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In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week8 Weeks
Start Date None scheduled Cost $10,900 Class size N/A Location LehiWant to build iOS (iPhone/iPad) apps? There is no better place to learn. You'll start building apps on Day 1 of the class, and by the end you'll have at least one app in the App Store (possibly even making you money). Classes are rigorous, and previous programming experience is definitely preferred, but if you're up to the challenge, you can become a great iOS developer with a start in this course.
Minimum Skill Level Programming experience preferred, beginners welcome Prep Work Once accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class. Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $7,500 Class size N/A Location LehiOur 6-week immersive software QA bootcamp will prepare you with the skills needed to become a competitive candidate for junior-level software QA engineer positions. Instruction consists of instructor lectures, guest lecturers, guided projects, individual projects, group projects, and real projects with corporate clients. Students will work collaboratively with the lead instructor and mentors throughout the course. Through experience in specific technologies and frameworks that are popular today, students can achieve a flexible outlook that is comfortable and eager to tackle new technologies in a fast-moving and ever-changing industry.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work Once accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class. Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $4,500 Class size N/A Location LehiOur "After Hours" course is a great way to dive into UX without having to quit your job or school. It's still extremely intense, but allows for a more flexible format. Classes are held nights and weekends. This class is great for those who are interested in UX, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $10,900 Class size N/A Location LehiIf you're a designer, product person, developer, or simply interested in taking a dive into UX (user experience), this class is for you. Our "Immersive" full-time UI/UX course makes the most of class time because we focus on less theory and more hands-on practice. You're probably already doing some UX whether you know it or not and this course will help you give structure to your innate thoughts through industry know how and structured design processes. The design course at DevMountain is multi-faceted, covering all aspects of the design process from start to finish. While covering both mobile and web design principles students will practice creative discovery, ideation, critical thinking, research collection, wireframing / prototyping, basic front-end coding and more design best practices. The class will teach students to understand and meet modern web and mobile design standards in the product creation process, from first pondering user centered design and design thinking principles to testing their products on multiple devices and measuring the effectiveness of their designs. Students will also learn design principles such as grid systems, typography, color theory, branding and systems-based design, design history and research methods. By the end of the 13-week course, the new designers will graduate with a well-rounded portfolio of work that shows everything they have learned and can achieve in the workplace. This class is great for those who are interested in UX, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset. The course will prepare students to step into a variety of design roles: web designer, mobile designer, UX designer, UI designer, front-end designer, freelance designer, and more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work Yes. Placement Test No Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $10,900 Class size N/A Location LehiOur "After Hours" course is a great way to dive into code without having to quit your job or school. It's still extremely intense, but allows for a more flexible format. Classes are held nights and weekends. This class is great for those who are interested in coding, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset.
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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $11,900 Class size N/A Location Lehi, Dallas, PhoenixThe full-time class is the best immersive coding experience you can find. It's a world-class coding education. It's also a grind--8 or 10 or 12 hour days of instruction, 1:1 mentoring, and work. You'll live, eat, sleep, and breathe code for 12 weeks. And when you're done, you'll be a different person. This class is great for those who are serious about learning to code. If you want to code as a career, this is the place to do it. There's no better place in the country for this price to get nearly two years worth of world-class education.
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- Waste of money and time- 5/9/2016Anonymous • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: ProvoI had the same experience as the other bad reviews. The course was disorganized and the mentors that we worked with were former graduates with zero job experience and didn't know the answer to questions. Half of the class was spent working on projects with no guidance from the instructors. So you are paying for 6 weeks of poor instruction. The person you meet with to discuss concerns told me to use code lab or code academy if I wanted to learn. Recruiters won't talk to you once they hear you graduated from Dev Mountain. I've taken Dev Mountain off my resume and have gotten much better response. I've learned way more from PluralSight and Udemy courses. CourseEra is also free. These are all better and cheaper alternatives. Keep your day job and teach yourself. You will have much more success and will be happy to have saved $10k.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOMonday, May 09 2016Hi Anonymous,
I'm sorry you had an underwhelming experience. We're very happy with our mentors and the support that they give to students. It's proven to be an effective model time and time again as our students continue to get gainful employment upon graduation. If you are not one of these who's been able to get a job, please reach out to me directly and we'll get you on the path to employment as soon as possible. (email@example.com)
Working on projects is a critical part of your development. We always have a team of mentors to help you work through problems in your projects, but it is absolutely essential that you get hands-on experience and a portfolio. Employers need to see evidence of what you can do and build, and during projects is when we see the most dramatic improvements in students' understanding and skill.
I'm surprised with your assessments of recruiters being turned off by your affiliation with DevMountain, especially when our most recent hiring event in Provo two weeks ago (at the time of this writing) had the most employers (nearly 100) of any of our hiring events ever, with a handful of students receiving offers at the time of the event or within hours of the event being over.
Again, I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience. Please reach out to me so we can make it right. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Well I have a great job now so...- 4/27/2016Squire • Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I first went to DevMountain a year ago and after going throught the course I was selected to be a mentor. I mentored for a class and a half and then worked for DevMountain Labs for a little while. I feel like DevMountain is a great place to learn for thoes that are willing to do all they can. Prepair for the course before by doing all the pre-course work and then some. When you go be willing to truly spend all your time working while at the bootcamp. If you do you will be rewarded with the skills to land a good job. I know the people who own and run the school and I know they are trying their best to give you the best experience for the best price.
