Epicodus's courses also include job search preparation for students. Career advisors meet one-on-one with every student to review resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, and even go over job applications in class. After completing the coursework, students are placed in hand-selected internships with tech companies at no extra cost, allowing them to begin their job search with coding experience already on their resumes.
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- It was cheap, fun, and I got a job- 4/8/2022Ben • Support Engineer • Graduate • Course: Ruby and React • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedInTL;DR: It was cheap, I had a lot of fun, learned a ton, made friends, am now making more money than I ever have, and my career prospects are good. But I'm still salty about some stuff!
The best parts:
In comparison to most of the bootcamps, Epicodus is dead cheap. I paid ~$8000 for four months of full-time coursework, career support, and an internship.
Yes, the curriculum is available for free, and despite having instructors it is more or less self-directed, but the pair-programming model means that you will actually be forced to engage every day, all day long, with other people. This will keep you focused, reinforce your learning, and let you enter the field with a bunch of cool contacts and/or friends.
Pair programming is really fun if you are the person for it. If you do not want to pair program, please don't go to Epicodus. Most of my bad experiences in the first half of the course were with people who didn't actually want to pair program. Guess what? All those people ended up dropping out, so it was a waste of their money as well as my patience.
Once you are done with the coursework, you will be matched with an internship company. Some of these internships are paid, and many people were hired once the internship was done. Being able to move right into an internship with only a couple months experience is worth $8000 by itself (seriously, if you're not in a Computer Science college program, internships are almost as hard to find as actual dev jobs).
The focus on getting a job - which includes stuff that can feel patronizing, like setting up LinkedIn - is actually super helpful. Throughout the program, you will be expected to work on your job search. By the time you are done, you've set up a portfolio, curated your Professional Internet Presence, and developed good job search hygiene. After the program ends, career services will send you actually helpful job listings with companies who want to work with new devs, and will meet with you as much as you want to help you stay focused and keep your morale up.
The downsides of the program for me were:
The quality of instructors. All were very nice but some were good coders and some had no idea what they were doing because they were fresh Epicodus grads who couldn't find dev jobs (no shade, it's just true; I could easily have been one of them).
The curriculum is not quite as good as other freely-available coding resources. I think they actually do a great job giving an overview of coding, but some of the material is repetitive and some of it is just not as up to date or clear as it could be. You will have to supplement a lot with FreeCodeCamp and Youtube tutorials (good prep for being a dev, honestly).
My internship. I got royally frenched in this regard, because I was matched with a company that barely existed, did not have access to mentor devs, and which was known to Epicodus to be a bad internship with poor outcomes. I chose to be positive and stay and attempted to make the best of a bad situation, but considering that other people ended up with jobs out of their internships, I feel that my career was negatively impacted in a way that could have been mitigated by Epicodus being transparent about past interns' experiences.
Anyways, if you read this far you're probably a conscientious student, ruggedly beautiful, and will make a good programmer. If you want to know more, you can message me on LinkedIn and I will try to answer your questions.
- Opening Doors- 3/25/2022Skylar • Software Application Developer • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedInOverall, the program worked, and I'm happy with where I ended up. Along the way there were a few bumps. I loved getting to work with a wide variety of people, but at times it felt like groups were composed of people that were poorly suited to one another, when the gap in programming affinity was too wide. Despite any friction, this was an excellent use of 6 months, and if I had to relive this time, I'd still choose to spend it learning here.
- C#/React- 1/24/2022Kevin Funez • Support Engineer • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedIn
- Great bootcamp for a motivated self-starter- 8/21/2021Erica Wright • Graduate • Course: PHP and Drupal • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedInI came into this bootcamp with a passion for coding and several years of self-taught basic front end experience, and was getting into PHP which is why I chose the PHP and Drupal track. The fast-paced environment of the course really helped accelerate my skills quickly and while some of the homework and exercises were definitely challenging, it really helped me to progress and learn so much. The biggest and most useful tool of the entire experience however ended up actually being my peers. My classmates had varied backgrounds but everyone was very motivated and worked really hard to figure out problems, and on top of that everyone worked well together and shared knowledge so we all grew as a group.
The only downside I would say is that this is definitely not for you if you are the sort of person who expects a class format where you are lectured at, where your teacher guides you, and you get a lot of outside instruction. This course and the pace of it best rewards those who are ready and willing to go out on their own, troubleshoot, and figure things out independently (which is really the best skill for an actual full-time job as a coder).
- Great experience- 8/5/2021Kerry Lang • Graduate • Course: Ruby and React • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedInInstructors, career services and curriculum are great! Coming from a sales background I was very nervous making the change but they set you at ease and the pair programming is a great approach. What definitely puts then over the top is the internship. Would go again if I had to make the choice again!
