Protiviti named to Best Workplaces in Consulting and Professional Services List

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Protiviti is excited to announce that Fortune Magazine announced it’s 2017 list of 30 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services compiled by Great Place to Work – and Protiviti is #17! These results are based on the feedback of more than 36,750 employees who took the survey and are employed in the consulting or professional services sectors. Employees assessed their firms’ leadership, benefits, camaraderie, work-life balance and other factors essential to a happy, high-functioning team. The Best Workplaces stood apart from their peers on questions assessing professional development and the ability of their leadership.

Congratulations to the entire firm on this meaningful award! To learn more about Protiviti’s ranking, please visit the Great Place to Work website.

A Love Letter to Millennials 

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

we love Millennials,

and our love is true.

Note: Bridget O’Malley has been a member of Protiviti’s campus recruiting team for over eleven years.

I’m going to start with the qualifier that I consider myself a Millennial.  While some might find this hard to accept, given that my birth year teeters dangerously on the cusp of Gen X-dom, please trust me on this one.

One could, in fact, say that I am a first edition Millennial.  So my love for Millennials has lasted a lifetime.

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That’s Bridget, third from the right and a first edition Millennial. She’s pictured with a group of later edition Millennials. 

Today is Valentine’s Day, and in that spirit, what better audience could I shower with love on this day?  My entire career is built on the Millennial generation.  I have laughed much, learned much, and gained much from my association with this #squad.  But I’m not the only one who has benefited from this fantastic group of people.  I have been lucky to see first-hand the way that Millennials are changing Protiviti.

Millennials now make up the majority of Protiviti’s workforce, and I could not be happier about this fact.  It’s simple: I love Millennials.  And here’s just a few reasons why.

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You are driven to succeed.

At this point, I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for our intern and entry-level positions.  I have reviewed thousands of resumes.  I am always impressed by the ambition and motivation of our Millennial candidates.  What?  You are an honor roll student, working part-time to put yourself through school, serving as president of your sorority and developing a start-up business to serve meals to citizens in need in your community?  How does one person even do all of that?!!  And yet, I can point to a decade’s worth of candidates just like that who now grace the various career levels here at Protiviti.  Please don’t ever stop being so driven.  You all make me want to be a better person.

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You care about everything.

You have created the sharing economy.  Crowdsourcing.  Likes.  Social networks.  You have an interest in what other people are doing, like RIGHT NOW, the activities they are participating in and the meals they are currently eating.  You publicize these things because you know others will care.  You make decisions about jobs and gyms and ice cream brands based on the recommendations of your peers because you care about what they think.  You create sites to raise money for charitable organizations or political causes or personal tragedies because you operate in a culture of caring.  You assume that people care about what you think and feel and have to say, and you give consideration to your peers’ thoughts and feelings.  You nurture your networks in new and exciting ways.  I really dig that about you.

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You believe there’s a better way of doing things.

And you know what?  You are right!  Here at Protiviti, there’s only one reason why we are in the consulting game, and it’s to help our clients find a better way of doing things.  So for consulting, having an interest in doing things better is sort of an occupational necessity.  In work and in life, what a great way to approach every day, thinking that things could be better than they are!  Those of us who have been in the workforce for a while — in what we will describe in a condescending fashion to you as “the real world” — we will tell you this isn’t always possible.  But don’t let us get you down, because you are right!!!  There IS a better way of doing things!!! And we will find it.  Together.

Today and every day, Millennials, I love you.  Protiviti loves you.  And we can’t wait to see what you do next.

— Bridget O’Malley
Senior Manager, Best People & Culture

 

Security & Privacy from the Perspective of Asia A. Lewis

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Asia Lewis, Dallas Security & Privacy Manager

Three years ago, almost to the day, I joined the Security & Privacy practice in Protiviti’s Dallas office. Although the move from Industry to Consulting felt like a big move, after interviewing and meeting the team, I remember thinking to myself, “This is a place of growth and infinite possibilities!”

captureOver the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness and participate in the growth of the Security & Privacy practice through hiring subject matter experts from various backgrounds, becoming more well-known in the marketplace, expanding our service offerings, as well as contributing to conferences and events. Our reach has also expanded beyond our clients into local classrooms and universities where we share our knowledge to expose the upcoming generation to a world of technical career options.

