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FDM Group Java Developer Reviews

Updated 5 Jun 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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29 Ratings
  1. "Great! (if you can survive the no pay period)."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge blue chip company connections will get yout through the door at places where you wouldn't have been considered before. Training is pretty good Good learning environment

    Cons

    Hefty fees No pay during training (which can be 3-4 months) Won't have much luck doing the training if you don't have family near a training centre to live for free/cheap

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have a low reimbursement to help with cost of living for people who are training

    FDM Group2017-02-24

    FDM Group Response

    March 7, 2017CIO

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m pleased that you recognise the value of the training and the client connections. If you wish to discuss anything further please don’t hesitate to contact me by emailing jonathan.young@fdmgroup.com Jonathan Young - CIO

  2. "Getting your foot in the door"

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

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

    Pros

    Allows you to get a lot of interview experience Provides useful training

    Cons

    Two years minimum contract Relatively low rate of pay Lack of communication when you're on site

    Advice to Management

    Get account managers to contact their people more often.

    FDM Group2019-05-09
  3. Helpful (28)

    "Be VERY careful"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer 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

    - Training is useful for someone wanting to enter the IT industry without a background in technology. To someone with a background in technology, this is a waste of time and money as the training covers nothing more than your Computer Science degree did. - Training environment is great, the teachers are attentive and do what they can to help you through the process. - By far the biggest benefit, and the main reason...

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    Cons

    I'm not going to labor the usual cons. They've been dealt with thoroughly in other reviews and are all valid, my issues with FDM are much more serious. - Training Contract / Employment Contract. When you start the training, you sign the 'Training Contract'. As has been stated by the COO & CIO in response to other reviews, there is a clause in this contract that gives you a 2 week cooling off period to trial the training...

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    Advice to Management

    You do some great work in the industry supporting ex-military & supporting women in IT. It's very disappointing that the level of passion you put into those causes does not follow through with how you treat your consultants. Your consultants are your products as defined by your business model, but you forget that we are also employees & real people. I'm not complaining from the point of view of the salary - when...

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    FDM Group2017-08-14

    FDM Group Response

    October 2, 2017Commercial Director

    Thank you for your very detailed feedback. I would like to address some of your concerns regarding the contract. Both the training agreement and the employment contract are available to review at any stage of the recruitment or training process. Both contracts are very similar, the ...

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  4. Helpful (13)

    "With the benefit of hindsight I would not have joined"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An introduction to a working type environment for recent graduates and a reintroduction to civvy st for ex forces staff. A real sense of camaraderie with fellow trainees. I made some good friends in the academy that I will keep in touch with. Good interview training. Initial training is of high quality (Common weeks Pro skills, SQL, Excel) though it is very much over valued by FDM. So much so that I felt after these...

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    Cons

    A very poor (possibly unenforceable) contract that hangs over you for 2 years. I don't believe that FDM fulfilled the terms of its training agreement with me and had they attempted to recoup their overvalued "investment" I would have fought them in court and according to my solicitor I would have won, my advice to any prospective hire is that they note every interaction with HR and management in any way and if called...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop messing with these reviews, having spoken to every single FDM consultant I'm still in touch with not one single one of your employees that I know rates the company at 5 stars. Stop lying about the churn of trainee consultants. Prospective trainees are told by over eager recruiters that 3/4% of trainees are unplaced. I find this incredibly hard to believe given that I know as many released staff as I do working consultants....

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    FDM Group2017-07-06

    FDM Group Response

    July 18, 2017Commercial Director

    I’m glad you enjoyed the initial training and the people you met at FDM. I’m sorry that you wouldn’t recommend joining us though. We appreciate that the programme may not suit everyone, which is why we spend time upfront going through the model and all the terms and conditions, during ...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting adventure after graduating"

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

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

    Pros

    The training is highly-standard, taught by really good trainers, in where you learn a huge range of skills related to the IT world (SQL, Excel, UNIX, WebApp...) While the time you attend in the Academy (training), you can ask for the reimbursement of the travel expenses, which helps a lot. If you are not placed just when you finish your training and you have to wait some weeks, in the meantime, they offer you different...

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    Cons

    The fact of being geographically flexible in the UK could be a problem sometimes, depending on which is your situation. The salary is not quite a lot, but most of the employees are recent graduates, so we can not expect too much. If you break the contract before 2 years, you have to pay to FDM the training fees, which are £20.000 Despite the fact the training was really good, I think that's too much for just some weeks....

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    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the communication between the Account Managers and the trainees. Having some meetings every week would help to get to know each other and make easy the search of placements.

