Protiviti

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Protiviti Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
459 Reviews
3.8
459 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 85 reviews)

  • It's both a great place to start your career and a great place to stay (in 24 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 24 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Protiviti is a great company to work for. Over the past few years they have become much more transparent with decisions around strategic direction, compensation and promotions. The leadership is very focused on a strong inclusive culture, building a business everyone can be proud of and sharing the results of company growth with the employees. The type of work has diversified a great deal in the last few years and they are very focused on growing consulting areas that are in demand like IT consulting and Financial Services consulting. It's both a great place to start your career and a great place to stay.

    Cons

    Continue to improve upon company benefits. The company has made some improvements in the past year (after hours childcare, paid parental leave, etc) and that is a good trend to continue. The 401k match needs to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent with business growth and direction of the firm. Take time to ensure all team members understand the value in what they are delivering to the client and how their individual roles fit into the larger engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Oct 17, 2014VP-People & Culture

    We appreciate your feedback on your experiences at Protiviti -- and I share your optimism about our future!

    We are working hard to strengthen our benefits. You may already be aware, but this year
    ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Protiviti is a company that gives you the tools to grow throughout your professional career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Risk Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Technology Risk Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Great Compensation compared to other Consulting Firms
    Amazing Management and Potential for growth
    Amazing work environment with amazing co-workers

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, and keep treating your employees the way you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Oct 17, 2014HR Leader

    Thank you for taking the time to respond. Protiviti is definitely a company that provides challenging opportunities and has tremendous growth potential.

  3.  

    Protiviti is a great place to launch your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in New York, NY

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall, Protiviti has really great people and a strong work environment.
    A focus on training and mentoring makes this a great place to start your career.
    If you are proactive and hardworking you can advance quickly.
    Senior management is approachable and understanding.
    The job offers opportunities to take leadership roles early in your career and strong on the job learning.
    Good work life balance depending on the project.

    Cons

    The salary is average at best compared to the industry.
    The salary/bonus advancement between Senior Consultant and Manager is incredibly low compared to industry.
    Since it is a consulting firm, your experience differs depending on the clients/types you have. If you aren't happy/challenge on a client you are on, you could be stuck on that client for an extended period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to recognize and compensate managers and above accordingly in order to maintain top talent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Oct 23, 2014HR Leader

    Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Protiviti. I encourage you to participate in one of our webinars about our Promises to our People where we discuss our approach to ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management / Operations Consulting - great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    people, culture, variety of work

    Cons

    change in job (not a steady location since you're always at a client-site)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Broken Business Model: See Cons List

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Internal Audit
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Internal Audit

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is better than Big 4.

    Cons

    -Limited areas of focus. Essentially the firm is focused on internal audit and SOX work. If you do anything else expect to travel significantly.
    -Be prepared to work on little details that add little to no value on the client engagement (i.e. unnecessary flow charts, timelines, controls listing and walkthroughs that do not have relevance in the final deliverable to the client). Its all "Keep you busy" type work. Unfortunately, the client is paying for all this and has no idea.
    -Little to no on-boarding process for experienced hires. We have higher expectations of experienced hires but management's disorganization and lack of training sets these new hires to fail.
    -Experienced hires are staffed based on resource gaps rather than matching their skills with a relevant engagement. Essentially everyone is a body just billing the client.
    -Revenue growth of the company is primarily due to the hiring of more staff. Protiviti ends up billing more to the client for work that could have been performed by less staff.
    -POTENTIAL CLIENTS BEWARE: Protiviti's business model is predicated on getting their foot in the door for a specific engagement in order to find more work to bill you for. We are all evaluated in being creative to find additional work. Never expect to only pay the proposed amount. Lots of cost overruns and budget/project updates.
    -Lots of turnover! Protiviti is hiring masses of amounts of staff. Some will sink and some will swim. They are hoping experienced hires bring in more business.
    -401K benefits are comical. Essentially all you get matched is 33% for each dollar up to 6% of salary. No incentive there.
    -Health Benefits are average
    -Rigid review/evaluation process. I would recommend do bare minimum. Any overachieving will not result in faster promotions or higher pay.
    -Titles are insignificant. Protiviti titles are not comparable to Big 4 titles. (e.g. Manager at protiviti is more like a Senior associate at Big 4).
    -Antiquated Expense reporting system and travel booking system.
    -Very robotic mentality and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest more time in on-boarding/training of experienced hires.
    -Add docking stations in the offices with large monitors. Working on a laptops 100% of the time is not healthy.
    - Offices should be given to Managers and ADs. Not just Directors.
    -Invest in better expense reporting system. Highly antiquated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Nov 17, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for your feedback. We invested heavily in our entry level on-boarding programs over the course of the last two years. We are now focused heavily on improving our experienced hire ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Start a Career but then LEAVE!

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Protiviti is consistently ranked as one of the best places to start a career and I could not agree with that more. During your first few years you are provided an opportunity to see a lot of companies quickly and engage at a higher level than if you were with the Big 4 or corporate. However, most of my projects at the start of my career was more consulting focused than internal audit so this may not consistently be the case.

