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Guidewire San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The opportunity to work from home provides tremendous flexibility and allows for a good work-life balance (in 96 reviews)

  • You are also free to work from home when you have things to attend to there (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance isn't a policy, but rather at the discretion of your manager (in 13 reviews)

  • Small company getting big growing pains (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at Guidewire for over five years and feel so lucky to work on a team where my ideas are valued, and I feel truly cared about. I enjoy the amount of collaborative work and autonomy in my role. The corporate culture at the company is outstanding (regular company-wide meetings, opportunities for outside training and career development, and flexibility to work from home as needed) and it really is the people that make Guidewire such a rewarding company to work at.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share at this point. Management regularly responds quickly to any employee concerns as they arise. This is one of the things I like most about Guidewire- there really is an open-door policy from your peers up to the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing an excellent job! I greatly appreciate the transparency at Guidewire and feel very informed about company news, changes, etc.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Another 5 Stars!"

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

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

    Pros

    Two years ago I rated the company 5 stars, and here goes another 5 stars!
    I'm honored to work at such an inspiring company with smart colleagues and challenging environment.

    Cons

    No major cons, I appreciate the diligent and passionate work of management at Guidewire.

    Advice to Management

    Keep motivating and leading the employees,


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganized and little to no oversight on mid management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    The company does promote a good work/life balance and there are certain groups that have a very good rapport.

    Cons

    Title inflation is rampant and some groups have very little oversight, which leads to terrible middle management, especially in the finance org. Managers absolutely need to do a better job of being proactive about developing talent beneath them and they also need to have more oversight. Moreover, when participating in one of the acquisitions the company did I noticed that the whole process was incredibly disorganized compared to what I've seen elsewhere...this needs to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people more accountable and increase oversight on middle management. Too many ad hoc groups that have no clear responsibilities.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Still a good global software company, smart colleagues, solicitous CEO"

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

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

    Pros

    No bureaucracy, large portfolio to experience, many technologies to dive in, there is away the room for you to grow if you want to

    Cons

    Few years ago, I rated with 5 starts. Now something is changing. Maybe the martinet of the operational expense. Maybe the speed of innovation...

    Advice to Management

    Give more work life balance. More technology driven other than overhead on documentation, standards, guidelines, workflow


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Lead"

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

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a Great workplace
    The product is awesome and is liked by customers
    People are really smart and very involved in the companies day to day activities

    Cons

    The focus of management is declining day after day. The company has also started to lower the facilities for employees in general

    Advice to Management

    Please focus more on the employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Unusual Pressure from management to clear the certification and Termination is possible even after completing the cert"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Snacks, they send people to Ireland for doing the certification

    Cons

    I cleared the first two certifications in Ireland and then after coming back to US I prepared for the last one. However, the team I had in my panel was very rude and while showing the demo I missed couple of things and they asked me to leave the company. I have tremendous track records in all the companies I have worked with and I am having 13 years of Development experience. As per Guidewire I was not fit enough to code so I was terminated.

    Advice to Management

    nothing. Not a good company to work with. Sorry to say that there is no presence of senior management. Please give a cool, calm environment to the employees so that they can prove themselves.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "N/A"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is to par. Some groups seems to have know how to balance work while other group is all about work.

    Cons

    Needs to work on providing better work culture. Seems like some people are over work and glued to their cubes. Small break rooms. Invest more on employees onsite perks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so serious. Have fun and appreciate your employees more


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    From the time I applied until today, each stage of the process was great. There is a true sense of collegiality and respect among all workers. Folks can agree to disagree and continue to be very respectful of each other. I have been with the company less than a year and my managers have encouraged growth and cross training across the team. This really is a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    You all are doing a wonderful job. We can see that you care. Continue to invest in your staff and encourage opportunities to work remote with flexibility in work hours. Your employees will go to the mat for you if they feel appreciated and valued. Thank you.


  9. "Best product based company to work in insurance domain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay in Bay area.
    Excellent company perks.
    Renowned brand.
    Excellent work life balanced work culture.
    Highly sophisticated and professional work culture.
    You get an opportunity to work with excellent technology stacks.
    This company is good for long term as well short term pursuant.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons with company's culture or growth until I really start comparing apple with oranges

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable and strong leadership, incredible work culture, smart and likeable people

    Cons

    Benefits are pretty plain, pay could be more competitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on innovation and evolution. Constant investment is needed in resources to grow the business.


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