Guidance Software

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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
57 Reviews
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Guidance Software President, CEO, and Director Victor Limongelli
Victor Limongelli
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a great product and has been around for over 15 years (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are interested in computer forensics, this is a good place to start (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of middle management, much maligned in other reviews, is gone (in 4 reviews)

  • No one should ever have to work in such a toxic environment (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intelligent people with great pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Applications Developer  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Applications Developer in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidance Software

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There are no cons working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people to work with, great work/life balance, truly believes its corporate values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good product and good people

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

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are interesting engineering problems to solve within the company and its possible to work on many different products. There is a cafeteria on the fifth floor which is discounted for employees and has good food. There are some standing desks although it's not guaranteed that you will get one. The people in the company are very friendly and it's possible to talk directly to customers if you attend the training courses on the second floor. There are whiteboards everywhere which makes collaborating with other people very easy.

    Cons

    Historically there has been a big divide in R&D, but this appears to be changing. There is no option to work from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the cafeteria free for employees. Free food makes everyone happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company culture is changing - not so many disgruntled folks who bash after they leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RD Development  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - RD Development in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with technology and products that actually make a difference in the world. Head down to the Training room on the 3rd floor of HQ and see investigators being taught basic and advanced techniques in digital investigations from P2P file-sharing investigations to corporate fraud and yes, counter-terrorism.

    If moving the needle in society means something to you, this company has the clout and the resources to put you in a position to make a difference.

    Cons

    We're going through growing pains. Much of middle management, much maligned in other reviews, is gone. "groupthink" acolytes are nervous. We're undertaking some awesome stuff, but we still have to deal with the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on alignment of organizations outside of R&D with what the products are meant to do.
    Loyalty is for canines. Sentimentality is for your long lost flame. Make the tough decisions and earn your spot in the pantheon of execs that made a choice and lived by it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    work life balance.
    great talents, supportive management

    Cons

    resistance of change. benefit could be better.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Employees are good to work with and upper management are nice people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - System Analyst  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - System Analyst in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with, compensation is sufficient, most managers connect well with employees.

    Cons

    Bottom line trumps everything, internal resources spread thin, products could open up from specialized markets to more mass media / general sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to achieve a better balance of focus on customer markets - the small customer is what made the company thrive and deserves to have more attention shifted back to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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