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Coding Dojo

Avg Rating:4.43 ( 432 reviews )

Coding Dojo is a unique coding bootcamp that teaches three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Coding Dojo has campuses in has campuses in Berkeley, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Seattle, Tulsa, Tysons Corner, and online. Students can choose to learn three of the industry’s most in-demand web development languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, MEAN, Java or .NET Core. An online option is also available for students who don’t have access to campuses. In addition to an extensive curriculum, students receive 15 hours/day of mentored guidance, quick feedback in the evening from remote Teacher Assistants and tailored course content that accommodates both beginners and experienced developers. Students experience building advanced web applications, solving job-relevant problems and learning to think like true software engineers.

To apply, candidates answer questions via an online form, schedule an interview with a Coding Dojo staff member, then if accepted, must pay a deposit to secure their place.

Since 2012, Coding Dojo has endeavored to help individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companies like Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap. For each student, Coding Dojo promises one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, and comprehensive job-hunting workshops.

Coding Dojo welcomes Veterans and accepts the GI Bill at selected campuses, as well as offering a Gap Year program for high school grads. Coding Dojo also provides various scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

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  • Gap Year Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Spend 6 months of your gap year with Coding Dojo and become a self-sufficient software developer with hands-on programming experience though our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in web development who are not sure what career they want to focus on, this Gap Year bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, learn 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java, and gain valuable skills for a career in tech. Personal Growth Discover who you are as a person and what you want to do in life Boost your motivation for further academic pursuit Become more mature, independent and self-aware about your strengths and weaknesses Career Ready Mindset Build important soft skills to enhance your academic performance in college Find the right fit major and career path based on your self-discovery Gap year graduates report that their gap year had significantly added to their employability Gap Year Curriculum Full stack Development Program - 14 weeks of immersive Web Development program (HTML/CSS/Javascript), Python, MEAN, Ruby, C#/.Net. Career Services - 2 weeks of career readiness workshops (resume, cover letter, networking, Linkedin profile) Project Based Internship - 4 Weeks of project based internship to build your own portfolio (weekly check-in with a mentor) Explore A New City The Gap Year Program is available at all of our campuses. Explore living in a new city while developing your tech skills. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request.
    Financing
    Deposit$1,000
    Financing
    Financing: Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund

    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 are available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,995
    Class size40
    LocationOnline, Dallas
    Our Online Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp is a remote learning alternative that provides online access to our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in web development who cannot attend our on-campus programs, this online bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Algorithms, Python
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,995
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    Our Part-Time Online Web Development Bootcamp is a flexible evening and weekend course that teaches web fundamentals and a full Python stack — complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students who cannot attend our on-campus programs, or commit to a full-time course, you'll learn the skills needed to become a self-sufficient developer in as little as 20-25 hours per week. Comprehensive Curriculum Develop projects in a vast range of technologies, starting with front-end development in Web Fundamentals. From there, dive into back-end development centers around Python and put on the finer touches with AJAX and modularization. Top it off with 4 weeks of project building and algorithms. Live Instructor Support Receive hands-on support from our instruction team through live evening classes twice a week, multiple office hours, plus evening weekend support through our chat forum. Top-Tier Platform Quickly learn the essentials of the most in-demand technologies through our online Learning Platform, which has trained thousands of Coding Dojo students. Code From Home Experience the accelerated training of our on-campus bootcamps from the comfort of your home without quitting your day job. You’re only required to dedicate at least 20 - 25 hours per week toward during the bootcamp. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    CostN/A
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Our Onsite Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp will teach you more than coding - you'll learn how to solve problems and be a self-sufficient developer. When you're fully immersed in our three full stack curriculum, you'll master the fundamental building blocks of web and software development, making you a highly valuable, desirable asset throughout your career. The 14-week course includes real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in fast-tracking a successful career in tech, this onsite bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more! *Published in February 2018, this is based upon a survey that was sent to alumni who graduated between January 2015 and October 2017. Out of the respondents, 94% are employed full time in field. 75% of alumni find jobs within 3 months.
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipUp to $4,000 in scholarships available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

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  • Ali • Student
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    I have never meet the people in industry like them. They are not hungry like other bootcamps. They even made for me a payment for 16 month. Yes their admission process is not challeging,but the content are above average. It is so pity that I had a family emergency and did quit it. However thet refunded my money in full amount. See what I have build on the second and third days. http://lubricants.herokuapp.com/index.html http://css-box.herokuapp.com/index.html http://priodic-table.herokuapp.com/index.html All above are from scratch and did not copy pasted. Bootcamp the place you should put extra effort and study on your own too. Good luck
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    I enrolled the online course thinking for a new career shift. With great aspirations enrolled for coding dojo online course and paid $1000 as admission fee. One first 2-3 lectures, the instructor was not clear in delivery method, was wandering on topics around and was not designed to consider a first timer to coding like me. Either they should have made the expectations clear that this course is not for beginners or hire some instructors who has either interest or passion for teaching others. i am still following up with admissions team (to which they dont ever respond) for my refund but in vain. This is the worst experience for an online course i had.

