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Coding Dojo

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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 size
    35
    Location
    Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, 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 / Guarantee
    Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    Scholarship
    Scholarships 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 Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $14,995
    Class size
    40
    Location
    Online, 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 Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans
    $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / Guarantee
    Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    Scholarship
    Scholarships 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 Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, Python, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $9,995
    Class size
    30
    Location
    Online
    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 Skills Fund.  
    Tuition Plans
    $1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75
    Refund / Guarantee
    Deposits are refundable until day 1 of class.
    Scholarship
    Scholarships 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 Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    N/A
    Class size
    35
    Location
    Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, 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 Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans
    $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / Guarantee
    Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    Scholarship
    Up 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 Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes

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  • Anonymous • Unemployed • Graduate
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    EDIT: almost forgot to mention! 90% grad hire rate has FINE PRINT. 90% of graduates with ALL BLACK BELTS (3 people per cohort achieve this usually on each exam) get hired within 3 months. Real graduate hire rate (all graduates) must be extremely low. EXTREMELY low. like 3 out of 30 getting a job low.

    What a nightmare AND waste of money. I had the misfortune of (unknowningly) attending Coding dojo at the peak of their "transition" from one location to another. Way too many students were shoved into one room, and some days I would come in and not even have a seat to sit at. This school will expand until there are zero seats left in a building, all while neglecting those already occupying said seats.
    PROS:
    - Anyone can come here. Literally anyone. Some people in the building struggled with even opening some of the programs we used. This may be a pro if you are just looking to learn how to code for over $11,000.
    - They have a ping pong table.

    -Sometimes they have snacks.

    CONS:
    - H O R R I B L E internet. Imagine the worst connection you've ever had, then multiply it times 100 people in a room. The leader of the bootcamp put himself in charge of fixing the internet, and chose not to notify any higher-ups. This led to (almost) no internet for about 6-7 weeks. CRAZY. They sort of deflected the blame towards us, and how we needed to turn off our cell phones. Later we found out it was because it was done by hand by an employee who was not an IT proffesional.

    - Huge class size, tiny room. They are moving into a new floor, so thats all going to change for future students, but sadly I attended at the wrong time. Very noisy environment, and the teachers choose to stay off doing their own thing most of the day so don't expect intervention - unless you are one of the chosen students they pluck out of the class and give a real education to.

    - The instructors are former employees. Most of the teachers at my location had zero experience in tech 2 years ago. They took the course, and then got picked up by the school. They don't have the best teaching skills, so imagine a young substitute teacher being your instructor. This is the coding dojo way.

    -Instructors don't know very much outside the realm of the curricullum. I took a python course (not knowing this was also a first time oferring) and my T.A. HAD NEVER TAKEN PYTHON. He couldn't help anyone in the class. He would just shrug off your questions and say "sorry, I didn't take Python".

    -Really need to study today? Too bad! Suprise open house going on at 6 PM. Please keep your voices down so we can pitch our school to more students. Don't forget the occasional "tech talk". My favorite tech talk was the gentleman who came in and began discussing his mother's drug addiction when he was a child for 40 minutes, and then taking a few question. [This really happened]

    -Choose your own stacks? False. Ignore the pamphlets. They recently fixed the website so you don't make this mistake like almost everyone in the building had upon sign up. They choose your classes.

    -Teachers are always in "meetings" with other teachers, so they can never really make time for you unless you have about 45 minutes to spare waiting for them. This is the Coding Dojo Mantra. Struggle on your own. You'll figure it out.

    I could go on and on forever, and have no problems doing so if anyone wants an update or wants to ask something. Please do not make the same mistake me and 30+ other people in my cohort did. Almost everyone dropped out, maybe 3 people have jobs. Learn online, go to a traditional college, or find a legit bootcamp - but after this i'm not sure there is such a thing. :/

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    - 2/14/2017
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    The people that rated Coding Dojo good are basically all saying, it is a flaw cirriculum and not everything is perfect, but because of their good relationship and experience with the staffs, it is a good enough. Coding Dojo knows that really well too, people are willing to pay for a good experience in the least, so because people are really being that nice, some get taken advantage of. There are still staffs and students that would collaborate to talk about people they didn't like and label them as lazy people who only want high paying jobs. How offensive is that? Is there anybody that has so much money to waste for something they wouldn't even earn a degree out of? Yeah of course, you judgmental people that would never change. Even if they do, it is still their money that they paid to get the service they need, you have no ethics! If they have no money at all but put in so much believe in Coding Dojo, you don't even feel bad for how Coding Dojo is treating them, how do you call yourself human? People are not paying Coding Dojo for a degree if you don't know that information yet, they are paying for skills. If they have no skills, Coding Dojo only gives them a fat zero of help for finding jobs. So why is it that some people did not want to learn but only some particular students want to learn? It is only because of stereotypes and too much stupid imaginations or hallucinations from XXX.

