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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "trainees"

Updated 18 Jun 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 83 reviews)

  • "The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme(in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • "Account managers treat you as products without respect(in 138 reviews)

  • "As the training is so in depth, it can be intense at times and occasionally trainees may be required to do work outside of normal business hours(in 94 reviews)

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  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...

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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
  2. "Honest review of FDM Graduate Scheme"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employment for two years. They solve the problem of getting a job in the IT industry with no or little experience. I have been lucky to get a good placement in a good location. That’s the only reason this review gets 3 stars.

    Cons

    Academy: My academy experience was a mixed bag. It’s fast paced so if you apply yourself and put the work in you will do well and get a lot out of it. If you expect the trainers or other people to do things for you are probably not cut out for it. The academy I trained at was disorganised; trainers came in late often and then left before lunch on a Friday when we had loads of content to learn. We had so many problems...

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    Advice to Management

    Make the benefits package more representative to the fee you charge for consultants and the type of work they do. Consider altering the training travel bursary to include the option of one upfront payment to allow trainees to rent a room near the academy if it’s too far to travel everyday. Hold your staff accountable to the same standards you expect of the trainees in both the larger and smaller academies. Modernise...

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    FDM Group2019-05-06
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Not good people"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have links with some large, high profile companies. Pay is decent if you are just out of university.

    Cons

    HR, Account Managers and Sales people treat trainees and consultants with utter contempt. Your concerns and opinions fall on deaf ears. You won't feel valued as a person. You get little choice on your future. Frequently lied to and deceived by the FDM head office staff. Regular displays of incompetence from admin, finance and HR staff lead to errors and miscommunication....

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    Advice to Management

    Treat consultants and trainees like humans instead of the dirt on your shoe. Stop ignoring emails and communicate better with employees.

    FDM Group2019-04-04
  4. 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
  5. Helpful (4)

    "IT Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great clients which potentially you'll get a chance to work with although not guaranteed work on a Taxi Rank service so you can't pick the client although you can make contacts with account managers. Trainers are mixed some absolutely great will stay later or answer emails after 5pm. There are no other discernible benefits to speak of.

    Cons

    So many I'll have to list; No technical training or information provided other than some SQL writing, make sure your ability to research information yourself is strong and you go to the right places online (Don't start onsite and ask what a test environment is won't go down well). In addition the development life cycle they teach you is incorrect and a serious issue management should address, FDM confuse the Design and...

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    Advice to Management

    I didn't expect to be supported on site by FDM but please could you stress that FDMers are to be trained or at lease spend time with there line managers once on site. On the other hand FDM could try some sort of support to staff if this isn't made clear to Clients about training.

    FDM Group2018-12-14
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Horrendous experience"

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

    I worked at FDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    meeting my former colleagues

    Cons

    * the training is rushed and doesn't allow for actual learning every week felt like cramming in for an exam, * disorganised. They've spelt my last name wrong and didn't bother to change it. *Feedback given by "trainers" was sub par and that's putting it mildly. *There was no effort placed in getting you ready for working at those big companies. * The teaching material was horrible and so were the teaching methods...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire some qualified trainers who have teaching experience I don't need people to recite power point slides to me I can do that myself.

    FDM Group2018-10-06
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Regarding their graduate programme - Read this to get more insights about the situation before you start!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    - IT training - free coffee

    Cons

    I don't know where to start: - before starting we were told that we would get £100 a week during our initial training period to cover travel expenses. After starting the training , me along with the other trainees were surprised to find out that they do not actually pay anything! they would only pay if you show them travel receipts, and they would only pay you a maximum of...

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    FDM Group2018-08-05
  8. 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 (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
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Graduate Scheme"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice office location - good opportunity if you can't get anything else. Please bear in mind this should be your LAST RESORT! Try all other places before committing to 2 years of FDM slavery. Please disregard the 5 star reviews, they are written by FDM.

    Cons

    Too many to list on here, some of them are: - sub-standard training to begin with - the training is just an excuse to bill you £20,000 so you dont leave them for the next 2 years. - poor attitude to trainees throughout the company, as mentioned in other reviews - inadequate pay for London; FDM charge the client 3 times what you get paid in the first and second years - you...

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    FDM Group2018-04-16

    FDM Group Response

    May 1, 2018Commercial Director

    I’m sorry to hear you wouldn’t recommend FDM after 3 years and especially your thoughts on the training received. The training is developed specifically to ensure our people excel on client sites and are able to start making a difference from day one. We do ask for a commitment of ...

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  10. Helpful (10)

    "Solid business model, but"

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    Current Employee - MUREX Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great training and access to some top tier clients.

    Cons

    *Some* account managers have no regard or respect for the trainees and merely see them as objects on which to earn commission. They constantly fail to be considerate to the fact they are dealing with another person, who has their own career hopes and ambitions.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the communication chain to have an intermediary between account managers and trainees. The firm really needs someone who can help trainees deal with conflicts with account managers.

    FDM Group2018-03-28

    FDM Group Response

    April 12, 2018Commercial Director

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate and welcome all feedback and I’m sorry to hear about the issues you’ve experienced. We do have a number of initiatives in place to support you at all stages of your career journey. During training, a trainer will act ...

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