- Best decision!- 4/21/2016Mario • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I did a lot of research before applying to DevMountain. I'm from the Bay Area California where you can literally walk into a coffee shop and pitch your idea to some person you find sitting on a couch coding. With that being said, I had a lot of people to talk to in regards to Coding Bootcamps. I got mixed reviews with the usual outcome being, College grads (Engineers) with mixed feelings and self taught (Engineers) saying yes to Bootcamps. Prior to DevMountain I had taken college programming courses and also paid online courses. Those courses were great but rarely offered a Full-Stack project. After visiting the DevMountain website and actually seeing what some students with no prior coding knowledge had built within a 3 month span really impressed me.
Yeah there's Coding Bootcamps all over the Bay Area but I really wanted to be immeresed and DevMountain offered free-housing! why would I want to sit in 2 hours of traffic after class when I could spend that time still studying and working. Plus having roommates who were in the course and mentors around just seemed like the best bet for sure.
DevMountain was one of the best decisions I've ever made. No, I wasn't a top student, some students had more background in coding, some students really enjoyed back-end and some students enjoyed front-end. With a fast 12 weeks, I saw it really come down to students sticking to technologies that interested them the most. DevMountain isn't a place thats going to hand you a new career or write half of your project for you. You really get what you give. For those who think DevMountain wasn't the right choice for them, to each his own. We all have a different learning styles, and some instructors had different teaching styles. I will say that some lesson instructions were really hard to comprehend and could of been written out in a clearer context, but never would I blame instructors, guest instructors or lessons to my lack of understanind a concept. If you really wanted to understand a new concept the resources are there and Jeremy made it clear that his students are his number one priority and he's there to help until you understand it. If you put in the work you'll get the results, just don't be unrealistic, and don't be too hard on yourself. If you are struggling, the DevMountain staff is full of support, just don't expect support if you don't raise your hand or ask for help, instructors will assume you understand and continue with their lesson.
If you're wondering about job results, I started my job hunt as soon as my cohort ended and I continued to study while unemployed. Within 2 weeks I had multiple offers, because I was actively looking and I did feel prepared because I was still putting in time to code. Out of my offers I chose an internship where I could continue to work and learn along side a great development team. I am no longer an intern and now a Software Engineer for that same company. I actually don't use the MEAN stack at my job but DevMountain gave me the confidence to learn new technologies and I am loving every day of work. Jeff Chapman from the career-building team has actively been in touch during my job hunt and even after landing a job, so that's proof that the DevMountain staff is there for you.
DevMountain was an awesome experience I met great friends, students and staff. Utah is one of my favorite places now, and that's coming from a California boy who loves to Surf. I highly reccommend DevMountain to anyone who is serious about learning and willing to put in the work, even if that means staying later or studying on the weekends. If I can do it, you can do it too.
- Not perfect, but pretty close- 4/12/2016Spencer Davies • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
First of all, I think DevMountain is worth every penny. I've been lucky enough to go from making about $10/hr before the course to over $60k/year after. If you do the math, that means the course paid for itself in about 3 months (it was a tiny bit cheaper when I went). That alone speaks volumes about the value you're getting from DevMountain. But for me, it wasn't just about the money. I wanted a career that I could stay in for the rest of my working life, and DevMountain gave me the skills to do that.
If you're considering attending DevMountain, you should know that this course is not easy. There were multiple occasions when I wanted to throw my laptop out the window from frustration. So if you're not sure that this is a field that you want to go into, you need to figure that out before applying. If you decide it is what you want to do though, I really don't think there's a better value out there.
The only reasons I wouldn't give DevMountain a perfect rating are pretty trivial, and you can really sense that they are things that are being improved, but I should list them here anyway. First, there were a couple of instructors that really didn't do it for the class I was in. After they finished, the lead instructor for DevMountain had to come back in and reteach a lot of the lesson. Unfortunately for DevMountain, it's hard to know exactly how the instructor will really do until they actually teach. However, DevMountain worked to improve these instructors, and when one in particular wasn't showing enough improvement, they decided not to invite them back. That shows me they really are trying to make the course as valuable as possible. My other minor complaints are regarding the curriculum. A few of the projects have pretty confusing instructions (which they were working to fix as I was attending), and not all of the curriculum is super relevant. Mostly what I'm talking about is MongoDB. It's kind of a paradox though, because teaching a SQL database would add time and cost to the program, so an object DB is probably the best solution, even though it's not exactly applicable in the industry. Other than that, all the technologies they teach are definitely marketable skills.
Most importantly, DevMountain taught me how to learn. At my current job, I'm actually not using very much of what I learned during the course (I'm using python and PostgreSQL instead of node.js and MongoDB), but it was easier to learn these new technologies because of my time at DevMountain. Overall, I'd recommend this school to anyone who knows that they want to go into web development.
- Life changing- 2/20/2016Eric • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Dallas
My experience at DevMountain in Dallas was incredible. The instructors and course work taught me in three months what would have taken me over a year or more to learn on my own, in addition to exposing me to technologies and frameworks I may have otherwise not knew even how to begin to learn.
