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"Excellent place to learn, fantastic people, not perfect"

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

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

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.

Guidance Software Response

Jun 4, 2015

Thank you for your review, posted on March 28,, 2013. We appreciate you taking the time to provide details about the matters that were important to you. A lot of time has passed since your posting ... More

Other Employee Reviews for Guidance Software

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Smart people but toxic environment with poor senior leadership team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Feb. 25, 2013. We are sorry to hear about your experience. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. But today is a new day here at ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, and very little reward"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SF office has a great location.

    Cons

    Management doesn't recognize employees' hard work. The company culture is non-existant, and nobody believes in the product. I spent too many days working late into the night, and never felt like my work was appreciated. There's a real lack of training and professional development.

    Advice to Management

    i can't think of anything that would help management, or they would take seriously.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on Dec. 18, 2013. We are sorry to hear about your experience. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. But today is a new day here at ... More

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