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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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  • Former Student
    - 11/15/2018
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    I'm a career changer and I would love to share my experience at Coding Dojo. 

    • What did you do before Coding Dojo?
      • I was an architectural designer and an MBA student. 
    • Why did you decide to join Coding Dojo?
      • As I went through my MBA program, I realized that I want to work in the infotech industry. In order to break into the tech industry without a computer science degree was tough. Also, it didn't really make sense not to know what "coding" is since I would have to work with programmers in my future career. So, I decided to take a coding boot camp. I've researched about a few boot camp options (Hackreactor, Thinkful, and UCLA Extention program along with Coding Dojo) in terms of the ROI, proximity, and culture. Coding Dojo fits my need the best. 
    • What did you get out of Coding Dojo?
      • I grasped the overview of what coding is and how engineers think and work. At the end of the program, I was able to build prototypes myself that is a valuable skill to become a product manager. 
    • What do you do now?
      • After Coding Dojo, I worked as an associate product manager for a startup. There, I've learned how to work with cross-functional team and development process of the digital product, especially making the data-driven decisions at every given time. Now I'm a project manager at a data science consulting firm: working with data scientists to build machine learning solutions for various business problems. 
  • Web Designer
    - 11/14/2018
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    Coding Dojo was one of the best learning experiences of my life. Coming from the first cohort of a new location was a bit worrting at first, but we got lucky with the postitive and close-knit learning environment. Being a new graduate, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career or where to start. After learning a bit of html myself, I decided a fully emmersive experience would help me grow the skills I needed to further fuel my hobby.

    I'm glad I made the investment to attend coding dojo because I absolutely love what I do. With the large amount oif flexibility and creative freedom in my craft, I enjoy creating websites and apps. If I don't entriely know how to do something, I know the way to think of the solution with the foundations that coding dojo gave me, I can problem solve at work. Even though I still don't know what industry I want to be in for the long run, the techinical and personal skills I gained at coding dojo will allow me to really go anywhere.

  • Anonymous • Developer • Graduate
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    Coding Dojo Chicago is awesome. 

    Before the Dojo I was a banker and also never completed my college degree. Zero experience in coding but I knew it was a lucrative career path.

    I decided on the dojo because I had enough saved away to make the switch and I wanted a career path that was secure and vital. Everyone wants a developer and the need for great developers is only increasing.

    I was really on the fence though. Everyone says 6 figure salary on the ads but I basically thought to myself eh...is it really going to happen to me? I took the leap of faith (backed by lots of self research) and went to the dojo.

    At the Chicago Dojo I got a great understanding of 3 different full stacks and a community of peers from the onsite that are still friends today! I even built a mobile app and launched it with people from my cohort after we graduated. We successfully had over 1k users world wide downloading and using our app which may not be a lot but it was great to get through those steps of launching a prodict into the world!

    Now I am a mobile developer making that very 6 fig salary that all the ads rave about and so this review is certainly overdue.


    SOME IMPORTANT CAVEATS:
    1. Not everyone in my cohort is a developer. Many took different paths in tech or dropped tech altogether. Some people just did not believe they could do it. It's a shame but many people for some reason just didnt have the confidence in their abilities and the stress can really psych you out of your success. Please if you take this leave the tears and self doubt at the door. Bring your A game. Listen to motivational videos if your getting stressed, whatever it is that gets you pumped for your success be sure to know what you need to bring your focus back

    2. I did NOT get a 6 fig job directly out of bootcamp! Here is the timeline I personally tooke:
    -Graduate
    -3 months learning and building out mobile app (no job and very little applying)
    -Part time Code Teaching Assistant for 3 months @ $15-20/hr (still building out mobile app on my own time with friends)
    -Land a job at a startup for $55k/yr, 3months there and the company went under!
    -Land 6 figure job (current) 

    Some people went into 75k/yr jobs right out of bootcamp but I was really passionate about building out this app and I didnt even really try to apply. Others applied really hard but never got a stable job in the industry so moved on to something else. I usually found the people who were less confident in their abilities had a harder time. The people who didnt get psyched out, or at least easily recovered from their stresses got jobs far more easily.


