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FDM Group Graduate Trainee Reviews

Updated 23 Jul 2018

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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  1. Helpful (16)

    "Avoid If Possible"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a only a few benefits to working with FDM, the training they provide isn't that bad, and you are provided with many opportunities for placements with large companies, getting you that much needed experience needed in today's job market!

    Cons

    With the pro's in mind, it's very very important to consider the various downsides to working at FDM, these include: - The Training is completely unpaid, and the work is full time, making it very difficult to find the time to work a part time job to make any form of money during your training. -Furthermore, you are forced to become "geographically flexible", you could be asked to relocate from Glasgow to London...

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    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the life blood of your company, show them a little more respect and support them the best you can, the company would make a lot more money if consultants stayed on after the two year contract. Yet there's absolutely no benefit to doing so, the salary is still a joke, and the benefits and support are pathetic at best. Exploiting recent graduates and the ex-forces is not a respectable business model.

    FDM Group2017-03-10

    FDM Group Response

    March 21, 2017Commercial Director

    I’m sorry to hear that you are not enjoying your time with FDM. We are as transparent as possible in regards to our business model, which as you know is based on a training period (fully funded by FDM) followed by placements throughout the UK for a minimum of two years. Being geographically ...

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "FDM graduate scheme"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Working here can potentially provide you with opportunities and get you in the door for sectors you wouldn't be able to get into yourself Access to a lot of information and learning material

    Cons

    My main frustration with this company comes from the account managers, the people in charge of placing you after you have finished training. I have found a few of them (not all) to be rude and unprofessional and I think this culture is something management really need to do something about. Upon finishing training I've found there is a very harmful trend of placement interviews and opportunities all going to the...

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    Advice to Management

    Ensure trainees get an equal chance to put themselves forward. Make more of an effort to get to know the consultants you are trying to place and make sure nobody is overlooked. Communicate more with trainees

    FDM Group2017-03-05

    FDM Group Response

    March 7, 2017Commercial Director

    We take all feedback seriously and I’m sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your interaction with the account management team. Our people are the most important part of FDM and if you feel that anyone treated you unfairly, please email andy.brown@fdmgroup.com so that I can personally ...

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Graduate programme"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    Some good work experience opportunities

    Cons

    -Long training period and unpaid -excessive work load - supervisors take credit for all your hard work - minimum wage

    FDM Group2016-07-02

    FDM Group Response

    July 12, 2016CIO

    Jonathan Young, CIO: "Thank you for taking the time to post a review. If there is anything you would like to discuss further, please email me at jonathan.young@fdmgroup.com"

  4. Helpful (14)

    "FDM is a dictatorship that is ready to get rid of it's trainees if they realise you are unprofitable"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Self-taught training is a good thing to gain

    Cons

    - ''training'' is mostly teaching yourself as trainers can be away on meetings for whole days. - training does not really cater to beginners - trainees are dispensable and you have little say in where you want to work. - misinformation is a regular part of life at FDM - you can be unplaced and unpaid for up to 90 days after you complete your training (which you are not told prior to your training) - like all other...

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    FDM Group2015-12-02
  5. Helpful (3)

    "APAC Program"

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      Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in London, England

      I have been working at FDM Group

      Pros

      Good overall Academy environment. Great Asia client base. Good management team

      Cons

      Highly dependant on market conditions in regards to availability of roles Lack of communication with trainees from account managers Lack of feedback from client interviews (without it, hard to self improve)

      FDM Group2015-09-01
    • Helpful (1)

      "Graduate trainee"

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      Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Hong Kong
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at FDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Well supporting networks Good career planning

      Cons

      Training subsidy low not sure where to go

      FDM Group2018-07-23
    • "A fruitful journey"

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      Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Hong Kong
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at FDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      -Graduates get this unmatched opportunity of working with big names in financial services industry on rotational bases, which is not provided by any other graduate programs -The roles that FDM's clients (Investment Banks & Financial Services Firm) have to offer are in Entry-Mid level roles. This means that these graduates get a significant role in a big firm which they otherwise would not have got as a fresh graduate....

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      Cons

      -The contract is for 2 years- however after 2 years you have a possibility to get internalised directly by one of the FDM's clients at great benefits or you could continue to work with FDM

      FDM Group2017-08-02
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