowledge. Mentoring and coaching on soft skills from external/industry leaders will also help.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    Fantastic opportunity for a new comer as they help develop life skills and basic professional attitude

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    Very liberal, open culture, informal everyday attitude, personal and professional development opportunities, fairness of management, sense of belonging, community feel, access to information

    Cons

    Challenges faced by startups and small companies including small workforce = additional responsibilities, long work hours expected, confusion about vision of company

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  2. Steady supplemental work, pay too low

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Science Editor in Louisville, KY
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Science Editor in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Cactus Communications (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I started freelancing for Cactus for "walking around" money, but quickly had to ramp up to support my growing family. The work is steady and the staff in Mumbai are usually responsive to issues--make friends with your primary points of contact! They may be your only advocate on the ground.

    Cons

    The pay is far too low, and it has grown more difficult to obtain an increase. You won't be given an increase--you MUST ASK for one.
    The rating system, although improved, is still arbitrary. A lower rating can be given for the most minor errors in extremely long or challenging documents. This reduces your pay on future jobs. If you're doing this work to support your family, such arbitrary losses are extremely painful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your freelancers' pay. We are professionals with terminal degrees and deserve to be treated as such.
    Better support with authors would also be nice. They take advantage of freelancers, perhaps thinking we are some low-level spell-checking monkeys. Quite the contrary, we are often scientific peers or even superiors. Although most authors probably appreciate this, there are abusive authors that need to be checked--the customer is not *always* right.

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