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Protiviti Chicago Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Protiviti President and CEO Joseph A. Tarantino
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Pros
  • The best work/life balance of any consulting firm (in 198 reviews)

  • An amazing place to start a career without a doubt (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation is traded for work/life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Most new hires out of college are placed in the Internal Audit & Finance Advisory practice (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "The People Make It What It Is"

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

    I have been working at Protiviti as an intern

    Pros

    As an intern, Protiviti really makes every effort to make sure that you have an enriching and positive experience. If they give you an internship offer it is absolutely because they see you succeeding with the firm full time. There is a huge focus on making sure that your people are happy and enjoy who they work with and what they do.

    Cons

    Protiviti is still a very young company so the branding and prestige isn't quite there yet.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make better efforts to get your brand out

    Protiviti Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for your review, your feedback is important to us! I am pleased to know that you have had a great summer interning with us. Protiviti continues to increase our branding efforts, and we... More


  2. "Great place to work overall but so-so work culture if you're in IT"

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    • 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

    - Work Life Balance
    - Management will work with you if you have problems (travel, commute, etc.)
    - Lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Work Culture. Namely, that technology-consulting is subjugated to the same archaic suit-and-tie business culture as the rest of the company. For example, I was once called "A stain on our professional image" because my shirt wasn't nice enough.

    Advice to Management

    Distance technology consulting from the rest of the company and establish a more progressive work culture for those employees.

    Protiviti Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for your review, your feedback is very important to us! I am pleased to see you have experienced a strong work life balance in your time with our firm. We work to provide a strong... More

  3. "A fun, helpful, useful internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Risk & Compliance in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Risk & Compliance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protiviti as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People, culture, office location, interesting work, upward mobility potential

    Cons

    Crowded office on Friday, but as an intern, there are very few cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  4. "Incredible Company, Great People"

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

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

    Pros

    -The best work/life balance of any consulting firm
    -Designed to help you grow as a person
    -Incredible company culture

    Cons

    -People not in the audit group still sometimes get pulled on to audit projects
    -Sleezy practices for former intern campus hires. Exploding offers (you get 2 weeks to respond so you can't apply elsewhere), compensation at the bare minimum of the market.

    The reality is that compared to say the big 4 or Accenture, on an hour per hour basis you're paid relatively close. And the work life balance makes it worth it. But the pay is much lower than other options.

    Advice to Management

    I understand why the compensation is low, but it's low on all fronts. Make the 401K match more reasonable, make vacation time more reasonable, and stop the dirty practices with recruiting interns. It's an amazing company but a lot of people start off on the wrong foot.

    Protiviti Response

    Apr 28, 2017 – Director of Recruiting

    Thanks so much for the feedback! As you mention, we typically give our interns two weeks to decide on whether to accept a full time offer with us (generally near the end of August). This is... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Short Review"

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    • 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.


  6. "Excellent Firm to Begin your Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Over-Promise & Under-Deliver"

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    • 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.

  8. "Protivti"

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    • 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.


  10. "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


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