    Who can learn a language in 3 days, use 1-2 days to learn its framework and all those other little pieces, then understands SQL in another 2-3 days then build a full stack out of it? The only thing people believed in was trust, the trust in Coding Dojo that they can either break it or chose to do well. People joined in Coding Dojo believing in these good ratings, thinking that through good help of staffs, and the sort-of flaw platform, but as long as they hard work, then they would know all of those skills. 

     

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    我16年6月报名Coding Dojo Bootccamp开始学习,纯文科转码农,打一开始就是奔着转行的。9月底毕业,11月拿到了Front-End Engineer的offer,也就是我现在的工作。不得不承认,在那儿学习的三个多月真的非常特别超级累!14个礼拜3个全栈开发,内容量多节奏也非常紧张。刚一开始学Python的时候,包括周末在内我平均每天的学习时间超过15个小时,后来即使学Mean和Ruby on Rails轻松一点还是要每天12个小时左右。班上的其他同学都像拼命三郎一样,有很多早上6点多就出现在教室学习的!当时班里最早拿到offer的同学是在毕业第一周,也有大批在毕业第一个月就拿到科技公司offer的,我这种两个月拿到都算是比较晚的。

    如果你能吃苦,有毅力和决心在短期(3个多月)转行做码农,Coding Dojo真的很值,很推荐!

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Pros: 
    1. Although initially it may seem like a con, their 20 minute rule is brilliant. It forces you to really grapple with the material and teaches you how to learn on your own. 
    2. The daily algorithms practice is also great. That's not something all coding boot camps include in their curriculum but it's super important. 
    3. If you avail of their discounts and promos, this is one of the cheaper boot camp options available.
    4. The similarities in the assignments and lessons across languages help you see the patterns that will help you comprehend things better.
    5. Every stack ends with a project week. They provide you time to work in a group on a project of your choosing. This could be great for your portfolio.
    6. Their career services people truly want you to find something. They cheer for every student that gets a job and they will sit you down to discuss your strategies regarding networking if you struggle with finding a job.
    Cons:
    1. Sometimes the instructors really encouraged you to take the 20 minute rule seriously but other times they were actually just unavailable for that time period. The cohorts were getting bigger and bigger and the instructors were being outnumbered. Sometimes it took an hour of raising your hand to get a TA or teacher to help you.
    2. They basically dissuade you from practicing algorithms on your computer. While it's true that many companies will make you whiteboard, there are also many that will interview you online or make you do HackerRank.
    3. Project week was too open-ended as it is. What a great opportunity for students to work on portfolio material that will actually help them find jobs with the mentorship of their teachers. Instead, you are told just to come up with something approximately in the last stack you learned.
    4. Lastly, their career services people care that you get jobs and are great about pushing you to network if that's not something that comes naturally to you. However they seem ill-equipped as a company to truly set up their students for careers. Their community engagement lags behind compared to others coding boot camps. Their only partners are staffing agencies.

    In conclusion, they provide great training if that's what you're looking for. However if like most students you are looking for a career change, this is a rough one. You have to supplement what you do at the Dojo heavily to break into the field and it's not going to take 1-3 months like your research might lead you to believe. At graduation, you will just understand enough to realize what you're missing: More algorithms practice, completed portfolio projects that showcase skills most companies are looking for, networks that you've established that you can now reach out to, etc.

    Putting your all into anything of course makes a difference. Don't come here and expect it to be easy and don't think they're called a "boot camp" for the fun of it. It's a lot of work and it's almost always challenging/frustrating. However coming from someone who spent 70+ hours a week on average here and who is multi-belted, diving into the work isn't all it takes to make a career change. Unlike what the Dojo tells you from the beginning, network from the start and go to MeetUps. Black belts are a good metric but they are not going to make or break your career change. I found a job 5 months after graduation and know of only a handful of my classmates who did as well. I know the statistics were similar for the cohorts above and below me. I believe that if they stick to it, many of those students have a good chance as well. I know that for all of us, the job hunt didn't align with our expectations.

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    Pros:

    1) Lots of information can be learned from the instructors when you are onsite

    2) They cover lots of coding information in a short time. Their learning platform is loaded with lots of information

    3) Length of time the bootcamp runs for is just right

    4) Some of the instructors are really good at teaching

    5) All of the instructors are really good at coding

     

    Cons:

    1) Instructors change often between classes. This causes difficulty in transitions.

    2) Lots of instructors are learning their class for the first time. This means, they aren't often ready to teach it properly based on where the technology stands today.