    So yea! zero college degree, zero code expereience, and  one Chicago Coding Dojo. Life changed!


    You can do it! You need to keep your mental toughness about you the whole way through. There is leterally no difference between me and others who took the course, actually some came in with more experience but I did find that the most confident people who came in pumped to learn and took it easy were far more successful than those who came in seemingly stressed out or believing the courseload was too daunting. 


    Best to you on your journey!

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    Overall, My time at the Dojo was enjoyable

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    After learning to code on my own, I decided to invest in a bootcamp for the structure and community. Coding Dojo is a big investment, but it was actually less costly than other bootcamps around the area. It’s also one of the few located in South Bay. 
     
    The curriculum is great — you learn three full stacks (other bootcamps focus on one). The benefit of this is that you start to see common patterns in each stack. The learning platform goes over the basics of each stack, along with assignments to complete as you progress. Once you’re done with the program, you’ll have time to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Another benefit to Coding Dojo is you’re always welcome back to use the space. There’s a designated section for alumni and there are usually plenty of seats available. 
     
    Most of what you’ll learn will come from the platform, Google, and debugging with your cohortmates. In my opinion this is more effective than lectures because you learn how to teach yourself new concepts which makes you a better developer in the long run 🙂 It teaches you to become a self sufficient developer. 
     
    Career services is run by professional career coaches over the course of a week. You also get a one-on-one meeting with them to go over your resume in depth. 
     
    I’d recommend Coding Dojo to anyone looking to get their start in web development.  
  • Graduate
    - 11/6/2018
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    I have learned various programming languages before I attended this program. However, I have not learned anything about the frameworks that the languages until I took this program. Thanks to Coding Dojo, I have a very in-depth knowledge about Python, Java, Javascript, and the frameworks that use these languages, including Flask, Django, Spring Boot, Node, Express, etc.. 

    If you are eager to learn about computer programming and how they are used in various frameworks, then Coding Dojo is the right program for you. The program is pretty intense and fast-paced, however, since you have to complete multiple assignments everyday. Fortunately, the program has plenty of people who can help you. I have made some friends in the dojo who managed to get me through the hardest assignments and clarify things I did not know. I really appreciate their help and the people who have helped me get through the program. I hope the others will have a fun time like I did as well. 

  • Alumni
    - 11/1/2018
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    Great program. Great staff. I went to the Tysons location. The program took a TON of effort but if you have the time and can dedicate yourself, then you will be successful. Happy to have completed the program. 

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    As the title says, the course was fantastic and most of my instructors were great. However, I was told by my instructors that they would still be accessible and happy to answer any questions once we grauated the program. It's been about a month since I've graduated and I've reached out to all 4 of my instructors, several times, for a quick question or to work through some bugs and 1 got back to me and then didn't respond after that. It just seems strange and unprofessional that it hasn't been even a month and they go from helping you daily, to non-existent and impossible to get in contact with once you walk out that door on your graduation date. 

  • Student Alumni
    - 10/12/2017
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    The most important thing to keep in mind is that what you get out of the program is completely dependent on what you put in. The material you cover will help establish a strong base for exploring a software development career in Python, RoRs or MEAN, but you are going to have to put in the work, in terms of dedicated time spent on learning and solving algorithms (whiteboarding). I am not referring to some group think process, but a 1 on 1 interview practice on the whiteboard, including behavioral, logic and programming questions. Especially, in the BayArea (Silicon Valley) it is a very competitive job market for software developers. Unless you want to compete and challenge yourself to improve every day there is slim to no chance of you landing a Junior Development job straight out of the boot camp. Keep in mind some students have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, and some have a Masters in Computer Science or some other Engineering background. If you are open to relocation outside of the BayArea you will find more opportunities where the barrier to entry is a lot lower.

