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Guidewire Reviews

Updated 20 Nov 2019

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4.1
79%
Recommend to a Friend
100%
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Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum
Mike Rosenbaum
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance with flexibility and respect for personal needs;(in 124 reviews)

  • "smart people around you makes it interesting(in 34 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "GSC Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work balance, snacks and social life plus a really great environment

    Cons

    too much training, it is really difficult to understand that amount of training and certifications that you need to achieve.

    Guidewire2019-10-29
  2. "Great company, but could be better in Dublin PD"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Collegiality - friendly, helpful people, plenty of social events Was one of the best workplace when I've joined Great new CEO and Head of PD Transparency Office

    Cons

    Inability to prioritise - big picture of product is incomplete Lack of accountability - e.g. if some devs don't like to QA and if you hint at it you get into trouble Integrity - feedback is king but not double checked properly; taking positions without hearing you

    Advice to Management

    Could be more proactive, show more leadership instead of letting the teams decide in key decisions most of the time, be more technical

    Guidewire2019-11-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dublin branch is dead."

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible time. Work from home schema

    Cons

    1. Boring technologies applied in most departments including GSC, SE, PE and CE. 2. Hiring external management like CEO rather than promoting people internally. (More than 80% of the management in the Cloud team are hired externally in last year) 3. Most people are playing games, watching Netflix in the office with yearly increment of 3000 - 5000. 4. With or Without promotion, you will be getting 3000 - 5000... increased anyway, it encourages people to not work. 5. Overtime working is not appreciate 6. Low Salary as 3000 - 5000 salary increase per year with or without promotion 7. The senior management does care about the year of services, while the junior management said they don't care. 8. Trying to said they have a lot of cash inside the bank for every company meeting, but never increase salary 9. terrible company structure and messy title/position with no standard

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    Advice to Management

    don't hire management from external anymore.

    Guidewire2019-10-21
  4. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture and work load Friendly environment

    Cons

    proprietary language, location, salary grow

    Advice to Management

    Slow on changing processes and finding requirements

    Guidewire2019-07-10
  5. "Solid company to start off in tech industry. Working here for close to 2 years, started off fresh out of college."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Environment Good starting salary Detailed training (you are not thrown in to the deep end straight away) Plenty of social events

    Cons

    Promotion process feels a bit too vague and unclear. Some get promoted in 6 months and some take up to 2 years. Never given clear reasoning why outside of vague "They worked hard"

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of

    Guidewire2019-05-21
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great environment, bad salary, bad location"

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

    I worked at Guidewire full-time for 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.

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    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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    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.

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    Guidewire2019-03-05
  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Software Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No micro management, very friendly and cooperative manager

    Cons

    Nothing specific but salary can be a concern

    Guidewire2019-03-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Solution Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good atmosphere

    Cons

    Technology stack is not quite attractive for general software developer

    Guidewire2019-03-01
  9. "Great people, culture and values."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guidewire full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people Great CEO Career Growth Review Process

    Cons

    Not the most interesting industrie

    Guidewire2019-03-02
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guidewire full-time for 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.

    Guidewire2019-01-10
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