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Coding Dojo

Avg Rating:4.41 ( 396 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, Python, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Algorithms
    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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  • Recent Grad
    - 1/20/2015
    Kyle Halterman • Graduate
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    I have recently graduated from CodingDojo a few weeks ago. It has been one of the toughest and most rewarding educational experiences of my life.

    I came in with no previous coding knowledge. I would say that it is not for everyone. A person has to be prepared to work and come to class with a sense of humility and a positive attitude. The instructors have a deep understanding of not just the material taught at the dojo but of what it takes to build a successful team. You are not only given a relevant education to what is being used in the market place but you are also prepared for what you will need to know after the boot camp to get a job.

    Yes there is no guarantee of a job but there is no guarantee of anything in life. The instructors have been there for me after the boot camp to continue to prep me for a job and continue my education.

    I would recommend this for anyone who has an interest in programming, doesn't mind working long strenuous hours, and enjoys a challenge.

  • Confession
    - 1/20/2015
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    I'm not a fanboy, but attending Coding Dojo was one of the best educational moves I've ever made.

    A few points of countering :

    - The instructors are (currently) picked from the best of the previous class. This A) helps keep costs down and B) Helps to grow the course quickly. The instructors, by the way, are not noobs. They were individuals that have exceptional talent and even though they teach full time they are expected to continue learning advanced material and work on the infrastructure. They are juniors, but they are full blown developers.

    - The reason the founder wasnt involved was because he was in Seattle setting up the second branch.

    - The student to teacher ratio was only 12.5:1? Have you been in a public school? Sorry, unless you hire a private tutor you will not get better than that. Not even at some of the more established bootcamps.

    - As far as paying for the course: They ask for a 2k non refundable deposit. On the first day of class you pay for the first half of the course. If you drop out or puss out, they refund it to you if you quit at a reasonable time. Half way through the course you pay the second half. Thats fair.

    - Job placement: I got a job in about a month and a half after graduating. There were a good handful that had jobs immediately after graduating. Others took a while. On average, it takes about three months. The key is that YOU have to get out there and FIND A JOB! They (nor anyone for that matter) hands you a job on a silver platter. They are new and are still building their reputation and rapport. It takes time. Sorry if they didnt do all of your work for you.

  • Connected the Dots
    - 1/16/2015
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    Coding Dojo made sense of the languages and technologies comprising a modern full stack in a way that online learning had failed to do.  The instructors and TAs were great.  My classmates were enthusiastic, hard-working, and motivated.  I thought I would hate the Sports Days but found them invigorating and great for further bonding with my classmates and staying focused on the intense coding.
     
    After finishing, I continued learning on my own, focusing on the front end.  Following an internship, I landed a full-time position as a Front End Developer, making the most I have in my life.
     
    It was a positive experience, and If I had gone in knowing what I know now, I suspect I would have come away with even more.
  • Nathan White • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I came into the boot camp with a little bit of prior experience. I was about half way through my computer science degree and felt that the learning was going a little slow. I wanted to go somewhere that would boost the speed of the learning and teach me some of the newer web technologies out there. When i went to the Dojo, I realized that they had a great curriculum and a great environment to learn. 


    Michael Choi, the founder, did an excellent job as an instructor. He gave insight into the real world and how things are really done. He's been a part of a lot of start ups, both consulting and founding, and has great development experience. It was a pleasure to learn from him. 


    The biggest thing that I can say is, you get out what you put in. I came from a technology background but saw very successful students that had different backgrounds, such as finance. They ones that put the time in (12 - 15 hours daily and sometimes even the weekends) really did an excellent job learning and were able to excel. Others that didn't put time and effort in, didn't do so well. Coding Dojo lets people in from all backgrounds because they believe that anyone can learn this, given they have the motivation. I completely agree with them. They also believe in strength through struggle. When you come to a bug, they want you to try and work it out without asking for help the first 20 minutes. This really helped me and caused me to learn even more, since I was actually surprised at how much I could figure out on my own. 


