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Updated 31 May 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "PMO"

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    Current Employee - PMO in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good way to begin a career. Training isn't to practionner level but enough to give you the knowledge to carry out the job at a basic level if motivated.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support once you are through with the training, although this is improving drastically but currently it's one of the cons for me.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more certified training to consultants, at least one a year, as the expectation is for you to grow every year, I think that will be the best way for both sides to win. This way at the end of the two years, should they choose to stay, you will be able to put them forward for more roles and they in turn will find it easier to continue to stay on site.

    FDM Group2018-01-16

    FDM Group Response

    January 24, 2018CIO

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m pleased that you would recommend FDM and that you have been with us for over three years. We are always looking for ways to improve and I would be interested to discuss your ideas further if you’re up for it. Not least because some ...

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Indentured Labour - Please read before preceeding"

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

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    If you don't know what Indentured Labour is - look it up. That is what this companies business model is. You may get a placement at a large multinational. Some think it's an easy way into banking - well guess what it isn't.

    Cons

    You are a bonded labour. If you leave or underperform they will claim you owe them £20k for the training. This is the biggest and dirtiest scam in the country and should be illegal. Employers reading? This company is NOT a consultancy. In a consultancy (i work for a big 4 right now), consultants have a network and resources which can be draw upon, to benefit the client. All FDM do is put young grads that can present...

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    Advice to Management

    Eat lots of fatty food, drink too much alcohol and smoke a lot. Hopefully nature will do it's course.

    FDM Group2019-05-31
  3. Helpful (2)

    "If you can overcome the negatives it will be worth it"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to top clients that are worth the wait in the long run.

    Cons

    No flexibility in chose of client. I respect that you have to go where the money is, but it should be also about your own personal career development.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your consultants on site as if the naive graduates that you think they are!

    FDM Group2018-02-12

    FDM Group Response

    February 16, 2018Commercial Director

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m glad to see that you’ve been with us for over 3 years and that you would recommend FDM to others. We are always looking for ways to improve and I would be interested to discuss any feedback you have further if you’re up for it. Please ...

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "PMO"

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    Current Employee - PMO in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very good start to your career -Gain valuable experience (when placed on site with blue chip companies) -FDM top clients are GREAT to have on your CV esp if you're just starting your career straight out of uni -I would definitely

    Cons

    -Salary is considerably low but after 2 years you will be worth double that amount- so in my opinion its worth the wait. -Tied to 2 year contract, but then again you might as well gain 2 full years experience in your role due to competition in the market

    Advice to Management

    Considering the low salary, other company benefits (e.g health, insurance, bonus) should be included in the package- especially 3rd year consultants in order to retain them.

    FDM Group2017-08-01

    FDM Group Response

    August 21, 2017Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We value all feedback. If you have any additional feedback, please don't hesitate to let the Academy Manager or HR know. Sheila Flavell - COO

  5. "Stay consistent"

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    Current Employee - PMO/BA in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    a lot of AMs proactivity a lot of blue chip clients good success rate

    Cons

    subject to business cycles can wait a lot to be placed not the most-glorious jobs underpaid

    Advice to Management

    get more subject-matter expertise AMs ( placing of the Salesforce class and the 3 PSO classes recently was a big issue)

    FDM Group2017-03-01

    FDM Group Response

    March 7, 2017CIO

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m pleased to hear that you see the value of the programme and that you would recommend FDM. Your advice to management makes sense and we are always looking to on-board more talent across the business. If you have any more ideas on how best to improve ...

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Get your timing right"

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    Current Employee - PMO 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    As most reviews I have read here I agree by saying that you will get exposure to working for some of the biggest companies in the UK which will offer you a strong foundation for a great career and earn you a lot of money after the two years at FDM are over. You will get an interesting role as PM/BA/Dev/Tester working in good teams and a very professional environment. For someone with no experience this is a rare opportunity...

