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Updated January 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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. "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_.

  3. "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.


  4. "Engineer"

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    • 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


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Simply let down"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "Fiscally Dependable Company with Great Benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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