AT MY DESK by Magali Choueiri, Administrative Assistant

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?

I provide support to the Communications, Human Resources and Finance departments as well as being the point of information for employees.  

I also make sure to help the teams celebrate their victories, big or small, by sending gifts for birthdays, births, and all sorts of celebrations. 

I support our newcomers during their first week and make sure that everyone, even our colleagues outside Montreal, can enjoy all the little perks and goodies we send wherever they are in the world.

We’re very spoiled at Square Enix Montréal and it’s a joy to be part of the team that makes sure of it! 

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY?

 2 years.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF An administrative assistant AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?

What I love about my role is that I rarely have a typical days! It all depends on what kind of events, new initiatives or activities are planned.  

WHAT's on your desk that you could not live without

My cat, mostly because he insists on just sitting there, my light therapy lamp in winter, and my princess glass for my coffee. 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 9? 

I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a bookseller. 

WHAT TOP 3 SKILLS DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD AT YOUR JOB? 

Empathy, being well organized and taking initiative. 

WHAT IS PEOPLE’S BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR ROLE? 

That administration work is boring. 

Sure, there are a lot of repetitive tasks but none of my days look the same and the number of fun things I do is highly underestimated! 

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING BEFORE TURNING ON YOUR COMPUTER? 

After getting ready for work and catching up with friends and family in other time zonesI contemplate life while brushing my cat and make myself a coffee before sitting at my desk. 

HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR COFFEE MAKING SKILLS? 

10/10 thanks to my Nespresso machine and milk frothing machine. It’s cheating, I know… 

SWEATPANTS WHILE WORKING REMOTE. YAY OR NAY? 

Yay! It is very important to me to be comfortable while sitting at my desk all day.

When we were still at the office, I wasn’t sitting all day since I was taking care of the studio, so wearing sweatpants also allows me to take some stretching breaks throughout the day. 

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