“Our continuing presence on the Fortune 100 Best list is a source of great pride for us, and we greatly appreciate our employees for making this recognition possible,” said CEO, Joe Tarantino. “We believe that empowering the workplace for all our people helps Protiviti and our clients confidently face the future.”
The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list is based on a survey of more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on more than 50 elements of their companies. These elements include trust, mutual respect, fairness, camaraderie, pride in their work, executive team effectiveness, people-focused programs and innovation, to name a few. The survey is driven by employee participation, which makes this already exciting award, a little extra special!
“We consider ourselves an inclusive ‘people first’ company,” said Scott Redfearn, EVP of Global Human Resources. “Our unique culture energizes our people to collaborate, innovate and reach their potential.”
A little friendly competition never hurt, right? ….Well, that might have been the case before Philadelphia got involved!
As a transplant from North New Jersey [insert fist pump joke here] in Philadelphia, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen sports fans quite like those in the City of Brotherly Love. They are relentless, wildly loyal and they are ready for the big Super Bowl game. Now, while I can’t speak for Boston, I would say from the looks of the office they are ready to rumble as well!
In true Protiviti spirit, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl game without a friendly wager. Managing Director’s from both offices have taken to email to announce that this year would be no different! The bet? The city that wins will get to enjoy delicious treats from the losing city (think soft pretzels from Philly and ‘chowdah’ from Boston). With a wager in place, Justin Timberlake on the halftime roster, and the Puppy Bowl playing for Vikings fans, we simply can’t wait until Sunday. Stay safe and GO BIRDS!
Twice a year, we are proud to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted into a new role. As such, we are excited to introduce our final #ProtivitiPromos feature of the month. Last up in our series, we head to Japan to meet newly promoted Business Performance Improvement Senior Consultant, Marie, in our Tokyo office!
Years at Protiviti: 3 years
Path to Protiviti: “I first met Protiviti at the Tokyo Career Forum, which is a Japanese recruiting event held in many cities including Boston, Sydney, London and Tokyo. After graduating from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, I joined the Tokyo Protiviti office in October of 2014.”
Current Solution: Business Performance Improvement – “For the first 2 years at Protiviti, I worked for the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory (IAFA) team, where I was involved in SOX testing and documentations. Then, I began to work with the Business Performance Improvement (BPI) team and that is my current focus.”
What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti?: “The people at Protiviti are very nice and supportive and they are helpful resources for me. Both the IAFA and BPI teams have unique perspectives, but both teams have had sound advice for me as I’ve grown in my career. I have enjoyed getting to experience both solutions!”
Outside of work, what do you enjoy? “I like exploring new places, cultures and people. Every month, I take cooking lessons which focus on different exotic meals. At the cooking school, we have foreign teachers come in and show us how to cook their local cuisine. So far, I’ve taken the Russian, French, Indian and Koren cooking classes! Additionally, I like to explore my own country as well! Last year, I went to Ise Jingu, also known as the Grand Shrine. It was so beautiful and it was a great way to relax. I’m excited to see what my next trip will be!”
Name your most memorable experience that you’ve had a Protiviti: “One of my favorite memories at Protiviti was visiting the Boston Career Forum to help recruit new employees! This forum is how I found Protiviti a few years ago, so it was great to go back and meet other students with bright hopes to work for our company. It was also such a unique experience for the Japan recruiting team to work with our U.S. colleagues and it was great to collaborate as a global firm!”
How did you celebrate this important career milestone? “I went to a gorgeous dinner with the BPI team. It was so much fun!”
Sum Protiviti up in just 1 word: “Collaboration”
We’re so excited for you, Marie! Congratulations on this big milestone.
Twice a year, we are proud to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted into a new role. As such, we are excited to continue to introduce some of our newly promoted colleagues. Throughout the short remainder of this month, we will spotlight a few more these individuals in celebration through this #ProtivitiPromos series. Next up in our series, we are headed to our nation’s capital to meet newly promoted Risk & Compliance Associate Director, Sowmya, in our Metro D.C. office!
Years at Protiviti: 3 years
Path to Protiviti: “I started my career in an Analyst program at a financial institution. Within that company, I eventually moved in to their risk management division. After some time, I then decided to pursue grad school full-time at American University in D.C., which I loved every minute of! It was a great experience to go to school in such a diverse, globally-minded and culturally rich city. After graduating from American, I joined Protiviti right and have been here ever since!”
