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10 January 2019

Does FDM Group offer housing assistance?

Pros

Opportunities to get your foot in the door with big name companies, extensive tech training, fun culture and events, paid relocation and housing during training

Cons

Pay is on the low end, limited benefits package, strict schedule during training

Advice to Management

Benefits package could be more robust and consider raising salaries

Opportunities to get your foot in the door with big name companies, extensive tech training, fun culture and events, paid relocation and housing during training

10 January 2019

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22 October 2018

What is the retirement plan like at FDM Group?

Pros

Relevant Training (albeit at a much higher cost than you think), Opportunity to live in NYC (although you won't get paid enough to survive on your own there), benefits are decent, segued into a good job with experience from company, it's a job if you have given up on finding something else and need a job. I will start with the Pros, this company does offer very relevant and useful training courses. These courses are up to date with industry and you will be able to add them to your resume after you finish with FDM but they only offered us one certification where they would pay for the test. My advice would be to get as many certifications as you can while you have the knowledge of the training they give you so you can put it on your resume and get out of the company after 2 years. It will be extra work, but it is worth it in the long run. The opportunity to be in NYC was pretty cool and I did some fun things but I had money saved up for that before my time with FDM as they don't pay you enough to do anything more than survive while you are in NYC. They do offer benefits and match a low percentage of your 401K which is more than I was expecting after reading other reviews. I was able to find a job using my experience from FDM after my employment that doubled my salary but it wasn't with the company FDM sent me too and I think a huge part of it was I got some certifications FDM wouldn't pay for but provided the training for. But again good luck getting money for the test unless you have some before you start working here... For my situation it provided me with the opportunity to have a job where I wanted to work but I took a huge pay cut to do it. Overall if you can't find another job and need work, this can be a last ditch effort to get a job and it can get you a good job afterwards, but just prepare to feel cheated and way underpaid for 2+ years. All that said if you have the money go take a boot camp course in ITIL and whatever other certs you want and you won't have to be a slave to terrible salary for 2+ years.

Cons

Pay, the way they split up your pay, you will constantly have to check them on their word, you won't be able to afford breaking your contract, did not get an offer from the company FDM placed me at following my FDM stint, lied about our contract length, they pay you less than they make off of you. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS JOB UNLESS IT IS YOUR LAST HOPE. I had read a bunch of Glassdoor reviews and the bad ones are pretty factual. I needed a job so I took the job but you should know you are basically a slave to the company for the next 27 months. For starters, they give you good training but it cost you so much more than it would anywhere else. We got about 2 months of training but they double charge you for it. 1) They say you can't leave the company unless you pay them $30K and you only make about $45 or $50K a year so it is impossible to leave if you want a place to live and food to eat. 2) You will get paid well below your colleagues once you are on site. I kid you not, I took a job doing the exact same thing with less work for a new company and instantly over doubled my salary. They made us come to NYC for training (which is actually pretty cool) but then they pay you as if you live with your mom down the street! For training you get a bonus that will not cover a place to stay while you are in NYC and you get minimum wage for your training time, which if you have ever been to NYC means you might be lucky to eat PB&Js the whole time you are there and spend less than you make. Anything you want to do while in NYC is not coming from the money you make from FDM. Once we finished training, and were on-site, you quickly realize that the people who do your exact job make twice as much as you, and I am not exaggerating about that. What the client company pays FDM for you to work for them is over twice your salary so FDM makes more off of you than you actually make. Multiple times we had to recheck our paychecks because multiple times they were not correct when we got them. They purposely split up your pay in many ways just to confuse you so be ready to do some math every time you get a paycheck just to make sure you are getting that super low amount they are required to pay you by their contract! You won't be paid for holidays and likely you will be forced to use all of your vacation days when you don't want to (but that is dependent on the client you end up working for as well as FDM). We were told our contract would be 2 years, but that only includes your time on site, your contract is actually 2-3 months of minimum wage for training, plus 2 more years on top of that. We were also told we would have a month of training once onsite and THEN our 2 year contract would start. So you are basically stuck with them for longer than you thought. We also had our contract end a month before we were told it was, which you would think would be a good thing but we found out a month before that when a team member tried to get vacation time from our client and the client told us we actually weren't employed on that date even though FDM told us we would be. So all of us had one less month to search for a job or start getting half of what we thought we would get paid because FDM flat out lied to us about our end date. All I will say is be prepared to constantly check this company at their word. It was a miserable 2 years full of surprises. They do offer some helpful things but they come at a VERY expensive cost to you the employee.

Advice to Management

Please fix your confusing pay system, please pay people enough to live on there own during training, please reduce the gap between what you make on your employees and what your employees actually take home, please lower the leaving clause after training (there is no possible way you provide $30k worth of training), please honor your word, please don't make your employees double check you on everything, please treat your employees like professionals with college degrees and not idiots who need you to survive. Don't double charge people (with salaries half of those their co-workers get & a $30K leaving fee) for training that really is like a half-of-a-certification training anyways. If you are going to underpay and have a break fee that is 75% of your YEARLY salary then at least train people to a certification level and pay for the test because we didn't make enough to afford the test even if we wanted to take it.

