Photo credit: Marathon’s Andy Johns. (Matthew is on the left, Eric is in the center and Alex is on the right.)
Eric St. Jean is one of our hardworking Project Engineers at Marathon Consulting and he’s also the reigning champion of the Marathon Fantasy Football league. Here’s more from Eric:
How did you find your job at Marathon? I found my job at Marathon while working overnights and attending classes at Npower/TSC. I filled out tons of applications and Brian Kingsley (Service Manager) emailed me and set up my interview. The rest is history. Here I am.
Have you always been in the IT industry? What were you doing before joining Marathon? I was always into IT but not in the industry. I was the go-to guy in my family if something went wrong with a PC, but I worked five years as a manager with Starbucks. After Starbucks I worked overnights for Executive Transportation Group, which provided black car service for several major financial companies located all across the tri-state area.
How would you answer the question of “what do you do?” Describe your role for Marathon. I am a Project Engineer for Marathon and do everything from disaster recovery projects to hosted Exchange migrations. Paul Zammit, Marathon’s Project Manager, likes to refer to our team as “the firemen” since we’re the first to respond when an issue happens.
What kind of certifications or career experience do you have? Currently I have my A+ and Network+ certifications. I am going for my MCP (70-680 Configuring Windows 7).
What do you enjoy most about your role at Marathon? What I enjoy most about my role with Marathon has got to be the interactions with clients. I usually meet new clients on a regular basis as well as touch base with our existing ones. I try to build rapport with everyone.
What do you think sets Marathon apart? I feel Marathon’s transparency when diagnosing IT setups and situations is what sets Marathon apart. We tell it like it is and give you the best solution for your budget.
What’s your favorite part about working at Marathon? (Team members, Brooklyn, memes, etc.) My favorite part about working with Marathon has got to be the relationship all the departments have with each other. We are one unit with the same goal and that is to keep doing what we do best and to grow the company exponentially while keeping our core values intact.
What do you like to do for fun? I love to travel. I plan out my long weekends to do something different or go somewhere I’ve never been before.
What is your dream vacation spot? My dream vacation spot is to go Egypt. I am dying to get to see the landmarks and experience the different culture.
Favorite sports team? I got a couple so I will list them for each sport. The New York Knicks, New York Yankees, New York Giants, New York Rangers. I don’t mind the Brooklyn Nets, either.
Favorite touristy NYC thing to do or recommend out-of-towners do? If you haven’t done it before, I recommend going up to the Top of the Rock (the observation deck above Rockefeller Center) right before sunset. If not that, then you got to go to Yankee Stadium and watch a game. Make sure to get there early to see the Bleacher Creatures do roll call for the players. Gates open 90 minutes early during the week and two hours early on weekends.