  • Armand De Asis • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Intro: You know, I think I'll start this out with what a lot of people are really concerned about-- employment outcomes. The 92% employment rate I've seen thrown around hasn't been updated in over a year and always struck me as kind of shady, considering their lack of transparency about the data. (They did, however, address that and tell us they were working on collecting data to update it.) Anyway, anecdotally, everyone in my cohort who wasn't still in college and actually put an honest effort into their job search was employed within 3 months of graduating. Some actually started their search while going through the program and had job offers before they'd even graduated. This isn't necessarily representative of the program's success rate as a whole, but I just thought I'd give you some actual real-life outcomes to consider. This includes students who'd struggled and often lagged behind throughout the program, which you're allowed to do because Coding Dojo doesn't kick people out for lagging behind. This was because, what some students lacked in talent, they made up for in sheer effort and determination. To get the most out of this program, you need to be there from sun-up to sun-down. You need to be constantly learning, writing code, practicing algorithms, asking questions, and mentoring others if you can (while still taking occasional breaks to play ping-pong or go out to lunch with you cohortmates/new friends).

    Do all that and, for 98% of people, you will get a job. It might be challenging and take a while, and you may have to start out in a less-than-ideal position, but you'll get a job. That's pretty much true of any coding bootcamp out there. So onto my review about this one.

    My main review:

    Coding Dojo essentially provides a good primer on 3 different stacks. You don't go into the depth you would at a bootcamp that focuses entirely on one stack, but I'd say they succeed in their mission of making you a versatile coder. They show you the common  patterns between different technologies and frameworks, which makes it easier to learn new things down the line.

    I call it a "primer" because even more popular bootcamps are criticized for not providing adequate depth for more than a junior-level position. Though CD only spends about a month on each stack, they do still get through a lot. Really, I think one of the main differences in curriculum between CD and other bootcamps is that CD doesn't fit in much time for projects, which is where a lot of the real learning happens. It's one thing to attend lectures and toy with sample code, it's another thing entirely to try to get an entire application up and running by yourself (or with a group).

    When I went through the program, each month we spent about the first 3 weeks learning a new stack, which culminated in a "Belt Exam" (to go with the dojo theme) where you were tested on the material you learned via a challenge to build an application with certain features. Those 3 weeks and the subsequent exam seem really challenging when you're going through them, but in retrospect, they really only cover the bare minimum of building an app in that stack. The 4th week, project week, is where you actually go beyond basic things like login/registration and page rendering, and start working on integrating APIs and making an app like you'd see in real life. Luckily, you generally work with a group to do this. Figuring out Git/GitHub is about half the battle, particularly early on.

    Personally, my main issue looking back is that, for all that we learned in the bootcamp, I probably (or most definitely) have found the same information in articles, tutorials, books, and (much, much) cheaper online lessons, such as on Udemy or Udacity. Of course, the reason I wanted to go to a bootcamp in the first place was that I had trouble self-teaching and wanted an experience with more guidance (and the credibility from attending some semblance of a school, the value of which might vary between employers). At that, the bootcamp was an excellent experience. It's just sort of rough knowing now that I could have found all the same (or more in-depth) material online for a small fraction of the price, but without the environment, support, and mentorship that comes from attending a bootcamp in person. It's also incredibly more helpful to be surrounded by other students who are struggling with the same things and can help and motivate you.

    Case in point, a couple weeks in, we were joined by another student who was in Coding Dojo's "hybrid bootcamp", meaning that he went through part of the program remotely before coming on-site to complete the rest. He'd been at it for I believe 6 weeks already, but when he joined, he was at about the same place in the curriculum that we were. He'd made the same progress in 6 weeks that we'd made in 2.

    So basically it's an expensive program, but if you're seeking a classroom environment and instructors/classmates to help motivate you, Coding Dojo is a good place.

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    I had trouble at coding dojo and struggled a lot, but also learned a lot through the process and would recommend coding dojo to anyone looking to get into the field of web development if they like a challenge, and enjoy working at a computer for most of the day.

    Previously I had a college degree in Computer Information Systems, but did not feel like I was prepared for the real world at all. I liked how we had daily algorithms to help us become more critical thinkers, and all the assignments were geared towards becoming self-sufficient and becoming job-ready. I also had a lot of fun at coding dojo even though it was a challenge.

