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FDM Group Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
1991
Company - Public (FDM )
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
FDM Group is an international services provider with a focus on IT, with over 180 clients across multiple business sectors. FDM’s business model is both unique and robust, bringing people and technology together in the most effective way. With centers in North America ... Read more

Mission: To continue creating and inspiring exciting careers that shape our digital future.

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FDM Group – Why Work For Us?


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The FDM Model

Our unique Careers Program gives university graduates and military veterans award-winning business and technical training in core disciplines. We train tomorrow’s IT and business professionals in our award-winning Academies, and to date FDM has trained thousands of individuals to the highest industry standards in specialties including: Project/Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Software Testing, Java and .NET Software Development, Production Support, MX.3 Production Support, and more. They then progress to represent FDM on client sites as our Consultants for a minimum of two years.

The FDM Careers Program will provide you with essential training, invaluable commercial experience and the opportunity for fast-track career development. We employ the best from a range of backgrounds and our unique combination of training and experience will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career.


Our Culture

FDM takes pride in fostering a dynamic and diverse work environment where our employees are rewarded for their achievements and can work together for success.

We have centers in vibrant cities from New York to Hong Kong. These integral business hubs epitomize our goal to inspire the next generation of IT and business professionals.

FDM hosts events and networking opportunities worldwide, as well as granting achievement awards for exemplary work. We believe that rewarding our staff is important and our Consultants discover from day one that their time with us will be inspiring, engaging and exciting.

FDM Values

  • Ambition: We set ourselves challenging goals and are determined to achieve them
  • Collaboration: We work best when we work together
  • Energy: We thrive on activity and getting things done
  • Inclusivity: We embrace and bring together the best people with diverse backgrounds 
  • Professionalism: We work to high standards
  • Growth: We like to be challenged and have a willingness to learn, innovate and improve

Diversity

 

FDM is truly global in origin and outlook and is proud to be championing diversity in the workplace, with employees from over 60 nationalities working together as a team. We embrace the differences of each one of our employees and use their unique characteristics to make our workforce stronger. FDM’s company culture is driven by this way of thinking, which has helped us to create a dynamic and inclusive workforce worldwide.


Our Clients

FDM has 160+ prestigious clients in a range of exciting industries worldwide. As an FDM Consultant, you will have the opportunity to work onsite with one or more of our clients. Visit the FDM Group YouTube Channel to hear first-hand experiences from FDM Consultants around the world to see where some of them have been placed.



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Unique from other graduate development programs, the FDM model eliminates the catch-22 experienced by many of today’s graduates: qualifications without industry experience. By offering training combined with commercial experience, FDM will prepare you for a successful and defined career in IT or business. 

The FDM Careers Program is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your career in IT and business. As a successful candidate, your award-winning training will take place in our state of the art Academy in New York or in one of our pop-up Academies around the US. Once having completed your training (full-time for approximately 12-16 weeks), you will progress to become a professional IT or business Consultant working onsite with one or more of our prestigious clients for a minimum of two years. 

As an FDM Consultant you will be given the opportunity to work on exciting and current projects and gain instrumental industry experience. FDM Consultants go on to work on engaging projects like fingerprint technology, facial recognition systems, supporting investment banking platforms and testing mobile banking applications.

After fulfilling the two-year commitment representing FDM on client sites, the sky is the limit. You may choose to continue as a senior FDM Consultant and take advantage of the versatility of the role, or will have the opportunity to transfer to a client on a permanent basis.

Apply on our website today!

We accept applications on a rolling basis year-round. 

FDM recruits talented graduates from universities around the US:

 

International Opportunities

Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore

We a currently recruiting a number of high-caliber candidates to take on exciting roles with our clients in Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China. Full training is provided within FDM’s New York Academy, and once completed you will be working as a professional FDM Consultant on site with our prestigious clients in Asia. For more information, visit our website.

Jordan Glander, FDM Consultant placed in Tianjin, China

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FDM’s dedicated Veterans Initiative provides you with expertise, training and commercial experience in order to bridge the gap between the military and the corporate world.

Led by our Head of Veteran Initiatives, we will provide you with ongoing development and support, in addition to a tailored training program to enable you to succeed as an FDM Consultant. Our unique Initiative will give you the training you need to excel in a commercial environment. With over 130 clients worldwide, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading organizations.

Your military experience and talent bring incredibly valuable, transferable skills to our professional environment. Our training and employment approach can prepare you for a future in senior and leadership roles working within multinational organizations. We look for a number of key skills in our Consultants, many of which you have cultivated through your military experience.

Apply on our website today!

We accept applications on a rolling basis year-round. 


The FDM Advantage

FDM takes a number of measures to ensure you a successful transition into your civilian career.

