Guidance Software Reviews

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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. Featured Review

    Great Place To Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company is rebuilding itself and headed in the right direction. There is a new leadership team, including a new CEO. The leadership team is committed to provide a collaborative and passionate workplace . We have top notch employees who are innovative thinkers and solve challenging issues every day. We are all feeling engaged, empowered and excited to be a part of such a great team with products that include cutting edge technology. Everyone has "fire in their belly" ...feels like a start-up. It is simply the best!

    Cons

    Nothing ...Guidance Software is on track! I'd recommend 100%

    Advice to Management

    Continue driving this culture and hiring A players!

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 3, 2015

    Five stars--woo hoo! Thank you for your terrific review. You couldn't be more correct ... Guidance Software is rebuilding itself and we're headed for greatness. The best part about our journey is ... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    5 Star's on the new direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    As many negative reviewers stated, look at the stock price, look at the churn. So lets discuss each item, the stock price is going back up and sustaining. It was just shy of the 2014 high. As for the churn, it is needed. Sadly it appears many mediocre folks were able to skirt by and stay at Guidance due to the old HR department. As a result, mediocre resources produced mediocre results which in turn probably bothered top talent. One big pro... to the unsung heroes of the Analog Cafe... don't know how that team does it. However every time I come up there they all have smiles on their faces and actually know your name.

    Cons

    1. Happy hour is every other week with 6 or so selections of beer and then there is the wine and cheese area with more selections and all the free food. Can we have it every week? Have Uber sponsor a week ;-) 2. Yes we have a PS4, can we get a pool or ping pong table? 3. We have bagels and donuts every week my diet is getting blown out of the water. 4. We are forced to go to the movies during work hours to have fun. Seriously I have no cons

    Advice to Management

    Product needs to come out faster we all know education is the 2nd slowest industry to change within the US with law being dead last. Let the Product managers do their thing and get some killer features out there. EnCase is the Granddaddy in this space, lets show them youngsters (competition) what we can do and not move at the pace of law. (No I do not work in Product management).

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 14, 2015

    Thank you so much for the detailed and wonderful five-star review! We really appreciate you taking the time to be specific and highlight areas that are important to you (and to all employees!) Love ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    A new, positive direction for the company.

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

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New leadership has vision, credibility and is focused on taking the company to the next level. The company is filled with top talent that takes pride in their work, the software we develop and services we provide. I have seen a big shift stem from the recent organizational changes. The positive morale is noticeable, contagious, and uplifting. I love my boss and team! My co-workers are friendly, open to new ideas and work well to achieve goals.

    Cons

    This company may not be for you if you're not the type who enjoys a busy and motivated atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the customer experience.

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 3, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review! It's true, not long ago we made changes in our management team and welcomed some new leaders...people with true passion about our company and product, and a real ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Salesforce.com Administrator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salesforce.com Administrator in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Salesforce.com Administrator in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During the time of the interview, I met everyone I would be working with. They all were very nice and made me feel "at-ease". The company has a tremendous benefit package. They provide full health coverage at a very low cost, there are constant company functions that create a wonderful working environment.

    Cons

    The only downside is I commute from a long way away, but, this is a small price to pay for the opportunity to work at a great company like Guidance.

    Advice to Management

    None right now. They have been amazing with me. I couldn't ask for a better place to work and better people to work with.

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 3, 2015

    Five stars - woo hoo! Thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled to hear about your pleasant interview experience, and your positive comments about our benefits offerings and environment. We ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    Positive momentum

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - R&D in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New management has vision and credibility to execute. Bold ideas have been proposed and vetted based on merit for the company overall. This is encouraging. Our products are in use more often than you would think... and the value to customers is clearly defined. This is still impressive me even after being here for a few years.

    Cons

    Growing pains. We're transforming in a hot market segment with lots of customer interest and investment activity.

    Advice to Management

    We're in the right position, at the right time: a rare combination. Be bold and relentless.

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 3, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review! We stand behind you 100% when you say we've got a management team with a vision and a focus on execution, a workforce brimming with innovative bold ideas, and ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty autonomous, for what I do. My boss knows that I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, and leaves me to do it. Very understanding when personal issues have come up, such as health and life events.

    Cons

    Not using much of up-to-date software. We're trying to upgrade, but it's a slow process.

    Advice to Management

    I think you're doing a pretty good job.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jul 24, 2015

    Thank you for giving us a five star review. It's short and sweet, and we love it. Keep up the great work!


  8. Great Organization with Top Talent!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is filled with top talent that is embracing changes made by a great blend of tenured and new executive leadership. The company offers very competitive benefits, low cost premiums to employees and making great strides to help with employee engagement. The talent within the organization takes pride in their work and demonstrate passion for software we develop and services we provide. I often hear that it feels great to work for a company that makes difference to the world with technology, it's our way of giving back and helping others. Overall, it's a great company to work for!

    Cons

    While the company has a great subsidized cafe onsite -which is GREAT (healthy options too!) a variety of coffee selections would be awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work, stock prices are going up!

    Guidance Software Response

    Jul 24, 2015

    Five stars - woo-hoo! Thank you for your review and comments. It's true, with a new leadership team at our helm and an organization full of top-notch talent, Guidance Software is embracing change for ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of positive buzz circulating the company. The positive morale is noticeable, contagious, and uplifting. As a new employee, I can say the compensation is highly competitive, the benefits are great, and the people are great to work with (very smart and engaged co-workers). There are no compromises here... the pay is great and the working environment is healthy. I plan to stay here for a very long time. New senior management is great, the company communicates to its employees, and the CEO is making positive changes.

    Cons

    No real downside as of yet. The building is a bit hard to navigate, more offices than cubes makes collaboration challenging, and the onsite gym really shouldn't be called a 'gym' (more like a small room to do jumping jacks).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Guidance Software Response

    Jul 17, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review. It's great to hear your kinds words about the positive energy flowing through our offices, the benefits, compensation, and importantly, the people (who truly make ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    Channel Account Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great product, great boss. HR is fast with answers. My SE is great. Customers are happy with our products and we are given the chance to upsell. Life is great at Guidance Software

    Cons

    Marketing is not strong. We have the Gartner number one End Point Detection and Response product on the market, but no one knows about it. Need a giant PR and marketing campaign to let the world know that we are not only the number one E-Discovery and Forensic company, but also number on with End Point Detection and Response.

    Advice to Management

    National sales campaigns on all products

    Guidance Software Response

    Jul 17, 2015

    Thank you for your awesome five-star review! We love how you take pride in our product and our people. (We think life is pretty great here at Guidance Software, too!) We're always looking for ways to ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    Keep up the great work! It's all about EnCase

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location/HQ Happy Hour every other Thursday Leaders in the industry of security software Innovative Summer picnic - great culture and values HR is always looking for ways to make our work environment more relaxed Great work-life balance Get to work alongside great minds There has been a lot of change within Guidance in the last year-year and a half. A change for the good that makes it feel like a start-up. A complete turn around in atmosphere, attitude and target of what is important. It is as it the carpet from underneath us was fulled, shaken and those who stayed are making positive changes and those who jumped on board after the "shake" are nothing but go-getters putting in 110%!

    Cons

    No cons - I love my job!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to bring on great minds to join GSI

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 26, 2015

    Five stars...yeah! Thank you so much for your detailed and wonderful review! We really appreciate you taking the time to be specific and highlight areas that are improving and important to all ... More



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