Houlihan Lokey is a leading firm in M&A, restructuring, valuation, and other advisory services. Its interns get a lot of live deal experience and top-notch training, and its full-time bankers get a ton of responsibility, the ability to pave their own paths, and schedule flexibility. Diversity is a strong suit, and there are many opportunities to volunteer and contribute on a matched basis.

Company Stats


Employer Type




1,001-5,000 Employees


Featured Rankings

Vault Banking 25


Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA, US


Employment Contact

Gwinevere von Ludwig - Campus Recruiting Manager

Firsthand Findings

Houlihan Lokey is ideally looking talented, hardworking candidates with strong interpersonal skills. The firm runs a very valuable internship program, providing students with hands-on learning experience, exposure to live deals, and a lot of real responsibility. Full-time professionals also get a lot of responsibility while working on live deals (deal flow at the firm is very strong) and a lot of support from seniors when it comes to career development.

While the firm is very understanding of and accommodates outside-of-work events, hours can be long and it can be difficult to unplug. Compensation, meanwhile, is a strong suit. Houlihan Lokey is a meritocracy where you get paid for your value, and the firm’s excellent bonus program rewards strong performance.

About the Company

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs more than 2,200 people worldwide. Although it’s best known as an advisor to mid-cap companies and a restructuring house, Houlihan Lokey also serves large public corporations and small private companies. Its Financial Restructuring Group has worked on some of the world’s biggest bankruptcy proceedings, including those of CIT Group, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom, General Motors, Enron, and Conseco. On August 13, 2015, the firm became a public company, listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HLI. 

Underscoring its prowess in the deal markets, Houlihan Lokey is currently ranked No. 1 in announced M&A transactions for all U.S. transactions, No. 1 globally in restructuring, and the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over...

Employee Reviews

  • “Very understanding and willing to be flexible in order to accommodate schedules and life events.”
  • “There’s flexibility to work from anywhere. But it’s very difficult to unplug given the workload.”
  • “Very interesting work with fantastic deal teams. This frequently dictates the need for long hours—but that’s part of the job.”
  • “No specified PTO meaning all time off is at the discretion of the hiring manager.”

Why Work Here

Houlihan Lokey employees are able to grow professionally while working with experienced
colleagues and world-class resources from the firm’s extensive global network. For financial staff, our record level of live engagements provides an unmatched opportunity to develop real deal experience and build a solid foundation in investment banking.

At Houlihan Lokey, we will strive to provide the richest experience possible to help you build a long and successful career. In turn, we are looking for a select group of talented individuals who understand and share our mission. The hours will often be long and the work will be challenging, but the experience will be rewarding.

Getting Hired Here

  • “Ideal candidate is talented and hardworking, and has interpersonal skills and a strong character.”

Perks & Benefits