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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In PersonFull Time70 Hours/week20 Weeks
Deposit $1,000 FinancingFinancing: Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 are available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email email@example.com to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview Yes
OnlineFull Time70 Hours/week14 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $14,995 Class size 40 Location Online, DallasOur 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!
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $9,995 Class size 30 Location OnlineOur 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!
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75 Refund / Guarantee Deposits are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email email@example.com to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
In PersonFull Time70 Hours/week14 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost N/A Class size 35 Location Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, DallasOur 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.
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Up to $4,000 in scholarships available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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- DON'T DO IT- 5/26/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
If you are looking for a way to learn that is taught through videos , with no real help from anyone with real experience then this is the place for you. The reason they are ablel to keep their numbers up in the high nineties for employment is because they hire their former students as "residents" and then play favorites to who of those gets actually "apprenticeship pay". If you're not one of the upper tier students, you can forget about being treated with dignity. I fortunately was not one of the slower students but I watched as they were given the cold shoulder, eyes rolled when they asked questionl. One of my fellow cohort members who was pair programming iwth me asked the owner of the school, if he thought everyone would get a job, the owner madea sarcastic quip and a less than positive comment towards those students. This was odd, since it went against everything that they kept saying they were for.l was shocked because the less than flattering quip was said not so quietly and in the main computer area. Once, they have socked you away in your pigeon hole, you can expect to be the last on the list when you have a question. One girl, kept asking for help from the instructor and never received any, since the instructor would ignore her to continue to chat with my tablemates.
They foster this us vs. them mentality and drive a wedge between the two groups with a few of us being able to stradlle both worlds.
I am able to learn from videos , but i could have spent ten grand on a nice bigscreen and sound system and paid a small amount monthly for something like treehouse and done the same.
Job assistance is non existent.
I received two black belts and a red belt. The requiremtnes for them to assist us they said. I was never contacted and when I asked they responded with a tutorial on this stuff
Response From: Katie of Coding DojoTitle: Community RelationsWednesday, Apr 13 2016Thank you for expressing your frustrations so candidly. Your input and the feedback from our past alumni is extremely important to us and we always want to surpass expectations, so we’re sorry your experience fell short.Due to our obsession with constantly improving our student experience, many, if not all, of the frustrations you mentioned have been remedied within the last 2 years. For example, our onsite students are physically in class, learning directly from teachers and working with their peers, for 8-10 hours per day. It's about as hands on as anyone can stomach! We do still provide videos as this allows students to explore even deeper into topics of their interest, but the in-person teaching is where we find success. While we occasionally hire students, the total number has been roughly 1% of our graduates, meanwhile, in 2015, 92% of our graduates found jobs in less than 3 months at companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Google, etc.
We wish you the best in your career. Having 2 Dojo black belts proves you are sharp and very capable! If you would like additional help from our career services, who are very good at what they do, please contact us and we will be happy to dive back in with you, and of course we'd provide this to you for free. :)
- The curriculum is solid in terms of the progression that it takes you. You constantly build on top of what you did.- 5/21/2015Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Seattle
I came in to Coding Dojo with a background in finance. I was very young in my career (1 year into the workforce) when I already realized this wasn't going to cut it for me. Having very little experience in coding (Code Academy, Treehouse), I knew I had a lot to prove to everyone and myself. This would be my mantra throughout the Dojo and is what probably got me through the tough times; trust me, there will be a lot.
The curriculum is solid in terms of the progression that it takes you. You constantly build on top of what you did. The next step is always a challenge, but if you did things right on the previous one, you won't be lost for long before you figure out how to solve the next one. Some of the exercises will repeat albeit in another language. At first, I was a bit skeptical of this. Why are we doing the same things again?! Now that I'm working, it helps me tackle new libraries or frameworks because I always have a base to start off with. Most people like to do the classic to-do list app, but beyond that I have a few simple apps I can always fall back on if I want to learn something new. There is always something new to learn in tech and Coding Dojo trains you to adapt quickly. One thing that was a bit lacking in the curriculum was linux commands and deployment. I think there was a course on it, but it wasn't very effective. The topic itself wasn't hard to learn but having practice in this part of the process is critical.
The environment at Coding Dojo is super chill. Michael Choi really wants to make it a very open and comfortable environment for everyone. Participate in sports days even if you suck in sports. Do stuff with your cohort, it becomes easier to ask for help if you're cool with each other. If you're applying for the summer, play sports everyday! Thats what some of us did and it really did wonders for us. Bottom line, get to know your team and don't forget to do things outside of coding!