- A Positive and Engaging Experience- 9/17/2020Jaki • Student • Course: Intro to Programming (Part-Time) • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedInI attended Epicodus' Intro to Programming course, as well as, the first five weeks of their full time program. On both occasions I was impressed by their community, curriculum, and staff. Epicodus has a strong sense of community that is fostered in all that they do. They strive to promote diversity and inclusion in their own curriculum and classroom, as well as in the tech community at large.
The curriculum is rigorous, engaging, and well supported. The staff at Epicodus were there to support and assist me at every step in my coding journey, including when I decided that I didn't want to pursue programming after all. Not only did they honor their refund policy without hassle, they respected and supported my decision.
Epicodus takes a unique approach to learning and it really works. They promote a growth mindset, focus on teaching you 'to think like a programmer', and they utilize pair programming. While pair programming is weird at first, the benefits of it become quickly apparent. If it is holding you back from enrolling, don't let it! It is immensely helpful and rewarding once you get the hang of it.
- Overall Awesome Program!- 9/12/2020Adela Darmansyah • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Seattle • Verified via GitHubEpicodus jumpstarted my career change as a nurse turned developer. The school provided a safe, positive and inclusive learning environment and most importantly, an internship and a solid tech networking. It's an awesome program and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a shot at learning how to program!
- Great Program- 2/11/2020Chris Rudnicky • Frontend Developer • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Portland • Verified via GitHubI took the C# / React track without having prior experience programming. Who would have known that within a year of signing up I would have a full time job in the field using the skills I developed at Epicodus.
The course content flies by, and it can be a little discouraging when you don't understand a concept. That being said the support of my classmates and teachers was invaluable. Epicodus encourages students to learn how to solve problems collaboratively and ideally without the help of a teacher because it tries to mimic what working world of a developer will be like. Personally I found this a pain point, but it pushed me to grow and step outside my comfort zone. Looking back I realize how much more I learned by working with a pair and solving problems with my classmates. I learned much more much faster following this paradigm.
Perhaps the most valuable experience Epicodus will give you is an internship with a local company. While you only work with the company for a few short weeks, it really opens your eyes to what professional developers do on a day to day basis - and you make good connections. I'm honestly not sure I would have attended Epicodus if I wasn't given an internship. In this field simply knowing how to do something isn't enough - you have to have a bit of experience you can talk about to prove yourself.
Epicodus gives you the tools and confidence to develop full stack applications - and this is very important after you graduate. You'll hear people say to never stop coding (until you get a job - at least that's what I did), and they are right. It took me roughly six months to find a job. During that time I relied on the skills I had developed at Epicodus to recognize more advanced development patterns, and start building apps that were more advanced than what the Epicodus curriculum taught. If you want to be successful it is imperative to remain curious, and to continue to play. A job will come, but you will need to work for it.
All in all this was a great program that enabled me to change my life. It will be fun and challenging, but the dividends pay off immensely if you stick through. You will struggle, but you will also have made a network of fellow developers that will be more than happy to help you when you are stuck (and vice versa). At the end of the program it's hard to not feel a sense of accomplishment for both yourself and your classmates. I would 100% recommend Epicodus.
- Great experience!- 10/9/2019Azamat Bekmuratov • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
Before joining Epicodus, I made a market research about coding bootcamps in Seattle area, and Epicodus was one of the best options on the market with affordable pricing for 27-week intensive program, curriculum including front-end and back-end technologies as well as the opportunity to have internship experience after the course.
I would say that Epicodus is great start for prospective developers and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a career in tech industry.
- Good experience. Got a job!- 10/2/2019Theary Im • Associate Solution Developer • Student • Course: C# and React • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
I started Epicodus with a goal of learning enough about coding to create opportunities to change my career. Naturally, changing a career means that I need to know enough to get a job doing this. I can say upfront that Epicodus helped me accomplish that goal. I graduated from Epicodus in June of 2019 after having completed an internship and the company with which I did the internship offered me a position within the next few months.
I was brand new to coding when I started at Epicodus. I had never worked in the IT industry. The majority of my career I spent in the medical industry. Like other students with no coding experience, I found the subject of programming to be extremely challenging with plenty of days full of confusion. In fact, I had thoughts at multiple points that I wasn’t going to be able to do this. However, I am proof that having the right educational opportunity and support system as Epicodus provided makes it possible.
