Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Good deal flow for junior professionals, especially on the FRG side (in 4 reviews)

  • Small deal teams conducive to good deal / modelling experience (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. Summer Associate

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great name, great exit opps, nice building, area

    Cons

    Did not enjoy the people who worked in my group

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people so associates and analysts dont burn out

  2. Analyst

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    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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    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. Overall good experience, except for a few executives who came from different groups and did not understand culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey

    Pros

    Good deal flow in some groups.
    Some industry groups stronger than others.
    Brand name carries some weight on the street.

    Cons

    Process orientation rather than deep sector expertise.
    Lack of guidance to junior employees.
    Subjective promotions.

  6. good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey

    Pros

    professional and specialized in M&A

    Cons

    small team not much training

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Awful work life balance; really long hours

  8. 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)

    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.

  9. Negative Culture

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Good brand. Recognized/well regarded within the industry

    Cons

    I didn't think the mid level/senior professionals were really that talented....but huge egos/bad people skills
    analysts get completely worked to death - no respect for your time or personal life whatsoever
    way too much process oriented work that doesn't develop your technical skills
    culture was extremely poor and very hierarchical. Little training/teaching
    not enough resources for analysts in general

    Advice to Management

    Hire better senior officers. They are a lot less talented than most of the juniors. Many of them honestly couldn't get hired in this industry today. It makes for a top heavy organization that just isn't rewarding at the junior level. Also, most groups are horrifically understaffed. The firm should really work on investing in juniors and retaining their talent

  10. Chicago office had terrible culture

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    Former Intern - Summer Financial Analyst
    Former Intern - Summer Financial Analyst

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Respected bank. Good exit opportunities. High salary for Chicago.

    Cons

    Man the culture was bad. Got screamed at (literally) by an analyst. A co-worker was made to miss a group drinks session during a USA world cup game as punishment for making some formatting mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Don't force employees to work so many hours. Clients rarely read the pitchbook anyway.

  11. Great career launchpad

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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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Open work culture, accessible senior management, and lean deal teams make for a rewarding experience. Given as much responsibility as you can handle, with client interaction even as an analyst. Many of the senior team members leading the FAS group have been with the company for a long time.

    Cons

    A little top-heavy so room for growth may be difficult in the medium-to-long term. Most people have not heard of HL outside of the space. Work flow within FAS does not allow for vacation time around quarter / year end when most of your friends and family are off (though that is simply the nature of the business and not specific to HL at all).

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