FDM Group FDM Mountie Reviews

Updated 6 Apr 2021

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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great career progression and the opportunity to work abroad!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International Opportunities Fast career progression Exposure to blue chip companies No commercial experience needed to apply

    Cons

    The training is unpaid, but the pro's out-weigh the con's. If you can afford to support yourself financially through the training up until you are placed then it is well worth doing!!

  2. "Good stepping stone"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Mountie in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    get your foot in the door to some big companies

    Cons

    have to move to whatever site you get placed at, Locked in for 2 years, Minimum holiday allowance if you are placed at a job you dont like you cant just up and leave


  3. "FDM consultant"

    1.0
    Former Contractor - FDM Mountie in London, England, England

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    decent training offered at their academy

    Cons

    they really think you are naive

  4. Helpful (1)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  5. Helpful (18)

    "Like having teeth pulled"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Mountie in Brighton, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They guarantee you a job in a respectable institute For two years they will find you work They are essentially an agency so should you lose your job they find you another but the upside is they pay you while you're in their offices doing some 'training'

    Cons

    You are a product, they will not help you with career development in any way shape or form They pay half the industry standard They value 'training' at £20,000 however very few courses are trainer led, the Excel VBA course is an abridged version of Excel for Dummies They tell you salaries after the 2nd year will double but they come in at a lower rate than they promised when first trying to ensnare you, again under industry standard.

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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Untrustworthy"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low bar to acceptance Central Location A qualification at the end of 'training' Possibility that temporary placement could lead to a permanent position

    Cons

    Far from certain to get a placement - despite initial promises when you first contact them/they contact you No guarantee - if you do get a placement - of the quality of the job Pay very poor - You sign away at least 2 and a half years sometimes 3 for total pay of less than 45k over your stay. You have to relocate ( sometimes more than once ) and try to live on this At the end of your 2 years work with FDM - you cannot approach any of their 'clients' looking to get a job ( unless you want to pay FDM a hefty fee ) Ultimately the whole scheme is set up to take and exploit as much as possible from people

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "You have no control of what happens once you sign the £20,000 contract"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You might get a temp placement with a credible company doing something that you want to do which might add to your resume

    Cons

    You might train (yourself) for 6-9 months and get no placement - this is not uncommon You might train for 6-9 months and get a temp placement doing something you don't want to do - I repeat you have no control once you are at FDM. THe £20,000 serves to keep you doing exactly what you are told regardless of whether it is in your best interests Some of the placements are a joke - doing crap jobs for crap companies No career advancement Phoney synthetic smiley environment

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Provides you with opportunities but not a guaranteed job."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Adequate training with competent trainers (for dev streams at least). Opportunities to work abroad if you prove competent. Guaranteed Interviews with top companies if you display promise.

    Cons

    Training is sink or swim, if you don't keep up you will quickly get left behind. Whether you get a job is based on how competent you are at both your discipline and interview techniques. You are "FDM's product" and it certainly feels like it. Salary could be better.

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  9. Helpful (13)

    "Low morale, poor training, no communication"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Good to be taken seriously as a woman in IT *London office is nice, and good location

    Cons

    Looking at other reviews, I'm afraid I can't really add much new to the mix *Low morale - general sense of unease in the London office that opportunities are few. This could just be due to trading conditions *Poor level of training - I did not expect to have such little instructor feedback *No communication - It's hard to know what's really going on, except for the inspirational speech at the party, which makes me wonder if the management are talking about the same company. *Dismissals - what's the point in being the largest IT graduate recruiter if half of people 'leave by mutual agreement' or get sacked?

  10. Helpful (10)

    "Train yourself, then get paid very little."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - FDM Mountie in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed job if you're going to put the work in and prep for interviews

    Cons

    Training is almost unassisted, it's basically sitting in a big room, and we're all teaching ourselves from online material. I was lead to believe that the training would be more instructor based. Finding out the rates that are charged for our services to companies was a big shock, I think it's very unethical for the company to make so much money, pay us so little, and not pay us anything at all during the training. Overall very disappointed with the reality of the role, when I was so excited at the offer stage. Research online first, and think carefully before committing.

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