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Hack Reactor

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Founded in 2012, Hack Reactor is a 12-week immersive coding school providing software engineering education, career placement services, and a network of professional peers. Hack Reactor has campuses in San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City, as well as an online, remote immersive (full-time and part-time)​. During the first six weeks at Hack Reactor, students learn the fundamentals of development, full stack JavaScript and are introduced to developer tools and technologies. In the final six weeks, students work on personal and group projects, using the skills they have learned, and learning more. After 800+ hours of curriculum, students graduate as full-stack software engineers and JavaScript programmers.

Hack Reactor’s immersive program is known for demanding a starting skill set beyond that of a beginner, so the applicants should allow 2 to 4 months for the admissions process. Applicants should start by enrolling in one of Hack Reactor's free or paid prep programs to learn the basics of JavaScript and prepare for Hack Reactor's technical interview. The technical interview lasts an hour and covers coding problems in JavaScript related to the prep course curriculum. After passing the technical interview, students begin Hack Reactor's 80-hour precourse.

Job preparation is integrated into the curriculum, and students will build an online presence, resume and LinkedIn profile by graduation. Hack Reactor places alumni in mid-to-senior level positions at companies in tech, including Google, Salesforce & Microsoft, with an average graduate salary of $105K (2017 San Francisco student outcomes survey; 81% survey response rate).

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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
    October 21, 2019
    Cost
    $17,980
    Class size
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    Location
    San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Denver, Seattle, Phoenix, Boulder, Online
    The Hack Reactor immersive coding bootcamp is focused on building autonomous, fully capable software engineers. Every unit in our curriculum has been pored over numerous times to optimize for educational power and efficiency. The first half of the course is often described as “drinking from a firehose” because of how much information it packs in. In the second half, you use your new skills to build projects, while learning new technologies on the fly. By the end you will be an autonomous engineer, capable of tackling unique, unfamiliar problems and building complex applications.
    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
    October 21, 2019 - AustinApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - AustinApply by November 2, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - New York CityApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - New York CityApply by November 2, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - San FranciscoApply by November 2, 2019
    October 21, 2019 - Los AngelesApply by September 14, 2019
    December 9, 2019 - Los AngelesApply 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
    October 29, 2019
    Cost
    $17,980
    Class size
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    Location
    Online
    Learn full-stack engineering over nine months. Same Hack Reactor curriculum, program and quality - no need to quit your job. Class is held live online with two weeknights and one half-Saturday per week plus required independent study.
    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
    October 29, 2019 - Online
    December 9, 2019 - OnlineApply by November 2, 2019

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  • Anonymous • Unemployed • Graduate
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    When I attended, the statistics were 95% had a job within 3 months with an average of $105,000 per year. That's no longer the case because the market has become oversaturated by applicants with no experience. Many companies won't even consider you without previous employment as a software engineer. Currently, the job search takes closer to an average of 6 months.

    The entire job application process is a real crapshoot. A lot of us sent out hundreds of resumes, resulting in only a few onsite interviews. That's one reason job placement isn't too strongly correlated with abilities. Most of the people who did get a job got it from a referral.

    If you have a technical background (eg mechanical engineer), a technical degree (CS, physics, math etc) or previous experience as a programmer then things will be much easier for you. For everyone else, a solid portfolio and online presence will be a tremendous help to get you interviews because just getting to the point where you can demonstrate your abilities takes a lot of time and effort. 

     

  • Anonymous • Full Stack Engineer • Graduate
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    Attending Hack Reactor was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made; it changed my life. I started my first job as a full stack engineer about a month ago, and Hack Reactor has fully prepared me to perform competently. I knew before beginning Hack Reactor that I would get a good education, but I was skeptical about outcomes; I worried I wouldn't be able to find a job. I have to say that, out of all the things Hack Reactor provides, I was most blown away by their outcomes support. My outcomes coach was there for me every step of the way, and I was able to find a job in less than two months after starting the job search. 

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    Before I begin my review of Hack Reactor’s remote program I think it would be beneficial to leave a brief personal background. I am a university student studying business and decided to attend Hack Reactor during the summer between my third and fourth year to get technical programming experience. During my business degree I have taken a number of computer science courses which helped me make the decision that I wanted to become a software engineer with a background in business and move towards developing business software as a career path.  With that as my goal, attending Hack Reactor turned out to be the best decision I could have made even though one of my other options was to complete a computer science degree at my university.

