FDM Group - Decent company to work for | Glassdoor
  1. "Decent company to work for"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good training Getting to work with fortune 500 companies Chance to gain valuable experience

    Cons

    Work is not always consistent Can spend extended periods of time waiting for work Locked into a contract for 2 years

    FDM Group2019-04-14
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    "A great opportunity"

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    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. "Do Your Research Before Committing"

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    Current Contractor - ITSM Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast job placement Impressive clients Training is awesome and relevant They pay for travel & accommodations Personally, this was the only way I could get a job with a big company. I was very lucky and got placed with National Grid within my first month. I highly recommend this company if you've been applying for a while and have yet to get any interviews or job offers. I wouldn't recommend this company if... you are fresh out of college or if you have been applying for jobs for less than a year. Give it time, because FDM pays very low and you should give yourself time to find something better before signing their 2-year contract. Before National Grid, I applied to hundreds of jobs and got barely any interviews. I'm very good in interviews, but a lot of the companies wanted someone with more skills or someone that was not out of state (I applied all over the US). But once I was with FDM, I got placed after my first interview with National Grid. FDM's clients know the type of trainees FDM produces, and so they know exactly what your skillset is. All you have to do is show your personality and if they think you'll fit in, you're golden.

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    Cons

    Low pay - approx. $45K/year after placement and you get paid minimum wage during training Accommodations in Reston, VA are not great. They put 4 people in a 2-bedroom suite. You have to share a bathroom and bedroom with another trainee. You only get about $700 to help you move once you are placed. They do offer up to $2000 reimbursement, but that is not for apartment fees, it is ONLY for the cost of moving your... stuff. My advice to you is to save as much as you can BEFORE starting training. Most people get placed within 2 months and since they pay you only minimum wage during training, you don't have an opportunity to save money while training. I've seen people leave bills unpaid so that they could continue training. And when you do get placed and it is time to move, you often times don't get very much time before you have to leave. And a lot of their clients are in the upper East Side (D.C., NY, MA, VA, etc.) and it is VERY expensive to live there. I got placed in Boston and it would've cost me over $2000 per month to get a 1 bedroom apartment. Not to mention the fact that a lot of people were asking for 3 months worth of rent up front (I could not afford that). So before you put yourself in a really bad place financially, PLEASE check your budget and make sure you can afford to support yourself during training and that you can afford to move last-minute. If I knew this beforehand, I would've saved a lot more money before coming. I only made it out alive because my family was willing to send me money. Another thing to consider, is that you may not get the exact job role that you want. You may have to get a different role and move within the company. You are contractually obligated to go on EVERY interview that is booked for you, and that may cause you to get a job role you didn't really want. Just do your best to make it obvious what you really want to do within the company, and you should be able to move around once you go full-time.

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    Advice to Management

    Make sure trainees know EXACTLY what they're getting themselves into before uprooting their lives. The Recruiters and Account Managers can be insensitive about the trainees' situations, because they just want to get paid and don't care about whether we can afford to move or not. Communication needs to be improved and more moving assistance is HIGHLY needed. I can't name a single person who was actually able to... relocate without getting help from family or friends, because FDM was not willing to help.

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    FDM Group2019-09-15

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