How did Personio develop from a small team to a successful company with over 400 employees?
In the beginning, it was only us, four founders. Each of us did basically everything. That also didn’t change when we hired our first employees, but gradually the focus of our work crystallized. For example, I was responsible for sales and distribution and drove from company to company in Berlin to present our prototype to them. With the first seed-funding, we were able to start hiring even more people after about a year and have grown to 50 employees. In the meantime, after 4.5 years, more than 420 people are already working at Personio. Most of them in Munich; but for some time now also at our other locations in Madrid, London & Dublin. The strong growth is an exciting development, but of course, it also brings certain challenges. For example, we have to transfer the corporate culture from the Munich office to our other locations.
Did everything run smoothly at the beginning, or did you sometimes doubt the success of the company?
I wouldn’t say that everything has always gone smoothly. Since none of us had ever really worked before, building up a company was a continuous learning process. But we always believed in our success, because we quickly realized that our software was solving a real problem of many companies and that the demand for our product was high.
How does your solution differ from those already on the market?
With our solution, we focus on small and medium-sized companies with 10 to 2,000 employees. For them, there are mainly isolated applications, e.g. software only for recruiting or only for payroll. But we offer a holistic solution that covers the entire employee life cycle: From recruiting to employee management such as on-boarding, time recording, and feedback, to payroll accounting, Personio can digitize all HR processes that exist in any company.