     

    Now to talk specifically about Hack Reactor's remote immersive development program I will list and describe my pros and cons of the program.

    Pros

    1. The staff and their obsession with receiving feedback

    The first pro I would like to write about is definitely the staff that makes the program one of the best out there. Each staff member (instructor, counsellor, recruitment advisor, teaching assistant…) understands the responsibility they have facing them and that the reason they have developed one of the best program’s among their competitors is because of their interest and perhaps obsession, with receiving feedback and then acting on such feedback.

    Furthermore, since the remote class has (as I write) taught over 25 cohorts of roughly 25-30 students each, they have been able to develop a program that is incredibly effective at bringing in smart students with little development experience and turning them into software engineers with the skills to land high paying jobs immediately after graduation.

    2. Your ability to become a software developer, not just a JavaScript software developer.

    Before attending I was concerned that I was only going to be able to find jobs after graduation in JavaScript however Hack Reactor’s curriculum has been carefully designed to develop software developers while using JavaScript as the language to accomplish that goal. Many of my other cohort students have been finding opportunities developing software in other languages than JavaScript (i.e Java, Python, C…) in addition to the many students who did end up landing jobs in JavaScript roles.

    3. The constantly evolving curriculum

    One important reason behind Hack Reactor’s success in developing great software engineers is there ability and effort to stay on top of industry trends and change the curriculum when they see fit. Since the school takes responsibility for developing engineers who will have the skills to be able to find full time employment after graduation they hold themselves accountable for teaching students the most up to date technologies and skills. If they see that a new technology is gaining prominence in the industry they have the ability to work at getting new projects and lectures structured so that the next incoming cohort will be able to get that experience. Contrast this to university (mine in particular), where a change to the curriculum of a program takes at minimum 1.5 years.

    4. Structured and challenging admissions process

    This is another very important point that many other programming boot camps do not take as seriously as Hack Reactor. The admissions team does an incredible job at accepting the smartest and most motivated and energetic students who you will end up developing very close relationships with over the course of the 12 week program. Nearly all of the projects that you will develop at Hack Reactor are done in groups and never having to worry about who you will be paired with is one advantage which makes the school one of the best among its peers. In addition to being exposed to the best of applicants who you will be working with in your cohort, you also gain exposure to thousands of Hack Reactor alumni who are also as smart, energetic and motivated as you are who are always willing to spend time to give you advice or help understand a particular industry or company in which you are interested.

    Con

    1. Little time for rest and recovery

    Finally I’ll take this opportunity to say that this program is not for everyone mainly for the reason that the course runs for 12 weeks, 6 days a week and a minimum of 10 hours a day. It is intense and not everyone will be able to handle it. When I first began I found it quite challenging to get acquainted with the intensity of the program but very quickly was able to get used to the course load. In addition if you are truly interested in programming and software development, time will fly by and you will find yourself looking forward to coming back to the computer on your spare time to continue learning.

    To conclude I should mention one thing, this type of program might not match your learning style. If you’re someone who does not work well in a fast paced program and who may not be able to handle the heavy course load and intensity then you will find this program incredibly difficult. However, if you are someone who thinks you might be able to handle the course load you will excel and look back never thinking it would have been possible to learn that much in such little time. A truly great learning experience which has completely accelerated my career path and life.

     

  • HR is great
    - 9/2/2017
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    For people who want to learn what matters. When I think of HR I think of this Bruce Lee Quote:

    "Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own."
     
    Hack Reactor is useful. It skips what is useless. It allows you to come into your own and in such a way that has a high ROI.
     
     
     
  • a joke
    - 8/17/2017
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    Make sure to ask how much time you'll be spending coding because I assure you, with two hour lunches on the regular, it isn't as much as you would assume. Everything I learned I learned in the project phase, the largely self-taught portion of the course. The sprints are a waste, they move too quickly for one to absorb the content presented for the long term and the lack of instruction confuses things as they are anyway. Our Angular sprint for example was so bungled I'm still confused, months later. Paltry oversight from a 'tech mentor' who himself graduated Hack Reactor and doesn't seem to have done anything else. No professional experience, no help. HiRs (TAs) help with the sprints AND with most of the career-related stuff. What qualifications do they have? They gradutaed from Hack Reactor in the last 6 weeks and haven't found a job themselves yet. Very disappointing overall.

