Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) – Foster City, CA – March 13, 2019
Guidewire has a good work-life balance and gives a good amount of flexibility to its employees. A lot of long timers work here. People are smart and friendly. The culture is changing a little with recent changes in management but these changes may be good for the future of the company.
Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) – San Jose ,CA – March 18, 2019
I felt that the team is not inclusive for new comers. Even a highly experienced professional is told what has to be done. Severely biased work culture where monopoly wins . It was hard to feel that we are part of a team. Highly political with back stabbing and no transparency.
Software Developer (Former Employee) – Dublin – October 27, 2018
There is no challenge to being a consultant here. At the beginning you sit through 3 months of mind numbing training for the different centers that make up the product (Policy, Claim and Billing) and then take a bizarre exam of no meaning which if you pass (85% or higher) you then do a small assignment with a trainer who is somewhere else in the world that you speak to for 10minutes every day and finally whom you'll do a demo to at the end. I found it the biggest waste of time. It actually prevents original ways of solving problems as Guidewire seem to think they have a best way of doing things where you have to work around their spaghetti code. I believe if they actually invested time and ran (and understood) a stress test, they'd see how inefficient and slow their centers are (obvious costly code ran multiple times for no reason can be found from just debugging). There is also no access to unit tests for the OOTB code so good luck finding regressions without strenuous manual testing. There's also a lot of bugs in the OOTB which is embarrassing and will always be a hindrance to the company moving forward. Guidewire doesn't do constant releases but instead patches, again a hindrance. On my first (and only) project, I experienced a significant amount of downtime where I could sit around for a couple of days clawing for work to come through which is not easy when your client and the project lead is 5 hours behind. This may have been a result from actually having 3 years experience of being a Java software developer that I completed the work a bit quicker than expected but itmore... was very frustrating. It was coined to me that the next project won't be the same but having spoken to numerous people there, the stories only got worse.
Office is pretty bland, you wouldn't feel proud bringing someone into the place.less
A/P Director and A/P manager are not professional at their position
Accounts Payable Specialist (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – August 14, 2018
A/P Director and A/P manager are not professional at their position.
A/P manager came in a month after me and soon she brought her coworker from her previous job to take my position while I had built very positive work relationship with various departments, especially Purchasing and vendors. they liked my work and my personality.
Professional Services Operations Manager (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – July 15, 2018
Guidewire is a very interesting company, started by some McKinsey consultants to serve the Property and Casualty insurance industry. By all accounts, they have have done a great job of developing and implementing enterprise software and helping their clients to achieve their business goals. Guidewire has done a lot of things right and seem to be most constrained by the large and conservative nature of their clients.
Product quality, professional services, market position
Customers have older software perspectives and systems, projects take years, HQ (overhead depts) limited/constrained
Senior Business Intelligence Developer (Former Employee) – San Mateo, CA – April 25, 2018
Guidewire promoted cross-training and colaborative work environment. They stressed education and full understading of the application. Engineers would often rotate though the pods to work on different parts of the application. People were very nice and management was honest and reasonable.
Consultant Developer (Current Employee) – Exton, PA – March 16, 2018
It all depends on your what project your get put on. You may end up on a cool project which accelerates your career at Guidewire or not. The culture is at Guidewire is awesome. You'll meet a lot a cool people from all over the world where Guidewire operates. You can even get in touch directly with the CEO and that is not frowned upon.
Manager (Current Employee) – Remote – February 26, 2018
Guidewire is a great company to work for. They offer competitive benefits and compensation and have been growing steadily. This is a mature company that has dedicated it resources to making sure that the correct systems are in place.
Sr. Network Engineer (Current Employee) – Foster City, CA – July 5, 2017
I get to utilize my professional talents in an atmosphere that challenges me intellectually . At the end of the day, I leave work feeling fulfilled; like I made a real impact in my team and appreciated by the company for my contribution