Current Solution: Risk and Compliance
What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “During my time at Protiviti, I’ve had the chance to work on engagements for various solutions and haven’t been limited to a specific area. This has provided me with immense learning opportunities and helped to further develop my career.”
Who has contributed to your success during your career at Protiviti?: “There are just too many people to name! I’ve had a such great support network at Protiviti who have helped me transition seamlessly from industry to consulting and provided me with great career advice along the way.”
You mentioned you transitioned from industry to consulting. What drew you to consulting and what do you like about it? “I like the dynamic nature of the industry. You have the opportunity to work on varied engagements, gain insight and exposure to different companies across a number of different functions, and also have client interaction.”
Any hobbies or interests outside of work?: “I love to read, travel, and run!”
How are you celebrating or commemorating this important career milestone? “I went to India for a long vacation! I had a chance to visit family that I hadn’t seen in years, as well as explore some new places that have been on my travel bucket list for awhile!”
Twice a year, we are proud to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted into a new role. As such, we are excited to continue to introduce some of our newly promoted colleagues. Throughout the remainder of this month, we will spotlight a few of these individuals in celebration through this #ProtivitiPromos series. Next up in our series, we are headed to the land down under to meet newly promoted Technology Consulting Director, Ghislaine, in our Melbourne, Australia office!
Years at Protiviti: 2 years
Path to Protiviti: Early on in her career, Ghislaine was exposed to, what would later become, Protiviti leadership through her internship at Arthur Anderson in 2002. After receiving her double-degree in Commerce and IT, she began working at Ernst & Young (EY) as an IT Internal Auditor where she focused on IT and process audits, as well as data engineering. In 2006, Ghislaine had the opportunity to take a secondment with EY in their London office where she was exposed to a variety of engagements in the strategic consulting space. After returning to Melbourne, she joined Accenture in 2010 and came to Protiviti in 2016 to work in our Technology Consulting practice.
Current Solution: Technology Consulting
What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “I love working in an environment which provides me with opportunities to grow whilst empowering me in equal measure. I love the collaborative leadership culture, where staff at all levels are engaged to provide value to our clients.”
Memorable Protiviti Experiences: When it comes to experiences with Protiviti, Ghislaine shared some memorable moments with me that included travel opportunities, positively impacting our clients, and mentorship. Most recently, Ghislaine traveled to New York City to attend the Financial Services Data Governance conference where she helped to further expand Protiviti’s local offerings. Subsequently, this visit has resulted in some great feedback on her recent engagements with her current clientele.
“I have really enjoyed working on emerging and innovative Digital Transformation projects in Australia and helping our clients succeed in the marketplace. On a more personal note, watching the progress of our new hires as they grow and develop in their careers has been extremely rewarding.”
What does life outside of work look like? Ghislaine is heavily involved in her community and one thing she really enjoys is mentoring university students as they look to begin their careers. Alongside her mentorship, she is also an active supporter of the McAuley Community Services for Women, which is an organization focused on helping women and their children to escape family violence and assist those that may be displaced by such tragedies. In the recent months, Ghislaine has also joined the ‘Culturally Diverse Women’ social enterprise, which is aimed at addressing the significant under-representation of culturally diverse women in leadership roles in Australia. In addition to all of that, Ghislaine recently became the Deputy Chair of the Data Sharing Committee within the Australian Computer Society!
Outside of her philanthropic work, Ghislaine enjoys traveling both locally and internationally with her husband and two young sons. On the weekends, she might be found reading, running, cooking or surfing! As an immigrant from South Africa, where Ghislaine was raised, she also is passionate about influencing change and helping immigrant’s with some of the challenges they face in the community and workforce.
If you could sum up Protiviti in one word, what would that word be? “Empowerment”
We want to extend a big congratulations to Ghislaine on her recent promotion!
Twice a year, we are proud to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted in to a new role. As such, we are excited to continue to introduce some of our newly promoted colleagues. Throughout the remainder of this month, we will spotlight a few of these individuals in celebration through this #ProtivitiPromos series. Next up in our series, we are headed to the Windy City to meet newly promoted Technology Consulting Manager, Da’Veed, in our Chicago office!
Years at Protiviti: 5 years
Path to Protiviti: “I was a campus hire that came to Protiviti after completing my MBA at Robert Morris University in 2012.”
Current Solution: Technology Consulting – Governance, Risk and Compliance Advisory (GRC)
What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “I really have enjoyed that from day one, I had the ability to learn from and work closely with leadership and subject matter experts.”
