It all started out of frustration
Juha and I are colleagues from a long time ago. For years, we watched as software consultancy was executed. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
Employees were treated as numbers and their strengths were not exploited. The decisions were always made with money up front. The sellers made promises to the customers that the coders couldn’t deliver. All of this lowered the work ethic among employees. That is why the systems made for customers were unreliable and fell apart, or were impossible to develop further.
It was frustrating. We both knew that consulting could be done differently. We talked about how, instead of looking for quick wins, customer projects could be turned into long confidential relationships, as long as the obstacles to passionate coders doing their job were cleared.
So the idea of sustainable software development began to grow.
That’s what Compile was built on. In 2015, Nikolai, the company’s first consultant, started. Now, a few years later, there are more than 70 of us. (And Nikolai still likes it here.)
It feels like the idea is working.
“In this business, many companies burn out their people. One of our consultants ran four projects in his last job, and at the same time he was training juniors – and ended up exhausted. He tried to talk to the employer about it, but there was no reaction. When he came to work for us, we first sent him on a holiday. After the summer, I saw how healthy his cheeks looked. That healthy look also benefits the customer.
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“I have been working in the industry for a couple of decades. In that time, you learn to see why projects go under. It’s not the people. It’s the bad leadership. When people are given conflicting goals, the result is always a disaster. That’s why Compile’s business has only one goal: a happy employee. It leads to high quality code, satisfied customers and sustainable business.”
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