Some of the numerous conferences and events that we’ve been able to partake in are:

  • Women in Security Conference
  • BSides Las Vegas & local cities
  • Black Hat USA
  • DEFCON
  • RSA USA
  • JA in a Day
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree
  • University Career Fairs & Associations
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2016 RSA USA Conference in San Francisco, CA. Asia is pictured above speaking to a visitor at the Protiviti booth.

As we continue to demonstrate our Security & Privacy expertise across many different industries, we will continue to grow our professional team in our many offices around the world. The Dallas Security & Privacy team alone has grown so much in the last few years! Our professional skills, family-like team cohesiveness, Security & Privacy services as well as our dedication to the community will continue to make us an even stronger force in the world.

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Pictured above is Asia with two colleagues at the Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day. They visited a local elementary school to teach them about financial literacy and social studies.

This journey is only the beginning and I am very proud to be a Protiviti Security & Privacy team member! I am excited to see what wonderful things the future holds for our practice and company.

Oh, and have I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE working for Protiviti?! We will be at RSA USA 2017 in San Francisco, CA the week of February 13th, 2017! Join us at booth 5002 in the North Expo Hall at the Moscone Center. See you there!

— Asia Lewis
Security & Privacy Manager

Build-a-Bear for a Cause

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The Ft. Lauderdale team got to feel like kids – while helping kids – when they headed out to Build-a-Bear for a special team-building event.

Consultants Alexis and Samantha coordinated the effort to donate 30 cuddly companions to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The team spent their time at Build-a-Bear playing a few games and, of course, stuffing animals.

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The team played a game of ‘Ninja’ and tried to hit their neighbor’s hand in one swift move.

Then they practiced their interviewing skills by asking questions to find their ‘match’. With names on their backs, they had to first figure out who they were, and then team up with their ‘other half’ like ‘Jay-Z’ and ‘Beyonce’ (pictured).

 

In Build-a-Bear tradition, each bear was given a heart and stitched up before all 30 bears were donated to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation as gifts for the children!

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Everyone had a great time getting to know one another and giving back to the community.

 

Thanks For Joining Me In #GoingPRO

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As the calendar year has turned to read 2017, there are many exciting activities kicking off their annual planning cycle within Protiviti.  As the lead of the Campus Recruiting Team, I have the pleasure of getting to work with the campus recruiters across the U.S. to begin preparations of welcoming the 2017 interns and new consultants.  The energy around these efforts is something I was reconfirmed with this year through the #GoingPRO campaign.

 

I was excited to see the many photos throughout social media from our former interns, Protiviti executives, recruiters and employees letting us know why they made and continue making the decision of #GoingPRO.

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Each year, as I begin the planning phases for the new intern and consultant classes, I am reminded of the reasons I decided to join Protiviti over 9 years ago:

  • The opportunity to join a growing organization with passionate leadership.
  • The opportunity to progress my career with like-minded individuals who are equally passionate about the community around them.
  • The opportunity to have an impact on an organization early on in my professional career.

I realize each of you has different needs when it comes to your career and while Protiviti has grown and changed since the time I joined the firm; I can confirm the reasons I joined Protiviti post college are still the reasons why I am today happy about the decision I made to join Protiviti.

I hope as we return to campus this winter and spring, more of you will decide to join us in #GoingPro!

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My dog, Kona, is having dreams of being the first puppy to have a chance of #GoingPRO

Best,

Casey Jo
Protiviti, Campus Recruiting Lead

#ProtivitiPromos – Meet Kerry!

Twice a year we take some time to celebrate individuals who were recently promoted to new career levels across the organization. Throughout the month of January, we have been spotlighting a handful of these professionals through our #ProtivitiPromos series. In our final post of the series, we ask what a Senior Consultant in Cleveland looks like? I bet Kerry can tell us.

Kerry is a newly promoted Senior Consultant in our Internal Audit Financial Advisory solution.

Kerry is a newly promoted Senior Consultant in our Internal Audit Financial Advisory solution.

