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"A terrible place to work for non-technical folks"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Guidewire full-time

Pros

Despite the title, it is a good place to work if you fit the following profile:

* In product development
* Can grow your career on your own, without help.
* You highly value your family or social life, so the flexible low-pressure environment is attractive.
* Want to have smart people working with you as peers.

Read more about this in other reviews.

Cons

While our CEO in direct interactions treats us with respect, he does not enforce this with his VPs and Directors so company culture and values vary highly from department to department.

We are clearly valued based on our role, which makes sense in some regard. Due to inconsistent values and culture however, this plays out as an extreme here. The lowest paid roles are really valued near zero. Stock may be non-existent. So you may want to consider working as a sales clerk at your nearest mall instead.

Management training has started recently, but they aren't too far so don't expect help from management generally. Providing career growth is still on the backlog is not yet a serious priority for HR. Why does this matter? Because Guidewire generally hasn't invested in career growth, they don't know what they have. So as they need more specialists, they hire them in and layoff the employees that want to grow but haven't had any guidance. Rinse, repeat. As stated before, this varies by department.

Our CEO and VPs are generally not experienced people managers and don't always realize the impact their decisions make on their teams.

This all varies widely by department, product development is a great place to work! I don't know about Sales or Professional Services. If you are both non-technical and non-customer facing though... seriously consider other opportunities.

Advice to Management

Consider the environment you would want to work, and then strive to create that for everyone. You may have to pay for a better work environment, but it will pay you back many times over when most your employees can feel good about working here!

Other Employee Reviews for Guidewire

  1. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best companies I've ever worked for in the Bay Area. They know how to treat people hence employees. The vibe at work is a niche.

    Cons

    Haven't run into any yet. Been here over 5 years.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Smart employees; Somewhat arrogant professional services management; very limited career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services
    Current Employee - Professional Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is a brilliant individual with a sharp focus. This is evident from the company weathering the .com bust and producing, maintaining and enhancing a product that far outperforms others in same areas.
    Has become a very good place to be and launch a decent career with other consulting firms.

    Cons

    The professional services management looks like a lodge club with some plainly obvious arrogance in communication. Majority of the people managers have no previous managerial experience. That was ok for a small organisation but as the organisation grows the inexperience has started to show. Clear career options are missing and with recent changes to the employee levels it is nearly impossible to progress in professional services. Not ok for people with more than 14 years of experience. Good place to start a career, learn really fast and venture out to better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid corporate hubris especially in professional services. Provide transparency on career paths just not the book that you read in the library on career paths.


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