Cristina Maieran, Software Engineer, on Integrity, Constructive Feedback and Strong Relationships

Cristina, a very talented member of the AscentCore team, shares the most important lessons she’s learned in her role- how to better understand people’s reactions and adjust the way you interact with them accordingly. Keep reading to discover how she balances work with her personal life, what she believes to be the key to strong relationships, as well as her career plans.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Cristina and I’m from Medias, Sibiu county. I studied Computer Science at TUCN and since I’m more like a visual/hands-on person I started my career as a software engineer in the automotive field. I also enjoy taking pictures, looking for nice shapes, buildings, patterns whenever I have the chance to. When I was a kid I practiced swimming for a couple of years and I still love the sensation I have after a good swim. So, I can say I’m a sporty person, even if I’m not actually training, I’m an active person and I like going outdoors, camping, walking and lately, offroading. Usually I have something to do, I don’t have time to get bored (I’m a gemini, you don’t see a gemini bored) and I cherish the moments spent with my family and friends. Probably with a glass of wine or coffee, depending on the time of the day.

What is your favorite tech?

I don’t have a favorite tech. C++ it’s fine, let’s say that it started to catch more of my attention and made me want to take a closer look since I began working on my diploma project with image processing. 

What is a typical workday for you?

Remember I said I’m a gemini? There’s no “typical workday” for me, haha. Well, I like to begin working early, but sometimes it’s not that easy, at least once a week I’ll go at the office, I have meetings, socialize, oh, work of course, have my meals wherever I am, I go to the gym and in the time left many things can happen – out for a drink, a walk, watching the sunset, Netflix & chill, there’s really no rule. 

Why did you choose to work at AscentCore?

I chose AscentCore because of the people and the instant feeling I had after the interview – a cozy and familiar feeling and because of that, I followed my instinct.

What is your favorite AscentCore value and why?

I think my favorite AscentCore value is integrity, and with this comes transparency. If you want your people to be open and trustworthy to be able to create strong relationships and work well together, you have to be honest in your turn, provide constructive feedback, actively listen and don’t build on a pile of lies. 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your role?

Trying to help someone, but not giving them directly the nicely packed solution, instead giving clues, hints, trying to make them better understand the steps needed to solve the problem, in this way consolidating my own knowledge, too. Some people are just used to taking everything for granted and you risk losing them with this approach, they will try to get the solution from another one. But there are also those who want to learn and understand your means in which case it’s a win-win. And of course, I will never stop helping because of that, I just learned to better understand people’s reactions and be more patient.

What’s next in your career journey?

I like challenges and effective communication. I think I have the ability to enable decision-making, I’m very organized and I’ll save some for later, but anyway, I think I might want to try and take off to a project management career. 

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