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Protiviti Reviews

Updated 14 November 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 201 reviews)

  • An amazing place to start a career without a doubt (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation is traded for work/life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Most new hires out of college are placed in the Internal Audit & Finance Advisory practice (in 68 reviews)

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  1. "Protiviti UK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relative to Big 4 there is a very good culture, with a collegiate and co-operative environment. Growing fast and focus on delivery of good work rather than a sales mindset.
    Very flexible working and focus on getting job done rather than time in office.

    Cons

    Infrastructure and support processes (e.g. T&E and WIP etc) are archaic.
    Some growing pains in clarity of responsibilities and organisational structures.


  2. "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great office culture, surprisingly high access to senior management up to Managing Director level. Having offices based in the Shard is certainly a head-turner. Decent work life balance - when you're not busy, nobody will call you out if you leave early, but equally, you may be expected to work some overtime.

    Cons

    Occasionally feel that because of the culture of collaboration and openness, that other employees are fake. In addition, the graduate programme isn't as well defined as it could be. Different people tell different stories about how promotion and evaluation works - some paint a very political picture whereas others talk about how it's all about high quality delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer on how the graduate programme works, how Talent Day (the 'promotion committee') works and also be more open about salary expectations at different levels - I've worked for Protiviti for 6 months, and am still guessing what my potential wage will be at various points in my career.

    Protiviti Response

    6 Mar 2017 – HR Director

    I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the office location and also that you appreciate the access that you have to the Senior Management team.
    I appreciate your feedback in regards to the graduate... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor culture not recommended"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a good mix of people and the salary pays a bit better than market and certainly more than Big 4

    Cons

    The culture is not as good as it could be: some of the consultants are great whilst others have a poor attitude and it is not really addressed by management due to the fact those individuals have been there a length of time.

    There is a complete lack of structure and Support particularly above Manager level. No training is provided above that and also cannot compete with the training offered in other firms.

    Some departments are better aligned than others. But some lack any focus at all.

    I agree that promotion is unclear at it appears to be based on what you know not always on certain abilities. Key targets and achievements should be built into objectives and measure people more objectively against those standards to ensure consistency and fairness. This should then be standardised and moderated properly by HR in a more vigorous fashion

    Advice to Management

    Decide and focus on what it is you want the strategy to be

    Built structure inc solid development and training programmes at all levels

    Address poor performance and behaviour that does not drive a productive workforce

    The environment is very strange which the firm tries to present as a family culture but it is not so that culture needs to be addressed. Can be quite gossipy and childish at times.

    Protiviti Response

    17 Mar 2017 – HR Director

    Thank you for your feedback in regards to the Promotion and Training in the office. I recommend that you continue to work with your Advisor and your Engagement Leads to understand the attributes... More


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  5. "Too focused on sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great open culture and office location. Good people.

    Cons

    Not yet competitive with Big 4, generally getting the work that the Big 4 do not want and at much lower day rates. Unable to differentiate itself from competitors and a general unfocused strategy through which isn't clear in what the firm excels (if anything). Promotions only driven by sales potentials. Not necessarily focused on quality of the delivery (note: in fairness this applies to the whole consulting industry).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent but room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are by far and away the main positive about Protiviti. I have worked with some of the most intelligent and ambitious people I have ever met, most are truly invested in growing and developing the firm.

    The MDs are always willing to listen to your concerns or ideas, there isn't always an immediate solution, but they will at least hear you out.

    As people I feel we are more valued as individuals than at the Big 4, the MDs actually care about what you want to be doing and where you want your career to go. Again, this isn't always possible as client needs come first, but it's something that's open for discussion.

    The new UK lead MD has come in and is trying to really understand what we need as individuals and as a whole. He has spoken to the whole firm individually to get to the bottom of people's gripes and moans and appears to be trying to effect change to support us. Watch this space...

    Cons

    Most of the same internal politics that you'd get anywhere at the Big 4, you do have to just suck it up. It's 70% do your job really well, 30% play the game. You have to accept that this is the career we've chosen and that i don't think that is going to change.

    We are heavily reliant on people, busy people, who don't always have the time to think about the best approach and things slip through the cracks.

    Formal training and development is somewhat lacking, there are efforts to address this, but nothing so far has actually materialised. I realise that when people are training they aren't chargeable, but there has to be a balance and at the moment it's off.

    Advice to Management

    We need to recruit, we are heavily understaffed and there's nobody with time to really help develop the people we have. Perhaps a more proactive approach to recruitment would help us feel less like we're treading water barely surviving!

    Invest in training. We are an office of (mostly!) excellent, ambitious people truly dedicated to growing the firm. Train and develop us properly or we may start looking for organisations that will.


  7. "Great culture, slow development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people, really fun place to work

    Cons

    General cons of any consulting company. Difficult to progress and really have to sell yourself for promotions


  8. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and good team culture

    Cons

    Technology outdated and slow. Needs improvement


  9. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protiviti full-time

    Pros

    Great firm to work for, innovative in their approach. Managing Directors are all 100% committed to the outcome of th office. New offices based in the Shard. Great Diversity within the office and an environment that supports you both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    You need to be able to step up and drive your own career. We really need to continue to drive our brand recognition in the market and really push our brand out as much as we can.


  10. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really friendly across all levels. Leadership is proactive and challenging. Lots of motivated and smart people working here.

    Cons

    Smaller scale than Big4, so if you need extensive support then not the best place for you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Game of Thrones!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Protiviti full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great range of clients and good consultants

    Cons

    Promotions not given on merit
    Bonus's are a fraud - you can score very high and still only receive less than half of what was promised
    Success is reliant on how friendly you are with MDs and nothing else. Working 12-16 hours, delivering complex projects, managing a team and training newbies counts for nothing . But taking an MD to a cricket match or buying them a gift will help.
    HR are secretive and unsupportive

    Advice to Management

    Replace all the MDs, and hire skilled people who realise its not 1980.


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