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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "2 year contract"

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. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    2 year contract is long

    FDM Group2019-03-25
  2. "Great for getting your foot in the door in the industry. Nothing else."

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for getting expoure to work in large IT and Financial institutions.

    Cons

    "Training" is very minimal and does not accurately represent how much they say it is worth. (I would have had to pay 17.5k for 8 weeks of classes if I left the consultancy before my 2 year contract ended). The quality of training can vary, but my experience was that it was very basic, and something you can easily research yourself online. The only part of training that were useful was the 1 week of SQL, which in itself is not enough. The company does not provide a hospitable environment that would make you want to stay longer than 2 years. For example they are very stringent with holidays and sick pay. They don't pay sick pay until after 6 month of your first placement starting. They do not allow to buy/sell holiday even if the client you are working has signed it off. They also provide very little support once placed with a client. FDM runs very effectively with a great business model for its shareholders but it is essentially a graduate factory. They charge their clients over double the value which they pay their consultants and therefore you have to be willing to stay for 2 years for the exposure to their clients.

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    Advice to Management

    Improve the training or reduce the cost of leaving early.

    FDM Group2019-11-17
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Entry into corporate tech for those without prior experience"

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    Current Employee - FDM Mountie 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Good Entry into Tech work

    Cons

    low payment and 2 year contract

    FDM Group2019-10-05
  4. "good opportunities if exploited right"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good career progression into all sectors

    Cons

    tied down to a 2 year contract

    FDM Group2019-09-11
  5. "Not for me"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training scheme Securing placement at top companies

    Cons

    Locked into a 2-year contract Work could be repetitive and boring

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder to trainees

    FDM Group2019-07-27
  6. "Promises Not Kept"

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Croydon, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Getting Ex-Military back in the workforce, but with serious caveats.

    Cons

    No salary during training. 6 weeks training leading to a £15k debt to FDM which consultants are expected to pay back if they don’t complete the full 2 years contract with FDM (the training provided does not equate to £2.5k per week). No salary after training, before Client placement, though unable to take up any other employment. Many promises about looking after “careers” once placed, which never materialised. Expecting consultants to interview for lower level jobs than you have experience of, if your client placement ceases during your 2 year contract with FDM. Individual salary negotiations relying on understanding of self worth contributing to low pay to consultants, but FDM getting up to two thirds of the daily rate individuals are being charged out at. Pension only being contributed at the basic rate by FDM, does not include the day rate being paid when working on Client site. Salary (basic and on-site bonus) fixed for the whole of the two years you are contracted with FDM, with no opportunity for negotiation after the 1st year, no matter if you are relocated or change Client/job. No renegotiation of basic salary once 2 years have been completed, if you want to continue working for them. Total disinterest from some in the Ex-Military team who were supposed to be supporting consultants. Renegotiation of consultant contract with Client only 30 days before current contract finishes (ever heard about being proactive?). Consultants not being involved in Client negotiations. Overloading individual Client sites with consultants, which causes issues when these Clients decide to cancel the contract with FDM. No positive business model for retaining consultants after the end of the two years contract. No incentive for consultants to stay. Do not believe all the promises given at the insight days about managing careers. Once they have you under contract you are only there to make FDM money. Don’t undervalue yourself at the initial contract negotiation phase. You will be locked in to the basic salary and on-site bonus figures for the whole 2 years of your contract. Don’t expect FDM to honour promises to allow you to transition to an employer once your 2 years are up. Individuals have been blocked from becoming permanent staff with Clients they have consulted with, in direct conflict with promises made. I could not recommend anyone leaving the Military join FDM.

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    Advice to Management

    The Ex-Military team at FDM should understand that ex-FDM consultants do still speak with their military friends, who would recommend them to FDM if their experience of working for them were more positive. Consultants are treated as a cheap commodity to be sent out to work, generally at least 50% of the daily rate FDM charge Clients. Some members of the Ex-Forces team show such contempt for the consultants they say they are looking after, the last thing you want to do is bring up any issues with them.

