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Updated July 14, 2018
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  • "Guidewire honestly believes in work/life balance" (in 114 reviews)

  • "Need to work from home for something" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior"

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

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

    Pros

    Guidewire is a hidden gem. It's a beautiful company with amazing people. Very collaborative and genuine team. I love being here. We do have our own challenges but what makes it a great place to work is the people here. Truly a pleasure to work with. Absolutely loving it.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any significant downside. Yes, if I compare it to Google and Facebook we certainly can improve our benefits. But it's not something that bothers me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Markus and team. Continue to focus on being innovative and be the industry leader.


  2. "Need help"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid management and client list

    Cons

    Poor integration of acquisitions and ability to execute

    Advice to Management

    Please fund the integration of the new acquisitions properly and how their customers are messaged to.

  3. "Doing things the right way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Guidewire treats its employees and customers the right way. They do business with integrity and rational thinking. Overall, it's an excellent place to work, with products that are winning in the marketplace.

    Cons

    The company is struggling mightily with how to bring its products and strategy into the next decade. That leads to a lot of strategic churn and all the things that go with it - changing focus, reorganizations, etc.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Quality of Management problematic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Stable environment
    Colleagues are collegial

    Cons

    Guidewire used to be a bottom up company. Developers were given freedom to drive projects. Now it's top down culture. Management holds most decision power - while not being hands-on enough to really understand what's going on. It's OK if you just want a cushy job and don't mind being told to implement suboptimal solutions. Not good if you are aspired to do the right thing.
    Technical caliber of engineering teams is going down as more old timers quit.

    Advice to Management

    Quality of management in product development seems extremely uneven. In some areas poor management is driving people to quit.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Outstanding work environment, but on the decline"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional culture, friendly, supportive, and striving for rationality. Good amount of long time employees are still with the company helping the retention of knowledge.

    Cons

    The management in product development has been deteriorating in the last several years. A few years ago, a full product-dev re-org was followed by a second reboot to fix the mistakes of the first. After the re-org, engineers ended up less involved in important decisions. Appreciation of successful project delivery meaning respect, awards, or occasional promotion to project participants also subsided. The social (party) budget of teams increased substantially but that cannot mask the real issues.

    Advice to Management

    Stick more closely to the company values and stand your ground against the wall street pressure to reduce the company to just another public hi-tech.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A True Career Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Guidewire is a great company and especially ideal for the career-minded individual. The company is large enough to offer a variety of jobs in all kinds of interesting locations. Even if you never change roles, your job changes and evolves as the company grows, keeping things fresh. This is an exciting time to work in the P&C insurance industry as well. Our customers and our employees are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

    Cons

    Things move quickly these days - you either pick up the pace or risk being left behind. This may not be ideal for everyone, but is ideal for those who are up for the challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Stand by our founding principles - collegiality, rationality, and integrity are so powerful in their execution. They have made Guidewire the company it is today and will carry us forward.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Je suis content"

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

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

    Pros

    this company walks its talk: it lives, at least 90% of the time, to its professed values of "integrity, rationality, collegiality"; I am given a reasonable amount of (mostly) meaningful work to do, which is challenging but not overwhelming

    Cons

    They changed their employee feedback system so instead of a written report you get a quarterly "dialog" with your manager. This is meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    Written reviews _matter_.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Guidewire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Attracts excellent talent in the PS org

    Cons

    Slow to move to cloud via organic build of products

    Advice to Management

    The Board should re-evaluate executive compensation. The CEO pay at $12M on Salary.com seems to be an outlier relative to the rewards that accrue to the rank and file who does the heavy lifting on product, in the PS org, and in sales.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on cutting edge technology
    Super cool team mates
    No concept of timesheets
    Flexible hours
    Excellent pay
    Free basic Insurance
    Work from home
    Friendly managers
    Macbook and two 24 inch monitors
    Free HDHP insurance
    Free Snacks

    Cons

    No serious ones. Maybe small ones like parking spots are narrower but many spots available so not a problem really

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. Helpful (4)

    "BEWARE OF HELPDESK DEPT..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fully stocked kitchen and there is always food from training's and events.

    Cons

    if you would like to destroy your IT career join the help desk team. Never in my whole IT career have i experience poor management like this.

    Advice to Management

    swallow a knife...


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