Byte Academy is an industry-focused coding school with remote and onsite courses in New York City and Bangalore, India. Its offerings include Full Stack Python development, FinTech (financial technology), Data Science, Blockchain and Quant-Algos. Full-time onsite programs consist of 14 weeks; part-time programs are 24 weeks, 2 evenings per week and remote courses have flexible scheduling options. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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- Great instructional camp for beginners- 6/2/2016Nat Greenwald • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
Summary: Great for beginners. Do the prework. The smallness is both a positive (hands on instruction) and a slight negative (small network of fellow students and alumni through whom to find jobs). Great at teaching you the basics and how to learn. The phase 3 project is an awesome opportunity to build skills and build a portfolio showpiece. Python is great for the finance industry, academia, and data heavy projects. The career services aspect is a little lacking, and needs more structure.
Attended: February-May 2016
Background: One quantitative methods in Mathematica course in college, one week of Coursera R programming, and some very limited self taught VBA skills.
This course is great for those looking to get into full stack web development, especially those with a limited background in programming. In the first two phases you will learn the basics of object oriented programming and web development. The plentiful coursework and hands on instruction mean that, if the student puts in the time and energy, they will be able to build some pretty cool projects in phase 3.
Phase 3, when you build your own project, is when you "take the training wheels off" and start figuring out frameworks or technologies yourself, and how to incorporate them into your project. Instructors will help point you in the right direction, while giving you the space to do your own work. Many students collaborate on their final project, which is not only an opportunity to build a better project than you could have on your own, but also gives you the opportunity to learn and use a version control system (in my case Git).
Pros: hands on instruction, great curriculum, and a balance between instilling best practices and learning how to learn. That is, instructors will emphasize doing things the "right way" while also preparing you to figure out how to build projects yourself and learn yourself. Also learning Python and Django are great if you want to go into a more data heavy engineering role. Another advantage of Python is that it has many packages and libraries, so once you get the hang of it you can quickly use those packages and libraries to do some really cool things.
Cons: If you're a complete beginner and don't do the pre-work it's very likely you will need to re-do phase one. The pre-work is essential for the student to hit the ground running. That's not really a con but just a note that it is really more like a four month commitment than a three month commitment. Also finding a job can take some time, but I think that's true for other bootcamps as well.
- Awards for reviews- 4/20/2016Rod • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
What will people do for $500 from amazon? Post nonsense reviews on this site! Read the reviews for this school and see which ones you believe in. I am quite troubled when people spam review sites.
I graduated from Byte Academy and now have a job at a tech company building finance products. I was quite happy with my experience. I learnt a lot and it was 3 months well spent.
- Past Reviews- 4/20/2016Dan • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
I am seeing the past critical reviews that were put up this month and I am quite astonished. My experience at Byte Academy has been quite good and I don't know anyone from my cohort who will agree to these last few reviews. I would encourage everyone to visit and speak to current students and teachers.
- Byte Academy- 4/18/2016Sulekha • Student • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
I am happy to say that joining Byte Academy is one of the best decisions I have made. I am a current student, not graduated yet. The program consists of 3 phases and by the end of the course every student will become a fully qualfied web developer. After completing 2 of 3 phases successfully, I can say that the curriculum is well designed to transform highly motivated individuals with or without prior programming experience into full stack developers.
Instructors are not only highly knowledgable but also skilled and enthusiastic teachers who genuinely care about the success of their students. Even though each instructor is assigned to a specific phase, they are always availble to answer/help students from any phase. These instructors have great sensitivity and give their full support to make sure each and every student is comfortable with the fast-paced environment.
Pre-course work is designed well and it is very important to complete the requirements before starting the boot camp in order to succeed. A good place for networking as many representatives from various companies attend the weekly meet-ups and coder reviews. Great student community, where evryone is passionate about coding. Diverse group of students with amazing backgrounds and goals. You could be working with someone who used to be an Investment Banker, Trader or a Statup founder. You will make great friends and will be surrounded by people who all work together and help each other succeed.
Reality is, this is a boot camp so one should not assume that everything will be handed out or someone will be holding hand all the time. Students have to think, exercise their reasoning abilities and put a lot of effort in learning the course. I highly recommend Byte Academy to anyone who is serious about becoming a full stack developer.
