Words of Advice for Our Newest Graduates!

As I sat in my youngest sister’s graduation ceremony this past weekend, with my bouncing 3 year old in my lap, I had time to reflect on the advice that I would give both to her and to the class of 2017.

  • Work smarter. There is no trade off for hard work. But you must also set specific goals and then go after them at 110%. Focus on results, not just the hours you are putting in. At the end of the day, people won’t remember the hours your worked. They will remember what you achieved.
  • Live within your means. Set a budget that includes saving as much as you possibly can and then a little more. Put away the maximum contribution to your 401k, starting with your very first paycheck. You can’t miss what you never had. Get a credit card that pays you back. Pay it off every month. If that means you eat plain pasta with butter and cheese for a few days at the end of the month, so be it. When you are trying to buy your first house in a few years, you will be happy you maintained a strong credit score and put away a nest egg for that down payment and future retirement.
  • Travel. See the world. Enjoy the adventure. Travel opens your mind to new ideas and gives you an appreciation for all the many differences in our world. Immerse yourself in new cultures and bring your favorite part back to your own life at home.
  • If something is not working, change it. Every year I ask myself if I am happy doing the work I am doing. Do I have the learning experiences I need and want? Am I fairly compensated? Do I enjoy the people I work with? Do I feel challenged? Do I feel supported? If I answer no to any of the above, I seek a change. Luckily I have been able to make these changes within Protiviti as we have grown and expanded over the last 15 years. But, it is ok to look outside your current company too – and you should. When you make a decision to stay, you are that much happier because of it; and when you make a decision to go, be sure to join the alumni network as you just never know when you might come back.
  • Take time for you. Exercise daily. Get fresh air. Take walking meetings. Do the things you love – run, walk the San Francisco hills, spin, practice yoga; but definitely do something to get your heart rate up and sweat each day. It clears your brain and keeps you healthy, one step at a time.
  • Take time for your friends and family. Get to know your coworkers. Laugh together. Cry together. Build your tribe and maintain those relationships along your career journey.
  • Give back to others. Find your passion and support it. Recruit others to join you. Whether it’s hunger or education or curing cancer or other, find a cause and support it. This world is a better place because we support each other through all of life’s ups and downs.

To our Protiviti new hires, I can’t wait to see you this summer!  Enjoy your graduation and this special time celebrating with family and friends. We’ll see you in a few short months!

Pictured above is Elaine with her youngest sister Melinda at this past weekend’s graduation ceremony


Elaine Poucher
Director, Talent Acquisition

Happy Anniversary Protiviti! 15 Years of Memories!

Today we celebrate Protiviti turning 15 years old! This exciting milestone gives us a moment to pause and reflect on our firm’s history. To celebrate we have pulled together an abbreviated timeline of some memorable moments in our firm’s history. Enjoy!


  • April: Robert Half International announces intention to hire partners and other employees from Arthur Andersen’s U.S. internal audit and business risk consulting practices.
  • May:Agreement between Robert Half International and Arthur Andersen is complete, and 760 employees – including 59 Andersen partners – become Protiviti’s early employees.
  • June:Protiviti launches its “Say i to Protiviti” marketing campaign, stressing the importance of auditor independence.

say i revised

  • July: President George W. Bush signs the Sarbanes-Oxley Act into law, sparking Protiviti’s foray into what we now call SOX work.
  • October: KnowledgeLeader, our knowledge sharing site, launches.
  • Protiviti expands into non-US offices and officially commences its global footprint.


  • May: Protiviti celebrates one year in business!
  • June: Protiviti launches the SarbOx Portal to help companies improve corporate goverence portalgovernance within their organizations and achieve compliance. The tool would later evolve into today’s Governance Portal.
  • The firm continues opening offices and building our global footprint.


  • Protiviti has its first nine-figure quarter, reaching $100M in global revenue. All employees around the world receive an iPod with a commemorative inscription.



  • July: Protiviti acquires Lender Advisory Services practice from Philadelphia-based RSM McGladrey.


  • February: Protiviti acquires Canada-based Creative Options and Radius, industry leaders in loss prevention and employee communication.
  • December: Protiviti consolidates its public sector operations into wholly owned subsidiary Protiviti Government Services, which in turn acquires Alexandria-based Enspier Technologies for expanded IT offerings.
  • Offices open in seven additional locations both internationally and within the US.


