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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "blue chip companies"

Updated 2 Jan 2020

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3.2
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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
749 Ratings
Pros
  • "Foot in the door to blue chip companies(in 88 reviews)

  • "The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme(in 74 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 159 reviews)

  • "2 year contract with buy out cost(in 80 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. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Current Employee - PMO 

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Work with a blue chip company

    Cons

    Low pay. They only care about placing you with their clients for any role, not your career

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to FDMers reviews

    FDM Group2019-10-08
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Limited opportunities and bad treatmenet of employees"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities (if one of few to get an interview) to get placed with blue-chip companies. Take on varying backgrounds and don't discriminate based on this/ take on those with a 2:2 Opportunity to develop skills that can help you in the workplace (presentation/confidence/IT skills)

    Cons

    Employees unable to communicate their concerns to newcomers as they get into trouble/damages the company's reputation. Persuaded by recruiters to join and made to seem better than it is Tied by strict contract - unpaid training period for about 2 months and it's sold that you get placed by the end of your training however this has not been the case for a lot of people. You then have to stay with them for another 90 days (still unpaid) while they try to find a place for you. Requirement to be geographically flexible and most likely move down to London (could be a pro if you want this). No support if circumstances change and you no longer want this/can't move which can cause a lot of stress/anxiety. Bad treatment of employees - opinion shared by most people i know that work there, seen more as an object with no freedom/space to choose not to relocate etc even if your circumstances change. You're expected to continue to be proactive and motivated even if you've finished your training, not being paid and might be forced to move to London outside of your will. Pay not great in comparison to similar roles if applying directly as company takes a very large cut.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay trainees in the UK offices as it is very difficult to live for 5 months with no pay/not much time for part time work. Support trainees more in relocating concerns/troubles.

    FDM Group2019-11-04
  4. "Software developer at FDM"

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    Current Employee - IT 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

    -Near-guarantee of role with blue chip companies -Base wage while not on-site -Door to entry into tech without comsci background -Generally okay at providing some form of training when necessary -Reasonable entry salary, good salary after 2 years. It is what it says on the tin, you will get a job, you will get experience and from there you can pave your own future

    Cons

    -Training is arbitrary -Minimal Annual leave/sick pat -May be allocated to role that doesn't match your skillset/interest with no ability to turn down 'oppurtunity' -long, mandatory, often not particularly useful training

    Advice to Management

    -Improve treatment of consultants -Increase lenience in edge cases (i.e. allowing trainees to wait for interview results to come through before assigning them a role unwillingly)

    FDM Group2019-07-06
  5. Helpful (1)

    "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 helpful and very considerate to the individual needs of everyone. Another big positive of this course were the external industrial certifications covered by the programme. The successful trainee in the BA/PMO Graduate Programme would acquire a certificate in ITIL and BA Foundations. One thing that is certain is that FDM is a gateway to blue chip companies. The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme. Large companies such as DeutscheBank and HSBC are one of the key clients to FDM My current placement is in HSBC and I can definitely say that the training is extremely relevant to my role. I managed to secure this placement in the 4th week of my training, so the opportunities are definitely there to grab

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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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "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
  7. "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
  8. Helpful (3)

    "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 (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 extra training through a third party - Competitive pay - Transparent about previous bad reviews and explained trying to change people's experiences. Got the sense they were actively trying to change poor situations from being repeated.

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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 if it was only my experience but not a great environment for the intense training scheme. - FDM does give a level of training and chance to go into blue-chip companies but it also feels like giving them the FDM badge and chuck them at whichever company will take them for the high margins. I could understand their extremely fast growth and high level of new competitors after being there. - Had to accept the first offer you got, no exceptions - even if you were likely to receive more than one over the course. - If you have no experience previously, very likely to go into project support. - Would not recommend if serious about business consultancy. - Unpaid training is a pain, a large proportion of people having to work nights and weekends to support themselves through it, again not a good thing with the training intensity. I feel it shows the level in which FDM cares very little for their consultants and just wants the profit once they're placed. - Hit with fee of £20,000 if you leave after 2 weeks which is laughable for the training they provide. If one class of 20 left (6 week cycles, multiple cycles at once) £400,000 would have to be paid. There is no way the cost of a (maybe) £30,000pa teacher, recycled homemade teaching material and overheads for the 6 weeks would equate to that. It is purely to bully people into staying. Which again I feel is quite representative of how badly they want the margins on each worker and care very little for the individual as a whole. - Merged the analyst, project management and risk and assurance into a 'business stream' - learn a little of each instead of a lot of one. Again, has helped the business model as each consultant could do any role that comes up - a lucky dip if they joined for a specific role. - If you're serious about business consultancy, the industry of a company you would like to work for or the role you would like to do, this is not the company for you.

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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
  10. "Graduate Program"

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    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
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