Guidance Software

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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
64 Reviews
2.5
64 Reviews
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Guidance Software President, CEO, and Director Victor Limongelli
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41 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    Fun technology, good compensation, dictatorship at the top

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

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Good people can be found with real skills.
    Compensation appears to be above average.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No accountability whatsoever.
    Every key decision is made at the top without seeking input from the rest of the company.
    Reinventing the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not always right. Learn to listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Totally lost executive management team

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

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

    Pros

    The space is kind of hot and easy to talk about with prospects

    Cons

    The Sr. Management is lost. They would be better off setting strategy and objectives using a Weegie board. They demonstrate no respect for their employees and a complete disregard for their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about you put people into positions that have actually done the job they are trying to set strategy for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's become "just a job"

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

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays well (although this is changing with recent job cuts and firings). It's a great product and has been around for over 15 years.

    Cons

    Micro-management
    Lack of direction
    Lack of communication
    Its become a vindictive environment (regarding upper management)
    Company feels as though its always looking for reasons to get rid of people.
    MANY people are looking to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with the employees and treat them as adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn the eDiscovery world from ground up

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

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

    Pros

    great product, great technical talent, great clients

    Cons

    poor management, lack strategic vision, poor execution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company flushed down the drain by mismanagement

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

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

    Pros

    Good product; pockets of smart, talented employees

    Cons

    Poor growth and career potential. Very poor management and upper level management. Management requires training in appropriate HR behavior, people skills. Management creates and fosters a stressful, distrustful and unpleasant culture; does not reward expertise, hard work or dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to clean house - especially at the higher levels. Recognize and reward employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Guidance Software....where there is none.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Forensic Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Forensic Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    There are none that I can think of.

    Cons

    Everything from workload to manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to business and management school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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