Faces of Magnum:
A fantastic storyteller and an even better comedian, Accounting Administrative Assistant Ana Dias has made a home here at Magnum.
Tell me a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Portugal. I came to the United States when I was 13 years old. I’m fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and just a little bit of French, but I didn’t speak English. I learned how to speak it when I moved to the United States.
Before coming to Magnum, I lived in Bemidji, Minnesota for 15 years working educations jobs. When the pandemic hit, I moved up to Fargo and came to Magnum.
What is your current job title?
Accounting Administrative Assistant.
How long have you worked at Magnum?
It’s going to be a year in November.
Why did you choose to work at Magnum?
Well, my friend Adam let me know that there was a job opening for an Accounting Administrative Assistant. I applied and received the position right away. I actually really enjoy working here. The bosses are incredible – they’ll let you do your thing. It’s just a really good community to work for.
When I first started working here, my brother got very sick and passed away. Everyone just rallied around me. They were super cool.
Can you tell us a bit about the day-to-day of your job?
On Mondays, I help with trucker trips. I do that for most of the day. Then, the rest of the week I do a lot of indexing – like checks and rate cons and all of that. I also do trucker mail when it comes in. I go through boxes upon boxes of trucker mail and check it against my lists. I make a lot of spreadsheets – all the tablets we have in the trucks – I’m putting all of those in the spreadsheets.
I help everybody. I have my own little tasks that I do, but if somebody is overworked, I can help them out. When I started here, I learned how to do all kinds of things.
Working in accounting is something different for me! It’s refreshing, and I enjoy it tremendously.
What is your favorite part about working at Magnum?
My favorite part is coming in to a great atmosphere. People here help you a lot. My managers are not overbearing – I do my job to the best of my ability, and they are never put-off by questions. They are all very cool around here.
What’s the best part of your job?
I like everything about my job. This company has great benefits, great pay, and they care about you. They really do.
What is the hardest part about your job?
I don’t think there is one!
I haven’t felt this comfortable in a company since I left my last job. I was scared moving to a new place with a new company. I was petrified, I’m not going to lie. In the first three weeks, I thought “I don’t know if I can do this.” But the most wonderful thing about this company is that everybody cares and is willing to help me.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role?
Don’t quit. Keep your mind open. If you need help, ask for help. Nobody is going to fault you. My biggest fear is that if I ask for help more than once or twice, people will think I’m incompetent. But that never happened here. My advice for people starting at Magnum or thinking about starting at Magnum is to do it! Go talk to people if you need help. Everybody and anybody will help you.
What is something you’re proud of about your career?
My career had a lot of turns and ups-and-downs, but I seriously feel like this job here is a career I’ve always wanted. I wanted to work in an office with people who actually care about what I do.
My focus is to do my job well so the truckers can do their jobs well. What are we here for? If it wasn’t for the truckers out there delivering all the product, we wouldn’t have jobs! I’m trying to do my job to the best of my ability and hopefully making their jobs easier. We take care of them, and they take care of us. That’s my objective.
What is something people might not know about you?
I used to race cars and motorcycles! I’ve gone bungee-jumping twice. I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie. I don’t have a tailbone because I broke it in a motorcycle accident. I did a lot of crazy stuff when I was younger!
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Now that I’ve grown up, I do a lot of reading and a lot of crocheting. I just sent two big garbage bags of hats to a center for homeless mothers – it’s a house that teaches mothers life skills. I do a lot for cancer patients too because I’ve had cancer twice. I make a bunch of preemie hats for the NICU as well.
If you could have anyone in the world over for dinner — living or dead, real or fictional — who would you choose and why?
My brother. I would want to have one last goodbye. When someone passes away, it leaves a huge rift in your heart. I so often think about what I wish I could tell him. If I could see him again, I’d tell him, “I’ll take care of your son, and I’ll keep your spirit alive forever.”
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