    3) Lectures are infrequent and, with the wrong instructor, might never occur. This reduces the significant benefit of onsite bootcamp versus the remote.

    4) Platform information is often wrong and the feedback system for it is poor.

    5) Classroom communications are often poor. When a lecture is done, most instructors don't record or give a means of reviewing this information.

    6) When learning platform changes occur, it is rarely communicated to those currently using the learning platform.

    7) Wireless works terribly throughout the entire building. They have no support staff onsite so if it breaks be prepared to go home.

    8) Often times, you will be in a rotating classroom as they are overfilling the classes. This means, you might be rotating around the building each week.

    9) What snacks they have is not well coordinated. There are numerous times where there is nothing available as they keep trying to order low to reduce costs

    10) Numerous days will be interrupted by the staff as they decide they want to do an investor walk-through that day. This will happen several times through the bootcamp and without warning

    11) Algorithms are done in a haphazard way. No structure is there, no real assignments are ever given, it is treated as an after-thought and has no real instructor or curriculum. Don't expect much here.

    12) Exams are done with the need to deploy, but this is often note tested properly before exam time.

    13) Instructors are often in meetings with the other staff numerous times through a given day. This means, you won't have your instructors handy for questions or assistance a lot of times.

    14) You don't get to chose your instructor and the instructor for a topic can change each month (see earlier complaints about instructors)

     

    Conclusions:

    The idea Coding Dojo has for teaching students to code in a short time is a great idea. As it stands right now, the cost of the onsite bootcamp does not make sense over the remote options. The structure of the classes, lack of consistent lecturing and documenting of projects and assignment, and lack of onsite coordination makes the onsite option undesirable.  With some efforts on keeping the class sizes to a max threshold, ensuring the teachers are ready for the classes they are teaching, and making sure the facilities are maintained by professional support staff they could really create a proper and functional classroom experience. As it stands today, I would recommend looking at other institutions or consider their remote options if you are in the Seattle area.

    Response From: Speros Misirlakis of Coding Dojo
    Title: Head of Onsite Instruction
    Wednesday, Nov 30 2016
    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on our program. We believe our curriculum is one of the best in the industry, so I apologize on behalf of Coding Dojo for falling short of your expectations, as well as our own.  

    Please know we take this feedback seriously and are discussing how to address your critiques and suggestions. Providing a quality coding education is our top priority, and it's feedback like this that helps us improve and continue meeting the needs of our students. 

    We would love the opportunity to speak with you directly to get additional information on your experience. If you feel so inclined, please contact me directly at ​speros@codingdojo.com

    Thank you,
    Speros Misirlakis
    Head of Onsite Instruction

  • Anonymous • Software Engineer • Student
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    I was stuck in a professional rut a short time ago.  I have two computer science degrees, and 8 years working experience in technical roles.  But I wanted to switch technological focus and needed to pick up new technical skills in a short amount of time.  I did my research both looking for online technical courses and boot camps before selecting Coding Dojo.  What attracted me was how they offered 3 full stacks in 14 weeks.  

    I was initially skeptical if Coding Dojo could benefit me because they also cater to professionals with little to no coding background to learn the ins and outs of software -- what could they offer an industry veteran?  What I found was an intense and fast-faced curriculum that I needed to get me oriented in the world of web development.  The mixture of online material and in-person instructor and peer support was very effective and exactly what I needed.  They focus on practical skills, learning by a mix of written material, video and in-person presentations by qualified instructors and applying technical concepts in small assignments, and then a team-oriented project at the end.  They make it a point to provide a good foundation for computer science fundamentals and algorithms. They emphasize portfolio development and graduate career services to help graduates get pointed in the right direction to finding a job post-bootcamp.  

    Coding Dojo is a great entry point (and arguably the only coding boot camp that will accept students with zero coding experience) for those getting into the fast paced world of software development.  They emphasize your personality growth and achievement over maintaining their high graduate hire rating -- i.e., they will not kick you out because you do not measure up to their metrics!  Their instructors and tutors have an overabundance of "positivity" and enthusiasm.  

    The software development industry is one where if you do not keep learning and picking up new skills to keep moving forward, you are quickly left obsolete and behind.  In this way, not only is Coding Dojo an invaluable resource to reinvent the careers of the technical novices/newcomers, but they still have something to offer the established engineer.

  • Awesome Experience
    - 10/11/2016
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    10/11/2016

    "My experience here at Coding Dojo as a student was definitely challenging and humbling but overall a great experience; A mental journey I didn't think I would go through but an outcome of understanding something completely 360 from me and my knowledge. I was previously in the Marine Corps before attending Coding Dojo with a background in Accounting and Diplomatic Security and very basic HTML/CSS knowledge. Immediately we knew the school would require a lot of attention, time sacrifice, and time management. Most days would range easily putting in 12 hour days, 5-7 days a week. 