    I met a lot of cool people, and the whole process is one I'll never forget. I love how accepting coding dojo is of students and will go out of their way to help you no matter what. It's different than college in that what you put in is what you get out of it. This is true for anything in life, if you are truly passionate enough about what you believe in and want to achieve, you can do anything.

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    It was a huge challenge but it would've been more a challenge to learn all I did without Coding Dojo's help. Having a fun and considerate cohort made it a lot easier for me. I guess I got lucky with that one. The TA's and instructors also helped a lot in overcoming many of the topics and concepts I used to consider extremely intimidating. Angular was a scary monster lurking in the shadows until the platform exposed angular for the beautiful, majestic framework that it is. There was a lot I had trouble with but I learned the hard way that any concept can be understood if you stick to it and always remind yourself to never, ever, give up. There were many times I wanted to give up. There were many times I got mad. But all the anger in the world can't get me closer to my goals and thanks to Coding Dojo, I learned a lot more than the goals I set out for. I surprised myself with the knowledge I've learned up till now and the amazing part is, Coding Dojo also taught me even after these three months are over, this is only the beginning of the journey.

  • Coding Dojo Review
    - 7/27/2016
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    During my time at Coding Dojo, I went from being a person with absolutely no coding experience to someone that feels confident in his ability to design and implement full web applications in both Python and Javascript using the MEAN stack. I was also fortunate enough to take the iOS track and have been able to develop basic iOS applications. I have not yet deployed anything on the app store but am in the process of finishing a few projects that I may deploy. I would have liked to get more face time with some of the instructors but other than that the platform was very helpful. I learned how to fix and/or analyze most of my problems on my own and feel confident that I can take that skill into the workplace when needed. I am satisfied with the knowledge I have gained over this time period and would recommend Coding Dojo to anyone with no coding experience that is looking to break into the industry. I believe it is a great entry level program. One thing I would like to see are modules that go over advanced concepts in every language studied.

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    Coming into the program without any coding experience was a little overwhelming at first.  Though the struggles at first were tough, the progress I made in the end was truly remarkable to me.  I didn't believe the people who told me while I was limping my way through the PHP stack, that it will get easier and things were would eventually start clicking.  It wasn't until I wrote my first callback function in the third week of the MEAN stack that I started to believe that it could be true.  The first few days of the RUBY stack were more of the same struggle, until I hunkered in for a weekend and pushed through the assignments and came out being able to write code without thinking much about it.  The whole experience was eye opening, and since I was willing to put the effort into the material, I was able to come out with knowledge I had no idea I could have.  

    The instructors during the dojo were a big part of the experience, and helped a ton along the way.  They were always there to answer a question along the way, but never just gave you the answer.  They really  practiced what the dojo speaks when they say "strength through struggle".

    I am glad I invested the time into this experience and am really looking forward to what life has in store for me next.  This experience will travel with me for a long time.

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    I had a lot of fun learning new languages alongside people with similar interests as me, and being able to learn things I've really been interested in but didn't know where to start. Although we may have gone down different paths, and will continue to branch off, I won't be able to forget the experience I had here, the relationships I made, the friends I met. I'm excited to use what I've learned to further myself and my life!
     
    When I first heard about the bootcamp, I was excited that there was a form of education that seemed more like how I prefer to learn. I went through multiple stages of anxiety when applying, nervous that I wouldn't be able to get in, nervous it wouldn't be right, nervous I wouldn't do well, nervous I wouldn't fit in. But all my worries melted away when I stepped in the door for my first open house.
     
    Coming into the dojo, everyone treats everyone like an old friend - we all shed that layer of fear, of judgement, and we all help each other push through all the struggles. More than anything, that was the most important thing to me.
     
    I'll never forget these past 3 months. And although we may part, I'll always cherish everyone I've spent that time with.
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    I came to Coding Dojo trying to redefine myself, and it helped me do just that. I had a bit of experience programming before, but nothing formal, and most done on my own.
     
    It's not easy. If you don't have the dedication to invest a sizable amount of time, you will not succeed. The amount of time people put into this program really shows in terms of ability and results. It's supposed to be a struggle, but like their slogan says: strength through struggle. Even with my previous experience there were plenty of times that I just wanted to bang my head on the table. But the great thing about coming in every day and putting in a decent amount of time is having the TAs and instructors there to help you. It's also great knowing that your cohort-mates are also struggling with you; it shows that what you're trying to achieve is not something just anyone can do.
     