  • FDM’s courses have been reviewed and approved by American Military University for the award of up to 21 semester hour credits towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology
  • We are a vendor with the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program
  • We are an employer partner with the Army PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success) Program
  • FDM works closely with the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) and Workforce1 centers
  • We have signed the ESGR Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
  • Tailored professional and technical training
  • Work assignments with FDM’s vast client base
  • Opportunity to work throughout the US
  • Industry skills development
  • Support from the veterans network within FDM


FDM Partners with the Army PaYS Program


Consultants

Hear about the first-hand experiences from some of our current Consultants placed onsite with FDM Clients.

Nafis Rahman, FDM Consultant placed at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Alex Young, FDM Consultant placed at RBC


Alumni

After the two year Careers Program, many FDMers  go on to take on permanent roles with our clients. Hear what some of the FDM Alumni are doing professionally today:

Jorge Muñoz, former FDM Consultant now permanent at Barclays

 

Jason Ho, former FDM Consultant now permanent at HSBC

How can I apply?

You can apply on our website. We accept applications on a rolling basis year-round.


What is an IT or Business Consultant? 

Consultants represent FDM on client sites, working on specific projects either as part of an outsourced team or to supplement an existing one. Consultants are relocated to client centers for a contracted amount of time to work on a variety of IT and business assignments. Consultancy is a flexible career as projects can range from a few months to years depending on its size. This can lead to opportunities for travel and a variety of challenging and exciting assignments with a range of clients. FDM Consultants are employed by FDM to provide professional business and IT consultancy to our clients for a minimum of two years. 


Will I have to pay for my training?

It depends what location you complete your training in. At FDM North America (US and Canada), you become an FDM employee from day one and will be paid throughout the duration of your training, which is fully funded by FDM in exchange for your commitment to work with us as a Consultant for a minimum of two years. 


Is it essential for me to have an IT degree?

No. We accept a range of degrees such as Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Electronics. Business, Economics and other degrees are also considered, especially for our Project Management/Application Support streams. We also offer training for military veterans with equivalent experience. 


When will I be paid a salary?

In our North American offices, you become a paid employee with FDM on your first day of training in our Careers Program. This policy varies in other FDM locations.


How can I prepare to succeed in an interview with FDM?

A few insider tips from our recruiters on how to excel in an interview or FDM Assessment Day:

  • Dress smartly (business attire – suit/tie) – A first impression counts for a lot, so make it a good one
  • Always be on time – Trial run the journey before the day so you know your route
  • Be positive and energetic – Demonstrate that you really want the job
  • Research the company – The more research you do, the more confident you will be

Overall, FDM seeks ambitious individuals who will thrive in an engaging and inspiring workplace. Your interview should demonstrate that you have the drive and motivation to excel in the fast-paced IT and business world.


What happens after I complete my training?

After you successfully complete your training you will be available for placement with FDM clients. Once selected for placement, you start your two-year commitment to work with FDM as a Consultant. During these two years, you could be placed on one or more of our client sites.


Where will my client placements be?

We have opportunities across North America. For those who train at our New York Academy, it is required that you are geographically flexible for placements throughout the tri-state area.

Though not required, FDM encourages our Consultants to opt for geographic flexibility throughout the U.S. to maximize their opportunities. Our Consultants have had the chance to take on exciting placements with our clients outside the tri-state area in cities such as Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Wilmington, Charlotte, Nashville, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, and more. Preference will be given to applicants willing to be flexible across the US.


What happens at the end of the two years?

You have a number of options to progress your career further within the IT sector. You will still be an FDM employee working for an award-winning company. However, you are no longer contractually bound to remain with the company and can pursue other avenues if you prefer, such as transitioning into permanent employment with a client you have been placed with. FDM continues to provide our Senior Consultants with demanding and fulfilling technical placements. They also have the option of pursuing roles internally. No matter how you choose to progress your career, you will have two years of excellent experience gained through the highly reputable FDM Careers Program.

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    Pros

    As a college grad without much experience in programming, the training at FDM really prepared me for life on site at Fannie Mae as a software developer! The trainers really cared about our success and were very knowledgable about the subject they were teaching. Not only were the technical skills valuable, but the professional skills training prepared me for any future interviews I may have. FDM allows you the opportunity to get your foot in the door to make an impression that could turn you from being a contractor with a client into a full time employee after your 2 year contract. Overall great experience and very happy with where I have been placed and felt very prepared before going on site.

    Cons

    Required to wear business professional clothes in training when we could dress casually once on site

    Advice to Management

    The pay should be based on the area in which you are placed because of the different costs of living in each area.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at FDM Group (New York, NY).