    I didn't fully know what world I would be getting myself into but I knew from dabbling with Code Academy and enjoying it, that I wanted to become a full-time Programmer. The instructors/staff are incredibly nice and helpful. The instructors and TA's are caring and patient; they do their best to help you understand the material. Bending over backwards and sitting with you for as long as needed to help you understand what you're doing. I really appreciated when they would record the lectures and demonstrations so I can go back on the material for live examples and code with the videos. I have struggled a lot during the school but I see it as constant room for growth and that there is a lot to be learned in Programming and you shouldn't give up. 

    Multiple assignments and class work a day plus algorithms will feel heavy and challenging. But I believe with struggle comes strength and some points you'll question it all. And learning and soaking in the material feels quick but you'll soon realize you know more than you give yourself credit for.

    The implementation of the "20-minute rule" for working on your own, then asking a TA is a great push to becoming a self-sufficient developer. Students will grow to need less supervision and how to find the answers instead of having the answers given to them. 

    Coding Dojo helped give me the skills and understanding for walking into the massive realm of web/software development and that there is much more to be learned, and in many different languages. And if I wanted to learn a different language, it's doable. It makes me eager to continually and constantly learn as an aspiring self-sufficient developer."

  • ok ok
    - 10/10/2016
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    "The four letter word DOJO built confidence in me within three months. I am already seeing lot of changes in myself before and after ""Coding Dojo"". Now, I can do algorithms on my own, build the whole website within hours. The reason why i choose Coding Dojo,  from so many other bootcamps in bay area is because of its curriculum. When compared with other bootcamps in bay area, no one teaches three different Full Stackswithin 14 Weeks. Thats one of the main reason for me to choose Dojo instead of other bootcamps.
     
    I entered into dojo with little bit of prior experience in programming, but some of my cohorts has zero experience in coding and they are very successful students after graduation. Life in Dojo is very simple, every day  morning there is an  algorithms class for an hour from (9AM - 10AM), which is the most important and makes me to think about the logic. After that there is lecture for an hour and rest of the day we have to do assignments and study for ourselves. If I struck anywhere, dojo principle is to struggle ourselves for 20 minutes, if I still do not get it then check with my my TA's. TA's in dojo are really helpful, they are here  to explain the concepts patiently till we understand them. 
     
    After three weeks of each stack there is a belt exam, which is really important and mandatory for everyone. Personally I felt confidence about me after taking the exam and also doing projects. The project week is really important, TA's helped me a lot in choosing right project, technology to use etc. 
     
    After doing all the three different stacks now I can say confidently I'm a full stack web developer, I gained so much knowledge in 14 weeks, what people usually gain in one year. My sincere advice to all if u want to see yourself as a developer I strongly recommend going Coding Dojo."
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    They still teach the same things that were being taught back in 2014. As anyone in tech would know, technology changes rapidly and things get replaced. They claim that they're here to make you a self sufficient programmer, yet the technologies they teach are outdated and dont even translate to newer ones (Angular 1 vs React). 

    Overall, you'll learn how software development works, BUT the stuff they teach is way outdated. You need to learn a lot of ther things to get a job.

    It's sad how lazy the staff is. They have enough people to keep the platform updated yet instead of focusing on adding new and in demand content, they are more focused on opening new locations to producing more developers that think they know python, yet dont know django, think they can develop in JavaScript, yet cant understand React or Angular2, think they know iOS, yet ... well actually the iOS curriculum is so bad you wont even think you know it.

    When this bootcamp began a few years back the point was to provide students with enough of an overview of different stacks that were in demand that theyd be able to find jobs. I dont know exactly what theyre aiming for now..besides making more money

    I won't suggest going to another bootcamp, because all bootcamp graduates are struggling to find jobs soley based on bootcamp work and experience. If you have the money, get a degree, it will lead to a smoother transition to getting a job. Dont waste 10k on this place

  • Web development
    - 10/6/2016
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    It has been a little over 5 months now and I still haven't been able to find a job in the field. Only one of my cohortmates has been able to get a job and she actually quit the bootcamp after two months. 

    After applying for jobs and going through a few interviews I realized that coding dojo does not prepare you for the real world. The technologies they teach are not enough to help you get a job.

    For the python track they teach you a mvc framework they created called Pylot. (which is useless because nobody knows what the hell pylot is)

    The whole industry is gravitating towards react and here they are teaching angular. 

    The IOS track is terrible. Every week they host a hackathon and expect you to google everything and learn it on your own. (i.e. Core motion) Which is okay for the real world but I'm not paying you 12 grand to google things. 

