FDM Group Project Manager Reviews

Updated 22 Aug 2020

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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
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16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Return to Work Consultant Scheme"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 for 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 .

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Back to Business - Glasgow"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant/Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for 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

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    FDM Group Response

    Chief 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


  3. "FDM Ex Forces Advanced Course"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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    FDM Group Response

    Deputy 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 me, I would welcome the opportunity – please email me at stewart.sharman@fdmgroup.com

  4. Helpful (7)

    "Good transition for Military"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    FDM Group Response

    Deputy 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. 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 me, I would welcome the opportunity – please email me at stewart.sharman@fdmgroup.com Stewart Sharman

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Getting Back to Business Program"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time for 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 are capable but for whatever reason have been overlooked in the open jobs market. They take you and make you marketable. Most people on my program have been placed. The senior team and trainers really care about the program and the directors walk the floor. They are hands on. The company is dynamic and energetic. I've had a long career break and being in this environment has made me feel so optimistic. The company have a real social conscience, its sincere. Yes they make a profit but it's not only about that. Their business model is slightly different.

    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 be interviewing for a role which is not clearly documented as account managers do not always provide a job specification so may at times be tough to pitch yourself accurately. Carving out your career will be your responsibility, their main aim is to get you placed asap. If you expect to pick and chose the roles you may be disappointed.

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    FDM Group Response

    Chief 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 in your career - good luck and well done so far. Sheila Flavell - COO

  6. "Great start to your career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    FDM Group Response

    CIO

    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 best to ensure these are the right fit. Jonathan Young – CIO

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Ex Forces Programme"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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    FDM Group Response

    Deputy 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 me at stewart.sharman@fdmgroup.com so that we can discuss. Stewart Sharman – Head of ex-Forces

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible good company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Management in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trains you to get good skills in the stream you are on Gives you an opportunity for a dream job

    Cons

    Unpaid training but still very good company

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good to get your career started"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Project Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    - 12 weeks of training in different modules - some trainers are very helpful and patient to help trainees with modules related questions and/or interview related questions - account managers usually try and get trainees placed - very detailed training for self-improvement - good place to start for anyone that is new to the workforce or switching careers

    Cons

    - very low pay (sometimes not even enough for all basic bill payments) - some trainers / internal staff are disrespectful - a very micromanaging environments that prevents "out of the box" thinking - no one is allowed to work remotely and trainees are not accommodated very well if in need

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  10. "IT Consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Project Manager in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    A diversified company with global present

    Cons

    Not much interaction with other consultants assigned to clients.

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