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Guidewire Reviews in London, England

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
326 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance within the development organization (in 51 reviews)

  • This is modeled from the executive management team all the way through (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance isn't the greatest, but the management is working on improving this (in 12 reviews)

  • Guidewire is experiencing some growing pains, which is expected (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The very best software solution company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Guidewire started as David vs Goliath in the insurance software industry, but on winning through to recognition as undoubted leaders, they've still preserved the best things about being a small challenger start up, and kept intact the most admirable one team culture in the business. Uniquely, as the client population has grown from tens to hundreds around the world, every single one remains an advocate..

    Cons

    Some of the laudable culture maxims, like single class travel policy and consciously reinforced collegial behaviour can be counter-intuitive on occasion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome culture which the company actually lives and breathes vs lip service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Global Alliances & Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President Global Alliances & Business Development in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, perks, values (Collegiality, Integrity, Rationality = rigorously adhered to).
    Smart people
    Solid growth
    Strong Board
    Great Management team
    100% referenceability - no failed installs
    Clear Market leader
    International expansion

    Cons

    Growth, Bandwidth, Travel, Timezone Challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maintain the culture WW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Guidewire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible company and employee recognition

    Cons

    to have to be always reachable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to work with smart people who know what they are doing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intensive and focused team of people that are making a real meaningful change for our customers. We are focused on being the best at what we do, and being honest with ourselves and our clients.

    Cons

    very international business, lots of travel
    as company gets bigger, we enevitably get more internal coordination requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company grows focus on keeping the culture, and maintaining strategic consistency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work but not for the faint hearted...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There's lots happening at Guidewire, and many opportunities to contribute, and progress. Guidewire are truly commited to the success of your career, and they expect you to commit to their success - it's a sound deal all round.

    Cons

    In the field, management can be somewhat remote, and it is possible to feel a bit disconnected at times. Sometimes working in EMEA, the administration advice received from US and EMEA offices can be inconsistent. However, in my short time with Guidewire I have found that people are working to address this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a great set of company values that are espoused, but perhaps we need to drive those values right out to the edges of our organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding Learning Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Implementation Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Implementation Architect in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everybody learns, every day. Everybody contributes, every day. Everybody is rewarded, every day. Great software, great people. No interest in 'selling bodies'. Long-term development of individuals at the core of the culture. Not a 'step-on-the-way' employer, most likely a long-term residence for those that have already climbed the greasy-pole.

    Cons

    Volatile environment, switching customers and cities, and sometimes countries, at a drop of a hat. Expect to carry a large expenses bill, (although reimbursed weekly). First few months can be unnerving, GW employees get a LOT of autonomy and this can be daunting if unexpected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, don't let the company go overly-corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Growth and opportunities with a great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Career objectives and desires are taken into account.
    Communication is easy at all levels.
    We all do our best to help and encourage each other.

    Cons

    Some aspects of the job require good autonomy, which is not easy for everyone.
    There is a very broad amount of resources to help us in our job that is sometimes difficult to locate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set on our service providers the same level of expectations that we set on ourselves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    I have grown more at Guidewire than I have at any other job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Services Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Guidewire

    Pros

    The best part of working at Guidewire is that its corporate values are embraced at all levels, even all the way to the highest levels of executive management. Also, Guidewire is a very egalitarian company. The company truly values all contributors.

    Cons

    The only minor issue is that Guidewire's benefits are about average. The company could try to improve vacation packages, employee's insurance cost, etc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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