mindit chats with Mariana Vlase: “Come here with an open heart and you might just find your new dream job.”
November 4, 2022
Vlad Teodorescu Birla

Andrada Covaci wanted to surprise her dear colleague Mariana Vlase by tagging her to be next in our mindit chats series.

Guess what… She succeeded!

1. What's something that happened to you that can only happen here? What's a unique part about working here?

The fact that you can feel right at home at mindit.io. That’s something I haven’t experienced so far in other places. Usually, I had the feeling like I was in a hotel room, with my luggage still not fully unpacked, because you’re always expecting to leave at one point.

I consider all the girls in my team as being more than just colleagues. We’re friends. And mindit.io is just that kind of a place that connects you with wonderful people. 

2. How have you grown professionally while on our team?

August 2021 is when I joined mindit.io and ever since I had the opportunity to explore all the areas I was interested in, and Maria Ionescu, our CFO, actually encouraged me to do so.

My mind works like a puzzle and if there’s something I don’t know, or don’t understand, I feel like there’s one piece missing from the big picture. I can’t rest until I solve the puzzle. That’s just how I work.  

All the other colleagues from other departments are really helpful whenever I ask them questions about how their teams work, and I get all the necessary support to grow both professionally and personally.

You don’t usually find this freedom of exploration in corporations, where your job is pretty much defined by the same tasks. Before joining mindit.io, I was on the other side of the barricade. I was an auditor, and now I’m the one making sure that everything is in line.

mindit.io has really helped me discover other areas of my professional skillset and I’m really thankful for all the freedom and opportunities to explore I have here.  

3. What was the moment you knew you'd made the right decision to work here?

It’s hard to point out just one particular moment. What I can say is that mindit.io has always been my first choice, even when I had other offers at the beginning.

It’s pretty hard to leave a place where you feel at home, right? 😊  

4. What was your best day at work? What are you most proud of?

I like working efficiently and I enjoy automatizing as many processes as possible. I’m glad whenever I manage to create an excel, for example, that helps my colleagues out with the projects they are involved in.

If I can ease the analyzing process by any means, based on each project’s or person’s needs, I can declare myself happy and satisfied.  

Anything data and analytics-related brings me joy at work. I guess I’m just an excel-geek and Power BI newbie, but those are the things that spark my interest and curiosity.  

5. What is your team like?

We’re not called the Angels Squad for nothing. I would define us as a very united and complementary team.  

Each of us covers a different area and if there’s something I don’t know, I’m sure that one of the girls will have an answer. We even did personality tests and we found out that we have explorers, motivators, finalizers, interpreters, and many other personality types among us, which is really cool.  

I feel like I’m really lucky to be a part of the team, and I hope the girls feel the same way.

6. Which benefits are your favorite and why?

minditNomad is without a doubt my favorite benefit. I went to our Comarnic minditNomad home and it’s great. I’m planning on visiting Cluj next.

The travel budget we have is also really helpful and I can’t wait to use it myself. Also, I like the fact that we have a dedicated learning budget and we are encouraged to partake in courses and training sessions.  

We have our own library and Bookster subscriptions, meaning that any book you want to read, you name it, we have it.  

All the benefits offered by mindit.io are great, but if I had to choose just a few, these would be my top picks.  

7. If you could do anything else for a living, in an alternative universe, what would that be? 

I would probably be a trainer for a certain domain. It’s a thing I keep coming across in my life, and I really like the idea of teaching people a new skill.  

This is the thing I would most likely do if I wouldn’t be so passionate about numbers and the role I have today at mindit.io  

8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining mindit.io?

I would tell everybody to be open-minded and to apply to join our team because they will not regret it. Come here with an open heart and you might just find your new dream job.  

Look into our OPEN ROLES, and I hope you’ll find a home here, just like I did. It’s a really special place to be a part of.  

9. What movie, book, or TV show would you recommend? How do you relax and unwind? 

I used to watch cuter movies in the past. But now I’m going through a phase where I watch murder movies and documentaries. I don’t know why, but I’m caught up in all the action and drama, and I’m really interested in how complex the human mind is and that no one is good or bad but their choices in a specific context can place them on one side or the other.

I listen to a lot of podcasts like On Purpose with Jay Shetty’s and Small Things Often The Gottman Institute Society & Culture, for productivity tips and for short and to-the-point lessons and life advice.

When it comes to books, I’ve been reading psychology books lately, which I find to be really relaxing and sometimes motivating.  

10. Who would you tag next to be interviewed by us?

I want to tag Eliza Ancuta to be featured in the mindit chats series because I think she’ll make for a really cool, interesting, and fun interview! Just be nice to her, Vlad! 😊 Eliza dear, TAG – you’re next!

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