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    Cons

    I went for 6 months without pay. Be prepared to not only financially but also mentally get through this difficult time. My biggest tip is to start in H1 of each year as big companies hardly hire between Oct - Feb. If you start your training start in Dec-Aug cause otherwise you are facing an additional three months after the training sitting and waiting for offers. It was the most stressful time of my life. FDM does absolute...

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    Advice to Management

    I understand you will want to have an over supply of consultants ready in case a big ask comes but for the love of god how some decency and start paying us sooner! You make a ton of easy money through us, I think it is the ethical thing to do to recognise that!

    FDM Group2017-02-08

    FDM Group Response

    February 16, 2017CIO

    Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry that you feel FDM doesn’t do anything to support you whilst waiting for your placement. Most of our consultants are placed straight away or even before their training is completed, so they have a placement waiting for them. However, sometimes there ...

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Unhealthy and disconnected culture. Use as last resort employment"

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    Former Employee - PMO/BA in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to join FDM Initial training Friendly unsuspecting graduates You can leave after a year or two You can leave within 14 days of training starting

    Cons

    Training not certified Training not paid Employment laws looped and stretched Low job wages Not an IT consultancy, 90 percent are not IT literate Disconnected culture Unhealthy for feedback Relocation forced but not legal High level of job leavers Better you wait to get employed somewhere else

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like human traffickers and care about your consultants long term prospects

    FDM Group2016-12-15

    FDM Group Response

    January 11, 2017CIO

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your time with FDM and that it didn’t work out for you. If you wish to discuss your feedback further please email me at Jonathan.Young@fdmgroup.com Jonathan Young – CIO

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Bad communicators"

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    Former Employee - PMO/BA in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    Top class trainers and fantastic facilities

    Cons

    So many to list but essentially they can not communicate with trainees, they claim they can but they can't. This is literally like a meat market and they churn out people like "sausages" . If your face doesn't fit you can forget about it. Give them a miss.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach....communicate, communicate, communicate!

    FDM Group2016-08-17

    FDM Group Response

    August 24, 2016CIO

    Jonathan Young, CIO "It’s good to hear that you rate the trainers highly and that you enjoyed the FDM facilities. Your other comments around poor communication concern me though. Would you be prepared to be a little more specific and give me some examples? If so, please could you ...

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  9. Helpful (12)

    "Is a good choice...when you have no other choice!"

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    Current Employee - PMO/BA in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a good opportunity for grads to work for big companies that they wouldn't be able to get into otherwise. If you are lucky...it can be a good career start.

    Cons

    Training is performed usually by ex trainees that had more knowledge, were not placed with a client..and VOILÁ! They become trainers (lol). Not all of them, but with some that's the case. Sales (account managers) treat you like crap (around 80% of them) - and I am saying this considering that I have a very high crap tollerance and I've always got along with them. For them you are just a puppet that must be sold to clients....

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    Advice to Management

    Educate those crappy account managers to treat the trainees/beached with more respect!!! We are not your slaves, neither your dogs. We bring the revenue to the company.

    FDM Group2016-03-25

    FDM Group Response

    April 19, 2016Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your comments. In response to some of your points I would like to mention that I only know of 2 trainers who were both trainees with FDM prior to becoming trainers themselves. This is out of circa 30 trainers in country. Both trainers joined FDM with great credentials, ...

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  10. Helpful (25)

    "DO NOT DO IT!!! - CAREER SUICIDE"

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

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

    Pros

    If you're a woman, then its s good company. Used to have good clients but most banks have left them No other pros

    Cons

    once you finish training, the office will demotivate and force you to go for any job, any role and any location. if you dont take that regardless of circumstances, they'll threaten to sue you. They'll ALWAYS blame you and point the finger at you even if senior management or account managers are to blame. Help with relocation is non existent and they could tell you that you'll be at a firm for 12 months, but fdm will...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as people rather than as products that you sell or remove. Stop taking advantage of graduates who have faith.

    FDM Group2016-03-17
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