- Best Boot Camp. Great choice.- 4/11/2016Shehryar Khan • Graduate • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York City
I come from a computer science background. I graduated college in December 2015 and joined Byte in January 2016. I wanted to be a stronger developer so i wanted to join a boot camp. I was pretty skeptical of where I wanted to go, and I remember reading the reviews on this site, and becoming more skeptical, not knowing if Byte would be a great experience. However, because I wanted to learn python/django I went with it and joined byte. Jeff was my instructor for the three phases; he was a very helpful and great person along with all the other instructors at Byte. Byte is probably the best choice I’ve made in my life so far. It was much better than just having a degree in computer science.
If you are thinking of join Byte I suggest you come in and just talk to some of the students that are in the later phases. Don’t even bother with speaking to the heads of Byte. Speak to the students and find out for yourself. I graduated Byte in April 2016, and I am so glad I chose byte and worked with a language like Python.
- The curriculum is pretty hard but manageable, also there are ways to catch up if you slack off.
- The space is not the biggest
- They do have lots of monitors and tables
- Instructors are very helpful. They all are willing to help you with a problem until you understand completely
- They are open 24/7 so you are able to come in and code weekends or late night ( I really love that about them)
- There are many other small features, like presentations, which help you prepare for the job world.
- You will be in mid down, lots of food places, great view.
- They have big name companies (Bloomberg, Ibm...) that actively take resumes of graduates from Byte.
- very helpful with resumes, cover letters, and preparing for interviews.
- I learned more than I expected.- 4/5/2016Cody • Software Developer • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
After attending four different boot camp meetups in NYC, I decided to attend Byte Academy for one reason: Billy (lead instructor) was the most intelligent person I met at any of the schools. I also met a former student (Adam) who seemed very bright and passionate about programming, who sold me on the culture: enthusiastic, kind, and driven. I'm glad I attended the meetup and met Billy, because at the time, Byte Academy was *not* at the top of my list -- their website lacked polish, their space was cramped, and they were barely on the radar of review sites like this one.
As an aside: at a Rails bootcamp meetup, I swear the presenter said, "There hasn't been a web framework invented since Ruby on Rails." She didn't seem stupid, so she had to know she was lying... this disrespect for the audience only reinforced my intuition that Ruby is a cult for impressionable children. (Although I have two friends who enjoyed their experiences at App Academy and General Assembly.)
The pace of learning here is *hard* and *fast*. I came in to refresh my skills after not using my undergraduate CS degree for ten years. Although I came in with a decent amount of experience, I was blown away by the second day. I don't know how anyone without my level of experience was able to keep up -- some of them didn't. I've never been to a different boot camp, but if they're graduating all of their students in just 12 weeks, they're not teaching nearly as much as Byte. The good news is that Byte students can repeat a four-week phase if they're not prepared to advance.
I am a *much* better developer now than before I came to Byte.
My cohort's instructor, Tom, was knowledgeable and passionate. He knew just the right balance of what to explain to us and what to let us figure out ourselves. Every instructor has their own interesting side projects they're happy to talk about.
Once per week, all students and instructors who wish can give a five minute presentation about anything they like. A lot of people sign up and it's really cool what people are working on and getting excited about.
Cohorts are small at Byte -- mine only had five students.
During my twelve weeks, I had a concern that Byte didn't seem to offer *any* job placement assistance, but the Monday after I graduated, Billy and Richard helped me immensely with my resume, and by the end of the week I was confident to start applying for jobs. They've also started bi-weekly meetings with Rak and Richard to check in with and help every graduate who is still looking for work (but it seems like basically everyone has already found it).
(They *do* help with job placement, but to be honest, it seems like this industry is so desperate for talent that all it takes to find a job is to sort of know what you're doing and start sending resumes.)
Oh -- and finance! Richard is an incredible finance instructor who spent a lot of time with us in phase two. I didn't find myself becoming interested in finance, but about a third of my fellow students came to Byte specifically because they were interested in finance; Richard knows enough about finance *and* software to advise finance-related final projects in a way the technical instructors can't.
