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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Guidance Software President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Dennis
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Pros
  • good product, just need to enable the whole company now (in 10 reviews)

  • Good people, encouraged to develop skills (in 10 reviews)

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

  • No one thinks of Guidance as an endpoint security company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "A tech turn-around story in the making."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In spite of the challenges the company has a lot of potential, great people to work with and a predominantly collaborative culture. Strong core product offering in forensics and digital investigations ...a dynamic and interesting market to work in.

    Cons

    After years of losses under the former leadership, company is pushing for profitability and growth under the new management team. It requires hard work and very lean teams. This can be a challenging environment for some who were used to a different culture with lower expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push us into profitability and turn us into a grown-up company. Next, modernize the infrastructure to reduce friction of mundane tasks such as expense reports.

    Guidance Software Response

    Feb 8, 2017

    Thank you so much for your open and honest review. We really appreciate you taking the time to be specific and highlight the areas that are so important to our employees. At a recent all-hands ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place in Great City"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Software Development Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Career, Management and Most Importantly Customers!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been a Guidance a short time (4 months), and cannot express how dynamic and energetic this company is from a career and technology standpoint. The short and long term vision Patrick and his Executive Management Team outlined at Sales Kickoff is already making a positive impact in the industry. With 15+ dot releases happening in 2016 and the launch of Enforce Risk Manager, we stand to be a generation ahead of our competition! Game on!

    Cons

    None come to mind whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    Keep charting the course!

    Guidance Software Response

    Apr 21, 2016

    Yes!! We love to see five-star reviews! And, even more, we love to hear your enthusiasm and passion for our management team, products and strategic direction. Welcome to Guidance! We are so lucky to ... More



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