Anonymous (Former Employee) – Bedford, MA – November 15, 2019
Pros :- Small company culture and atmosphere, very good benefits including stock options and cash bonus, flexible working hours/remote options Cons :- made up of several acquired products along side their core offerings, so trying to overcome such disjoints within and also billability is important factor for Client facing roles.
Historically, work and life balance is very flexible. Recently the office moved from Foster City to San Mateo in its own building. However, there are few parking spaces compared to the previous location.
For me this job was not really worth it. Unfortunately you get paid an extremely low wage and you have the risk of getting punched bit kicked spit on and these individuals don't brush their teeth or have good personal hygiene. Management is terrible we have went through four different managers in th personals e last year. Benefits are not that good.
So political, people are mean, no support, no chance to grow because of too political , they are too subjective, too much of favoritism. Some employees think they are better than you as if you are stupid
Another job that wants one person to do the work of 5. Staff is amazing, raises don't exist unless you work in the houses, because they are Union. HUGE turnover rate. I enjoyed the people, not management. Not enough to stay
I have been working with Guidewire for more than 4.5 years now and it has been a great experience so far. The company provides a good work life balance and employees get training hours every hour to accelerate their career path.
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.
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.
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