One negative: The daily exercises are intentionally an unfinishable amount of work. I strongly disagree with this philosophy of teaching and I hope that it changes.
All of that said, I believe both Rails *and* Django are archaic. The problem they were built to solve -- templating -- no longer exists, and using them just to implement a JSON API introduces tremendous overhead for no discernable benefit. I think the future -- heck, the present -- is about pulling JSON data into a single page application. Or a multi-page application, but certainly not generating server-side templates for every single page.
Come to Byte; you'll love it.
- Glad I signed up- 2/12/2016Josh • Student • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
I am glad I signed up for Byte Academy. My cohort was small, so I was able to get a lot of attention from the instructors and teaching assistants. Quite amazed with the great student-teacher ratio. I really needed the individualized attention, so thanks to everyone who helped me along the way!
The program was tough. I had no programming experience before joining. I found myself spending extra time trying to keep up with the rest of the class. However, the late nights definitely paid off at the end. My advice for people joining - if you work hard, you will learn a lot. If you're not willing to put in the time, don't waste your money.
I read the past reviews on this site, prior to writing my review. It seems a couple of people submitted negative reviews. I can't relate to their problems, since my experience was quite positive. I do know that some of the past instructors have left, the current instructors definitely seem capable and eager to teach.
- Great bootcamp- 12/21/2015Yulia • Graduate • Campus: New York City
- Life Changing Experience- 11/25/2015Benjamin Mukasa • Graduate • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York City
I came to Byte Academy from an accounting background with some casual programming experience. I was challenged in the areas where I thought I was ahead of the curve and I was guided by the teaching staff when I came upon more difficult material. The pace is fast and everyday they challenge you to stretch past what you thought you could do.
I am not going to claim it is perfect, but Byte Academy staff work closely with students on a daily basis to improve personal and overal experience. During my three months I saw several changes in curriculum and teaching methods that improved my experience.
This program is not for you if you:
- Have difficulty following instructions or being taught.
- Expect a collegiate experience.
- Are not willing to spend extra time to give yourself the best opportunity to learn.
In my opinion, Byte Academy is a worthwhile investment if your goal is to take three months to change how you work, how you think and are fully invested in the process. Byte Academy has every resource that you could think of to make you a great full stack Python developer. You just have to show up and take full advantage.
- Intense Python Program- 11/6/2015Anthony • Student • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
- Adam J • Student • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
This is a fantastic bootcamp. At the moment it is still small which means personalized attention from an extremely competent and passionate instructor staff. The environment is collaborative - students in more senior cohorts jump at the chance to help those who are new to the bootcamp. There is a lot to learn in a short amount of time, so best to come in having completed the prework so that you can hit the ground running. Be ready to put in the hours! Curriculum is rigorous, but if you're serious about this then that's exactly what you should want.
- Do not be fooled- 7/1/2015Jesse
Byte academy does a great job at pretending they are a full service academy and having amazing job placement after. The truth is, they hardly have any graduates and have had more people drop out than graduate with jobs. All of the reviews on this site are written by the people who work there or by current teachers. The teachers care more about their side projects than they do their students. They force multiple people to repeat so most cohorts are made up of 3-4 students. When I first started, I was the only one I my group. They do a great job of just handing you work and never reviewing it unless you ask. The curriculum is decent but the amount of work per day is just insane. My favorite quote from the instructor is "I'm sorry I haven't been helping you today but it's kind of your fault". People have to repeat the first 4 weeks twice?? That's not their fault but the instructors. The instructors act like they're above you but behave like children. The whole school needs a serious redo and structure change. Do not waste your money here but go to a proven school like General Assembly or flatiron.
- A great place to learn full-stack.- 6/18/2015William mantly • Full-Stack dev • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
Byte academy teaches far them simple programing, it teaches you how to think like a software engineer. We covered basic CS algorithms and how computers function at a lower level to give us a better understanding of what out programs are doing. We worked extensively using proper git work flow, white board sessions and constant team communication. I learned that the over all design and implementation is far more important then the lines of code one would write. Byte was a great experience and the instructors are very knowledgeable and attentive, ready and willing to help out any time, even nights and weekends. The sense of community that we have with the staff, alumni and fellow students is like a tasty cherry on top giving every one a larger pool of knowledge and experience to draw from and contribute too. I would, and have, recommended Byte to any looking to grow in the development field.
