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"Great place to work"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Everybody is very very friendly, management are very open, salary is great and the stocked kitchens are a big plus.

Cons

Management are being quite indecisive at the moment.

Advice to Management

Make a decision and stick to it.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great environment, bad salary, bad location"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 Even if you work in Digital, you will be limited to the base product and working with Angular ~1.5 which is quite outdated by now.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?

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the social activities. They are great.

    Raise the base salary, it is not enough to live in Dublin (just take a quick look at how much does rent cost for a 1 bedroom apartment).

    Allow people to work remotely when they want to do so. Our clients are remote so it wouldn't do any harm having a 1 week remote out of 4 policy or similar. On this line, you should allow people to expense a WeWorks office downtown for those who don't want to pollute the planet and waste 2h a day commuting to the office.


  2. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Support Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Software Support Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No micro management, very friendly and cooperative manager

    Cons

    Nothing specific but salary can be a concern

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