Oscar Executive Director/Vice President, JVM Architecture Technology Division, New York
"Goldman Sachs encourages professionals to own their careers and rewards motivated employees.”
I interned with the firm in 2002 and joined as an analyst in 2003 after attending a national conference hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Previously, I interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California working on the Mars Exploration Rover, so working in the financial industry was a completely different career track—or at least I thought so at the time.
Working in Technology
As a new analyst, I started as a programmer in mainframe engineering. After that I switched to system administration, assisting with the development, implementation and support of virtualization technologies. Currently, I work in JVM Architecture focused on improving collaboration and closer integration between software development and IT operations.
Over the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in different roles where I’m faced daily with compelling ways to leverage my existing skills and to acquire new ones. We are constantly improving our systems and process in response to changing market and regulatory demands. Knowing and understanding these changes allows us to be more effective when solving business problems for our clients.
When I started in my current role, I was tasked with quickly coordinating and implementing a set of infrastructure solutions for our newly formed team. It was a collaborative effort where our group—both software developers and IT operators —needed to learn from each other in order to get the job done. The exercise developed trust and camaraderie between us that has resulted in a productive and enjoyable working environment.
As an experienced professional, I feel that the firm has instilled in me the skills I need to give back to the community most effectively. I represent Goldman Sachs at recruiting events around the country, helping to increase awareness of engineering careers on Wall Street. I mentor college students, and as a diversity advocate I work with professional organizations that help the Latino community excel at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
I’m an active member of the Technology Hispanic/Latin Network, which is chaired by two senior technologists at the firm that I highly respect and turn to for professional guidance. In fact, all the members of the group are extremely motivated and help support one another. Personally, I’ve gained friends and mentors from many of the firm’s affinity networks.
For engineering students and experienced hires who want to work at Goldman Sachs, I would advise researching the culture of our firm and the kinds of individuals who work here to see if we would be a good fit for you and vice versa. Understanding how engineering careers are interrelated and transferrable to the financial industry is fascinating.
Read the business and technology sections of periodicals and strive to understand what drives business needs and how events can affect different sectors of the industry. As technologists, we have to be aware of these changes because our work drives the services that investment banks provide on a daily basis.
Individuals who are motivated and who volunteer for new projects succeed at the firm. Goldman Sachs encourages professionals to own their careers and rewards motivated employees.