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Guidewire Overview

Foster City, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
2001
Company - Public (GWRE)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Guidewire develops market-leading software for the second-largest financial services industry in the world: insurance. The Guidewire InsurancePlatform combines three elements—core operations, data and analytics, and digital engagement—that work together to ... Read more

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.


Glassdoor Awards

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

Company Updates

  • Our CEO, Marcus Ryu, talks about the stability of the industry we serve and some important attributes of Guidewire employees.

    Marcus Ryu's Thoughts on Guidewire Stability

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  • We're excited to welcome our new ISCS teammates!

    Guidewire Completes Acquisition of ISCS; Announces Availability of Cloud-Based, All-in-One Solution

    Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software to the Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance industry, today announced it has completed the acquisition of ISCS. The company also announced the immediate availability of Guidewire InsuranceNow™, a cloud-based, all-in-one solution that supports the P&C insurance lifecycle.

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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.

An Exceptional Opportunity

There's a Silicon Valley saying, "If you can see the bandwagon, it's too late to hop on." In 2001, when we started the company, we realized that one of the biggest industries in the world had been largely ignored by software companies. That was odd, because insurance is a critical, recession-proof industry in any modern economy. Without insurance, people don't buy houses or drive cars, and businesses don't hire new employees. As a result, the worldwide property and casualty insurance industry brings in around $1.3 trillion in insurance premiums every year – and spends about $50 billion of that on information technology. Yet despite this, insurers were getting abysmal value for their money. The backbone of almost any insurance company – selling policies, billing customers, and paying claims – relies on aging, archaic mainframe or client/server systems.

So, we set out to provide modern replacements for these systems. These are extraordinarily complex pieces of software that handle billions of dollars worth of financial transactions. Despite early predictions from people who thought that insurance companies would never buy from a startup company, Guidewire has become the #1 developer of modern insurance software applications. We are the clear global leader in claims systems: since 2004, we have won more deals than any competitor, beating out companies like Accenture and SAP. No other company that serves our industry can match our ability to use modern technology to solve complex business problems, no other company is in a position to offer an integrated suite of applications, and none has our track record of making customers successful and happy. We nurture long-term relationships with our customers, leading to excellent financial stability for our company.

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. Guidewire was only founded in 2001, so how did we do this? How did we become a successful global company, winning these deals over our larger competitors, and how do we manage to deliver these complex applications to large and demanding customers?

We have a number of advantages:

  • First, we had the good fortune to start Guidewire at a time when Silicon Valley was filled with the rubble of the great 2001 tech bust. We had the opportunity to build slowly and to hire carefully. We used our time wisely to build a team of all-stars; they know and attract others of the same caliber. Our people simply outperform other teams.
  • Second, we use agile development approaches and test-driven development. This lets us build higher-quality products in less time. We get to spend more time writing software, and less time fixing bugs and dealing with customer issues. We continue to pioneer the use of these techniques at large scale, both internally in development, and out in the field at our customer sites. To give you a sense of the scale of our investment in this area, we now have on the order of 100,000 automated tests protecting the quality of our products.
  • Third, we've developed an unbroken track record of successful implementation projects (because of a combination of solid product and skilled implementation). Since every implementation is a bet-the-company, bet-your-career decision for our customers, this track record is an invaluable competitive asset.

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. 

 

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.

 


 

 

 

 

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.

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    Pros

    I have been working at Guidewire for over five years and feel so lucky to work on a team where my ideas are valued, and I feel truly cared about. I enjoy the amount of collaborative work and autonomy in my role. The corporate culture at the company is outstanding (regular company-wide meetings, opportunities for outside training and career development, and flexibility to work from home as needed) and it really is the people that make Guidewire such a rewarding company to work at.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share at this point. Management regularly responds quickly to any employee concerns as they arise. This is one of the things I like most about Guidewire- there really is an open-door policy from your peers up to the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing an excellent job! I greatly appreciate the transparency at Guidewire and feel very informed about company news, changes, etc.

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Guidewire Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Guidewire.

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    Applied online from their website. They assigned me a date for a phone call but never called me. When I asked them the reason they told me they forgot.

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Guidewire Awards & Accolades

  • Great Place to Work 2017, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • 2017 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2017
  • Celent XCelent Award, Celent, 2017
  • Celent XCelent Award, Celent, 2017
  • Best Medium Workplaces in Ireland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
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