Guidance Software

  www.guidancesoftware.com
  www.guidancesoftware.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile
There are newer employer reviews for Guidance Software

6 people found this helpful  

Unprofessional & Poorly Managed

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

I worked at Guidance Software

Pros

No one cares if you do your job well or not, or even if you do your job at all, so there's rarely anyone breathing down your neck.
It's a very relaxed environment - people curse, no dress code.
There are often free lunches because of meetings - they are not cheap with hotels and restaurants, so you can end up eating and/or staying at some nice places.
Pretty flexible scheduling - as long as you don't abuse and get your work done, you can change your hours around.

Cons

POLITICS!! They will affect you even if you aren't involved.
No one knows what they are doing - everyone here has their jobs because they were in the right place at the right time and made the right friends. There is no accountability and no transparency regarding any decisions or actions by co-workers and management.
It's a process-obsessed company where no one is familiar with any of the processes. Everything is made up as you go along, even when there are precedents for how to do things.
Extremely high turnover - they've had 4 or 5 marketing VPs over the past 4 years and constant lay-offs in all departments at every level - NO ONE is safe.
Very low level of education and experience from almost everyone - although it's a tech company, you feel like you work at a manufacturing plant with people who can barely read and write.
Endless meetings that are more for people to continue their vendettas rather than to actually get any work done.
Never express your point of view on the project at hand - it is not welcome here. If you're smart, you'll be seen as a threat. If you're average, you'll just be ignored.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The management is part of the problem. This company is only doing well because the marketplace is very, very tiny. They will sink once other cyber defence companies get bigger and stronger. The culture at this company is rotten and that comes from the top down. My advice to management: fire yourselves and let an entirely new group of people run this place.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

57 Other Employee Reviews for Guidance Software (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Soul-killing bastion of mediocrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Pros

    Compensation may be adequate, but it may vary wildly for people at similar career levels. If you are interested in computer forensics, this is a good place to start.

    Cons

    This is the worst work environment I've ever seen. There is NO design documentation. The only requirement are emails that the project managers send to the software managers, who then hoard them. Encase is an awful environment, and Enscript a joke of a language. Working here builds no skills that are portable. Managers play favorites and disrespect employees left and right. No communication between managers and rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw away Enscript. Try using some actual engineering process. How about some actual documentation? An auto generated class diagram with 1000's of classes does not constitute an architecture.

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

    Worst days of my professional career.

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

    I have been working at Guidance Software

    Pros

    -Working at the forefront of digital forensics and that's it.
    -Employees are generally friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    -There is absolutely NO training provided and false promises of helping employees advance in their careers, by middle management, run rampant.
    -QA managers are more like project managers rather than people managers.
    -Micro management is the name of the game.
    -Morale is very low and there are no signs of improvement.
    -Goals are assigned that will help management advance and look better and not help the employees at all.
    -Employees tend to avoid management as much as they can.
    -Meetings are stretched and very unproductive.
    -Most of the times work is assigned and instructions are given on completing the assignment so no brain power is needed.
    -The company revolves around R&D and other departments are secondary.
    -R&D is keen on using its proprietary scripting language and any other technology is dismissed even if it will help the company deliver better products.
    -Trust issues between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire middle management that is good in managing people. The founders of the company should step aside and let real business people run the company. I agree with the previous posters that people should be promoted to management depending on their leadership ability and not how well they know the software. The employees are not committed to their managers or the goals of the company, they are complying with them. Bring in consultants that will tell management what is wrong with the company and its structure and how they can take advantage of the low-hanging fruit to implement changes and see immediate results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Guidance Software

Worked for Guidance Software? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.