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Protiviti Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
488 Reviews
3.7
488 Reviews
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Protiviti President and CEO Joseph A. Tarantino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance (40-45 hours / week is normal; lots of vacation days) (in 88 reviews)

  • It's both a great place to start your career and a great place to stay (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Recruiting promises not kept (work-life balance, limited travel if needed) (in 35 reviews)

  • The company has a focus on consulting, but does alot of internal audit work (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Friendly, honest, caring and well-intentioned; too much red tape

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Protiviti as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Protivit, which is smaller than most of its competitors, considers itself to be 'like a family'. I have certainly found this to be the case. Recently I suffered a serious accident, and my employer could not have been more supportive or caring.

    Cons

    Despite marketing its size as a competitive advantage, (it claims to be more quickly responsive than its larger competitors), Protiviti still suffers from a weighty management system that often seem to slow down decision-making and involve a lot of reviewing and weighing in before changes are made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Protiviti taught me a lot about project management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    I had a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The work was not very technical.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Never stop learning; keep up and advance quickly or slow down and get left behind.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Process Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Protiviti full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Quick advancement
    Optional travel
    Experience with a wide array of industries, companies, audit techniques and work styles
    Extremely bright and talented peers
    Opportunities for networking
    All the self-learning and career advancement tools you could imagine right at your fingertips

    Cons

    Fast turnover in some markets due to difficulty securing engagements and lack of opportunities
    Occasional negative workplace politics and micromanagement
    Lack of proper channels for individuals to vent about frustrations with being seriously punished.
    Punishment for creativity/ambition/intelligence
    Rewards for falling in line, tolerating mistreatment, and refusing to utilize professional skepticism
    Creative minds are sometimes pushed out and autocratic egomaniacs are encouraged
    Occasional racism, sexism, poor treatment of those lower on the pecking order by superiors
    Bureaucracy...Who you know is everything and what you know is best kept to yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your newcomers like gold, as they will someday be the future leaders of the company.
    Offer a more honest and realistic feedback loop, rather than telling people what they want to hear while making side judgments and preventing your employees from actually bettering themselves.
    Fix the tone at the top to emphasize equality, respect and fair treatment of everyone in the company, instead of encouraging new consultants to put up with everyone else's crap until they can someday dish it out and perpetuate the cycle.
    Actually punish those who have a horrible attitude and verbally abuse those below them, and reward those that are ambitious, creative, and get their work done faster than expected.
    Don't focus so much on getting hordes of new employees through the door and then cutting the chaff, spend more time on finding employees who are a better organizational fit for the company and are successful with interpersonal interaction, and you will greatly reduce company turnover.
    Don't allow management to blame individuals for failures on the part of management, the company, or factors that are completely out of everyone's control.
    Have more realistic expectations of your workforce. With unrealistic expectations, the stress builds up and is the worst for those at the very bottom. The levels of anxiety resulting from unrealistic expectations, poor communication, and blaming the victim are paralyzing and seriously hinder productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Controls. Lots of Controls.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Protiviti full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are incredible. It's like a tight knit family. The career advancement is worth starting here. Thoroughly enjoyed happy hours, time spent in the office, and the events outside of work.

    Cons

    Controls. Too much work on controls, test scripts, controls, and more controls. The work can't really be translated to another job, unless it's Internal Audit work with controls. Also, pay can be much more competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very casual work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant II in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Accountant II in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely laid back and casual. Everyone is very friendly and there are often morale events. Working alongside Microsoft Licensing employees is a great way to make connections that can lead to jobs at Big 4 companies, as well.

    Cons

    Require a lot of CPE, although some of it does not pertain to the actual job. The work is also somewhat seasonal, so some weeks there will be very little do, then some times you work 60 hour weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience to multiple projects
    Opportunity for training
    Great co-workers
    opportunity for advancement
    Exposure to clients

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be out of wack, depending on manager on project and project type

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Former Consultant

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    Former Employee - Risk Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Risk Consultant II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Protiviti full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty reasonable pay for the industry. The people and culture are what makes the company. Everyone is fairly young and very reasonable in terms of providing work load, etc. Unlike the Big 4 and/or other large employers, you can move up as quickly as you'd like if you work hard enough.

    Cons

    Prepare to travel nearly all of the time. Very little formal training, employees are often expected to perform in their job function with little to no guidance. Nature of most projects can be very dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more employee incentive travel plans, and training programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Genuinely Nice People, But Heavily Process-Oriented

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    Current Employee - Web Content & Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Content & Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are genuinely nice and pleasant to work with, and their offices are professional. Overall, the people are the best part about the organization.

    Cons

    The company is heavily process-oriented, and may not cater to those who have a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. In retrospect, it just wasn't the right fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the transformation to a technology-driven company and streamline your labor-intensive processes by leveraging new tehcnologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good first job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    work/life balance, work culture (very young and fun), training (one of the best training programs), mentor program, opportunity for a lot of responsibility on projects, professional growth

    Cons

    management visibility (open door policy, but you have to seek them out), type of work (audit can get somewhat tedious and boring)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to interact with co-workers of all levels both in and outside of work. Also, be more aggressive on the types of projects to get (seems to be heavily audit-focused)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Protiviti full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Super mentors, great benefits and exciting opportunities to work with Fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    Not too much work/life balance, lots of travel (also a plus for some), and lots of hours required to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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