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FDM Group Consultant Reviews

Updated 18 de Nov 2019

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3.0
53%
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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
171 Ratings
  1. Featured Review

    "Fantastic Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant 

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

    Pros

    Great training, awesome opportunity, everything a grad can dream about

    Cons

    Nothing much to say, I am satisfied

    FDM Group2019-05-28
  2. "Good for entry level IT"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In my opinion a very good starting point of a career in IT

    Cons

    Contractual terms are demanding and you can easy be manipulated

    FDM Group2019-11-08
  3. "Great Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really great place to get exposure to top clients it would otherwise be very difficult to find work at

    Cons

    They do take a large portion of the rate charged to the client, and more money can be made as a contractor. However FDM remove the risk of being out of contract

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to staff about what the client is being charged and how much is taken by sales commission, company overheads, etc.

    FDM Group2019-11-18
  4. "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
  5. "FDM Consultant REview"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant 

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    - Nice Office, Nice location, Friendly Trainers

    Cons

    2 Year Minimum Charged if you break contract

    FDM Group2019-11-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good as a last resort"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    - a good chance/guaranteed a placement - possibility to be placed with prestigious IB's, like JP Morgan

    Cons

    - could be placed anywhere in the country - pay - hefty fee for leaving early

    FDM Group2019-10-20
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of support for consultants"

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

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They give you the chance to work for the top tier organisations

    Cons

    Very little support from management and will treat you like a commodity without a concern for your health and wellbeing.

    FDM Group2019-11-01
  8. "Good opportunity to get on the professional ladder"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity provided to get yourself onto the professional ladder Networking events / Corporate Social Awareness support

    Cons

    Internal training whilst onsite is limited No contact in general from FDM whilst on site Your salary hits a ceiling post year 3 Regionally flexible is a requirement

    Advice to Management

    Discussion to plan career development would be recommended

    FDM Group2019-10-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great stepping stone to launch your career, just read the fine print."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The training is great while you're in the academy. - The London Office is in a great location - You'll interview with clients & companies you'd never have a chance with without FDM

    Cons

    - There is very little support once on site. - You'll be the lowest paid on your team - Even though FDM is a FTSE 250 company and you'll be places at a great company with amazing benefits, FDM offer none. - Only statutory sick pay - Minimum contribution towards your pension - Only 20 days annual leave

    Advice to Management

    If there was better pay & benefits, consultants might stay on after the initial two years. Maybe try to create a package which is inline with packages that the clients are offering.

    FDM Group2019-10-07
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor training and Lack of Opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    The training doesn't look bad on your CV, and the trainers do provide sound advise on improving your CV.

    Cons

    The training can be found online and often for free. The trainers don't necessarily train you...you're often told to read through slides by yourself, have meaningless group tasks set for a 1/3 of the day, or watch videos that are available online and for free. Not exactly what was promised. We were told that hardly anyone went over their 90 day period but this is not the reality. FDM is struggling to post... trainees to their clients; Brexit is the excuse, which could be the case. FDM hold charity events regularly and trainees are told to donate to a charity that FDM has selected. Seems like an odd policy to have unpaid trainees donating when FDM is profiting on the back of their desperation to find work. Also there is never any mention of how much FDM donates from its company profits.

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    Advice to Management

    If you won't pay trainees then at least provide them with the opportunity to train at home or take on paid part time employment during the week.

    FDM Group2019-11-04
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