Interview With Theresa Ayers, Developer

For our Computronix employee interviews, we sit down with people from all levels of our company and ask them about their jobs, and what it’s like working for Computronix.

The vast majority of professionals in the tech industry are male, particularly among programmers and developers. This fact can cause problems with women’s work being undervalued or not taken seriously. A recent study found that although women’s code was actually rated slightly higher than men’s, the women were more likely to have their code rejected.

Theresa Ayers was the only female in her engineering program at college, and she experienced some of that prejudice from some other students and even a few professors. She admits that, “I was a little nervous when I started job searching, to be honest.” However, at Computronix she found that “the people here are very open-minded, they really took me in. I always feel supported and like an equal with my male coworkers.”

From the beginning, Theresa got the impression that it was a “genuine company that cared about the clients, the work and the employees.” She soon found that she was able to contribute to projects that not only challenged her and made her a better programmer, but also positively impacted clients, allowing them to do their jobs better than before. “It’s great being able to see how my work actually makes a difference for a client’s day-to-day responsibilities,” she says enthusiastically.

Like many others at Computronix, she emphasizes how employees will frequently come together as a team to complete a major project or to meet a crucial deadline, working together to come up with creative solutions that will provide clients with the best system possible. She says that to her, Computronix’s culture can be summed up by the word “Value, because everybody here values each other’s opinions, and the company values us as people and as employees.”

For our Computronix employee interviews, we sit down with people from all levels of our company and ask them about their jobs, and what it’s like working for Computronix.

When starting any new job, there’s a learning curve involved in becoming familiar with the company, with your new position, and learning where or who to go to for help. To understand how Computronix tries to make this transition as smooth as possible, we spoke to Lori Bluemel three months into working for Computronix as a Senior Business Analyst – just long enough to have caught up with the learning curve, but still have the transition process fresh in her mind.

She says that there were two main reasons why she chose to join Computronix. The first is because the company’s needs lined up extremely well with her skills and experiences. She has an extensive background in both the government and technology industries, making it very much a win-win partnership between her and Computronix. The second is that two longtime colleagues and friends of hers, Doug and Laura Fairchild, both work for Computronix, and Lori knew that if it was the kind of environment that they enjoyed, she would also be able to thrive. For her, it was “all about the people – hard work is easy if you’ve got the right people, and good work is more challenging if you’ve got the wrong people.”

Even with industry experience, there was still a lot to learn about the specific capabilities and requirements of our POSSE product. But Lori found that her co-workers constantly made time to help her. “People listen here,” she says, “Ask a question, you always get an answer.”

In her opinion, this is because there is a unique environment in place at Computronix “that permeates throughout the company, starting from the top.” She describes it as “treating everyone like individuals, not just numbers…like people, not just employees. We all care about each other, and everyone comes together when someone needs help.”