    It's fun. I truly enjoyed myself here, and I've gained a number of good friends through my cohort and the instructors. I met a lot of different people and learned a lot not only through the platform but through them. There were times we didn't get a lot of work done, but it was okay. Stay away from the ping pong table.
     
    It's rewarding. Seeing yourself build projects from scratch that you originally had no idea about and probably thought were close to witchcraft is incredibly satisfying. And when you look back at how far you've come, you'll wonder why you ever doubted yourself to begin with.
     
    This program IS for everyone. The instructors do a great job of not leaving anyone behind. I definitely would choose Coding Dojo over any other programming bootcamp.
  • A good exposure!
    - 4/22/2016
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    If you are looking for a career change or want to be a better developer, I would definetly recommend Coding Dojo. Personally , Coding Dojo really changed my perception about coding. Today, I can code in any language and handle any framework. All thanks to my instructors who were very helpful and kept us motivated. Be it any time they would always be ready to help us. 

    Another great thing about Coding Dojo is the career services program that they started recently to help the new grads, is worth appreciation. They are really trying hard to get us opportunities. 

    Lastly, I would like to say, Coding dojo can help you 45-50 % , the rest is what you make out of it and where you want to be. Have a clear goal and work hard , then you can make the most from the Bootcamp.

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    If you must be stuck with them, the advice is to lick their boots and never complain about anything in the slightest way or else they will be very suspicious and judgmental of you. That's what happened behind the complainers back at our cohort. Whether coding dojo did well or not, how would it benefit you if you don't praise the bootcamp you already paid $9,000 for?

    Of course you would definitely learn SOMETHING at coding dojo!!! But it won't be a ton (unless you do your own research like everyone else said already). So if everyone can just do their own research at home, why even attend the bootcamp? They don't even believe in "teaching" you but for you to teach your own self through google, yeah of course you need to teach yourself idiot, but not from free sources like google and codecademy for $9,000. Should coding dojo worth $9,000 then? I felt like the instructors try to make us look very unappreciative when we already learned their stuff, but at the same time, it was nothing that should be overpriced. Also, why did they lie on their website, especially about the hands on experience that will be so different from going to a university? There are at least 2-3 staffs helping but there are more than 10 students, not everyone got the same amount of attention especially if the staff likes to go chit chat somewhere else. Of course if they have such a good platform that can teach anyone so fast, they are afraid everybody would copy&paste or snapshot them to share with friends and family members, so they wouldn't want to come up with a well accomplished platform, but sell their instructors to teach instead. Good luck if you have a horriible instructor, yes, once you are stuck with coding dojo, you will rely over 90% on self-study and peer helping, do not complain that you paid so much for only 10% of help from the dojo and be appreciative of that until you graduate and have a job and then complain and betray their 10% help.

     

  • Anonymous • Front-End Developer • Graduate
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    I attended Coding Dojo about two years ago. I never wrote a proper review about Coding Dojo, but the experience has really left a bitter mark, to where I honestly cannot recommend Coding Dojo to anyone. Hopefully they have improved by now, but from what I hear, many problems I encountered are still there. 

    The camp that I attended started in November 2013, finishing in February 2014. It was a 9 week program which focused on HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails, and PHP. It was at the Mountain View location. 

     

    THE PROS

    - I managed to land a job as a front-end developer after graduating

    - I learned a lot about PHP, Ruby

    - The knowledge I gained acted as a springboard to leap off of

    - I made some lasting connections with my cohort-mates

    - Lunch and dinner are included in the program, and delivered every day

    - Weekly afternoons in the park were organized to give ourselves breaks, get some fresh air, and get some exercise

     

    THE CONS

    - 90% of the material is done through an online self-guided tool, which contains videos, quizzes, and assignments. There were daily morning lectures, but they were unorganized and were still being slapped together up until the instructor began the lecture. Most of the learning was through powering through these assignments. They enforced loose deadlines and reviewed assignments regularly, but that was it. The program essentially amounts to you staring at a computer screen for 8-12 hours a day, going through the online assignments, and asking for help from a TA when you have a question. Rinse and repeat for the entire program. 

    - The content might not be enough to land you a job. I know at least one of my cohort-mates ended up going to another code accelerator after Coding Dojo. 

    - Your experience varies drastically depending on who you're sitting immediately next to. They sat us in groups of 4. I was fortunate enough to be sitting with a group of fairly smart individuals with some coding background, so we made a great study group. The other groups, mostly made up of complete beginners, struggled big time, and most of them dropped out.

    - Over half of the group dropped out by the end of the camp, because they couldn't keep up with the self-guided material. Only about 25% of campers had a project to show during demo day. 