    Cons

    Once the first year honeymoon period is over here is what you have to look forward to:
    - No input into your schedule or career future. Even if you've expressed dissatisfaction with particular types of project you will still be staffed if there is a need causing employees to be pigeonholed and ultimately unhappy.
    - Seems as if management is chasing only sales credit. Even awful projects with low revenue will be sold which benefit neither the client or company. Since at a certain level management is measured on how much they can sell there is really no other concern but $$.
    - Zero regard for the "best employees" cornerstone. If a client wants something you must drop everything to meet their needs. Often managers do not have a backbone to push back on clients when expectations are unrealistic or may impact employees.
    - Protiviti is essentially an internal audit firm attempting to be a consulting firm. While the leadership team continuously talks about growing Risk and Compliance and IT Consulting most projects seem to be IA focused and the executive team is made up of tons of former auditors.
    - Consultants are told not to "eat hours" (work them and not charge them in) however when the budget is tight this happens all of the time. Consultant bonuses are based off of how many hours are worked and not charging them can reduce end of year bonuses.
    - A 401k matching program exists however the matching portion of the program is not paid until December 31st meaning no interest or no match if an employee leaves before December.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have it backward. There is too much focus on making sales credit and what seems to be no real concern for employee satisfaction, input, or career goals. Most of the best talent becomes discouraged and will find more rewarding work somewhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful internship program

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

    I worked at Protiviti as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not many pros, internship program starts with a trip to Disney World, which is probably the best part about the summer.

    Cons

    A very awful and very conservative culture that is not accepting of different personalities or backgrounds.

    Work is misleading, Protiviti is not a consulting firm, all of the work is mind numbingly boring and uninteresting. All internal audit and testing of controls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Protiviti Response

    Nov 19, 2014U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback on your internship. Our organization, including our leadership team, is highly invested in the success of our intern program. We greatly value ... More

  9.  

    Wonderful place to kick-off your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great exposures to major local financial institutions

    - Good learning curve to develop soft skills in terms of PM, general auditing skills, client interactions, etc

    - Expedited promotion ladder comparing to Big 4

    - Good work-life balance

    - Get to work with some smart and motivated individuals

    - Awesome training opportunities

    - Executive suites are highly respected top-talents in the marketplace.

    Cons

    At the corporate level

    -Attaching to the parent company RHI seems a debatable long-term strategy especially at the present time. Having RHI's resource pool and network accessible benefits Protiviti a lot for its pitching and staffing effort but its own brand name gets overshadowed in return. It proves to be smart move for the company founders to choose join RHI in earlier days as a leverage to control risks and grow rapidly after their predecessor Arthur Anderson went under, but keeping that relationship confused everyone going forward to some degree. Are you a staffing company or a consulting company? There should be distinctions between the two not by size but by nature of work. Protiviti has to be able to answer this question well because lots of work are in fact staff augmentation work, which is not consulting and offers little career development opportunities. It is suspected the two organizations could have competing/conflicting priorities in its ongoing relationship. At the end of the day, the parent company, a public company, cares more about how much a sub would fatten to its bottom line or help achieve its vision at the parent level, which inherently makes for a hard argument for Protiviti to preserve and promote a true consulting company's entrepreneurship. When the sub represents only a fraction of a line item of the parent's book, who would win the arm twisting game is obvious.

    - Cannt only keep picking low hanging fruits forever - most work are still associated with SOX/Internal Audit. Those projects are less technical and generally yield low fees. It is a must entry point to enterprise risk management space but most people find it less challenging and stimulating after a couple years. Company needs to diversify solutions more aggressively by recruiting strong solution leaders and building a good support system to develop resources internally afterwards. Some MDs and senior managements easily found their complacent to milk the work carried from AA and satisfied with just keeping those clients content. In the last couple years the executives however have put in efforts in this regard but in reality too slow o manifest a promising result. For higher billable work in specialized areas for both process and IT, clients run to other companies. This is one of the reasons for many top talents to leave b/c they realize they will be pigeon holed to solely SOX/IA after a few years and not easy to break out that mold.

    At the office/regional level

    - Pay is below market competitive rate. Make senses bc the company makes most $ from low fee work. You do get the title faster but the compensation progression is slow, and yes very slow. This is one reason other places have to discount the titles you got here.

    - Extremely high turnover and people who stay get punished for work that quitters left behind. No true reflection from management to acknowledge/appreciate loyalty and rally up morale so as to retain talents. This leads to a vicious cycle with more people leaving.

    - Middle managements and MDs are incompetent in terms of business development capabilities. Again when work are mainly driven by SOX/IA there is little room for them to distinguish themselves from competitors except pitching lower fees with whiter teeth.

    - Generally people are nice and cultures are comfortable but the same everywhere, office politics is present. Empowered mid/sr managers attempt to corner peers or upandcoming comers, and find themselves have better chances to win staffing decisions, have louder voices to submit performance feedback, snatches sales credits etc. It is a fair game and losers died trying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aggressive on diversifying solutions
    Pay serious attention to develop and retain talents

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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