Don't think though that you can just go through the motions and magically understand everything though -- you get out of it what you put into it. They are very clear and upfront about this too. It's going to be hard work but if you put in the time you'll come out with the results you were looking for with skills that are in demand.
Prior to enrolling in DevMountain I was working as a retail wage slave, and just last week I accepted an offer as a web developer starting a career I before could only fantasize about. Of course no one can guarantee you'll get a job, but if you're willing to put in the work, then doors will open up. They did for me, and they did for others that were in the course with me as well.
- Well worth the investment!- 2/16/2016Anonymous • Student • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I came to DevMountain with almost no prior coding experience and 3 weeks after graduating landed a job as a developer with a 67% salary increase over my last job! The boot camp was an intense experience, but not any more intense than a busy college semester, and it went by so quickly. What is great about the structure of DevMountain is that you get a ton of hands-on experience just practicing building stuff with what you learn every day after lecture. Then when personal and group project time rolls around, all you do is build something you're interested in and that's where everything really sinks in. I poured my heart into my personal and group projects and those, along with a couple other projects we did as part of the curriculum and one I did on the side, meant that I had a pretty decent portfolio of work at the end. The mentors are wonderful, patient, and were always willing and able to help me solve problems as I got stuck. In the last week, DevMountain organizes a lunch where students can meet potential employers and show off their projects. I met my new employer there and 3 weeks later was offered a position. My feeling leaving DevMountain is that it helped me to build up a lot of momentum learning web development--enough to launch me into a new career!
- G.L. • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Dallas
My experience at DevMountain was literally life changing and a highlight of my established career and education. Prior to enrolling, I attempted to learn the basics of web development from YouTube, Team Treehouse, friends and other various tutorials. While there is a wealth of quality self instruction available on the internet, it is only accessible if you are fluent enough in the the syntax of development to take advantage of it. I would follow a tutorial and then get stuck at a "basic" point. I never progressed or gained enough comprehension to have any degree of autonomy. I was sick of being frustrated and it was obvious I was only going to learn from an instructor, so I jumped on the chance to attend DevMountain's first Dallas cohort. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I came to the school with a clear expectation of leaving with the ability to build a fully functioning web application. Logins, security, external API's, permissions, testing, hosting... all of it. Not only did DevMountain meet my expectation but they beat it by consistently over delivering. Others have covered the curriculum basics, so I won't rehash that, but I do feel it is necessary to address some of the negative reviews I've seen here.
In DevMountain, as with life, you are going to get out what you put in. The students airing grievances about staff, curriculum, projects and job prospects were 100% down the line the same ones who NEVER ASKED A QUESTION IN THREE MONTHS. Unsurprisingly they were also the same ones bitching about accommodations, desks, coffee, elevators, etc. It was a theme I saw from day one all the way through the hiring luncheon.
The staff is not there to cater the entire program to a particular student's ability or attitude. Nor are they mind readers, channeling each student's inner thought for signs of comprehension. There are there to deliver quality instruction, answer questions and help students work through more complex problems. In three months, I never encountered an instance where DevMountain staff was unable to provide clear, actionable answers to my questions. If the did not know an answer immediately, they would research and loop back to you later in the day or keep pushing the question up the chain until someone could answer it properly.
Regarding the curriculum, yes there are times when something is unclear or slightly outdated. Guess what?!? That's exactly how it is when you enter the workforce. Get used to it. If all problems were solved, there wouldn't be a need for employees. I get the impression that some negative reviewers are long on opinion and short on real world experience.
I wholeheartedly recommend this school. While others left with piddling complaints, I left with a fully functioning web application my company now uses daily and a set of valuable skills that allow me to learn more and build more in the future. What more can you ask for?
- Better Experience than My Degree from USC- 2/11/2016Luke Schunk • Front End Apprentice • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I went through a sort of mid-life crisis at Dev Mountain. About halfway through the cohort I looked at Course Report and read some of the recent negative reviews and this got my mind racing. Maybe I made the wrong choice. Maybe DevMountain isn't as good as it once was...
I'm happy to say I was wrong about all of this. For those of you who care about getting-a-job- results: Two weeks after graduating from DevMountain I landed a Front End Apprenticeship at a company called MX. MX is a fast-growing startup that is super well known in the Salt Lake/Provo area. It really was my top choice to land this apprenticeship, and I made that known to the career-building team at DevMountain (specifically Jeff Chapman) and they helped me land this.
This isn't to say that this career opportunity was handed to me on a silver platter. I worked hard. I did things that other people in my cohort didn't - i.e completed open source projects, networked, and just generally dove into the material.
However, I also didn't go insane. I wasn't up everyday till 2AM working. I would go to class. Work hard for a few hours after class, maybe put in 5 or so hours on both Saturday and Sunday and that was it. I also had almost no prior programming experience.
The curriculum and the instruction was great. I read a recent review that talks about 'instructors fumbling with bugs in their code'. I guarantee that anybody who live codes is goign to fumble a bit. Bugs come up, that's the nature of live-coding. I found that the instructors genuinely cared, and the curriculum was great.
