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FDM Group FDM Consultant Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2019

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3.4
67%
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60%
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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
8 Ratings
  1. "Great place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive organisational culture. Plenty of prestigious clients. Good trainers.

    Cons

    Don't get paid until you get placed. Need to be willing to commute.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit better and fewer trainees, that way you can pay them more and also charge more for them, instead of having a lot of people beached or in the pond. I would focus on quality not quantity.

    FDM Group2019-05-27
  2. "Software Tester"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM 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

    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

    FDM Group2019-05-02
  3. Helpful (16)

    "Indentured labour"

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

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

    Pros

    The training at FDM is OK but nowhere near the value they place on it. You will meet a like minded peer group who are in the same boat as you and will form good friendships. The offices are at the heart of the city so easy to travel too, plus you get free tea and coffee.

    Cons

    Working with FDM is like being in a chain gang except FDM use their contract to make you stay. A £20000 get out clause is ridiculous and that’s what it is, as there’s no way their training costs this much. Also be very weary of 5 star reviews on here as the majority are fake to either promote FDM or someones agenda in the Company, you can normally tell who’s by looking at who responds. In my honest opinion if all... the fake reviews was removed FDM would be around a 2.5 star company. Below is a list of what is bad about FDM as you can see from over reviews. Bad salary, terrible contract, possible multiple relocations, little assistance on sites with clients, minimum pension contributions, little feedback after interviews. All of them is from my experience with the company.

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    Advice to Management

    Remove the £20000 training fees and if people want to leave charge them what it as COST you not what you VALUE your training at.

    FDM Group2018-06-24
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent graduate program"

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

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

    Pros

    Really does offer the best opportunities to graduates coming out of university looking to work with leading companies

    Cons

    You don't get paid until your training is over - however there is a travel bursary. So if you can fund yourself for 6-12 then its perfect!

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to pay from the beginning

    FDM Group2015-08-21
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place"

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    Current Employee - FDM Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing much more to say

    Cons

    Waste time of grads by assessing more oftenly

    FDM Group2019-07-13
  6. "Ideal for someone who changed career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    FDM has well-established clients where you will be mostly working at. Most consultants who finish two years contract will be incorporated into the team where they were working.

    Cons

    Once you sign the contract and in the career program, it is very difficult to opt out during the term. The compensation seems relatively low for a software engineering job.

    FDM Group2019-05-29
  7. "Great start to my career"

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    Current Employee - FDM Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great training - Start a career with high profile clients - Interview prep - Young and energetic culture - Train with people with similar goals - Fun events - Great support from consultant support team throughout contract

    Cons

    - 2 year contract and lower pay at the beginning, although it makes sense after the training

    Advice to Management

    higher pay to match Toronto inflation

    FDM Group2019-02-06
  8. Helpful (20)

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

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    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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    Advice to Management

    You have enough clients to just work as a regular (graduate) consultant firm. There's really no need to bound anyone down with a fee. This is purely unacceptable and definitely ruins the relationship. The account managers are trained to just sell sell sell and totally disregarding the working consultant's needs.

    FDM Group2018-06-19
  9. "Amazing place to work at with a lot of fantastic people!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. A lot of great opportunities are provided, on a regular basis, to progress career 2. Recognitions are given for hard-work 3. Constant feedbacks are given by a lot of great trainers, people in management, and Account Managers which help to improve oneself very easily 4. Almost everyone is very friendly, easy to work with, and are willing to help when they can

    Cons

    Some trainees need more communication skills training and professional skills training.

    Advice to Management

    Kindly please provide more communication skills training and professional skills training.

    FDM Group2017-06-07
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