  • April: Protiviti acquires PENTA and offers bankruptcy and restructuring services.
  • May: Protiviti celebrates its five-year anniversary!



  • The global financial crisis hits, impacting businesses around the world. Protiviti begins issuing the “Financial Crisis Bulletin” to provide clients information and guidance related to the economic downturn.

Global Crisis

  • Protiviti is named by BusinessWeek as a “Best Place to Launch a Career” for the 3rd consecutive year.


  • June: Cory Gunderson is the first Protiviti employee to be named to Consulting magazine’s ‘Top 25 Consultants’ list.


  • June: Protiviti hosts it’s Intern Challenge in Orlando, FL for the first time!

2010 intern class

  • Protiviti China receives the “Most Trusted Internal Control Service Provider” Award from CFO World Magazine.
  • Protiviti Japan receives the SAP Award of Excellence in the “SAP Business Objects GRC Award” category.




  • Protiviti is named for the first time by Symplicty as one of the “Best Places to Work for Recent Grads”.


  • May: Protiviti celebrates its 10-year anniversary!
  • December: Protiviti acquires SusQtech to expand the firm’s SharePoint services.
  • Protiviti is named as a “Top 100 Employer” by Diversity Employers


  • AchieversNamed to Achievers “50 Most Engaged Workplaces”
  • Protiviti continues opening offices across the globe.



  • July: First U.S. Intern Day of Service takes place in 25 locations across the country. The day totals 38,588 service hours, 47 of which come from the Houston office’s volunteer work assembling care packages for a military group serving in Afghanistan.2014 Interns Troops
  • September: Protiviti named a “Best Firm to Work For” by Consulting magazine!
  • November: Protiviti launches global i on Hunger initiative to provide one million meals for those in need.


  • Joe T CEO GlassdoorMarch: Protiviti Named to the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the first time!
  • June: President & CEO Joe Tarantino is named one of Glassdoor’s 50 Highest Rated CEOs.
  • June: i on Hunger reaches initial goal of delivering one million meals to hungry people around the world ahead of plan!
  • November: Protiviti acquires Decision First Technologies to expand its business intelligence and data analytics services.
  • Global quarterly revenue surpasses $200M for the first time in Q3.


  • March: Protiviti jumps up to #57 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and is also named a “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” for the second consecutive year!
  • March: i on Hunger program surpasses the two-million meal mark at the Advanced Consulting Challenge in Scottsdale.
  • October: Protiviti rolls out new brand identity including a new logo, color palette and tagline “Face the Future with Confidence”.


  • Protiviti professionals honored with prestigious awards such as 2017 Provider Pro to Know (Tony Abel), Consulting magazine’s Rising Stars (Angelo Poulikakos and Kristin Forester) and 2017 Top 25 Consultants (Brian Christensen).
  • February: Protiviti named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services” for the second time!
  • May: Our “i on Hunger” campaign exceeds goals and provides more than 4 million meals to the hunger!

With so much to be proud of, we can hardly wait to see what the next 15 years bring! Happy Anniversary Protiviti!

Congratulations Graduates!!

This morning I was reading a blog post from Fistful of Talent. The author of this article, Kelly Dingee, shared her 7 pieces of advice for a college graduate. With so many of you graduating and getting ready to join us full time, I wanted to pass along her words of wisdom.

Kelly’s 7 Pieces of Advice on Your Graduation:

  1. Pay yourself first. Create a 401k account as fast as you can and always, always contribute the max. Never borrow from it, not ever.  Look for employers who provide a match.
  2. Health is everything. Take care of yourself.
  3. Do good. All of us have a charity that means something to us. Give them your time. When you’re old, you can give them your money.
  4. Getting married? Learn to live on one income and bank the other.
  5. See the world.  Get some perspective.
  6. Persevere with your job search. No one expects you to land your dream job immediately. Pay your dues and do the work. It will take time, eventually, you will be where you want to be.
  7. Culture is king. You absolutely want a job that you enjoy, and that pays well. But if you don’t respect the company, like the people and want to get up every day to do your best for the good of the company, you’re in the wrong place.

As I was reading these, I smiled thinking about how Protiviti has helped me check so many of these boxes. I have volunteered, traveled, built an exciting and meaningful career, and made some incredible friendships all while working at Protiviti.

