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Guidewire Overview

Foster City, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (GWRE)
Computer Hardware & Software
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Guidewire is a specialist software company focused on the $ 2 trillion strategic property needs of the global property-casualty insurance industry. Guidewire InsurancePlatform brings together three product families - core operations, data and analytics, and digital engagement ... Read more

Mission: Guidewire exists to deliver the software that property and casualty insurers need to adapt and prosper in a time of rapid industrial change - and to ensure every customer is successful.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#68), 2016 (#3), 2014 (#6)

Top CEOs: 2018 (#48)

Company Updates

  • Guidewire Girl Geek X Dinner: "Breaking All the Rules & Finding Your Way"

    Join Girl Geek X Guidewire Dinner on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 in Foster City, California to learn about the disruption of insurance technology and how some of Guidewire's female leaders built their careers on their own terms! Learn about women leading the transformation of an industry, as well as how mentorship can make or break careers and what NOT to do in a presentation if you want people to take notice.

  • We're honored to be recognized as a top cloud company to work for.

    Guidewire Named One of Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For

    FOSTER CITY, Calif.--()--Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers, was recognized as one of the 25 Highest Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies To Work For in a new list released by Battery Ventures, a global investment firm, and Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites.

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Guidewire – Why Work For Us?

Join the Guidewire Team!

At Guidewire, we understand the benefit of having people invested in the long term success of the company and we are committed to creating an environment where every person is given the opportunity to succeed through their contributions. Of course we have structure, and an outstanding leadership team, but also every Guidewire person has a voice on the best way to do things.

Nobody recognizes this more than our CEO, Marcus Ryu. The embodiment of our culture, he leads us with an unwavering commitment to our values. He is open to new ideas, actively encourages feedback and has a continuous drive to simply 'be better'. This drive is contagious, empowering each and every one in Guidewire to make a difference ‐ in our products, for our customers and as a business. And with new ideas come new opportunities, new challenges to work on and new ways to grow.

At Guidewire, we understand the benefit of having people invested in the success of the company for the long haul, and we're committed to creating an environment that keeps people here.

It's remarkable, if you think about it: companies all around the world that handle billions dollars worth of business a year trust us to manage their most critical business functions. These aren't lightweight peripheral systems – they are the core, mission-critical applications that the majority of employees use all day, every day. 

The Guidewire team is very proud of the reputation we have earned in the industry. We take great pride in the products we build and the manner in which we operate as a company and on an individual level.

We live and operate by three basic principles. These are the same principles upon which Guidewire was founded and they remain at the heart of all we do today:

  • We value integrity in everything that we do: truthful relationships with customers, prospective customers, partners, investors, and each other.
  • We are dedicated to rationality: communicating through clear arguments, building excellent quality products, and making decisions carefully on the basis of factual evidence.
  • We prize collegiality: working together as professional equals, with a minimum of hierarchy.


Click here for an extended look at Guidewire's Values and Practices. 


Our dedication to helping our customers adapt and succeed in this time of rapid industry change is putting Guidewire at the forefront of Insuretech. The future has never looked so exciting!






If you like what you see, come and talk to us. We have an idea about what makes a happy life for employees: meaningful work, quality products, sound business strategy, ultra-competent colleagues, and plenty of freedom to innovate and create. But it's easy to say nice things on a website. We invite you to really find out the truth for yourself. Most of our job offers are accepted, so we're pretty confident that you'll like what you see! If you interview at Guidewire, we will treat you with respect and courtesy, and we will also attempt to create, in the interview, as realistic a work experience as possible. We want to learn about you, of course, but we also want you to see what it would be like to work with us.

Guidewire Reviews

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    "A True Career Company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
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    Guidewire is a great company and especially ideal for the career-minded individual. The company is large enough to offer a variety of jobs in all kinds of interesting locations. Even if you never change roles, your job changes and evolves as the company grows, keeping things fresh. This is an exciting time to work in the P&C insurance industry as well. Our customers and our employees are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.


    Things move quickly these days - you either pick up the pace or risk being left behind. This may not be ideal for everyone, but is ideal for those who are up for the challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Stand by our founding principles - collegiality, rationality, and integrity are so powerful in their execution. They have made Guidewire the company it is today and will carry us forward.

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Guidewire Interviews



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    Configuration Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Guidewire (San Jose, CA) in July 2017.


    Brief call with recruiter, phone call with Engineering Manager of the team you'd work on, on site technical test, interview with the tech lead for the office

    Recruiter didn't respond to 3 of my follow up emails asking for a response on my status. Only person to respond was the tech lead, which was also a very vague answer after a week. Don't think it's very professional to leave a candidate hanging, even if you are going to reject them.

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Guidewire Awards & Accolades

  • Best Medium Workplaces in Ireland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2016
  • Leader, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2015
  • Sole leader, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2016
  • Three XCelent Awards for Technology Vendors, Celent, 2015
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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