Memorable Protiviti Experiences:“One of my most memorable experiences at Protiviti thus far, was my time spent at The Consulting Challenge School. I was able to connect with colleagues from all over the world and really had a chance to learn not only about their solutions and industries, but also about their cultural experiences in different regions of the globe.”
What does life outside of work look like? “In my free time, I coach men’s basketball at a local Chicago community college. As a former collegiate athlete, I find it quite rewarding to help student athletes work through college and achieving their goals on and off the court”
How are you celebrating or commemorating this important career milestone? “I was able to go out to dinner with my daughter and girlfriend to celebrate my promotion. Even though my daughter is just 3 years old, she gave me a big congratulations!” (see picture below for cuteness overload)
Protiviti Associate Director, Matt, had this to say about Da’Veed:
“Da’Veed is an integral member of our GRC Technology Advisory Team. While he has direct responsibilities for the sales and delivery of Governance Portal related projects, Da’Veed has also been heavily involved with our third party vendors, working closely with MetricStream on a number of projects. In addition, he also continues to help our clients through solution-related activities, ranging from organizing and documenting client requirements, to grading out possible vendors and solutions. DaVeed’s promotion to Manager reflects his dedication to our client’s and his growing knowledge of all things governance, risk and compliance related. Our team is excited for Da’Veed as he achieves this milestone in his career.”
Congratulations, Da’Veed! From campus hire to Manager, we are glad to have you here at Protiviti.
Twice a year, we are proud to celebrate and recognize employees that have been promoted in to a new role. As such, we are excited to continue to introduce some of our newly promoted colleagues. Throughout the remainder of this month, we will spotlight a few of these individuals in celebration through this #ProtivitiPromos series. Next up in our series, we are headed the West coast to meet Jen, a newly promoted Senior Manager in our Los Angeles office.
Years at Protiviti: “I have been with Protiviti for 6+ years starting full time in August of 2011.”
Path to Protiviti: Jen joined Protiviti as an Intern in the Summer of 2010. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University with her BS in Accounting, she joined as a Consultant!
Current Solution and/or Industry focus: “Internal Audit and Financial Advisory is my focus, largely working on internal audits and SOX readiness engagements. My industry focuses are Real Estate and Consumer Products.”
What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “I enjoy the ability to focus on your interests while growing personally and professionally with each opportunity you are given.”
Outside of work, what do you enjoy? “I love to cook meals at home, which gives me time to disconnect from work and allows my creative side to shine! Cooking something from scratch and sharing a meal with a bottle of wine with people is special. I also enjoy going to concerts, spending time at the beach, short hikes in the mountains and riding my road bicycle with my husband.”
Who has contributed to your success or been a mentor to you during your Protiviti career? “Many employees across the U.S. have contributed to my success over the years and have assisted me in getting where I am today with my career! However, my Career Advisor and role model is Madhushi, an Associate Director in the Los Angeles Office.” (check out below to see what Madhushi had to say!)
What are some of your most memorable Protiviti experiences? “Prior to being promoted to Senior Consultant in July 2013, one of my public clients in Orange County had recently acquired a company in Auckland, New Zealand, which was in need of SOX readiness process documentation. As such, I was able to work, live, and experience the culture of New Zealand during the entire month of June 2013! During this engagement, I was able to gain an appreciation for international culture, work with a co-worker from the Melbourne office and be an advisor to our client while leading efforts in U.S. SOX documentation requirements. Although this experience allowed me to grow professionally it also blessed me with the opportunity of growing personally. Within the first few days of being in Auckland, I was able to meet an Australian young man, Nathan, working there for the month of June 2013 as a Chemical Engineer for one of his clients. During the month, we were able to build a special connection with each other that continued after we both left Auckland and went back to our own countries. Through the Protiviti Sabbatical program, I was able to take a month off during February 2014 to go on a month long road trip with Nathan by traveling through California, Nevada and Arizona, where our relationship continued to grow. After spending time in Australia to meet his family during May 2015 and maintaining a long distance relationship for a year, he was able to start working in Los Angeles in February 2015 for a US company. From there, we got engaged in November 2016 in San Diego and recently married in November 2017 in Pasadena, CA.”
Protiviti Associate Director, Madhushi, had this to say about Jen:
“I have known Jen since she was an Intern and I am honored to be her Career Advisor. Jen has been very committed to her career since day one and has excelled in every challenging situation. She is a great role model and mentor to our people and excels in client services. I am extremely proud of all her accomplishments and excited see her succeed at Protiviti in the years to come!”