    When I couldn't figure something out though, there was our instructor their and TAs to help. The TAs are usually from previous groups, but are still working on personal projects or want to expand on what they learned. They will bend over backwards to help you figure out any problem. It was really great, because if they didn't figure out the problem right away, you were able to follow along with them in the troubleshooting process and help solve your own problem. 


    The curriculum was great and very up to date, they know what people are looking for. We did modern technologies that really were relevant in the field. They showed me how to interview, helped me work on algorithms for interviews, and even reviewed my resume. After a few tricks that they showed me, I was getting calls daily for open positions, I didn't even need to use their recruiting network. I got hired as a web developer the week after my boot camp. 


    Coding Dojo was a great experience and as long as you are going to use a little effort to help your future, I definitely recommend it. They teach you in a way that you can pick up other languages, frameworks, and technologies within a weekend. That type of learning quick is what they employer wants, as you can never know everything in this field. So just take my advice, go to the Dojo!

  • Joseph M. • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I attended the Coding Dojo to become a better programmer and in nine short weeks my programming knowledge and skills advanced by leaps and bounds. The curriculum is excellent, focusing on teaching students programming fundamentals and the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, skills which can be leveraged to stay on top of the ever changing field of web development. After finishing the bootcamp I was able to quickly get an awesome job at a small web development firm. All of the people I met during my time at the Dojo were fantastic and there was a real sense of community. I don't regret a single thing about my time at the Dojo and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in computer programming and web development.

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    I rarely write or read other people’s testimonials/reviews due to the fact that I am a skeptic who believes that company conspiracy exist where employees or individuals are paid to write bogus reviews. I know I am not the only person who thinks like this; therefore I want to write a review that is meaningful and give insight to future CodingDojo students.

    When I was considering coding bootcamp programs around the country, my two main priorities were the cost and the quality of what I was going to be learning. I’ve been going to school for a long... time and each opportunity was driven by one of the priorities I mentioned above but also influenced by situational circumstances. After years of working in the IT industry in various roles and putting my true passion on hold, which has always been to code , I’ve decided this time to disregard everyone’s opinions and follow what I feel is right in my heart(tough decision, but I have to live with myself).

    I should have invested in a coding bootcamp such as CodingDojo a long time ago instead of “wasting” money on my traditional education. With that said, before I get criticize for stating the facts for WHY a bootcamp option would have been a preferred choice of education; I would like to state the opportunities that I knew it would offer me: having greater control of my career and the opportunities I sought after and the ability to challenge myself while working on projects that are revolutionizing the way people interact with in web and mobile spaces. CodingDojo was one of the few programs that I researched and decided to attend because the cost looked reasonable based on my budget, it was offering a fullstack web development program and was located in the heart of Silicon Valley; three combinations I knew I couldn’t go wrong with given any day or situation.

    Although I didn’t know what to expect since I had limited coding experience, I was positive that I would give the 12weeks program my 100% commitment since it would be foolish to pay for the program and not give myself the best chance of succeeding in this endeavor. Since starting the program I’ve come to realize that as far as cost and quality curriculum goes, this is one of the best investments and decisions I’ve made in a long time. The quality of the course gets an A+, the TAs and instructors are awesome and very knowledgeable. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to give the impression that this is Disneyland and everything is peachy (there are difficult times), but if you can commit to working harder than you’ve ever worked in your entire career or education journey, then consider yourself half way there because whatever goals you set for yourself, commitment and dedication will definitely get you there; that’s if you’ve decided CodingDojo bootcamp is the right choice for you.

    The staff members at CodingDojo are invested in your success because this is the reason the program exists. They will go the extra-mile in helping you define and execute whatever path you have defined as a priority BUT, yes there is a BUT, you have to want this just as badly. So to perspective students, those considering starting a bootcamp journey, here are some of the questions I asked myself before moving to Mountain View, CA:

    1. What is my learning style? What are my strengths and weaknesses?

    2. If there’s another opportunity that existed and paid me extremely well and I wascompletely happy, would I still pursue this route?

