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"Interesting place to work , wink wink."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Non Development Role in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Non Development Role in Foster City, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great work life balance, nice colleagues whom I enjoy collaborating with. I don't feel it is slave driver culture which I have seen in previous jobs. Compensation is on par with market, there is no espp but we do get some equity with hiring package. Love that we have holiday shut down, thirsty thursdays, free sodas /snacks, subsidized membership to the PJCC Gym. I know some feel we need more perks however I believe Guidewire is generous, more so than my prior employers.

Cons

Poor people managers, this could be due to lack of development programs for first time managers. Need better processes and systems, may be partly due to inexperienced managers again. Management has been penny wise and pound foolish until now, but i think they turned the corner and realize we need some investments. The so-called great culture depends on which organization you are in. HR does not report into the CEO which is quite strange. CEO is young, not very experienced luckily things are going well. I do wonder what happens if we hit a snag in future and whether he has the know how to manuever us out of a jam, that will be the true test of a good CEO. Performance management process is not really enforced. As result star employees do not always get recognized, and weak employees linger on when they should have been managed out.

Advice to Management

Invest in better systems & processes. Make people management skills a higher priority, people are the greatest assets in any organization.

Other Employee Reviews for Guidewire

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent work-life balance with a collaborative work setting."

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

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

    Pros

    excellent work-life balance,
    big on knowledge-sharing and transparency,
    big on collaboration and pair-programming,
    meaningful and useful intern projects,
    the walls are white boards,
    the managers care deeply about happiness,
    our weeks before a major release don't involve overtime,
    we have our own open-sourced programming language: Gosu.

    Cons

    our technology stack is a little old unless you're on the Live team,
    our main office is in Foster City.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer
    Former Intern - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome internship program, lots of fun activities planned for interns. Great projects and engineering managers, awesome people and culture.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints

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