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"Shipping quality code at a sustainable pace"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

The code you write ships. Priorities are stable, you know what you'll be working on tomorrow. Good planning and high quality reduce crunch time and fires. Strong product management team does a great job defining and prioritizing work.

Cons

Two-year release cycle. Not-invented-here syndrome. Decade-old libraries and frameworks. The lack of modern architecture makes it difficult for high-skilled engineers to apply their knowledge.

Advice to Management

The sustainable pace of development and stable priorities are big assets, continue to protect them. Customers may not care about decade-old technology and a home-grown stack, but engineers like to maintain their marketability.

Other Employee Reviews for Guidewire

  1. "The management transparency is inspiring - I feel included, a real stakeholder."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The core principles of rationality, integrity and collegiality are more than principles - they are part of every decision, at least that is the express goal of management and employees alike.

    Cons

    Sometimes being a public company requires we make decisions that are less rational to those affected than they might be. We had a minor layoff and to the individuals it seemed harsh.

    Advice to Management

    Involve lower level management in key decisions that affect them, to the degree possible.


  2. "A good place to work and grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of talented developers.
    An actually useful review process.
    A fun environment.
    Good forums for feedback to management.
    The CEO responds to email.
    Developers are treated well.
    Working at home for part of the time is okay.
    Teamwork is highly valued.
    There are opportunities to get trained, and a lot of people form study groups.
    Everybody is very collegial and helpful; if you ask for help they won't leave you until the problem is solved.

    Cons

    No free lunch - it is a bit of a pain to get lunch every day.
    There is a bit of a separation of the dev and the non-dev part. Not a lot of mixing is going on the devs actually work in a separate building.
    The good management sometimes leads to inflexible budgets. Everything is planned and if you want to add later there has to be a real good explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Share some more of the fruits of success with the workers.
    Keep and keep improving the open communication between management and devs.
    Make training more accessible.


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