It is a decent organization if they fixed their training model
Trainee (Former Employee) – Reston, VA – 21 August 2017
FDM Group is a good organization as they provide essential skills that are essential for IT roles in financial industries. However, for me the pacing of some of the courses were significantly difficult as I hadn't had previous exposure to these concepts. When viewing similar material, the course ranges for 3 to 5 weeks. I understand that FDM wants to get trainees to clients but the model of cramming all the information in one to two week intervals is unusual in my opinion. Especially for individuals who do not have any prior knowledge. They pay that they offer once placed is significantly lower than what the pay is in the market. There appears to be disconnection between account managers and some trainees due to location and availability. The culture at FDM is to dress professionally consistently to understand the professional work environment. That is a good policy but many corporations and organizations dress code is business casual. My co-workers at FDM were great and made the experience wonderful. There were some trainers that were nice and want people to succeed but some didn't really teach.
paid training, awesome coworkers
speed of training, some trainers, some of the material, account manager disconnect, bad consultant pay
Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee) – Leeds – 18 September 2017
I have enjoyed myself at FDM but the ability to progress and advance is very limited. It would be fair to say that I was mismanaged and had the misfortune of receiving a minor number of appraisals during my time there.
Java Developer, Software Development (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 15 August 2017
The environment of fdm group office is very good also the trainers' there are good. But the management there is poor to be honest. Also it may be good for you to start but you deserve better if you want to be a developer.
IT Consultant/Project Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 3 August 2017
FDM is a good place to start if you lack the experience required to land an ideal position upon college graduation. The contract you have to sign with the company is for 2 years which allows one to gain valuable experience with top-tiered clients. However, should you want out of the contract, there are many stipulations and factors that go into that.
Top tiered clients, Opportunity with lack of experience, Benefits, Foot in the door, Incredible networking opportunities
Consultant (Current Employee) – London Bridge Station, Greater London – 24 June 2017
Training was awful and did nothing to prepare myself or my colleagues for actual placements. Sales will treat you like a product and if you have one bad interview then consider yourself blacklisted. No attempt will be made to correct the problem, you probably won't even get feedback. Sales will just stop contacting you entirely. HR are unfriendly and either unwilling or unable to help with any issues.Essentially if you have a problem, good luck. FDM culture can be described in one word as toxic. I can't think of a better way to describe the vibe I get every time I walk into the office. Salary is awful for the first two years. Working in an investment bank and earning 21k is completely unreasonable, especially when the client is paying FDM at least three times more than that.
Positives are that you get a foot in the door with clients that you might not have applying on your own, so from that perspective it's great for a new graduate. But honestly, only use it as a last resort.
IT Consultant (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 18 June 2017
PROS Training is free and industry relevant. Summer parties are free for food and beer. Camoradrie with fellow Consultants. CONS Account managers and recruiters are sales driven for bonuses. You never actually work for fdm they just hire you out and train you when their clients no longer need you. Reduced rate when your back training. You could go 6 months without pay. Basic training is average at best. Pay equates to minimum wage or less if you factor in the training. You only receive around 20 to 30 percent of what fdm hire you out for. £20000 debt if you leave before your 2 years is up reduced with amount of time spent with the company. £20000 can be imposed if your fired and it's not your fault i.e. Fdm reducing numbers because of the job climate. Train you in an IT role but that may not be the role you are sent to interviews for. No time to prepare for interviews. Very little support on site. Very little feedback.
IT Consultant, Aviva (Current Employee) – Bristol – 7 June 2017
FDM provides a good place for graduates to get high quality experience with well-known companies. They provide extensive at their academies that give you the confidence to fit in wherever you may be placed.
Training, travel expenses, great clients, great experience and competitive salary.
Senior Project Analyst (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 3 June 2017
This program is for people who have no work experience and want to start a career in IT. This is the place. Those without experience don't expect competitive pay and benefits. Anyone will any experience beware. Low pay and no onsite support. The only good part is the high quality placement. ENJOY!
Job placement, training (basic)
pay, benefits, support, culture, pretty much everything
Great provided you have no preference regarding where you work.
Software Development Trainee (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 12 April 2017
- Great if you have no preference regarding where you work. - Not so great if you have any preferences whatsoever. - The training you receive is usually of very high standard. - Only travel costs paid during entire time at FDM until you start your first placement, so wages are nil. - Hours required to be in the office during training at 8:45 to 5:30. - Finding a placement is not very well organised, which on multiple occasions led to me finding out I had an interview in a different city late at night outside work hours for the following day. - The company only placed 25% of our intake before the 90 days were up.
IT Consultant/Contractor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – 15 February 2017
FDM is an IT Consultant firm that specializes in giving career pursuers a headstart in the IT-related field. You are asked to commit to a roughly 3-month training period before you placed at one of their clientele. During my time there, I learned Financial and Professional Skills. I was trained to use Microsoft Excel, UNIX, System Administration, PL/SQL and Project Management.
The culture there seems very understanding, and it uses UK formatting for Month, Day, Year. Management seems willing to work with their employees.
Receive good training in valuable skills for the IT world.
Very easy to get your contract cut; forced to a 3-month training period without compensation
Risk, Regulation and Compliance Analyst (Current Employee) – London, Greater London – 16 January 2017
The work life at FDM is great as everyone is a graduate around you. During my time there I managed to establish many connections with people and learn a lot of new skills. I learnt SQL, excel with VBA and finally risk, regulation and compliance analysis.
Trainee PSO / BA (Current Employee) – Glasgow, Glasgow – 11 January 2017
Be very careful as after being recruited and trained, you may have to wait up to 90 days to get placed (if you get placed) throughout which you will not be paid. Make sure that you understand all risks beforehand.
Project Management (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 9 January 2017
Fantastic training and coaching helping me to gain qualifications to progress my career. The office has some great characters and has a good feel and morale. My only real fault is the follow on and actually getting a placement of work. I was part of a course that has had a large percentage not being able to be placed and those who were placed were done through other offices.
Best and worst place I have worked all wrapped in to one
Account Manager (Former Employee) – London Bridge Station, Greater London – 7 December 2016
Great culture of work hard play hard. This business is somewhat like a cult and I dont say that as a negative. I've never had so much fun as when I worked at FDM. Sadly the management rule by fear and each day when entering work is one of wondering whether you will have a job at the end of it. There is clear favouritsm towards a certain team of employees.
culture, fun, work hard play hard, great commission
Anonymous (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 13 June 2016
I enjoy working at FDM because it has a work hard play hard culture, where individuals are encouraged to make a difference. FDM hosts some pretty cool summer parties for employees all over the world to reward everyone for their hard work and the CEO always makes an effort to attend. Generally my colleagues are great at all levels (obviously there are always one or two who may not be but this is inevitable) and the multi-cultural dynamic we have in the office makes it a nice place to work.
Inclusive company culture, fun and dynamic working environment and awesome colleagues
No 401k yet although they are introducing it this year
Hadoop Developer Trainee (Current Employee) – New York, NY – 27 December 2015
All right I am going to be as candid as possible in this synopsis. Yes FDM does give you the foundation to jumpstart a career in IT especially for college graduates. But it has severe reprucussions and generally exploits the desperation of individuals trying to find work as well, in particular recent college graduates which is their target market. FDM's Business model is predicated on maximizing profit above all else. So they're streams are accelerated learning environment which is essentially blazing through a myriad of topics with no reverse gear. Different streams include Hadoop, which was mine as well as application support, data/financial analysis, project management. This profit driven mentality is why they train you in such a rapid fashion and attempt to flush you out to clients ASAP. So they can prepare for the next batch of trainees "slaves". This is done all so the smoothe talking salesman can make they're precious commissions off us. There are really two factions that drive FDM those being the sales side and the IT side. Really a classic salesman and his merchandise dynamic implemented by the company designed to heavily favor the salesman. This dynamic runs from 9am-5:30pm weekdays.
When you take an objective step back and analyze your role with FDM underneath it all. You realize this is smoke and mirrors accentuated by a highly manipulative contract structured solely to benefit the company in every capacity. The most obvious exploitative aspect being the extremely low pay curve. They give you peanuts in comparison to the profits they makemore... off each placement. That isn't debatable. The irony is they more than have the resources to make your salary semi competitive to a similar entry level software engineer position it's just they choose not to. That facility is a high rise skyscraper Wall Street!!! What you are trained for isn't necessarily a guarantee as to what you will be doing with a client which at some level defeats the purpose.
Management is relatively hands off unless you do something egregious. Acts like consistent lateness, cursing someone out, severe underperformance. Obvious discrepancies that draw attention to yourself like that. It's just best to go about your business get along relatively decent with the staff in place and productively learn.less
Exceptional facility with the emphasis on exceptional
Low pay curve, sales oriented, topics glossed over, get in get out rubric
Software Test Analyst (Former Employee) – Leeds, ENG – 8 October 2015
I love working in a challenging environment and FDM Group provides just that. It is a place where you will be stretched and given all you could need to attain your goals. Its equally a fun place to work, equipped with all you may need to enjoy yourself while on break.
Modern office settings with amazing facilities
You are tied down to a two years contract after your training.