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FDM Group Project Manager Reviews

Updated 20 Oct 2019

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3.3
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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
13 Ratings
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Getting Back to Business Program"

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    • 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.

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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 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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    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. I'm certain as the program matures these subtle things will be ironed out. This week we celebrated its first anniversary- hurrah.

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    FDM Group2017-09-08
  2. "Great start to your career"

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    • 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.

    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
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Ex Forces Programme"

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    • 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

    Advice to Management

    Tell it how it is without the spin

    FDM Group2016-11-23
  4. "IT Consultant"

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    • 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.

    FDM Group2019-10-20
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great people, bad business. All of the people you meet are wonderful, but being successful is a hit or miss."

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    • Senior Management
    IT Consultant/Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    The classroom setting makes an easy transition. If you're coming right out of school to join the workforce, this is a nice way to slowly integrate yourself. You sit in a classroom like setting learning real world material and for some classes, applying these skills to real world problems instead of sandbox, predetermined issues. Interview preps and feedbacks are a goldmine. You can't imagine how many interviews you will fail in life and wish someone would have just told you why they felt you didn't fit the part. Despite that clients are not obligated to provide feedback and that you are not always guaranteed to get any, when you do, it's some of the most valuable information you could ever receive for life. Certifications are a huge plus. While you're in a specific track, some classes will offer certifications. This is a major advantage for anyone in any industry. Even if you never use it a day in your life, you received a certification for free that you were able to fully dedicate all of your time to and there's nothing more anyone could ask for. If you're not placed with a client after you're finished training, you can still pursue more certifications while you wait ALL FOR FREE.

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    Cons

    No health care until you're assigned a client. This could last until who knows when and if you're a self sufficient individual who doesn't use a parent's or spouse's insurance plan, then this level of uncertainty is definitely not for you. Low pay for an indefinite amount of time. You're made aware of the minimum wage pay from the beginning and that you'll only make about $45K in your 1st gig (if that client still needs you. Clients have been known to "let go" employees for various reasons then their salaries drop to $30K), but all of this pay talk is contingent on you getting assigned to a client in the first place, so get "comfortable" with a minimum wage lifestyle in the heart of NYC (if you're assigned there). Remember: this contract is for 2 years. Client placement has no real algorithm. Unfortunately upon my arrival, FDM had more inventory than it had clients. My group was the newest to arrive yet one of team members was getting more interviews than those who had already completed or were almost finished their training. The people still lingering in the office waiting for placement were actively asking for jobs and getting interview tips but were being bypassed entirely. Even the levels of education and work experience didn't help. If you had more education and experience than someone else, that actually didn't boost your chances of getting assigned a client or even getting an interview faster than your classmates. Placements are pure luck.

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    Advice to Management

    I know it's more of a selling point to bring people in, but maybe this job shouldn't be pandered to already working individuals or those looking for a career change. This business model is more far more suited for college students and people still at home with little to no responsibilities of their own.

    FDM Group2018-07-25
  6. Helpful (104)

    "READ READ READ, THIS IS THE TRUTH!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pro to FDM is if you HAVE NO OPTIONS AT ALL, I am talking like you have had no job for 6 months+ or are incapable of speaking English then use them. That's not a pro. Then it becomes a dire relationship where you have to accept their terrible terms.

    Cons

    FDM is a company who takes advantage of you by creating a system of modern day IT indentured servitude. -It's a two year contract where you are underpaid drastically. You will make about 32K after taxes. Most of these jobs are 80K+ a year positions and FDM only offers you 43k your first year. Do the math. Go to a recruiter instead. -The clients are not that great. Yes they are well known banks. BUT, you are not in Front Office. So the name doesn't matter. You are essentially a back office IT worker who will be taken advantage of. - They pay you for 8 hours of work a day but anyone who works in Finance knows that no one works 8 hours a day. Its between 9 to 12 hour days plus add in your commute from the suburbs because you will not be able to live in the City you are working in. -Account Managers do not know what they are doing. They do not email you back or have no interest in there jobs. Let's be honest they are placing people in IT jobs. How can anyone be passionate about that? -The training program isn't a real training program. I do not know who gives them these awards but they must be blind. You learn nothing and their trainers are mediocre at best. - The positive reviews here are not from Consultants, this is from management and marketing teams. FDM has to improve their image in order to recruit. There reputation online is terrible and terrible in general as well. They are now a public company so image matters, even if its all lies. -If you are a current Consultant and FDM responds to your reviews asking you to politely to email HR with your "suggestions" -> It's a trap. FDM conducts reviews while you are being "trained." which are not anonymous. One of the trainees in my class gave them a honest assessment, he was called to meet with his trainers who scolded him into submission. Essentially they grilled him on why he wasn't happy with them and kept the door open to dismissing him if he kept it up. ***Now here is the challenge for those of you read this, IF YOU THINK I AM NOT TRUTHFUL, go to LinkedIn, search for former FDM consultants, and ask them if this is the truth or not. MOST OF THEM WILL AGREE WITH THIS. The best way to find out is to research. So ask away. PRO TIP: Learn UNIX command line and Basic SQL online by yourself using tools such as YouTube, W3 schools, Code Academy, and other University sites. Put them on your resume and send to IT recruiters. Say you are looking for entry level positions in Application Support, Business Analysis, Development, and Project management. Most have positions available to them and will be happy to help you. Banks constantly look for young talent in tech. Cut out the middle man.