    - We were only taught PHP and Ruby, with very minimal javascript. In fact, the instructors hardly even know any javascript themselves. Granted, this was in a time where Javascript and the MEAN stack was only just becoming the next big thing, but you'd think that for a code accelerator they'd prep you for what employers will be looking for. At the end of the bootcamp, our instructor told us all that we should learn Javascript and the MEAN stack to land a job. Well, what the hell did we pay you guys for then?

    - Instructors and TAs are all Coding Dojo alumni. Everyone that works there is someone who finished the Coding Dojo bootcamp recently. They create videos to update the online learning tool, lead lectures, and share what they just learned a few months ago. Which means, none of them have any industry experience, wisdom, or connections. None of them can be labeled as lead developers or anything. Maybe except the man who runs the entire show (Michael Choi), but seeing as how he spends his time running Coding Dojo, I doubt he has any industry developemnt experience either. How can you expect to learn anything useful from people who've never actually worked in the industry?

    - There was no help in the job search. None. Zero. Zilch. All my job hunting was done on my own accord with my own effort. The dojo offered no connections and no recruitment, beyond some basic pieces of advice from the instructors. During our demo day, no recruiters showed up. 

    - One of our instructors was laid off in the middle of our camp, who was replaced with another instructor. This put a huge dent in our learning flow, to the point where many people simply couldn't get back into the rhythm. 

    - All of our instructors were laid off at the end of our camp. Our TAs, our instructors. Why, I have no idea. One person who replaced them was a coding dojo alumni, who was an instructor-in-training during our camp. Goes to show how things are run. 

     

    All in all, I really hope that things have improved by now, but from what I hear, many of these problems are still in place. 

    My best piece of advice I can give is: if you're the type of person who is self-motivated, can take on a challenge, and can do above and beyond what is asked of you, you might be able to excel in this program. The nature of this program is that it's mostly self-guided, so you get out whatever you put in. If you want a mountain of homework dumped on your head and to put money on the line to motivate you go to through it all, go for it. If you want a polished and well-organized learning experience, look elsewhere. I personally would have preferred a guided learning experience, rather than just doing homework 8-12 hours a day. What was I paying them for, anyway?

    I was able to push through the bad parts (read: pretty much everything), learn all I could, and land a job. I can't say the same for an overwhelming majority of my cohort.

    With how poor our experience was, it felt like I was robbed $9000 and 9 weeks of my time. Everyone felt this way. Everyone was pissed. By the end of it, everyone wanted a refund. Most of us dropped out. Most of us didn't have much to show for the past 9 weeks. Some of us even went to another coding bootcamp after. None of us got any help with the job search. 

    I do not recommend Coding Dojo. 

    Response From: Katie of Coding Dojo
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    Wednesday, Apr 06 2016
    Thank you for in-depth and detailed review, feedback like this truly helps us improve. In 2013 you attended one of our first cohorts, since then we’ve taken major steps towards refining our program and making it into what it is today, which is a much different picture than our original program. But talk is cheap, so here are a few specific changes we’ve made that address the problems you highlighted:

    1. Instructor Experience: Coding Dojo lead instructors across all locations are experienced developers. Unlike many bootcamps that hire part-time instructors, our instructors are full-time hires coming from the likes of Microsoft and NASA. Several have well over a decade of programming and industry experience that they bring to the table. We have established an exceptionally rigid hiring process for our instructors to ensure we are truly getting the best out there.
    2. Focus on JavaScript: As you noted, when you were in the program JavaScript/MEAN was just becoming the “next big thing.” We realized that, which is why it’s now a foundational component of our 14-week program, with 4 weeks spent on the material. Due to our success in this area, we have created a corporate training program where (typically large companies) send their employees to us to improve their chops.
    3. Job/Career Support: In early 2015 we rolled out a comprehensive Career Services program supporting current students and alumni including one-on-one mentorship, career workshops and forums with industry leaders. Since then we have developed important partnerships at all of our locations and it’s proving to be very successful, for example a recent graduate received offers at both Google AND Apple at the same time.
    4. Learning Experience: You’re absolutely correct in that we don’t hand hold students and that it’s not for everyone. You need to be self-motivated, be okay putting in long hours and that you get what you put into the program. That being said, our students are typically physically in class with teachers, TA’s, and mentors and peers for 8-10 hours every day. We now provide a higher level of support than any of our competitors, however it is very important for the success of our students that they learn to be self-motivated and confident enough to solve problems on their own so that they land higher level, higher paying jobs.

    We regret that you didn’t have the experience you expected. However we are thrilled to see that, despite your experience, you still landed a job as a Front-End developer! Thank you again for sharing your feedback, and please know that we’ve recognized many of those concerns ourselves, and have taken steps to address each and every one of them in the past 2 years. If further assistance from our career services team would be of value to you, please reach out to us and we will make ourselves available at no charge.




