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Updated April 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A True Career Company"

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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 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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Quality of Management problematic"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. "Je suis content"

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    • 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_.


  5. "Compensation"

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    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.


  6. "Engineer"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "BEWARE OF HELPDESK DEPT..."

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    • 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...

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company if you can stand the travel in services or are in the Bay area, Toronto, or Krakow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Architect in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Architect in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company cares about its people and works to meet their needs
    Good pay and benefits (services side)
    Good support network from other members of the company

    Cons

    travel as a consultant is tough in services
    lots of flux in product management currently as the company shifts directions slightly


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Simply let down"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High involvement & level of responsibility

    Cons

    Zero reward/incentive based involvement. Out of touch management, lack of focused direction in projects, zero company culture.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to provide a reward based system that promotes hard work, striving to go above and beyond. Rather, hard work that should be acknowledged is assumed for granted with no reward. Don't strive to be great here because you will burn out. Very sad but true.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!!"

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    • 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


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