Guidance Software Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Guidance Software President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Dennis
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Pros
  • Great products, smart people, good work ethics, team spirit and good pay (in 6 reviews)

  • Good people can be found with real skills (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management could survive without knowing the product and what it could do (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    could be something... but its not

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidance Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    working space and some onsite perks nice

    Cons

    constant change of plans and direction by Sr. Mgmt, and HR indifferent to retention makes for very high turnover

    Advice to Management

    pick a process or approach and stick to it long enough to see if it works.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jul 24, 2015

    Thank you for your review. We've recently made significant changes in our management team and welcomed a team of new leaders who is 100% committed to seeing a positive culture shift. The team has ... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    High Tech software company run by lawyers. Need I say more?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good products & technology. The Encase Software suite is an industry leader.

    Cons

    The company is very poorly run and disorganized. Internal groups that should be consolidated act and operate as independent units with their own agenda. It's more like working at a law firm than a software company. The company has completely de-valued itself by reducing it's product pricing to a point where they can never recover.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who can effectively market and position our products. Or, replace the Senior Management with individuals that know this industry.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 5, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Aug. 4, 2014. Back at the start of 2014, we drastically changed pricing with a desire to grab market share. While we were pleased with the number of customers ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fun technology, good compensation, dictatorship at the top

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Good people can be found with real skills. Compensation appears to be above average. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No accountability whatsoever. Every key decision is made at the top without seeking input from the rest of the company. Reinventing the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    You're not always right. Learn to listen to your employees.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on July 5, 2014. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. But today is a new day here at Guidance Software! We have a new leadership ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    It's become "just a job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays well (although this is changing with recent job cuts and firings). It's a great product and has been around for over 15 years.

    Cons

    Micro-management Lack of direction Lack of communication Its become a vindictive environment (regarding upper management) Company feels as though its always looking for reasons to get rid of people. MANY people are looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the employees and treat them as adults.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on March 9, 2014. We are very sorry to hear about your experience. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. Today, however, is a new ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company flushed down the drain by mismanagement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product; pockets of smart, talented employees

    Cons

    Poor growth and career potential. Very poor management and upper level management. Management requires training in appropriate HR behavior, people skills. Management creates and fosters a stressful, distrustful and unpleasant culture; does not reward expertise, hard work or dedication.

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean house - especially at the higher levels. Recognize and reward employees.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Feb. 28, 2014. We are sorry to hear about your experience. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. Today, however, is a new day ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    Guidance Software....where there is none.

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    Current Employee - Forensic Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Forensic Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    There are none that I can think of.

    Cons

    Everything from workload to manager

    Advice to Management

    Go to business and management school

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Dec. 21, 2013. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Most recently, we assembled a new leadership team who are taking us to ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart people but poor middle management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has good products. Peers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Refusing to embrace changes. Poor people management by middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Middle managers should be made more accountable. Get rid of buddy network. Make hiring and firing transparent.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Aug. 4, 2013. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Most recently, we assembled a new leadership team...people with true ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    Misguided Leadership, great product

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful product that has a loyal customer base. They hire great "worker bees" so it's great to come to work.

    Cons

    Unnecessary promotions into management with direct reports to those who don't have the skill or aptitude for it. The promotional structure is archaic and unclear as to how to get promoted. Too top heavy when it comes to leadership.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on July 27, 2013. We, too, believe in our products and people, too, and we're thrilled to have your support! Since the time of your posting, we assembled a new ... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    Technical direction is top down via CTO. His word is God and everyone too scared to disagree.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart developer and friendly enviroment. Good benifits Good team building events

    Cons

    Lack to overall team sprit between departments, too many people like to wash their hands of the problem when it comes to work inter-deparement Not much freedom to innovate CTO is very smart but does not understand UI

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people Figure out why you have such a high turnover in key positions Hire UX people

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Sept. 8, 2012. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Recently, we assembled a new leadership team...leaders who are focused ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    Corporate Culture and Leadership could use a good overhaul

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location and some very

    Cons

    Overall culture, lack of communication and respect, severe disapproval of work/life balance

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Feb. 16, 2012. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Recently, we assembled a new leadership team...leaders who are focused ... More



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