    The only good thing was that the instructors were very nice. But even so the instructors are just fellow previous students who attended the bootcamp and have no industry experience. Are they really the right people to be teaching? 

    I highly recommend that you DO NOT go to this bootcamp. Maybe if you have a lot of money to waste or just don't care. This whole experience has scarred me from coding bootcamps. My advice is to just learn it on your own with an online education supplement.

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    If you have 3 months to kill and 10,000 to burn go for it. You'll learn something.

    But if this is a make or break deal, don't waste your money, you wont get a job with this education as many have mentioned. 

     

  • Do your research
    - 9/17/2016
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    in regards to the coment below, the reason they are not "hungry" and let you extend your payments is because they have a major issue getting people to attend. For anyone looking for bootcamps. please do your research before selecting one. If you have the time and money go to one of the more selective ones as they actually have companies recruiting from them. dont waste 10k to watch videos while the uninterested disengaged "teachers" hang around their office and do nothing all day. you can get the exact same if not better experiecnce by gettinga few colleagues together who are also intesrested in learning software and signing for udacity or udemy together. The dojo was a dissapointment honestly and it seems like a lot of people get swindled into signing up and taking out loans for this. they need to be reviewed by some kind of accredidation firm because its basically a for profit school type scam. sure you learn a lot. but its no different than learning on your own. ones that fal behind get ignored and are left to fend for themselves. 

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    it's been over six months now and I still can't seem to find one of the many developer jobs that were apparently out there when I started the bootcamp. I have three black belts, which is supposed to be the highest honor at CD, but the problem is, a lot of what they teach is now outdated and no longer in demand. Rails and swift were huge back in 2014, but now everyone and their grandmother can make iPhone apps, so those jobs are way too competitive on the west coast. The Mean stack was the one stack that I felt would be my greatest asset, yet it too is becoming less popular with react and happy being the go tos for startups. The dojo is a great stepping stone into understanding the various parts that go into development. But I didn't pay 12k for an overview. There's much that needs to be learned after the bootcamp in order to be truly competitive on the job market. In hindsight, i regret not paying the extra $6-8k to go to another bootcamp that taught one technology but thoroughly. My entire cohort is pretty much in the same position. Only about 5 have found jobs and that's because they were already working in tech before they started. I really don't understand why this company is expanding the way it is either. What's the point of filling the market with hundreds of lame coders that have your name on their CV. They need to focus on improving the platform and truly making the students job ready instead of just trying to make money by accepting anyone who applies. Sorry if this review was too negative, but I'm just being real. Don't waste your money here unless your doing this for fun or already have a job lined up. 

  • Game Changer!
    - 8/12/2016
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    Going to Coding Dojo was a game-changer for me. I was fresh out of graduate school in a degree not pertaining to technology. I was challeneged by an IT Specialist to try coding. I downloaded an app, followed the instructions and something clicked in me when the code responding to my input. I knew I wanted to code from that day. I looked for local ways to learn how to code without having to go through an entire degree again. I found the Coding Dojo and applied, got accepted and got to coding. The immersive experience was just what I needed to get my hands dirty and get the wheels of a programming mind turning. Through the many hours I spent coding, I can say that it worked. The payoff was great as long as you put in the work. The teachers were kind and helpful, and the energy of everyone trying to get throuhg the material hours on end was inspiring. I now work as a Developer and that tenacity to continue to learn technologies and languages has remained in me. Very highly reccommend. 

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    Coding dojo was a great bootcamp for me. By learning three full stacks in three months, I found that I could pick up any additional technologies easily, now that I knew how to learn them. Coding Dojo also places an emphasis on data structures and algorithms, which is very important in understanding computer science fundamentals, as well as in technical interviews. What I noticed about those who were having trouble with the course was that they were not used to the intensity of the program, and fell behind and never really caught up. If you think this may be you, study up on computer science and programming languages before you enter the bootcamp. Having a solid foundation on day 1 will be extremely helpful.

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    THE GOOD STUFF

    Their 3 stack approach.  While I was in the bootcamp I was a bit frustrated with the 3 stack approach.  Each month, you have to relearn the basic syntax of the basic data types, for loops, while loops etc...  In the end, I think this was one of the most valuable lessons.  So much of being a successful developer is having confidence in yourself, by learning 3 stacks you start to realize it isn't the language (so much) that matters but the underlying logic and practices that they all share.