I really enjoyed the learning environment and especially that it was onsite. It’s very helpful to have the support of others around you who are going through the same learning curve and the same challenges. Epicodus structured our program by having us work directly with others in a project-based learning environment and this naturally encouraged the formation of relationships that were important for me to make it through this program. The pair programming was often very helpful because there are people with varying degrees of experience and this enabled those of us with less experience to learn from them. Additionally, I thought it was helpful learning to work in real-life scenarios where we as people sometimes agree and sometimes don’t. It definitely helped me learn how to get the work done regardless of the difference in perspectives and to deliver on time. I also really enjoyed the support of the instructors. They were very friendly and encouraging at all times. This goes a long way when you are having a rough day learning to code. They had enough experience to help get me on the right track when I got lost.
Throughout the week there were other real-world skills that we were learning including how to work with source control (Git), how to conduct a scrum stand-up and practice solving algorithms on a whiteboard. I needed to know something about all of these aspects in the various interviews I had. There are times when I would have liked a little more one-on-one coaching but there was a silver lining to that. I was increasingly getting used to the idea of relying on myself to find the answers. Each day as I go to work now, I find that the ability to seek out and find the answers yourself is a crucial skill to do this for a living.
After I graduated, I had no shortage of interview opportunities around the Seattle area. I applied to just about everything even when I wasn’t sure I was qualified for it. Epicodus helped me polish my resume and my LinkedIn as part of their career support. This was especially helpful since I was new to IT.
All said and done, Epicodus was a great value especially for the price and I would recommend this school to others who are looking to get their foot in the door. Key things that you need to know before you start this is that determination and grit are the most important things. There will be days when you are sure that this is too hard for you. It will be much easier to quit. The important thing to understand is that you only need to survive. You will learn enough to open doors if you don’t quit. If you’ve never done coding before, expect it will likely be the most challenging educational curriculum of your life. When you get your first job, it will feel worth it. And I want to say it’s very nice to make the most money I’ve ever made while having a career that allows me to be creative on a daily basis. I really appreciate the opportunity that Epicodus created for me.
- Great value- 8/29/2019Stuart Gill • Associate SDET • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Seattle • Verified via GitHub
I was in the cohort above Sam Stoia, and his review is accurate and very well written so I won't repeat everything he said, but suffice to say I agree with him at least 90%. I'll just point out where I differ or have additional thoughts:
-the cost is low because the overhead is low. It's pretty bare bones and the teachers may not be paid as well as other places, or (especially) compared to a programming job, which would help explain turnover. This would also go some way toward explaining some of the curriculum being outdated. Developing new curriuculum constantly takes time and money.
-I think the cost being low is partially an ethical choice-- I think the owner is trying to make a bootcamp that is as accessible as possible. The first 5 weeks being free speaks to that as well. There are pros and cons to this. The obvious pro is that it's cheaper... and the cohort was more diverse than I expected, which was awesome. People from many different walks of life trying to make the same transition. But the curriculum and support were occasionally spotty. There isn't much handholding from staff. You have to support eachother.
-To really succeed at this, I think you need to have enough money in the bank or support from family / partner etc. or loans to live on for roughly 8-9 months, without working a ton. The coursework is very taxing and if you're working 5 nights a week, it's going to be that much harder. Additionally, it often takes 1-3 months to land a job after the course. Some people get jobs right away, most don't. If I didn't have some savings and the support of my wife, I probably would have gone back to my old job before I landed a programming job. Being rejected over and over is hard! But you have to keep trying. It's a normal part of the process, even for experienced programmers.
-The lack of data structure and algorithm study is probably intentional. Those concepts are not very likely to be directly useful to you in your first programming job. Some interviewers ask you those questions, others don't. Really depends on the culture and background of the company and interviewer. I biffed an interview super hard where the main question was traversing a red-black tree. I'd never heard of that! I was mortified. All the people at this company were CS grads who'd worked at Microsoft since the 90's. Then I got an interview at a company where the programmers I'd be working with were almost all self taught, and zero algorithm questions, just programming questions. I aced it, which felt incredibly redeeming.
-There's so, so, so much to learn. While it would be great to have a bootcamp where you learn exactly what you need to do a job, then you get that job, I don't think that's the reality. You're learning a bunch of languages and concepts you may or may not use directly, but in the process you're learning HOW TO LEARN. The job I ended up getting uses mostly PHP, which I knew nothing about going into it, but the skills I was able to demonstrate in other languages convinced my employer that I would be able to quickly get up to speed. And I have. I was making PRs by my second day of work.
-It's frustrating, it's difficult, you'll want to pull your hair out on an almost daily basis. As soon as you grasp one difficult concept you'll be on to something else just as baffling. Sometimes you never understand something, and you just move on. I've never felt so mentally lost as during this bootcamp. You have to have the confidence that you're learning anyway, and it's normal to feel this way. There will be a few people in the class for whom everything is "easy" and they find ridiculously simple and they build crazy apps while you're still debugging step one or two. Don't compare yourself with those people. It will drive you mad. You can still succeed and you can still get a job. You probably have other strengths that those people lack, which will come in useful in a programming job. (That's what I tell myself ;))
-If the coursework moves past you and you feel like you're totally f*cked (happened to me during Angular and parts of React) just keep your cool. Keep applying yourself. Even if you have to bypass the coursework. Look up supplemental stuff on YouTube or Udemy. Find different ways to continue moving forward. Be flexible. Don't give up.
