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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "blue chip companies"

Updated 17 Aug 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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Pros
  • "Access to placement with blue Chip companies to get started in the industry(in 84 reviews)

  • "The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme(in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • "Might have a feeling that you are a product of the company, so account managers would try their best to sell you to their clients(in 146 reviews)

  • "2 year Contract hanging over your head(in 65 reviews)

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  1. "IT Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Foot in the door to blue chip companies

    Cons

    Must commit to geographically flexible

    FDM Group2019-06-04
  2. "Business Stream - Great Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    It’s now been 6 months since I started my journey with FDM. I took part in the BA/PMO Graduate Programme in Birmingham's FDM Academy. The training itself has its pro and cons. It is very demanding and challenging and it requires constant efforts because in the end of each week you have multiple assessments. The way the different modules were structured was not ideal but the trainers and the account managers were very...

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    Cons

    The amount of money that you owe FDM in case your contact is terminated before the 2 years is heavily overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    Add more courses that include external certifications

    FDM Group2019-05-02
  3. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Provides opportunity for grads to work in blue chip firm - More project knowledge

    Cons

    -Doesn't have a structured work on client site as it differs with each project.

    FDM Group2018-11-28
  4. "None"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Good company for people looking at first experience in blue chip companies

    Cons

    Too much politics, and high school ambiance

    FDM Group2018-11-07
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good if you couldn't get into a blue chip company through application. Bad if you're interested in business consultancy."

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

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

    Pros

    - Free coffee - Reimbursed for travel - Nice instructors - Friendly reception - If could not get into Blue Chip companies through applications, will work well for you. Was told most people who get placed in a company are likely to be offered a place, which seemed reasonable as you've been trained for the role for, as told, usually 2 years. - Re-trains ex-army which is good - Access to a large database of online...

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    Cons

    - Training extremely fast, 6 weeks to go from no experience in certain areas to master things such as Excel VBA, SQL, presenting and be ready for the working environment. Not feasible for most workers I saw, however, it does give a good base understanding. - Sizeable portion of other candidates did not take the job seriously, I suppose as a result of the relatively easy assessment centre and interview process. Not sure...

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    Advice to Management

    The managers at Leeds seemed nice enough. The higher management business model is money hungry at the expense of the average consultant.

    FDM Group2018-09-10
  6. "Graduate Program"

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    Former Employee - Support Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Company keen to enrol new graduates and train them to see them off to blue-chip companies

    Cons

    Minimal contact once sent to the clients

    FDM Group2018-09-02
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not as advertised!"

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

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    - Qualifications obtained on completion of course - Opportunities to work with blue chip companies

    Cons

    - Lack of structured timetable - Instructor would disappear for most of the day then expect 'students' to stay behind a little later than necessary, wouldn't have minded so much if I was actually being taught somethjng but I wasnt.

    FDM Group2018-10-03
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Possibilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, lively atmosphere. Company is always keen to up-skill its staff and help them progress into more senior roles. Happy to help trainee's achieve their goals to work in blue-chip companies and see them get involved in some very exciting projects.

    Cons

    There could be more social activities.

    FDM Group2018-08-23
  9. Helpful (14)

    "Worst graduate scheme there is. Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Legal Advisor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Potential in finding a placement with a blue-chip firm - Open offices, full of young like-minded graduates with a sense of camaraderie - Free tea - Nice location if you do your training at the London office

    Cons

    - Poor sense of management structure - Lack of empathy and basic consideration for the needs of their trainees - took 2 days off due to health reasons and was terminated from their training programme due to this, despite producing sufficient evidence to prove that these days off where due to circumstances beyond my control. Both HR and the Academy Managers did not accept this. I sat exams for SQL in the morning of the...

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    Advice to Management

    - More transparency - More empathy to trainees if they are unable to attend one of the training days due to unforeseeable circumstances that are beyond their control. HR and the Academy Managers should NOT threaten their trainees that if they take one day off, this will mean automatic dismissal. - Moreover, when I was dismissed, I requested a letter to stipulate the exact reasons why they made that decision. This...

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    FDM Group2018-03-30

    FDM Group Response

    April 12, 2018Commercial Director

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with FDM and that you don’t think we care about you. Our people are the most important part of our business and we invest a significant amount of resources into launching careers. We appreciate that the programme may not suit everyone, ...

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  10. "Good Start for grads"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Access to blue chip/large public and private companies -Training provided (can start with no experience) -Fairly easy recruitment process

    Cons

    -Low salary when you get a job -2 year contract you have to stick to -Poor to little support once placed in a job

    Advice to Management

    Work with employees to find them the right role rather then send them off to random position (for example a Business Analyst to Product specialist)

    FDM Group2018-01-11

    FDM Group Response

    January 17, 2018Commercial Director

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you recognise the value of the training and the client placement opportunities we provide. We do try to accommodate preferences for roles where possible and, we like to encourage our consultants to join the clients as a permanent employee after ...

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