The kinks that were in the curriculum were more like growing pains that are caused by the fast-moving nature of Web Development. I mean this stuff moves fast. One day it's flux, the next it's redux, and who knows what it will be tomorrow. DevMountain instructors and mentors are really thoughtful about implementing stuff that will apply to the web dev world today.
I'm going to cut this review here, but seriously, if you have any doubts about attending devmountain contact me. I found that the overall support, learning style, and project-based-learning environment were a better experience than my time spent at USC (university of Southern California) which is a top tier university,
- Three Months & A New Career- 2/11/2016Odie • Sofware Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome as I was able to get two job offers within two weeks after graduating. I accepted one of those offers to be a Software Developer for a company that came to our "Meet & Hire" Lunch sponsored by DevMoutain for graduating students. I will say that getting a job this quickly is probably not the norm from what I have seen. I was fortunate enough to be blessed with an opportunity that happened to correlate with previous industry experience I had before deciding to make a career change.
I believe that DevMountain prepared students well for getting a job, but it is still up to each student to learn as much as they can, become proficient in web programming, and make themselves marketable through social media such as LinkedIn and through networking. DevMoutain also does a great job preparing students for interviews and having a good resume and LinkedIn profile. They have someone dedicated to helping students get jobs, which is a great resourse.
- An opportunity I wouldn't trade for anything.- 2/11/2016Dakota Corbin • Graphic Designer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I recently completed the Immersive Web Development Cohort at DevMountain. Going into the program, I had strongly debated between Development or UI/UX, as I am a very big design guy. I decided that I was confident enough in my design skills and that I wanted to learn something completely new.
The course at DevMountain opened up my eyes to so many new possibilities. I was nowhere close to being the best student, and honestly was probably in the bottom half of the group. However, I was able to gain such a great understanding for how full stack development works. I have no doubt that if I would have dedicated myself more to the program, that I would have excelled so much more in development.
I am now a designer for a premium clothing company, and I was able to get this opportunity through a friend I made at DevMountain who got a job as a developer for this company as well. I work very closely with the development team, and because of my time at DevMountain, I am able to communicate with them in technical terms in relation to coding, etc.
I am definitely looking to continue to develop my coding skills, but I wouldn't trade my experience at DevMountain for anything. Regardless of how well I did in the program, it opened doors for me, and I am not getting to do something that I love every single day.
It's all about how much effort and dedication that you put into it.
I would recommend DevMountain to anyone.
- Definitely NOT worth it- 2/11/2016Nel • Graduate • Course: Web Development After Hours • Campus: Provo
This course, or "cohort" as they called it, was riddled with inexperience, lack of preparation, and apathy.
More often than not my class would arrive early ready and hungry to learn. The instructor would show up 15 - 30 minutes late and start looking for what today's lesson was. It was not uncommon at all for the instructor to just adlib his way through the material. Material that he didn't know we would be covering that day until he walked into class. Instructors would make several mistakes, fumbling around until their code worked.
What makes all of that worse was none of the instructors cared. It's quite obvious that at one time the provo location was a good thing and people felt prepared to continue in a programming career path after completing it, but those instructors and that curriculum is long gone. In fact, if you look at the instructors they have listed as teaching their cohorts on their website, you are being lied to. None of those instructors work for the school anymore, all that is left is assignments they wrote and study sheets they created gone over by someone that doesn't quite understand what the original author was trying to help the students learn. It really makes me sad.
DevMountain employees what they call 'Mentors'. These are former graduates that attend the classes and are (in theory) there to assist the instructor and help the students with questions, problems, or just give ideas when they get stuck trying to write some difficult code. This also was NOT the case. The mentors would sit in the back working on their own projects and seemed genuinely annoyed if we wanted help. This caused a few students in my class to reconsider early on and leave the camp with a partial refund.
Their classes used to wrap up with a final-project show and tell night of sorts where all the students were excited to show the project they had built during the last 4 weeks if the camp, as well as see others' projects. Students learned from what others had done and were able to improve their own work as a result. Unfortunately this too has become a shell of what it was. The organizers take all the shortcuts they can so the night feels like a quickly organized intramural meeting where no one really has an idea what the program is. But hey they brought food right?!
After leaving this school I really wish I had gone somewhere else. There are a few opportunities just like DevMountain in the Provo area and I feel like I would have learned a LOT more attending another camp. I would strongly recommend exploring other options if you are considering attending a programming boot camp. You CAN learn a lot from other sources, I am not going to stoop to the level of endorsing any of them in this review, but I have attended another camp since DevMountain and it was exponentially better.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOMonday, Feb 15 2016Sorry to hear about what sounds like a very underwhelming experience. I would love to hear more from you so I can better assess what went wrong in this cohort and how we can address it.
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- george • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Dallas
As a recent graduate of DevMountain, I thought of writing a review with my experiences only after getting a job! It is kind of selfish of me, but that is a reality. Well, I didn’t have to wait too long! I got a job offer from a reputed company within one week of graduation! This company was amongst many others who had been invited for the employer meet-and-hire event hosted by DevMountain. The event provided me with a great platform to interact with these companies and showcase the applications that I had worked on personally and in a group.