  • Background and Path to Protiviti: “I graduated from Miami University with a bachelors in Accounting and a minor in Information Systems. I interned with Protiviti the summer of 2013 then started full time after graduation.”
  • What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “I really enjoy the opportunity to work in different industries and the variety of projects, each with a different team. It really helps me build a diverse skill set.”
  • Who has contributed to your success or been a mentor to you during your Protiviti career? “My executive advisor and my career advisor have both helped me to develop and succeed in my career goals. Also, Senior Consultant Lauren Chlanda has been an excellent resource for me as I developed and sharpened my skill set on my own path to Senior Consultant.”
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At work, Kerry is the co-chair of the Lake Erie iCare Committee and i on Hunger Initiative. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends and family as well traveling to new places.

 

5 U.S. Recruiting Trends We’ll See in 2017

As a Recruiting Specialist, I want to share some of the talent acquisition market trends projected for 2017. Hopefully this will give you a glimpse at the year ahead and what recruiters, interviewers, new hires, and all of those who will work alongside incoming colleagues can expect in 2017.

As your Company begins the new year, you may take time to reflect on your successes in 2016 and create a plan for the upcoming year. With these upcoming plans, you are probably looking at projected recruiting forecasts. I anticipate that many of you are already ahead of the game based on the forecasted trends, however, recruiting teams and your firm overall should continue to execute your talent acquisition strategy and embrace the projected developments for the market.

  1. An increase in boomerang workers
    Many companies are seeing an increase in rehires. In fact, Forbes estimated that in previous years 48% of companies were against boomerang hiring, but in 2015, 76% of companies surveyed were accepting of hiring boomerangs; and they expect this trend to continue.
    What does this mean for you? Preserve relationships and be open minded. Rehires acclimate quickly as they are usually already familiar with the Company’s culture; in other words – welcome back your alumni with open arms. Additionally, do not forget that many workplaces offer some sort of a referral bonus program (so it often literally pays to stay in contact with former colleagues).
  1. Generation Z (1994-2000) is entering the workforce
    Studies reveal Generation Z job seekers value work-life balance over salary. Many are opting for freelance and part-time “gig” assignments over full-time jobs as the result.
    What does this mean for you? Interviewing strategies should highlight your culture and spotlight your accolades in the market.  These recognitions are not awarded overnight, but are lived each day in the office and serve a testament to your leaders and your people. It is a compilation of inherent traits specific to your “Company Resume” that set you apart from your competition. Many companies offer flexible work arrangements/telecommuting, which will help attract the incoming Generation Z population.
  1. Benefits are becoming a bigger discussion topic
    Studies reveal that we are entering our next Baby Boom era and short term disability benefits are helping attract and retain employees. Forbes notes that “currently only 1% of companies offer unlimited maternity leave, yet 64% of employees say they want it.”
    What does this mean for you? Continue to illustrate any and all competitive benefits packages, childcare solutions, and other voluntary benefits your company may offer.  Competitive 401K matching programs are also important to today’s job seekers.
  1. Focus is on branding.
    According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) – if a candidate cannot find enough information about a company online, they will not apply.
    What does this mean for you? It is important to maintain and grow your social media presence and to be able to showcase why candidates should work at your Company. Recruiters and interviewers need to be prepared to provide relevant articles exemplifying your Company as a best place to work.  Feel free to share your Company’s social media sites, employee articles, etc. with professionals in your network.
  1. Rejected candidates are tomorrow’s referrers.
    Talent acquisition should be an empathetic process. Losing a job is often ranked #1 on the scale of personal loses. It is a vulnerable state, and as interviewers, we become a part of the journey. Unfortunately, even in growing companies, you can only hire so many. A bad interviewing/ rejection experience not only hurts the individual ego, but it can impact the Company’s reputation.
    What does this mean for you? Of course you need to maintain a compliant standpoint when passing on candidates, however the generic legalese can be relevant and warmly delivered. Always keep strong candidates in mind for future opportunities and feel free to check-in on their job search appropriately. Candidates do not live in a vacuum, they have networks too, and can refer friends/colleagues with similar technical backgrounds.

We hope this information will be useful on your recruiting journeys.  Protiviti is excited to recruit the 2017 Class of top talent!  Please feel free to check our open positions on https://www.protiviti.com/US-en/careers.

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— Danielle Flood
Protiviti Recruiting Specialist