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"Very Professional, open culture and Customer focussed"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
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Pros

Test driven development.
Many very talented individuals.
Excellent Work and Life balance.
Customer success is one of the main focus.
Fairly open communication.
Huge variety of Customers.
Focus on building very high quality products.

Cons

Management hierarchy developing in the last of departments (Engineering) and this may not be good.
Although different from many other companies, the performance review system is sometimes questionable.
Since the focus is on P&C insurance companies, options for creating a lot of products may not be possible.

Other Employee Reviews for Guidewire

  1. "Great summer experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Engineering Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Engineering Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Guidewire was a very cordial place to work. They seem to genuinely care about input from the employees. Still has a bit of a start-up feel.

    Cons

    Since it was the first year of the intern ship program, it was not the most organized. By the end, the project was done and I didn't have much to do.

    Advice to Management

    Start internship process earlier in the school year and try to have people with similar start dates work on the same project


  2. Helpful (3)

    "One of the best development organizations in the valley, but I can no longer recommend it for non-devs."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm a long term software engineer at Guidewire, and have never worked at any place with nearly this many brilliant people, and even more importantly, with this few jerks and egotists. Great culture, incredible test environment, HUGE flexibility with workstyle and time off, REALISTIC deadlines -- no deathmarches at release time.

    Also, in terms of the company, they take the customer focus and "integrity" of the company values very seriously. They rarely overpromise, and they will do what it takes to make things right when something goes wrong.

    Cons

    Development: The ONLY negative thing I can say about the development organization itself after years here is that insurance is an inherently dull subject, although technical management has done a good job of trying to keep the focus on quality and process and being interesting -- there's a good division of work so that you can focus on what parts work for you, and you don't get say, sucked into financials or the minutia of insurance if you're not so inclined.

    Company as a whole:
    * benefits are so-so by Silicon valley standards. Not bad, but nothing special, and they have improved over the years.
    * compensation increases for longer-tenure employees are terrible both inside and outside dev. New dev employee compensation is at the low end of market, so this doesn't effect new hires until they've been here for a while.
    * outside of development, there has been a lot of growth, and things feel a very great deal more political and "corporate" than when I started. I wouldn't say "don't come work here" to someone outside of dev, but whereas this is still a genuinely special place in dev, outside of dev, it's just a pretty good company among many.

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