Guidewire Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2020

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4.2
78%
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96%
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Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum
Mike Rosenbaum
20 Ratings
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  • "Growing pains and the transition to a full cloud company can be difficult due to the lack of transparent strategy(in 23 reviews)

  • "Specially the professional services unit lost of disconnect with higher management(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Guidewire Software is an excellent software company to work with"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Curriculum Developer in Carlisle, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent manager supervising my work. Remote location (work from home or other states). Good competitive compensation package. Mixed work teams with good cooperation from coworkers. Regular meetings with lower, middle, and upper management; I feel like I know what is occurring at the company and strategically where they are heading.

    Cons

    Some project timelines are very aggressive.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decades to Come..."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Edina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    With new leadership comes concerns with negative changes, but Mike Rosenbaum has done an incredible job maintaining and strengthening the company culture. Mike sets an ambitious vision for the company and then removes roadblocks to help the company better serve our customers. With Mike at the helm and the leadership he is surrounding himself with, I see Guidewire as my home for the next decade plus in my career.

    Cons

    The transition to a cloud company has bumps along the way (many already in the rear view) so if you're uncomfortable with mild ambiguity then this may not be the place for you.


  3. "Little mobility"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Strong industry reputation for other company opportunities

    Cons

    Challenging to move to advance career

  4. "Lmg project design"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Long hour’s and hard work

    Cons

    Not an opportunity too advanced

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  5. "One of the best companies to work for!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Focused on training the employees and serving the industry the company focused on.

    Cons

    Undergoing transformative changes within while serving the industry which has been transforming for decades

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generally a good work life balance and everyone generally gets on well.

    Cons

    Poor sense of focus and direction within the product team at the moment but hopefully will improve soon

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "An Amazing company & culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Alliance Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Open culture, great benefits, and work environment

    Cons

    Very specific market served P&C Insurance Market

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  8. Helpful (10)

    "Poor middle management with lots of politics"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Cog 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Guidewire did a lot of things right to establish a strong market position. It enabled the company to start a pivot (which shouldn't have been necessary and is not yet complete) without losing too much business or share. The new CEO seems like a really strong contributor and I have confidence he'll have great positive impact on the company.

    Cons

    The company has a history of poor software engineering. It got deals done - which is great - but without the discipline to avoid custom implementations and unnecessary rework. It is a decade late getting to the cloud, and it's taking a lot of effort to fix the poor implementations of the past. The internal politics here is pathetic. The company claims that it's internal culture is great, but it's one of the more negative groups I've experienced. There's a clique of Guidewire veterans in the product development division (engineering, product management, QA, docs, etc) who are the very people responsible for the many poor product and development decisions of the past. These individuals strut around with an obnoxious arrogance and cluelessness of what they've done, and they keep "outsiders" at bay. The new head of the division is competent, but equally arrogant. He gets accolades but has yet to deliver more than routine updates to the old products. The important infrastructure changes he initiated have yet to be released and it's my opinion that's due to poor management throughout the middle management tier.

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  9. "In transition but still excellent"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Values, customer commitment, knowledge/care of customer industry

    Cons

    In a painful product transition to SaaS

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collegiality Flat Structure Unlimited Avenues for Learning

    Cons

    None that I have come across

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