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How Goldman Sachs Turns Graduate into Professional - Marc Ferrentino

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Uploaded on Apr 7, 2010

In Chapter 10 of 17 of his 2010 interview with Capture Your Flag, engineer and Salesforce.com Chief Technology Architect Marc Ferrentino reflects on his time working at Goldman Sachs upon graduating college. There he learns how to be a professional and to operate and survive in the work place. In retrospect, Ferrentino has learned to appreciate the services and training large corporations provide entry-level employees. Ferrentino advises college graduates spend time at large corporations to learn professionalism and build confidence.

Ferrentino holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he worked for several years in New York City based startups before joining Salesforce.com.

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Erik Michielsen: What did working at Goldman Sachs teach you about confidence and professionalism?

Marc Ferrentino: Sure. Goldman’s is an amazing organization they are a very professional organization, I know unfortunately they’ve suffered a bit of a black eye recently but despite that the culture there is incredible. And when I started there, they put you through a pretty hard-core training program and it’s not simply that you’re learning about the bank or about finance they teach you how to be a professional they teach you how to talk and walk, how to cut your hair, how to dress and interact with others in the work place. They really do.

They take a bunch of college kids and they turn them into professionals and it’s an incredible process, one that I, at the time, didn’t really quite appreciate but looking back on really liked, you know public speaking classes and all sorts of different types of - and really stuff to help you survive in the work place and that I thought was an amazing thing to go though and when ever I talk to somebody and they come out of school and they say ‘I want to do a start up’ and all - you gotta go to a big time company like a Goldman or GE or one of those guys where they have amazing programs and they really, they teach you to be a professional because coming out of college you don’t know anything, you think you do but really they don’t.

The other thing with Goldman that you learn it there’s a certain confidence about being Goldman Sachs they were best of breed, they were best of breed for years and so that doesn’t just, that attitude or that perception comes from within the company and emanates out it doesn’t just that people think about them that way outside the company, so you really do think you’re working with the best, you really think you are the best and that is instilled in you.

I don’t want to call it a cockiness cause I think it was more confidence than anything else to know that I’m apart of this team, part of this family, part of this company everyone here is the best they only deal with A players thus I’m an A player. And so that was really kind of the two things that I took away from that company, it was a really good experience for me it was one that I would recommend to just about anybody coming out of school.

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