FDM Group
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What is the best part of working at the company?Great placements and opportunities as a consultant at FT100 companies. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Moving between placements and ending up back on the bench, training for the next role. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Great. Mostly out on client site but good support and training when back at the company office. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Depends on the client but training is good quality and tests will push some to their limit.
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Great company, great opportunities!

Really good company, gave me grea training and opportunities. You do have to be flexible, but this is a skill of a great consultant. I would recommend exploring further if you're looking for a starting point.
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Nice people but treated like second class citizens

When you are with a client you get respect. When you are not with a client, you get treated like a product. Placement can take months, you have to go for random roles. You don't feel safe, and the pay is not great.
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Great for right person

If you have little experience or are moving to a new industry/career fresh from uni it's great. Once training is done I found it easy to get a job at a big company and they often take you on full time after 1-2yrs.
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Worst company to work for

Awful pay, you don’t get placed after 6 weeks as advertised. Placement can take up to 1 year. Failure to go to the office can lead to them sacking you. Just a shocking company in general. You can also be forced to choose whatever job placement they have available. If you decline they sack you. Horrible members of staff. Bottom barrel company.
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Good start

Good place to bridge between Uni and working in the industry. Getting good experience with large companies around the country. Pay is poor for the first 2 years in return, however.
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Struggle to find you proper placements

After you do your training, there are a lack of opportunities for certain pathways so they might try to shoehorn you into roles not suited to you.Not an inclusive workplace. If you can't attend the office for valid reasons they'll let you go, even for work that can easily be done remotely.
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Fun good place

Good place can't say too much we always work probably without any pressure always on time with delivery especially when you know the area is always handy
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London only

Training can be tough but not impossible, you’ll need to keep yourself motivated. Not much help from the trainers. You will be training from 9am to 5:30pm. In the afternoon once the teachings/lectures are done you’ll do exercises without your trainer. Despite them advertising in Leeds where one of their offices are you’ll be on the “beach” for months after training battling against others for a role you weren’t trained for. For example if you choose to study DevOps you’ll be put forward for a Java role and have to compete against those who did the Java training, it’s stressful and demotivating. Account managers work off commission and do not have your best interest (a few genuinely care). From my experience the account managers I interacted with were incredibly dismissive of people in the well being department, one comment was “don’t listen to them there an idiot”. The Well Being team are good and will listen but really not much they can do unfortunately. If you live in London or can commute you’ll be fine. All the roles available to you after training are in London.


You can get paid to sit around for months doing absolutely nothing


You do nothing for months
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Good Start in Industry

Excellent method for people changing careers and wanting to access "blue chip" companiesPro'sLots of in-house trainingExcellent support networksCon's Relatively low payManager's forget about you once deployed on site
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Good place

Enjoy working there. People said wasnt a good place but i was able to learn new skills and take the knowledge on board. Good ro be able to get 2 years contactract
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Not good

Consultants treated like second-class citizens and infantilised. No longer training or upskilling when on the beach. Instead put into pods that help no one except FDM.
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The courses taught are highly intense and challenging but worth it

I'd say for anyone looking to change careers and enter the IT/software industry FDM is an ok place to start. Just remember you are the product. They take a commission on the job you get, you still need to try and get the interview. At least during my experience there they did not help us get interviews but instead pushed those with the qualifications for it, others that they use as examples have gotten jobs because they were waiting to pass the training period so do not let that fool you. Also, they say is like a "company" mindset each day you go in there, but if something were to happen to you they do not care at all. They are a company making money off you, so as long as you have that clear you'll be good. Raised a concern to HR about being mistreated by others (someone mistreating me swearing at me) during "working hours" they did nothing, did not care at all and if that were to actually happen in a bank or other serious company they would have health with that completely different. The courses they teach are hard but if you put your mind to it and study hard with 0 to no sleep you can make it. Make sure before you start to go and learn a bit about Java especially if you want to be a Software Dev and have no experience or background in computer science or development, it will help you lots.


course taught are a good introduction to software development, access to PluralSight.


company does not care for you as a person, you have to be employed min 2 years in whatever role you get or else you owe them over £20K
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Disappointing place to be

The company is failing to get any placements and is doing nothing with the consultants on the bench. Lack of communication from the Account Managers - do not join unless you are desperate,
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Bad company

If you don't got place into company you will be in pod wait for interview do nothing for month. If you fail too many interviews they will fire you and won't give reason for it. People they promiss will be support nothing at all


Friendly manager


Bad organisation, low motivation, company will fire you and blame on you even it not your fault
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Fine to get a foot in the door

I was lucky with my client but not many people are. I got a smaller client and learned a lot. I still got underpaid and had to deal with not being able to leave them because of exit fees. I also could not go to a different client
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Bumpy at first but gets better!

- Training is interesting and you learn quite a bit BUT you need to have an outside interest in your stream and be willing to upskill+research to survive.- Don't go for a stream that sounds nice or might make you money e.g. "I want to be a dev but learned how to code JS 2 months ago". In 20 weeks you will be expected to stand up React servers with an e2e Node test suite 😅- Although these are being worked on and improved somewhat quickly, there is a lot of tech debt or cultural holdovers from being an old-school talent agency. The internal tech in particular is painful & getting rewritten from the ground up.- Account managers are upfront about what the roles involve but client line managers will try to glam or tweak their JD's beyond the bounds of truth to get talent working for them. Be careful.- You need to do 1-2 placements before you actually can get your preferred role in this economy. Before that, expect to be doing something that doesn't entirely fit your tastes or is significantly difficult in your first placement. Keep a work log!- You don't get much of a choice as to work culture or location for the client you get placed in. They could be stagnant, high stress or on the other side of the UK. Be prepared for that and a little willing to pushback or even escalate.Overall they get your foot in the door and try to find what works for you but you have to learn play ball and also make some emotional sacrifices. Don't expect the first year to go too comfortably. They are improving their "life on site" materials with advice ATM for what its worth. (Also pray you don't - 
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Classic example of toxic work environment/culture

Please avoid this company at all costs. Everything at this company is extremely forced. You are forced to go forward for roles you might not want to and any reason you give them they come back and tell you it’s invalid according to them. They only care about placing you with their clients so that they can meet they targets and only care about making the client happy. Consultant experience is severely overlooked. It’s all about giving their clients what they want. They expect you to leave everything and relocate for a placement and will force you to do that if you don’t want any further consequences. Training is nothing like the job on client site and support in every aspect of this company is terrible. Benefits are next to nothing and pay is well below average.
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Good place to work and begin

Good training within the Tech Space. Good training and development opportunities. Great place for Graduates to begin their career. Good client opportunities,.
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Worst place! Avoid!

Exploring desperate jobseekers and using them beyond their limits in the name trainings. Then drop you in the middle of the training if you ever require support.
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Good steeping stone

No bonus and poor benefits No internal progressionNo sense of belonging and they treat you as productsGood for fresh grad onlyPeople are nice and helpful tho
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Based on 215 reviews

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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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