Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Summer Financial Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    All great people and interesting work

    Cons

    tough work and not a lot of free time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great new learning experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Nothing that I would consider a negative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fair amount of good folks at senior management, smart, talented and loyal. Top pay in the restructuring group and lot's of smart and talented people in the group.

    Cons

    Along with good senior professionals, there are also some terrible ones that have made it by flattery and politics. If you don't get associated with the right senior person, difficult to get good assignments and life will generally be terrible. Long term career management and training is also poor.

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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 for 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 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
  7.  

    Mixed bag of good and bad.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn great modeling skills, and best business practices in terms of internal and external communication and workflow process management. The experience you gain can set you up very well after just a couple years because you've developed skill sets that are very valuable to the market. You can use this to get your foot in the door of companies with vastly different profiles. Oh yeah, and great pay compared to most jobs at least.

    Cons

    You're a slave and have no life. Your managers are mean and they have no respect for your time. You are expected to feign excited interest and act in sycophantic ways in order to gain favor. Independent thinking is not frowned upon just acknowledged and ultimately dismissed. Also, you don't get to enjoy the salary as much as you'd like because your always working. Oh yeah...you're always working!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a churn and burn employment model so high turnover should be expected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smart people, great environment

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

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    top of street pay, ability to climb ladder if good

    Cons

    long-hours, you sometimes get stuck working with certain people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more clarity on promortion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good bootcamp for rest of your career

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent deal exposure and above market pay / bonus. Great on the job training and path to progress al the way from analyst to MD providing you have the stamina. Brand is excellent for restructuring and valuation. In Europe, the M&A brand is starting to get better.

    You will be able to hone valuation/banking skills and has an excellent back office (presentations team, etc) for a non-bulge bracket firm.

    Cons

    Culture is a throwback to the 80/90s. Seniors can be harsh to point of abusive, there is a very strong culture of "doing your time" and very little work-life balance. I worked during every vacation for 6 years including christmas day (atleast 3x). Very male heavy and not much activity regarding active efforts to increase diversity.

    Firm is lead by restructuring and very US-centric. HL has had issues in past because the trend is to export the US method to international offices rather than adapting to the environment (EU, Asia, etc). This works decently for restructuring but is why the FAS team when belly up in Europe and why M&A has struggled to gain a secure foothold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the firm continues to ready itself for a potential IPO, they should continue to move the culture to the standard of today. THis means improving work/life balance, diversity and adopting a more world view.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall pretty good experience especially for an entry level finance job in New York.

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

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty decent culture. HLHZ treats employees very fairly. I feel I was well compensated for the time I put in.

    Cons

    Pretty boring and often grueling workload. I had a lot of grunt work and even after 2 and a half years there, I never had much chance to do anything very substantive. I also tried numerous times to get outside training through business courses at local universities and was not supported by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have stayed with my team longer if I had received some more substantial training and saw real opportunities for advancement. I ended up leaving because I got sick of doing the exact same tasks quarter after quarter in spite of efforts to learn more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Watch your back

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

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

    Pros

    - Great working hours
    - Mostly great people
    - Willingness to utilize newer technology

    Cons

    - CIO like to play bad cop good cop (him being bad).
    - Some employees will do anything to advance (watch your back)
    - Developers keeping their code/application knowledge close to them self.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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