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Cactus Communications Freelance Academic Editor Reviews

Updated Mar 3, 2017

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  1. "Freelance Editing"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications

    Pros

    Although freelancers work remotely, communication with management and staff is swift, thorough, and very helpful. Cactus provides freelancers with an incredible amount of resources to enable freelancers to develop in-depth knowledge of editing protocols and offer top-quality edits. Bonuses and more thorough editing services are available to freelancers who deliver high-quality work consistently, and management is always...

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    Cons

    Although the pay rate is competitive, it is sometimes challenging to edit very difficult manuscripts that require thorough revision; however, freelancers may download assignments prior to accepting them to ensure that they are capable of editing the assignment.

    Advice to Management

    I am very happy with my interactions with management, and applaud Cactus's managerial staff for their constant communication with and commitment to freelancers.

    Cactus Communications2016-07-21
  2. Helpful (1)

    "This is a great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cactus Communications for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You're able to select a work schedule that gives you some freedom and flexibility. The per-word pay rate is excellent. The work is rewarding and challenging.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be difficult to obtain work, especially during the academic off-season. This is to be expected, however, due to the nature of the work. Also, you don't have access to as many jobs if you don't maintain a certain level of quality, as subjectively rated by reviewers, and the ratings can seem rather arbitrary at times.

    Advice to Management

    The quality feedback rating system could be improved. I've gotten what seemed to me unnecessarily harsh ratings for very few document changes. On the flip-side, I've received some excellent ratings, even when significant changes were made to the document I turned in. This seems to indicate a lack of consistency in the process that needs to be addressed. Keep up with the good work in your communication with your editors....

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    Cactus Communications2016-09-08
  3. Helpful (39)

    "My brain hurts after most jobs"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain experience building up editing credentials and working with international authors. Obviously, a telecommuting job offers flexibility, so that is a pro.

    Cons

    Essentially, here is what you are doing: Helping authors whose work has been translated or for whom English is not a primary written language get to a readable document to send out. To get the job done and not exploit yourself for the little pay offered, ignore what you know about doing quality research and maintaining academic writing standards and make the documents ones that will not cause a journal or book editor...

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    Advice to Management

    You know that much of the work that comes to you is not quality scholarship in contention for respected journals -- many of these docs are going to journals that require authors to pay to be published. With this said, stop requiring your editors to spend time deciphering what can be incomprehensible content--it's an act of utter speculation. Let us get the docs to a level of readability and correctness, and understand...

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    Cactus Communications2016-06-06
  4. Helpful (11)

    "My least favorite"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Timely feedback on most assignments, potentially high work volume, some recognition systems, ability to work remotely and on your own schedule.

    Cons

    Editage is basically a last-resort gig, at least if you're facing American costs of living. Because of poor communication, the system often seems exploitive--there's much less transparency and requests for clarification often receive rude responses (this may be a cultural difference between the Indian employees and American contractors). Workload may all but disappear with no warning. Rating system (tied to pay) is arbitrary...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve working conditions for freelancers. More transparency and standardization between assignments.

    Cactus Communications2016-06-21
  5. Helpful (10)

    "They take advantage of you"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good way to pick up a few extra bucks.

    Cons

    My experience with Cactus has been exasperating. My boss chides me rudely on incorrectly performing procedures I was never instructed on. Also, your boss checks your work on every job you do, and they try to find excuses to give you low scores so they don't have to pay you as much. It's pretty ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking advantage of your editors, and treat them with some human decency and respect!

    Cactus Communications2016-03-28
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Freedom = good, but low pay and oddly high pressure."

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      Former Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Cactus Communications for more than a year

      Pros

      As a freelancer, you can work when you want, where you want. Some papers are interesting to read.

      Cons

      Pay is quite low on an hourly basis, and you get cuts for arbitrary reasons. Also, there is a lot of pressure to accept tasks and sometimes with very short turnaround times. Some editors and reviewers are very bad (i.e., don't know proper English grammar rules), so you sometimes have to deal with correcting their errors as well as the clients'.

      Advice to Management

      Respect your good editors more

      Cactus Communications2015-09-09
    • Helpful (24)

      "Good part-time job for students; not something to live off of"

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      Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor in College Park, MD
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Cactus Communications

      Pros

      I gave this job 3 stars because as a student, it provides me with pocket money and I can do it from anywhere. Sometimes I learn about interesting topics, and the managing editors provide solid feedback so you can improve as an editor. The work is highly flexible. If you consistently receive good QFR scores, you receive assignments pretty regularly.

      Cons

      Depending on the difficulty and length of the text, you are probably getting paid minimum wage. The work can be quite tedious, and you are expected to re-edit for free. This job is good for part-time income, but it's not enough to live off of. I would recommend it for people who are in between jobs or students, but not as a full time career.

      Advice to Management

      The company should value its editors more highly by paying them for re-editing at least half of what they receive for a regular job.

      Cactus Communications2015-04-13
    • Helpful (9)

      "Low Pay, High Expectations"

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      Former Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Cactus Communications for less than a year

      Pros

      Work from home, flexible hours, regular work if they like you

      Cons

      Incredibly high expectations for perfection with pay rates that do not justify it. Their rates are so low for the quality they demand, it often ends up being below minimum wage.

      Advice to Management

      Pay contractors rates that are to par with the work they are doing and your retention will be far higher.

      Cactus Communications2015-01-16
    • Helpful (21)

      "Good experience, but not sustainable long-term"

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      Former Employee - Freelance Academic Editor 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Cactus Communications

      Pros

      Freelancing for Cactus is a great way to build up experience if you're a skilled editor but need more experience under your belt. You get a wide and interesting variety of papers to edit, so you learn many new things! If you show a proven track record of deadline adherence and high-quality edits, they'll rapidly expand your workload offering and give you more challenging work. I was rapidly "promoted" during my short...

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      Cons

      The amount of work offered to me quickly became overwhelming. I was often put in the position of having to turn down work or ask for extensions, as often the scheduling was simply not realistic for the amount and level of work required, and impossible deadline conflicts were common. Cactus was always happy to help with these conflicts, but it did sometimes become annoying having to push back so much. All freelancers are...

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      Cactus Communications2014-12-04
    • "Freelance work is great"

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      Current Employee - Freelance Academic Editor in Nyíregyháza
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Very flexible and very interesting work

      Cons

      Rigorous editorial control, but I've learned alot

      Advice to Management

      Calling people in foreign countries costs them .....

      Cactus Communications2017-03-03
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