Our EAG 1Source Employee Spotlight for May is…. Erica Mendoza! She has over 14 years of upstream oil and gas experience in Field Data Gathering, Production Management, Upstream Accounting, Division Order Management, Master Data Management, Land Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning. Erica currently serves as our Senior Manager of Application Support here at EAG. Erica is consistently recognized for her strong problem-solving skills, application support, defect resolution approach, system optimization techniques, and implementation of comprehensive best practices and solutions across various clients and project types. Erica is a valuable key player to our team. Keep reading to learn more!
What are 3 words you would use to describe EAG?
- High Quality
What’s been one of your proudest moments working at EAG?
At my new hire orientation, one of the slides said, “EAG is hired to solve HARD problems.” This resonated with me. I thought to myself, “How hard could this really be?” Let me tell you! At EAG, I have been challenged and stretched in a way I never thought possible—beyond my limits of knowledge and creative juices. My proudest moments have been the times I felt I could not push further, and then realized I could, and I did!
What advice do you have for prospective candidates that want to join EAG?
I guarantee there will never be a dull day. Be ready to be challenged and grow. Face every opportunity with a humble and CAN-DO attitude.
What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month?
Industry related – Offshore Production Accounting
Personal – 2% Milk is good for the roots of your plants. I do not have a green thumb at all, but my husband does. When he told me, I definitely had to Google it. He was right!
What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite places you like to visit?
I love to spend my free time with my family. We really enjoy family dinners and a good movie. I enjoy traveling anywhere. However, hands down – no question about it, my favorite place in the whole world is Bocas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I have a lot of family there, and I love to go anytime I can.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I am an adrenaline junkie. I have been blessed with being able to experience the rush while parasailing, paragliding, and whitewater rafting. Something else to surprise you is that I am NOT a strong swimmer, so I ought to be granted some extra points for assuming the risk! One item on my bucket list is skydiving. It is on hold until my children are grown, but I’m definitely doing it. 😊
How do you balance your career and family?
I make it a priority to make sure that time spent with my family is quality time. We also have a standing ‘FAMILY NIGHT’ every Friday. This way, if I’ve had longer than usual days, I have this time that will always belong to them. My priority has been and always will be my family. In the perfect world, work-life balance means I can force myself to log off by a certain time in the day, or only work an 8-hour shift. Although, it is a goal I try to stick to, it is not always the case.
Realistically, there are times where my work demands that I dedicate more hours than usual. In my mind, the definition of balance is give and take. I give my family quality time and make exceptions when work requires the ‘Temporary Priority’. The key is to be okay with both.
Who or what inspires you and why?
My husband, my kids, and my parents. My husband is my greatest fan – the best life partner/corner-man life could have given me. The proud moments I mentioned before are always thanks to him. He is the one who tells me I can when I feel I can’t. He says I am strong, but in reality, he is the pillar that is holding me up. I could not do what I do if it were not for his tremendous support, patience, and love.
My kids show me unconditional love. They are my motor and have taught me that happiness is a choice and can be found in the simplest of details.
The greatest value my parents instilled in me is the love for God. They taught me the value of hard work, and that a good reputation is hard to keep, so always be protective of it. They also taught me that being rich in life is not measured in dollars. I would not be where I am today if it were not for their guidance and support.
Your life motto
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou