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  • Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive

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    MySQL, AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date
    September 2, 2019
    Cost
    $17,980
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Denver, Seattle, Phoenix, Boulder, Online
    Financing
    Deposit
    After you have been accepted, a small deposit is required in order to secure your spot in the class.
    Financing
    Around half of our students receive help in financing their Hack Reactor journey. We work with lending companies that understand the investment you are making in yourself.
    Tuition Plans
    Financing options are available.
    Refund / Guarantee
    No
    Scholarship
    $1.3MM Hack Reactor Scholarship Fund - visit www.hackreactor.com/scholarships to apply!
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Students need to demonstrate they are: fluent with JavaScript fundamentals, able to think like an engineer, are driven learners and empathic communicators. We have a free prep program to help you develop these skills.
    Prep Work
    Hack Reactor focuses on merit, not prior experience. We provide prep programs for students from any background to study and pass admissions. Take our free self-paced online prep program or a live online prep class to prepare.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    September 2, 2019 - New York CityApply by July 27, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - New York CityApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - New York CityApply by November 2, 2019
    September 2, 2019 - Los AngelesApply by July 27, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - Los AngelesApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - Los AngelesApply by November 2, 2019
    September 2, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by July 27, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by November 2, 2019
    September 2, 2019 - AustinApply by July 27, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - AustinApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - AustinApply by November 2, 2019
  • Remote Part-Time Software Engineering Immersive

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    MySQL, AngularJS, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week36 Weeks
    Start Date
    July 23, 2019
    Cost
    $17,980
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online
    Financing
    Deposit
    After you have been accepted, a small deposit is required in order to secure your spot in the class.
    Financing
    Around half of our students receive help in financing their Hack Reactor journey. We work with lending companies that understand the investment you are making in yourself.
    Tuition Plans
    Applicants who would otherwise be unable to attend Hack Reactor may split their tuition into installments and finish paying a portion of tuition up to six months after graduation.
    Refund / Guarantee
    No
    Scholarship
    $1.3MM Hack Reactor Scholarship Fund - visit www.hackreactor.com/scholarships to apply!
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Students need to demonstrate they are: fluent with JavaScript fundamentals, able to think like an engineer, are driven learners and empathic communicators. We have a free prep program to help you develop these skills.
    Prep Work
    Hack Reactor focuses on merit, not prior experience. We provide prep programs for students from any background to study and pass admissions. Take our free self-paced online prep program or a live online prep class to prepare.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    July 23, 2019 - Online
    September 9, 2019 - Online
    October 29, 2019 - Online
    December 9, 2019 - OnlineApply by November 2, 2019

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Response From: Harsh Patel of Hack Reactor
Title: COO
Friday, Dec 09 2016

Thanks for taking the time to give a detailed review of your experience. We’ve learned from it and reported our action items in this post: http://www.hackreactor.com/blog/hack-reactors-response-to-recent-november-2016-course-report-reviews. We want to deliver an amazing program to every student, and we're sorry we didn't get there for you.

In short, your point about the quality of video lectures needing to be improved is legit. The video lectures have certainly worked, but they can definitely be improved upon. We’re accelerating the pace of re-recording them in a 1 on 1 format - one where the lecturer is talking to the video viewer instead of the classroom. Thanks for your feedback. 

We would also like to correct some misconceptions that readers might wind up with. 

1) You mention that the instruction team has no industry experience. Hack Reactor’s curriculum and program structure has been built by engineers with long careers in Software Development (Google, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Adobe, and the like). There are many contributors to a student’s education: curriculum developers, program developers, lecturers, instructors, technical mentors, counselors, and HiRs. Each person requires a specific skill set. For lecturers, and instructors, they have to be individuals who know the curriculum forwards and backwards, and who excel at working with students. 

2) “You don't get connected with anyone, and there's no hiring day as others have mentioned. You are basically on your own.” You are right that there is no longer a Hiring Day, but we want to clear up that you are not on your own during your job search. We noticed that more students were getting jobs faster through personalized introductions rather than just one hiring day. Having that Hiring Day took away the resources that otherwise would have been on the phone with companies pitching graduates to instead try to get people to show up to an event. As such, we sat down and re-crafted a more efficient match-making solution. We are rolling out a new revamped Hiring Day soon and will continue to give our students job search support.

3) Last but not least, I’d like to address the claim “you won't be employable at [the mid-senior] level". The average HR grad gets a job that calls for 2-3 years of prior experience, and when we release our 2016 report, it won't be far from our (audited) 2015 report, which you can read here: http://www.hackreactor.com/student-outcomes-2015

Thanks again for leaving your thoughts. Read more in our blog post where we address your concerns and provide the actions we are taking.

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Response From: Harsh Patel of Hack Reactor
Title: COO
Friday, Dec 09 2016

Thank you for this honest review -- we appreciate the feedback.  We’ve learned from it and here’s what we’re doing about it: http://www.hackreactor.com/blog/hack-reactors-response-to-recent-november-2016-course-report-reviews.  We aim to deliver an amazing program to every student, and we're sorry we didn't get there for you.

We would also like to address & correct some of the concerns mentioned above. 

