Web Developer, Marina del Rey, CA - July 1, 2015
Love working here. Very nurturing culture, and I don't say that lightly. Because Guidance is a smaller company, you work directly with management and the clients to solve problems. If you're in tech, you usually work with one layer, the project manager, between you and the client. So it's easy to communicate, it's easy to take ownership, and it's easy to take on responsibility if that's what you want.
But here's the best part: when you start work at Guidance, they go out of their way to fit the work to you so that you're at your most effective. If you're a head-down coder, they'll work with that; if you thrive on communication and have ambitions to increase your role, they'll help you make that happen.
The office was recently renovated and now is a great-looking industrial space. Everyone has a powerful computer, Mac or PC as you prefer. They just got new ergonomic mesh chairs, but if that doesn't work for you, they'll get you something else. Just a very employee-satisfaction-focused vibe. Of course, the clients come first, but I think everyone at Guidance recognizes that happy employees makes for happier clients.
People are friendly, there's monthly company-wide meetings with free food, and regular company events that management strives to make fun. Last year our Christmas event was a private suite at the Lakers game that they ended up having to get two suites for, since everyone wanted to go. We had an employee appreciation day three months ago, and there's a summer party next week. So, yeah, they really try to take care of you.
They have a committee just for environmental awareness, called Guidance Green, that has regular events. They bring in outside vendors who sponsor lunchtime talks - educational plus a free lunch! And this is great--they sponsor a week of training for every employee annually, so you can keep up on your technical knowledge. I've already put this to use with no hassle.
They've won a "Best Place to Work in LA" award several years running, and I can attest that they earn it.
If you're not into e-commerce, this may not be the place for you. Or if you prefer a big-company culture, Guidance is definitely not that (though we have some HUGE clients we support). But otherwise, I highly recommend working here. I've been a web developer for 20 years, and this is my favorite place I've worked.