- Anthony Keating • T.A. • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
I can't say enough good things about Byte Academy. From the admissions, to the instructors, and everywhere in between this is a great bootcamp. The environment is very relaxed, while also maintaining a professional atmoshphere. I learned enough to build full stack apps, and if I am unsure of something, I now have the know-how to research and learn something new. I would recommend Byte Academy to anyone, and ecourage anyone who is on the fence, to go ahead and enroll!
- Good Program- 2/24/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
- Worst Approach to Data Science Learning- 5/14/2018Anonymous • Student • Course: Data Science (Full-Time) • Campus: Bangalore
Though the curriculum boasts lot of concepts, the approach to learning data science is totally mismanaged. Fundamentals are assumed to be known or need to learn by yourself. Instructor does not come from the relavant industry background. He was one of the student in Byte itself. Management is totally unprofessional.
- Unprofessional Staff- 5/9/2018Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Python Bootcamp (Full-Time) • Campus: Bangalore
- Good curriculum, requires dedication- 6/27/2017Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
What to expect:
Bootcamps consolidate a lot of learning into a short amount of time. You'll get out of it what you put in. You'll get instruction on topics in the morning, and then you're often left to tackle problems on your own in the afternoon until you ask for help. I found the instructors to be knowledgable and helpful. However, part of the value of a bootcamp is spending time writing the code and learning to solve problems on your own. When you're on the job you won't have someone holding your hand showing you how to code up a merge sort or figure out why your HTML elements are out of place, and the instructors try to strike the balance between helping when you're stuck and merely giving you solutions. A lot of it relies on your own effort, but I know I personally learned a ton.
What you'll learn:
- Anonymous • Unemployed • Graduate • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York City
Just read through the anonymous reviews here- it's loud and clear.
Skip past the 5 star reviews, they're by instructors and TAs who were once students here, but never held a job where production level code was necessary. They failed to get a job beause this place fails at preparing you for any technical role, so they come back to teach...
Every single event and meetup is a dud and a marketing ploy. Their ciriculum for fintech and medtech is a scam and is not followed at all. Their new data science ciriculum is literally stolen from another bootcamp and sold to you at a higher price. Director sits in his office never making contact with the students he ripped off.
- DO NOT ATTEND- 5/4/2017Anonymous • Developer • Graduate • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York CityI graduated here about a year ago and am still in touch with a number of the TAs. Of all the bootcamps out there, do not go here, it is the worst one and getting even worse.You are better off studying from a book and asking your good friend google for help.No one here knows best practices for production code, they were all noob students at this bootcamp at one point if that counts for anything. It's the blind leading the blind. The actual learning comes from building projects, but guess what? You can do that at home, without spending thousands of dollars!Current job support includes sending your resume to recruiters and that's about it from what I hear.They tout themselves as first in fintech, but they don't have fintech lectures at all. Their medtech track looks great on paper, but doesn't exist in reality.Staff has absolutely zero clue what goes on and could not care less about what students are thinking. Even if a student went to tell them something was wrong, they might as well be talking to a brick wall for all the change that happens after. I have witnessed this first hand with other students who have complained, and apparently students are still loudly complaining about the same things as when I was there.Oh and get this- they've got plans to run bootcamps in Singapore and India. They can barely communicate within the 4 walls of their grimy office space, you think they can manage across the globe? Sh*t started to hit the fan real hard when they sent their lead instructor to Singapore. Wait till it flies when they send their least qualified instructor to India.50% of their instructors were consumed to work on their student platform. So instead of teaching the current, paying, students, they are preparing an app for future students to use. They won't have any future students at the rate they're going. Oh wait... they don't... Apparently they haven't had a new cohort in 4 months, which is pathetic because their most recent cohort only has 2 students in it to being with. They're supposed to have a new cohort every 2 months if I remember correctly.Don't go here - it is quickly crumbling and about to implode.
