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FDM Group Reviews

Updated 20 October 2017
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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
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Pros
  • Gain valuable experience (when placed on site with blue chip companies) (in 62 reviews)

  • Opportunities to work with renowned clients (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Account Managers are greedy people that don't care about your career development (in 99 reviews)

  • And else you will be miserable under the 2-year contract (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "PSO trainee (graduate)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Support in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm a trainee so this is an honest review of my time at FDM so far.

    1)Amazing training!
    2)Qualified and experienced trainers and leadership.
    3)Support staff are always friendly and willing to help.
    4)Excellent peer support if you are struggling there is always someone who will lend you a hand.
    5)If you are hard working and network with the account managers you will enjoy your time at FDM!

    Cons

    The coffee isn't great.
    Method for expenses payments can be improved.

    Apparently I need to have a minimum of 20 words for these cons but I truly have nothing else to say in regard to cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!
    Encouraging trainees to socialise amongst each other is always helpful. I was lucky to get a great group but some groups are shy and don't socialise as much.

    FDM Group Response

    4 Jan 2017 – CIO

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I’m pleased to hear that you are enjoying your journey with FDM and wish you the best of luck in your career.

    Jonathan Young – CIO


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Coming to work is never a chore"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    - Outstanding office and facilities: always clean, modern, great central location, great kitchen/coffee machines, great stationary provided, desk and chairs are very comfortable, open plan office and no closed doors, games area
    - People: everyone is so down to earth and nice. There is no visible hierarchy and anyone at any level can comfortably speak to another. Lots of integration between teams, so you get to meet new faces in the office all the time. Generally everyone is positive, driven and has a good attitude towards work and problem-solving.
    - Management: very friendly and approachable, train you well, open to suggestions, down to earth and present in the office with the team, caring and inquisitive as to how you are getting on. Constructively critical if something goes wrong.
    - Other: the opportunity to train yourself on areas that you desire is there, all you have to do is ask. The company are also not afraid if change so if you have suggestions, you are encouraged to say them.

    Cons

    - starting holiday offering is not great (20 days but you have to take 3 for Christmas so technically 17 of your choice)
    - there is no set time for social activities, this has to be organised yourself if you want to do something on the side of extra fun. It would be good to have some after work clubs or something like "dress down Friday" once a month just to boost employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to your teams to see what small things could be done to make coming to work even better e.g. small perks or processes that could be improved. Or have a suggestion box. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing!

    FDM Group Response

    12 Oct 2017 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I'm glad you're enjoying your career with FDM. We are always looking for ways to improve and I completely agree that social activities are important... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good transition for Military"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time (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 Group Response

    9 Oct 2017 – 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... More


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  5. "A stepping Stone Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and develop

    Cons

    Poor Communication
    Still a small company with only a few hundred staff members
    You need to be part of the director's friendship group to get a good role.


  6. "Trainee"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Ok company to work for

    Cons

    Processes and tools need to be updated

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bad experience with cheating company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    give you some beautiful fake wish

    Cons

    sign a contract which limits you to work for them for two years.

    FDM Group Response

    19 Oct 2017 – Commercial Director

    I’m very sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your experience with FDM. We appreciate that the programme may not suit everyone, which is why we spend time upfront going through the model and all the... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review of FDM Group"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great training within the financial industry and project management.

    Cons

    Some courses are let down due to structure and instructor knowledge.
    Compensation has led to disagreements between consultants and management.
    Poor communication once consultant is placed.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication
    Fairer compensation


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Experience to forgive and forget"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Training
    Training Staff are helpful
    Cross training stream collaboration
    Opportunities to help corporate
    Ability to gain professional certifications
    Mentor Programme
    Supports Ex-Forces

    Cons

    High staff turnover
    Trainees get preferential treatment over employed consultants
    Doesn't meet occupational health standards
    No real progression
    No real innovation
    Zero flexibility regarding personal situation
    Has no understanding of real diversity
    Training is unpaid
    You have to pay for your own CPD (unless it's for a role)

    Advice to Management

    Increase engagement with trainees and consultants and improve channels of communication between Academy and Corporate. Stop treating trainees and consultants the same way seeing as you have a greater duty of care for employees. Introduce better procedures and policies regarding geo-flexibility ensuring that it is within reason and in line with other companies.


  10. "Java Developer at FDM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and co workers

    Cons

    Good period of time before you start getting paid


  11. "training academy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    there was a really good collection of trainers

    Cons

    the server was down for the software developers to work outside the office hours


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