    In order to be successful, in the boot camp, you need to dedicate yourself to mastering the material because what you cover are the appetizers of the Software Industry. There are a ton more things to learn and master. Unless you enjoy learning something new every day and challenging yourself, do not join the boot camp. If you enjoy solving problems, fixing software programs to find out why they are not working (debugging) then join the boot camp. Posting your solutions to the programming exercises you find from the boot camp will not be enough to land a job. You will need to be creative in terms of the projects you do to include in your portfolio. Just as in any other high school, or college, teachers do have their favorite students. However, if teachers see that you are putting in the time and the effort they will make more effort to help you. However, if you leave early and come late this is a red flag for them, and they will talk to you to find out why you are not attending morning algorithms. Invest in a good pair of noise canceling over the ear headphones as at times the Dojo can be loud with people playing table tennis, a meet up happening or open house.

    Career Services is helpful in the fact it gives you perspective on all the things you need to consider in order to be ready to find a new job including Resume writing, Portfolio building, and Networking. Besides the resume, networking will be your most important tool in order to land a new job opportunity. I heard from students who applied to 300+ jobs online and had less than a 10% response rate. Talk to people while you are in the dojo, attend MeetUps at the dojo, exchange contact information. You will need to overcome the fear of being rejected. Rejection is a common part of life for most of us, but for those who have not experienced it before, it can be a bitter pill to swallow. Failing fast, and not taking rejections personally is an extremely important asset when trying to land your first development opportunity. Apply to many companies, to keep the pipeline of job applications flowing. Smaller companies will tend to get back to you faster than larger companies but that is not always the case. So take control of what is in your power. Apply strategically, and talk to your neighbor, family members, friends, and ex-colleagues. Let people know that you are doing this coding boot camp so by the time you graduate some of them might willing to help share a job lead or pass on your resume to someone in their network. I wish you the best in this challenging journey. Believe in yourself, and don't give up!

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    This program was a great introduction into the world of Web Development - the curriculum is tough, but if you put in the time it is more than worth it. I've had feedback from multiple employers during the interview process that are very happy with the exposure to so much. The instructors are great and the daily algorithm hour is a great way to get the brain juices flowing.

  • Good program
    - 9/23/2017
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    I went to the Coding Dojo after leaving a job in software sales. I took a few clases in college near the end of my major, and was always interested in coding and mobile web development. 

    The reason I selected the coding dojo was their offering of full stack development, being new to the field I reasoned that this would allow me to explore/learn different roles at once and from there I could decide where to specialize.

    If you're worried about credibility I will just say this, the program is a legit track to break into the IT field, the learning platform is very good, better than anything you will find online and comparable to a college course, but with a more steamlined syllabus.

    The standard on-site curriculum includes a 2 week intro, followed by instruction in 3 full web stacks. Each stack is taught over a period of 3-4 weeks. The first two present components of full stack web development and the third ties all of them together. The fourth week is for review or a 1 week sprint project, which can be an invaluable addition to your portfolio and an awesome learning experience in and of itself. 

    The instructors are great people, very patient, helpful and very accomodating. I would definitely recommend the on-site program vs. online, because based on my experience when you are stuck as a new developer a little assistance goes a long way.

    I would recommend this program, it will be a ton of work, for the most part you should expect to be coding 8-12 hrs a day 6-7 days a week. The good part is that the environment at their Chicago location is really awesome. A great loft space to work in, nice people, free snacks, and places nearby if you need to take a break, grab a coffee, etc. 

    Career support is good, but it will require almost the same amount of work as the program. I've seen some people get jobs weeks within graduation and others are still looking months later, but from what I observed it's largely a matter of personal choices, expectations and even a little burnout. But If you are ready to work hard, Coding Dojo will definitely help you land a job. 

    Good luck!

