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FDM Group Trainee Reviews

Updated 18 May 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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  1. 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 for 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
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good but risky"

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    Former Employee - Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new technology skills

    Cons

    If you drop out, you have to pay a lot of fees

    FDM Group2019-05-18
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Former Trainee on Software Development Stream"

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    Former Employee - Trainee Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Mmm works for some people I guess

    Cons

    FDM hired me on the basis that my chemical engineering degree would be transferraable. One month into their intense training, they dropped me with no warning due to me failing a couple tests. From my understanding we had three chances to pass. Also they wanted us to learn JAVA in four days, is this possible? Highly unlikely. As it was out of the two week period and as it was their choice, they didn’t charge...

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    Advice to Management

    You exploit graduates and it is a shame

    FDM Group2019-04-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Training at FDM Glasgow"

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    Current Employee - FDM Group Trainee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is nice and available when you need help Good opportunities for jobs Located nicely

    Cons

    Poor Coffee Aside from that, nothing I can think of.

    FDM Group2019-01-10

    FDM Group Response

    April 12, 2019Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased to hear that you have been benefiting from the support networks at FDM. I wish you the best of luck in your career. Sheila Flavell - FDM COO

  5. "Trainee Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Trainee Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good clients to go work for.

    Cons

    Bad training, Everything is so rushed. Need to have previous experience before thinking to join the company.

    FDM Group2019-01-20
  6. Helpful (52)

    "Truth and nothing but, I implore you to read if you are genuinely considering joining FDM"

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

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

    Pros

    For those without experience, who are willing and able to commit over 2 years to FDM, you will be exposed to good technical training in a variety of programming languages and practical training. IF you are lucky, you may even get a good placement in a role you desire at a great firm which could be a great start to your career. Trainers are genuine and very nice. Trainees are like yourselves and you can make many...

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    Cons

    Let's establish something that FDM very hesitantly talks about... this is a gamble. You have ZERO guarantee over a few major issues during your employment with FDM. 1- You may not get placed 2- You can get placed with any firm (good or bad) and you have ZERO say in the matter 3- You may not get a role you want and again have ZERO say in the matter 4- You can be placed anywhere in the UK and have ZERO say in...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat the trainees with some respect, we are told that we are peers and colleagues in our first week but spoken down to and treated like products to be sold by account managers and other seniors of FDM. Tell 'The Warden' to stop yelling at Trainees like they are children in the break room... we were told that we are 'Colleagues and peers', not 'Teacher and students', so please treat us with the same respect that is...

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    FDM Group2018-03-24
  7. "If you have a chance, don't join FDM, unless it is your last chance"

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    Former Employee - Trainee Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    You might have chance to work in the top investment bank as their tiny supporter.

    Cons

    1. In contract, you are not their employee, you are FDM's product for sell to their clients 2. In contract, you can't say no to their arrangement, if they want to send you to somewhere you don't want to go. 3. In contract, you have to stay with FDM for 2 years if you are got a chance to work with a clients. The salary is £22,000 p.a. for the first year and £24,000 for the second year. In the meantime, if you leave FDM,...

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    Advice to Management

    The business model might be good, but it make everyone working in here hate FDM.

    FDM Group2018-02-09

    FDM Group Response

    February 16, 2018Commercial Director

    I’m very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with FDM and especially that you think we don’t care about our consultants. Our people are the most important part of our business, which is why we invest a significant amount of resources into launching careers. We appreciate ...

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  8. "Review of FDM group when I was a trainee"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant Trainee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    A very informative and thorough induction to the academy. They harboured a strong work ethic yet also relaxed office atmosphere. The teaching was good and facilities they had to offer near the forefront of the IT industry. The layout of the offices and building is very contemporary and uplifting. Its a nice place to do work in some modern office surroundings. The location of the academy was excellent, close to...

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    Cons

    Some important info was missing, for example that there is an online learning environment (LMS) and also how to access this. Crucial information that was provided only later on. There wasnt enough work stations for the number of trainees at one point and meant that I had little room to work at a desk and I was crammed into a small part on another desk. This wasnt a good arrangement to have. Some of the pro-skills...

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    Advice to Management

    If it

    FDM Group2017-12-12

    FDM Group Response

    December 14, 2017CIO

    Thank you for your review. I’m glad you recognise the benefits of joining FDM including the facilities, the training and the atmosphere. We welcome all feedback and are always looking for ways to improve. I would be interested to discuss your feedback further, especially around the ...

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  9. Helpful (11)

    "Good trainers but bad environment of work..."

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    Current Employee - Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training that allows you to improve your technical knowledge. Gets used to the 9-5 system Office is very pleasant Good relationship between trainees

    Cons

    They not very clear with the terms & Conditions. They basically sell you a dream, making you think that you have a guaranteed job at the end of the training and then when you meet signed off trainees that have been waiting for placement several weeks you start concerning but it’s too late because you already past the first 2 weeks of training. The relationship between trainees and the administrators of FDM is awful. They...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more clear with the training agreement. Smile at trainees to make them feel welcome to the office Try to motivate trainees because there are loads of them that lose their hope and motivation during the training. Don’t change trainees streams only because it will suit clients.

    FDM Group2017-12-06
  10. "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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