Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Overall good experience, except for a few executives who came from different groups and did not understand culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Awful work life balance; really long hours


  3. In Review...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Negative Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great career launchpad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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).


  7. A great new learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Nothing that I would consider a negative


  8. Helpful (2)

    Mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time (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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too old school

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fas in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fas in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (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 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;


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  11. Smart people, great environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time (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 Management

    Provide more clarity on promortion



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