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    FDM Group2016-06-16
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Takes awhile but end goal is worth it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager/Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Puts you in job positions you wouldn't normally be able to get, at big name companies. Really gives you that leg into the industry.

    Cons

    You have to sacrifice pay, 2 years of your time, your pay, your ability to move to another job, and did I mention your pay? They pay you nickles and dimes in the first 2 years of working, barely enough to survive on your own in NYC.

    FDM Group2016-03-07
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Project Manager in Frankfurt am Main
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, fast start, responsibility

    Cons

    no benefits, trainees are not integrated

    FDM Group2016-03-07
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Closest Thing to Slavery a recent graduate will ever find"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    You get a job.

    Cons

    I know a lot of people that usually get into FDM are recent graduates anxious about getting a job in such a tough job market(I know because I was one). Specially if you have low resources or your loans are starting to kick in soon. BUT sit down, study hard(12 hours a day hard) for a month and apply to a bunch of interviews including outside of what you want to do(At FDM you are not likely to get the position that they offered you). It will save you a lot of pain. If all else fails then it is inevitable. You will be treated like an animal during training. You have to do what they ask you or else you will be kicked out and possibly asked to pay for a part of the training. I was infrequently cursed at by some staff from management. If the company that you are placed at decides that they don't want your contract anymore then they can send you back for any reason they want or with no reason and FDM will make you pay for a part of the contract. I know someone who had to pay several thousands when that person was sent back to FDM. Last but not least, look at the reviews. Does it really make sense that there are so many 1 star and 5 star reviews? Furthermore, a lot of the 5 star reviews say "You have to be willing to meet FDM halfway" or something along those lines. Sit down, study hard and take another job. You will be better off.

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    Advice to Management

    Management is very well aware of all the deficiencies but they just don't care. What about caring about the people that are making the money for you. Actually, don't even care but try to be a bit more fair.

    FDM Group2015-07-17
  10. Helpful (16)

    "Ok for new college graduates looking to start their careers (and you CAN'T find a job)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    -Provides a free training program in SQL, Oracle, UNIX, VBA, ITIL, and project management * -Provides an opportunity to work with blue chip firms (e.g UBS, RBS, HSBC etc) -Provides training in application support, java development, and project management * Training is free only if you decide to wave the fee as stated in the contract

    Cons

    - Training can last 3-4 months (depends on your concentration) and it is UNPAID - Much of the training can be completed online - NO guarantee that you will be place with their clients after training - PMO trainees rarely are placed in business/project analyst roles* - Sales team do not communicate well with trainees** - Salary is below the market rate In addition to the 3-4months of training, you contracted to remain with the company for 90 days (extra 3 months) to be placed with their clients. Those three months commence once you have been "signed off" from training. They tend to lag on this process which is completely UNFAIR because you may wait a month before you are officially signed off. *FDM is essentially an IT service company. A lot of their clients send job requests for people in the java development and application support training program. Rarely, a BA/PM role comes across especially entry-level (0-1 year experience). PMO trainees can seek additional training in the java development and application support program to boost up their resumes, but if you have absolutely NO interest in the technical side then it will be awhile before you are placed. **You have to be extremely vocal towards sales team to be place in a role that fits you. PMO trainees can be put forth an app support roles--even if you are NOT interested.

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    Advice to Management

    FDM NY office seriously needs to improve the communication among the sales, trainees, and trainers. The sales team should not just sell trainees to any roles just to earn commission. They should be able to match job opportunities suitable to each trainee. This could be done by speaking to the trainees about their training through the FDM Academy. Also, trainers tend to lag the "sign-off" process which means trainees have to remain longer at the Academy--with NO pay. The contract should be revised to indicate if trainees have completed their training and have not been "signed off" after a week by a trainer then they are officially signed off from training.

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    FDM Group2011-09-07
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