Guidance Software Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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Guidance Software Acting CEO, CFO Barry Plaga
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Pros
  • Great products, smart people, good work ethics, team spirit and good pay (in 6 reviews)

  • good products, good people in the field with the ability to succeed (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Much of middle management, much maligned in other reviews, is gone (in 6 reviews)

  • No one should ever have to work in such a toxic environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Fallen behind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide growth opportunities for top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  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

    Pros

    neat co workers cool work space.

    Cons

    HR department response / timely to questions or issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Some great employees and also some horrible ones that they can afford

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They got rid of a lot of the executive leadership recently and replaced it with new people. A lot of people on the old executive leadership team, particularly HR and Professional Services, were useless.

    Cons

    Heavy turnover. They have some great employees but a lot of their employees are underpaid and not the best in the industry. They are not getting new clients so they are operating on a poor budget, which means they can keep great talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A culture change is heavily needed here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Company to work for!!!

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Guidance Software as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the company is great! The corporate culture is very relaxed and you feel like you're always part of a team.

    Cons

    Personally, this doesn't apply to me at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire great people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Forward-thinking cutting edge technology organization that focuses on maximizing the talents of its workforce.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly employee centric (R&D department) environment. Preference leans towards happy work life. Time off policies are commensurate with the industry. Fairly flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Company with much greatness ahead, but is currently working through the growing pains associated with previous success in a highly competitive industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the end user first. This has always been the mantra a highly successful companies that build cutting edge products. The open-minded culture of process improvement should also continue (this has been a great evolution lately) - do not rest of the laurels of the improvements made thus far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Sales

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

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Pros

    Great Tech
    Large client base
    Strong Brand

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inside Sales should contribute to outside sale quota reduction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    No place for women to grow

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    Current Employee - Services in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Services in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    I work with a bunch of smart people, there was at one time a strong female presence, but now we are left with dopey women that make all women look bad.

    Cons

    I have worked here for nearly 5 years and have seen women and minorities just fall to the side. Now, the last female executive just left, it's back to being the boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice the strong women at guidance and promote from within!! This is looking more and more like a white boy club. It's unfortunate that the new executive team can't see that women have value. VP of PS will be missed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    One of the worst companies I have ever worked. Glad I left before I was laid off as mini lay offs are very common.

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    Former Employee - Professional Services
    Former Employee - Professional Services

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

    Pros

    work from home or client site in professional services

    Cons

    lack of vision/direction
    job stability is completely lacking
    very high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some respect for your employees. Frequent layoffs or letting go people is not good for morale. Understand what employees are contributing instead of viewing employees as replaceable cogs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Retaliation-friendly, toxic company

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people at Guidance mean well and are good co-workers

    Cons

    Passive-aggressive company culture
    Unprofessional
    Retaliation is supported here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR and talent acquisition teams are poorly run. This company will screw you over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need Better hr department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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