HQ: MENLO PARK, CALIF.
Protiviti is a global consulting firm
helping companies solve problems
in finance, technology, operations,
governance, risk and internal audit,
and has served more than 60 percent
of Fortune 1000 and 35 percent of
Fortune Global 500 companies. Protiviti and its independently owned
member firms serve clients through
a network of more than 70 locations
in over 20 countries. Joseph Tarantino, President & CEO of Protiviti, sat
down to discuss the firm’s financial
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
firm’s exceptional growth?
Tarantino: Our strategy focuses on
helping companies solve critical business problems in internal audit, risk and
technology. In the last 12 months, we
have enjoyed strong revenue growth,
fueled partly by exceptional demand
for IT and financial services solutions.
We also continue to invest heavily in
our people, ensuring that they have the
expertise, training and tools they need
to offer our clients exceptional service.
Our firm’s ongoing success is the result
of our strong relationships with clients
and a committed workforce.
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Tarantino: Globally, nearly all of
our practices experienced continued
growth in the first half of 2016 due to
the sustained global demand for our
services, particularly in the financial
services, consumer products and en-
ergy industries. We’re very pleased
that our client evaluation scores con-
tinue to be extremely high.
Consulting: What’s your firm’s
outlook for 2017? Where do you
see the most opportunities?
Tarantino: We are optimistic about
the prospects for future growth, especially in emerging areas such as digitization where we see a lot of opportunity to collaborate with our clients to
enable, empower and operationalize
their business and technology transformation. Regulation continues to
fuel the need for compliance advisory
services. Organizations’ desire to use
business intelligence and analytics
for improved decision-making also
bodes well for our Data Management
and Advanced Analytics practice.
Consulting: What are your firm’s
biggest challenges in 2017?
Tarantino: Our biggest challenge
continues to be sourcing and retaining new talent to keep up with client
needs and our high level of growth.
To help with integrating our new employees, we redesigned our onboarding program, called Passport to Protiviti, which recently won a Brandon
Hall bronze award for Best New Hire
Onboarding Program. Winning accolades such as the Fastest Growing
Firms, Consulting magazine’s Best
Firms to Work For, and Fortune’s
100 Best Companies to Work For
also help to raise the firm’s profile in
the marketplace and attract top talent.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your
firm, your employees and your
Tarantino: We take pride in achieving this award for two consecutive
years. It also lets our clients and
prospective clients know that we are
constantly expanding our level of service and expertise to provide objective insights, a tailored approach and
unparalleled collaboration to help
solve their critical business problems,
enabling them to face the future with
confidence. This accolade also reinforces to our employees that we are
a growth-oriented organization able
to provide them with exciting opportunities for a challenging career and