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- "I'm aware that other editing companies cut corners with their workers, but in contrast, I always felt that the managers of Cambridge Proofreading were acting in my interest, and they always treated me fairly, respectfully and thoughtfully." (in 6 reviews)
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- 5.0Feb 12, 2023Freelance EditorCurrent Freelancer
The best thing about working at Cambridge Proofreading is probably the Slack group; it puts one in contact with plenty of other editors so one can ask questions, get help, and (when necessary) commiserate about on-the-job hurdles. In addition to the Slack, the company also provides a handbook full of helpful resources and guidance on common issues. The managers are responsive, helpful, and fair in providing feedback and addressing issues that arise. I enjoy working with the company and have learned a great deal about editing and myriad other topics.
The amount and difficulty of the work--and by extension, the pay--is variable. The amount of work available depends on the time of year and which fields one is comfortable and able to edit in. Since editors get paid based on word count rather than time, assignments that require a lot of work can cut into how much one makes. Deadlines to get assignments in can also be pretty short, especially when one is starting out.1
- 5.0Jan 26, 2023EditorCurrent Employee, less than 1 year
I really appreciate being able to choose orders from the open market, and the system is fairly streamlined. They have a well-developed handbook that I reference often. The support/management team is very responsive and gives helpful, applicable feedback. They've also supplied me with detailed feedback and answered questions whenever I've sought help. Cambridge Proofreading also has a Slack where you can get virtually any technical or editing question answered if you're stuck; I was already fairly proficient in Word, but I've learned so much from this community! A couple of times I have had a migraine come on or a family emergency that impeded me from meeting a deadline, and the client services manager was gracious about giving me short extensions, though I try not to abuse this. Overall, I think Cambridge Proofreading is an excellent part-time job for any editor and especially for those new to the industry who are trying to learn the ropes. I've already improved exponentially as an editor by having so many experienced folks to learn from.
The workload naturally ebbs and flows with the academic year, so there are definitely dry spells; I've been told that having more than one gig can compensate for this. As an arts and humanities scholar/editor, I'm not assigned a ton of orders; STEM, business, and the like probably receive more assignments. If you do get assigned orders, you've got to be prompt in checking your email, as they disappear quickly (within an hour or so) to give others the chance to take the order. Sometimes it's anxiety-provoking to try to achieve the 10% insertion rate, since the quality varies hugely from job to job (and some orders are best served by deletions, rather than insertions); I've been scolded twice for this.3
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Cambridge Proofreading has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 57 reviews left anonymously by employees. 90% of employees would recommend working at Cambridge Proofreading to a friend and 83% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 6% over the last 12 months.
90% of Cambridge Proofreading employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Cambridge Proofreading 4.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.