Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. 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 (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
  2. Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. Smart people, great environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
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  5. Mixed bag of good and bad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time (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
  6. Overall pretty good experience especially for an entry level finance job in New York.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  7. Great Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey

    Pros

    Great people and friendly environment

    Cons

    tend to work long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Experience

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

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time

    Pros

    People are terrific and the work environment is the best around. The LA office moved a couple of years ago into a completely remodeled location. Great views, open concept, nice work stations.

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs and not enough American Indians. Juniors work long hours and many weekends. Need to work on ways to provide better worklife balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many committees floating around that it's hard to keep up with all the ideas and initiatives. They are all terrific concpts, but should think about how we corral them in so the proper implementation can occur.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good stable company with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work at. The work keeps you busy enough that you are usually engaged the whole day.

    Cons

    No cons really to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A good company to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once established, flexibility is great. Bonuses are higher than average.

    Cons

    Promotions are given to employees randomly and at times make no sense at all. Bankers are over-worked. Corporate depts are not treated equally within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the list of the best companies to work for and read why they are on the list. HL should strive to do better for their employees. They certainly can afford to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Growing at warp speed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Strong sponsor coverage effort, strong restructuring franchise and growing middle market M&A platform.

    Cons

    Some of the industry groups were known for their overly aggressive cultures. Uneven talent throughout the organization. Some of the people were excellent and others mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring good people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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