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Protiviti Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
436 Reviews
3.8
436 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 78 reviews)

  • Great place to start a career or grow (in 22 reviews)


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

  • The bulk of our firm's work is Internal Audit; it's very easy to get stuck on IA / SOX projects (in 23 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful place to kick-off your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant I  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant I in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Incredibly accessible management (chance to spend time in a social setting with Managing Directors).
    Interesting and diverse work opportunities.
    High growth within firm, leading to greater advancement opportunities.
    AMAZING culture.

    Cons

    Often, it is difficult to get onto a first project when you start, but it gets easier after the first waiting period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staffing to projects should be done in a more organized manner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Directory  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Directory in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Protiviti full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership. Excellent culture.

    Cons

    Can be a little varied in what you work on. AS with all consulting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Risk Consultant  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Technology Risk Consultant in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Culture, Salary, Client Engagements and Upper Management

    Cons

    None at this point in time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    2010

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Protiviti

    Pros

    young, innovative, great training, fun, perfect as a first job out of college to learn about various company cultures and industries.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on sox work vs. true consulting.

    Need to invest in more savvy and strict management.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent company to start your career at. Don't stick around too long or you'll get pigeon-holed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Protiviti full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great exposure to different clients and industries

    - Extensive travel opportunities

    - Lots of responsibility given to entry level consultants

    Cons

    - Majority of the firm's projects are internal audit Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing which can become extremely mundane

    - Limited opportunity for growth. You will develop technical skills that are extremely internal audit specific and do not translate well to other finance/accounting/corporate roles outside of IA

    - Culture varies drastically depending on the office. Some offices have great culture (Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, and Houston were the best from my perspective) while other offices have terrible culture and management

    - Travel is not on par with industry standards. I traveled over 90% despite being told to expect 50% max. Depending on the engagement, travel can mean leaving Sunday evening and returning Friday evening, driving 5+ hours each way, and staying in cheap hotels for months at a time

    - Company does not have a good business model. As mentioned before, the majority of their work is Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing (for both accounting and IT sides). The firm was started by Arthur Anderson's internal audit department after Anderson went under, so they are very internal audit focused. On one particular travel engagement, my manager increased the slim profit margin by cutting out everyone's per diem and demanding that we stayed in the cheapest hotel available

    - Extremely high employee turnover. Employees are not happy and the most talented employees get out as quickly as they can

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    The people are great to work and we are treated with respect.

    Cons

    If you are executive assistant forget about moving pass the level of coordinator. They have an EA career model that shows the levels where you can grow but you will never move past being a coordinator, they want us to do more but yet won’t acknowledge that some of us should be a specialist. The only high internal level is “lead EA” and they are still coordinators, not even a title of Senior Coordinator. The only way to advance if you move out of being an EA and move to operations and if you have a degree or if you are lucky and know someone in the right places, they will overlook the degree requirement to get promoted but then why include a career model which shows potential growth. It just reinforces that the EA group is not important to the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have a career model, you should use it. You asked the EA group to take on more responsibility but won't promote anyone in this group so no one in this group will ever get included in the ICP/Prop points that everyone else may be eligible for. We get gift cards instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Sep 25, 2014Global Talent Management Lead

    Thank you for your feedback. We strive to set clear career paths for our executive assistants that provide growth opportunities both within the traditional function and also expanding into a broader ... More

  8.  

    Good people, however easy to find bad middle management

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    Former Employee - Business Process Intern
    Former Employee - Business Process Intern

    I worked at Protiviti as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Entry level people I worked with were great, as well as immediate managers.

    Cons

    Did not develop people very well and the work was not fulfilling at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Top Tier Internship/Career Launch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Protiviti as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -A very well executed internship experience; exceeded expectations.
    -Real Work for interns; you will get placed on jobs that an entry level employee would be placed on.
    -Diversity in Jobs: you may not like each job you are on, but there is a very wide variety of jobs to.
    -You are treated with respect, the company leaders genuinely do care about their employees and want to see them thrive, and ultimately their firm thrive.
    -Focus on work/life balance, actually having weekends off, etc. This is extremely important to me, no one wants to work 7/6 days a week with long hours every week, which many other firms will make you do.
    -Significant freedom to shape career and see different industries.
    -Travel (if you like it)
    -Very cool, intelligent, friendly faces. Majority of the people who work here are easy to get along with, and are either young or young-spirited.

    Cons

    -Hours are long sometimes, it really depends on the client.
    -Tasks not always well defined; a lot of improvisation on the job will have to be done.
    -Travel can get very isolated and tiring, waking up at 3/4 AM for a flight and working a full day really takes its toll on you.
    -Not Well known (yet, I think Protiviti will be known and is growing very rapidly. I would put money on the fact that in a short amount of time a lot more people will know who Protiviti is because they are pretty unique).
    -Commute time can be really bad in LA, can be very draining.
    -A lot of expenses will be incurred. Most of the time they are paid for (namely travel expenses) but there are times you will pay things out of pocket.
    -A lot of administrative work has to be done (keeping track of hours, expenses, etc.) It will force you to be organized and timely.

    Overall, for the most part, these cons are part of the consulting/IA/IT Audit industry rather than specifically Protiviti.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You have to manage upward

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Freedom to take ownership of your work, flexibility, office culture, work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay should be more competitive, occasionally the work may not feel diverse, communication between managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate with higher pay, communicate more frequently and more effectively with consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Protiviti is a premier consulting firm dedicated to exceeding client expectations and committed to it's employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    Protiviti offers a challenging work environment with a wide range of clients from large Fortune 500 companies to smaller regional organizations. There is a diverse blend of industries and solution areas with which individuals can focus. Leadership at Protiviti is highly supportive of employee growth, both personally and professionally, and takes an active interest in individuals at all levels.

    Cons

    Protiviti is a young and fast-growing firm when compared to many of it's much larger competitors that have existed for decades. Therefore, certain aspects of infrastructure are currently being built out or do not exist. However, senior management appears to recognize this and has future plans to make improvements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Sep 9, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Protiviti. It has definitely been an exciting 12 years! We agree with you wholeheartedly and actively look for ways to continuously ... More

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