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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
11 Ratings
  1. "IT Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Foot in the door to blue chip companies

    Cons

    Must commit to geographically flexible

    FDM Group2019-06-04
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good way of getting your foot in the door of a good client, but FDM are not an employer who you can work for long term"

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    Current Employee - Digital Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good client base, and some great roles to be placed in to. Lots of scope to gain experience in your field. Pay is okay for a grad scheme, but low compared to market rates in IT once you get towards the end of the 2 year commitment.

    Cons

    No choice over where you get placed, even what role you do - if you're on the PMO stream and want to be a PM, FDM will place you in the next available business role such as a BA role and even roles that have nothing to do with IT - its bums on seats that counts to them unfortunately and their consultants are livestock to them - £££. That said, if you get lucky and get a client, role and location that suits you then its...

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    Advice to Management

    Value your people more - for such a people-oriented business, the disregard for consultants is shocking - the most common feedback you hear from consultants is that FDM don't care and only get in touch when they want something and are impossible to get hold of when we need something from them. Improve the pay and benefits offering for staff - particularly those who have served beyond 2 years, the current model doesn't...

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    FDM Group2019-04-26
  3. "Good stepping stone into IT industry"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Network, opportunities, training, opening doors to great placements

    Cons

    Slow to respond to HR issues, lack of onsite support, viewed as a resource and not an employee

    FDM Group2018-12-15
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Return to Work Consultant Scheme"

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    Current Employee - Project Support Manager in Manchester City Centre, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is thorough, clients that you are placed with are of a high calibre . FDM staff are supportive and knowledgeable. Salaries are fair. Biggest pros are the opportunities available both during the two year placement period and thereafter in terms of clients and job roles.

    Cons

    7 weeks of training with some expenses paid, relatively reasonable amount but it can be a tight .

    FDM Group2018-07-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Back to Business - Glasgow"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant/Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'd been looking for a role for 5 years, and not succeeded. FDM recognised my potential and took me through their intensive 7 week "Back to Business" programme in Glasgow, which gave really useful training, confidence building, and repeated interview practice. At the end of the seven weeks I had a successful interview, and two weeks later I'm in a role I enjoy with a great client. I wish I'd found FDM years ago.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits aren't the best, but I expect I'll probably transition to a permanent role with the client after 2 years, so only a minor issue for me

    Advice to Management

    None

    FDM Group2017-12-08

    FDM Group Response

    December 13, 2017Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad the Getting Back to Business Programme worked out well for you and wish you the best of luck in your career. Sheila Flavell - COO

  6. "FDM Ex Forces Advanced Course"

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    Former Employee - Trainee Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent modular training delivered by knowledgable training staff in a modern office environment. Gaining industry recognised project management qualifications & certification

    Cons

    Not many other than perhaps: No placement or job guarantees (but you need to understand the business model and accept the rules)

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting and encouraging the valuable source of hugely experienced potential PMs from across the Armed Forces Family.

    FDM Group2017-10-29

    FDM Group Response

    November 22, 2017Deputy MD & Head of the Ex-Forces Programme

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m glad you enjoyed your journey with FDM and that you would recommend it to others. We are always looking for ways to continue improving the programme and welcome all feedback. If you’re willing to discuss your feedback further with ...

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Good transition for Military"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Foot in the door route for many leaving the Military. Able to train and certify and in some excellent areas.

    Cons

    Flexibility of locations but also the unpaid during the first 6 weeks is not always welcomed and nor is a further 6 weeks after training if no placement is found. However this is briefed and is an individual risk.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a basic payment during training or between weeks 6-12 in order to ensure staff do no go 12 full weeks unpaid. Even £200 per week would be helpful.

    FDM Group2017-10-04

    FDM Group Response

    October 9, 2017Deputy MD & Head of the Ex-Forces Programme

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m glad you enjoyed your journey with FDM and that you would recommend it to others. We have little control over the location of placements unfortunately as these are determined by our clients, which is why flexibility is a requirement. ...

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Getting Back to Business Program"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an excellent program. The FDM business model is fantastic. It's fair. They train you and mentor you for several weeks and in return you work for a modest salary for 2 years. They are open and honest about this throughout. There are three streams, Graduates, Ex-Forces are Getting Back to Business. You get to meet really interesting people from different walks of life. It's inspirational. FDM takes people who...

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    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard. No work life balance during training you will have to put the hours in. Interviews will mean you may be pulled out of course making it hard to focus. The IT system configuration could be more user friendly given its an IT consultancy could be more slick to match the fancy office. The expenses process would be better replaced with a flat weekly bursary saving on administrative overhead. You may...

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    Advice to Management

    At times I felt that some of the trainers were not clear on the difference of their target audience. For instance the comment "I'm happy for you to leave early for revision time as long as you clear it with the program manager." was said by a couple of the trainers. This felt a little juvenile as we are grown responsible adults. To be fair the program manager never questioned our schedule at this micro level. Thank goodness....

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    FDM Group2017-09-08

    FDM Group Response

    September 13, 2017Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased to hear that you would recommend the programme to others and that you enjoy the working environment. FDM is all about giving people opportunities from all walks of life and that's what has always inspired me too. I'm sure you will do very well ...

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  9. "Great start to your career"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get placed at great clients in roles that would not be possible if you were to apply through the standard process. Even though the pay is not great, after the two years it is likely that you will be made permanent at the client and salary rises significantly. You also have some really good account managers and trainers who genuinely want you to succeed.

    Cons

    The pay is not great and some of the account managers will try and shoehorn you into a role that isn't the best fit.

    Advice to Management

    Not really advise but just make sure that the right people are being put forward for the most relevant roles.

    FDM Group2017-01-19

    FDM Group Response

    January 31, 2017CIO

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am pleased to hear that you are enjoying your journey with FDM and that you recognise the opportunities ahead. I completely agree that it is crucial to put forward the right people for the right roles and we will continue to do our ...

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ex Forces Programme"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great list of blue chip corporates on the client list

    Cons

    Pay is not so great

    Advice to Management

    Tell it how it is without the spin

    FDM Group2016-11-23

    FDM Group Response

    January 19, 2017Deputy MD & Head of the Ex-Forces Programme

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are as transparent as possible during the recruitment stage and appreciate that the programme may not suit everyone. We are always looking for ways to improve and welcome all feedback. If you have any more feedback, feel free to contact ...

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