    3. Can I commit to a 12weeks intensive training that will change my career trajectory in terms of opportunities?

    4. What strategies do I need to be successful in the program and accomplish what I am starting?

    5. Is this something I can see myself doing for the rest of my career? Why?

    If you’ve asked yourself these questions and can reasonably and comfortably answer these questions, don’t wait a single day because the time is now for you to begin your journey at CodingDojo.

  • Bryan Myers • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I had a profound experience during my Coding Dojo bootcamp. I had my doubts that I could learn so much so quickly. Would I leave a poser? Would I be viewed as a wannabe by other developers after leaving? The answer is that there is still a lot I have to learn but Coding Dojo gave me a rapid head start which would have taken me years of frustration to figure out on my own. I've also received a warm reception in the field by other coders who respect the effort it took to get through the bootcamp. The staff at Coding Dojo really treated us with respect and took care of us. This allowed us to focus on what we came for- coding skills. I didn't just gain new job skills but a lot of new friends and valuable contacts who will continue to provide support for a long time.  As a result of attending Coding Dojo I'm now working as a web developer for a a major insurance company for $97k/year.  This seems to be the entry-level rate.  I've seen jobs for double that which I could probably land after a year or two of work experience is added to my resume.  I'm valued and appreciated for what I do and I love the work.

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    Great course! You really learn so much that I never thought I would ever be able to do. The instructors are so nice and very helpful. THis has been a great experience for me and I feel ready for the next chapter

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    Pros: The curriculum is very straight forward. They provide instructors who are very good at getting you started and making sure you have realistic goals in learning the material as well as giving you the access to other resources for better understanding and insight. They will sit with you for extended periods of time to help debug and guide (given you don't have them trying to do the entire assignment themself). Their lectures are fun, and even though at times it will be stressful, overwhelming, and or confusing, they make sure to give you ample time if used responsibility to stay ahead of schedule and ready for the certification exams. The key to your success in this program boils down in my opinion to your cohort and the people you can lean on when times are exhausting, and the dedication you have to completing the program as well as the time investment required. Staying encouraged and not being afraid to ask for help will go along way. Overall, they provide the tools and the program you need to succeed. I participated already having a background in computer programming, so I had an upper hand when it came to the learning curve. I still had a learning curve, so keep that in mind. Lastly, make sure you take full advantage of the project time, the experience of actually building something with others is invaluable and the one thing I wish I would have been more invested in. As someone who was looking for a job for a while before entering the program, the experience and assignments I did in this program put me over the edge in the interview process, and I was able to lock in an offer before I even finished the program!

    Cons: It at times can be very demanding and exhausting. The program itself is very immersive as it describes, but at the times the platform is not updated or does not break down the concepts in a way that is upfront or clear. The videos are very helpful in my opinion, I wished they had more of them. While I was in the program, there were only two instructors. 30-40 students learning this much content with only two instructors can be stressful not only for you, but also for other classmates who would love to help out, but are barely keeping up themselves. There were times where I had to wait a while to get help, but it was also understandable. I was also that student who would help others, and even that began to take a toll, so keep that in mind. I believe they are hiring a new one (which would make a huge difference) but this is just my experience. Lastly, whereas I am grateful and felt valued by the staff at the site, upper management was another story. I will leave it at that. Overall, I would not let any of these cons stop you from taking advantage of this opportunity, especially if you earned your degree in the field and just having a hard time getting back into field after some time like me.