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    • Positives
      • You'll get job offers with high salaries and great benefits once you're done
      • You will actually know what you're doing when you start said job
      • Without question the best way to switch careers and become a software engineer in the shortest time frame possible
      • Fun experience if you love to code and build stuff
      • Extremely supportive, happy, and optimistic staff
    • Negatives
      • They never sent me my Hack Reactor hoodie that they said they would send me after I finished >:(
      • The course is hard and you'll be stressed throughout a lot of it
      • You have no life when you're doing the program
      • Job searching after you're done sucks regardless of whether or not it's going well
  • ITS A SCAM!!!!
    - 4/22/2017
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    This is a review after a couple of months graduating from Hack Reactor.

    THE 6 MONTH HIRING RATE, THAT IS ON TOP OF 3 MONTHS OF BOOTCAMP AND AT LEAST 3 MONTHS THAT YOU SPENT BEFORE BOOTCAMP PREPARING. THAT IS A COMPLETE FULL YEAR... IN A COMPLETE FULL YEAR YOU CAN MOST DEFINATELY GET A JOB GRADUATING OUT OF ANY BOOTCAMP OR SELF LEARNING WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO DO BECAUSE HACK REACTOR DOES NOT TEACH PROPERLY, ONLY A BREEZE THROUH (they call it congorour, I call it flipping pages in the book only reading headings) WHICH IS NOT ENOUGH TO GET A JOB.

    Also more than half of students are already CS Grads or Engineering grads or have worked in the industry before so they bring the salary figures up. MAJORITY OF THE GRADS WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION IN TECH DO NOT GET 105 THOUSAND IN SF WHERE AVERAGE BEGINNER SALARY IS AROUND 100K ANYWAYS. Other places have much lower salary figures.

    There is nothing different or special about hack reactor apart from they take students who already know JavaScript to a very good level. 

    All bootcamps teach the same material ie start from JavaScript revision then you build a front end then a back end and then you join them together.

    Hack Reactor does not go over the foundations of any of these so you will be left with head spinning, knowing only partial picture of some stuff which used to work 4 years ago when there was such a shortage of developers that if you knew a,f,g,z they would give you a job thinking you will learn the rest. THIS IS NOT THE CASE ANYMORE.

    THEY EMPLOY TRICKS LIKE OFFSHORE COMPANIES THAT SPECIALIZE IN WRITING FAKE REVIEWS AND THEY WRITE MANY FAKE REVIEWS THEMSELVES. YOU WILL SEE WHERE THERE ARE A FEW BAD REVIEWS THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY DROWNED BY FAKE GOOD REVIEWS PLEDGING ITS THE BEST THING THEY HAVE EVER DONE. I searched the profile of one in google review and they were based in China and writing 5 star reviews by the hundreds in a single day of resturants and busineess all over the world.

    IF YOU DONT SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL AND THROW YOUR 18000 THEN ONLY YOU ARE TO BLAME...

  • Don't expect a job
    - 4/17/2017
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    One of the biggest draws to Hack Reactor was the stat on their front page which said, 98% employed after 3 months, average salary, 96,000.  Now that's changed a bit from time to time but in March of 2017 Hack Reactor released updated, verified results that were much, much different.  

    For the remote class, the employed percent after 6 months is in the 70s percentage wise, and average salary is 81k.  And keep in mind, this is after 6 months!  After three were talking 40 percentage wise.  

    What happend?  Was there really that big of a shift, or were previous numbers fudged?   

    Plus, once you subtract out of field jobs, the numbers get even worse.  

    So, if you don't want to get a job afterwards, then the class is quite okay.  Keep in mind there are no real engineers that are teaching you, just previous students with no work experience, and all the materials used in class can be found in free books or on github repositories of previous students.  

    If you're looking for a mentor that knows what they're doing, I would look elsewhere  

  • Scam
    - 4/15/2017
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    You will not make what they say after grad, and definitely not in the timely manner they say.

    You sit there for 10 hours a day, with no help, learning to be "autonomous", which is an oxy-moron. When you can do this from home without spending $10,000+...

