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Updated January 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is awesome for consulting (in 172 reviews)

  • Excellent place to start a career for college graduates (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance gets worse as you move up in the company (in 58 reviews)

  • Most new hires out of college are placed in the Internal Audit & Finance Advisory practice (in 59 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Short Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great job out of college
    -Great office culture
    -Consultant level people are great

    Cons

    -Monotonous work
    -Detail work as Risk and Compliance when a lot is Audit

    Advice to Management

    Do not hide the fact that majority of the work will be audit based and work among audit teams at client site.


  2. "Excellent Firm to Begin your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protiviti (More than a year)

    Pros

    A fantastic work-life balance for a consulting firm, and management that really wants you to succeed in your career.

    Cons

    We're still a mid-size firm, so we miss on some of the benefits to larger consulting groups. And there's been a few growing pains in the last few years as we've rapidly expanded our business. But overall, we compete in our markets and win engagements because of the quality of our people and service.


  3. Helpful (16)

    "Over-Promise & Under-Deliver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Risk & Compliance Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Risk & Compliance Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the management team genuinely cares; however, the hierarchy is so political they are powerless in a lot of situations.

    Cons

    The experience that sold me as an intern to join Protiviti is completely different that what it has been like to actually work here. I have been on "production" projects for a full year completing mind-numbing tasks to fill a time quota that has included 60 hour work weeks and mandatory work days on weekends (communicated on the Thursdays prior). I could be working the same amount of hours at one of the big 4, getting paid more, and doing more interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    Correct the culture and stop allowing these types of projects to overtake your incoming classes of consultants or prepare for an exodus of people.


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  5. "Protivti"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    hours not bad, various consulting opportunities availables

    Cons

    too much travel, heavy focus on internal controls

    Advice to Management

    allow people to move around the company more


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great opportunities for exposure into different industries and solution areas.
    -People are supportive and friendly
    -Emphasis on career development and mentoring
    -Focus on community service events

    Cons

    -Travel can be unpredictable and can create burnout
    -Benefits package could be improved


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant II in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great leadership team at the MD Level
    - Career and Executive Advisor program is nice
    - Friendly culture - plenty of happy hours

    Cons

    - Lack of training. Oftentimes large, boring projects that have already been sold are left to be managed by untrained managers. When projects don't go according to plan, blame is placed on the execution team and no one bothers to identify the root causes of the project process inefficiencies
    - Some terrible employees have risen to the Director level who unfairly rate those working on their projects- which are largely HMDA projects.
    - Too many projects that aren't "true" consulting
    - Lack of transparency around promotion decisions. Opportunities are given only to "favorite" employees making it difficult for others to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to all employees, not just favorites, and train managers better. At minimum, mandate Manager School completion before sending them to lead an entire engagement.


  8. "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protiviti (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - people and culture
    - management does a good job of recognizing and rewarding those who exceed expecations
    - investing in training and mentoring
    - opportunities to take on additional responsibilities on projects and prove yourself early in career if you take the initiative
    - good vacation benefits

    Cons

    - majority of the projects are audit or compliance related
    - as with any consulting firm, travel can be frequent and with late notice

    Advice to Management

    Try to diversity the types of projects/engagements


  9. "Good Overall Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Protiviti (More than a year)

    Pros

    great culture and overall firm communication. generally positive office environment

    Cons

    lack of nourishment of the mid level team. felt under-invested.

    Advice to Management

    consider revamping progression plan/ strategy for senior-sr. manager level to improve what i considered a lack of nourishment.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Consultant II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to a wide variety of projects, industries, managers, etc. Pay is fair, traveling can be good at times depending on location.

    Cons

    Very cliquey atmosphere (managers favor by school you attended), more than advertised travel (sometimes leaving on Sunday afternoons and returning on Friday evenings), lots of extra work for when you return to your hotel, nobody really keeps an eye on you and your career progression you basically have to jump up and down asking to be considered for promotions and hope you went to the right school...

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend helping your talent find their place as opposed to forcing them to fill in areas where you (MD/Directors) have overextended yourselves committing to a client. Your product will certainly improve vs wondering why consultants with no experience in a complex subject are not knocking it out of the park. Encourage managers to try different teams vs filling their projects with the same people over and over.

    Protiviti Response

    Apr 27, 2016 – HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback. I’m sorry that you left Protiviti feeling as though your needs were not met. I would have encouraged you to speak to Resource Management and ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Entry level consulting, not career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good place to learn business skills and get a start.

    Cons

    Model risk group is not robust. More data processing than analysis, no knowledge finance or econometrics.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to resolve staff conflicts rather than operate on gossip



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