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    ---------------- THE GOOD PARTS ---------------- 

    - All instructors were nice and easygoing, and will try their best to help when asked.

    - White boarding section every morning and the occasional quizzes to practice algorithms.

    - Free fruits, snacks and coffee.

    - The LAMP track was written well.

    - Project weeks at the end of every track.

    - Early bird discount, veteran/college students/women in tech discounts. Make sure to ask for them! They could save you some serious $$.

    ------------------ THE BEST PART -----------------

    The group mates. If you get lucky to be in the same group with smart, hard working, driven people, you get ALL your money's worth! I did, and learned so much from my group mates. 

    ---------- THE NOT SO GOOD PARTS ------------

    - PHP. I would rather learn Python. The cohort after mine got to choose.

    - Instructors did not have real world experience (all graduated from Dojo then went back to teach), and only can answer questions within the scope of Dojo materials. The minute your questions stray away from that, you better off just Googling stuff.

    - The MEAN and Ruby on Rails tracks were full of errors, and needed to be rewritten and heavily QA-ed. If not, students better off with learning from books or online tutorials. 

    - Three stacks. Some consider this a good thing but, 2 tracks would be better since that would allow students to get more indepth on each stack, instead of only gaining shallow knowledge of the stacks.

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    All in all, although Coding Dojo has many shortcomings, I dont regret attending. Web development is as difficult as it should be, and the Dojo's flawed curriculum made it harder. But if you put in enough effort, you still can get a lot out of the program in 3 months. Coding Dojo is one of the more affordable options for bootcamps, and they are trying to build job assistance during and after education. They also do listen to students' complaints by way of surveys and respond to them.

    I came in knowing nothing about programming, with a background not at all related to coding. Now I'm working as a software engineer. I would say 1/5 of its is thanks to Coding Dojo, 1/5 thanks to the collaboration with my awesome group mates, and the remaining due to my own effort.

  • #ONEDAYOFCODE
    - 3/17/2016
    Keith Seiji Kawamura • Pharmacist • Applicant
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    Overview of websites. Front and back end. Databases.

    Intro to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

    Saturday 10 to 6 One Day

    Free lunch

    10 students various levels

    Informative lecture. Challenging self-paced GUI. Excellent support. Difficult for me as a true beginner. Fun and enthusiastic staff. When it becomes available in Silicon Valley, I would like to enroll in their Front End 4 week course. Learning 3 Full Stacks in 14 weeks for their Onsite Flex program sounds appealing but challenging. To  At this time Coding Dojo does not offer internships and does not guarantee jobs.

     

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    While working in the healthcare field for years, I had many “what if” moments about what life would have been like had I studied computer programming in college. As coding boot camps became more popular and I had friends who went through these programs, Coding Dojo opened up an opportunity to pursue my passions once again.

    At first, I was a little skeptical about the program and whether it could really teach me enough skills to get a full time position as a web developer. Once classes started, I quickly understood how demanding this program was going to be. Most of my fellow classmates put in 12-15 hour days Monday through Friday and even some weekends. Although the program required much from the students in terms of assignments and curriculum, the instructors were always there to help guide and explain concepts. Being surrounded by other students also working diligently also helped provide a support system and motivation to keep at it.

    Two things about Coding Dojo that I thought separated it from other boot camps were the 3 stack curriculum and sports day. Learning PHP, JavaScript, and Ruby helped expose us to all the different languages there are, but more importantly, showed us how easily one can pick up other coding languages. Sure, other programs spend 12-14 weeks teaching you only one language, but what I gained from Coding Dojo was the ability to teach myself through documentation and searching, which I find far more beneficial in the real world than becoming very skilled in one language. The other thing I enjoyed was the emphasis on sports day, taking 1 (or 2) days out of the week to get some exercise with fellow classmates for about an hour. Many argued about needing more time to program but when you’re staring at a screen for 12 hours a day, a little physical activity goes a long way in terms of mental sanity and motivation later in the day.

    Overall, I definitely recommend Coding Dojo but know that you get as much out of the program as you put into it. It’s not easy but definitely manageable.

  • Geneva • Graduate
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    (Note: Prior to my Coding Dojo Experience, I had only taken a C++ course which I don't really remember and didn't really understand much because they were concepts and theory.)

    This was a really rewarding experience for me. I definitely grew as a person and as a developer over our 14 week course.It was an amazing experience and I am glad I took a leap of faith in Coding Dojo and myself. I dropped everything, moved 1100 miles and learned a lot. I learned how to problem solve, I learned a lot about all the technologies in the industry and I learned a lot about myself. I really appreciate the connections I made throughout coding dojo and the friends I made in my cohort.