    Interview

    ** This is all off the top of my head. I will try to be as detailed as possible. This review is for the on-site assessment. Names will not be mentioned. **

    Applied directly on the website via LinkedIn.

    Received an email from a recruiter two days later.

    No scheduled call, recruiter called me arbitrarily when I was with a client-- So missed call. I returned the called and left a voicemail. No response, received the return call exactly 15 days later.

    After the phone info session, the recruiter left me with a link to do a live-recorded session of roughly 5-6 behavioral questions. They allowed you 30 seconds before the recording starts to formulate your response to their questions. They give you what seems like three days to complete, however please mind the time zone difference. You have to complete the recording session in GMT+1 time, so if you're on the east coast--It's roughly 6 hours ahead.

    Two business days later, the recruiter scheduled me into an interview date for the following week. Which you have to confirm via email that you'll be attending.

    On the interview date, you're required to bring a government photo ID, printed copy of resume, and printed code example that you've done. The process is a long grueling 6 hours, you're expected to arrive at 8:45 AM and finish by 3-4 PM, fully suited up in business attire. This means jacket, pants, shoes, shirt, and tie.

    When you walk in, you'll be greeted by FDM staff. Water, tea, and pastries/bagels are off to the side of the testing room. You'll walk by classrooms in session and every room is behind glass partitions.

    In the test room, you'll have to grab a seat of your choice. At 9:00 AM, you'll be greeted by the HR manager. This person will debrief you on the entire brochure that they already sent out in the earlier interviews. This is assuming that you haven't already read everything about the company already. They proceed to give you niche facts about how they employ minorities, returning women, and veterans. Following this, is an ice-breaker of all of the test takers to introduce themselves out loud.

    A form will be given to you to confirm your continued interest and relocation availability. Which you'll have to sign and agree that you understand the -$30,000 penalty owed to FDM if you choose to resign or be dismissed by FDM after the 14 day induction period. The two year contract begins after the initial 4 month training period. You are eligible for sick/vacation days after your training is complete or you are placed with a job, whichever one is quicker. You get 15 work days worth of vacations for the entire year after placement. You'll have to sign it to continue.

    You'll be given an iPad with an application with very dated UI/UX, you'll have to click once and be patient for it to register. The logic on the application is concerning as it's proprietary to FDM, which made me second guess my future with FDM.

    The assessment test is roughly 2 1/4 hours long:
    - Written Test (15 minutes)
    - IT Aptitude Test (50 minutes) (30 questions~ multiple choice)
    - Arithmetic/Math (20 minutes) (20 questions~ input fields)
    - Set Notation (50 minutes) (30 questions~ multiple choice/input fields)

    Written test, "Describe why you would be a good candidate for FDM?".

    IT Aptitude, consists of: Pseudo code, IF/ELSE flowcharts, some basic logic questions, they provide you with their own syntax and you'll have to answer multiple choice questions .

    Arithmetic/Math, consists of: Fractions, basic long digit math, percentile, linear/quadratic equations.

    Set Notation, they will provide you a reference manual on how to comprehend sets. Venndiagram sets, numbered sets, and lettered sets.

    Following this, you'll have to complete 3 short interviews in rapid fire sessions. Each containing 4-6 questions or more, depending on their continued interest in you as a candidate. This better helps them understand both your capacity and interest. Just relax and listen carefully.

    The next morning, I received an email of rejection. Indicating that I did not meet their minimum requirements.

    Best of luck to interested candidates, I hope my review has served you well!

    ** Please take my review with a grain of salt, this is purely off of the top of my head and I might've missed parts of the procedure! **

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your proudest achievement/moment?   Answer Question
    • JAVA: Is Java pass by reference or pass by value?   Answer Question
    • SQL: How do you read from a table?   Answer Question
    • CS: What is the difference between a class and an object?   Answer Question
    • UNIX: What command do you use to open a file in the terminal/console?   Answer Question
    • Would you put your own self interest before your team?   Answer Question
    • Describe to me, a recently project that you've worked on?   Answer Question
    • If you are assigned a task that you have no experience with and you knew that a co-worker from a different department that does. How would you approach this person for help?   Answer Question
    • What is your greatest strength?   Answer Question
    • If you had to do a presentation for an FDM client, how would you best represent FDM?   Answer Question
    • In your opinion, what is the one thing that can significantly affect a programming language?
      (I think Java, as it was pertaining to their curriculum path)   Answer Question
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FDM Group Awards & Accolades

  • Fair Company, karriere.de, 2017
  • MINT Minded Company, audimax Medien GmbH, 2017
  • The diversity recruitment award 2016, TargetJobs, 2016
  • Best for Vets Employer, Military Times, 2016
  • Corporate Advocate of the Year, Information Age Women in IT Awards, 2016
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