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Guidewire – Why Work For Us?

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Thanks for your interest! We're pleased that you're thinking of investing your time and energy with us. At Guidewire, a combination of humane working conditions, an excellent market opportunity, a rational and meritocratic company culture, quality products, and a long history of careful hiring have allowed us to create an enviable work environment. Take your time and look around – the more that you understand about us, the more we think you'll like what you see.

At Guidewire, we understand the benefit of having people invested in the success of the company for the long haul, and we're committed to creating an environment that keeps people here.

An Exceptional Opportunity

There's a Silicon Valley saying, "If you can see the bandwagon, it's too late to hop on." In 2001, when we started the company, we realized that one of the biggest industries in the world had been largely ignored by software companies. That was odd, because insurance is a critical, recession-proof industry in any modern economy. Without insurance, people don't buy houses or drive cars, and businesses don't hire new employees. As a result, the worldwide property and casualty insurance industry brings in around $1.3 trillion in insurance premiums every year – and spends about $50 billion of that on information technology. Yet despite this, insurers were getting abysmal value for their money. The backbone of almost any insurance company – selling policies, billing customers, and paying claims – relies on aging, archaic mainframe or client/server systems.

So, we set out to provide modern replacements for these systems. These are extraordinarily complex pieces of software that handle billions of dollars worth of financial transactions. Despite early predictions from people who thought that insurance companies would never buy from a startup company, Guidewire has become the #1 developer of modern insurance software applications. We are the clear global leader in claims systems: since 2004, we have won more deals than any competitor, beating out companies like Accenture and SAP. More recently, we have rapidly been acquiring customers with our newly introduced policy and billing systems. No other company that serves our industry can match our ability to use modern technology to solve complex business problems, no other company is in a position to offer an integrated suite of applications, and none has our track record of making customers successful and happy. As a result, we are well-positioned to become the favored system provider of choice for an entire industry. We nurture long-term relationships with our customers, leading to excellent financial stability for our company.

It's remarkable, if you think about it: companies all around the world that handle billions dollars worth of business a year trust us to manage their most critical business functions. These aren't lightweight peripheral systems – they are the core, mission-critical applications that the majority of employees use all day, every day. Guidewire was only founded in 2001, so how did we do this? How did we become a successful global company, winning these deals over our larger competitors, and how do we manage to deliver these complex applications to large and demanding customers?

We have a number of advantages:

  • First, we had the good fortune to start Guidewire at a time when Silicon Valley was filled with the rubble of the great 2001 tech bust. We had the opportunity to build slowly and to hire carefully. We used our time wisely to build a team of all-stars; they know and attract others of the same caliber. Our people simply outperform other teams.
  • Second, we use agile development approaches and test-driven development. This lets us build higher-quality products in less time. We get to spend more time writing software, and less time fixing bugs and dealing with customer issues. We continue to pioneer the use of these techniques at large scale, both internally in development, and out in the field at our customer sites. To give you a sense of the scale of our investment in this area, we now have on the order of 100,000 automated tests protecting the quality of our products.
  • Third, we've developed an unbroken track record of successful implementation projects (because of a combination of solid product and skilled implementation). Since every implementation is a bet-the-company, bet-your-career decision for our customers, this track record is an invaluable competitive asset.
  • Fourth, we apply unique technology that our competitors can't match: a highly customizable and upgradable metadata-driven data model and UI platform; a built-in integration layer that lets us connect cleanly to all kinds of legacy systems; a huge variety of sophisticated business features; and a completely modern architecture designed from the ground up for testability and scalability. We are a sophisticated technology company bringing advanced approaches to an underserved industry.

The Guidewire team is very proud of the reputation we have earned in the industry. We take great pride in the products we build and the manner in which we operate as a company and on an individual level.

We live and operate by three basic principles. These are the same principles upon which Guidewire was founded and they remain at the heart of all we do today:

  • We value integrity in everything that we do: truthful relationships with customers, prospective customers, partners, investors, and each other.
  • We are dedicated to rationality: communicating through clear arguments, building excellent quality products, and making decisions carefully on the basis of factual evidence.
  • We prize collegiality: working together as professional equals, with a minimum of hierarchy.

 

Click here for an extended look at Guidewire's Values and Practices. 

 

If you like what you see, come and talk to us. We have an idea about what makes a happy life for employees: meaningful work, quality products, sound business strategy, ultra-competent colleagues, and plenty of freedom to innovate and create. But it's easy to say nice things on a website. We invite you to really find out the truth for yourself. Most of our job offers are accepted, so we're pretty confident that you'll like what you see! If you interview at Guidewire, we will treat you with respect and courtesy, and we will also attempt to create, in the interview, as realistic a work experience as possible. We want to learn about you, of course, but we also want you to see what it would be like to work with us.