I was able to find a job less than a month after finishing. The hiring network was just starting to pick up when I was there so I can't comment on that. I will say that the team behind recruiting and marketing have been working diligently to push Coding Dojo to the next level. I was right beside them everyday so I know.
Always be out there to prove yourself. You are not entitled to anything, you have to earn it. Coding Dojo is only the beginning; it will jump start your career, but there is still so much to learn. Never give up! There will come a time when you want to quit, but keep fighting!
- Ahmed Khan • Web Developer • Graduate • Campus: Online
If that got your attention, then keep reading.
I had been a Web Developer working with HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL for sometime including server maintenance and everything in between. I wanted to get a solid foundation on OOP or Object Oriented Programming, and wanted to learn the most important stuff to be able to get up and running as quickly as possible. This is where Coding Dojo came into play. I had found that going to google and searching for tutorials were not working for me. With my busy work schedule (yes, I was still working full time as a developer), I had wasted a lot of effort and time trying to learn using this method.
After doing extensive research for online programming bootcamps, I found Coding Dojo was the only place that offered LAMP Stack in their program. Most bootcamps concentrated either just on MEAN Stack or Ruby on Rails, but my goals and the jobs within my region were mostly PHP/MySQL based and it was a no brainer to select Coding Dojo. In addition to LAMP Stack, they also offered MEAN as well as Ruby on Rails which was a bonus.
It’s no joke investing a significant amount of money in an online program, and you tend to rethink your decision. All that fear was laid to rest once the courses started. I found their courses were geared in a way that instructed students to the most important and useful information. All guess work on whether a topic was important or not was basically eliminated. The instructors also consult on real world projects in addition to teaching the students which meant that I was receiving relevant and current information including the latest industry standards.
Even the learning platform, payment systems, helpdesk systems are all built in-house by the very instructors that are teaching the course which increases the confidence that you are learning from the best. They had live support instructors online ready to help when working on assignments as well. The course work included written instructions, video instructions, quizzes and assignments. We also had weekly cohort group meetings in addition to one on one instructor reviews.
The instructor for my cohort was John Supsupin who went above and beyond to help everyone in the program. I have learned so much and wish to thank him for all the knowledge he has provided. Even after the official bootcamp ended, he offered help as and when needed which says a lot about the instructor as well as the bootcamp itself. They really want you to succeed. Couple of my cohorts are already in the coding dojo bootcamp finishing their residency and honing their craft while others are on their way to become fullstack engineers.
As for me, I have gained a newfound confidence in my career and it has opened the doors to endless opportunities. I wish Coding Dojo and John the best and good luck to all you future ninja’s!
- I had the most exciting, fun, and unforgettable summer of my life, and brought my web development knowledge into modern times.- 5/5/2015Jesse Z. • Application Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Software Engineering, but my only experience with building websites was a freshman level HTML course in 2002. Needless to say, my skills were out of date and incompatible with today's job market. Being a software engineer with little knowledge of web-based programming is a sure way to limit your job options, as I discovered the hard way when I decided to leave my job as an SAP developer. The world is moving to the web. I knew this, and didn't want to be left behind, but breaking into the market seemed impossible. I couldn't get anyone to interview me because I had spent over six years as an SAP developer. I was pigeon-holed into SAP and didn't know how to get out.
This is when I found Coding Dojo. The Dojo gives you access to everything you need to learn web development. Most people just picture the learning materials when I say that, things like tutorials and lectures. You do get those things from the Dojo of course, but you also get an amazing support system. This was unlike what I had ever experienced in my previous education. The staff is enthusiastic and ready to help, but the interesting thing about the Dojo is the stress on teamwork, helping out fellow students, and coming to the answers yourself.
The overlap in cohorts is great because it encourages the new students to work with and learn from their predecessors. For each cohort, they build a community that feels relaxed and fun, yet still productive. This is an environment that's very conducive to learning for that reason. You are surrounded by people just like yourself, who are enthusiastic about learning to code and help keep you on track while having fun. This keeps you interested, which keeps you in the Dojo after hours, which keeps you learning.
I was surprised to learn that the Coding Dojo had alumni working in my home city of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I was put in touch with these graduates early, and they helped me with advice and let me know when the company they worked for were hiring. I did not end up at their company because I already had a job before their next hiring cycle, two weeks after I had come home from the Dojo.
