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16 June 2020

Does FDM Group offer massages?

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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5 February 2019

Does FDM Group offer relocation assistance?

Pros

The best part of working for FDM is the company culture. Everyone is so supportive of your growth and development including the CEO and COO who have hundreds of staff working for them globally. I get to see first hand peoples careers launched every single day and all departments play an important role in setting up the trainees and Consultants for success. Incredible benefit package and perfect work life balance. Working right in the Financial district of Toronto keeps me motivated and excited to come in to work everyday.

Cons

More communication between global offices to help standardize processes and increase open communication

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work!

Incredible benefit package and perfect work life balance.

5 February 2019

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1 February 2020

Does FDM Group offer dental insurance?

Pros

1. If you are seeking a first professional experience; 2. My supervisors (the Academy Supervisors) were great and friendly; 3. FDM Group offers a corporate access to Pluralsight.com, a website replete with programming tutorials; 4. You can improve your knowledge of Java if you are in the Development Stream; 5. Great dental insurance once you are working on-site with one of FDM's clients. The coverage starts at 50% during the first year. Afterwards, it increases to 100%; 6. The holidays are always announced in advance. This makes it easy for you to plan your long weekends; 7. Exposure to Spring MVC, SQL, JPA, JDBC, Maven and Mockito.

Cons

1. Trainees in computer programming and business analysts receive the same pay; 2. When you are not working on-site, FDM Group will only pay you slightly above the minimum wage; 3. The odd pay schedule, which is always on the 15th and last days of each month. During your first month at FDM Group, expect not to receive a paycheck for THREE SOLID weeks. Moreover, apply for an overdraft protection at your bank in order to protect yourself; 4. FDM Group hires too many university graduates of Computer Science or [insert a branch of science] Engineering who can't code to save their own lives. Those people thin it is up to FDM to train them to code real-world softwares or websites. Moreover, those graduates heading into the Development stream can't bother to use Pluralsight.com; 5. Having either an assignment or a test at the end of each module of your training. Working at FDM feels like still being stuck in school. No wonder you see many immature workers; 6. The pay is below market for Java developers; 7. Although my two supervisors treated me very well, FDM's culture can be patronizing.

Advice to Management

1. Drop the current pay schedule (15th and last days of each month). Make sure it is similar to what see elsewhere in Canada; 2. Stop hiring Computer Science or [insert a branch of science] Engineering graduates who do not know how to code a software or even a website; 3. Hire Canadian citizens (for Toronto) first. Canada is not a country for foreign students who want to live the expat life. Canada is not Asia. 4. Drop the tests and the assignments. Nobody graduated from one university or a trade school only to feel like they are still in school. You might as well drop the tests, because I have seen people secure a placement even though they fail the tests; 5. Understand that some college or university graduates in the Development stream already have a programming portfolio of mobile apps or websites.

5. Great dental insurance once you are working on

1 February 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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21 July 2019

Does FDM Group offer parental leave?

Pros

Enable great opportunities through their high profile client base.

Cons

Pay scale for consultants need to be seriously reviewed. FDM does not provide any benefits and leave for example is set at the minimum of 20 days.

FDM does not provide any benefits and leave for example is set at the minimum of 20 days.

21 July 2019

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