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FDM Group Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
584 Ratings
  1. "Good for grads"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Good client base with large companies

    Cons

    Sub par training and London office needs update to IT infrastructure

    FDM Group2019-04-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "An Exploitative firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a good client list

    Cons

    Salary is below average. Annual Leave is poor in comparison to other firms. Pension scheme only pays in based on the absolute base salary of £20k, anything above that does not count towards your pension. Internal staff seem to not know what to do. You HAVE to be geographically flexible and this could mean a big move from where you originally trained.

    Advice to Management

    Change how you compensate your staff and then you may attract stronger talent. The benefits package is beyond weak.

    FDM Group2019-05-10
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Idea"

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    Current Employee - Trainee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solves the catch 22 of education/experience. Their clients are at global stand. Really very impressive!

    Cons

    little financial support (living expenses) through lengthy training

    Advice to Management

    For the amount of money made from placement, there is plenty of space for a little more financial aid to the trainees whilst still recouping investment from academy.

    FDM Group2019-03-27
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    "Mixed Feelings"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Well connected firm with good reputation. - Chance to gain valuable skills and experiences, depending on the project(s) you secure. - Can be a good stepping stone if skills and experiences are properly utilised.

    Cons

    - Due to the high supply of consultants at the firm; consultants tend to be treated as a number, because they can easily be replaced. - Account managers do not know the skills and experiences of consultants to recommend them for suitable jobs; account managers use the ”shot gun” approach, that is they tend to offer the client 10+ candidates for a position. The client likely selects consultant out of the bunch. - Limited...

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    Advice to Management

    While FDM worked out for me, I am aware of plenty of consultants who have had horrible experiences with the company. The most noticeable problem for me, is the business model used by the firm; it capitalises on the large supply of graduates each year who are hungry to work for a financial institution. As such, consultants are treated as short term assets that the company makes large profits on for the first 2 years. ...

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    FDM Group2019-04-13
  5. Helpful (1)

    "You get exactly what you sign up for"

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    Current Employee - BI Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are honest about what the contract entails They do work with some very large firms, It is a great opportunity to get a big name on the CV The stream specific training was good The 2 years is a good time to get your skills polished for the next stage of your career

    Cons

    2 years is too long of a commitment, 18 months would be a better starting point. Low salary compared to similar institutions As a firm they aren't terribly interested in your development, it's really on you to work out what you want to get out of your placement (an approach I actually rather appreciated but I know is a drawback for many)

    FDM Group2019-03-29
  6. Helpful (2)

    "PMO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    helps you to get initial experience

    Cons

    no pay until you're placed and once you're placed in the first and second years they take 50-60% of the daily rate you earn at the client and this still remains at roughly 35% in third year and beyond that.

    Advice to Management

    Dont set pay limits on third years and be straight up with your employees rather than misleading them on placement times

    FDM Group2019-04-09
  7. "Good"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at FDM Group full-time

      Pros

      Good company to work for

      Cons

      2 year contract is long

      FDM Group2019-03-25
    • "Great company to work for"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at FDM Group full-time

        Pros

        People are generally nice with lots of comraderie

        Cons

        Can sometime function as a small company. No real job description. Decisions are not always transparent.

        FDM Group2019-03-23
      • "Good"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at FDM Group full-time

        Pros

        good for people who have bad degree

        Cons

        bad management sometimes, depends on location

        Advice to Management

        good

        FDM Group2019-03-21
      • Helpful (1)

        "New career in IT consulting"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at FDM Group full-time

        Pros

        Training and opening new doors Opportunities for continual professional development Support - all the benefits of being an employee whilst consulting/contracting with different clients, projects and locations. Large client base

        Cons

        Slow internal processes Dated systems Minimal notice for interviews and some basic prep work

        FDM Group2019-03-18
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