DevMountain’s syllabus also provided a much needed chance to work on a personal project mid-way into the course and also on a group project towards the end. With my personal project, I got a chance to implement all that I learnt from their instructors and mentors. DevMountain’s instructors and mentors have a lot of industry experience and a great passion for teaching. This helped me a lot since I got distilled knowledge and real-world application best practices that otherwise would have taken me years to achieve on my own. I got my money's worth many times over right there. Their group project provided me with an experience of working in a team as I would in the IT industry. There are so many things to learn from the dynamics of a team that you would only when put in one!
DevMountain is also unique in that they provide free and fully-furnished housing! For me, the housing was so close to their campus that I could walk over every day and come back in the evenings. My wife was very relieved to know of this accommodation by DevMountain. It freed up my mind too of all worries with regards to my safety and convenience of stay. I could remain focused on achieving my goals. I am forever grateful to them for that.
Absolutely nothing comes to my mind that DevMountain could have done better for me and others in my class. I attribute a big part of my success to the learnings I had from their experienced instructors and mentors. They are the best out there. Getting a job within only a week of graduation proved it for me and hopefully it will for you also.
The Web Development job market is so hot right now and it is only going to get hotter. If you want to get in and invest your time learning, you should do so judiciously. There is absolutely no time to waste! So, if you are still on the fence, you shouldn’t be anymore. I believe my experiences with DevMountain will help you decide your next course of action. I wish you all the very best indeed.
- Good Experience- 2/1/2016Jared • front-end developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Dallas
I was a student of the first cohort for the 13 week web immersive course in Dallas, TX. Being the first cohort in a new city/location, there were obviously some growing pains at first. However, things really started to come together and students began picking up more and more skills along the way. I am quite certain that the next cohort will have an even better experience.
My favorite part of the program is getting to meet and work with a wide variety of people. Personally, I think it is cool to meet people from all walks of life and to learn about their beliefs, interests, and goals. Our class was fairly talented as a whole and I’m happy I was able to work alongside them through the ups and downs of a long and trying "journey" (seems silly since it 3 months doesn't seem that long in the grand scheme of things but it was a journey nonetheless).
I had a great time and am glad I came out here to Texas to be a part of something new and different. Everyone knows Devmountain in the community and there are people more than willing to bust their tails to help you out. I landed a full-time salaried job before the program was over due to connections I made while in the program. These opportunities are out there, so if you want to jump off the cliff with me...come out to Texas.
- I attribute it all to DevMountain!- 1/6/2016Jeff • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I loved being at DevMountain. I learn best when someone is in front of me, helping me, guiding me, teaching me. In a classroom setting. In person. So, DevMountain was exactly what I was looking for.
I was lucky. I was part of a great cohort that all gelled really well. So we all worked together pretty well. Obviously, there were a few people who seemed to be less dedicated than others. I am going to keep in contact with the people in my class forever. A big part of DevMountain is that you get out what you put in. I really wasn't expecting a job because I had heard that some bootcamps actually don't get students a job. But, I worked hard and was able to get a good job after the program. The teachers were amazing and always there to answer questions or give help. I definitely attribute my job now and my knowledge all to DevMountain.
I live in an area that doesn't have a lot of tech opportunities, so DevMountain really ended up being a great option. Yea, it is in Utah, but it wasn't that bad. Also, with the free housing, the affordable pricing, and the quality, it is definitely the cheapest and best option.
I loved my experience at DevMountain and I would recommend it to people who want a more hands on classroom approach. DevMountain's campus is awesome. Plus they have a sweet coke machine. I loved my campus and the people there - my life has definitely changed because of it, and I can't thank them enough.
- Best Decision!- 12/14/2015Mark • Jr Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
Attending DevMountain is one of the best decisions I have made. I starting building my first website over a year ago not knowing anything. I was so proud of what I had created and loved coding that I decided I wanted to change careers and become a web developer. My plan was to go back to school and get a masters in computer science (I have a BS in Math). Then, my brother told me about DevMountain, and after doing some research and looking into other dev boot camps, I decided to apply. Way less time and money than getting a masters. I learned more than I could have imaged in only 3 months. I do think that having a background in Math helped me a ton. Now, I have a skill that will help me for the rest of my life. And DevMountain works hard to help you find a job. I am very pleased with the outcome and would recommend DevMountain to anyone who has a passion for creating things and solving problems. I would suggest doing a little coding before applying to make sure it is something you love. There are students who find out during the course that they don't really enjoy it.
- Ok- 11/21/2015Trent • Domo • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
DevMountain was ok, if your looking for a career maybe go to school first. I have only gotten a response from a handful of companies and they all say the same thing "I need more exprience". It's quite a bit of money to spend if your hoping to get a career out of it, which most everyone looking into it is looking to get a new career out of it. If your going just to learn coding its probably worth it, if your main goal is a job it might not take you in that direction. Just something to think about before you spend the money.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOWednesday, Jan 13 2016Hi Trent,
If I had a dime for every time a Junior Developer was told they "need more experience..."
It's a tough pickle. You need experience to get your first dev job, but your first dev job *is* your experience. It's probably one of the toughest hurdles to face coming out of a code bootcamp for anyone.
We've got some great job assistance resources in place. Have you utilized them? Jeff Chapman has a great program for helping people to get employed, and our 90% placement rate is a pretty good indicator that it's working.