In summary, I recommend the Coding Dojo. I had the most exciting, fun, and unforgettable summer of my life, and brought my web development knowledge into modern times. Now I'm a working web developer, who was recently promoted from Jr to Associate. I can't argue with the results.
- Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
this is definately not for someone with no previous experience. if you are expecting to be taught, forget it, you are left up to your own devices watching online videos.
they let you sit there and struggle for "twenty minutes" which is not a bad thing, but when they do come around to help you after the twenty minutes, half of the time the instructor doesn't know whats going on , or they just brush you off. If you're not one of the gifted you can forget any type of assistance . they (staff and owner) gravitate towards the gifted already knowledgeable students and focus on them, leaving those struggling behind. We watched this occur over and over again, and even heard the owner making snide comments with one of the other students about the job prospects of the ones in our class that were struggling.
They offer no job placement assistance, NONE, unless you want to work at the dojo as an instructor (if they like you). they keep it all on the up and up by calling you a resident and having you stay for an extra few weeks so that they can technically say everything is kosher.
they have improved their platform for video instruction tremendously, and it better than what we had. that being said, if you are one that requires lectures and let me show you how to do it, we'll do it together and then you do it by yourself style of instruction, forget it.
- Out of all the bootcamp options, I chose Coding Dojo because they do 3 stacks instead of strictly Rails.- 4/21/2015Cody N. • Lead Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: San Francisco
Coding Dojo was really an amazing experience for me. Both the curriculum and the people were fantastic. Out of all the bootcamp options, I chose Coding Dojo because they do 3 stacks instead of strictly Rails. This gave me a chance to try a lot of different technologies and figure out which I like the best. Plus with doing PHP, MEAN stack, and Rails in such a short time, the best skill you're going to take away is how to learn and pickup new languages quickly. These languages may not be the hottest things in the future, but you'll be well equipped to pick up whatever is. I even got an internship as a Rails developer at a startup before the program ended (this is a rare case, but they had me prepped pretty well)
- Greg T. • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: San Francisco
I think covering three stacks is brilliant, because you learn underlying concepts. The three stacks handle the same processes in different ways, so you see them clearly. The Dojo is building up its job hunting assistance, which will be a great addition. They also welcome alumni to come back for further practice and coaching and special classes. It's a very supportive place.
- T.W. • Full Stack Developer • Graduate
I'll cut to the chase. Within one week after graduating from CodingDojo's bootcamp program, I got hired on as a full-stack developer. I'd say 90% of my success is due to knowledge I gained at Coding Dojo.
Presenting yourself as a capable web developer is all that it takes to really find a good job in this industry. Right now, the demand for competent developers is so high that recruiters and hiring managers are actively reaching out to potential candidates. Don't worry about the hiring network. Coding Dojo will help you ramp up your resume and visibility that you'll be getting about 6 calls/emails a day from recruiters and hiring managers.
The biggest criticism I find about Coding Dojo's program is how self-paced it is. Coding Dojo provides the necessary tools you need to give you the right direction. They're not here to hold your hand throughout the process. If you really want to become an awesome developer, you have to have the drive within you. The process of learning something like programming can be so hard that it'll drive you crazy. But those that succeed are the ones that are able to make it past those obstacles.
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- If you are looking to go from 0 to 100 in 3 months and KNOW the information, then this is the bootcamp you want.- 2/9/2015Anonymous • Dojo Graduate • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Seattle
I recently finished the Coding Dojo boot camp. The best way I can describe the school is, it is really similar to a Japanese cram school. The teachers and staff are very knowledgeable about the information they are teaching. It took me about 3 weeks to a month after I graduated from the boot camp to get a job. Unlike many other boot camps, new students with zero knowledge can become full stack developers in the 3 months. Plus, they can learn multiple frameworks in that time and new technologies, such as, MEAN stack. Micheal Choi is very knowledgeable, and really found amazing ways to quickly and efficiently teach students what they need to know to thrive in the work environment. But this bootcamp is very much a "get out what you put in". If you don't try and struggle a bit, you aren't going to get what you want out of it.
If you are looking to go from 0 to 100 in 3 months and KNOW the information, then this is the bootcamp you want. In my experience, Coding Dojo does not have affiliates with other companies. So you can't be promised a job. However, what you do get out of this bootcamp is a very nice portfolio to show you potential employers. Additionally, the teacher will help and show you how to sell yourself to companies. When i did start looking I was getting 5-6 calls a day for a few weeks with my new found knowledge.
