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AlixPartners Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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Pros
  • multiple opportunities and career path possibilities for growth and having impact, supportive teams of very smart people without egos (in 14 reviews)

  • You get to work with a great group of people on interesting, high-profile projects (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance - I'm not sure its more imbalanced than any other top consulting firm (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours; focus on bottom line only (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices, location and good IT support.

    Cons

    Little value for work/life management and poor bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market bonuses for financial services firms which are in excess of 100% of base salary.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Toxic culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Pay is fine. Good benefits, though the 401k plan is weird. Big-name projects.

    Cons

    Every bad cliche you've heard about management consultants and their egos, their poor interpersonal skills, their jerk personalities, and their controlling nature - it all appears here. AP is a den of hyenas who regularly eat their young, and while there are normal, decent people at the lower levels, at the director level and above the level of awfulness increases astronomically.. I've never felt so worthless as a person or employee than at this firm - a typical project involves a total about-face in expectations from the last project, a regular dressing-down, since you're incompetent because you don't format powerpoint the way that project leader prefers, and plenty of pissy and unnecessarily aggressive behavior.

    There's zero camaraderie or trust between the upper and lower levels, and every misstep or alternate interpretation of project needs is a failure on your part. The constant tension is miserable, and on top of the project challenges, the internal politics and bureaucracy are astounding for a firm this size.

    Advice to those of you who are kind and caring by nature, those with non-aggressive personalities, and females: Run. Run fast, far, and quickly. This isn't a place for good people, it's a nest of wasps, scorpions, and prickly poisonous creatures.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer.

  3. "mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Good pay but not in proportion of long hours put in

    Cons

    bureaucratic, they all act like a "cow boy" mentality


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid this place if at all possible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good. Great CEO. Those are the only good things I have to say. The firm is growing at an unhealthy rate.

    Cons

    Bonuses and promotions are only given if you're friends with your supervisor. It's not about what you know - it's about who you know. Keep it up AlixPartners...at this rate, you're going to have Analyst-level Vice Presidents. Firm is growing at an unhealthy rate...tons of analyst-level employees that don't come at a junior cost to clients.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to be demeaning to your subordinates to get your point across. We're all human.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If I could give zero stars, I would.

    Cons

    Most toxic workplace ever.

    Advice to Management

    More accountability and reduce abuse of authority at the top. Less cronyism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's about the management"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for your, low experience professionals

    Cons

    The Managing Directors are very political with a great deal in-fighting and value the art of extracting cash from clients far above doing something useful for their clients. What they refer to as a "skilled consultant" is purely an inward looking view.

    Advice to Management

    Replace most of your MD's. They are predominantly life long consultants with very little, meaningful experience in leadership roles outside of consulting. The results of their mentoring young employees is the creation of arrogant and mostly useless life'rs in the consulting world with very little prospect for significant, non-consulting jobs.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "this firm is for senior people"

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    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."

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Job Ever"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (19)

    "Avoid unless for lack of options"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Overpriced and underexperienced"

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    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.


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