    The ever evolving platform.  Coding Dojo's materials are all taught on an online platform (which you have access to for 6 months after you graduate!) that contains some of the most relevant technologies.  At first blush, it is a lazy approach that just links to some not so high quality videos that aren't always in line with the assignment you are working on.  It's frustrating, it's sometimes sloppy and it never seems enough.  However, I've come to learn that isn't because the dojo is lazy.  In actuality, it's because they are always evolving.  They are constantly adding new material at a rate the is impossible to be subject to a good edit.  But even that they aware of and improving on.  They have added the ability for students to report errors to help make it better.

    The Instructors. By in large the instructors are very knowledgeable.  But the truth is they can't know everything, it's impossible.  The good instructors aren't afraid to admit that, and the really good ones find time to spend with you to dig into it.

    THE BAD STUFF

    The Instructors.  Yeah I know.  But the truth is the instructors aren't always accessible, even during the normal working hours. I know the Dojo asks a lot of their instructors and they have duties beyond just the classroom, but their students shouldn't have to suffer for it.

    Seem to accept anyone who can pay.  I worked really hard to make sure I was ready to join an intensive bootcamp before doing so, it was vital part of my success.  This wasn't the case with everyone I met at the Dojo. I'm not sure the admissions bar for coding dojo is high enough and they let folks in who just aren't prepared for the workload and learning curve a bootcamp demands.  (I averaged 70 hour weeks and could have used more!) To the Dojo's credit, they let student who struggled in the first stack essentially start over free of charge.

    Large class size.  The average cohort size seems to hover around 25.  That's a lot for any teacher to give any one-on-one attention. 

    No feedback on assignments. You are given several assignments each day.  Some are quick and easy, others are more in depth and involved.  None of them are graded, which is a huge minus in my book.  Not even code reviews.  I know the large class size is part of the problem but they would be wise to find a way to give some feedback along the way.

    WHAT REALLY MATTER IN THE END

    Others have said it and I'll echo it.  You get out of it what you put into it.  The classes are large; help isn't already available.  But the material is awesome and you need to have faith in it. Stay humble, stay positive and be prepared to stay late.

    Don't join a bootcamp blind.  The job placements rates you see are (I'd guess across all bootcamps) misleading.  They are based on number of graduates, not number of student accepted.  Take classes (online or in person) that will get you exposed to the basics.  You really do want to be able to hit the ground running.

    The unspoken value of bootcamps is that they surround you with like-minded people. They bring in speakers from tech companies.  Get to know as many of them as possible.  Networking is HUGE.

     

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    Coding Dojo was a great experience for me. I never had any experience coding before this but I believe I learned a lot from the past few months. There were times I didnt believe in myself because it was so difficult, but things got easier as I kept pushing on. You really do have to become dedicated and motivate yourself to keep trying...you will only get out what you put in like you are told numerous times.

    Currently still looking for a job, as I have been trying to build my portfolio/resume. I'd advise others thinking of joining to study hard so you can pass your belt exams asap, giving you more time to work on projects. Also make sure to do your best on algorithms as they will be important for interviews later.

  • Great Experience
    - 7/26/2016
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    I came into the Coding Dojo bootcamp with very little prior coding experience. However, I found out that becoming a good developer is possible even if that person had totally different background. I also came from a different background and decided to change my career to Web developer after taking a basic Python course from online. One of the reasons I want to become a web developer is that I can create whatever I can think of with coding.  In order to learn more and improve my coding skills, I decided to attend a coding bootcamp.

    The reasons I chose Coding Dojo were that it offers 3 full stacks and also has a great curriculum. I gained a lot of knowledge and learned a lot from there within 14 weeks. The instructors are really helpful and knowledgeable. Their teaching strategies are really helping us to become efficient developers. Their 20 minutes rule is training us to become independent and self-sufficient developers since we have to figure out how to fix the bugs and how to improve our codes on our own by reading documents online when we work in tech industry.

    I also like their career advising since the advisor is really helpful and provides us a great source of strategies and tips in networking and interview processes.

    I really recommend Coding dojo to future web developers who are willing to learn and put a lot of efforts in order to become a self-sufficient developer. 

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    I was very nervous and scared when I came in the first morning.  I was 42 years old, a woman, and no prior experience with programming.  Computers were for checking email, getting on Facebook, and buying things on Amazon.  

    I arrived early and saw one other person sitting in the fundamental cohort area.  And it was another woman!   Or course, I chose the seat next to her and ended up sitting next to her for all three stacks.  We found each other's typos, struggled through assignments, stayed late, and laughed together.  And I imagine we will share each other's struggles and joys while going through the process of finding a job.  

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the comradery and atmosphere at the Dojo.  It is relaxed but we are still expected to learn and get through the assignments.  Anytime I was stuck on an assignment, there was always a fellow student to ask for help.  And it was very useful to try to help someone else who had a question.  It would reinforce what I had learned or if I had actually learned it.  The instructors are friendly and approachable.  They were there to help if needed but expected us to help each other and use Google first.

