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FDM Group Project Manager Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2019

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FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Takes awhile but end goal is worth it"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Puts you in job positions you wouldn't normally be able to get, at big name companies. Really gives you that leg into the industry.

    Cons

    You have to sacrifice pay, 2 years of your time, your pay, your ability to move to another job, and did I mention your pay? They pay you nickles and dimes in the first 2 years of working, barely enough to survive on your own in NYC.

    FDM Group2016-03-07
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, bad business. All of the people you meet are wonderful, but being successful is a hit or miss."

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant/Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    The classroom setting makes an easy transition. If you're coming right out of school to join the workforce, this is a nice way to slowly integrate yourself. You sit in a classroom like setting learning real world material and for some classes, applying these skills to real world problems instead of sandbox, predetermined issues. Interview preps and feedbacks are a goldmine. You can't imagine how many interviews you...

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    Cons

    No health care until you're assigned a client. This could last until who knows when and if you're a self sufficient individual who doesn't use a parent's or spouse's insurance plan, then this level of uncertainty is definitely not for you. Low pay for an indefinite amount of time. You're made aware of the minimum wage pay from the beginning and that you'll only make about $45K in your 1st gig (if that client still...

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    Advice to Management

    I know it's more of a selling point to bring people in, but maybe this job shouldn't be pandered to already working individuals or those looking for a career change. This business model is more far more suited for college students and people still at home with little to no responsibilities of their own.

    FDM Group2018-07-25
  3. Helpful (103)

    "READ READ READ, THIS IS THE TRUTH!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pro to FDM is if you HAVE NO OPTIONS AT ALL, I am talking like you have had no job for 6 months+ or are incapable of speaking English then use them. That's not a pro. Then it becomes a dire relationship where you have to accept their terrible terms.

    Cons

    FDM is a company who takes advantage of you by creating a system of modern day IT indentured servitude. -It's a two year contract where you are underpaid drastically. You will make about 32K after taxes. Most of these jobs are 80K+ a year positions and FDM only offers you 43k your first year. Do the math. Go to a recruiter instead. -The clients are not that great. Yes they are well known banks. BUT, you are not...

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    FDM Group2016-06-16
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Closest Thing to Slavery a recent graduate will ever find"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    You get a job.

    Cons

    I know a lot of people that usually get into FDM are recent graduates anxious about getting a job in such a tough job market(I know because I was one). Specially if you have low resources or your loans are starting to kick in soon. BUT sit down, study hard(12 hours a day hard) for a month and apply to a bunch of interviews including outside of what you want to do(At FDM you are not likely to get the position that they...

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    Advice to Management

    Management is very well aware of all the deficiencies but they just don't care. What about caring about the people that are making the money for you. Actually, don't even care but try to be a bit more fair.

    FDM Group2015-07-17
  5. Helpful (16)

    "Ok for new college graduates looking to start their careers (and you CAN'T find a job)"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FDM Group

    Pros

    -Provides a free training program in SQL, Oracle, UNIX, VBA, ITIL, and project management * -Provides an opportunity to work with blue chip firms (e.g UBS, RBS, HSBC etc) -Provides training in application support, java development, and project management * Training is free only if you decide to wave the fee as stated in the contract

    Cons

    - Training can last 3-4 months (depends on your concentration) and it is UNPAID - Much of the training can be completed online - NO guarantee that you will be place with their clients after training - PMO trainees rarely are placed in business/project analyst roles* - Sales team do not communicate well with trainees** - Salary is below the market rate In addition to the 3-4months of training, you contracted...

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    Advice to Management

    FDM NY office seriously needs to improve the communication among the sales, trainees, and trainers. The sales team should not just sell trainees to any roles just to earn commission. They should be able to match job opportunities suitable to each trainee. This could be done by speaking to the trainees about their training through the FDM Academy. Also, trainers tend to lag the "sign-off" process which means trainees...

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    FDM Group2011-09-07
  6. "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
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Be very careful - they will exploit you!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros for FDM

    Cons

    Crooks, take a large % of income in first 2 years. Rubbish Account Managers and are cynical enough to release you with no cause just before 2 year point if it serves their best interest. Dont go there.

    Advice to Management

    Get some moral backbone.

    FDM Group2019-06-25
  8. "Good stepping stone into IT industry"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Network, opportunities, training, opening doors to great placements

    Cons

    Slow to respond to HR issues, lack of onsite support, viewed as a resource and not an employee

    FDM Group2018-12-15
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Return to Work Consultant Scheme"

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    Current Employee - Project Support Manager in Manchester City Centre, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is thorough, clients that you are placed with are of a high calibre . FDM staff are supportive and knowledgeable. Salaries are fair. Biggest pros are the opportunities available both during the two year placement period and thereafter in terms of clients and job roles.

    Cons

    7 weeks of training with some expenses paid, relatively reasonable amount but it can be a tight .

    FDM Group2018-07-15
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Back to Business - Glasgow"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant/Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'd been looking for a role for 5 years, and not succeeded. FDM recognised my potential and took me through their intensive 7 week "Back to Business" programme in Glasgow, which gave really useful training, confidence building, and repeated interview practice. At the end of the seven weeks I had a successful interview, and two weeks later I'm in a role I enjoy with a great client. I wish I'd found FDM years ago.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits aren't the best, but I expect I'll probably transition to a permanent role with the client after 2 years, so only a minor issue for me

    Advice to Management

    None

    FDM Group2017-12-08

    FDM Group Response

    December 13, 2017Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad the Getting Back to Business Programme worked out well for you and wish you the best of luck in your career. Sheila Flavell - COO

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