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Houlihan Lokey Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • smart people and good deal flow (in 15 reviews)

  • Decent work/life balance for iBanking (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance can be poor, as is common in the industry (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours and lot of turnover at lower levels (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career and learn finance. Met some of the smartest people I know at this firm. Strong reputation.

    Cons

    Typical of IB. Long hours - seemed excessive/unnecessary at times. Hours seemed longer than they were for friends at other IBs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. "Great Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and friendly environment

    Cons

    tend to work long hours


  4. "Smart people, great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Provide more clarity on promortion


  5. "A great new learning experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Nothing that I would consider a negative


  6. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houlihan Lokey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great, smart people in the company

    Cons

    you never know what you're going to get across groups and offices (some are definitely better than others)

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best Boutique"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey part-time

    Pros

    Team culture
    Pay higher than Street
    Awesome management
    Great training
    Internal mobility
    Upward mobility
    Welcoming firm overall
    Free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    A lot of the same type of deal
    Not the reputation of other banks
    If you had a bad experience here you were probably a bad banker in the first place honestly

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work
    Allow more mobility between business units or integrate the culture more in general
    Free lunch Thursdays too perhaps?

  8. "Incredible learning and growth"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic name recognition for others in the middle-market, very entrepenurial and given every opportunity to be promoted from within IF you can handle the pace/hours

    Cons

    Depending on your group, extremely difficult (non-existant) work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Stop burning out your junior bankers. The world has changed and you will hemmorage younger staff


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and excellent benefits. Lots of perks and the company does take care of you.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the crowd, and might be hard to prove yourself unless you are in the right department or right place.


  10. "Great Learning Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Restructuring in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst, Restructuring in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Houlihan Lokey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Deal Flow
    Solid Deal Participation and Input
    Exposure to Senior Bankers
    Exposure to Complex engagements and excellent learning opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours (although this goes without saying for the business)
    Certain senior bankers create unnecessary work, sometimes on weekends

    Advice to Management

    Reduce weekend work except as really necessary


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