As you take a couple months off to celebrate this hard earned achievement, I’d like to add a personal piece of advice to Kelly’s list: Live in the now. It’s so easy to day dream about the next chapters of our lives. Whether it’s buying a home, getting married, starting our jobs or counting down the days until the holiday season – you can get lost in wishing for the next chapter.  You only get each moment once, so live in the now and enjoy!

Congratulations on ALL of your hard work. We can’t wait to start working with you in just a few short months!

Graduating College to Present Day



— Elizabeth Bullard
Campus Recruiting Specialist

Denver Hosts 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Panel

As the Second Annual Women in Leadership event commenced in Denver, so did the rain. But then again, such is the weather in Denver. One minute it rains, and the next the sun is shining once more.


As we waited for the sun to reemerge, organizers kept busy, preparing gift bags, names tags and last minute checks before the guests arrived.Friends, co-workers, clients and new faces; all came in one-by-one. As greetings were exchanged, you could feel the excitement and curiosity in the air.


Our Moderator, Denver Associate Director Leanne, kicked off the event with introductions and an open invitation to the guests to feel free to participate with questions and comments throughout the event. This year’s event panelists included Pamela Glick, the Chief Executive Officer for SynchHR, Katie Scherping, Chief Financial Officer for National CineMedia, Serene Smith, Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Business Analytics at RE/MAX and Protiviti’s own Managing Director and Executive Team Member, Susan Haseley.

From left to right: Leanne Duran, Serene Smith, Katie Scherping, Pamela Glick, Susan Haseley

Topics addressed included work-life integration, having the right support group and setting priorities. Even a few inspirational books were mentioned!

To shake things up a bit, lightning round questions between topics helped us get to know our panelists. Questions such as “If you described your day with a traffic sign, what would it be?” with the responses “Moose Crossing” brought laughter from both the audience and the panelists themselves.

Protiviti Consultant Brooke was impressed that each Panelist embraced the strengths of being a women. Brooke said, “No comments were made about what changes should one make to be successful; it was all about focusing on the inherent strengths of women and what additional/unique value women in leadership bring to the table.” She continued by saying  “It was very empowering. My overall takeaway was to get outside my comfort zone, embrace my strengths, and communicate what I want from my career.”

As I listened and took notes, one constant thought stood out: To succeed, one must have a personal plan, set the right priorities, and have an open communication with family, as well as Management, related to what one wants to achieve.

As the event came to an end, the panelists took the opportunity to turn the tables on our moderator and asked her a few lighting-round questions. After the event, guests and panelists had the opportunity to mingle, relax and enjoy further discussions over drinks and appetizers.

All in all, the Second Annual Denver Women in Leadership event was a great success. I look forward to seeing what our third year will bring.

— Raluca Oniu
Denver Senior Consultant

2017 MS 150 Bike Tour

Last month our Houston office completed their 15th year as Team Protiviti in the 2017 BP MS 150 Bike Tour.

The twenty-six riders combined raised over $37,000, beating their initial goal of $30,000.  We even had 1 Protiviti team member and 1 Protiviti alumni, join 298 other individuals in the Club 300, which is comprised of the event’s top 300 fundraisers.  This is an amazing accomplishment and huge honor to be a member of Club 300 and we are very proud to have 2 of our own listed.

Now, onto the ride! Below Senior Manager Ray Inn shares his perspective on the two-day ride from Houston to Austin.

Saturday – Houston to La Grange

Members of Team Protiviti waiting to start the ride – Day 1

Saturday morning came early as alarm clocks started ringing around 4:30 AM and we made our way to the designated starting point. Around 6:45 AM we began our journey towards La Grange. We enjoyed an overcast sky and a nice tailwind for the first 20 miles; however, the wind turned into a headwind/crosswind as we made our way to the Protiviti lunch stop in Industry, TX.

Team Protiviti at the Industry, TX lunch stop.

At the lunch stop, we enjoyed burgers, cold drinks, chips, cookies, great company, and a much needed break from the ride provided by other Protiviti team members.

After lunch, we started the final 30 miles towards La Grange.  By now, the sun was starting to come out, the temperature was rising, the wind was starting to pick up, and hills were starting to take their toll. However, we stayed determined and arrived in La Grange where we enjoyed massages, snacks, and some cold drinks as we chatted about the day’s events.  After a quick shower in the luxurious mobile shower trucks, and a carb-loaded fajita dinner it was time to get some sleep and prepare for day 2.