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    Go to a different Coding school! 
    Coding Dojo interviews you after you apply to make sure you'll be a good fit for the program but this is just a ploy to make you think you’re special by getting accepted. They accept everyone! They don’t care. They just want your money! I couldn’t believe the caliber of people they enrolled, just to get a cohort started. They are false advertising that they can teach anyone to code, that you’ll make $76k+ when you graduate and that the department of labor will provide several companies to interview you and an apprenticeship program. All lies. No one is going to hire a coder with zero experience for anywhere near that amount. The program will NOT make you stand out when applying for jobs. You can forget about passing technical interviews or algorithm screenings! You will fail entry-level tests even for new computer science graduates because Coding Dojo lacks foundation and does NOT replace a computer science degree. The Boise, ID campus was brand new when I started the program. It was so disorganized, there was a lot of late and mis-communication, we had seven different teachers come in from out-of-state to replace a couple of teachers for odd reasons, no teaching assistant, and the interviews we were promised by multiple companies were never set up. Coding Dojo was supposed to establish relationships with several local companies for interviews and apprenticeships, not the Department of Labor, they totally dropped the ball and they still haven't tried to make it right. It's all a lie.

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    Pros: 

    • Facilities are kept fairly clean. The area's nice and equipment is adequate. 
    • Being surrounded by other determined individuals is a great resource you can't get in an online course. 

    Cons: 

    • The pace of this course is unrealistically fast. Most everyone is behind all the time even after putting in nearly every waking moment into the class. 
    • The learning platform has some major information gaps. Fundamental concepts just aren't covered at all. Many key concepts are brushed over or mentioned once without emphasis. 
    • The instructors are my biggest complaint. None of them have professional coding experience for starters. They're all just graduates of this bootcamp who couldn't find jobs in the field afterwards. This means they're either the bottom of the barrel in their respective cohorts or Coding Dojo's job search resources aren't exactly the best. 
    • We received about 90 minutes of instruction in the first week. Keep in mind you take your first belt exam at the end of the first week. You're essentially going to be teaching yourself HTML and CSS.  
    • Instructors provide zero feedback on assignments. I couldn't even get any on my first exam after asking repeatedly. They admit they can look over and provide feedback on all assignments. They just don't. 
    • TA's are brought in to help. They are more recently graduated students who have yet to find work. They're 0/5 on successfully helping with any issues I've brought to them.

    Overall, I'd say save your money. Go pay for codeacademy or treehouse. It'd be more worth your time.

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    I needed guidance and a good working environment, and that's exactly what I got as a student at Coding Dojo. It's not an easy program, but they're very up-front about how much time you need to put in. The results are mixed, depending on how much work each student puts in, and their amount of previous experience. That is not to say previous experience is required, but it definitely helps make the experience easier. You'll never be the slowest or the fastest student in your cohort.

    I personally did two months of free online coding self-study before the bootcamp, and while I was happy I did, that self-study barely scratched the surface of the curriculum we went through at Coding Dojo.

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    I came into Coding Dojo with zero knowledge of coding other than the pre-bootcamp prep course that I did. Overall the experience was very challenging and rewarding. 

    As you can find on their website, the bootcamp is structured for 14 weeks with 2 weeks spent on web fundamentals and 1 month spent on the 3 stacks: Python, MEAN, and C#. The web fundamentals was a very good beginning as the pace wasn't too fast and it introduces you to the fundamentals of HTMl, CSS, and JavaScript. Before going in depth to the different stacks, I'll first talk about the instructors. All the instructors for each stack have been excellent. I personally had Noelle, Navya, and Prescott teach my cohort. All of the instructors are invested in the students and want to make sure that every one is able to succeed. At any time if you fall behind, the instructors are very flexible and encourage you to talk with them to develop a specialized plan to catch up or do the most important assignments. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable with their stack and have plenty of experience. They are all very realistic about their expectations and advise students where the most difficult concepts may occur, potential errors, and the most important concepts to grasp. 

    Now onto the different stacks, first web fundamentals was an excellent introductory module structured to give the students background on the basics of web development. The assignments on the learn platform all build on each other so there is a lot of structure there. Also algorithms are introduced here, specifically the Basic 13 algorithms which is a good foundation for students to have by the end of web fundamentals so they can build on those algorithm skills in subsequent stacks. 

