Photonics engineers work in an indoor, team setting that runs on good communication. The photonics field is fueled by successful, innovative project teams that communicate well within the workplace.
In the workplace setting photonics engineers are responsible for the safety of their coworkers, as well as the work completed by their subordinates. In this setting, work must be absolutely accurate. There is no time or money for errors. There are deadlines that must be met, and the workplace of an engineer can be a very competitive place because of this.
The hours of photonic engineers are generally the typical 40-hour workweek; however, the hours can be long when deadlines for research projects must be met.