Sunday – La Grange to Austin

As we slept, a cold front blew through the area bringing with it light rain and temperatures in the 50’s.  The rain delayed the start of the ride by an hour, but this gave us more time to eat breakfast, pack-up, and dry off our bikes.

A few members of Team Protiviti getting ready to start day 2!

The team exited La Grange around 8:45 AM to sunny skies and a mild headwind.  The wind continued to grow stronger as the team made its way to the Bastrop lunch stop.

Protiviti volunteers at the Bastop lunch stop

We were met by fellow Protiviti teammates with sandwiches, cold drinks, and the best venison sausage this side of the Mississippi.  After lunch, we started the final leg towards Austin where we faced a relentless headwind the rest of the afternoon.

The wind proved to be a strong mental and physical challenge; however, it also provided a strong sense of accomplishment as every rider made it down Martin Luther King Blvd, turned left on Congress Ave, and crossed the Finish Line with the State Capitol building coming more into view with every pedal turn.

Team Protiviti after accomplishing their incredible goal of a 150+ mile bike ride.

The finish line is truly an awesome experience! For the veteran riders, it was another bike tour accomplished. For the rookies, we hope it was the first of many more rides.

Our Fight Against Hunger Has Now Delivered Over 4 Million Meals!

We are excited to announce that we have hit another huge milestone in the fight against hunger – over 4 million meals made! The 4 millionth meal for i on Hunger was surpassed Monday evening at the Advanced Consulting Challenge in Atlanta.

Check out this video from the event:

Video Transcript: Here we are at the Advanced Consulting Challenge School in Atlanta, where we are continuing our fight against hunger. You can see we’re holding an event tonight – a packing event – people have been working extremely hard, pushing through, and we’re excited to announce that we have now achieved over four million meals delivered worldwide. Congratulations, Protiviti! Thank you for your passion, your efforts, and your impact that you’ve made around the world. Keep pushing us higher and higher – five million meals, here we come! Hunger doesn’t stop, and neither do we.

Since announcing our achievement of 3.5 million meals last October, 55 other events have contributed to our new 4+ million total. One such event was in our Oman office where our team supplied important momentum with their i on hunger event. They packaged and distributed more than 126,000 meals in conjunction with Nidaa Al Khairi, a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged children.

“We are delighted at the achievement of the 4 million milestone,” said Middle East and India Country Market Leader Sanjeev Agarwal. “The IOH program has presented us with a great opportunity to give back to our communities and in the process build relationships with our colleagues and clients beyond the work we do together”.

He continued “The enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers during the food drives has been a great motivator for more people to join the campaign and help in reaching out to communities most in need of help, especially children. Our member firms in the Middle East and India are happy at being able to distribute over 300,000 meals in the last couple of years and will continue participating in the global initiative.”


To date, Protiviti has worked with 101 partner organizations to accomplish this incredible milestone. We couldn’t have done it without the help of each and every one of our employees. Congratulations Protiviti – way to make an impact!

New York Office Honored with Astor Corporate Award

Last week New York Office Market Leader Carol Raimo accepted the Corporate Award from Astor Services for Children and Families on behalf of the New York office at their annual gala. This year’s theme was “Breaking the Stigma Around Mental Health.” The award recognizes our New York office’s exceptional contributions to support children and families affected by the stigma associated with mental health and to raise much needed funds to build sustainability for the organization.

For over 60 years, Astor Services for Children & Families has been providing children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs to traumatized and vulnerable children in the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.

“I proudly accepted the Corporate Award on behalf of our entire office, who has really pitched in and provided wonderful support to the Astor Services organization,” said Carol. “We so highly pride ourselves in our Commitment to Our Communities, and this recognition shows that our hard work is always worth it.”

The New York office has been working with the Astor Services organization for more than two years. Most recently, the office donated gifts to families over the past holiday season and several team members now serve on Astor Services’ Jr. Board.

Astor Young Professionals Board President Nicole Giambarrese said, “Your company was nominated for this award because you have demonstrated the same passion for bringing awareness to children’s mental health in our communities and for your endless support to the Young Professionals Board. The board acknowledges Protiviti’s commitment in creating an environment that is inclusive, collaborative, and even family-like.”