Profile: Compini

Interested in knowing how your employees really feel? That's the lead line on the home page of Compini's website.  This Chico start-up, founded in 2015, believes every company should be as great as its people. We sat down with Co-Founders Patrick Carroll and Andrew March to find out the details behind their venture.

THE NAME - TELL US ABOUT IT

Co-Founders Patrick Carroll & Andrew March

Co-Founders Patrick Carroll & Andrew March

It's a blending of two words: “company” + “initiative”, pronounced COM-pih-nee

WHAT PROMPTED THE CREATION OF COMPINI?

A compelling business need and opportunity to help create the future we wish to see.

The challenges associated with poor workplace communication, misaligned employees and lack of candid feedback are ubiquitous. On a personal level, we’ve experienced these in not receiving (or being able to provide) honest feedback first-hand. Customers have experienced the positive impact we have on employees’ work lives which translates into tangible business value.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU DO

Compini offers organizations a safe and secure online environment in which to facilitate communication, particularly employee feedback from the bottom up. This allows management to identify both challenges and opportunities faster and more accurately than traditional methods permit (e.g. employee surveys, in-person reviews, suggestion boxes).

After two years of operation, Compini’s empirical data corroborates leading academic research and industry sentiment: Employees who know they’re being listened to are happier and perform at higher levels than those who do not.

WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT FROM YOUR COMPETITION?

Compini is the go-to site for the most useful and comprehensive employee feedback. We help create a culture of continuous improvement while ensuring alignment between different parts of an organization.

WHY DO YOUR EMPLOYEES LOVE WORKING AT COMPINI?

Our vision is that every organization can be as great as its people, and we strive to live up to this ourselves. Each member of our team is ambitious, caring, passionate, supportive and experienced in their own way – we strive to create an environment where everyone can make a meaningful contribution while continuing to deepen their own skills and experience.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE CHICO TO START YOUR COMPANY?

Chico is a unique city that offers solid support to entrepreneurs (e.g. ChicoStart), access to a leading university, formidable local talent, and good work/life harmony. Our success does not depend on living in New York City or the Bay Area, which has traditionally been viewed as a prerequisite.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MEMORY OF CHICO?

Visiting with high school friends who attended Chico State.

GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO COMPINI'S SOUL.  

There are many people and companies in Chico who have provided us with moral and business support. In turn, we are big supporters of ChicoStart’s Tech Talks, a great place to meet people who share their wisdom in helping entrepreneurs face the challenges associated with growing a new business.

DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

We want our culture to reflect our values of integrity (trust is our only product), adaptability (understanding each customer’s unique needs), and tenacity (when you’re small, it can be a long process in getting prospects to care about what you do and the value you offer). Friday Pales are always good, too.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS SO FAR?

We’re proud of our team and the employees that use Compini – we’re helping people create better workplaces for themselves and have the ability to build a real business around that.  We derive meaning from our work in helping employees do the same while building greater trust and transparency within organizations.

YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT LIVING IN CHICO?

The opportunity to be part of a great “human-scale” community that’s close to the outdoors.

To find out more about Compini's service, please visit their website.