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FDM Group Employee Reviews about "blue chip companies"

Updated Jan 20, 2020

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FDM Group CEO, Founder, and Director Rod Flavell
Rod Flavell
122 Ratings
Pros
  • "One thing that is certain is that FDM is a gateway to blue chip companies(in 89 reviews)

  • "The opportunity presented to the dedicated trainees is by far the biggest positive of the graduate programme(in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • "Account Managers do not know anything technical but they make the decision or look for jobs where you gonna work for the next 2 years(in 164 reviews)

  • "2 year contract with buy out cost(in 80 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great way to break into the IT field as a recent grad!!"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Energetic staff, valuable training, and placement with a blue chip company.

    Cons

    Training can be fast paced but defiantly manageable

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    FDM Group2018-12-19
  2. Helpful (5)

    "A good "foot in the door""

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    Current Employee - Consultant - Junior Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - connections to blue chip companies - placed in a role that I would have never had the chance to have otherwise (non-computer science degree, only one summer internship)

    Cons

    - depending on what role you are going into (ie: software development) you are paid on the lower end of the average pay scale for the field. - training was intense, and moved VERY fast

    FDM Group2019-01-17
  3. Helpful (26)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to blue-chip companies Incredible office and location (New York) Paid during training Trainers, HR, and management are genuinely good people

    Cons

    Ridiculously low salary Strange practices, pay structure and contract Way too focused on image

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    FDM Group2018-08-24
  4. Helpful (13)

    "When it works it's great, but if you don't get placed after signing-off then it's frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Trainee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers Good trainers for the most part Great networking opportunities Access to entry level jobs at blue chip companies Good benefits You can leave FDM without penalty if you don't get placed in 90 days after signing-off

    Cons

    Minimum wage during training, low pay for the first two years Accommodations for trainees outside the NYC area are not great Despite FDM saying that a technical background isn't necessary, it is highly recommended you have a finance/business/math/stats background I was in the BI Stream at the NY Academy located at Wall Street which lasted for around 10 weeks. The stream itself was not up to my expectation overall. Much of the course material was learned through self-studying and it was incredibly tedious. I didn't learn much after the Excel, SQL, and finance modules. The technologies that are taught during the training also don't seem to align with what clients want, for example many clients wanted trainees to have Tableau experience but that was not taught during the stream. There's no guarantee that you will be placed by the end of your training. In terms of the number of interview opportunities you get, it really depends on the market as client demand does seem to be seasonal. I only got 3 interviews total before I signed-off and some of my colleagues only had one interview, which is way lower than what is the average. The interviews you get may not be relevant whatsoever to your current stream, for example if you were training in the BI/Data Analyst stream, you might get interviews for a project manager or application support role. If you do not get placed after signing-off, FDM will fly you back. You will still get interview opportunities supposedly but it is inconvenient for both parties. You definitely want to get placed before you sign off if you don't live in the area.

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    FDM Group2018-05-31
  5. Helpful (3)

    "IT Contractor"

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    Current Contractor - Technology Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Train employees in Unix, which i've found is very useful, Excel , and SQL. 2. Employees get placed wth blue -chip companies that would be hard to work for on one's own. 3. FDM group sponsors for your certifications in Business Analysis and ITIL V3. These two certifications are quite handy to have; especially ITIL v3. 4.If placed at Fannie Mae, there is a good chance that they'll want to keep you since FDM group has a great relationship with them 5. There's a 401k option that has recently been implemented 6. There's an overly decent amount of support for consultants, either from their co-workers or consultant support of FDM 7. After a year of working ,there is a 5,000 dollar increase in salary for consultants. 8. There are benefits such as Dental, Private Healthcare, as well as Vision. You may wish to choose all or individual and pay. 9. Once you finish the course, you'll feel as if you'll learn more than what you were taught at university. It might be because it's condense into 3/4 months whereas university is 4 years. All in all, the training is pretty valuable. 10. Depending on where you get placed and what tools you'll be using, FDM could specialize your training to met the standards. However, it only depends if the training is available in London, such as Business Intelligence and learning Tableau.

