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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)

Company Updates

  • The #8 Large Best Workplaces in Ireland 2018 is… Guidewire Software Inc! Thanks to our employees!

  • 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.

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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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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
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    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (Less than a year)


    Guidewire is a hidden gem. It's a beautiful company with amazing people. Very collaborative and genuine team. I love being here. We do have our own challenges but what makes it a great place to work is the people here. Truly a pleasure to work with. Absolutely loving it.


    I cannot think of any significant downside. Yes, if I compare it to Google and Facebook we certainly can improve our benefits. But it's not something that bothers me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Markus and team. Continue to focus on being innovative and be the industry leader.

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Guidewire Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Guidewire (Foster City, CA) in April 2018.


    Overall interview process was very good. The process was quick and took couple weeks.
    First week phone call with recruiter as well as the hiring manager.
    Second week onsite interviews, panel as well as 1:1 interviews.
    Third week was waiting for the feedback as the interviews with other candidates was in progress.
    Fourth week received response from the recruiter asking about the salary comp and they are still considering the top couple candidates and waiting for the feedback. Decision was made in the fourth week.
    So overall it was a quick process and the interviewers knows what they are looking for within their team.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions asked were inline with what they were looking for as a part of overall program management skills.   Answer Question
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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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