AlixPartners Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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AlixPartners Chief Executive Officer Fred Crawford
Fred Crawford
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Pros
  • Working with some of the most interesting high profile operational and financial turnaround and restructuring situations worldwide (in 4 reviews)

  • Good place to start your career in restructuring (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • 100% travel can erode work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of direction and support from management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Hard working professionals with top notch backgrounds. Environment is ideal for employees looking to accelerate their career.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment is not well suited for those looking for a 9-5

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best talent we can find while growing the firm.


  2. good company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at AlixPartners (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, bonus, and health plan

    Cons

    Don't expect to move up in the company


  3. Helpful (1)

    Smart, fast-growing consulting firm

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is very intelligent that works at AlixPartners. Some of the results the firm produces for its clients (and the methodology behind these results) are truly amazing. The firm has grown incredibly over the last 5-10 years. The impetus for a lot of this growth is an expansion of service-offerings in which the foundation of the firm - turnarounds and restructurings - is no longer the largest revenue driver. I highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    The AlixPartners slogan, "When it really matters," means that sometimes the consultants are expected to work very long hours under a lot of stress in order to produce meaningful results for their clients "when it really matters."


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  5. Live to work not work to live.

    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in South Chicago Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in South Chicago Heights, IL

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great bonuses, company trip to Vegas, great benefits, environment full of bright individuals.

    Cons

    Hours were ridiculous, 60-80 a week. Expected to work from home after normal work hours almost daily and on weekends to bend to clients' last second demands. Automation in their infrastructure was pretty much non existent.


  6. this firm is for senior people

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - exciting projects - big clients - lots of interaction with senior employees - great people - good benefits

    Cons

    - compensation is a black box - hard to advance - HR is a nightmare - siloed - no support from senior management - will screw you over when they get the chance - not a place to be if you like feeling appreciated as an employee - no professional development whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat your employees like adults. Instead of having HR approach people teach employees how to directly communicate with people they are having a problem with. Hire more admin assistants. Analysts should not have to change the colors of text boxes in powerpoint. If you promise something when you are giving the offer, stick to it. Don't take a clause out of the contract they have signed and then have them sign the new contract by telling them there is a, "typo."


  7. Worst Job Ever

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They employ some very smart people, above average salary, and great internal tech support. Easy to get hired with a VP title.

    Cons

    The managing directors oversell the competencies of employees and behave like spoiled teenagers when things don't go as they had promised to clients. People work hard, but not in a smart way. The younger employees aren't always the most professional - many would stay out drinking until 4 am then show up very late or hungover at work and still bill for their unproductive work day.

    Advice to Management

    It takes more than smart people to manage well.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Avoid unless for lack of options

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at AlixPartners (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Higher pay than what you might get from a competitor as there’s not much else AlixPartners can offer to recruit to tier candidates

    Cons

    Whether you’re an experienced professional looking to make a move, or a fresh grad looking to start a new career, avoid AixPartners save you have no other options. I was recruited out of a top tier big 4 and was sold on a promise of a better working environment, greater autonomy, wider engagement selection, etc. AlixPartners has failed to deliver in almost every regard. At best, it is a third tier consulting firm and offers no real advantages over its higher tiered competitors. Contrary to its marketing material, the firm’s sole goal is to produce a higher volume of billable hours rather than quality client service. Utilization rules the day, and opportunities to move, laterally or vertically, are extremely limited due to the small nature of the firm. Alix however does not offer any advantage that you’d expect from a smaller firm, indeed the level of bureaucracy found here is comparable to a municipal agency. If you have an offer from one of the higher tiered firms, you’d do your career a no small favor by passing on AlixPartners.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you're ambitious and ready to be all in

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Super smart people incredible work opportunities with top of the house Comp is good, especially for high performers Results are rewarded Good culture

    Cons

    A lot of hours - can make work life balance challenging


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great experiences

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AlixPartners

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

    Pros

    Great people and great experiences. Chance to travel and work on a variety of different types of projects.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be non-existent at times. Company stronger in the east coast than on the west coast. Salaries have become less competitive in recent years.


  11. Vice President

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

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Smart people; high profile cases.

    Cons

    Long hours; focus on bottom line only.



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