Would love to chat and see if we can get you where you want to be. cahlan[at]devmountain.com
- Best Thing I've Ever Done- 11/20/2015Seth • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Web Development After Hours • Campus: Salt Lake City
DevMountain put all the pieces together to make this an option for me. I was considering leaving the state for several months, without the ability to work and pay $12k+ for tuition. Instead I was able to stay here, still work and pay a fraction for a high quality coding education that has opened the biggest/best door in my life. I never completely understood enjoying a job/profession until I became a developer. Thanks to DevMountain I have a solid foundation and intense passion for programming plus a well-paying career I love!
- from lawyer to web developer- 11/18/2015Mikkel Davis • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
Maybe I don't make great life decisions, but attending DevMountain was one of the best I've ever made. What do I mean? Well, maybe I shouldn't have gone to law school. Too late now. I dabbled in web dev during my undergrad, but for a variety of reasons didn't pursue it. I finished law school and tried practicing law for a year and decided it just really wasn't for me. Don't know why I couldn't have figured that out sooner. Oh well. I heard of people landing sweet jobs soon after DevMountain. So I decided to embrace the nerd in me who wants to build awesome stuff, solve buzzles, and sit in front of a computer all day and get paid for it. I attended DevMountain in Provo full-time from May to August 2015.
Are coding camps for everyone? No. And DevMountain is always looking for ways to figure out how to admit students who are the most motivated and the most likely to succeed. There are many individuals to whom programming principles will not come easy, or ever, no matter how hard they try, or not matter how hard instructors and mentors try to polish curriculum or devote individual time. So, of course some students will get super frustrated with the material. That doesn't mean they should quit trying after the program is over. And it also doesn't mean that the school is to blame.
There are myriad reasons it may be difficult for someone to get a job in web dev. Experience, portfolio, personality, interview skills, networking. DevMountain specifically states that they do not guarantee placement. Nobody except Hack Reactor does. But hey do promise job prep resources, which they had plenty of and they have more and more every day. Studies show most jobs are landed by way of networking, etc. I got lucky I guess, because I just landed a job from an online application, with the only web dev experience on my resume being from what I did at DevMountain, and working as a mentor for a couple of months thereafter.
For the person who is ragging on placement for DM4, my cohort, they should keep in mind that DevMountain's placement stats are based off of 3-months out, and based off of those who are seeking full-time web development positions. The 3-month mark doesn't happen until next week. I hope this review is helpful, and not too responsive to other reviews. I don't think this place should be a pseudo-forum.
My experience has been that the value DevMountain provides is unbeatable. Was everything perfect? No. Could I put together a list of complaints or things I would do better? Yes. But the 5 stars I am allocating for each category are based off of value. If you have any other questions, I can be reached at /in/mikkelrd
- DevMountain- 11/11/2015Jack • looking for work • Graduate • Campus: Provo
I went to DevMountain part time cohort in Provo. At the time they only had part time and there website stated that they had a 95% hire rate so I figured I would give it a try. It was hard and I put a lot of work into. I did not get a job out of it, and I worked on bettering myself everyday for nearly seven months while applying all over. A lot of the reviews have been stating that its becuase we are trying to better our selves and that we expected to get a job without putting in the work but I went jobless with a wife and two kids living at my in laws thinking Ill just keep putting in the work and it will work out. I did this for nine months and only getting one interview and they didnt want me for the lack of time I had as a web developer. My mentor was pretty good he did help a lot and I really enjoyed him. The first day of class was terrible, the teacher was all over the place and even told us the next day that he was in a funk and was sorry for not making much sense, which is ok mistakes happen, however he jumped right into the next lesson when no one understood the first lesson leaving many of us in the dust trying to figure out what to do, and when you just spent $4000 its probably not a good thing to be in a funk. The teaching was ok, you got about half and half when it came to good teachers. The owner was by far the best teacher and whenever our class had him the whole class seemed to get back on the same page and progressed in our skills, and he seemed to really care that we succeded. They had lectures all the time for the full time class from people who worked at tech companies in Utah but part time never got any of that, I really felt they spent majority of there energy on full time and part time kind of got left in the dust. They also treat you like your not trying or spending enough time outside of class if your not doing well or if you write a negative review saying you didnt get a job, they make you feel like your the one doing their program wrong. Like I said above I went to the university and studied everyday for almost 7 straight months staying up on what I learned so its not becuase I didn't try hard enough. I did like Devmountain for a lot of things they did give me some pretty good skills. Also there is no job assitance afterwards, they had us all sign up for a website were they would post jobs for us to view and apply for and they did that for about a month with a handful of jobs and that was it for job assistance, once I finished DevMountain it was pretty quiet in the job assistance field. I didn't write this review to bash their were a lot of good things Devmountain did do but I have seen all the reviews and didn't like how everyone with five stars said the people who are giving lower stars is because they expected to get a job and didn't try hard enough. I've put a lot of time and energy looking for work and keeping up on the skills I was taught. I wouldn't go again but if your good at coding honestly it would probably be a good place to learn some things and help on your resume but for starting into it thinking i'm going to change my career and make a lot of money, it might not happen so think about it before you drop the money.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOWednesday, Jan 13 2016Jack,
I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience, and I'm even more sorry that you aren't where you want to be job-wise. Please reach out to me and let's figure out how to get you on a better path. cahlan[at]devmountain.com
I realize that not finding employment can be really demotivating and hard. We've got a lot of resources in place, including a new part-time program meant for advanced graduates, that I think can help a lot. Not to mention we have a pretty large repository of resources to help you brush up your skills and get ready for employment.