    I took LAMP, MEAN, and Ruby on Rails and because Coding Dojo gave us the opportunity to learn 3 stacks, I got a feel for what languages I like. I'm excited to continue learning more on my own and Coding Dojo left me with a confidence that I can continue learning on my own and pick up new languages. The instructors were always there for us to answer our questions. And the career advisors are extremely helpful and care for every one of us. 

    Shoutout to Nikki B and Speros! Nikki is the best person ever! Funniest jokes. Much enthusiasm. So charismatic. And Speros: Awesome demos. Very helpful. Much friend. Wow.

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    I am a front-end developer and I took the remote course and dropped out around week 9 out of 12, about the time we were learning the second stack. About 30% of the class also dropped out.

    My boyfriend started out on-site and then switched to remote the first week. He never got any money back even though the price difference is $6k. He had zero experience and even though they said that was ok, he had a very difficult time. I tried to help as much as I could but the pace was very hard for me too as I had a full-time job. They tell you full-time workers can do remote but I think that would be very difficult for most people. It was for me. Needless to say, he dropped out before I did.

    My instructor told me that some people didn't deserve to have his support because they weren't putting in as many hours as he liked. Mind you, these are people who paid money, but the instructor justified giving some students more help than others based on his subjective assessment of their effort. No regard to how new this content could be for some people. I found this to be particulary cruel and unethical.  He could be passive agressive and non-responsive as well. A couple of times my cohort wanted to call him out on being non-responsive but we didn't.

    All in all, I believe they tried to teach too much in my opinion. Better to learn one stack well than three stacks on the surface. I'm very disappointed in the experience. The only way I would recommend it is if you have some exposure to full stack dev already and/or can isolate yourself from the world because they don't give you everything you need - this is under the guise of "we want you to struggle so you will learn more on your own and look up stuff," which is code for "yeah, we know the curriculum has gaps in it so cut us some slack." 

  • Michael • Managing Director • Graduate
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    "I started Coding Dojo with big hopes but not a ton of confidence. I thought "can I really learn three new stacks in three months?" I own a web development company and manage a team of developers who create powerful web and marketing applications for our clients. I have an MIS degree and a lot of experience managing coding projects, designing websites in Joomla/Wordpress and editing code but I had never created a web application from scratch; I had always directed developer teams and used existing tools like Wordpress or Joomla when I was doing my own projects. The idea sounded challenging so I took a leap of faith, signed up for Coding Dojo, moved to California and it was the best decision I could have made.

    Michael Choi, the founder was our lead instructor and he really delivered. Watch one live demo and it is clear he knows what he's doing. I felt that after the first four weeks I had completely received a return on my investment being fully capable of building an enterprise level PHP application in CodeIgniter. With help from instructors Jay Patel and Andrew, within just eight weeks I was solving complex algorithms and had built a fully functional fitness application using PostgreSQL,express, AngularJS, and Node.JS which is deployed on heroku today! 

    By the end of twelve weeks I was able to develop a working application in three full stacks. I was skeptical to start and really proud of what we were able to accomplish in just three months at the Dojo. 

    Coding Dojo is really a special program that applies focus and real, working knowledge of how to program in code and use technologies that companies demand right now. It is obvious that the owner, Michael Choi cares deeply about his students and is driven by making a difference in peoples lives. 

    I highly recommend the onsite intensive program to any tech business owner needing to "upskill" in the technical department and to any budding software engineer wanting to hone their skills by developing real web applications in the latest technologies. 

    -Michael Weitzman
    Managing Director, World Source Tech, LLC 
    Coding Dojo Graduate, Blackbelt 2015"

  • San Jose Dojo
    - 1/20/2016
    Sourabh pal • Software Engineer & Founder • Graduate
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    I had a great experience with Coding Dojo at their San Jose location. I had applied to several coding bootcamps, but made the decision to attend the Dojo based on location and price. I have no regrets!

    The instructors and staff did a great job of welcoming us from the start. However, be known that this is a very hands-off learning process. Do not expect to get an answer to a question whether the instructors know it or not. They are meant to help guide you and show you the proper way to learn to code and teach yourself to be a self-sufficient developer.

    My cohort went through PHP, MEAN, and Ruby on Rails. We were not given an option to choose which technology stacks we wanted to do, however I believe that has changed now. If given the option, I would have went with Python, MEAN, and iOS/Ruby. There is not much demand in the job market for PHP, especially amongst startups. Python and Javascript are the two main languages that seem to be the most in demand by companies.

