Guidance Software Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fallen behind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product that can make a difference.

    Cons

    Weak executive management team. Lack of technical innovation. Used to be a leader in the space.

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities for top talent.

  2. getting better all the time

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    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    neat co workers cool work space.

    Cons

    HR department response / timely to questions or issues.

    Advice to Management

    looking for a new CEO; a step in the right direction.

  3. Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Tech
    Large client base
    Strong Brand

    Cons

    Small channel
    Brand only specific to forensics
    Roadmaps for non-forensic product

    Advice to Management

    Inside Sales should contribute to outside sale quota reduction

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  5. A company that needs to be publicly recognized.

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Pasadena, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, smart people, good work ethics, team spirit and good pay.

    Cons

    Lack of standardization, public company, Dev controlled, no one outside of it knows who we are.

    Advice to Management

    Need Better hr department.

  6. Good place to learn the eDiscovery world from ground up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great product, great technical talent, great clients

    Cons

    poor management, lack strategic vision, poor execution

  7. A decent place to work for

    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Pasadena, TX

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

    Pros

    Since this is a small company. It allows individuals to research and used various tools for their work. There are some good people working there. It's pretty rare to have to work on weekends.

    Cons

    This is a place where friends promote friends. In order for you to move up, you need to be are of the clique crew or have friends at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more qualified to manage. Perhaps take more management.

  8. Not the worst place to work but not exactly the best either

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top of class forensic software so you stay on top of the current technology.

    Cons

    High turn over. Little training on the products and high expectation to be an "expert".

    Advice to Management

    Let the consultants install the software for testing on their laptops. How can anyone learn a tool they can't even use according to policy. Have actual technical directors instead of sales people running technical consultants.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor executive leadership, high turnover, good if you're in Sales for $$$

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good location close to Old Town Pasadena
    * There is a degree of flexibility to move around within the organization although the latest layoff may have changed this.

    Cons

    * High turnover (42%) leads to low employee morale
    * You need to fight tooth and nail for your deserved salary adjustments
    * You may be working under incompetent management
    * Inept sales managers who are overpaid but not making their quotas in contrast to the underpaid and unrecognized departments that support the inept sales team
    * Ironic technological inefficiencies for a technology company
    * A lot of office politics!!!
    * Horrible accounting and budgeting practices.
    * It was obvious the recent layoff was just for show.

    Advice to Management

    You are a small company acting as a large corporation. Recognize the little people who actually produce work rather than those who simply delegate and take all the credit. If there is no fundamental change, the company should go back to being a private company. It was not ready.

  10. Helpful (4)

    It wasn't so bad, but the Owner needs to go!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good/Friendly people outside of the 'LOCKED' room.

    Cons

    C++ and Enscript? Career killer.
    The CTO is not a CTO and is still coding day and night.

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership and improve the culture

  11. Helpful (2)

    Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to software and training. Purchasing their training is expensive, so free training in their software for employees is valuable.

    Cons

    They have a very sales oriented culture, which fails to recognize the contribution of technical people who work with customers. Software development leadership is inflexible and unimaginative.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for the founders to move on and bring in professionals who have experience with large companies and complex products.

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