Julia Menzheres joined CIENCE (then Leadware) in early June 2015. Before that, she had been working as an Assistant Event Manager. She has a Master’s Degree in International Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Automobiles and Automotive Industry. Julia is a smart and focused person. She’s diligent, and might seem serious, but once you get to know her better, you can see her fun-loving side.
“I was 22 when I became the researcher at CIENCE. In nine months, I was promoted to Team Manager. I like my work, and I got used to my team. They are my family, and I have a lot of friends here.
CIENCE back then
The team was really small and very friendly. We all sat in one room. Today, I don’t know many people in the company by name. Since there were few people, we had many parties, twice per month to be precise. It was really fun.
We were very dedicated and supportive. If one of us had too much work to do, we stayed after work and helped him or her complete the tasks. We also competed to become the fastest employee. The people who have been working here for a long time have contributed much to this company.
“Our hard work made CIENCE grow”
Back then, CIENCE had a unique product on the market and more clients than we could handle. We didn’t have enough people, and we had to hire all the time, which is why many people got promoted quickly. We’re gaining more competitors now, but they aren’t as good at this business compared to us.
In early 2016, we had a survey across the company. We had to point out the people whom we thought deserved a promotion. I was among the “chosen,” and I think it was partly because I trained the newcomers along with Kate, so most people in the company knew me. They were my apprentices.
Our Office Manager thought we ate a lot, and she would say it to us on a regular basis. She compared the amount of food we ate to the amount consumed by the other team working in the office. This was fun. She also took photos of the food we threw away. Apparently, she tried to save money.
We had a girl in a team. I saw that this kind of work wasn’t for her. She was too active for it. When she was leaving, she told me one important thing:
I was completing my tasks every day because I saw how hard you were working
That day I understood that I had to be an example for my people. You come to the office, and you work by demonstrating dedication and a serious attitude. This is how your colleagues begin treating their duties more thoughtfully.
Challenges and personal growth
I was a shy and closed-off person, an indoor kind of a girl. I had never thought I would become a manager and be able to organize people because I was too soft. On the flip side, I’m focused, responsible and attentive. We had to work hard, so I learned many things. As a result, I became less shy and more open.
Now I give clear instructions to my subordinates. I try to build friendly and comfortable relations inside my team, and I’m more open.
The greatest achievements
My personal achievement is that I’ve changed and learned a lot. I feel pleased when our clients give positive feedback. I don’t do hands-on research anymore, so I pass it on to my co-workers. It motivates us to work even harder.
There are projects, in which you need to become an expert in a particular field. You need to learn a lot of things to become a pro-researcher. This makes you proud of your work.