Attending Coding Dojo was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Granted the boot camp was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through, I can confidently say that anyone can be successful in and after the boot camp as long as they put in the time and energy that Coding Dojo expects of its students. That being said, I came into Coding Dojo with zero coding background and, upon completion of the boot camp, I gained the knowledge required to build fully functioning applications.
Coding Dojo covers three full stacks (LAMP, MEAN, Ruby on Rails) as part of their course curriculum. A big portion of the curriculum is taught using the online learning platform that is improved regularly based on student feedback and also has new content added teaching the industries latest technologies. Coding Dojo has really mastered the way they introduce and teach the course material to their students. This is something I took for granted and quickly came to realize once I finished the boot camp and was required to learn a framework on my own without the help of the learning platform. What used to take me a couple days to learn and then create a viable application, using the learning platform, now took me a few weeks to learn on my own and that’s when I really appreciated how good of a job Coding Dojo had done to present course content in a way that any student, even those without a coding background, can understand.
Even with an outstanding program, Coding Dojo would not be what it is without its dedicated instructors. Starting from day one, you can tell how passionate the instructors are in the way they teach and you get a real sense that their main goal is to make sure you learn the material and succeed in this field. If a student seems to be struggling on a certain concept, you can bet to see instructors set aside extra time to make sure the student is caught up.
Never would I have believed that I could reinvent my career in only a couple months but it really is possible. It’s a great feeling to go into an interview and come out smiling, especially when you were expecting the worst, because you were able to answer most if not all the questions they asked and it’s because Coding Dojo has done such a great job in preparing their students for what‘s to come after the boot camp.
If you’re passionate about coding and want to take your skills to the next level, whether it’s to make a career change or for your own project on the side, I would highly recommend Coding Dojo because you will not get a more affordable education anywhere else especially at the caliber of education Coding Dojo provides.
- The Dojo truly provided an industry leading curriculum, allowing me to master three full stacks in a short time.- 1/29/2015Matt F. • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Seattle
Coding Dojo gave me the appropriate stepping stone to accelerate my career. I came to the Dojo with a computer engineering degree from a top university and almost 3 years of prior experience in the software industry. Needless to say, my engineering program provided very little hands-on coding experience. I needed to stay competitive by doing alot of self learning during my time in industry.
I joined the Dojo with an intent to reinvent my career, be able to code full stack applications in record time, to become more proficient at algorithms and to learn to build products for my startup. The Dojo truly provided an industry leading curriculum, allowing me to master three full stacks in a short time. What sets the Dojo apart is not only the comprehensive and outstanding curriculum, but the overall vibe and community of the learning environment. The Dojo cares about the well-being of its students, providing free food and occasional catered lunches. Weekly sports events also proved to enhance learning and efficiency overall. The people are great and very helpful and instructors and TAs are almost always available to help throughout the program. Instructors are sometimes seen still upgrading course content to ensure the courses are up to date with the latest industry practices. I would even go to say that the program offered at the Dojo is better than my Computer Engineering degree program, as I feel I would have been better prepared for the industry should I have attended the Dojo instead. The Dojo deserves to be accredited, and it is a shame that it is not.
- Recent Grad- 1/20/2015Kyle Halterman • Graduate
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- 1/20/2015Joseph Dillon
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- 1/16/2015Heidi Mason • Front End Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: San FranciscoCoding 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 • Campus: Seattle
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 • Campus: San Francisco
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.
- Anonymous • Campus: San Francisco
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.
- Rapid start into high paying fields- 10/16/2014Bryan Myers • Web Developer • Graduate • Campus: San Francisco
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.
- Great Experience that gets you job ready!- 12/21/2019Anonymous • Student • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Orange County
- Great Program for those Ready!- 9/6/2019Anonymous • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Arlington
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.
- I do not recommend Coding Dojo!- 8/28/2019Anonymous • Student • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Boise
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.
- Unorganized and Unprofessional- 6/17/2019Anonymous • Software Developer • Student • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Seattle
- 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.
- 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.
- Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Seattle
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.
- Full Stack Immersive Coding Bootcamp Onsite- 6/1/2019Anonymous • Graduate • Campus: Seattle
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.
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.
- April 2019 Coding Dojo graduate- 4/30/2019Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Silicon ValleyI 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.