Mission: Guidewire exists to deliver the software that property and casualty insurers need to adapt and succeed in a time of rapid industry change―and to ensure that every customer succeeds in the journey.
Congratulations to Eileen Maier on her promotion to Chief Business Officer. We spoke with her a few months ago to learn more about her presales team, and what she looks for when hiring at Guidewire. Hear what she had to say.
Welcome to Guidewire, Cyentists!
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:
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.
I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 10 years)
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.
The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Guidewire (San Jose, CA) in February 2018.
- Initial Screening by Guidewire Recruiter - 30 mins
- 2 Phone Interviews about a week apart from each other with potential peers to discuss experience and ask a few situational questions
- On-site Interviews about two weeks later. I had 5 scheduled so it was a bit of a marathon. I also interviewed at the same time as another candidate for the same role. He was in the room next to mine so it was slightly off-putting, maybe done on purpose, maybe not. Interviews were with peers, potential report, strategic partners and the hiring manager. Basically it was concentrating on cultural fit so it really felt more like a series of conversations with various stakeholders rather than an intense interview panel.
I got a call back a few days afterwards to tell me that I didn't get the position. I also got some pretty good feedback instead of the normal "Thank you, but we're going in another direction" type of feedback, so I definitely appreciate that aspect.