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Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

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    "Great career choice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 at the forefront of change in the P&C industry, making our work here exciting, meaningful and fulfilling - both personally and professionally. The company has strong corporate values which remain front and center. Collaboration and ideas are valued. We have a noble mission, serve a deserving industry and have fun while we are at it.

    Cons

    As we add more products and the company grows - our challenges increase. This simply means we cannot be idyll. It is a good problem for a company to have.

    Advice to Management

    Management genuinely cares about the employees and is as transparent and forthcoming with information as they can be. They treat us as the professionals we are.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!!"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Guidewire is a great place to work. I had an fantastic 1st day, and the orientation was very informative. I have learned a lot about the company and the product itself.

    Cons

    Amazing team! nothing to change or dislike

  3. "Fiscally Dependable Company with Great Benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    * The headquarter in Foster City in nice and modern
    * The co-workers really like being there and working there
    * Food food food and coffee :) All day supply of snacks, food, coffee, tee, etc. everything to keep your energy up
    * Flexible work hours
    * Great medical benefits and other benefits and perks that matters
    * Salary is good and competitive

    Cons

    * High rise buildings shared with other companies. Nice view but don't feel like the departments are together being in 2 close but separate building in Foster City'
    * Annual bonus is good but on the slight lower side for the silicon valley

    Advice to Management

    * I haven't seen the CEO yet since I've been here for also 1 month and I am in the same building :)
    * But other executives are around.
    * I am impressed that the head of engineering doesn't sit in an isolated office but in the main open space with the rest of the engineers.
    * Frugal on other cost but not with employees' well being is good. Keep it up.


  4. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Role in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Role in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been at Guidewire for just over two weeks.. a few of my favorite things include;
     The culture: Can I just say I feel like I have been here a lifetime.. These are the friendlies people I have had the pleasure to work work with to date. This extends to executive level leadership. We all work hard but the kindness sure makes it an easy place to do so.
    Corporate Communication: Regular communication on company happenings and communication from leadership keeps us all in the know.
    Employee Appreciation: to include a kitchen snacks at no cost and Thursday gathering of employees over pizza and drinks, and an abundance of food in general. BTW healthy options - so thankful for this!
    Incredibly generous medical: I have Aetna PPO, VSP Vision, Delta Dental (others are available) and the standard FSA - These were big questions I had while interviewing. And the employer contribution is beyond generous!
    Extended benefits to include 401K, Commuter Benefits, Life Insurance & Income Protection, AT&T discount.. everything you could want then some!
    Fantastic PTO and Volunteer allowance
    Wonderful Wellness Program: Thursday Massages and Free Onsite Gym
    Employee appreciation gifts and programs to include Company Branded Apparel annually.
    Easy on boarding and exceptional orientation program.

    Since joining this team I have not once felt like "the new guy". I have been fully involved and already pipe lining my future with the company. A great place to go and a better place to grow!

    Cons

    I have not encountered any negatives since joining two weeks ago.
    The only thing I can possibly think of is the commute depending on where you are coming from... but honestly wouldn't you rather live on the peninsula anyway?

    Advice to Management

    More process documentation.. On boarding and orientation are fantastic, lets go beyond and have process documentation to accompany department policies. I would also like to see a tuition reimbursement program added to the existing training program.


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Technology
    - We work on the bleeding edge of software.

    Very "developer friendly" environment
    - From flippy floppies -to- collars and anything in between. Whatever dress makes you comfy and productive!
    - We have a monthly service for snacks + our office admin goes to local stores to buy fresh fruit and other items.
    - We have wide variety of kurig coffee.

    Work Life
    - The mantra about work is "we want Guidewire be a part of your life, not the center of it"
    - No time-sheets! Seriously.
    - Need to work from home for something? No problem, life happens.

    Politics
    - Little -to- no politics.
    - Come in, code, go home.
    - No TPS reports required.

    Leadership
    - Our CEO is great. He is a straight shooter that seems to care about the company as well as people.
    - Local leaders, are also great. They care about the people and products.

    Pay
    - Great compensation packages (base pay + stocks + bonuses).
    - Encourages everyone to work hard.

    Cons

    If I had any, it would only be nit-picky stuff, like I prefer the temp @ 72 rather than 70... or some other seemingly meaningless con.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good compensation package/benefits for this market
    - Great people
    - Interesting technology and fun work
    - The company is thoughtful in integrating acquisitions

    Cons

    All jobs have some frustrations, but I feel like Guidewire tries very hard to make the right decisions and cares about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in developing the best products (and employees) and continue to acquire innovative companies to strengthen the company's offerings.


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great software development culture; management provides good oversight but doesn't micromanage.
    * Great compensation.

    Cons

    As cliché as it sounds, I can't come up with any.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The recruitment process was thorough and quick. I was getting to know the interview feedbacks same day as I was having the interviews. Hiring process went through so smoothly, I got good impression on the company from the beginning. I started working here very recently, my peers are very easy to approach. They provide help and guidance as when I needed. Work environment is very professional. There is no work pressure, I’m getting enough time to learn job gradually. From my knowledge Guidewire company provides best benefits around here.

    Cons

    I haven't been hit with any downside as yet...


  9. "Fantastic place to work"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture (very open and good )
    Rapidly growing company
    Leader in the P&C space
    Competitive compensation (base/stock grants)
    Free access to Gym
    Free food (Bagels / Snacks) - Pizza's on Thursdays
    Flex time
    Friday work from home policy

    Cons

    Bonus structure is weak (compared to other silicon valley companies)
    Open office space
    Commute could be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the right things (as before). A mix of acquisition and internal growth is the need of the hour.


  10. "Excellent Team and Learning Oppertunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Best of class Tools and technology is used. Very smooth on boarding process.

    Cons

    None that I found.


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