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Excellent place to learn, fantastic people, not perfect

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Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

a. Extremely knowledgeable, diverse, nice people.
b. Pleasant Pasadena location.
c. The company owns the Forensic Software market.
d. Some managers are awesome, among the best in the industry. (I was one of the lucky ones that had a good manager).
e. Very productive working environment: very few meetings, fantastic coding style, deep code reviews.
f. Cinema, barbeque from time to time.
g. I'm an industry veteran and Guidance was the place where I've learned the most.

Cons

a. Promotions to leadership/management positions are rare, when they happen it is in a opaque way.
b. Some managers are way below average.
c. People get fired constantly for "butting heads with the wrong person".
d. Real estate near Pasadena is expensive (not that Guidance can do anything about it).

Advice to Management

Train your middle managers, so they learn to deal with people. Create your own management talent pool, don't go always after people from outside for leadership positions. Guidance has a fantastic workforce, treat them with respect. Disrespectful managers should be provided proper guidance (no pun intended). Allow for easier lateral movement in the company.

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  1. 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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Smart people but toxic environment with poor senior leadership team

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

    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

    Reasonable comp; benefits are fair, not great.

    Cons

    Company culture is toxic to say the least; poor executive leadership in virtually every area.

    Advice to Management

    I was in a fairly senior leadership role and saw a lot of odd behavior for an enterprise software company. Sales, Marketing, Services all seemed to not know what the other orgs were doing nor care; each area of the organizations is managed as a fiefdom and Victor (CEO) let's it happen and or claims to be unaware of the dysfunction. Amazing he is still collecting his high comp given the direction of the company. CFO is strong but has some weak people underneath that enable bad behavior. For a publicly traded company, it was a bit frightening to see the lack of controls in some areas of the business. The Services organization is poorly managed from the top down; very top heavy and ruled with an iron fist. Tremendous level of attrition at the company so I would think twice before joining. Overall, not a positive experience.

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