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Interviews

SAMUEL ŠÚRI

SAMUEL ŠÚRI

  The winner Real Estate Challenge 2017

 At the moment on a position Analyst, Bratislava

Q: Why did you decide to attend Smart Deal Challenge ?

I learned about the Smart Deal competition through our colleague from HR, who contacted me via LinkedIn and encouraged me to participate upon seeing my relevant past experience. While studying in the US, I was always considering what companies I could work for in Slovakia and Penta impressed me with world-class real estate projects and its international success.

Q: What did you study?

I studied Corporate Finance at Brandeis University in Boston. When given the opportunity, I always chose course related to real estate and private equity.

Q: What do you do in Penta now? What is your position?

I started as a Trainee in the Business Development team during the summer and after graduation started to work full time as an Analyst. I later got the opportunity to familiarize myself with a range of real estate functions and positions via a company-wide job rotation program, which was very enriching.
What I appreciate the most is that Penta allows me to do meaningful, interesting work and positions me to truly be a value-add for my team.

Q: What do you like most about the culture in Penta?

Already during the Smart Deal competition I got a very good impression of the company due to interactions with the people I met.

The case study itself, which was part of the selection process, was created in a way that let me demonstrate what I knew and simultaneously showed me how interesting Penta's projects are.

The company strongly encourages critical thinking from its employees. I consider Penta's projects very ambitious and challenging to the point that they raise the standards for real estate development in central Europe to an international level. I initially thought I could get more valuable work experience in the US after graduation, but I absolutely don't regret returning to Europe. My colleagues in Penta are very intelligent and open-minded, and I am gaining a lot of experience from them in areas of real estate, development and investment. The people here are genuinely passionate about their work and create an excellent work environment.