Guidance Software

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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014

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2.3 52 reviews

19% Approve of the CEO

Guidance Software President, CEO, and Director Victor Limongelli

Victor Limongelli

(31 ratings)

22% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a great product and has been around for over 15 years (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are interested in computer forensics, this is a good place to start (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of middle management, much maligned in other reviews, is gone (in 4 reviews)

  • No one should ever have to work in such a toxic environment (in 4 reviews)

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    Fun technology, good compensation, dictatorship at the top

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pasadena, CA

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

    ConsNo accountability whatsoever.
    Every key decision is made at the top without seeking input from the rest of the company.
    Reinventing the wheel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're not always right. Learn to listen to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's become "just a job"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pasadena, CA

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

    ConsMicro-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 Senior ManagementBe honest with the employees and treat them as adults.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company flushed down the drain by mismanagement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood product; pockets of smart, talented employees

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementTime to clean house - especially at the higher levels. Recognize and reward employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Guidance Software....where there is none.

    Forensic Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere are none that I can think of.

    ConsEverything from workload to manager

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to business and management school

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people but poor middle management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle managers should be made more accountable. Get rid of buddy network. Make hiring and firing transparent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Misguided Leadership, great product

    Sales (Current Employee)

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

    ConsUnnecessary 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Pasadena, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Corporate Culture and Leadership could use a good overhaul

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pasadena, CA

    ProsGood location and some very

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Should have passed on this one.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pasadena, CA

    ProsGood location that is easy to access.

    ConsInterviewed and hired for one job, but was told to do another. Hired as a consultant, but expected to stay at location whether there was work or not. There tended to be groups of friends that advance each other. Clients were taken from people to lure new employees, which effected current employees base salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany is not run professionally. It is time to seriously address this issue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    For the most part, it was just okay. Although, many days were just down right difficult to muddle through.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pasadena, CA

    ProsThe people! You spend a lot of time with your colleagues and this company has quite a few great and talented professional people.

    ConsMgmt is not really honest and trustworthy. You will spend a fair amount of time covering your rear so that your immediate manager doesn't throw you under the bus because they don't understand how a process works (although you've explained it time and time again). And, they will not apologize for being wrong. Owning up to your mistakes is a vital quality trait that is lacking at Guidance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is too top heavy. How many VP's of sales does one need? That money should be put to better use for the indians who are truly behind Guidance's success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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