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Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Foster City, CA

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

Pros

The people at Guidewire are friendly, supportive, and rational. The company is genuinely committed to Rationality, Collegiality, Integrity. The open environment fosters communication, the small teams encourage intense collaboration. Management genuinely cares about both the success of individuals and of the team as a whole. Agile processes with regular feedback cycles ensure that everyone has a voice in how we work, and in making that system of work more effective over time. This company has grown to dominate the P&C insurance vertical, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Cons

The absolute commitment to customer success occasionally creates pressure to put in crunch hours to ensure every customer is satisfied. While Guidewire generally does a great job with work/life balance, these unpredictable spikes could be alleviated if there were more spare capacity, the development team is stretching to reach all of the essential goals every year.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Expand development team (faster!) to increase slack capacity to respond to urgent customer needs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Senior management very accessible
    - A lot of independence and flexibility in doing your job - what counts is the end result
    - Great colleagues, great work ethic

    Cons

    - The working environment at HQ (product development, senior management, HR) is very different than what the Services people experience - actually, two very different worlds
    - Currently, Guidewire is trying to figure out growing pains - moving to a more Partner-led implementation model versus having Guidewire Service people and Client developers on-site, improving education
    - Keeping your product certifications current is very difficult (and a requirement of being a Service team member), given the billable time % expected
    - Work/Life balance in the Services team doesn't exist - it's 100% travel any way you look at it
    - Middle Management seems disconnected from the Service team in the field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continuous training needs to become a reality
    - On-site/off-site rhythm is too intense for year long projects
    - Middle management needs to support their people on-site (not just be recipients of status reports)
    - Make true career paths available to all, not just "top performers"

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    I thought I was going to love this place, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guidewire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Guidewire made a smart and daring move in entering a market with a large number of established players. This runs counter to the "Blue Ocean Strategy" and conventional wisdom and they appear to be doing well as a result. There are a lot of industries where customers use legacy products from big players that are good candidates for a repeat of this business model. Marcus is an excellent CEO and has done a great job of establishing the vision and leading the corporate culture.

    Cons

    Successful companies need to guard against arrogance. A humbler approach in dealing with colleagues and customers would help to create an even more appealing corporate culture. Prospective employees considering roles that require travel should be aware that some customers are a long way from a large airport and some projects require lengthy (11+ month) integrations, making it challenging to perform that onsite work. Finally, there should be more transparency about job titles and seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of crushing the excitement and optimism in new employees by: 1) not understanding the unique qualities that each employee brings to the organization, 2) assuming the established Guidewire way is the best way without a means for considering alternatives, 3) hiding behind the corporate values as a means of not having to practice them.

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