Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated May 13, 2021

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91 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of deal flow and good exposure to M&A(in 25 reviews)

  • "Good learning opportunity, smart people, interesting deals(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, competitive, high paced(in 36 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is a bit of a challenge across service lines(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great experience

      May 5, 2021 - Analyst in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      Pay, good leadership, decent work life balance

      Cons

      Work life balance could be a bit better but better than other firms

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Sweatshop missing compassion or direction

      Apr 29, 2021 - Financial Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great exposure to clients through lean deal teams, very impactful work if you're in the restructuring practice, and the best meal budget on the street ($40 dinner and $25 lunch for FRG)

      Cons

      Senior management in FRG both internationally and at an office level do not care about juniors. Following all that happened with GS, the corporate finance practice at HL made big waves and offered time off, protected days, and bonuses. The reaction from seniors for financial restructuring is "we are different and will roll our own changes at an office level". All this means is nothing is going to change. The MD's at this bank are either very skilled execution and coverage guys or they cannot sell. This leads to some team being overwhelmed and others having no work. Overall, HL has a great name but you will start to stagnate in your career as you burn out, have too much idle time, and see your colleagues at other banks get treated better

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Work life balance and benefits

      May 13, 2021 - Financial Analyst II in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Above market pay at Analyst Level, generally in line with IB roles. - Generally predictable workload and downtime weeks throughout the year.

      Cons

      - Busy periods are generally brutal; no weekends through the busy periods. - Associate level pay falls behind the market for roles with a similar workload.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great people!

      May 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great people and the work culture is fantastic.

      Cons

      Not enough pay as compared to other companies.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to start your career

      Apr 14, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Hard workers get rewarded and recognized

      Cons

      This is investment banking so expect to work very hard

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, wonderful culture

      Apr 6, 2021 - Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Despite everything that happened in 2020, there’s been a tremendous amount of deal flow, hiring and success Good culture Great opp to learn

      Cons

      Long hours (comes with the job)

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      HL Culture

      Apr 2, 2021 - Senior Vice President 
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      Pros

      Great culture, focus on growing from within / internal promotion; many of the senior bankers have been here for 10+ years

      Cons

      Like any IB, it's a lot of hours. That should be expected in this industry

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Tough Culture

      May 5, 2021 - Analyst in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Lots of experience with senior partners

      Cons

      Long hours and limited breaks

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Fine place to work

      May 3, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good people, nice office, decent starting salary

      Cons

      benefits, little room to grow

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Apr 8, 2021 - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People Culture Interesting work Perks

      Cons

      Internal processes and systems (need a refresh)

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