Please reach out so I can help. Best of luck in the meantime.
- Best Money I've Ever Spent- 11/11/2015Eric Richards • Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development After Hours • Campus: Provo
I got my BS in marketing a couple years ago and couldn't stand the shady digital marketing company I was working for. My wife had come to DevMountain a year earlier and suggested that I give it a shot, as I was starting to become interested in web development myself.
I couldn't be more pleased with the results. DevMountain isn't easy. You've got to dedicate yourself and hold yourself accountable for everything you learn as well as everything you don't. I had no experience whatsoever with web development when I went in, but I came out feeling competent and empowered. I spent my fair share of nights up until the wee hours of the morning breaking my code, debugging, and just about losing my mind over missing commas and misspelled methods, but it was worth every minute. My mentor and one or two of the instructors made themselves available outside of class hours, when they weren't even on the clock, to help me whenever I came up against a wall. I've never been in another environment so nurturing and intellectually stimulating.
I currently mentor at DevMountain, but I do freelance work and work fulltime as a developer at an unaffiliated company in Provo as well. Even though DevMountain was explicitly clear that they don't guarantee jobs, they gave me excellent assistance and helped me meet employers. They gave me some contract work as well while I was still looking for a fulltime position somewhere else so that I'd be able to build out my portfolio.
The recent negative reviews I've seen here are almost laughable. Many refer to DevMountain's "marketing team" and most don't give any actual information about the writer's (not writers', I suspect) experience with DevMountain. Also, in response to another reviewer's question, I do in fact notice a pattern in the review dates, namely that there has been a huge jump in similarly-worded negative reviews in the last week or so after over a year's worth of positive ones. Best of luck to you, friend.
- Best Choice Ever!- 11/10/2015Dustin Myers • Software Engineer - SendOutCards, LLC • Graduate • Campus: Provo
I am so happy I chose to go through the program at DevMoutain. I've worked too many dead-end retails jobs, or sales positions that pay commission only. I really didn't know how I was going to give my family the life I wanted. So, after living below the poverty line for years, I was talked into considering programming.
When I found DevMountain, I was really excited with the prospect of changing my life in such a dramatic fashion. I have a 4 year degree. I was taking on leadership positions, and working my way up with my current company, but the hours and pay were horrible! So of course the life of a programmer was really intriguing. And the success DevMountain has had with their students has been amazing.
Here is what I will say for the school:
OVERALL: I loved the experience! I thrive in the type of environment they have created. You have to work hard, and push through the stress, and the intense, accelarated learning curve, but if you do, the sky is the limit on what you can acheive! The top students are those who are putting in tons of extra hours, and really pushing the limits on what they are learning and doing. And I love being surrounded by people like that. It just helped me to push myself even further!
TEACHERS: I loved the teaching style of DevMountain. We would be taught a principle, then we would have a chance to put what we just learned to practice. It is definitely project-based learning, with a lot of hands on practice and experience. I loved it! It does tend to be a little harder for some people, but in the end, even those who have a different learning style than I were doing really well. It just takes pushing through the stress, and the hard moments when you feel like you aren't getting it. The teachers were really awesome programmers, and even though each have a unique teaching style, I learned so much from each one. I love that we got to learn from some of the top programmers in the area!
CURRICULUM: As I mentioned, the class is project-based. There are new projects everyday to work on to practice what was taught in the morning lecture. So each day I was putting to use what I was learning. The projects are relavant to what is going on in the programming world, and I often look back at my projects now, as a mid-level software engineer with a great job, to see how I solved certain problems, or set up certain things, etc.
JOB SEARCH: This is an area that was really important to DevMountain, and you can tell they are working really hard to constatly improve student success after graduation. I know a TON of grads who are working as developers now, and are very happy with where they are at. I've seen some of the negative posts recently, where people have said that students aren't getting jobs, and that you shouldn't go to DevMountain. I don't think that some people going into a program like this realize that it may take a while to find that first job, and as the time gets longer, if they are not still working on projects, and practicing and learning, it will get really hard for them to find a job. Unfortunately, those people will probably give up, and then try and find someone to blame. From what I have seen, those who are putting in the extra time, and working hard in class, and continue to work hard afterward, and don't get discouraged, find a job within a couple months or so of graduating. That is most of the students, because everyone comes in to the program wanting to make the same changes in their lives. I can go on and on listing grads who are working, and are so happy about their new lives! Don't listen to the haters, and if you come to DevMountain, don't be one of the very few that don't put in enough effort, both in the class and after graduation, and give up on finding a job.
SUMMARY: After my time with DevMountain, I only interviewed with 3 companies, and I got fantastic offers from ALL THREE! I took an awesome job with a really fun team, and I am getting paid about $20,000 more that I expected coming out of DevMountain. I am only a few thousand dollars short of tripling my income. All within about 6 months of leaving my last job! 6 months! I have tripled my income, have awesome hours and benefits, and I wake up excited to work, and do what I do!!! I worked crazy hard to get to where I am at, and I have no doubt at all that anyone who does the same will see the same results. DevMountain gives you the opportunity to be very successful in their program, and afterward. This really is a ticket out. Seriously! You can totally change your life! Here's my warning and advice... Take that opportunity seriously, and give it all you've got. It will totally pay dividends in the end!