- Anonymous • Course: FinTech (Full-Time) • Campus: New York City
After graduation and Interviewing for development roles it becomes very clear how little relevant experience Byte Academy gives you.
You will quickly realize that almost nothing they teach you is used in real world development.
The core moto of this bootcamp is to teach python, and It fails even at that.
They dont teach you how to test code, debug code, or how real production python should look and feel.
I would say this bootcamp may be good for someone who wants to gain code literacy but doesnt expect or want a development job upon graduation.
In all honesty this course is taught by former students who really dont understand the real world development well enough to teach it. All of the teachers took jobs at the school upon graduation.
You are far better off either teaching yourself online, or going to antother bootcamp.
Also it should be said there is honestly no Fintech or BioTech Curriculum. It's a maketing technique.
- Quick Breakdown- 4/13/2017Anonymous • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
First I would like to state that I enjoyed my experience at Byte Academy very much.
As for the other resources, Byte Academy aids in your job search by providing job postings, professional resume/resource advice, and meetups that pertain to your interests. However, similar to the curriculum, it is imperative that you have the motivation to search and discover the nuances of your specific target industry.
An instructor made the comparison that Byte Academy will teach you how to drive a car reliably rather than explain how the car works. I think the analogy perfectly describes Byte and results in producing quality programmers rather than computer engineers.
- Unorganized, FinTech/MedTech tracks DO NOT EXIST- 2/20/2017Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York City
- some good teachers here, really know their stuff
- convenient location in midtown
- one of the only places that teaches python
- small cohorts of ~5 students
- somewhat cheaper than other bootcamps
- business/management side of things are pretty shifty/shitty
- not very transparent about anything
it's been at least a year since the same problems have been spoken about in other reviews here, and clearly they have not fixed them
- their answer is "we're a startup." some BS if you ask me
lectures happen whenever and topics tend to jump quickly without finishing up on the previous
- problems are given after lectures, but what they taught gave no direction on how to solve. Might as well just continue self study at home. Yes it's supposed to emmulate "the real world", but students are paying you money to TEACH... do your job.
- no building passes issued even though classroom is open 24/7... wtf
careers person doesn't seem to understand the tech world, just networking
- the "partners" they talked about are mysterious and are little more than an HR contact to pass your resume along to
- TAs are hit or miss - ps be wary of all the 5 stars reviews here- they are from grad turned TAs... maybe because they couldn't find another job...
- their "fintech" and "medtech" tracks are a joke... they don't exist!! marketing strategy.
- random co-working space guy tries to poach students as volunteer interns for his startup their first week of classes.
- Great place- 1/20/2017Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Fintech Immersive • Campus: New York City
I learn a great deal from this place. I came in with a finance background but very limited technology experience. The people in my cohort were quite different. A couple had no work experience. Others had over 5 years of experience Overall, I think all of us enjoyed our time here. The small cohorts do help. I don't think I ever had to wait for long to get helped by someone.
I also learned a ton from the events these people hold in the evenings. I attended presentations from entrepreneurs and CEO's. I also went to my first hackathon with Byte Academy. Great experience - I highly recommend this. I even attended a weekend workshop for trading algorithms for free. This by itself was well worth my investment here. I don't think I would have ever attended this if I had not come here.
Their career counseling person helped me a lot. I was able to get an internship, which I have already been told will turn into a full time position.
- Contrasting viewpoint- 1/20/2017Anonymous • Student • Course: Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) • Campus: New York City
My experience at Byt Academy has been quite different from some of the reviews that I've now read on this site. Classes are small. Instructors are ready to help. However, there is no easy way to learn coding without putting in the hours. I had to put in a lot of time, and it was worthwhile in the end. I was always able to get help from the TA's and the instructors whenever I had any problems.
The program is not easy. Every day there are new topics, so to get the most out of it, you do need to stay on top of the daily assignments.
The people were quite nice and willing to help me out on any of the issues I faced. I even reached out to instructors like Billy and Tom who were not responsible for my cohort and they helped me a ton.
On the job front, they organize career fairs every few months. Also, I got introduced to few different companies that they had relationships with. I am quite happy with the job I ended up with. So overall time well spent.