Cipher Systems

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  1.  

    Excellent place to work. If you're a developer, you will grow here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Developer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Cipher Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management treats employees with respect, and never feels like an adversary. Additionally, they actively encourage employees to grow professionally either through technical training or in an academic setting, often making allowances of the sort that few companies would consider.

    I've been in the IT business for nearly 20 years, but have gained far more from my time at this company than in all previous combined. It hasn't always been easy and indeed at times has been stressful, but I've had the opportunity to build things I wouldn't have thought twice about a few years ago, as well as further my own education, all with the open support of management. Can't beat that.

    Cons

    No company is without its faults, but Cipher's are few. Increased top down communication with respect to company direction and employee roles would be welcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a bit more time communicating with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Do not work at Cipher Systems. Beyond repair.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at Cipher Systems

    Pros

    Business casual dress code. Freedom to learn new technologies. Some leaders will let you make the final decision on an approach. Some team members are awesome.

    Cons

    This place is beyond repair.

    There are so many things wrong with this place it is difficult to determine where to begin. The churn rate is high because they don't have their act together. Dr. Phil asks, "You know what all of your failed relationships have in common? You." If they continue to hire quality candidates and those people get fired or quit or both, is it more likely that have the worst luck in the world or that they run a terrible company?

    Poor communication.
    Unreasonable expectations.
    Poor management.
    Some (not all) of the developers were snotty about what you do and don't know.
    They had graduates from UMBC (computer science) start in QA to justify a low starting salary.
    No in-lieu-of time ( no work life balance ).
     Box fans ( WallyWorld style) in the "server room".

    I could go on for pages.

    I would never ever recommend anyone to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the advice of your team the first time. Instead of dismissing ideas and months and years later deciding that those ideas have merit. Give those ideas the proper credit and consideration they deserve. Hire a person to execute those ideas. Basically, get your act together. Fire yourself and let someone who knows how to run a software company take charge.

    Doesn't Recommend

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