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  • "The insurance industry is not a very exciting place to work in, however being a part of a fun Guidewire team makes things more exciting.(in 15 reviews)
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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great environment, bad salary, bad location

    Mar 5, 2019 - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Guidewire is a good place to start your career right after college. You will learn to work in an agile environment and get used to getting things done in software. There are opportunities to work in the US and elsewhere in Europe as a Field Consultant after 1 year here. Overall, you can get some valuable experience during your first two years here. After that, it kind of becomes a rut with little career progression.

    Cons

    Put simply, if you love coding, if you are a creative engineer who loves to design an idea out of thin air and build it, you should not work as a Consultant for Guidewire (you may consider applying for a Software Engineer position). Over time, doing only simple tasks over and over may crush your spirit, and limit your growth. Also, unless you work in a Digital project, most technologies are proprietary and they will be of no use in your career. Even if you work in Digital, you will be limited to the base product and working with Angular ~1.5 which is quite outdated by now. Overall, consultants are very limited to the base product. Being original and creative with your solutions (or thinking Outside the Box if you will), goes against the very description of the job: configuring. There are cases in which this is necessary, but Guidewire works hard to limit such cases (it's not cost-effective), so you may not have many chances to 'shine'. Career progression is tricky at best (there is a limited number of promotions and even if you are good, you may not get promoted simply because that year other people got promoted), and salaries are way, way too low. Also, salaries do not recognize your role in the company. It does not matter how hard your project or assignment is, you will get paid the same, or roughly the same, as your colleagues with the same title. Remote work is a delicate matter and ultimately your manager's call. Some people here see it as slacking whereas other people support it. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is about this. The office is too far away and poorly communicated, the job is basically remote itself with most of our clients in the US. Why not letting people take remote days whenever they want?

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    7 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great company to work for very accommodating throughout the pandemic

    Jan 15, 2021 - Software Engineer Intern in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Travel in the mornings isn't the most accessible from where i was from

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Solid company with ethics

    Jun 3, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cutting edge technology Good work environment Smart co-workers

    Cons

    Huge transition to cloud, hard work

    1 person found this review helpful

    Guidewire Response

    Talent Attraction | Employer Branding | Talent Brand

    Thank you for your review and engagement with our transition to the Cloud.

  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place, mostly

    May 10, 2010 - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very good company management, doesn't get in the way and focuses on the right things. Very smart colleagues makes it a good work environment

    Cons

    I think guidewire is very cost-conscious, which is mostly a very good thing and has allowed the company to thrive, even in a very difficult economy. I think that this means salaries are not on the high end, that's the biggest negative but overall it's a great place.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Guidewire is one of the best

    Sep 6, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Couldn't ask for a smarter or more thoughtful group of people to work with. Work environment is very positive and there is never a question on what we are working toward and overall company goals.

    Cons

    Being spread across time zones can sometimes extend the workday.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Good...*if* you have the right personality

    May 13, 2010 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are pretty uniformly nice. Good development environment if you're into Agile. Very test-based as well. It's very much a 9-5 type of environment; people aren't staying into the evenings or coming in on weekends.

    Cons

    The 'technical floor' work environment is extremely open and consists almost entirely of long tables with no walls. While work from home is reasonably generous, it's also needed if you want to focus without likely interruption. Buy a really good set of ear covering headphones. There's definitely a 'Guidewire kool-aid' among people who really love the company. But there isn't really a 'Guidewire culture' outside of work elements. It's a job, no more, no less. The preceding is what I meant in the headline. If what you want is a basic job, with no significant pressure if you do reasonable work, but nothing particularly interesting about your workplace, Guidewire is a good choice. If you want something more, or generally like a traditional startup feeling/vibe, it isn't. Company needs to understand the difference between 'frugal' and 'cheap'. Given current size (500+, not the listed 50-150 here), longevity, and revenue stream, there's really no excuse for all of no 401K match, insurance co-pays, only 3 sick days a year, and a $40/day meals per dium for travel.

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    5 people found this review helpful