    Make sure to study algorithms and take it seriously when the instructors do a daily algorithm. Studying that will be taking your first steps to becoming an engineer. Also, you get out what you put in; thus make sure you stay the full day and put in a full day's effort. Do not get stressed if you fall behind the rest of the class, just try to focus and ask for help when needed.

    A coding bootcamp is not for everyone...It is 12 weeks out of your life where you are spending a minimum of 10-12 hours a day at your computer or in class. Know what you are signing up for and make sure your family and loved ones know that you will not have much free time. Best of luck to everyone!

  • Seattle Experience
    - 1/19/2016
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    Coding Dojo was a great experience and a wonderful introduction to web programming. Over 14 weeks, my cohort and I went through the LAMP, MEAN, and Ruby on Rails stacks. I came in to the boot camp not really knowing what to expect and was surprised by the amount I was able to absorb in such a short period.

    The platform for each stack was well designed. There is always a TA or instructor available to help. The boot camp encouraged us to expand knowledge outside of the platform as well. We created our own projects, had hackathons, and worked daily on algorithms.

    To prospective students – It’s not for everyone. At the end of the day, the camp doesn’t thoroughly teach any language, but it does provides all the necessary tools. It surrounds you with a great environment and motivated students. If you are willing to put in the work, Coding Dojo could be an excellent opportunity.

  • Vanessa Shalkey • Full-Stack Developer • Graduate
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    Before coming to Coding Dojo I was a high school teacher in Hawaii. While working in the classroom, I had so many ideas for web applications but I had no way to make them a reality. Codecademy and Udemy only scratched the surface and didn't teach me the bigger concepts involved in creating a fully functional app. I decided that I wanted to learn how to code in a more formal setting so I did some research on my options. Going back to a university was an option, but would take too long (about 3 years or more) and would be too expensive. I heard about software bootcamps and started to look at Seattle, since I knew it was a great city for tech. I chose Coding Dojo because the staff was so friendly, and I was impressed by the three full-stack curriculum. Now that I'm graduated and have received my black belt, I have created multiple functioning apps and am confident that I can make many of my ideas into a full-functioning product. Coding Dojo was a great environment to learn how to code. I have made so many friends and have such great aspirations for my future as a software developer!

  • Vanessa Shalkey • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I joined Coding Dojo with no background in computer science and now a feel confident making web applications in PHP, JS, and Ruby. The best part about the dojo is the people. My classmates and instructors were such friendly and helpful people. I made several close friends here that I still keep in touch even though the bootcamp is over. The dojo offers a career advisor to help you get  a job. You can also visit the dojo after you've graduated in case you need help with something.

  • Fantastic Program
    - 12/30/2015
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    My experience at the dojo was more than I expected. It doesn't get any better than being able to work on projects with other coding dojo students and struggling as well as figuring out the concepts together and go through the whole program together. I definitely am going to continue studying the platform with the other stacks that I did not do during the bootcamp. Coding dojo has made a great experience for me and allowed for a great environment to learn the content. I enjoyed the platform and the projects that was involved with the program. All the concepts helped me better understand the fundamentals of the web. I made some good networks with the coding dojo as well as the connections made with the students who were at the dojo going through the same experience with me. It was great to work with people who wanted to pursue similar goals as me in learning web development and coding as a team. Something that my experience lacked was the bootcamp life which was because of my location and having to travel back and forth a long way to home. But that didn't make my experience any worse. It was just as good if anything and I am glad I made this leap to do it.

  • Definitely Worth It
    - 12/29/2015
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    I was extremely pleased with the way things turned out. I knew I would learn a lot and I'd be challenged, but I didn't know I'd have the amount of confidence I do now. The support from staff and my fellow cohort-mates was phenomenal and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The atmosphere was always positive and welcoming.

    Three stacks in three months seemed ridiculous at the time, but I got there and I got there with a huge amount of confidence. Even at times when I couldn't see the finish line, pushing through the struggle paid off twice as much. There was plenty of opportunity to grow as a person and of course as a developer.

    The instructors were really great and they helped me through the stacks. They were really knowledgeable and were ready to answer any of the questions that I had. I was impressed by not only their wealth of information they could provide regarding the course material but also other resources that are outside of what to dojo has to offer on the course platform.

    As a result, I will forever be confident as a web developer moving forward thanks to my time at the Dojo. I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone who may be interested.

    I've yet to attend the career training seminars but I know that previous cohorts have had great success when trying to land positions.  I also know that there is a robust amount of material and meetings that are about to take place next month.  (Note: career development takes place in the first couple weeks after your third stack.)

Thanks!