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49 W38th Street, Floor 12A New York NY 10016
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Elena Bajic
2006

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Recommend to a friend

50%

Say this is a great place to work

58%

Proud to have on resume

78%

Most Helpful Positive Review

Former employee - Managing Director

The culture depends on the group. I was in the Restructuring group for 13 years and now it best. There was always a mix of different personalities among the different Managing Directors, which made it a great place to learn how to and how not to manage. The work load is demanding, but that is not a bad thing for someone building deal experience. You need a thick skin to weather the various temperaments in the office, more so if you are a woman. I loved the culture for many years, but that was before things changed.

Most Helpful Critical Review

Former employee - Associate

If you are a client, they will treat you like gold and their work product really can't be beat. But as an employee, watch out - they do not value their people. Burn out is high, even for investment banking -- unnecessarily, by the way; there are simple things they could do to make life better but I don't think it would occur to management to do so. ALL THAT SAID, the reception I've gotten from people who see Houlihan Lokey on my resume is generally positive.

Former employee - Vice President

To find succes here, you need to bring in business.

Former employee - Vice President

Because I was remote it was harder to get a feel for the culture, but it seemed collegial and competitive. Do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Current employee - Managing Director

People are very collaborative even in European offices.

Former employee - Associate

Very difficult work environment and long hours. Little opportunity for promotion and low pay relative to other banks.

Former employee - Associate

Careful about working here. Tough, competitive culture, extremely streamlined as far as resources, and pay is below the industry average.

Former employee - Managing Director

Houlihan was a fantastic place to work when I first joined out of Business School in 1997. The bank was still building, everyone knew everyone and the feel of a team environment was there. As the bank grew and new senior people were hired, the vibe changed into fiefdoms where senior people were driven to amass as much origination credit as possible to maximize bonus payments. Some groups were better than others, but the New York office lost large amounts of good Analysts and Associates during 2002 through the time I left. Houlihan is a great place to obtain deal experience, develop work ethic and learn how not to manage people. As for changes, a few key departures wouod fix most of the issue with the environment.

Former employee - Managing Director

You need to be techincally strong to succeed...

Former employee - Managing Director

The culture depends on the group. I was in the Restructuring group for 13 years and now it best. There was always a mix of different personalities among the different Managing Directors, which made it a great place to learn how to and how not to manage. The work load is demanding, but that is not a bad thing for someone building deal experience. You need a thick skin to weather the various temperaments in the office, more so if you are a woman. I loved the culture for many years, but that was before things changed.

Former employee - Managing Director

All levels of management are generally dysfunctional. The firm is driven towards generating profits for the upper echelon only, and seeks short term profit at the expense of overall growth. Management doesn't seek nor listen to the issues experienced by staff, and initiatives to improve morale are superficial and not followed through with.

Former employee - Managing Director

The pay is moderate, the work is intense, and the culture is atrocious. The company has a good reputation based on the original partners, but the firm is actually very bottom of the barrel in terms of current management, culture, and lifestyle. This is not a leadership firm - this is a follower - and not a particularly good follower.

Former employee - Managing Director

The culture is horrible. People are antagonistic, particularly between management levels, and senior management has little to no desire to create a collaborative or team environment.

Former employee - Associate

The work-life balance here was horrible and the pay wasn't great versus, say, working in corporate finance within a company (a much lower stress job).

Former employee - Associate

If you are a client, they will treat you like gold and their work product really can't be beat. But as an employee, watch out - they do not value their people. Burn out is high, even for investment banking -- unnecessarily, by the way; there are simple things they could do to make life better but I don't think it would occur to management to do so. ALL THAT SAID, the reception I've gotten from people who see Houlihan Lokey on my resume is generally positive.

Former employee - Associate

This place works if you have no family, no friends, and all you want to do is work. I wouldn't say they hide this fact very much - but be prepared to cancel your plans on a moment's notice.