    Since the Python stack was the first full stack experience, it initially has a big learning curve especially for students who don't have prior experience in web development. Navya was very helpful in breaking down the concepts of OOP language first starting out with the basic syntax of python, building on those skills to add OOP basics, and then slowly adding on the back-end technologies including Flask, Django and integration with SQL database. Each of the sections are built on each other and the end-of-day goals are reasonable. Even if you don't keep up with the assignments, the schedule is flexible, and as long as you go to the instructor for help, you should be fine. 

    In the MEAN stack, it was a different gear since MEAN stack is non-relational. Learning MongoDB, Angular, Node.js, Express was all very useful in MEAN stack. The culminating assignments are always full-stack web apps implementing CRUD tasks and RESTful APIs. The MEAN stack content on the learn platform wasn't as good as python or C# stack. The instructors leading the demos and explaining the concepts on the learn platform didn't do a very good job. Half of the videos doesn't have code-alongs or short demos which isn't useful the students. Most of my cohort had to rely on our instructor's live demos to help us with assignments. 

    In the C# stack, we went back to OOP programming. By the third stack, you pick up the language much quicker. We learned to add .NET Core, Entity, LINQ, and SQL database into our basic web apps. The instructor Prescott, was very helpful in this stack and did so many code alongs and demos for the students that really show us how to write more efficient code and the most common pitfalls when coding an assignment. The C# content on the platform was excellent, the videos were very well done with short demos for each concept presented. There are no complaints here. 

    A comment on your time spent at Coding Dojo. Successful students that graduate from Coding Dojo generally spend 70+ hours on coding every week. If you're not prepared to make that commitment depending a variety of circumstances, just take a step back and evaluate your goals. This bootcamp isn't cheap and you want to invest the necessary time in it to succeed. Make sure that your family situation is relatively stable and you let your friends and family know that you can't spend as much time with them during the 14 weeks. But I guarantee you that if you put in the time and effort, you will graduate as a self-sufficient programmer who is able to learn new technologies on your own.

    A word on the student environment. Students who don't get a chance to visit the Coding Dojo campus before enrolling. I can speak to the Bellevue campus. Each cohort will get its own section and each student will be given a monitor, the monitors use VGA cords so either make sure you have an adapter or check one out from Coding Dojo. Also there is a parking permit pass that you'll need to put a $50 deposit on. As for student life, there are food trucks in the Bellefield Office Park at the entrance of the park and one near the Coding Dojo campus. There is normally a lunch-and-learn on Wednesdays where an instructor will cover a relevant topic of choice. On Thursdays at 11 am, there's activity day where students are encouraged to rest and play boardgames or ping-pong. Occasionally there are lunch events where a potential recruiter from a local company will come by and talk about their company. 

    A word of advice to prospective students for Coding Dojo. If you do decide to attend, pay attention to the promotional deals going on for tuition. Depending on what month students entered the promotional discount off tuition varies from $500 to up to $4000. I believe Coding Dojo is being unprofessional in this aspect. There were more than a few irritated students in each cohort when we found out about the promotional discounts students received in later cohorts. Also if you do refer a friend to Coding Dojo and they sign up for the bootcamp, make sure to follow up with the $500 discount for your friend and you as there was a little trouble with a few students in my cohort. Other than this promotional discount problem, the rest of Coding Dojo has been amazing. 

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    I completed Coding Dojo's full-stack onsite web development program at the end of April.  Here are the top five things I enjoyed most about the program and why you might consider joining:  
     
    1) The program encourages you to research effectively and to work with others.   I learned the most when I was working with another person.
     
