Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Small deal teams conducive to good deal / modelling experience (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people and friendly environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Juniors work long hours and many weekends (in 6 reviews)

  • Personal life will suffer and so will your health (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -People are very down to earth and friendly
    -Pay matches or even exceeds the street
    -Lots of responsibility for juniors
    -Decent work/life balance (LA office)

    Cons

    -Office politics (but this will happen really wherever you go, especially in finance)

    Advice to Management

    -increase pay to juniors to incentivize even better talent
    -provide more direction to juniors


  2. Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great, smart people in the company

    Cons

    you never know what you're going to get across groups and offices (some are definitely better than others)

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  3. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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  5. In Review...

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Too old school

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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;


  7. Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, treats employees well

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Give all employees the same opportunities


  8. Great Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. A good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good, stable employer; work environment could use improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. If you stay within FAS as an analyst for more than 1 year, your career track will become stagnant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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