    There are better resources online than here.

    Save your month, save your time, study yourself.

  • Poor Decision
    - 2/28/2017
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    Attending Hack Reactor the worst investement I have ever made in my life by a long shot. Really contemplate the cost of the program, cost of living in SF, and the months to years afterwards you'll be spending looking for a job before you attend this program.

  • Boys Club
    - 12/21/2016
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    I graduated from Hack Reactor Remote program a few days ago. Hack Reactor is a great program, 17,000 dollars worth? I don’t think so.

    If Hack Reactor cost 12,000 dollars the price would be right.

    Hack Reactor helped me improve as a programmer in many ways but there was only one technical staff member and most of what I learned was during the project phase, during the second half of the 12 weeks; when Hack Reactor is no longer teaching students. Hack Reactor is very much a learn-it-yourself type of program. I think the 12,000 dollars is only worth it because Hack Reactor creates a rigorous learning environment, aka scheduled discipline, and because of Hack Reactor’s outcome team.

    I wish Hack Reactor tried a little harder to increase diversity or change the status quo of the tech industry but at the end of the day, Hack Reactor is just another business trying to make money. If you are a woman, specifically a woman of color, I would remember that Hack Reactor is a boys club just like the rest of the tech industry so be prepared for a lot man-explaining and condensing attitudes from your male counterparts.

    I had the largest female cohort of 8 out of 32 people, Hack Reactor typically has 2–3 women, sometimes only 1 woman, per cohort.

    I would say pioneer on, work hard, and make sure you take advantage of the Hack Reactor remote women’s community; they are your greatest resource during the program (I can’t stress this enough). 

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    Hack Reactor was an incredibly rigorous few months of hard work, but from what I saw you gain exponentially with how much work you're willing to put in.

    The curriculum is tough but doable. It felt at times like it was moving too fast and I wasn't absorbing things, but I wound up surprised at how much I know (and now have time to go over the finer details, or the confidence to know I can learn it on the job). There were a couple of curriculum hiccups, but they're always asking for feedback and making improvements so I feel sure that they'll be straightened out before the next iteration (though the next generation may have to go through some new issues for the sake of the future as well). I don't think they could be the program they are without this process.

    The staff is knowledgable and caring, but they're training you to be independent engineers and you shouldn't expect a ton of hand-holding. You definitely have to be disciplined and motivated enough to push yourself through the tough times. And there will be tough times, but it's worth it for what you can learn and the people you'll meet. And that's really one of the biggest draws - I got to meet and work with all these amazingly smart, driven people from all over, that I'd never have come across otherwise but am so happy I did.

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    My time at Hack Reactor was most certainly time well spent.  I come from a background that involved ZERO coding/programming/CS of any kind.  When I first heard about Hack Reactor, I seriously doubted that 3 months in a program could prepared me for mid-senior level engineering positions.  But, the more I researched, the more I realized it was possible.  After my 3 months at HR, I can honestly say that I am leaving with the skills I need to be a very successfuly software engineer.  I have learned different frameworks and technologies, but more importantly, I have learned how to learn (and at a very fast pace).  I can work successfully on both teams and independently.  Hack Reactor might not teach you how to build everything from start to finish, but they certainly provide you with all of the tools you need to figure it out.

    If you're looking for a challenging program that requires you to dig deep and work hard, Hack Reactor can do just that.  It was by far the most challenging, and rewarding, experience I've ever had.  

     

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    I recently graduated from HR. My background is a little different from that of my cohort-mates - I graduated from Stanford CS many years ago and have worked as a software engineer at two of Glassdoor's "Top 50 large companies to work for in 2017". I attended HR because 1) I was transitioning away from a non-technical role back into software engineering and needed a refresher and 2) because I wanted to grow in my ability to quickly hack together impressive/useful things from nothing.

    Bearing in mind that I am not Hack Reactor's target demographic, I'll try to provide some high-level takeaways regarding my experience.

