FDM Group Employee Reviews about "blue chip companies"

Updated 6 Aug 2020

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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
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797 Ratings
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  • "Easy entry in to large blue chip companies compared to their own grad schemes(in 93 reviews)

  • "One thing that is certain is that FDM is a gateway to blue chip companies(in 65 reviews)

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  1. "IT Consultant"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for 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

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  2. "Great opportunity if you are thinking long term"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Full Stack Developer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    Valuable training Opportunity to work at a blue chip company Job hunting hassle free, they set up and organize all your interviews for placements Great for people coming from a non-tech background and would like to transition. Placements with blue chip company looks good on resume even if you don't internalize with company you are place with Fun staff

    Cons

    Pay during first 2 years below industry standard, but worth it in the longterm if you internalize with the company you do your placement with.

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  3. "Good"

    5.0
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    Current Contractor - Business Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Good way to gain experience with blue chip companies

    Cons

    Geoflex is a must so you must be flexible

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Exploitative Business Model"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Entry into blue-chip companies that would otherwise be harder to get into.

    Cons

    Very low salary, considering the work. Lock-in clause means that you're trapped under the threat of fines you couldn't reasonably afford. Inflated training costs, purely there to justify said lock-in clause. Training is at times very poor and could be had for a much lower cost elsewhere. As others have said, certain aspects of the contract were downplayed or not clearly mentioned.

  5. "The truth"

    3.0
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    Current Contractor - ITSM Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    It can be a very good opportunity for graduates, returners and ex forces if the process works for you. Decent salary Cool opportunities abroad Blue chip clients If you are not completely geo flexible avoid!!

    Cons

    If the process doesnt work for you fdm can be hell. The 7-14 weeks of unpaid training isnt the worst part its being in the pond for up to 3 months essentially doing nothing and not being paid. This is dependent on the stream you get on i suggest development streams or testing streams. Another con is if you doesnt have a lot of relevant work experience you could be waiting a long time to be placed but then again everything is dependent on if there are enough jobs.

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    "Good grad scheme for breaking in to IT industry"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Build a network with similar minded individuals during training Obtain qualifications and training useful for a career in the IT industry Easy entry in to large blue chip companies compared to their own grad schemes

    Cons

    Lower salary than other London based grad schemes No pay during training which can be up to 15 weeks

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    "Stay Away"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Java Developer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to blue chip companies

    Cons

    Extremely low salary compared to market average. Locked into 2 year contract and you have to pay 30 K to leave early. Management just want to make money out of you, you'll be terminated on the first sign that you're not profitable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

    4.0
    Current Employee - PMO 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Work with a blue chip company

    Cons

    Low pay. They only care about placing you with their clients for any role, not your career

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Limited opportunities and bad treatmenet of employees"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Trainee Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities (if one of few to get an interview) to get placed with blue-chip companies. Take on varying backgrounds and don't discriminate based on this/ take on those with a 2:2 Opportunity to develop skills that can help you in the workplace (presentation/confidence/IT skills)

    Cons

    Employees unable to communicate their concerns to newcomers as they get into trouble/damages the company's reputation. Persuaded by recruiters to join and made to seem better than it is Tied by strict contract - unpaid training period for about 2 months and it's sold that you get placed by the end of your training however this has not been the case for a lot of people. You then have to stay with them for another 90 days (still unpaid) while they try to find a place for you. Requirement to be geographically flexible and most likely move down to London (could be a pro if you want this). No support if circumstances change and you no longer want this/can't move which can cause a lot of stress/anxiety. Bad treatment of employees - opinion shared by most people i know that work there, seen more as an object with no freedom/space to choose not to relocate etc even if your circumstances change. You're expected to continue to be proactive and motivated even if you've finished your training, not being paid and might be forced to move to London outside of your will. Pay not great in comparison to similar roles if applying directly as company takes a very large cut.

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  10. "Software developer at FDM"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Near-guarantee of role with blue chip companies -Base wage while not on-site -Door to entry into tech without comsci background -Generally okay at providing some form of training when necessary -Reasonable entry salary, good salary after 2 years. It is what it says on the tin, you will get a job, you will get experience and from there you can pave your own future

    Cons

    -Training is arbitrary -Minimal Annual leave/sick pat -May be allocated to role that doesn't match your skillset/interest with no ability to turn down 'oppurtunity' -long, mandatory, often not particularly useful training

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