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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Guidance Software President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Dennis
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Pros
  • They had some really good people in the past but lost many, often as a result of layoffs or poor pay practices (in 12 reviews)

  • good product, just need to enable the whole company now (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Goals to sell the company led to it's eventual downfall (in 5 reviews)

  • Mgmt, and HR indifferent to retention makes for very high turnover (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, perfect time to join"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Guidance Software is on a trajectory perfectly aligned with my career objectives. Onboarding was a delightfully warm and welcoming experience. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to collaborate with truly brilliant people at the forefront of digital forensics and cybersecurity innovation.

    Cons

    There are none worthy of mention.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Keep doing what you are doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A company that pays for performance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Guidance. The vast majority of my coworkers are bright, proactive and easy to work with. Self starters do well here. Given the size of the company, your performance will stand out, for good or for bad. You will find the CEO to be energizing or polarizing, depending on your temperament and whether you agree with his vision for the company. There's a fancy new gym on the first floor of the building if you're into that and there are lots of good restaurants in the vicinity.

    Cons

    It's fish or cut bait. Do not expect much in the way of hand holding. You'll be required to start producing almost immediately. Assertiveness is a must.

    Guidance Software Response

    May 19, 2017

    Yay! It's been a while since we've received a review from a current employee. Thank you!

    We feel strongly that the vast majority of current employees share your positive viewpoints about life at... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place in Great City"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Smart people in a good location with lots of room to make an impact. Because of relatively small size, each employee is a key contributor with the chance to make a difference and not just be a cog in the wheel.

    Cons

    Small size means sometimes you just have to be agile and figure things out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Guidance Software Response

    Mar 22, 2017

    FIVE stars? Yeah! Thank you for your review. At Guidance, individuals really do have an opportunity to contribute to company goals and make an impact. That can sometimes mean learning unfamiliar... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "New leadership is turning the company around one step at a time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Leadership team appears to be doing the right things to turn the company around from the numerous mistakes of previous leaders.

    Cons

    Monumental change doesn't happen overnight or in a year. It will take some time and some employees don't realize this.

    Advice to Management

    Please stay the course, and please continue to be as transparent as possible to employees. I don't believe there is such a thing as communicating too much, so don't hold back.

    Guidance Software Response

    Mar 2, 2017

    Thank you for your five star review! It's true, Guidance Software is on the rise! We were happy to read your positive comments about our leadership team and your belief in our company's direction... More


  5. "Software Development Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are all very kind. I learned a lot of stuff during those three months. The working environment is pretty good. The salary is reasonable.

    Cons

    The projects are not easy to handle. But it is a great opportunity to learn more.

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 22, 2016

    Yipee! We love to see five stars! Thank you for taking time to share what your internship experience was like at Guidance. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to connect with our Guides and learn on... More


  6. "Excellent Company to learn and grow at as an intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Guidance Software as an intern

    Pros

    Was able to rotate between multiple sections of department and take part in various projects
    Worked with several different managers and directors to gain a broad view of operations
    Guidance employees were very kind and helpful and consistently had my back to ensure I had a great experience

    Cons

    Nothing negative comes to mind

    Guidance Software Response

    Aug 9, 2016

    Alright! Five stars!! Thank you for your review. We are ecstatic to hear about your positive internship experience. It's great to hear about your opportunities to get involved in many areas of our... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome company & leadership!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guidance Software offers competitive compensation packages, benefits, stock options and a ton of perks. The shift in culture, change in leadership, new product and new strategy keeps me excited to come to work every day! There's a good balance between work and life and a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. It's a GREAT time to be here at Guidance Software!

    Cons

    With change, comes challenges but we're headed in the right direction. The future is looking bright and not looking back! ONWARD.. I would not only recommend a friend (I cannot fix that rating) but I've referred several employees while I've been here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the momentum going, you've made changes that needed to happen years ago!

    Guidance Software Response

    May 9, 2016

    Hello, five-star review! Thank you so much for taking time to leave your thoughts about what life at Guidance is like. We are so happy to hear your positive comments about our benefits, culture... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "GUID keeps getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    Strong direction and action to get towards the growth potential. New leadership team has the background and experience to get Guidance to the next level of product and growth where it should be.

    Cons

    Right on track to deliver on innovation and keep on this path!!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the process to deliver growth

    Guidance Software Response

    Nov 9, 2016

    A five-star review. (Yeah!) Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts. You said it perfectly...Guidance is transforming its business to focus on cybersecurity. As a result, our company is... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serious about changing for the better
    Making the right (tough) choices
    Energized and happy atmosphere
    Product Engineering is working hard and really becoming a great team

    Cons

    Years of being stuck in old ways of doing things will take awhile to get over
    Some departments (based on some of these reviews) are still massively dysfunctional

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! We're on the right track.

    Guidance Software Response

    May 9, 2016

    Thank you for your five-star review! It's true, there is an infectious, happy energy buzzing around our offices these days. And we couldn't agree with you more when you say we are a company serious... More


  10. "Fantastic Company Environment and Culture"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Talent Acquisitiion Consultant in Pasadena, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Talent Acquisitiion Consultant in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed, but everyone has a sense of urgency.
    Collaborative and team oriented.
    Innovative mode and in expansion and growth mode.
    Work hard and have a lot of fun doing it in this team!

    Cons

    I honestly haven't uncovered any Cons yet. I have been working with the company for 5 months as a Sr.Talent Acquisition Consultant and have so impressed with this company and it's comfortable and successful atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing:)

    Guidance Software Response

    May 2, 2016

    Thank you for giving us a five-star review. Yeah! We're thrilled you're soaking in our relaxed culture and collaborating with a lot of great colleagues. Keep innovating, keep working hard and... More


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