- Not the best- 11/10/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Web Development Immersive • Campus: Provo
I'm disappointed to say the least. I'm also not surprised about all the negative reviews lately. When I signed up for Dev Mountain they had good reviews and things looked promising. My experience was different. The marketing department blatantly lies and I'm confident is the reason behind a lot of these positive reviews. The lead instructor who I was excited to learn from left a few months ago and the replacement is still trying to get adjusting. Mentors are nothing more than former students and are always busy so it's hard to get their help. Overall I wish I would have come to devmountain earlier on as I think it's best days are behind it.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOWednesday, Jan 13 2016Hi Anonymous,
I'm sorry your cohort didn't work out well for you. I'd love to chat to see how we can help. cahlan[at]devmountain.com
Our mentors, although former students, are one of the reasons we have a 90% placement. Our instructors are simply not able to keep up with the majority of student requests, and the mentors are in a great position to help, having gone through the program so recently. There are a lot of studies that reinforce this idea of peer learning, and if it didn't (normally) work so well, we wouldn't do it.
I don't see any specific examples of how you felt like our marketing was deceiving, but please let me know so I can either clarify or fix those concerns.
Finally, I'd love for you to come back, free of charge, and have another crack at it. I'm confident we can get you the resources you need to get where you want to go. Would love to talk.
- Waste of my money and time- 11/9/2015Anonymous • Campus: Provo
I am really surprised that DevMountain has such a high score. After reading several reviews online I decided to attend DevMountain thinking I made a great choice. However, I was really disapointed by the program. Let's first talk about instructors. They claim on their website that they have several website but I only saw on full-time instructor and several guest speakers. Then they claim that they have lectures all day by the instructors which is not true. Instructor only gives lecture for one hour the rest of the day you spend your time on your own. Mentors are available to help but you need to wait for them since the class is over crowded. Some of the mentors are not even qualified to be there. Instead of helping they will confuse you.
Also, they claim that thier students find job whitin three months which is not true. If you go on linkedin and look for their students majority of them are jobless.
My advise, do not make the same mistake which I did, go find some other bootcamps make sure to reseach and actually attend the school for a day.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOWednesday, Jan 13 2016Anonymous,
I'm really sorry you were so disappointed. Let me see if I can address some of your concerns:
I would never advocate a learning environment where we have "lectures all day." That would be a really poor learning experience, and you wouldn't be very good at actually building anything if you simply went to lectures all day. We want to get your hands on the keyboard as much as possible.
I'm sorry your class seemed over-crowded, we usually do a really good job at keeping student help requests in check, but there are definitely times where it gets busy.
I can definitely vouch for our placement rates. At the time of this writing, of the 104 web dev immersive students that indicated they are looking for jobs within three months of graduation, 94 have been hired by tech companies. So I stand by our placement rate of 90%, and we have some great job placement people and resources in place to ensure that our students' outcomes remain very positive. Have you reached out to Jeff lately?
I'd love to chat to see if there's a way we can help you get to where you want to go. Please drop me a line at cahlan[at]devmountain.com and let's talk.
- Amazing. Life changing.- 11/7/2015Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Provo
I am so happy that I took the class at DevMountian. The teachers, top professionals from the industry, were awesome, and cared so much for our success. After graduating, I got hired right away to work on some awemome tech, and it has completely changed my life. I have so much more time to spend with my family, I am having so much fun and really love what I do, and I literally tripled my income. I completely recommend this program, and this team to you. Turn your life around!
- Use Pluralsight and don't waste your money- 11/6/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Web Development After Hours • Campus: Provo
Devmountain is a great program for those who already understand code and have experience coding. I went into the cohort thinking I could start from a beginners level and gain enough experience to get a job. This was not the case at all. All the people who came into the class in the same situation as me either quit weeks in or finished the class and weren't enough close to having the skill set to get a job. If you are going to do the class, make sure you already know how to code well, and just want to refine your skills.
Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevmountainTitle: CEOWednesday, Jan 13 2016I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience, Anonymous. Please reach out to me at cahlan[at]devmountain.com so we can help.
I can definitely speak to us educating beginners, because many of my favorite success stories from students come from those who had little-to-no experience when they started. Here's a recent one I received from G. Roberts:
"I'm much happier in my job, I'm in a field that I will be able to find a job where I can work from home which will be extremely valuable next year when my wife goes to grad school and I can take a larger role at home.It's just insane thinking about the financial and personal gains that have happened since I joined Dev Mountain, before I wasn't happy in my job, I was stressed out because I knew if my employer wanted to get rid of me they could easily replace me therefore taking away my bargaining power. I was worried about finding a new job with a better employer.Short story, best money I've ever spent, my wife and I are extremely grateful for the program that you guys have built, I seriously think about it everyday and how much it's changed my life and my family."
If you didn't get what you needed to out of your class, let me know. We have lots of resources to help you get what you need and on the path you're looking for.