 


 

 

 

 

 

If you like what you see, come and talk to us. We have an idea about what makes a happy life for employees: meaningful work, quality products, sound business strategy, ultra-competent colleagues, and plenty of freedom to innovate and create. But it's easy to say nice things on a website. We invite you to really find out the truth for yourself. Most of our job offers are accepted, so we're pretty confident that you'll like what you see! If you interview at Guidewire, we will treat you with respect and courtesy, and we will also attempt to create, in the interview, as realistic a work experience as possible. We want to learn about you, of course, but we also want you to see what it would be like to work with us.

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    Guidewire is the best software company I have ever worked for in my 29 years in the industry.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Mateo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - There's more visibility into senior executive decision making, long term planning, and financial results than in any company I have worked for.
    - The culture is rational and egalitarian. Ideas are discussed and considered from many sources, and I feel that I have as much input into planning and effect on the final product as I could ask for.
    - The pay is excellent, and benefits appear to be similar to those at software companies of the same size.
    - The products are well designed and rich in content, and continue to be the best in class for Guidewire's market segment. Even better, Guidewire has figured out how to sell and successfully configure these complex products, making the company the market leader and the one to bet on. That translates into great bonuses and a decent stock price.
    - Guidewire has high hiring standards, and the technical staff is impressive in their quality and experience, yet there's none of that self aggrandizing I've seen at some other companies I've worked for. I find engineers at every level to be open to ideas and easy to collaborate with.
    - There's a lot of camaraderie in the teams. Guidewire supports team outings that encourage team building and good interpersonal relationships.

    Cons

    - I would like to work from home more days a week on a regular basis than the company supports. However, when I need to work from home for a particular reason, there's never a problem with doing so.
    - I'd like health benefits to be better than the industry standard. However, I came from a larger company that had excellent benefits, so the comparison might not be fair. Additionally, I understand how expensive healthcare insurance has become, and that the company has made a decision to focus more on monetary rewards like salary, stock, and bonuses, all of which I find to be generous.
    - The company appears to be in transition from a successful, post-IPO startup to a larger, more mature company. The company is doing pretty well with expanding management staff and planning capabilities, but has made some mistakes. However, so far they've been nothing major or difficult to recover from, and the response from senior management has been encouraging and remarkably open.

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Guidewire Interviews

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    Sales Enablement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    Fantastically choreographed and very thorough. Everyone was upbeat, straightforward and well prepared when they spoke with me. I had a variety of phone interviews, 1 serious day of face to face interviews and was required to present a case study to the team on how I would tackle their burning issues. I had numerous opportunities to ask questions in preparation for the presentation.

    Then, right before I was given an offer, they scheduled one more call with my hiring manager to make sure we were both on the same page and they hadn't over sold or undersold the opportunity. I was able to be very very candid about what type of management style and project mix would give them the most value from me, and they could be totally candid about shifts in the group's charter that might change what projects were available to me.

    The whole process was conducted with incredible integrity and transparency, which is, I found out, how people at Guidewire operate all the time. I kept expecting there to be some drama- some set back, some head count lost or title changed or salary switched. Never happened. Just a thorough, straightforward, well conducted process. Everything they said they would do, they did. No one ever disappeared or left me hanging or didn't get back to me. And I have discovered since starting that I am not alone in this experience.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a variation on "what would you do in the first 90 days of your job?" but it was framed like "what would you recommend we do to address this issue we're facing?".   Answer Question
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    It was very straightforward. I did not play games and they did not play games.
    Accepted Offer
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Guidewire Awards and Accolades

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Employees' Choice 50 Best Places to Work (#6), Glassdoor, 2014
Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2013
The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For (#2), Business Insider, 2013
"Strong Positive" Rating, Gartner MarketScope for North American Property and Casualty Insurance, 2013
The Rave Award, Tech Decisions Magazine, 2011
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Additional Info

Website www.guidewire.com
Headquarters Foster City, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Public (GWRE)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue ₹10 to ₹50 billion (INR) per year
Competitors Accenture

We aspire to be different - more honest, more dedicated to customers, more committed to quality.

Guidewire provides flexible, core systems that span the entire Property & Casualty insurance lifecycle. We invest more in P/C core system engineering than any other company—more than 800 persons-years to date. The work is complicated. We build extremely flexible solutions that...
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Mission: To build software products that transform the global P&C insurance industry – and to ensure that every customer succeeds in the journey.

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