    Cons

    1. Most consultants get roles within support. This can be good depending on what the trainee is looking for. 2. Each class is only a week. That's good for some class which are just soft skills but for others such as Unix, it would be helpful if it were longer. 3. Once placed, trainees will notice that there is a lot of downtime. This is particularly because they are brought on as support. ( This would be a good time for trainees to look into certifications to broaden their scope of jobs when their contract is up in 2 years) 4. Even though, there is a 401k , the match is only up to 2% of an employee's contribution. Its also fully-vested, so the contributions will be the contributors after the 2 year commitment is met. 5. If a consultant chooses to get more certifications, FDM will not sponsor for them 6. There is a 30,000 dollar penalty if a consultant chooses to leave before the 2 years. It would be better if the 2 year period was taken down to a year or 15 months. To fair, within the first two weeks, consultants must decide if they'll stay with FDM or go their separate ways. if the consultants decides to after the two weeks, they are logged in to the 2 year commitment. 7. Even though, there is an increase of salary after the 1st year, consultants are still paid tremendously below the market value. 8. The range of locations that consultants are placed are the DMV area, Boston area, Chicago, Tennessee, South Carolina, and of course New York. Hopefully, they'll branch out to more locations. 9. FDM group is good but if there are other options, please go for that. FDM group is a good if you are fresh out of college and eager to work in IT or changing careers and trying to get a solid start with money not being an issue. If you do not fall into these categories, then FDM isn't for you.

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    FDM Group2016-12-12
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Last Resort"

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    IT Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group

    Pros

    possibly gets you into blue chip companies

    Cons

    you get stranted for 2 years

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    FDM Group2016-01-13
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get you placed in blue chip companies within weeks of joining

    Cons

    Salary is just too low. Only enough for beers for the two years contract. Benefits are not good enough.

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    FDM Group2015-09-25
  8. Helpful (9)

    "FDM does not guarantee you to find a job!!!"

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    Former Intern - Trainee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FDM Group for less than a year

    Pros

    - Meet some awesome colleagues and make new friends. - When FDM works, you get your foot in the door of a blue-chip company.

    Cons

    - When FDM fails, you are essentially put in limbo. The account managers say they are helping you find a job, but they pretty much ignore everything you have to say and try to recruit other trainees. - The "training" is a joke, after a month an a half of actual training, the rest is self-taught with you and your colleagues reading books on Safari. - "Working hard" doesn't land you a job. Basically account managers sell you on your resume and resume ONLY! - Account Managers rarely talk to trainees. The only way to get yourself noticed is to have the initiative to talk to them upstairs or during parties.

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    FDM Group2012-07-02
  9. Helpful (16)

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

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    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 to remain with the company for 90 days (extra 3 months) to be placed with their clients. Those three months commence once you have been "signed off" from training. They tend to lag on this process which is completely UNFAIR because you may wait a month before you are officially signed off. *FDM is essentially an IT service company. A lot of their clients send job requests for people in the java development and application support training program. Rarely, a BA/PM role comes across especially entry-level (0-1 year experience). PMO trainees can seek additional training in the java development and application support program to boost up their resumes, but if you have absolutely NO interest in the technical side then it will be awhile before you are placed. **You have to be extremely vocal towards sales team to be place in a role that fits you. PMO trainees can be put forth an app support roles--even if you are NOT interested.

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    FDM Group2011-09-07
  10. "Good grad scheme for breaking in to IT industry"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Build a network with similar minded individuals during training Obtain qualifications and training useful for a career in the IT industry Easy entry in to large blue chip companies compared to their own grad schemes

    Cons

    Lower salary than other London based grad schemes No pay during training which can be up to 15 weeks

    FDM Group2020-01-20

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