They do offer benefits and match a low percentage of your 401K which is more than I was expecting after reading other reviews.

22 October 2018

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16 June 2020

Does FDM Group offer relocation assistance?

Pros

If you're lucky, you'll have an academy trainer who cares and helps you. If you're desperate to work for top-tier bank as a glorified paper pusher then this job will get you in the door. Comradery with your fellow consultants, both with grads and beached consultants. Made some life long friends from this experience, the only good thing to come from it. If you get one of occasional European jobs, you'd get a relocation grant which would help with accommodation.

Cons

When there is a lawsuit against you for unlawful training/exit fees, that would be the first warning. Locked in for 2 years, at £20,000 for training which comes nowhere near to that volume, and the fact they take 2/3rds if not more of the fee from the client to 'cover' this 20,000 - stay away. Speaking of, pay is dreadful. Only in 2018 did they finally change their pay scale and introduce a london wage, but £23000/25000 for a 1st year BA, when Just Eat give £35000 for their grads. In addition, 20 days holiday pa, lower than most companies. Low pension contributions, and no other benefits besides free mini tea/coffee in their academies. If you're unlucky, you'll have a trainer who doesn't really care and sets the bare minimum work they can get away with. I was lucky and had multiple projects for different subjects, but I've spoken with people from other classes/locations whose trainer didnt care, set them no projects and didnt do more than read a pre-prepared powerpoint document which is already accessible to the students. The BA training covered everything that a BA should do, not I did anything related on my client site; but for developers and testers I spoke with others who said their course was severely lacking in relevant and modern training. No pay during training (can be up to 12 weeks + any time after when you haven't been placed) is embarrassing. Given how the expectation is that you can't have any job whilst working for FDM, I don't know how FDM expect their consultants to support themselves at all. Once you're placed, don't expect to hear anything from your account manager. You're literally just another number to them and another commission check. You'll get the occasional visit if it fits in with their schedule when seeing the client, no emails either. Very surprising when you consider how 'chummy' they are with everyone back in the academies. Most of HR are nice and are caring, except if it comes to leaving FDM/client early. No matter what you tell them as to reasons, even if they already knew about it, the idea you'll leave either one makes them flip 180. This is from a UK perspective, I can't speak for those in America/Asia.

If you get one of occasional European jobs, you'd get a relocation grant which would help with accommodation.

16 June 2020

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16 June 2020

Does FDM Group have a pension plan?

Pros

If you're lucky, you'll have an academy trainer who cares and helps you. If you're desperate to work for top-tier bank as a glorified paper pusher then this job will get you in the door. Comradery with your fellow consultants, both with grads and beached consultants. Made some life long friends from this experience, the only good thing to come from it. If you get one of occasional European jobs, you'd get a relocation grant which would help with accommodation.

Cons

When there is a lawsuit against you for unlawful training/exit fees, that would be the first warning. Locked in for 2 years, at £20,000 for training which comes nowhere near to that volume, and the fact they take 2/3rds if not more of the fee from the client to 'cover' this 20,000 - stay away. Speaking of, pay is dreadful. Only in 2018 did they finally change their pay scale and introduce a london wage, but £23000/25000 for a 1st year BA, when Just Eat give £35000 for their grads. In addition, 20 days holiday pa, lower than most companies. Low pension contributions, and no other benefits besides free mini tea/coffee in their academies. If you're unlucky, you'll have a trainer who doesn't really care and sets the bare minimum work they can get away with. I was lucky and had multiple projects for different subjects, but I've spoken with people from other classes/locations whose trainer didnt care, set them no projects and didnt do more than read a pre-prepared powerpoint document which is already accessible to the students. The BA training covered everything that a BA should do, not I did anything related on my client site; but for developers and testers I spoke with others who said their course was severely lacking in relevant and modern training. No pay during training (can be up to 12 weeks + any time after when you haven't been placed) is embarrassing. Given how the expectation is that you can't have any job whilst working for FDM, I don't know how FDM expect their consultants to support themselves at all. Once you're placed, don't expect to hear anything from your account manager. You're literally just another number to them and another commission check. You'll get the occasional visit if it fits in with their schedule when seeing the client, no emails either. Very surprising when you consider how 'chummy' they are with everyone back in the academies. Most of HR are nice and are caring, except if it comes to leaving FDM/client early. No matter what you tell them as to reasons, even if they already knew about it, the idea you'll leave either one makes them flip 180. This is from a UK perspective, I can't speak for those in America/Asia.

Low pension contributions, and no other benefits besides free mini tea/coffee in their academies.

16 June 2020

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2 May 2019

How are the career development opportunities at FDM Group?

Pros

Good career opportunities Good salary package after 2 years Some Account Managers are very helpful Large base of clients and locations to go to

Cons

Lack of communication You are on your own on client site Very often finding out about contract at last minute

Advice to Management

Focus bit more on people who are on site, there is very often lack of communication with consultants

Good career opportunities

2 May 2019

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