One of the reasons Perficient is an employer of choice is because we support each colleague’s ability to chart their own career path. We recognize and celebrate the unique accomplishments of each individual both big and small because career development can mean different things for different people at different points in someone’s career journey.
Romina has been working at Perficient for almost a year and has achieved incredible milestones in her role as Project Manager from Montevideo, Uruguay. She uses her communication skills as a tool to obtain excellent results successfully managing the dynamics between clients and internal teams.
Romina Neves shares her story at Perficient, which is her first full-time job after graduating from university. She shows us that we all have something to teach others no matter how many years we have been working, that we should never give up the desire to learn, and, above all, set goals to project ourselves where we want to go.
This is how Romina, #MakesADifference every day at Perficient.
What is your role? Describe a typical day in the life.
I play a role in both team and project management. I start my day by following up with the team on administrative tasks and meeting with them to see their progress and help them with any issues that arise. In general, I attend many meetings per day with my team members and with stakeholders of each project. In addition to the meetings, I perform administrative and operational tasks, which often include communications with the team and clients.
How do you explain your job to family, friends, or children?
I explain to them that I am a project manager and that this means leading and managing the different projects, as well as their members, in following up on the tasks they perform. I support and help solve inconveniences that may impede the correct progress of the projects, as well as give them a hand in the problems they have. It is not only of a work nature, but also personal.
Whether big or small, how do you make a difference for our clients, colleagues, communities, or teams?
I consider the biggest difference I make is through my soft skills. I always try to foster a culture of good communication, empathy, and transparency. I like that together with the teams we obtain successful results and add value to the deliverables. This has been achieved through honesty, commitment, understanding, effort, and teamwork. I always try to find more effective ways of doing tasks that focuses on the important human aspect of things.
What are your proudest accomplishments, personally and professionally? Any milestone moments at Perficient?
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A specific achievement that makes me personally and professionally proud are the projects that I have been assigned as PM or SM. I have been chosen to lead complex projects, and they have trusted me and my work by giving me the responsibility to move teams and projects forward. I have been recognized by my colleagues, and by the teams I lead and the stakeholders with whom I interact daily. Every day I am growing and learning, and this has been reflected in the recognition I receive from my colleagues.
What has your experience at Perficient taught you?
The Perficient community teaches me all the time to persevere, believe in myself, stand up for myself, and to be confident that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to. I have learned to trust my presence in front of the teams. Also, I have learned to be open to changes, to make decisions without doubting my judgment, and to make mistakes without fear. This support and encouragement are in addition to all the tools that I am given every day to improve the management of teams and projects.
What advice would you give to colleagues who are starting their career with Perficient?
The best advice I can give is to always be open to learning better ways to do the job. This may mean having to learn things over again, but you must be open to making mistakes to succeed.
Why did you choose Perficient? What keeps you here?
I consider Perficient to be one of the best in the technology consulting industry. It has grown a lot and still has a lot of potential to continue to do so. The work environment is excellent and always has good vibes as well as fun activities to interact with colleagues. Perficient values people and recognizes them despite being a large company with thousands of colleagues across the world. In addition to all this, Perficient has great growth possibilities, and I experience this daily. This keeps me motivated to continue giving my all and stay with Perficient.
Why are you #ProudlyPerficient:
Because I feel supported by a company that continuously drives growth and encourages the increased presence of women in technology and leadership roles.
What motivates you in your daily work?
The collaborative and energetic work environment that is generated in the office motivates me, as well as the support that all my colleagues give me to learn and grow as much as possible.
How have you personally helped advance Perficient’s business during your career here?
I have helped Perficient’s business by focusing on client interactions, generating a transparent dialogue, and having full involvement with clients. With my teams, we have managed to deliver successful projects, and I consider that one of the most important keys in this is the communication and people-focused management style that I have fostered.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
I am passionate about sports. I practice CrossFit and weightlifting because I like to feel strong. It gives me confidence and security to lead. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and traveling. I also like to study, and I am motivated to learn new things, whether it contributes to my current role or in life.
What’s something surprising people might not know about you or your background?
Many people are surprised when I tell them that I spent three months traveling alone through Europe at the age of 18. I did it through work exchanges and working in hostels to finance the trip. Without a doubt it was an experience that gave me a lot of knowledge, confidence, and independence.
What goals do you have for personal and professional development?
My goals on a personal and professional level are:
- Learning more languages other than English
Achieving increasingly challenging leadership roles with greater responsibilities.
Perficient believes in a strong work/life balance. What is one way you accomplish this?
I always try to respect my working day. There are exceptional cases where I must attend work after hours and I do it with pleasure, but I like to take the necessary time to dedicate to me and participate in sports to disconnect from work for a while.
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