    I cannot believe the things we were able to learn and build during our time at the Dojo.

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    I came into the program with no prior coding experience (I knew what an html opening/closing tag was, but that's about it). I finished undergrad with a degree in Psychology (heavy on neuroscience) and a minor in dance. I was pre-law, took the LSATs, and realized that that path was not quite for me. I was interested in marketing and curious about the tech industry, so after graduating in August I began working for a tech startup in Mountain View. While marketing is definitely interesting, what I really wanted was to learn to build the app (the startup's main product was an iOS app) and work on its more technical aspects. So I talked to the CEO of my company about his experience and suggestions (he had a master's degree in CS from Stanford as well as plenty of experience in the field), took an HTML/CSS class from Codecademy, a tech/media law course from Coursera (to get familiarized with the history, economics, and legal issues of the field) and wanted to learn more. Learning online was free, however not as effective as I had hoped when it came to coding. So I did more research and found myself at Coding Dojo's open house. The rest, as they say, is history. The hours sounded intense, however the program's curriculum and approach seemed promising. So I took loans, signed up, and gave my boss a few weeks' notice. As other students have said, you get what you put into the program. The curriculum is fast-paced and there is much information to absorb in a very short span of time. However, if you give it your all, there is so much to learn! The tools and skills I have gained here over the course of the program are incredibly useful, and quite frankly more than I thought I could learn in a year, let alone a few months. The instructors are not always approachable, however your peers are a great resource! One of best aspects of this program is its flexibility. Unlike university, here the focus is learning, not earning a grade/certificate. If you don't put in the work, that is your own loss. And it is also the beauty of this program--everyone here is driven to learn and help, our goal is the same. The atmosphere is incredibly positive, everyone wants to learn and help! I struggled through a lot of the assignments, however I learned from my mistakes and was able to help others. There is career support after graduation, which is a huge plus. If you give it your all, dedicate yourself to learning, and show up every day (this is crucial), you will come away with an invaluable set of skills and connections.

     

  • It was cool
    - 7/26/2016
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    I came in to Coding Dojo not knowing what to expect. On the first day I was nervous, but with in the first five minutes I was put at ease by the friendly and welcoming instructors. 
    I was in college for four years before deciding that I wanted to do something different with my life. I chose to attend Coding Dojo because after researching many different coding boot camps, Coding Dojo appealed to me as being the most comprehensive, immersive of them all. 
    The learning platform that Coding Dojo has created is a great step-by-step way to learn new languages, and made learning three full stacks in 14 weeks as easy as it could possibly be.
    As great as the learning platform was the best part of attending classes at Coding Dojo was the instructors . They were all very knowledgeable and caring, often staying late in to the night to help with any problem that we might have.
    The other great resource during my time at Coding Dojo was the other students. Every one comes in every morning ready and eager to learn. 
    In conclusion, the reason I left college and wanted to become a web developer is so that I would never have to write another essay ever again.

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    My cohort at Coding Dojo Silicon Valley began towards the end to September 2015 and concluded on the first week of January 2016. I accepted a full-time offer as a Web Developer at a digital agency on February 20th, 2016. I was very hesitant about joining a bootcamp, I knew I wanted to enroll in one eventually, but prolonged the process for a very long time because I wanted to feel perfectly prepared for this expensive decision. After completing the bootcamp, I can say with complete confidence and honesty that enrolling in Coding Dojo was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life. I was hesitant, and when I talked to people about wanting to embark on this journey their eyes would often times pop out of their skulls when I told them how much the 14 week program would cost. However, I am so glad that I took the leap and am forever grateful for the challenging and fulfilling environment that Coding Dojo offered.

     
    I cannot compare my experience to other bootcamps, and I can't compare my experience to other Coding Dojo locations, but I can give you insights into my personal experience at Coding Dojo Silicon Valley. One thing that routinely stood out to me was that the instructors truly care about you, and your success. If you are willing to put in the work, your instructors, TA's and fellow students are there to catch you when you fall. I was often impressed with the patience and enthusiasm of my instructors. No question is stupid and no question was out of the scope of conversation. Want to discuss a framework that isn't in the curriculum? No problem, find an instructor and ask away.
     
    I came into the bootcamp with a good amount of experience with HTML, CSS and a tiny bit of Javascript. As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to be perfectly prepared before entering the bootcamp. I wanted to be at least have a surface level familiarity with most of the technologies that I would be using throughout the bootcamp. I think there is a fine line to walk here. I fully believe that you will get more out of any bootcamp if you have some experience with web development or programming. In my cohort, people with experience excelled, and those with zero experience had a tougher time. However, I would not prolong the application process for too long. Give yourself 2-3 months to nail down the basics and then dive into the bootcamp. You will learn more in that environment than you ever thought possible.
     
