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Guidance Software Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people, encouraged to develop skills (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 (5)

    "The Reality of Working for Guidance Software"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidance Software full-time

    Pros

    A job. Minimal 401k match.

    Cons

    Endless promises for promotion. After recently witnessing 25% of company staff getting laid off, coupled with key position players in the aftermath leaving the organization, this is the reality of working for Guidance Software. It appears to me as though this organization is hemorrhaging and strings employees along for as long as it takes to barely meet their bottom line. Be cautious of what you are getting yourself into. I've yet to reap a fair share of promotion after quite a few years of service. It's all lies after lies.. Be cautious with this organization. There are much better opportunities in the work force that don't make suckers out of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    See above.

    Guidance Software Response

    Apr 24, 2017

    Thank you for your review. As you can read in previous posts, our company has an obligation to our customers, shareholders and our employees to operate our company in a fiscally responsible way. As... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place in Great City"

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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

    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 (6)

    "Run...don't walk!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck and insurance

    Cons

    Too many to list....don't believe the fake posts about this horrible company. Rotten to the core!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop the lying, the stealing, and the games you Sociopaths like to play!

    Guidance Software Response

    Apr 24, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We’re sorry you feel that way because we really do value our employees. If you'd like to carry on the conversation with us, please feel free to contact us at... More


  4. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Very poor organization"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location in Pasadena, some smart engineers and marketing people

    Cons

    Senior management was clueless, directionless, and no vision. Worst hiring decisions, then layoffs to producers and non-producers. Very cliquey and feels like a frat house than an organization.

    Advice to Management

    simply quit! give way to those who know how to run a company.

    Guidance Software Response

    Apr 24, 2017

    Thank you for your review. As we've said in previous posts, we have an obligation to our customers, employees and shareholders to operate our company in a fiscally responsible way. As such, we've... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engg"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidance Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team of talented people

    Cons

    blind spots in management team

    Advice to Management

    you set great goals but execution on those goals and strategy is lacking.

    Guidance Software Response

    Mar 2, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. We're thrilled to hear your positive comment about the talented people who make up Guidance. Many Guides will say we have a family atmosphere at Guidance and we hope you... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "A Cesspool"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None - A terrible place to work. I see 5-star ratings written by management and feel compelled to come on here and tell the truth. I am sick of watching good people get fired every day.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible. Sales Management is deplorable!! Fires sales reps that are making their numbers with no reason other than they don't want to pay commissions.

    Advice to Management

    None - It wouldn't matter anyway.

    Guidance Software Response

    Apr 24, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We want to assure you that every single review on our Glassdoor site is authentic...that includes our 5-star reviews. We would never plant "fake" reviews (Glassdoor... More

  8. "Good solid public company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidance Software (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I worked there, there wasn't a ton of micromanagement. Not sure if that has changed, but pretty enjoyable overall.

    Cons

    There were a lot of politics

    Guidance Software Response

    Feb 8, 2017

    Hello and thank you for your review. It's truly great to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience at Guidance over the years. We wish you the best in all of your career endeavors.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Where is this company going?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Comp wasn't terrible but other than salary nothing else was guaranteed (i.e. Bonus or stock). They had some really good people in the past but lost many, often as a result of layoffs or poor pay practices.

    Cons

    Current management is a little directionless. The company seems to just bump along and be satisfied with mediocre numbers and performance. Rather than making financial improvements via sales, they cut costs and do layoffs which is not a strategy. Company IPO was at $11.50 but they haven't been above that in 10 years. Definitely not built to recruit and retain the best people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people in the beginning so you don't have to do layoffs. The company history is littered with poor hiring choices in sales and other areas which really can kill performance for a year or two. Align yourself with a bigger player in the industry who can better exploit the core technology. Evolve the product to interface better with leading technologies.

    Guidance Software Response

    Jan 24, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Guidance, as you know, is going through a period of change. We’re pivoting toward faster growth markets and reducing budget where necessary. During this... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A company of broken promises and with old bulky technology"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    all the people that left within the past year...

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees...layoffs are the only way they could even out the books and finally the CEO came out with what everyone alway knew they are stripping out the company to sell...but buyers be wise... kick the tires and check under the hood...

    Advice to Management

    none

    Guidance Software Response

    Mar 2, 2017

    Thank you for your review. As we've explained in other responses, we do have an obligation to our customers, employees and shareholders to operate our company in a fiscally responsible way. While... More


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