    2) Learning three different stacks.   You see how websites can be built from three different stacks.  This made me appreciate the number of ways a problem can be solved with technology.  There is no one way to do things.   Also, the pace at which you learn prepares you for the changing job market.  Software / web development is constantly pivoting to new languages, so the concepts learned at Coding Dojo prepares you to ever-ready.
     
    3) Coding Dojo's "learning platform".   It is their online portal where you can access resource material, assignments, and take your exam.   The platform will be your first stop whenever looking for information.  The Internet can lead you down many different rabbit holes.  The platform offers guided, concise, and well-structured learning material.  It is the first place I search before going to Google something.
     
    4) More on the platform.  The assignments on the platform were fun and helped reinforce what you learn.  If you can do the assignments then you will do well on the exams too.  
     
    5) Lastly, the instructors.  All of the instructors and staff at Coding Dojo were incredibly helpful.  They will often sit down with you to help work through technical bugs.
     
    I can honestly say that I had a great experience.  The program challenged me to work harder and I learned a great deal about web development as a whole.  
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    The 3-month program is fast-paced and intense. The curriculum includes 3 stacks, along with the skills to further your knowledge and understanding in the future.

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    Before coding dojo, I had struggle with finding the job and preparing the interview. Now, I’m confident and determined as I learned a lot from the intensive 3 and a half month program. And I can find excellent job.

     

  • It was fun
    - 2/20/2019
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    It was a good experience for me at coding dojo.

    I was able to learn how to code and think like a programmer.

     

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    My expierence at coding dojo was good. The days would consist of me coming in at 9am for morning algos, to just spending the rest of the day working on my assignments for whichever coding stack we were learning.

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    To be honest the remote Coding Dojo Bootcamp program is NOT worth $6,000 or MORE! After "graduation", I'm left with NO job in the field and horrible debt! My review is based on the remote experience. 

    - The remote program value is NOT worth the money.

    If I had known that free YouTube videos, free edx.org courses, affordable Udemy, Treehouse, and free Udacity courses were a STRONGER learning foundation than an entire expensive Bootcamp program, I would have SAVED so much money! I wasted both my time and money on this program. 

    I thought that having direct human interaction with an instructor would be a stronger learning experience. The remote program only includes two live lectures a week from instructors. There are daily online exercises that you complete by yourself. Initially, I was attracted to the remote program because I was working full-time and could do classes in the evening to hopefully transition to a new career change after graduation.

    The pacing of the overall program is unrealistic for the working class and the instructors often RUSH the lecture material. The result is that you do NOT get a solid learning foundation but a rushed final product. My fellow Bootcamp classmates struggled to turn in assignments because they had jobs and the lectures didn't cover all assignments.

    - The remote program quality is POOR.

    The program gives this false perception that you will be fully trained and ready for the software workforce. The program doesn't teach best practices and sometimes the instructors even forgot the basics of setting up an app. 

    Although I respect and liked the instructors, they do not teach you the core features or basics of a programming framework or stack because they didn't have time. The curriculum rushes them. Something essential and simple like the Django Admin dashboard robust functionality. The MEAN portion also felt rushed and MongoDB lectures were very unclear.

    I was told I would never get a job using the code that they taught me! They completely rushed and skipped over what frameworks have built-in and the power of the technology. 

    It got to the point that I had to PAY outside experts to correct the code quality that the instructors taught me. I also had to pay outside experts to redo code samples that were taught in the program, just to get employers to look at me. So not only did I have to pay the Bootcamp monthly $1,000 installment payments but also additional costs for support that they lacked.

    - The remote program lacks support.

    AWS deployment was required to pass the final Django exam. No TA knew how to deploy on AWS at the time. With the instructors not available on weekends, I had no choice but to pay outside experts once again!

    - The program post-graduation experience.

    The remote program's learning quality will NOT make you stand out when applying for jobs. You can forget about passing technical interviews or algorithm screenings! You will fail entry-level tests even for new computer science graduates because Coding Dojo lacks foundation and does NOT replace a computer science degree. 