-Exercise, get 7-8 hours of sleep. Eat well. Cancel Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, everything! Seriously! Don't allow yourself to check out. Your brain gets so tired it wants to do anything other than keep trying learning this stuff. So you have to put distractions out of sight. Go for a walk instead, talk to your classmates, watch video tutorials online... do something different, but not something vapid and addictive.
As Sam mentioned, the internship is KEY. I stayed in my (unpaid) internship for 2 months, and although it was frustrating to being doing real work for free, I think it paid off. Every week I would add whatever I'd done that week to my linked-in resume. Even if it was something I'd only done once and didn't totally understand. I would even ask my supervisor at the internship to help me phrase it correctly. My previous career started shrinking on my resume, until 80% of the resume was 2 months of the internship and the other 20% was the past 12 years of construction. The job I ended up getting, I was only noticed for that position because of some tasks/skills I had listed on my resume that I had learned at my internship. Work experience is critical.
All in all, I found this course extremely difficult. I was not in the top of my class. But after MANY job applications and a lot of work, I got an entry level job as a programmer that pays $15k more a year than the job I left as a construction superintendent, and it took me 12 years to get up to that role! That's what I wanted out of this course, and I got it.
Whatever you do, don't give up!
- Plenty of Pros, Plenty of Cons- 5/31/2019Samuel Stoia • Graduate • Course: C# and React • Campus: Seattle • Verified via GitHub
Structure. If you’re like me, you need a structured learning environment to keep you motivated and accountable. While many people may have been able to teach themselves how to become developers through books and online tutorials, that doesn’t work for everyone. Epicodus provides teachers who offer assistance when you get stuck, as well as a whole class of peers who can help you troubleshoot problems. The curriculum, while lacking (more on that later), does generally build throughout each week before you are given an independent project to complete on Friday. The mix of teachers, course work, and independent projects does provide a structured learning environment that makes it easier to learn compared to if you tried to learn from scratch on your own.
Internships. I think this is where Epicodus stands out. The fact that an internship, albeit short(5 weeks), is built into the program, means you get some on the job experience as well as some familiarity with going through the job interview process.
Support. I imagine every new wave of students is different, but my cohort developed into a really close and supportive group of people. Having them go through the exact same struggles as me helped build a sense of camaraderie and made the tough times a little bit better.
Price. I don’t think there’s a much better deal out there for an in-person, full-time bootcamp. $6,900 (if you pay up front) is generally about half of what other schools charge.
Professionalism. I don’t say this lightly, but Epicodus has an issue with how it handles itself internally. I was at the school during a time of particularly high turnover, but it seems like the instructors are in a constant state of flux. My cohort’s first teacher had just graduated from Epicodus about 6 months prior. While this teacher was competent, I do think people should know that you’re not necessarily going to be getting a seasoned developer as an instructor at Epicodus. We were meant to get a more established teacher for the last ten weeks of the class, but that teacher was suddenly pulled away to work on rewriting some of the outdated lessons. Epicodus then hired one of the students who had been in the cohort just ahead of us to be our instructor, and this person literally only had 10 more weeks of experience with coding than our cohort. When my class finished, all three of the Seattle instructors i just mentioned left for other jobs, so I have no clue what the future of the program looks like now. Just know, your teacher is likely to themselves be a recent Epicodus graduate.
Data Structures and Algorithms. The course does not really go into these crucial aspects of becoming a developer. This is mostly because there just isn’t enough time, and it’s not really on Epicodus to teach these. However, In order to get a job, you will need to learn some basic computer science concepts because they are pretty much all you will get asked in an interview. I suggest buying a copy of Cracking the Coding Interview, and either buying a Udemy data structures course or taking the Harvard CS50 course on edX to supplement the Epicodus curriculum.
Coding is hard. Even in the perfect environment, there would have been huge hurdles for me to jump over in order to learn this stuff. There is going to be frustration. There is going to be imposter syndrome. You will get mentally and physically exhausted. But, if you’re eager to learn, this is a good place. Just know, you will likely run into issues with the curriculum at times, and your teachers might be limited in how much expertise they can offer. That all being said, I would rate my experience as generally positive. I learned a ton, and hope to continue that learning process now that I’m done with the class.
On-Time Graduation Rate
100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 34 graduates included in report: