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I worked at Cactus CommunicationsPros
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 time there, from doing mostly basic edits to much more advanced, scholarly work, and from there was given the additional responsibility of checking and rating the work of other editors.
Everyone I dealt with at Cactus was very friendly, responsive, and helpful, even though it seems like in-house staff must work very long, hard hours to be available as much as they are.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 asked to enter in the system their preferences for how much work they would like to receive and when, but in my case these preferences were routinely disregarded, and I received most assignments in less than 24 hours before their due date. This made for pretty poor work-life balance.
Additionally, I felt pressured to take a lot of work because the pay rate is not great -- certainly not sustainable if they're your only source of income (or if you're not working for them 24/7). Using their editorial quote generator, I estimated that I was probably netting 20% of the total fee charged to clients for the sorts of edits I was providing. Ouch.
Still, for what I received in return (editing experience, knowledge of the diverse scholarly issues discussed in the papers I edited), I feel it was overall a fair trade for short-term work.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO