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The staff very helpful. They given training for new graduates to become a software engineer. The manager is nice and very promptly. He will be there whenever you need help
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Poor compensation and time-off

Pros: (FDM Academy)- Support and tips for interviewing at clients (Academy)- Relatively good health insurance Cons: (Consulting)- Non-competitive remuneration- Minimum allowed by law paid time-off, with no possibility of unpaid time-off
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poor salary

they do offer some help finding a contract job but you receive poor salary for 2 years. A good choice if you have no way out and eager to find a job in large company
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Good For biggner

they are paying a significantly less salary. but if you want to move from any other field to IT. good company to start with.they will give you a Training and pay you for that
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Min pay for 14 weeks and would not recommend anyone to join

As a technical trainee who participated in the returner program, I would rate my experience as three stars. While I appreciated the opportunity to return to the workforce after an extended absence, I was disappointed with the low salary offered for the position. I felt that my skills and experience were undervalued, which was discouraging.In addition, I found the training provided as part of the program to be not very useful. While I appreciate the effort to help me get up to speed with the latest technologies, I found that the training was too generic and did not align with the specific needs of my role. I would have preferred more personalized training that focused on the skills and technologies I would be using in my day-to-day work.Overall, while I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the returner program, I hope that the company can make improvements to better support and compensate returners in the future.
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Good for entry level

If you can't get jobs due to lack of experience, FDM is good for you. Apart from the less pay, everything else is fine. Helps you make your first steps in the industry
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Low Salary

Salary doesn't match with cost of living and locked in for two years is a major sacrifice to make. It depends on whether you have someone to help support you during that time, if not, it is not advisable.
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Fast paced work environment with low package

FDM provides training for 3 months expecting you to learn new technology in one week and submit the project on each technology. If you fail to submit multiple projects up to the mark by learning them within a week, they will terminate you. If you successfully complete the training, then you can apply to internal clients of FDM and clear their interview in order to work with the clients. You will be working on the FDM projects until unless you get hired by their client.
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Horrible company

The company just promises a "training", which turns out to be in-house courses that really don't teach you anything or give you a certification for future applications. The company just uses the training to lock you in a 20000$ contract which you owe of you leave before 2 years. After that they will place you in any client regardless of the actual role just to charge them every hour of your placement. Company never holds placement or role promises made at interviews and by then, you are locked in the 2 year minimum contract.
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They support returners and graduates. It is a great company to work at. There are mixed reviews about this in the industry but I feel it’s great to give you a kickstart in your career.
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Last option

Only Join if this is your last option.They provide paid training but the pay during training is basic pay.you might get placed before training ends.After joining client side your pay slightly improves but very less compared to other consulting services.At client side you will have same work as a intermediate or senior developer.I learnt a lot while on client projects.FDM will not allow you to take vacation more than 10 days. However, FDM is very clear about all this when they hire you. Apart from terrible pay and vacation policy, its an okay place to work. It gets your foot in the IT industry where you will not get hired unless you have prior CANADIAN experience or references.It is very import how you choose your client in FDM though. If you choose in-demand portfolios there will be high chance that you will be able to easily find work after 2 years contract.
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Below market salary with 2 years hanging over your head!

The training was good, for a new graduate, the work culture and the location is pretty decent. The staff are good people. The salary is obviously terrible and the number of people waiting to be placed vs the number of employment opportunities coming in don't match, mostly due to covid. But the company continues to hire new recruits just to have them sit idle after training.


Terrible Salary. Increased competition due to lots of trainees not getting placed.
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Everything is good except the inaccuracy of the payment department

FDM is a recruiting company that provides opportunities to fresh graduates. I have been with FDM for 2 years and here are my views on the company:Pros: The company has hired good trainers who help you throughout your training period. The company also invests heavily in the online learning platforms to help the consultants learn the skills required by the industry.Company pays the consultants for the training.The company culture is good, all the festivals and big sport events are celebrated which is a lot of fun.Cons:The pay is below average compared to market.During my time at FDM, I have had more than 15 issues with the payment department. They make a lot of mistakes in paychecks and if you don't check your pay there is a 100% chance that you will loose your money.And this does not happen deliberately but it is due to the inaccuracy of the teams that manage the paychecks.For an example, Once I was told that I have 2 vacation days left and when I took the 2 days off and asked to be compensated for those 2 vacation days they told me that they have made a mistake in calculating my vacation days and I will not get compensated for the days I took off in account of their mistake. In result, I had to loose 2 days of my regular pay plus my vacation pay. In conclusion, if you have 0 options in the market, you are financially stable, you are active enough to calculate your bi-weekly pay, and you have time to fight battles with the payment departments and HR then yes, you can go to FDM.


Paid training, games on Fridays, Festival Celebrations, Online Learning Platforms, Good Trainers


Below average pay compared to market, Inaccuracy of the payment department, track your own pay otherwise you will loose your money
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Exploitative work culture

FDM Group takes advantage of immigrant students who do not have the network needed to directly land the job they want.They promise to 'recruit, retrain and deploy" you with one of their clients (usually financial institution in Canada (ex. TD)) but often their clients do not have the budget to pay you and you end up waiting.You are discouraged from applying for other jobs while you are employed with FDM Group by them imposing heavy fines if you decide to break your contract. They ask you to reimburse them for $75 per hour of training they gave you, but all the training they do is available for free online with much better and more updated content.Academy managers act more like a school principal than a manager. They will micromanage you. Probably because they were not good enough at their own job to actually work, so instead they have to teach.Avoid working here at all costs.


Fellow trainees were good people


Bad management, micromanagement, pay is less than minimum wage while in training and max $45k/year during client work, training materials are outdated and can easily find more updated material for free online
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Exploitation of new graduates

I have 2 degrees and 3 years of in field work experience and they offered me minimum wage. My last junior level position was paying me $60,000 annual for comparison. I feel bad for anyone desperate enough to work for them.
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No job at all, and account manager doesn't professional

The training is really technical, you will learn more hands on than university but the contents are not modern technologies. FDM advertises what clients do they have but in fact they don't have enough job to the trainees.The account managers are the sales who have the jobs on their hand, none of them have technical knowledge or experiences.You have to be good image in front of them, else they will not present you to their clients even you are matched. The jobs can be senior level and some technologies that you never heard before, they claim they will upskill the missing technologies to you before on-site but in fact they just give you the LinkedIn learning link to you for self-study.Most of the jobs are QA/QE/Testing, BA and Dev roles are very poor, 20+ applicants for 1 BA/Dev role.Basically FDM isn't a good stepping stone to build your career because they don't have enough jobs but they still keep hiring, also most consultants facing the work in client side doesn't match the job description and you can't leave or complain.


Good health benefit


Account Managers have too much power, FDM doesn't care are you happy or not in the client side, they need you head down and keep working that's it.
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Good for new grads

It is a good place to start your career. They provide really great opportunity. You can learn new things and they also encourage you for learning. If you are new grads then they provide good opportunity for you.


Good place to learn


Low pay
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2 year minimum contract. If you aren't being sub-contracted to a company, you are still on the hook with the contract BUT make nothing! With Toronto's cost of living plus the AWFUL pay even if you are being sub-contracted, I cannot recommend this to ANYONE.They take advantage of new graduates who don't have experience and are struggling to find their first job and have low self-esteem and evaluation. No job is better than this job. Don't believe the bs (oh, terrible working conditions so you can get experience and get a real job later!).


2 year contract, huge fine if you break it, No pay if you aren't being subcontracted, Below market salary.
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Totally a Waste of time

As a new Graduate or as a Jobseeker your worth is more than you know. Concentrate on other companies and don't waste your time here. It's all business and all they care about is their profits. Despite less salary, there is no respect in the company for the employees. All the senior managers and everyone in the higher post they all care about themselves. if you are a part of the company now consider yourself lucky to be fired. I know how it feels to be jobless but this company will completely ruin your career and add bad remarks on your resume.
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I wouldn't recomend to anyone, if even you don't have an experience try to find first job somewhere else.

They will take advantage of you . And if you will be hiered you will have to stay with if them for 2 years , otherwise they will make you pay 30000$. Unless you will be lucky enough, and they will fire you. Not to mention management also will be also very disrespectfull to you. However, they provide decent training , so it is totally up to you. Anyhow , I wouldn't recomend this place to work . to anywo
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Fun Place to learn and start your career

FDM Group has provided me with the bridge to work with one blue chip company i.e. RBC. The trainings at FDM Group has further enhanced my skill set which helped me so much during my 2 years at RBC.
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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.7 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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