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October 18, 2019

Does Protiviti offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Protiviti employees incredibly smart people who you can learn from. The culture is great and the people that work there truly care about one another. There are opportunities to learn and grow. It is a growing firm so there are many potential opportunities for upward mobility.

Cons

Protiviti lacks competitive pay and benefits package compared to its competitors. Additionally, Protiviti forces its employees to take off during a "soft close" period in December which requires employees to use their personal time and gently threatens employees who do not take the time with sending them on travel projects. Other firms reward their employees during this period with this time off without using personal time, or use one or two days.

Advice to Management

Appreciate the talent you have and work to retain them instead of devoting a lot of time and resources towards recruiting new employees. There are many employees that leave because they are not paid well enough which has direct impacts to other metrics.

Protiviti lacks competitive pay and benefits package compared to its competitors.

October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

Does Protiviti have a sabbatical or career break policy?

Pros

- The people and culture are what keep me around - I have always felt supported and "heard" by Management - Good work-life balance, good "soft" benefits such as vacation days, sabbatical programs, maternity leave

Cons

- The work is primarily auditing / SOX compliance - Extended periods of travel can be rough - Project demands are high - Unclear messaging around promotions

Advice to Management

Continue listening to your employees when they speak up about needing a change of project, travel preferences, or desire to try a new solution

life balance, good "soft" benefits such as vacation days, sabbatical programs, maternity leave

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July 22, 2019

Does Protiviti offer dental insurance?

Pros

I was an intern at this company during college and it truly was an awesome experience. They fly you out to Disney for training and really roll out the red carpet. The interns that they select are typically very social and like minded about work hard but play harder. As an intern you were staffed on what my managers called "sexy projects" that involved IPOs, fun client companies, and weekly intern bonding events with lots of food and alcohol. I was definitely drinking the Protiviti Kool-aid by the end of the internship.

Cons

After my internship experience I signed my full time offer thinking that I would have a great career and be able to learn new things and challenge myself. I was very excited. I quickly realized that the internship experience was not at all indicative of the real experience that I would have in this company. While I can only speak for the Dallas office and for the IAFA business solution, I believe that the Dallas Office as a whole is a sinking ship that bleeds talent due to the way that their upper level managers and HR team treats employees. Within the first month of starting, their whole BPI team (marketed as management consulting) jumped ship and left the company with the BPI Managing Director, not only that, but the Managing Director for the Technology Consulting solution at Protiviti Dallas also left the company. After about 7 months in, more than 20 people quit from all levels in the company including Consultants, Seniors, and Managers. I hope these numbers illustrate the type of negative workplace that Protivit Dallas is. In regards to the work itself, Dallas is mainly focused on Internal Audit, with more than 70% of their employees being hired into that solution. Lateral moves into different solutions is nearly impossible. I was also recruited to be in the FSI (Financial Services Industry) group as a IAFA "consultant" and was promised that I would see work involving modeling and capital markets but that was not the case. It was just a pitch to get an unassuming and naive college graduate to sign a letter of employment. Do not believe any of the recruiters when they tell you that you will be doing "Management consulting," and do not believe them when you are told that you will be exposed to different types of work. You will be sitting in a client office anywhere in the DFW metroplex (Fort Worth, Dallas, Las Colinas, Plano, Lewisville, Frisco) and you will be in a cubicle doing internal audit controls testing. Maybe you may get lucky every once and a while and be able to "travel" to West Texas. You will be doing Internal Audit process and control testing until you either quit the company or become a Manager. As an IAFA consulting I received virtually 0 experience and my accounting/finance knowledge actually regressed from college. I highly encourage anyone who is young, ambitious, and has an interest in higher level accounting and finance to avoid working here unless it is the only option. You will not work with Financial Statements, you will not gain valuable excel experience, you will not learn anything specific except about how processes and controls work for different companies. In regards to recruiting, the college recruiter was very aggressive and tried to get those of us who completed the internship to sign immediately. After speaking with my college advisors who have an agreement with Protiviti, the HR team allowed us much more time and quit hounding us to sign. In regards to work-life balance Protiviti is much better than the Big 4 accounting firms in regards to their respective Audit teams. There is no busy season and typically you work from 8 to ~5:30. That being said, attending company events is mandatory and tied into your bonus incentives. If you do not attend after hour events or get involved in their different company groups you will be penalized financially (in terms of bonus eligibility) and viewed as a disloyal employee. This will ultimately affect your ability to be staffed as HR keeps a note of who is involved and who isn't and will punish you accordingly. I found HR to be very dishonest and nontransparent. They are in charge of staffing you on projects and love to staff people who they dislike on bad projects with long commutes or defunct leadership to push you out of the company. The benefits are also very bad, and many employees will tell you to try to get insurance coverage through a spouse or family member. Other than that, I found that many of the managers, especially in the FSI team, are extremely toxic and expect you to put your own time to do more work on the weekends. I was told to put more hours in without billing the client and was also told to study up on SEC banking regulations on my own time and give weekly progress reports to an MD. Needless to say I left the company and am now employed with a firm that values my needs and provides me the tools/experience I need to be successful and grow.

Advice to Management

Quit misleading potential hires about the work that you do, please leave your God complex at home and treat others professionally, please be more honest and transparent with employees about staffing and advisor assignment.

The benefits are also very bad, and many employees will tell you to try to get insurance coverage through a spouse or family member.

July 22, 2019

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May 17, 2020

Does Protiviti offer parental leave?

Pros

The people you work with at Protiviti is the greatest part about the job. It doesn’t feel as “cut throat” as some other firms which makes going to work everyday enjoyable. You have access to different types of advisors. You get a “Peer Advisor” who is one or two years ahead of you who can be there for any and all types of questions, concerns, or advise. Then there is your “Career Advisor” who is usually at the Manager or above level who is your advocate when it comes to career progression, you will go over goals and have frequent career ins to make sure you are on track. Lastly you will have an “Executive Advisor” who is usually a Managing Director tied to the solution you are based. Besides the excellent advisor programs, Protiviti offers frequent trainings that are not only extremely valuable but also a great networking opportunity to meet other consultants at your level from across the country. Protiviti also offers incredible benefits such as 6% 401k match, 20 days off per year in your first year, 10 weeks paternity leave, and other incredible health insurance options.

Cons

Sometimes it seems that you can get “pigeonholed” into certain types of protects because of how difficult the timing and staffing of projects are. Being in smaller market areas may affect what types of projects are available to be assigned.

Protiviti also offers incredible benefits such as 6% 401k match, 20 days off per year in your first year, 10 weeks paternity leave, and other incredible health insurance options.

May 17, 2020

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October 18, 2019

Does Protiviti offer life insurance?

Pros

Good life work balance, great benefits, great culture and great people

Cons

Project admin tasks take a lot of time, maybe can have some additionals system improvements/support?

Good life work balance, great benefits, great culture and great people

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