I joined Guidewire as a Software Engineer and in my time here, I've been given the chance to build new products, grow practices from the ground up, develop new programs and experience so many sides of the business. Guidewire has always been a place where we are not afraid to take risks, where we learn from our mistakes and always strive to improve. And a day doesn't go by where I don't feel challenged or honoured to be working with the people I do. They're fantastic – smart, motivated, great team players who always seek to improve the way we do things. It creates a fun environment to work in, punctuated by the not-so-occasional bad joke! Add a passionate executive team, a culture where everyone has a voice and strong values, and why would I want to go anywhere else?!
I spend a lot of my time working from home or on the road as I don't live near the office but this doesn't mean I'm disconnected from the team – far from it. We're a social group and there's almost always someone up for grabbing a meal or a drink when working on a project. We have sports and social committees in Dublin and Exton that put on really fun events like Frothy Fridays, Office Olympics, and TravelCenter and it's always great when we get together for our annual services events.
The work we do? It's making a real difference in the insurance industry. That might not be the most glamorous industry out there but it's the one people turn to when disaster strikes. Customers see us as trusted advisors and we make informed decisions which we are willing to stand by. We're constantly seeking to do better and be even better for our customers and our team members. We take risks but they're rational risks and everyone works together towards a common goal. That dynamic makes Guidewire an exciting place to work because there are always new opportunities as we continuously seek to grow and evolve. Joining the team, you'll be valued and actively supported with your goals and career aspirations as you work on good – and challenging – projects. You'll learn what it takes to run a successful organisation and, most importantly, you'll have plenty of fun doing it.
Unconventional – that's one word to describe my career path at Guidewire! I joined in 2008 in an experimental role to help our prospective customers build business justifications. That then turned into Value Consulting and as a ‘hobby' on the side, we started to get data from existing customers for a benchmarking program. That program became extremely popular and evolved into our first ever SaaS product, Guidewire Live. I'm now responsible for leading the business functions for all products in Guidewire's Data & Analytics product family including DataHub, InfoCenter, Live and Predictive Analytics. I've been here seven years and in that time, I've had more career opportunities and variety than I had in my 15 years of working in enterprise software before.
I love working with smart people and incredible leaders in an environment where hard challenges are both embraced and solved. Every day I learn something new. Something new about the industry, about our products or about how to make our business successful. The learning never stops. Going through product certification training for ClaimCenter 5 when I started was one of the best software training classes I've ever been a part of. I've also completed my MBA and CPCU since starting here – don't ask me how I did it all!
As Guidewire is successful and growing fast, there are lots of opportunities. If you feel like you want a bigger challenge, there's always one there for the taking. No two days are the same, no two months or years are the same either. It certainly keeps you on your toes! And you get to work with intelligent and truly exceptional people too, in a culture that rewards good ideas. It's a special combination and one I've not found in many work places. From someone thinking of joining Guidewire, I look for a real eagerness to learn and the ability to adjust to new ideas. The world and our industry are changing so quickly that it's much less about your direct experience and what you know today – it's about how you assimilate new information and pick up impactful new concepts.