Protiviti

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Former Employee - Technology Consultant  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Technology Consultant in New York, NY

I worked at Protiviti as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

The part of the company I worked for was clearly geared towards a younger crowd and mentality. If you are looking for a job that pays very well with folks who are eager or at least amicable towards the idea of drinking at happy hour, on the weekends and generally anytime they have free time you will be a good fit. Lunches are a communal thing, with group decisions the norm. You have the chance to work on engagements at a variety (somewhat) of firms and work with a bunch of different people. The people are generally easy going, out going and talkative. The hours are generally not excessive and can be potentially forgone in terms of being in the office (work from home opportunities). The expenses (mileage/food) you can deduct tact on to your salary, provided you are tactful. Promotion is fairly quick, with fast-track opportunities if you 'know how to play the game'. Pretty smart folks, if on the younger scale who form the grunt workers with middling ages above.

Cons

The skills are inherently limited. Do not expect to transfer them beyond the world of Internal technology controls auditing. (Lots of Excel work though) From a project management and engagement perspective you will be able to spin them well if you are adept at this. The culture is essentially an extension of a college 'dorm', with drinking, 'crazy' stories (not really that crazy) and weekend escapades earning you badges of merit, and useful promotional indicators. Most jobs have circles and cliches; this one requires it. Assignments and engagements are based on who the managers want to work with- and hence your billable hours are based on literally who you know and who likes you. If you keep to yourself, are un-liked, generally different, etc, expect to be hard pressed to keep moving forward, or even sent on engagements. Though if you do show enthusiasm for the work, you will be valued regardless. The engagements can be short-term, and incredibly tedious, with conversational skills the determining factor as to the actual stars tagged to your lapel on the performance reviews.

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None. For what the work entails and the generous salary, they are doing a fine job. For the type of work folks do here, and the pay that they provide, if you are of the 'frat- boy' or 'sorority-girl' mentality, you will fit in and like this company and the management; a lot.

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

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    Former Employee - Process Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Process Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Protiviti full-time for 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.

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    Hard work gets rewarded

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    Current Employee - Consultant II  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant II in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good work life balance for consulting, acknowledgement of hard work and quick advancement, opportunity to be proactive about the types of work you are interested in, great office culture, strong internship program, structured training at all levels

    Cons

    competitors have better compensation, mentoring from executives is lacking

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