    For the remote program, algorithm training sessions are optional and not enforced or structured in a way to help you pass the most basic level algorithms. On the contrary, I was told the onsite program requires students to do algorithms every day and the learning quality is better. I was told by staff that the basic on HacerRank was too hard to do.

    In conclusion, SAVE thousands of dollars please! Enjoy cheap Udemy courses, go to in-person meetup events, find a Code Mentor and watch free YouTube videos. You will learn so much more and have better code samples to show jobs. Seek certification from a program that uses best practices in programming stacks and does not rush the learning experience or quality.

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    Let me start with the good....

    My cohort was amazing. The instructors were amazing.

    They say you are the sum of the five people closest to you. If that's true, then for four months, I was an effing genius. I cannot begin to gush about the people I have met there and how they've continued to play a huge part in my life, even today. Everyone was diligent, eager to help, and insanely smart.

    I was genuinely surprised and impressed by the camaraderie found the in the people here, not just within my cohort. And since the nature of these boot camps is to attract people from all walks of life, each person I met was this amalgamation of interesting experiences. I learned the most from these people.

    The resources

    For someone like me, with zero programming and technical education/knowledge/foundation, the instructors and the platform will be an immense resource for learning.

    You will have to put in the work and the time. Don't think just because you paid $14K and come to class... sometimes... that you will learn through osmosis. GTFO. I spent a minimum of 60 hr/week here and I still know nothing, but I do know a whole $#i&-ton more than when I started. Know what you're getting into. It's a process. I recognized early that I will never be the strongest programmer and that this will be a life long journey. 

    Do all the assignments - there are a bunch;

    Do the research - the platform is painfully incomplete and this will teach you to StackOverflow like your life depended on it;

    Do the best you can and then do better - open more than one belt exam if allowed, even if you pass on the first time (You, smarty-pants).

    Now The Bad....

    The company

    A lot of broken promises - they initially said we could open other stacks (outside of the three) at the completion of our program. Lies.

    Not a good value for the material you actually get. After graduating, I've taken courses (Udemy, Meetups, FCC) where the course work was much better edited, clear, updated regularly, and cohesive all for really cheap or even free. I guess, though, you're more motivated when you have a little skin in the game. $14K to be exact.

    Too much politic-ing. Rules and regulations kept changing, often mid-stream. It's very confusing for students to keep up with all the mess. To Coding Dojo corporate - if you're going to change something, have some consistency and let the last cohort be grandfathered in. It's unfair and makes the company look unprofessional and amateurish.

    The resources

    The platform is painfully incomplete (*see previous comment. They will tell you it's by design. Um sure, is the outdated information also by design?)

    Also, some courses were so poorly written that you could cleary tell they did not car about those sections.

    But to be fair, it's been a month since I logged in because they kick you out 6 months after you graduate... which is crap because on MOOCs, you have access to all your courses (free and paid) for LIFE (or the option to dl if the course is to be archived). For $14K I'd expect to have access for at least a few years or the option to download my couse work.

    The career services

    Vary by campus, so I'm told.

    The info we got in VA was mostly generic. It might be really good for someone in HS that has no work experience but if you're switching careers or seasoned, you will find the information laughable. The resume examples are horrendous - these are examples of what gets thrown into the trash by recruiters. 

    Furthermore, they want all graduates to reguritate the same cultish motto "1,000+ hours of programming" blah blah blah. Be more creative. They need to understand that the pitch, the resume, and the approach will be different for the individual and spend more time with THE individual. 

    The instructor for career services was late 75% of the time. He also failed to tell us our course would be starting a week late... Causing people to come into the Dojo when they didn't have to. He also didn't update the materials he sent out... Some dating to the previous year. LOL.

    Honestly, I was a bit annoyed with the program itself. Corporate did not feel professional or organized. But like I've mentioned earlier, the people and friendships I've made my time awesome and I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

    And no. I am not a software engineer.