  1. The points made regarding new technologies are accurate, and intentional. In no world do we want to be teaching Angular 2.1.0 so close to its release. We optimize the curriculum for what employers want. The vast majority of Angular usage in the world is Angular 1.x, and NOT Angular 2.1.0. This is a deliberate decision to make sure graduates are prepared for the workforce.

  2. I understand your frustration noted above as a huge lack of support and HIRs tell you to Google things. One of the main goals of Hack Reactor is for students to become “Autonomous” by the time they graduate. The single most hireable characteristic for a Software Engineer is their ability to be autonomous on a feature, product, or project. Autonomy is developed both technically and non-technically. As a result, when training HiRs how to answer student questions during the curriculum, HiRs are trained to help you find the answer instead of telling you the answer. Therefore, I don’t doubt that you did hear from an HiR that you should Google X, Y or Z question. It’s their responsibility to help students develop the skillset of debugging, which oftentimes requires learning exactly what to google, or how to incorporate Google into your debugging workflow. We do our best to balance supporting and guiding students, while also making sure they can succeed in an autonomous workforce. However, what we’re learning from your experience is that there could be a more supportive way of helping students debug instead of telling them the answer. We’re now actively working on better training on this front. 

Thank you again for leaving your feedback. You can more in our blog post if you’re like to learn in more detail what we plan to do.

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Response From: Harsh Patel of Hack Reactor
Title: COO
Friday, Dec 09 2016

Thank you all so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We rely on this feedback to make updates to our program. It's one of four recent negative reviews on our Remote program, which, frankly,  is the worst streak in the history of our company.  Our team has taken your feedback to heart and in Hack Reactor fashion learned what we can from it and documented our action items in this post: http://www.hackreactor.com/blog/hack-reactors-response-to-recent-november-2016-course-report-reviews. There, we address many of the issues you brought up, including HiRs, the adoption of new curriculum, our admissions process and student reviews.  We aim to deliver an amazing program to every student, and we're sorry you didn’t have a top notch experience.

Thanks also for providing the positive factors in your review. It’s very helpful for us as it tells us from your perspective, what went really right with the program. We know we are never done iterating on the program and experience, and feedback like yours helps shape future iterations. Thank you. 

We would also like to take a moment to correct some misconceptions that readers might wind up with.
  1. It’s mentioned above that, in order to get a free Hack Reactor sweater at the end, you must write a review with your name attached to it and show it to your job coach. This is misconstrued: we explicitly ask for honest reviews and never “bribe” students. We never examine or audit the review before it goes live nor do we require them to post with their name attached. Students are welcome to post anonymously. The hoodie is purely a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share their Hack Reactor story. Furthermore, we have offered this deal off and on throughout our history (including before 2016) with no effect on the quality of reviews we have received. The assertion that all other graduates “sell their souls” for a free sweater does not fit the parameters of the offer or the available evidence.
  2. It’s suggested that our graduates are unprepared for the job search, that many are unsuccessful, and that our outcome numbers are made up. We have always held ourselves to strict tracking and reporting standards, and in 2016, we released our full outcomes methodology--the most stringent in the coding bootcamp space--and our audited student outcomes for 2015. These reports provide third-party verified results for every enrolled student, which are consistent with our self-reported numbers. The 2016 report, when completed, will show similar outcomes to our historical numbers.
  3. This review claims that Hack Reactor borrowed content from Udemy. This is false. 
  4. The 17-month timeline provided in the review contains a number of misconceptions, namely that graduates would need to spend months teaching themselves new material before applying for a job. Of the over 2,000 students who have taken our course, few if any have experienced anything like what the reviewer describes..
  5. We welcome the suggestion that prospective students reach out to our graduates on LinkedIn. This is for the same reason that we encourage reviews: the vast majority of our students have an excellent experience and a high return on their investment.

Thank you again for leaving your feedback. Read more in our blog post where we address your concerns and provide our action items.

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Response From: Harsh Patel of Hack Reactor
Title: COO
Friday, Dec 09 2016

Thank you for this honest feedback -- we appreciate it.  Our team has learned a lot about what we can do and documented our action items in this post: http://www.hackreactor.com/blog/hack-reactors-response-to-recent-november-2016-course-report-reviews. We want to deliver an amazing program to every student, and we're sorry that in this case we missed the mark.

We would also like to address some misconceptions that readers might wind up with.
  1. Above it’s mentioned that we have different admission challenges and different tiers by campus. This is incorrect; Hack Reactor does not have different tiers or different admissions challenges. All campuses have the same challenge, same application process, and same tuition. We also give applicants the opportunity to interview for one campus but enroll into another if plans change.
  2. The Hoodies for Review sample that is shared is outdated and we’ve refurbished the review program. The Quora link lists Hack Reactor Remote Beta but we proudly launched out of Beta in July 2016. We do have an updated review system live, and continue to refine it to give students an open outlet for feedback.
  3. Regarding code review, tech mentors meet with each team at least once if not more per project. During the Thesis phase, this is minimally 1 per week. Additionally, Technical and Non-Technical Staff are both available daily during the program for Office Hours. The tech mentors average an hour of office hours per day and frequently add additional hours as needed.

Thank you again for leaving your thoughts and criticisms -- we use this feedback to continue in our goal to prepare our students for the workforce. Read more in our blog post where we address your concerns and provide our action items.

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Thanks!