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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great environment, bad salary, bad location

    Mar 5, 2019 - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Guidewire is a good place to start your career right after college. You will learn to work in an agile environment and get used to getting things done in software. There are opportunities to work in the US and elsewhere in Europe as a Field Consultant after 1 year here. Overall, you can get some valuable experience during your first two years here. After that, it kind of becomes a rut with little career progression.

    Cons

    Put simply, if you love coding, if you are a creative engineer who loves to design an idea out of thin air and build it, you should not work as a Consultant for Guidewire (you may consider applying for a Software Engineer position). Over time, doing only simple tasks over and over may crush your spirit, and limit your growth. Also, unless you work in a Digital project, most technologies are proprietary and they will be of no use in your career. Even if you work in Digital, you will be limited to the base product and working with Angular ~1.5 which is quite outdated by now. Overall, consultants are very limited to the base product. Being original and creative with your solutions (or thinking Outside the Box if you will), goes against the very description of the job: configuring. There are cases in which this is necessary, but Guidewire works hard to limit such cases (it's not cost-effective), so you may not have many chances to 'shine'. Career progression is tricky at best (there is a limited number of promotions and even if you are good, you may not get promoted simply because that year other people got promoted), and salaries are way, way too low. Also, salaries do not recognize your role in the company. It does not matter how hard your project or assignment is, you will get paid the same, or roughly the same, as your colleagues with the same title. Remote work is a delicate matter and ultimately your manager's call. Some people here see it as slacking whereas other people support it. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is about this. The office is too far away and poorly communicated, the job is basically remote itself with most of our clients in the US. Why not letting people take remote days whenever they want?

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Wonderful

    Jul 26, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are welcome and friendly

    Cons

    sometimes work are too slow

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    The Tech Job Dream

    Jul 14, 2022 - Information Security Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Guidewire was my first job out of college, and I quickly realized why they have won awards as a top employer. They offer some of the best benefits for employees, including: - a remote work equipment stipend - generous yearly budget for wellness (gym membership, sports equipment, health classes, etc.) - reimbursement of mobile phone, internet for remote employees - the coveted unlimited PTO policy

    Cons

    Their product, software/SaaS for certain insurance companies, isn't anything especially cool or interesting to tell your friends about. Remote work is quite unengaging. Fairly few things going on that aren't in-person at their headquarter locations. This year, they also did not offer a travel budget for conferences.

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