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    Online Coding Dojo Bootcamp was great but went by too fast. I am an experienced Programmer who was looking to review my concepts and learn new programming languages like Python and ASP.NET Core technology. While the curriculum is well structutred and the instructors are great, it went too fast for me, I did not get a chance to review concepts and felt like it was too fast. I am still struggling on some concepts I did before I joined. I need more practice, more real application to what I learned. More hands on, more testing questioning practice.

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    While my time at CD was extremely challenging, it was also extremely rewarding. It's true what they say, you get what you put in. Me and my close friends at the Dojo spent 10-12 hours a day in the lab, we were genuinely passionate about what we were learning, and now we're all in better places in our life. One thing I would say, don't do it for the hope of attractive salaries, focus on developing yourself and learning as much as you can, because this field of work is already a truly rewarding. Good luck!

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    I leared a lot from coding Dojo at Dallas bootcamp. The instractors and students are friendly. 

  • Coding Dojo Exp.
    - 11/19/2018
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    My name is Arthur and I graduated the Coding Dojo program  months ago.  I started the program to change careers, but have not yet made my move.  I am still working to get comfortable with some new languages and concepts that are currently being used.  My time in the bootcamp was challenging but definitely a good experience.  If you are looking to learn, be prepared to only get as much out as you get in...hopefully.  I really enjoyed the instructors and  TAs, but class participation was not mandatory.  Therefore, if other students were  not working to group up my only resources was the teacher (spent hours picking Devon and Wes's brain).  I also got some great support from one or two other students.  I would recommend an online bootcamp only if you cannot make in person sessions (which require more teamwork) and also have 25 hrs to dedicate to learning.  I would do the bootcamp again!

  • Thanks Coding Dojo
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    Hi everyone, my name is Dumitru and I went thru Coding Dojo bootcamp together with my brother the same time. I want to start with the fact that if you are passionate of web developing, coding and you are not completely new to programing then Coding Dojo is for you. Coding Dojo offers some algorithms code examples, wich can be found here: http://algorithm.codingdojo.com/ you just have to enter your email and take the test, and if you pass the test then you kow for sure you are ready. I'm telling that because bootcamp is not for complete beginers. So in my case Coding Dojo did a great job, in the morning we had 1 hour of algorithms, after that we jumped directly to the platform. Coding Dojo's platform is very wel designed to teach you the newest techology on the market (they difer from location to location, I went to Chicago IL location and at that location they will teach you Python with framework Django, C# with framework ASP.Net Core 2.0, MEAN with framework Angular 5). At Coding Dojo you become full stack developer but you have to dedicate your self, you have to study full time, you can't have a job while in the bootcamp, it is a lot of material which need to be learn in a short period of time. It is a lot of strugling but as they say at Coding Dojo is rewarding. The greatest thing about Coding Dojo is that after each stack they offer you to connect with 2-3 friends and build a website, so after Coding Dojo you should have at least 3 projects. This projects are very important because the improve your knoledge and the most important is for your job interviews. During my job search I got a lot of interviews and I got a lot of questions on my projects. So if Coding Dojo asks you to do a project, do it, it will help you geting a job. About job hunting, after you finish Coding Dojo you get a diploma and next week you are going to have career service week, during that week you'll get a lot of information how to get a job, salary negociation etc. Coding Dojo is not going to look for a job for you, you have to look for a job, I got my job in 2.5 months after finishing that bootcamp, my brother 3.5 months, some of our colegs got jobs after 1.5 months. I'm working contractor for a big company (Abbott under Cognizant) my borter is also a contractor under another company for Google. My bottom line is that it is challenging to find a job, but that not only because is a bootcamp students from coledges universityes, also have a hard time find jobs.
    My opinion is that is worthit, but you have to follow the instructors tasks, they kow what is better for you.
    Thanks and good luck with your job hunt.
           

           Thanks Coding Dojo.


            Dumitru and Nick.

Thanks!