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AlixPartners Reviews

Updated August 17, 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 - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competent coworkers, challenging cases, great infrastructure and admin support

    Cons

    firm is experiencing growing pains and related politicking at higher levels of management


  2. "Improvement needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Nice office location, good year end bonus.

    Cons

    No clear leadership, lack of diversity. Back office staff is not recognised enough. Very hard to advance professionally, especially if you're a women.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL your employees the same - perks & recognition should go to the non-billable staff too since they are working just as hard as the billable staff. Don't just talk about the importance of diversity - do something about it.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Failure to launch"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were some good folks at the lower levels, but at the Director/MD level....let's just say there are some spotty glimpses of light.

    Cons

    Tone from the top, fiefdoms and spotty culture between LOBs. There are significant career consultants that have burned out and carved out their niche.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that would be implemented


  5. "Compensated for your worth"

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

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -High Profile Projects
    -Senior Exposure
    -Great Benefits

    Cons

    -Dilution of talent
    -Minimal insight into pipeline

    Advice to Management

    provide more outlook into internal financial data


  6. "Incredible firm; depends on your job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The firm takes care of its employees. The healthcare benefits were fantastic and salaries were competitive - and the firm-wide anniversary celebrations are great. The people are very driven and are very smart.

    Cons

    There is limited upward mobility, and depending on your job, you may feel less valued than others. The consultants create revenue and truly drive the direction of the firm. The 'back office' or 'admin' roles (HR, Accounting, Audit, Billing) do not, and this can create some tension between the two at times.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Associate in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is above average (although it ends up being below average once you factor in the hours worked).
    Good end-of-year bonus (although there isn't a rule that helps to estimate it, depends on the managers' whim).
    Some opportunities for working on high-impact projects.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. The company expects you to be available 24/7.
    Poor work/life balance. Vacation or personal time is determined by the current project.
    Compensation does not reflect effort, and is not merit based.
    Travel is a constant. Limiting travel is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Truly create a One-Firm Firm. Treat all employees as equals, instead of seeing some as second-class citizens.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pays the bills, but terrible place work"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary (this is really the only reason why I'm here)

    Cons

    Local Management doesn't care about employees morale: Provide disgusting coffee, consistently fails to fulfill promises
    Local management make constant ad-hoc "adjustments" to multiple firm policies, making them not consistent with the of the ~20 offices worldwide
    Micro-management is the rule, they don't trust their employees. Not even the most senior people
    Work insane hours (sometimes 60 hours a week)
    Local Management centralizes all decisions and doesn't engage employees
    Traveling abroad is mandatory if you want to be successful
    Local management discourages taking to do training

    Advice to Management

    Avoid micro-management and trust you team
    Do not promise things you wont deliver (especially, don't keep your people waiting years for common office stuff, like chairs or coffee)
    Stop creating alternate version of the firm global policies


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Improvement Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Enterprise Improvement Associate in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to know and work with all sorts of management, learn from the very best that the industry has to offer.

    They hold constant training's for you to learn from and develop yourself and your skill set, not necessarily new hire training, but training's to broaden your consulting skill set.

    New CEO is great and really wants to develop the firm into one of the best firms in the world.

    Cons

    Management tends to be a black box, not a lot of transparency, in terms of staffing.

    Joined out of B School, and the learning curve is very steep and long but you are expected to be ready to go on day one.

    Constant anxiety and stress. Pulled into firm with no formal training and expected to perform to peak expectations. This is improving though as they have started implementing new initiatives for new hires.

    MDs tend to be very unforgiving, if you mess up on a project they tend to turn their backs on you and you are left struggling for staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing the culture of collaboration and development.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Process still not mature"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlixPartners full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture. Smaller teams and direct interaction with senior leadership. It is a fast growing firm which needs younger people.

    Cons

    Lack of formal training and onboarding at the mid management level. Roles and responsibility not clearly defined. Hence better business processes need to be in place. There is a lack of interest and investment in the development of an individual's career path or aligning them with their strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Very promising start however the management gets caught up in internal politics due to lack of defined process and roles for individuals. There is no set career path and one is not sure how the next calendar year will progress.


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