One minute with Mari Mendez, administrative associate in the Business Services Section

Mari Mendez helps make sure the Business Services Section runs smoothly. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
It will be 24 years on Jan. 16. I started in the Computing Division at the Feynman Computing Center, and in May 1993 I moved to the Legal Office, which was under the Business Services Section at that time. I moved to the section office in October 2002, and I’ve been there ever since.

What’s a typical workday like?
There is no typical workday. I start with e-mails, lots of e-mails. (So far, no one has taken my suggestion of E-mail-Free Fridays. Wouldn’t that be great?) They’re a pretty good indicator of how my day is going to go and the sorts of things I’ll be dealing with, such as meeting deadlines, processing rush requisitions, scheduling meetings and reviewing travel requests, just to name a few. It’s definitely never routine.

What’s the best part of your job?
I like helping people out, and this job gives me plenty of opportunities to do that. And, though I don’t know a lot about science, it’s pretty neat to think that something I did may have had a small part in an experiment or project that could potentially have an impact on the world.

What has kept you coming back for 24 years?
It doesn’t seem like 24 years. I love it here. I think it’s a great place to work, especially if you have children. All of the bosses I have worked for have been very good at understanding that family comes first, and that’s important to me. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some of Fermilab’s best, and I can’t say enough about how great they are.

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