AlixPartners Reviews

Updated August 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    Gentleman's club with little diversity and harsh culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - decent pay and benefit - close interaction with senior management - good project delivery can be competitive to MBB - some people are top and well established in the industry

    Cons

    - gentlemen's club culture; corporate value is very outdated, even though they pretend to be cool - politics can be very serious; they fire people easily - all arrogant white male; in some project, team work is a joke - they like talking about knowledge accumulation, but it's mostly people who don't really read or think innovatively copy and paste from other consulting reports

    Advice to Management

    be intelligent, be caring, be diverse


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overpriced and underexperienced

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President - Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High salaries for early career individuals with relatively little working knowledge and even higher wages for mid to late career individuals with no experience other than consulting

    Cons

    High salaries for early career individuals with relatively little working knowledge and even higher wages for mid to late career individuals with no experience other than consulting -- There is little evidence that this firm can actually justify their cost.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some MD's that actually know something other than selling and stop relying on 20 and 30-somethings to do most of the work. Finally, stop making unrealistic promises to perspective clients and never coming close to attainment.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Avoid unless for lack of options

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlixPartners (More than 3 years)

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Worst Job Ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    this firm is for senior people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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. Helpful (1)

    mercenary

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    independence team competence brand name great industry connections firm outings

    Cons

    mercenary lack of comradeship highly political compensation

    Advice to Management

    grow a supportive firm culture


  8. Not a good Company to work for if your an Admin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    higher Salary than other companies Good staff parties Some opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Lots of bullying goes on, people allowed to get away with it as "that's what they are like" Have to be in with the right people to get any career advance Will get rid of you in a heartbeat if your face no longer fits irrespective of how long you've worked there or how many hours you've put in. Expected to work at all times of the day irrespective of personal commitments, including dropping everything and working through the night for no additional compensation / time off Administrative staff treated like lower workers and Directors allowed to get away with being abusive towards them Consultants will blatantly lie in order to make themselves look better

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to the Admin staff instead of just the Consultants, it's the Admin staff that keep this company operating smoothly. don't allow a manager dictate the career path of the people working under them and then argue with them when that person states it's not the direction they want to take their career


  9. Helpful (6)

    Good for some, bad for most"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    1. Free Snacks 2. Free Food 3. Computer equipment 4. Corporate Amex Platinum - with that comes great perks when traveling

    Cons

    1. No one team atmosphere, every practice operates differently. 2. Annual review is a complete joke, you can have a stellar year but if you are not buddy buddy with an MD. Forget about the promotion 3. Boy's club atmosphere 4. Work/Life balance doesn't exist

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the values that Mr. Jay Alix believed in and make it a great company. Have a real formal process to review employee performance. Have an upward feedback program.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Pros

    Pros...pay for overtime and better than average bonuses. Alixpartners does a decent job for a firm its size.

    Cons

    3 major challenges: 1. Senior leadership model embraces a stoggy old school mentality. Leadership appears extremely inflexible when it comes to change. This is a direct contradiction to the firm's most rudimentary principle. 2. The lack of diversity, especially in leadership. Top two levels of Leadership is comprised mostly of white men. 3. Alter the assessment & testing phase to incorporate the employee of 2104. Most people don't have 6-8 weeks to interview for a position.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden your employee and leadership base and the clients will soon follow.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Company has not managed it's growing headcount well

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company pays very well and there are a number of nice perks. The kitchens are stocked with soda and snacks. Employees technical needs are well taken care of and internal tech support is the best I've experienced.

    Cons

    Consultants have a very high opinion of themselves, behave rudely, and don't work well together as a team. There is a lot of unethical behavior occurring. Going out for expensive dinners with several bottles of wine and cocktails and charging it all to the customer seems to be the norm.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to grow up.



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