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Updated October 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Horrendous work life balance and impossible targets/account allocation"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Gotham, WI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Gotham, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, market leadership, CEO, engaging customers and prospects. Excellent IT literate industry with super talented clients. Great life for HQ and development staff but benefits and balance away from HQ is poor.

    Cons

    Just so slow on deals and accounts allocation was grossly unbalanced - impossible to reach targets on anything but 1/3 years. Work life balance - even had to do sales forecast calls on holidays, and instructive Mgt sales briefing calls at 10pm. Great high level values and principles that evaporate thinner at every Mgt layer.

    Advice to Management

    Account allocation is crazy, setting new guy's up to fail. Nepotism reigns.. work life balance is crazy for front life teams.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule with reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    Pay level is below industry standard


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away from Data Management"

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    Current Employee - Data Management Specialist in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Data Management Specialist in Exton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Company growth and benefits

    Cons

    Data management practice is very bad. The 4 weeks training for the complete product is a joke..and they throw you out at clients with not much support. There is a Indian PIA who lacks basic people skills.. please stay away from this group.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has lost focus with growth


  5. Helpful (8)

    ""Manager""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people in the upper management are very caring . No red tape. Good work life balance. CFO and CEO is great . Most people are very friendly.

    Cons

    HR sucks . No intent to build a better cutlure and environment , ignoring inappropriate , unfair treatment to retaliate employees who complains about a problem. They just try to protect the company by covering it up. Management is overall good but except for a few who is entirely not professional and getting personal, abusing their power as there are areas where there are no policy set and up to manager discretion. Title in this organization is not commensurate with thier skill set. Some Senior directors just know so little about their area of responsibility. They rely heavily on consultants and make decisions based on common sense even it the area involves laws and high scrunity by external auditors. This is very risky . Be careful, when they promise you anything during the interview and hiring process, they can be reverted any time and the excuse they have is "things change and there is no need for a policy"

    Advice to Management

    Should not hang on to people who violates company policy and display attitude that yells , screams , treats people unfairly even though they are "directors or above" Management should set good example and practice what the company preach.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Seems like good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice and Compensation is great
    Free snacks at corporate
    Work remotely for a number of folks
    Corporate is near Frisco

    Cons

    More important to be nice than make smart decisions
    Old workforce who doesn't want to change
    Old technology and conservative pace

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate younger, newer perspectives
    Embrace change


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Company feeling the heat of growing pains. If you are ambitious don't bother to join this company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product, nice colleagues to work with, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Boring technology stack. It is partly due to the industry.

    Company is growing and a lot of chop and change is happening right now. Job security is bad. Management is completely callous about its employees career interests. All that matters is its business interests and that is very evident from the utter disregard for its employees.

    Top and Middle management is rude and dishonest. Be ready for a roller-coaster ride. Realignment happens all the time. What you do in actual job WILL BE different from what you were told during the interviews.

    If you are ambitious about your career, don't join this company.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent. Treat your employees well.

  8. "Dissatisfied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Initially the company had high aims on how it wanted to run for its employees. But currently There focus has been on their self growth at the cost of the employees

    Cons

    The company is so pre-occupied on going public that they have forgotten why they started the business in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    That they should start practicing what they preach. It looks like they have forgotten their core ethics and are using their employees as just tools to achieve their internal objectives.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Well designed products and a competent team, but some uncomfortable cultural issues within parts of the team."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Products are designed to fulfill customer needs, and have been successful in their marketplace.
    - Guidewire supports creative approaches to finding solutions for engineering related issues.
    - There is a lot of strength and depth in the development team.

    Cons

    - Parts of Guidewire are not well aligned with its overall corporate philosophy which can result in some uncomfortable misalignments of expectations.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good people are leaving the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The business is doing very well and the company has many satisfied customers. People care about their job and making real contribution to make Guidewire's products the best in the market. Coworkers are exceptionally friendly and willing to help each other.

    Cons

    In the past two years the company grew in very fast speed, the small company characters have disappeared. The organization is not flat anymore. The management has no training or vision. There is no management culture and principles. On the surface the company has core values but the values are not followed. The middle managements formed a alliance that has all the political posturing that you can see in a big company and the interview process is controlled by that group.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and review the interview process.


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