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FDM Group Reviews

Updated 14 October 2018
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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
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  • "2 year contract you have to stick to" (in 47 reviews)

  • "That may help the account managers avoid consultants who are not interested in a particular type of role" (in 118 reviews)

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  1. "IT Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of career paths available
    Blue Chip clients
    Social
    Global opportunities
    Improves your client facing skills
    Accepts many different degrees and backgrounds
    Great colleagues
    Not many companies will give you exposure to clients so early on

    Cons

    You need to be geographically flexible
    Unpaid training can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Offering consultants the opportunity the re-train in another area after their 2 years could improve retention. Lots of untapped potential in cyber security industry, push this more among consultants.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Destroyed the start of my career"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training Staff at the academy are fun and engaging.

    Cons

    Training is next to worthless if you leave the company.
    Buisness plan is based on taking advantage of anyone with a fresh degree.
    Dont value you as a person, see you as a commodity.
    Sales team extreamly deceptive in their recruitment and staff managment.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "FDM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Chance of working with a big company

    Cons

    Poor training for devs(you try to learn everything yourself basically)
    Unpaid training
    They place you anywhere and you have to go


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Business Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    I trained to be a Business Analyst, and training actually wasnt that bad but definitely shouldnt be valued at £20k+.
    I had a really good team who I'm still in touch with at the moment. Some trainers really care about you and your progression, however some are just there to simply do the job.
    The firm has a good and ambitious vision, but execution can be much better.

    Cons

    Poor pay. no job security whatsoever. I know people who are placed but are still worried of where they'll be in a few months time because some have contracts that are only 4-5 months long, etc.
    When I was in the pond, an account manager nearly guaranteed me a job for a client as I was the next one to be placed in that field. But the client requested someone else who was already placed in a different country, so FDM took that consultant out of that contract and relocated him to a new one..? This just didnt make sense to me at all.
    Staff attrition is high.
    After training, they say it's FDM's job to get us into a job but their effort in doing this was not really shown whatsoever. No communication with account managers unless you persistently annoy them about you.

    Advice to Management

    Managers and the executives should look into employee engagement more and keeping communication constant with their employees, whether in the pond, beach, on site etc.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Java Development"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Want to learn java and have never done it before training is quite good.

    Cons

    Go to UK for €170 per week for 16 weeks. Promises of loads of jobs but most people in Ireland are never placed. €26,000 for a java developer is way below average for working in Dublin. Get more as a graduate.Tied in for 90 days after doing their academy which means you can't work with anybody else either. From your first day of employment you are tied to that money for 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises you can't keep. We were told on 7 out of 1400 were not placed. Complete lies. At least be up front about the rate of people that don't get jobs and let people decide for themselves.


  6. "Project Support Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Project Support Officer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic client base. Varied roles. Easy introductions to these clients who may prefer the flexibility of using a consultancy firm and not always hire direct to market, depending on the roles. Opportunities to change to related streams for other interview opportunities. Opportunities to travel and work. Comprehensive general project support office training. Professional exams included. Access to ongoing training database. Peer network of trainees.

    Cons

    Geographical flexibility is a must, but this is well advised throughout the application process. Training is unpaid, but free and expenses/bursary are paid. Again this is well notified when you apply. The Pros far outweigh the Cons - particularly in light of the fact that if you end up not placed you can walk away with no obligation once the 90 days are up.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise having an Irish office / academy. Having that presence would mean Irish graduates would be much more aware of the opportunities FDM can provide.


  7. "Production Support Analyst"

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

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    You get what you get, training and a chance to work with their clients.

    Cons

    It all depends on what you're looking for in a job. You want the experience and havent had any? Then take it, you've got two years to prove your worth for their clients.

    Advice to Management

    Coordination and guidance

  8. Helpful (3)

    "If you have any other option take it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant
    Former Employee - IT Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a job. That's it.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Incompetent members of staff ranging from hr to payroll to consultant support.
    Incorrect payment of wages, expenses. Lack of support and constant broken promises said support with regard to relocating. No pay role training. Poor training.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your consultants with respect. Have consistent policies which are actually applied.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FDM Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    easiest entry to the i.t feild

    Cons

    account managers really do not look at the individuals they go with a see what sticks approach

    training unpaid

    low pay


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great way in to excellent clients but be prepared to fully commit"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their client base was outstanding. I was very fortunate to work for a high profile client for the full 2 year commitment and then convert to perm at the client (ideal FDM journey for most).

    Their support network is pretty good, if the client deems that you need certain qualifications or training, typically FDM will ensure that they will provide and fund that training.

    Cons

    - Very strict on the flexibility of where you work, for those dreaming of a London based role in a financial institution then it is a strong possibility but you need ensure that if you are asked to interview at another client elsewhere in the UK that you are prepared to move if you get the role.

    - The £20k they estimate the training at is just ridiculous, it is good training but absolutely not worth 20 thousand and they will take you to court if you break your contract so don't sign if you aren't sure you are happy to stay there for the full 2 years.

    - The 6 monthly catch up meetings with your account manager certainly does not happen every 6 months, more like every 10 months.

    - The holiday allowance is pretty poor.

    - The fact that you would need to drop down to the base salary of £18k if you aren't working with a client at any point in the 2 years is a bit of a risk too.

    - No real incentive to stay on for a 3rd year after your commitment if you have options elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop 'threatening' everyone so much with the court proceedings on the training fees, leaves a real bad taste.

    Be more flexible on location in exchange for something that the consultant has to give up and give perks to the consultants that work in less desirable locations.


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