Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, treats employees well

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, most people stay at the same level for years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give all employees the same opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Tech Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Small team, good work hours, easy work.

    Cons

    CIO is difficult to work with - most team members has their own agenda and Trust is not a great thing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to look thru the internal lying and personal agendas and regain trust in the department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. In Review...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a work hard, play hard type of team. The people are great, easy to talk to and deal with and often easy to become friends with outside of work. Very smart group of people who think outside of the box and are definitely driven to succeed.

    Cons

    The office culture is good for the most part, every office has it's lemons. Promotions don't happen very often in certain departments where they should. and bonuses could be better considering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, they have a lot of advice to give.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Too old school

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    Current Employee - Fas in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fas in New York, NY

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money is good. perks are good. if you can stick around there is potential to make money.
    Exit opportunities can be good depending upon your background and connections.

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend at least half of your weekends here. Forget about life on weekdays (including Friday).
    Personal life will suffer and so will your health.
    FAS specifically is very boring work. All you do is make reports & there is not much to learn in that line of business. Also, if you stick around for too long you will not be able to make a switch in your career.
    mid-level managers at this firm are poor managers who think that junior staff doesn't deserve to have a life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely need to have a better vision about increasing the use of technology.
    Hire better people; people are technically ill-equiped and a lot of people are there not on merit but on the basis of knowing someone.
    Need to involve junior people in the interview process for hiring.
    Get better managers;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time

    Pros

    People are terrific and the work environment is the best around. The LA office moved a couple of years ago into a completely remodeled location. Great views, open concept, nice work stations.

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs and not enough American Indians. Juniors work long hours and many weekends. Need to work on ways to provide better worklife balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many committees floating around that it's hard to keep up with all the ideas and initiatives. They are all terrific concpts, but should think about how we corral them in so the proper implementation can occur.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A good company to work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once established, flexibility is great. Bonuses are higher than average.

    Cons

    Promotions are given to employees randomly and at times make no sense at all. Bankers are over-worked. Corporate depts are not treated equally within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the list of the best companies to work for and read why they are on the list. HL should strive to do better for their employees. They certainly can afford to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good, stable employer; work environment could use improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I know what's expected of me from my team and management. Allowed a great deal of autonomy to complete my work the way I want to so long as the results are timely and according to expectations. Good company events (in-office breakfasts, off-site happy hour, parties, etc). My department has a great energy.

    Cons

    There are obvious issues with hostility and poor management in other departments. Corporate tends to be laissez-faire when they should take a more interested approach to managing their many offices around the country. Promotions tend to be illogical and not merit-based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. If you stay within FAS as an analyst for more than 1 year, your career track will become stagnant

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Century City, CA

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Quite honestly, this job provides a pretty good stepping stone to get into investment banking (M&A or industry coverage). Generally, the people are very nice in FAS (at least in the LA office) and the group provides pretty good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Overall, compensation is pretty poor for FAS. Also, exit opportunities become very bleak if you stay longer than 1 year.

  10. Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Intern - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. They were not only smart but also fun to work with. I worked in the FAS group as an analyst intern and had a great experience. The only reason I didn't return was because of the location, yet my MD still wrote me a great recommendation letter and helped me get my current job.

    Cons

    The hours were long and you can never really know when you'll have to work late or come in on the weekends. But that's pretty standard in this line of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin' on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    A nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Upper management gives you confidence the firm is headed in a good direction
    Some level of appreciation for employees is shown

    Cons

    Visible gap between treatment of financial and corporate staff
    Cost conscious to a fault
    Turnover seems unusually high on corporate side

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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