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"Soul-killing bastion of mediocrity"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pasadena, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pasadena, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Compensation may be adequate, but it may vary wildly for people at similar career levels. If you are interested in computer forensics, this is a good place to start.

Cons

This is the worst work environment I've ever seen. There is NO design documentation. The only requirement are emails that the project managers send to the software managers, who then hoard them. Encase is an awful environment, and Enscript a joke of a language. Working here builds no skills that are portable. Managers play favorites and disrespect employees left and right. No communication between managers and rank and file.

Advice to Management

Throw away Enscript. Try using some actual engineering process. How about some actual documentation? An auto generated class diagram with 1000's of classes does not constitute an architecture.

Guidance Software Response

Jun 4, 2015

Thank you for your review, posted on May 23, 2011. 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 ... More

Other Employee Reviews for Guidance Software

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Worst days of my professional career."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Working at the forefront of digital forensics and that's it.
    -Employees are generally friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    -There is absolutely NO training provided and false promises of helping employees advance in their careers, by middle management, run rampant.
    -QA managers are more like project managers rather than people managers.
    -Micro management is the name of the game.
    -Morale is very low and there are no signs of improvement.
    -Goals are assigned that will help management advance and look better and not help the employees at all.
    -Employees tend to avoid management as much as they can.
    -Meetings are stretched and very unproductive.
    -Most of the times work is assigned and instructions are given on completing the assignment so no brain power is needed.
    -The company revolves around R&D and other departments are secondary.
    -R&D is keen on using its proprietary scripting language and any other technology is dismissed even if it will help the company deliver better products.
    -Trust issues between management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire middle management that is good in managing people. The founders of the company should step aside and let real business people run the company. I agree with the previous posters that people should be promoted to management depending on their leadership ability and not how well they know the software. The employees are not committed to their managers or the goals of the company, they are complying with them. Bring in consultants that will tell management what is wrong with the company and its structure and how they can take advantage of the low-hanging fruit to implement changes and see immediate results.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on March 10, 2011. We are sorry to hear about your experience. At the time you posted this review, our company looked very different. A lot has changed since then ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Do Not Work In The Customer Service Department"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is okay and Pasadena is a great location to work.

    Cons

    Too much of a dictatorship from management in that department and you will never be able to advance unless the management deems you worthy of it, which is rare. It is also a high-stress department and management loves to micro-manage.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do some serious work on your people skills.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 4, 2015

    Thank you for your review, posted on March 2, 2011. 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 ... More

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