     

  • Anonymous • Software Developer • Graduate
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    My experience at the Dojo was an interesting one. I had very little coding experience before starting and I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I realized that the ads and the brochures weren't lying when they said that you might have to spend 70+ hours a week at this bootcamp. I found my self immersed in the work that I was doing and I realized that I was learning more than I ever believed I was capable of learning. About a month after the bootcamp was over I was offered a position at a startup. The bootcamp experience is hard but it's well worth it if you're willing to put in the work that's necessary to be successful. 

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    Before going into this program. I had done research with different coding bootcamps and this seemed like a good fit based on reviews, location, and instructors. Although I didn't complete this boot camp, I can tell you why I dropped out. Having no previous experience with coding, I felt like I was expected to know how to do algorithms without learning the concept of it. The main instructor during the first week was not helpful and I felt as if he had no patience for students who did not know certain topics. It wasn't  just algorithms, it was also topics. I was struggling and so were other students I spoke with and we felt like we had little understanding of topics that were given but we were expected to move on to the next topic very quickly. Any beginners signing up, please be cautious of this school, it's only good for people with previous coding experience not said in their website. Remember it's still a business that wants a profit. 

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    The Coding Dojo crammed way more students into the cohort than they could handle. Then they fired every T.A and the office manager "to save costs" and the remaining instructors sometimes wouldn't even show up. I can't recomend this bootcamp. I was able to learn a lot by working really hard but in the end the management doesn't care about you, you're basically a dollar sign to them.

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    I think that Coding Dojo is on the right track for immersing new students into software development, but I'm hard pressed to recommend the school. There are a few things that they do well, while it feels that most everything else falls into a category of "irrelevant". The communication from instructors is very poor and the course material is a mixed back of inconsistent qualty (either quite decent or very poor).

    I've found that Coding Dojo has done well has to do with enrollment and preparation to start the courses. When contacted directly, I've found that the admissions staff are quick to respond and are very helpful. There are a few videos and reading materials presented to ensure that you're of the right mindset to engage in the material. You are expected to go through a preparatory course to ensure that you can at least follow the logic of what's happening in a basic program. You're provided exercises in the pre-camp work to ensure that you understand the new knowledge.

    And that's really the extent of it. Currently, Coding Dojo rellies on Slack to handle student/teacher communication. For the uninitiated, Slack is effectively a GUI chat channels, like you might see on IRC or a Skype room. You're expected to ask questions about assignments of your fellow students here before going to the professor. While I agree with this logic, the end result is that communication is very chaotically presented. If you're not sitting at your desk watching the channels, you could easily lose your space. This also means "good luck" if you're a little behind schedule on your assignments.

    Another result of Coding Dojo's almost exclusive reliance on Slack instructors are otherwise unresponsive. I think that I've had maybe one productive conversation with a instructor. Beyond that one conversation, I've barely warrented a response from them. I had once gone 48 hours without a response from an instructor to inform him that I'm struggling in a piece of course content that appeared broken. I only received a response because I contacted a member fo the admissions staff and asked him to intervene.

    In both circumstances where I've e-mailed instructors, the best that I’ve received was a canned response that could be summerized as “I’ve never seen this problem before, and I’m sorry that you’re frustrated.”

    I'll readily admit that I have successfully acquired some new skills, but it’s been a difficult journey. There are a few courses in which concepts felt poorly organized and presented, in which I've had to invest a disproportionate amount reviewing so I could organize my notes to facilitate my comprehension of new concepts. There courses that are poorly presented have a heavy reliance on informal, sometimes ambiguious use of the English language and implied assumption of shared context. That is to say that it can sometimes feel like the course’s progression follows like this: “I’m discussing points B and C now, after which I’ll make reference to point A. Here’s point E. Remember where I buried a passing reference to point D at the start of the course?”

    The in-course lectures feel like the usually feel an outline, but are generally unscripted. If the lectures were complimentary to the reading material, this would be fine. Having to transcribe material from an audio format to a text structure for later reference is tedious, frustrating, and inconductive of a learning environment. Their instructors are developers by trade, not instructors. While they are effective at developing assignments and material, their ability to communicate new concepts is in some very dire need of improvement.

