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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

One of the best companies I've ever worked for in the Bay Area. They know how to treat people hence employees. The vibe at work is a niche.

Cons

Haven't run into any yet. Been here over 5 years.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Product, Bad Services Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Implementation Architect in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Implementation Architect in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Guidewire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Product:
    As many have attested the product is second to none in the insurance industry. It is an "ecosystem" in its own right. Hence, why it is so extensible and can meet differing client's requirements with relative ease.

    Benefits:
    The stock plan is great if you stay with the company on the long run. They are increasing the 401K contribution which makes it a tad better but they still need to work on it.

    CEO:
    Marcus is brilliant! He has led a very successful IPO, the obvious metric is the stock price here :). He adheres to a set of values (Integrity, Rationality, Collegiality) and from the day one joins, they are promoting these values.

    Cons

    I was a true believer of these fore-mentioned values and that all the organization is moving forward based on these values. Unfortunately, the manner the recent layoffs took place has shaken my belief! Here's where rationality broke down IMHO:

    1) Layoffs were not performance based! Instead, it was last in first out--who does this anymore? As another reviewer mentioned management could have found those under-performing with a little extra effort and achieve their 5% layoff target.

    2) They kept hiring in the services dept. outside of Europe (Europe was not affected in the layoffs and they are still hiring there) until end of Spring! Someone, truly made a mistake which turned into an "emergency" for those who lost their positions--many of us had to move to new geographic locations months before!

    3) Not involving lower management is another mistake! Lower management know the quality of work their subordinates are capable of. By laying off in a fist-in-last-out basis you (1) promote that no-one is safe even if they are over-performing and (2) those who are left behind are left to work with possible under-performing colleagues. The irrationality of this layoff is obvious to me at least.

    4) Having positions available advertised that very same morning the layoffs took place and still not attempting to relocate some of those affected is downright wrong.

    5) We had the services event, in mid-August, where ~550 individuals from all over the world was flown over to San Fransisco. How many positions would have been saved if you had canceled it?!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next set of layoffs (which I hope you never have to do) conduct them performance based. If this last layoff was performance based you should have layed off yourself first, considering you overhired and you messed up the layoff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Smart employees; Somewhat arrogant professional services management; very limited career growth

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    Current Employee - Professional Services
    Current Employee - Professional Services

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is a brilliant individual with a sharp focus. This is evident from the company weathering the .com bust and producing, maintaining and enhancing a product that far outperforms others in same areas.
    Has become a very good place to be and launch a decent career with other consulting firms.

    Cons

    The professional services management looks like a lodge club with some plainly obvious arrogance in communication. Majority of the people managers have no previous managerial experience. That was ok for a small organisation but as the organisation grows the inexperience has started to show. Clear career options are missing and with recent changes to the employee levels it is nearly impossible to progress in professional services. Not ok for people with more than 14 years of experience. Good place to start a career, learn really fast and venture out to better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid corporate hubris especially in professional services. Provide transparency on career paths just not the book that you read in the library on career paths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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