Guidance Software

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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
64 Reviews
2.6
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Guidance Software President, CEO, and Director Victor Limongelli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great products, smart people, good work ethics, team spirit and good pay (in 6 reviews)

  • good products, good people in the field with the ability to succeed (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of middle management, much maligned in other reviews, is gone (in 6 reviews)

  • No one should ever have to work in such a toxic environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most dysfunctional company in my 20+ year career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Their ability to meet payroll (you will get paid while you work here. Your pay check will arrive on time.
        - Free water and coffee everyday
        - Free parking

    Cons

    - Toxic work environment (in several teams).
        - Too much red tape for a small company
        - Radical restructuring and layoffs
        - Several Unqualified people in leadership/managerial positions. The company is run by former attorneys and police officers who don't know how to run a technology company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a pretty good job in screwing up the company and its people. If your goal is to run the company to the ground, then you are on track and doing hell of a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Old School Software Company That Went Public But Acts Private

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guidance Software (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pasadena is a great location. There some great places to eat nearby and great places to walk to at lunch.

    Cons

    As much as you think you are contributing to the company's success, you are expendable and will not be considered to share in any company success. Your hard work and sweat are for the benefit of a few. Job seekers: don't mistake this for naivete, very few people last at the company more than 1-2 years. They are either let go by a new boss or leave to a competitor. This is not a high-tech environment with perks, positive reinforcement, and mission-based goals. "You don't know anything, you didn't do it right, you are stupid and its your fault." Go ahead - pretend like it will be different for you. You'll see.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board must do something about executive management for the benefit of shareholders and employees. This has gone on too long. Act like a real board of a public company. This company has made misstep after misstep and the same people are still in place. Look at the attrition rates. Look at the lack of leadership and fear. No wonder why this company hasn't grown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacking strong financial outlook. Avoid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guidance Software

    Pros

    A good career stepping stone. Some of the personnel are good to work with.

    Cons

    Office culture and politics are poor. Very low level salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look at the stock price

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    EnCase Forensic was the state-of-the art. In the 2007 timeframe. Then, top management tried to break into the legal (eDiscovery) arena.

    Forensics was the strong suit. Anyone wanting to learn about Forensic investigation should consider working here. The Training department is EXCELLENT. Forensic training is usually offered to all R&D personnel. If you come in as QA you certainly should ask for the training.

    I'm not sure that programmers are given the chance for the week-long training class. I attended three tiers of training and never met one of our junior programmers. Customers were paying over $10K to attend.

    Cons

    No career development for young programmers, due to the proprietary language.
    Management decisions took the company in an odd direction. Middle management could survive without knowing the product and what it could do. Just kissing butt to someone above. My boss was clueless about how the software worked, and we were in R&D.
    Due to lack of career development opportunities, I saw my young friends in programming as in a sweatshop environment. There is a trade-off between money and satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You won't take advice, so I won't offer any. CEO made his millions taking the company public in 2006.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Totally lost executive management team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The space is kind of hot and easy to talk about with prospects

    Cons

    The Sr. Management is lost. They would be better off setting strategy and objectives using a Weegie board. They demonstrate no respect for their employees and a complete disregard for their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about you put people into positions that have actually done the job they are trying to set strategy for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Turnover, Poor Management, and Little Governance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Great locations, people you work with are friendly

    Cons

    Heads of Sales, Marketing, Channels, and other departments turnover constantly. You will be very lucky if you survive during these transitions. If you are junior or paid below market or there is a perceived issue associated with your termination, you will probably be OK. Very little process due to the turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the founder and outside officers is - this is a public company so treat it like that and make the right decisions. Look at how much marketshare you've lost to rivals. You were early leaders, but you haven't been able to maintain that lead. Look at all the turnover for goodness sake. How many earnings misses are we going to hear about. How many times are investors going to hear about Conference attendence numbers, expensive reports the company has comissioned, and that the next "big" product is coming in two quarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Job I Ever Had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Below the executive level are good people and the products are very solid.

    Cons

    It's very hard to make money or have fun at this company. Very little support for the sales team. The lack of leadership and accountability at the top does not bode well for the future. No sense of urgency outside of sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible - One of the worst experiences I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Nice facility (Parking, cafe for breakfast/lunch)

    -Great product

    Cons

    -Middle managers will throw their employees under the bus to protect themselves from any scrutiny.

    -The environment at the organization is profoundly toxic.

    -This company is fueled by greed.

    -Lots of red tape – want to try something new? Forget about it. If it doesn’t fall within their
    preset metrics it will not be considered.

    -Very political, everyone is competing to pass their own agenda and secure their position. ----

    -No collaboration between teams.

    -Forget getting promoted, once you know your role, get comfortable being in it for a long time. Middle manager do not want to promote you! That means they have to hire someone to do your job.

    -Redundant, unnecessary BS meetings in fancy board rooms that don’t add value or accomplish anything.

    -Money hungry C-Level execs

    Everyone I’ve had an honest conversation with at this company is working there because it pays well. The staff is frustrated and disgruntled. Waking up every morning and heading into work was such a struggle. No one should ever have to work in such a toxic environment. If you are being recruited to work for this company, run away, as fast as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a worst company to work for. Please stay away from it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Donuts and bagels on Mondays. Group lunch once in a while, outdoor activities i.e. picnic, B-B-Q and movies.

    Cons

    1. Sprint planning in engineering team more specifically QA is awfully long and boring
    2. There is a lot of micromanagement. They are very rigid and extreme
    3. You can't get closer at the personal level with your fellow co-workers. Really sad!!!!
    4. Your emails, phone calls, time are monitored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more personable and understanding. Try to lighten up. Take it easy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Guidance Software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to NOT work at

    Cons

    Ruthless management, will fire you to avoid paying commissions, highly litigious, "Big Brother" like atmosphere (24x7 office video cameras, email snooping, phone tracking),managers open and view personal files after hours. Activity report intensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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