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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "blue chip companies"

Updated 2 Jan 2020

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3.2
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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
749 Ratings
Pros
  • "Foot in the door to blue chip companies(in 88 reviews)

  • "The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme(in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • "Might have a feeling that you are a product of the company, so account managers would try their best to sell you to their clients(in 159 reviews)

  • "2 year contract with buy out cost(in 80 reviews)

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  1. "IT Consultant"

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    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

    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.

    FDM Group2017-06-27
  2. "Stay Away"

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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.

    FDM Group2020-01-02
  3. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to FDMers reviews

    FDM Group2019-10-08
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Limited opportunities and bad treatmenet of employees"

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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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    Advice to Management

    Pay trainees in the UK offices as it is very difficult to live for 5 months with no pay/not much time for part time work. Support trainees more in relocating concerns/troubles.

    FDM Group2019-11-04
  5. "Software developer at FDM"

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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

    Advice to Management

    -Improve treatment of consultants -Increase lenience in edge cases (i.e. allowing trainees to wait for interview results to come through before assigning them a role unwillingly)

    FDM Group2019-07-06
  6. "Okay"

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    Former Contractor - PCO 

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Good experience with blue chip company, opens doors to opportunities that normally wouldn't be there without their connections

    Cons

    2 year Contract is too long and you're locked in and have to pay a fine if you leave Training is good but rarely used on site

    Advice to Management

    Shorten the contract to 1 year or increase year 1 and 2 salary

    FDM Group2019-07-09
  7. "IT Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Foot in the door to blue chip companies

    Cons

    Must commit to geographically flexible

    FDM Group2019-06-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Business Stream - Great Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    It’s now been 6 months since I started my journey with FDM. I took part in the BA/PMO Graduate Programme in Birmingham's FDM Academy. The training itself has its pro and cons. It is very demanding and challenging and it requires constant efforts because in the end of each week you have multiple assessments. The way the different modules were structured was not ideal but the trainers and the account managers were very helpful and very considerate to the individual needs of everyone. Another big positive of this course were the external industrial certifications covered by the programme. The successful trainee in the BA/PMO Graduate Programme would acquire a certificate in ITIL and BA Foundations. One thing that is certain is that FDM is a gateway to blue chip companies. The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme. Large companies such as DeutscheBank and HSBC are one of the key clients to FDM My current placement is in HSBC and I can definitely say that the training is extremely relevant to my role. I managed to secure this placement in the 4th week of my training, so the opportunities are definitely there to grab

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    Cons

    The amount of money that you owe FDM in case your contact is terminated before the 2 years is heavily overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    Add more courses that include external certifications

    FDM Group2019-05-02
  9. "Great Opportunity for New Grads"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Opportunities to join a blue chip company (really valuable in the early stage of career) - Essential training provided - Friendly staffs and trainers - Various events and great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Relatively law rate comparing to market - Additional interviews to be placed into client company

    FDM Group2019-03-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A company of opportunity!"

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    Current Employee - Software Tester in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Helps get foot in door to many blue chip companies and fast track your career - Job specific training provided to give you the best possible edge against other competitors in the market -Paid training. - Unlimited resources for you to be prepared for the role. Both soft and hard skills. - Eliminates the common job search conundrum of " Need experience to get a job. Need a job to get the experience" - Great opportunity for international students who have little to no Canadian job experience. - Competitive/negotiable 3rd year salary with paid benefits - Amazing workplace/training environment with a culture that is fun and help you be your best self. -Regular checkups on consultants on site to ensure their satisfaction and career progression with the client

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    Cons

    -No standard annual salary raises after 3rd year unless a request is made. -Dedicated account manager, perhaps locally, for out of province consultants -Out of province consultants are not compensated for the extra cost of living and are paid the same as others. -Account managers can improve on salary negotiations after 3rd year on behalf of consultants

    Advice to Management

    I would appreciate it if account managers show more initiative when in comes to salary negotiations on behalf of the consultant after their 3rd year. This will require them to do some market research, performance reviews and negotiating. It is quite reasonable for a well performing employee to receive a standard annual raise of 5% specially if they are working for blue chip corporations. Besides that I believe FDM's account managers and HR department are doing an excellent job!

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    FDM Group2019-02-05
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