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FDM Group IT Consultant Reviews

Updated 11 Jun 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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  1. "FDM"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    Good Training courses. Provide valuable experiences for fresh graduate.

    Cons

    Some department working not very efficiently.

    FDM Group2019-01-13
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Can offer great opportunities but expect to be thrown in the deep end"

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    Current Employee - IT 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

    Offers some great opportunities for a graduate struggling to get there foot in the door.

    Cons

    Little to no support or interaction with their consultants once they go on site, over priced training fees that are held over your head to keep you in the company for the initial 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on consultant development and make them feel like they are actually a part of the company and insentavise employees to stay after 2 years rather than forcing to and you might be able to retain more staff.

    FDM Group2019-06-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Well connected firm with good reputation. - Chance to gain valuable skills and experiences, depending on the project(s) you secure. - Can be a good stepping stone if skills and experiences are properly utilised.

    Cons

    - Due to the high supply of consultants at the firm; consultants tend to be treated as a number, because they can easily be replaced. - Account managers do not know the skills and experiences of consultants to recommend them for suitable jobs; account managers use the ”shot gun” approach, that is they tend to offer the client 10+ candidates for a position. The client likely selects consultant out of the bunch. - Limited...

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    Advice to Management

    While FDM worked out for me, I am aware of plenty of consultants who have had horrible experiences with the company. The most noticeable problem for me, is the business model used by the firm; it capitalises on the large supply of graduates each year who are hungry to work for a financial institution. As such, consultants are treated as short term assets that the company makes large profits on for the first 2 years. ...

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    FDM Group2019-04-13
  4. "Been with FDM for over a year"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Excellent client base (think long term in regards the experience you will pick up) -Geographically spread (opportunities abroad) -Can apply with a 2.2 and not as competitive as other grad schemes

    Cons

    -Poor salary & benefits -Basic training (Must pay for further training and qualifications) -Poor communication and disconnect when it comes to account managers and consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication especially when contract is nearing its end. Forward planning for that consultant about potential jobs coming up. -Openness and transparency about roles (i.e. A PMO being asked to a ITSM/technical role)

    FDM Group2019-03-19
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not good people"

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

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

    Pros

    Have links with some large, high profile companies. Pay is decent if you are just out of university.

    Cons

    HR, Account Managers and Sales people treat trainees and consultants with utter contempt. Your concerns and opinions fall on deaf ears. You won't feel valued as a person. You get little choice on your future. Frequently lied to and deceived by the FDM head office staff. Regular displays of incompetence from admin, finance and HR staff lead to errors and miscommunication. Annual Leave is at the legal minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Treat consultants and trainees like humans instead of the dirt on your shoe. Stop ignoring emails and communicate better with employees.

    FDM Group2019-04-04
  6. "Good route to go as a graduate with little experience"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intense training course that will prepare you for work on site with clients Access to gaining employment with companies you might otherwise struggle to 'get your foot in the door' with Good to meet a lot of fellow graduates when you are training in the academy

    Cons

    Can be treated a bit like a child when training in the academy Need to fund training yourself Need to be flexible and available for interviews. Whenever the client and FDM agree on a time/place, you can need to be there

    Advice to Management

    I think the sales/hr team need to do more to integrate with the trainees so that they are more approachable

    FDM Group2019-01-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "FDM is a easy way to enter in Blue-Chip Companies"

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    Current Employee - IT 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

    - a lot of opportunities in the IT industry - working with big companies - useful training - free access to a lot of learning platforms

    Cons

    - low salary - no bonus (in the case your client gives a bonus for an outstanding performance) - lack of HR support (sometimes)

    FDM Group2018-12-12
  8. "Great company to work for"

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

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy to work for. Great training and introduction into working life. A good kick stat into a career.

    Cons

    Work on a contract with the client. Unavoidable and is fine as long as the client has enough work to keep extending you.

    FDM Group2018-11-05
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Do not sign your life away for 2 years"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Possible experience with good companies. Some people who train with the scheme end up at some decent companies to be placed at, more often than not you will be sent to the middle of nowhere to a company you have no interest in.

    Cons

    FDM promise the world to get you through the door, you are then trapped in a two year contract where you have to jump through hoops and be geographically flexible. Low salary for these two years (there were months I had to chase my salary and expenses). Once you are out on whatever site FDM try to send you to, you are essentially dead to them until you need a new contract. Any HR issues are ignored and account...

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    Advice to Management

    Actually see your staff as people rather than numbers who you can mistreat.

    FDM Group2018-11-29
  10. Helpful (12)

    "Excellent if you are willing to travel"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a huge variety of clients, market experience, and really helpful in making a career into IT

    Cons

    For those who aren't flexible to travel, it can be really difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce a non-geo-flex version for special circumstances and stop constantly threatening staff with legal action and fines of £20,000... Everyone knows it's in your interest to keep on a consultant, rather than sack em and pursue the costly court proceedings.

    FDM Group2018-07-26
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