    FDM Group2017-02-14

    FDM Group Response

    February 16, 2017Commercial Director

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad that you are enjoying your journey with FDM. We are always looking for ways to improve, especially around communication. If you are willing to meet with me to discuss this further, I would welcome the opportunity. Please email me at andy.brown@fdmgroup.com ...

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "Java Developer"

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    Former Employee - Java Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good start for fresh graduate. Lots of opportunity Good training Peers are good Good start for business student in IT industry.

    Cons

    Sales do not respect the consultants. However, without consultant, they are actually nothing even they have business. Compare to the other consulting firm, for example Deloitte Financial Advisory, sales of FDM are not come from the consultant. So, they always send wrong people to wrong place since they have no practical skill.

    Advice to Management

    To be honest, if the sales/senior management ignore the situation and keep treating consultant as machine, FDM can never be a top tier consulting firm. No consultant no consulting firm Sales should have consultancy background. Compare to the other consulting firm, partner/sales are come from consultant.

    FDM Group2017-01-03

    FDM Group Response

    January 12, 2017Commercial Director

    Thank you for your feedback. Our people are the most important part of our business and respect is crucial. If you feel you were treated unfairly by anyone, email me directly at andy.brown@fdmgroup.com so that I can personally look into it. Your feedback is important to us. Andy ...

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  7. Helpful (8)

    "Disorganisation"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, 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

    - Excellent training - One of the only ways to get into junior dev roles and establish yourself without 2+ years of proffesional dev experience

    Cons

    - Hawkish, incompetent account managers - Unhelpful HR department - Guaranteed placements aren't guaranteed. I have been accepted to two placements, only for them to fall through mysteriously. No one cares that I haven't been paid for months while waiting for FDM to get their act together.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more support to consultants that you want to keep, rather than having them extend their contracts only to be ignored by everyone in the business.

    FDM Group2016-11-15

    FDM Group Response

    January 4, 2017CIO

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m glad to hear that you rate the training highly and recognise the value of the FDM Careers Programme. Unfortunately, some client placements do get pushed back or fall through on occasion for reasons out of our control (i.e. budget ...

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  8. "Java developer trainee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training staff are extremely knowledgable and helpful. Facilities and offices are clean, bright and professional helping to provide a good working environment. I think having to wear a full suit is useful as if you go to any office you will be wearing it and if like me you are going somewhere more casual it's a bonus. Prepare for the strictest and you are fine for everything. Account managers are very approachable...

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    Cons

    I have been placed in London and while it is possible to find somewhere suitable to live I do feel a London weighting is not an unreasonable thing to request for working in central London, most organisations offer this and I feel moving to London would be more sought after if FDM provided a weighting.

    Advice to Management

    I would try to review the payment structure to try and provide an inner London weighting for current and future employees

    FDM Group2016-05-18

    FDM Group Response

    June 6, 2016Chief Operating Officer

    It is great to hear you have enjoyed you time with FDM so far! Thank you for sharing your feedback, both positive and negative, with us. We use these reviews to better understand the needs of all of our employees so that we can make FDM the best place it can be. Kind regards, ...

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great career kick-starter after graduation"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer/Applications Supports in Falkirk, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    -Many blue-chip clients available -Thorough training -Reliable employment -Pleasant training environment -No experience required -Company is growing extremely quickly -Travel to training academy is paid for you

    Cons

    -Geographical flexibility within UK required for your first 2 years -Training is unpaid -After training is complete, it may take a while for you to be placed (this period is also unpaid) -You are required to try to get every placement presented to you, you cannot pick and choose which ones you want -You may be placed doing something different from what you trained in (I trained as a Java Dev, and am about to start...

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    Advice to Management

    -Provide more transparency to trainees regarding the placement process -Take steps to make the trainees feel more valued

    FDM Group2016-02-25

    FDM Group Response

    March 13, 2016CIO

    Thanks for posting your feedback. It says you're a current employee so if you had time to discuss your "transparency" and "valued" advice I'd appreciate the chance to discuss. Jonathan Young CIO

  10. Helpful (38)

    "Glorified puppy mill for graduates"

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

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

    Pros

    None - I know people who left FDM within their training and are doing well for themselves.

    Cons

    I do not recommend coming to this company, opt for another consultancy firm. Why? You are not treated like a valuable asset of the company instead you are treated like a number and you are constantly reminded by senior management that you are dispensable regardless of how many years you have served at this place. There is no comradery between account managers and consultants. The account managers are only out for...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop tricking vulnerable graduates into joining this company be upfront about the training cost Stop getting sales team to create fake positive reviews on this site to increase your ratings! You're nothing without your consultants so stop treating them like they are beneath you.

    FDM Group2015-11-03
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