25 Faces of CLT

Maria Allera

Maria Allera - 2400

Name: Maria Teresa T. Allera

Employer: Aviation-City of Charlotte

Job title? Accounting Technician - Accounts Payable

How long have you worked at CLT? 4 years

What originally attracted you to working at CLT?
What attracted me most to working at CLT is the employee satisfaction. The department allows us to pursue our goals. Also, I like the fact that in the Finance Division, employees can choose their work hours as long as their results speak for themselves.

Describe your typical workday.
I usually start my work at 7:30 a.m. during weekdays and plan my day to make sure that the most urgent work gets done first. On Friday afternoon, I make sure everything is ready to go for Monday, then clear up the voicemail and answer all calls and messages. Lastly, I check my appointments and make a list of top priorities for the new week.

What do you like most about working at CLT?
The company’s reputation drew me in. I have so many friends who worked here, and they always raved about the atmosphere of professionalism and positive work environment.

What daily attitude, saying/motto do you bring to your job?
Be curious and embrace learning. A mind that is closed to learning new things grows stagnant and negative. Being curious about new situations or what’s going on tends to make you mindful and aware of the present moment and that tends to force out a negative attitude.

Do you have any fun memories or moments/stories from your time at CLT that you would like to share?
The ugly sweater competition during the holidays is a fun memory I have. The participants are so creative and competitive, but at the same time they have so much fun!

What keeps you at CLT?
The people I work with are phenomenal. I do not have to deal with “super” personalities.

What makes the City of Charlotte a special place to live/work?
The City of Charlotte craves for honest feedback from its employees.

What is the best advice you’ve gotten from someone since starting work at CLT?
Be clear and transparent.

If you could hop on a plane and fly anywhere, where would you fly and why?
May 2015, my dad asked me to come home and I did not. Five months later, he passed away. No matter what I do to move on from this pain, deep inside, I will always know that I’ll never get to hug my dad again. If given the opportunity to hop on a plane, I would go back home (Philippines) and spend even just a week with my mom. I want to let her know how important she is to us and how much we love her.