    Put simply, Coding Dojo Silicon Valley provided a really fun and positive working environment. They allowed me to come in and work on stuff before my cohort even started. And, I continued to go there every day after my cohort ended, so I could work on projects and my job search. To this day, almost a year later, I still stop by to say hello and am greeted by the friendly instructors.
  • Don't bother!
    - 7/23/2016
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    I recenty completed the online Coding Dojo bootcamp. I have some experience coding at home just from what I've learned myself (books, videos etc) so I thought I would learn faster through the Coding Dojo bootcamp, I was wrong!

    Coding Dojo works from a platform all students follow. An HTML section, a CSS section and so on. These are topped up with lectures and office hours through the week. The thing with Coding Dojo is if you are still working on an assignment after the lecture the instructor simply moves onto the the next assignment, leaving you with work pilling up. 

    We were told from the outset we would be pair programing at certain times through the course, I thought this would be great for 'real world' experience, this never happened, not even once.

    The way the assignments are explained can be a bit vague, for example a Node.js assignment might say something like "Create something like the following wireframe....", if you complete the assignment something like it the instructors will tell you you've done it wrong as it's not exactly like the wireframe. This was annoying to say the least. 

    Also trying to get help from an instructor can be like getting blood from a stone! The usual response is something along the lines of, '...keep trying and get back to me later', getting back to them later didn't yield any more help as it was usually another 'you're annoying me' type response. 

    There were also obvious errors in some of the video tutorials. In one section (the SQL section I believe) videos just ended half way through an explanation so you didn't fully understand what or why we were doing a certain thing. Video quality also varied from section to section. At times it was great, at other times it was almost a joke it was so bad!

    There were other things that made the course overall dissapointing, but one of them, maybe the least important to some was the quality of the text in assignments and reading pages. There were so many grammatical and spelling errors it was irritating, maybe I'm being too picky at this but I just couldn't get over how bad some sections were. 

    I would not recomend Coding Dojo to anyone, there are far better bootcamps out there, just keep looking.

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    Just not too long ago, it all started with the one word, "trust." But the trust that was showed back to me was outrageous. "No asshoe type of attitude allowed", but instructors were constantly late. Absent without at least telling excuses, and ahead of time. Or, if they are around, they wouldn't even be in the room they are in charge of anyways. I have to e-mail or Slack them online when they are inside the same building, doing what? I really wonder too. Then, everytime I get hands on help at last, I love how they would later go perform some conversations about how dependent people would be so unsuccessful on and on. "Nobody gets help in a real job, they all do their own research". I really wonder which job doesn't train employees and make them work without teamwork or help. Oh, I thought those instructors got their trainings before they started doing their job, but seems like they did not, never did and never will. From beginning to end, I couldn't rely on the platform, obvious enough why I ask for help... The horrible and bad quality videos, and none sense little kids instructions was so true, I've long heard about how bad that was. But when I asked the recruiter I was told it already improved, it is error-free and so self sufficient and so on. I trusted that they have a good ceo and reputation, maybe some asshoes were just picking on them. By the time I know the truth, I already wasted so much committment, time and finances. They got all the upper hand, students like us carry all the risks and they ain't got nothing to lose. They misused their power. I trusted they wanted the best for us and greatly understand our risks, nut turns out the total opposite. I told an instructor some changes must be made, if not now then do it in the future, but he likes ending our conversations like a good talk where he appreciated it, the next minute, went talkings behind me and other people back. Very silly, it was just about how we won't buy, and never will accept, and forever refuse their ingenious statement: "go-learn-how-to-learn-so-you-can-learn-and-will-learn" I looked at him and almost wanted to report him. But we are nothing but a money machine to all of them. If free online resources are good enough I wouldn't need a bootcamp, nobody would! 

    In conclusion they are killing more than one bird in one shot. Too many students and instructors need free time so some students need to drop out already please. There are too many overly competitive students, and it's too hard to teach them, it's a good excuse to blame the dumb students for making them fall behind because everyone got to be on the same page together. We learned from the prior class that there was nothing more special than apps, it is a very spendy program but no, sorry kiddo there won't be no robots involved. Even the small networking between students got to be tarnished. The more students graduated the more responsibilities they have to take care of. This startup, not open up to different cultures, their style is to turn people against each other. There were lots of asshoes in the room, I can never recommend this bootcamp unless you are just as noxious, or... plans to be. Please always keep your moral codes above everything and do not mix yourself with this deadly and vicious trap.

Thanks!