Guidance Software Reviews

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Guidance Software President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Dennis
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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    • 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. Great people to work with, great work/life balance, truly believes its corporate values

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Professional, honest, friendly people to work with. - Excellent work/life balance, compared to other companies. - Believes and lives its corporate values (so far). - High respect for its management. - Very little employee turnover.

    Cons

    - Let's see if the company can continue maintain those pro's as it grows into a larger company. - HR process for hiring can be long and frustrating without little communication from the recruiter.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your core corporate values as you expand the company. Continue to respect and trust your employees, and they will continue to perform for you. Please improve your HR process for hiring.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review, posted on Oct. 4, 2011. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Recently, we assembled a new management team...leaders who are ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    Guidance is a dynamic sales-focused company that treats its people great and customers even better!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work @ Guidance are opportunity in a field that is unsaturated, the comp plan is aggressive and the solutions are not commoditized. With corporation litigation not slowing down and security only getting tighter, our platform is solid and supports some of the largest global companies out there. Our reputation is a strong sign of our success over the past 15 years...

    Cons

    The only downside of this company is the FSA total is only $3000 in comparism to other company;s where it is @ least $6000.

    Advice to Management

    The presidents club trips are extremely motivating! Would love to see quarterly incentives as well...

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review, posted on Dec. 12, 2011. A lot has changed here at Guidance Software since the time of your posting. Recently, we assembled a new leadership team...leaders who ... More


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  5. Awesome

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and nice people, Management is great. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Probably not at the same salary level of the big ones. You need time to scale up.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review, posted on June 20, 2013. A lot of time has passed since your posting and we've made some great changes here at Guidance Software, including adding a new ... More


  6. Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Helpful developers all around, and management is good too.

    Cons

    There are no cons working here.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review, posted on Oct. 10, 2013. A lot of time has passed since your posting and we've made some great changes here at Guidance Software, including adding a new ... More


  7. Intelligent people with great pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Applications Developer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Applications Developer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Reserved stock -Higher-than-average pay -Yearly bonus -Yearly holiday party with huge prizes (I got 2 plane tickets) -Release parties (Universal studios / Cruise / Disney) -Team lunches -Team "offsite meetings" AKA "lets play pool at a bar" -Agile environment -Reduced cost cafe on site with large menu (whole meal for $4) Best perk - Extremely nice and intelligent co-workers. Experts in many different fields.

    Cons

    -No opportunity to work from home

    Advice to Management

    Make the FULL transition to Agile (Executives need to be behind Agile as well) and the company will prosper.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review, posted on Nov. 7, 2013. A lot of time has passed since your posting and we've made some great changes here at Guidance Software, including adding a new leadership ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    Interesting, Innovative Company with a Challenging, Fast-Paced enviornment

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

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

    Pros

    Great Products! Awesome People! Smart, easy to work with above market pay. Everyone helps each other here, I've been here over 6 years... When you're an industry leader its great to see us not get comfortable. Some companies would be satisfied with that but our Sr Leadership keeps pushing forward, its fantastic to be part of this company.

    Cons

    We ship a product so sometimes we have to work a little extra to meet the customer demands.

    Advice to Management

    Its never perfect, my manager is engaging and we communicate openly.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you so much for your review, posted on May 29, 2014. We, too, believe in our products and people, too, and we're thrilled to have your support! Since the time of your posting, we assembled a ... More


  9. Forward-thinking cutting edge technology organization that focuses on maximizing the talents of its workforce.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 3, 2015

    Thank you for giving us a five-star review. Yeah! We're on a mission to put people at the core of everything we do….that means we understand our employees are humans first and worker bees second ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    good company, with much more in potential

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

    Pros

    rather new exec team. good vision. good product, just need to enable the whole company now. lots of potential for growth. culture is evolving, which is actually a really good thing. im personally really excited about the current direction of the company.

    Cons

    there is a bit of office drama. they are working towards transparency within the company, which should help. formal/clear lines of communication would help. the culture currently is very old school, its a software company, it needs to get with the current industry.

    Advice to Management

    enable current teams. keep the culture shift going.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 3, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review! We recently made changes in our executive team, bringing in some new leaders who are committed to seeing a positive shift in culture. We couldn't be happier to ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    Joined to help accelerate go to market efforts and lead focus on delighting our customers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Revenue Officer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Chief Revenue Officer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great industry. Growing and dynamic market. New technology can propel company forward. Very committed workforce.

    Cons

    Very competitive marketplace. Well funded startups create competitive challenges. New technology is a little late.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving fast. You are executing well and keep on focusing on the customer and business outcomes.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 3, 2015

    Thank you for your five-star review! We stand behind your positive outlook for our company. And while our marketplace is competitive, we couldn't be more optimistic about our future, given the level ... More



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