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AlixPartners Reviews

Updated September 21, 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. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    competent coworkers, familial vibe (including a few jerk cousins)

    Cons

    all work, no life
    pretty typical for this type of consulting firm


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Good tone from the top, the company truly values its people. Very high standards for employment.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out how to compete with the big boys in consulting.

  3. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    It is a face pace company that provides experience in several areas.

    Cons

    They run lean so the work load is heavy and tough to balance work/life.


  4. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly and incredibly intelligent people
    -Committed to your development and growth

    Cons

    Cant think of any at the moment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment, challenging projects, and top notch teams"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great experienced teams
    - Hit the ground running projects
    - Challenging, but fulfilling projects

    Cons

    None, great work environment overall


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Some of the smartest people in consulting!"

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    Former Employee - Director, Enterprise Improvement in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director, Enterprise Improvement in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a senior experienced Director, I had a chance do perform so really impactful work with some great co-workers. This is not about pyramids, this is about knowing what to do and doing it! It is put up time. The partners I worked with all understood the value I could add and, together, we helped the clients succeed.

    Cons

    Remember that this is a consulting firm so get over the work life balance. Your client is likely coming out of some form of distressed work-out. They expect that you will be there to make them successful.

    Advice to Management

    Eric Hillenbrand was a great boss! George Hughes is a real pro!


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Calling experienced professionals, not the place to be for inexperienced B-school recent grads"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Highly impactful projects. Board and CEO level access to high impact projects.
    - Perception with clients is that a "top-tier" firm tells us what to do and leaves, AlixPartners will tell us what to do - then do it.
    - Firm is growing fast fast fast. Turning down work because we just down have available people.
    - Perceived "higher compensation" is more a function of upside-down pyramid design of firm. The design of the firm is to have lots of experienced/senior director-level consultants. Very few, fresh out of B-school cadets. The result is high-impact work that generates significant results. Great if you're a seasoned consultant. Not the place to be if you don't have many years of experience under your belt and need training.
    - Strength of the firm (by design) is the director level. Most of the directors at the firm would be partners in other firms or senior executives in industry

    Cons

    - Awesome firm if you're a white male, below-par to terrible if you're not
    - Partner = sells work, nothing else. Firm completely lacks a 360 review process. Partners esentially have zero incentive to develop people or even be a decent human being.
    - Work-life balance is non-existent. Regional staffing, weekends, or family time mean nothing to the firm.
    - Titles are not uniform across the firm. In general, a director in TRS or EI is light-years more seasoned and valuable to a client than their counterpart in IMS or FAS.
    - Most partners are actually terrible at delivering work. Their job (by design) is to sell.

    Advice to Management

    - Top quality directors are leaving the firm for other firms because AlixPartners doesn't seem to understand that partner means more than sells work.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Nice place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    I like this place very much. Lots of room to grow especially if you are starting out. People there are very supportive of everything and really look out for you.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming if you are a slacker. Put in the time and good things can happen. Not the best company to work for, but very good.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more. There are problems that if not taken care of can cause problems down the road with the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Team / Be Ready to Travel"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with a great group of people on interesting, high-profile projects. You get a lot of exposure at the highest levels. Most of the leaders are willing to teach you as long as you demonstrate that you want to learn.

    Weekends and scheduled vacations are generally respected. There may be some weekend work, but it's generally the exception. It's extremely rare that someone would have to cancel a scheduled vacation to cover work responsibilities.

    Cons

    Depending on the engagement, the work load can be pretty tough. You may find yourself working i-banker hours without the i-banker comp. When they say 100% travel, you should expect that. The standard for most engagements, at least in the beginning, is 5-days per week on the road.

    Some engagement leaders care much more about the success of the case than providing opportunities for career development. Once you are known to be good at something, you need to push very hard to expand your skillset.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the culture of 5-days on the road every week. Adjust compensation commensurate with the work load.


  10. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Very ambitious work place, plenty of business

    Cons

    Political, too many hours, thankless job/career

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth, take a vested interest in people


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