1. Helpful (20)

    "Graduate hire scheme - no guarantee of being placed nor hired"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Foot in the door to get a job paying 45-49k annual salary (for two years). But you're competing with a lot of people... for this terrible contract. If you live with family then this salary is doable, but if you live on your own, this is certainly not enough.

    Cons

    -They entice the new college graduates that there would be an offer to a full time job at the end of two years with the hiring company. But FDM cannot make that decision so please do not be fooled into believing them. The truth of the matter is, some do get it (after two years, the offer might be below 70k which is low for people with two years experience), but some do not (and this can be due to organizational restructure of the company or other reasons outside of your control). -the $30k fee is unacceptable. The fee was for the so called "training" you get with FDM. The training period can range from 1-5 months and it definitely does not cost $30k. Most of these material you have either already learned in school or can learn online. What they taught you in class might not even be applicable to the duty you wil be performing on site. This fee illegal. Lots of companies around the world have people that will quit and yet they do not get charged a fee. it's normal for companies to suffer expense loss due to employee turnover. Not to mention 30k is enough to pay for college for a least a year -FDM has a "support" group designed to help out the consultants on site. E.g. you have a conflict with your onsite manager. Except the support group doesn't really help you and instead tells you to change your so-called wrong behavior. When you have problems with the client, the client is always right, you're always wrong. The corporate politics can sometime affects the consultant negatively but FDM wouldn't do anything about it. The work place bully is accepted because the profit for FDM is so enticing. Bottom Line, just fine yourself a junior or entry level job. Better yet, work for a firm with you're in college as an intern and get promoted. This contract is not for the weak-heart. But the strong ones are smart enough not to get themselves into this. Not sure where the business model started to fail, was it the poor, unrelated training or was it the $30k fee.

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    This one is good company

    Cons

    I don't see so far any

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Okay place to start or change careers"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They get great connections Positions offered by clients include many states through US Very fast classes before placement with client Has multiple options on where to start with some of the locations having paid stay during training

    Cons

    Salary is very low 2-year contract with heavy penalties There is a chance that the option to pick the client to apply to will not be given

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