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I have been working at FDM Group as a contractor (less than an year)Pros
It's important to note that this opportunity is not for everyone! You have to be able to fund yourself during the training, however transport expenses are reimbursed once you have finished your course. It's an excellent start for those who are ready to put some effort in for first 2 years.
1) Gives you an opportunity to work for the largest Financial Institutions/Investment Banks. From what I have seen in the academy, around 90% of the group gets placed within first two months. A LOT of opportunities for PMOs and Developers.
2) Amazing International opportunities in the financial capitals of Europe - Zurich, Paris, Frankfurt etc. A couple of my friends got placed in Zurich and are over the moon now, another one got into Credit Suisse in Luxemburg where he gets £31k a year plus free French & German classes. Not too bad for a recent graduate.
3) Gives you the foundation skills. The training is super intensive and is quite good. They teach you a lot of stuff Mon - Thu and give you a test on Friday. As for the London office, the trainers are willing to teach you as long as you show interest.
4) Help with relocation - transport booking, providing temp accommodation.
5) Stunning office in London - including games room (ping pong table, pool, xbox and table football) and quiet room in which you can pray/take a nap.
6) A large variety of free unlimited drinks in London office.
Also, they opened a new page on Facebook called FDM Group Community where current trainees/placed consultants can advise you. I suggest you dropping a message to that group if you have any concerns whether FDM is for you or not, or questions on the contract/training/placements etc.Cons
However, the system is not perfect, so it may fail in some cases.
1) Unpaid training, they only start paying for your transport once you have signed off/passed all your exams.
2) If you don't pass your training exams and fail resits, they may chuck you out (without charging training fees)
3) Pay is not as good as it should be in the first 2 years, but in your third year the minimum you should expect is £30k.
4) They may put you forward for some opportunities that you are not really interested it. Some account managers will listen to you, some will not.
5) Only 20 days of holidays a year. That's below average.
6) In some cases account managers are not bothered to email you back as you are only a product to them. Most of them are nice though. If you know how to build a good rapport, you will be fine!Advice to ManagementAdvice
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