We're very proud to be named as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland 2016 by the Great Places To Work Institute. At an awards ceremony held in Dublin on 24 February, Guidewire was placed at number thirteen in the medium-sized workplaces category. This is the first time Guidewire has received Best Workplaces in Ireland recognition.
The Best Workplaces awards are determined by the results of an independent, third-party survey in which employees from hundreds of Irish-based, and headquartered organisations participate. Employers are ranked on topics including work culture, management practices and behaviors, trust with co-workers, benefits, overall compensation, longevity, trust in senior leaders, and the perception that their contribution is valued.
"It is a privilege to be recognised as a Best Workplace in Ireland," said Marcus Ryu, chief executive officer, Guidewire Software. "Guidewire has made a major investment in our Dublin office, and its professional staff, of almost 200, have become indispensable to both our software development and implementation work for our global customer base. I am grateful for their contribution to our mission, as well as our Ireland HR team, who have worked assiduously to make this office a fun and professionally fulfilling place to invest one's career."
"The hardest part of growing a product development and services centre is making sure we build the right team," said Niall Lalor, practice director, distributed consulting, Guidewire Software. "There is always pressure to hire, especially in an expanding organisation and a competitive job market. It's by getting the culture right and by finding people who share our values, that we've been successful. Our team understands this, and I'm delighted to see that the honest, anonymous feedback of my colleagues supports that conclusion."
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a global network with offices in 48 countries using the same assessment methodology to publish 45 country lists, as well as regional and global lists. The best known of these is the Fortune 100 list of Best Companies to Work For in the United States.
The key defining feature of a great workplace is the level of trust that exists within it. From an employee's viewpoint, the definition of a great workplace is one where you trust the people you work with, you have great pride in what you do, and you enjoy the people you work with. The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the policies and practices in place in organisations under nine key areas: Inspiring, Speaking, Listening, Caring, Developing, Thanking, Hiring, Celebrating, and Sharing. They then benchmark these practices against other organisations in that country.
The 2016 full list of listed organisations and award winners, as well as past years' rankings, are available at www.greatplacetowork.ie.