FDM Group - Getting Back to Business Program | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Getting Back to Business Program"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an excellent program. The FDM business model is fantastic. It's fair. They train you and mentor you for several weeks and in return you work for a modest salary for 2 years. They are open and honest about this throughout. There are three streams, Graduates, Ex-Forces are Getting Back to Business. You get to meet really interesting people from different walks of life. It's inspirational. FDM takes people... who are capable but for whatever reason have been overlooked in the open jobs market. They take you and make you marketable. Most people on my program have been placed. The senior team and trainers really care about the program and the directors walk the floor. They are hands on. The company is dynamic and energetic. I've had a long career break and being in this environment has made me feel so optimistic. The company have a real social conscience, its sincere. Yes they make a profit but it's not only about that. Their business model is slightly different.

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    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard. No work life balance during training you will have to put the hours in. Interviews will mean you may be pulled out of course making it hard to focus. The IT system configuration could be more user friendly given its an IT consultancy could be more slick to match the fancy office. The expenses process would be better replaced with a flat weekly bursary saving on administrative overhead. You... may be interviewing for a role which is not clearly documented as account managers do not always provide a job specification so may at times be tough to pitch yourself accurately. Carving out your career will be your responsibility, their main aim is to get you placed asap. If you expect to pick and chose the roles you may be disappointed.

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    Advice to Management

    At times I felt that some of the trainers were not clear on the difference of their target audience. For instance the comment "I'm happy for you to leave early for revision time as long as you clear it with the program manager." was said by a couple of the trainers. This felt a little juvenile as we are grown responsible adults. To be fair the program manager never questioned our schedule at this micro level. Thank... goodness. I'm certain as the program matures these subtle things will be ironed out. This week we celebrated its first anniversary- hurrah.

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    FDM Group2017-09-08

    FDM Group Response

    September 13, 2017Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased to hear that you would recommend the programme to others and that you enjoy the working environment. FDM is all about giving people opportunities from all walks of life and that's what has always inspired me too. I'm sure you will do very well ...

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great academy with solid teaching foundation

    Cons

    Low pay, but that is to be expected

    FDM Group2019-08-06
  2. "Trainee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Good to get foot in door.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming and will move quickly.

    FDM Group2019-09-19

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