Monday, November 24, 2014

Why We're Thankful

‘Tis the season to be thankful! As Thanksgiving approaches, we went around the nation to ask Protiviti employees: “Hey, what are you thankful for at Protiviti?”. During Protiviti’s busiest time of year, I’m thrilled to have received so many thoughtful answers! Amongst those answers were eight common themes of what we are all so very thankful for here.

1) THE PEOPLE. Even our people can’t get over how great our people are! 

“I am thankful for the Protiviti leaders and mentors that truly care about me, my career development, and my overall well-being.  These are individuals with whom I have a relationship that transcends the professional and moves into the personal.  Without these folks looking out for me and my best interest, I would not still be with this company 10 years later!Jose (Associate Director)

“I’m thankful that I get to work with an innovative, bright, collaborative, energized group of men and women on a daily basis working to reach the same goals.”Casey Jo (U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead)

“I am thankful for the awesome network of friends and colleagues I have here at Protiviti. It’s great to connect with co-workers both at work and outside of work and to have that support network. Our team dynamics are one of my favorite things about my job.”Brandy (Senior Consultant)

2) THE CULTURE & WORK ENVIRONMENT. Protiviti has a nurturing environment that supports our employees and their goals!

“I’m encouraged to take initiative on things that interest me and can add value to the firm. I’m also thankful that Protiviti cares about my career goals. When I started, I was immediately staffed on a project that fit well with my career interests.”Kevin (Consultant)

“I’m thankful that I am allowed and encouraged to broaden my knowledge base in areas that I am interested in – not just ones that satisfy the immediate project at hand.”Bill (Experienced Consultant)

“I’m thankful that there is never a dull moment. I love the nature of the consulting that we do.  I have the opportunity to address a new challenge every day and that keeps things exciting!”Jennifer (Consultant)

3) THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY. Protiviti recognizes that there is more to life than work! We take work/life balance very seriously and work with our employees to be as flexible as possible.

“I appreciate the opportunity and flexibility to not only work and develop, but also to be available for important milestones in my son’s life!”Maureen (Human Resources Director)

“I am thankful to have the support from everyone that I work with and those I work for at Protiviti to allow me to juggle work and life commitments as I deem necessary.  No questions.  No judgment.” – An (Director)

4) THE COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITIES. Protiviti has various initiatives in place to support our communities and give back!

“I am thankful that Protiviti provides so many avenues to give back to my community, both year-round through the Community Scholarship Program and especially around the holidays through Adopt-A-Family, Feed My Starving Children, and the Salvation Army kettle bell ringing”Cassie (Senior Consultant)

5) APPROACHABLE MANAGEMENT & MENTORS.  Protiviti has an ‘open door’ policy and programs in place to help our employees grow and develop.

“I am thankful for having such unique upper management. I always feel like I can approach management at any time with any questions, suggestions or concerns. I appreciate our “open door policy”Brandy (Senior Consultant)

“I’m thankful for the Advisor Program. I think this program truly allowed me to open up after joining Protiviti.”Eric (Experienced Consultant)

6) THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED. At Protiviti, we encourage everyone to participate. Whether it is helping our recruiting teams, supporting our efforts on community service initiatives, or joining our recreational sports leagues, we want YOU to be a part of it!

I’m thankful for getting the opportunity to go to schools like Howard University and recruit diverse talent.”Marcus (Senior Manager)

I am thankful for the opportunity that Protiviti provides both during and after work hours including things such as our flag football team and our commitment to Meals-on-Wheels!” – Katelyn (Campus Recruiting Specialist)

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved with Campus Recruiting. I enjoy getting to know the potential interns and employees and letting them know why Protiviti is a great place to start their careers.”Justin (Experienced Senior Consultant)

7) THE EXPERIENCE & ABILITY TO GROW. Protiviti supports our employees, their career goals and furthering their education!

“I am thankful for the variety of work Protiviti offers, allowing me to experience multiple projects across multiple solution areas” – Chris (Experienced Consultant)

“I am thankful for a career that challenges me, provides me with authority that is commensurate with the responsibility that I’ve been given, and one where I continue to learn and grow each and every day.”Jose (Associate Director)

8) THE PERKS. Because we all know “perks” are important!

“I’m thankful that our office never misses a chance to give us a free lunch.”Bill (Experienced Consultant)

“I’m thankful that while we are running around attending meeting after meeting, speaking with many different people, that there is easy accessibility to Listerine located in the office bathroom.”Megan (Resource Management Coordinator)

“I’m thankful that my laptop is really nice and that Protiviti throws good parties.”Kevin (Consultant)

I am thankful for the continued opportunities that Protiviti provides me to learn and do new things.  That said, our generous vacation package is also much appreciated – I am thankful for vacations as well!”Gordon (Managing Director)

As you head home to your families for Thanksgiving (also known as the start of “Bulking Season”), please remember to share the reasons you are thankful to have them in your life. Enjoy your turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, carrot soufflĂ©, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, bread rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, cookies, coffee…and other beverages. But most importantly, enjoy the time that you will spend with your loved ones!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Houston's Best and Brightest

left to right: Casey Jo (U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead), Tyler (Managing Director), Leslie (Human Resources Coordinator), Kate (Resource Management Coordinator), and Elizabeth (Campus Recruiting Coordinator)

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the awards banquet for Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The morning kicked off with breakfast and lots of laughs as I listened to a panel discussion around building a fabulous culture. 