    As the content is all web-based, it’s not uncommon to receive random (forced) surveys about something that they believe is relevant to what you’re doing – regardless of being at a point to accurately answer their questions. “You’re taking a survey NOW on how your job search is going – even though you’re only half way through our course and you haven’t talked to any of our career advisors.”

    So, to summarize, I do not recommend Coding Dojo. You will not be receiving your money’s worth from this school.

  • Great experience!
    - 3/16/2017
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    I enrolled at Coding Dojo immediately after they opened the Chicago location. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and professional. The program is tough, and you get out what you put in. I spent many late nights working on the projects. I had many positive experiences at the Dojo. The main focus is becoming a self-reliant full-stack developer, and I feel like I accomplished that goal.  The curriculum is evolving and constantly improving and will only continue to improve.

    My only knock was that when I enrolled the career services apparatus had not fully materialized yet. Now, I can see they are actively improving in this area, so your experience won't mirror mine. 

    Overall I had a lot of fun and learned a lot a the Dojo, and strongly recommend it. 

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    In spring 2016, I put down a security deposit to reserve a spot in onsite bootcamp. I asked Paul, the Community Manager, what the employment rate was for graduates and was told that 92 percent of the graduates find jobs within 3 months. Wow, I thought, sounds unreal, but let’s give it try.
     
    I started attending Coding Dojo developers bootcamp in San Jose location in August 2016. I was really excited and eager to learn. 
     
    My observations:
     
     1. Most of the teachers don’t have industry experience. If you ask them questions beyond the learning platform they are very unsure. “Go Google it” - is a very common answer. In fact, that’s so far the most common answer you will hear from a TA or Instructor. They want you to be self sufficient. Sure, but I didn’t pay Google  - I paid you!!! The morning lecture usually consists of 15-20 minutes of introduction to a new topic (usually read by instructor from the online platform), then for the rest of the day you are on your own struggling through the poorly explained assignments on the platform. 
     
    2. Some instructors are better than others; some have very low teaching skills. They may know the subject but have difficulty passing it onto the students. Most of the day they just walk around the campus or chill in the office. 
     
    3. The accept everyone. There is literally no pre-selection. There are people with MS in CS and  people with no college degree learning side by side. Some people were constantly behind others, the majority were rushed through the tasks, not completely understanding the concepts. 
     
    4. Algorithms. Again, because they accept everyone, there were students who saw algorithms for the first time in their lives. There were students who studied algorithms for years in college. Instructors do not explain the concepts behind algorithms. The algortihm book they give you is poorly written. During the last month, only 5 out of 25 people in my cohort were attending the algorithm sessions. People simply gave up.
     
    5. Portfolio and projects. Don’t think you will walk out with a great portfolio after completing Coding Dojo. You will need to spend at least one more month building something decent that you are not embarrassed to show to your prospective employer.
     
    6. Learning 3 full stacks in 3 months is a joke! You may qualify for a Junior Front-End Developer position, but a full-stack developer… hmmm… Focus on one or maximum two languages that are in demand.
     
    7. Job search. Going back to a 92 percent employment rate. Three months after graduation, only one person from my cohort found a developer job. The person had Master’s Degree in CS and previous industry experience. Several stayed in CD as so called “resident engineers”. The previous two cohorts have very similar numbers. Max 5 out of 25 people found jobs. The rest are still looking… They lie about their graduates employment rate. They will keep telling you there is a huge demand for developers. They won’t tell you there is a demand for experienced not Junior developers. Why so many of them stayed in CD instead of working in the industry? They simply couldn’t find jobs in a real world. 
     
    8. Job search assistance.  CD will send you irrelevant to your experience positions. I can’t remember how many times I was sent Java developer position. Why? It’s useless to me. I wasn’t taught Java in Coding Dojo. If it is in such demand, change the curriculum. 
     
    Don’t waste your money. Don't waste your time.
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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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    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. 

     

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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!

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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
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    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

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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
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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."

Thanks!