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    FDM Group2019-07-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid the business stream"

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    Current Contractor - Business Consultant in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Good sense of community between consultants. The technical consultants get placements. They pay for some of your travel. Toilets are clean.

    Cons

    Awful communication from staff, you're basically treated like meat. There are so few business consultancy opportunities and a lot of them are just admin roles. The training is a farce and they make you sign a 2 year contract so you cannot escape. If you're not placed then you don't get paid, meaning you don't have income for 5 months. Once the training is over, you're forced to attend the academy to "up-skill" which basically means "don't do anything for the entire day". Account managers will ignore you or straight up lie to your face.

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    Advice to Management

    You need to communicate with your trainees!

    FDM Group2019-07-25
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Be very cautious!"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opens doors to jobs and clients that would otherwise normally be out of reach.

    Cons

    You're told where to work and have no say in the matter, wherever the location may be or what your personal circumstances are. The wage you're paid if you're placed in London is ridiculous. Good luck living comfortably! You're treated as a resource and not as a person. As soon as you're on placement they're not bothered about you, as long as you're making the company and the account managers money. Account managers will only be nice to you if there's potential for them to place you, otherwise they have no interest in you whatsoever if they can't potentially make money from you. If the client wants you to work 48 hours a week, although uncommon, they have a right to do so, as stated in the contract. FDM will happily stab you in the back if it will keep their clients happy. I.e. what the client says, goes and as an employee, theure not interested in your opinion. You're tied into a 2 year contract and if you leave, they can try to charge you £22,000 for the training costs which are MASSIVELY overinflated, considering you could pay for the course materials and exams for a couple of hundred quid online. There was a legal case last year regarding this.. Google it! They're very good at manipulating the public with their 'Women in IT' initiatives and getting people back into business, when the company are not in it for those reasons but to help build up their profit margins.

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    Advice to Management

    You've had a long time to listen to people's advice and never taken it so what I say here is not going to change FDM for the better. I'd just like prospective employees to know what to expect. I certainly wouldn't recommend the company to anyone.

    FDM Group2019-05-23
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Some colleagues are nice but be wary.

    Cons

    Managers in all 3 schemes could support their team members better, lack of support or encouragement. This includes the Managers within Account Management too. Promise but don't deliver -shame really. They focus alot on diversity, I don't see much from Leeds or Glasgow offices. Place is full of liars and two faced people. If your fake you will progress well. Graduate scheme - if they like you or they need to hit target they will offer you a place even if your numbers don't add up from the interviews. Ex forces - Piece of cake to get into, as long as you have army background. Returners programme - If your a female your in with a good chance as they only take on 1 or 2 males in each training programme. Salary for all 3 areas are very poor. You could easily do the course on your own and you won't be stuck in a 2 year contract. Good luck!

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    Advice to Management

    Stop the favouritism within workplace.

    FDM Group2019-04-18
  10. Helpful (4)

    "FDM Review"

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    Current Contractor - Test Analyst in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. 2 years industry experience. 2. The pay is more than minimum wage. 3. Fairly adequate training. 4. You have the opportunity to be placed with some fairly reputable clients

    Cons

    1. Contract: Mandatory 2 year contract with an unrealistic fine if you back out. 2. Geo-flexibility: This was actually emphasised up front as part of the job, but the reality can take a toll on your personal life. 3. Lack of transparency on opportunities: I've talked to a lot of consultants who have been put up for interview for developer roles that have turned out to be support or testing roles. 4. Support: I experienced very little support while on site. 5. Contracting: People on site often know how much their business is paying for you, this can cause resentment.

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    Advice to Management

    Work on transparency to the client as well as the consultant. Lower the training fees to something more realistic, an actual coding boot camp costs around £7000 and even with the additional training you can't expect it to value anything over £10k

    FDM Group2019-01-24
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