The next session of the morning included a discussion led by Protiviti Managing Director Tyler Chase and Protiviti U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead, Casey Jo Robertson. The two discussed the importance of hiring the right fit and some best practices around recruiting. These breakout sessions can sometimes be very formal, but Casey Jo and Tyler brought the “Protiviti Spark” to their presentation. 

After the event, Tyler commented that “it was a great opportunity for us to share the various great things that we do to help identify and attract top talent to work with us.”

The final event of the morning was the awards ceremony! The room was hopping with excitement as the event MC’s, Bill Balleza and Dominique Sachse from KPRC Local 2 news, called out winners for each category. I felt so proud as Protiviti was named one of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies for the second year in a row! 

It’s funny – I always feel proud to say that I work for Protiviti, but I wonder sometimes if I am just biased. I love the culture, the people I work with, and I beam like a soccer mom whenever I hear of our continued success.  But is love blind? Moments like the Best and Brightest awards are a continued reminder that it’s not just me. Protiviti works really hard to create a dynamic culture and provide exceptional experiences for its people. It brings me so much pride when organizations like the Best and Brightest recognize that!

-- Elizabeth

Friday, November 14, 2014

New York Office - Meals on Wheels Event

Even though it was only 37 degrees out in New York today, the New York office got 27 volunteers together to do a Meals on Wheels event around Mid-town Manhattan.

Not only did we have a great time volunteering, we delivered a total of 180 meals to residents around New York City. It was a great event and we decided as an office to volunteer every month going forward for a year! Hope to see you all there next month!

New York Office - Meals on Wheels is one of the largest meals-on-wheels programs in the United States, delivering 2 million meals to 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers each year. In addition to providing nutritionally balanced meals, our devoted staff and volunteers also deliver vital human companionship to our frail aged neighbors.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Recipe For Success

Meet Betsy.  By day, Betsy recruits top technology talent to join Protiviti’s IT Consulting practice.  By night, weekend, and lunch break, she conducts research and creates recipes for her food blog, aptly named Food By Betsy.  Betsy also happens to live in Charlotte, which means I regularly enjoy the consequences of her culinary curiosity.  

This past Friday, the stars all aligned for Betsy in an event that Protiviti held in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.  The purpose of the event was to prepare and serve dinner for RMH families.  Protiviti volunteers, including the head of our Charlotte office, provided the menu and ingredients, prepared the meals, and served food for 50 people.  Here you can see our volunteers in action.

Coming up with dishes that cater to 50 hungry people sounds like a daunting task to most, but our resident chef Betsy took the challenge in stride.  She even agreed to share one of her recipes here for the benefit of our audience’s appetite.

The event was a success, and it just goes to show: when our people bring their whole selves to work, the results are truly delicious.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honoring Our Veterans

Today Protiviti takes the time to honor the veterans who are an important part of our workforce.  One such individual is Kevin, pictured above, who is a consultant in our Orlando office.  Prior to joining Protiviti, Kevin had the privilege of serving seven years on active duty in the Marine Corps. His experiences leading Marines through training and during overseas deployments has shaped his leadership and given him a solid foundation to carry with him going forward. Kevin is still connected to the Marine Corps as a drilling reservist.  To recognize him on Veterans Day, we asked Kevin to share his story.​

“I went through the NROTC (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps) program at Jacksonville University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2006. I completed my training requirements and was selected to become an Infantry Officer. I was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and later worked aboard the USS Bataan while participating in bi-lateral training exercises with foreign militaries from Greece, Egypt, France, Jordan and other Mediterranean countries. I also had the opportunity to provide humanitarian assistance in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Next, I was stationed in Jackson, Mississippi, at a reserve training center where I went back to school and earned my MBA with an accounting concentration. By this point I had begun to start a family and decided to leave active duty. I found my way to Protiviti in 2013.

I could not be happier with my experience in the military, and it was a tough decision to begin a second career. However, I found that Protiviti has a culture that allows me to leverage my experiences and to make a meaningful impact in my work. One of the key factors that led me to Protiviti was the leadership in my local office. I feel like the management team takes a genuine personal interest in me and my goals. I draw parallels between some of the senior officers that I have served with and the Protiviti leadership. I like working hard so long as I feel my efforts are making a difference in the world. Since starting with Protiviti, every day I come to work and I still feel motivated, I feel my work is meaningful, and that my future and Protiviti’s future are bright. Semper Fidelis. “

Thank you to Kevin and to all of the veterans who serve our country.