    • What Hack Reactor provides that you can get for free (with lots of research and discernment): a high-level transition plan, good curriculum, good instruction, well-crafted projects, toy problems, job advice
    • What Hack Reactor provides that you can't get for free: a shared co-working space, talented and highly-motivated and like-minded peers, an inclusive and supportive community (crucial during transition periods), emotional/technical support, accountability, etc... 
    • HR teaches what contributes to a successful career as a software engineer (autonomy, good learning techniques, growth mindset, etc...), outlines deadly risks (dependence, complaining, poor learning habits, retention/focus problems, etc...) and gives you a safe place and 12 weeks to practice the right attitudes and learning techniques
    • Despite my experience, I emerged as a stronger engineer. I went from being a 'scribe', an engineer who prefers to understand details deeply and build carefully, to a 'conjurer' who can whip up full-stack apps in no time, using whatever libraries, frameworks, and languages I please (we built our thesis app using Go and Python). I'm still a scribe at heart but can now flex my conjurer muscles at will.

    It's hard to compare HR ($20K, three months) to a college degree ($200K, four years) but I can confidently assert that the average HR graduate is better-equipped to contribute immediately as a fullstack software engineer than the average student who only took the Stanford CS core (CS106A/B/X, CS107, CS108, CS161) and web applications (CS142). 

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    Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Hack Reactor. To give some background, I recently graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and I wanted to get into software engineering. I considered either getting a masters in CS or going to a bootcamp. I chose to go to a bootcamp because I wanted to be with a group of like-minded people during the learning process (+ get a job), rather than just finishing the courses required by my university. I think it was a good choice.

    My favorite part of the experience was the people. In college, I had a lot of situations where studied on my own, because I couldn't find like-minded people with the same desire to learn/etc. This cause a lot of stress, exhaustion, and low accountability. At Hack Reactor I was learning with and from a group of encouraging, smart, and positive people for over 11 hours a day. This made the whole learning process stress free and maximized the number of hours that I was learning. I stayed until 10-11pm everyday because I wanted to keep learning. This was in contrast to college where I felt exhausted and stressed after a couple hours, took a lot of breaks, and wanted to be done ASAP.

    I learned a lot, but I can't say that for everyone. You get what you put in during the time you are at the program. Hack Reactor can help you build the right community to be productive (there is some luck of the draw, since your cohort may/may not fit your vibes). But the amount of knowledge you acquire during that time is all up to you.

  • Learn Real Skills
    - 12/16/2016
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    I am a recent Hack Reactor grad who's just beginning the job search. I came into the program with very little actual coding experience (most of which was preparing for the Hack Reactor interview) and left the program feeling fully prepared for a job in industry. It's impossible to know if I truly am until I actually begin working as a software engineer, but having worked in Silicon Valley for several years (in a non-technical role) has given me a large technical network to draw from, and those in my network are also confident in my abilities now that I'm an HR grad.

    Bottom line, if you're ready to be challenged, want to be job ready, and are looking for a JavaScript bootcamp you cannot do better than Hack Reactor.

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    I recently graduated from HR and am about to begin my job search. Now obviously I can't speak about success rate in terms of employment, since I have no firsthand experience, but I can say that I have definitiely learned a ton.

    The curriculum definitely pushes your limits. You need to be ready to dive into something new every other day, work well with others, and be autonomous. My understanding of the "real world" in software engineering is that it will encompass all three of this, and HR makes it a point to drive this home from day one. The program picks up exactly where traditional education falls short, in terms of technical preparedness.

    Along with the curriculum, your peers will be one of your biggest assets if you choose to join. You will be surrounded by intelligent, highly motivated students and that should only push you even more to be the best engineer you can possibly be. The environment is set up up for community building, so make sure to take advantage.

    A couple critiques that I have include the cost; it is a lot of money. I honestly believe it was well worth it, however, because I am confident that I am now up to par with many of the existing engineers currently already in the job market. After a few years of work experience, I am sure that we will make that money back in now time. Another critique is in the level of job support. They do a great job on the last week of letting us know what we are jumping into, they don't suger-coat our job search experience (bluntly letting us know that it will suck for most of the time), and they offer us plenty of help reviewing and perfecting resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. Although, just as some of my peers have commented, I would have appreciate more guidance in terms of which companies to apply or something of the sort. They left all of the research up to us, which is understandable given we independent adults, but at the same time we are paying for a career change (which entails the education as well as the jump into the industry). 

    All in all great experience. We'll see after the job search... but hands down I would do it again if I was given the chance to do it over. 

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    I recently finished the Hack Reactor program in Dec 2016, and am now embarking on my job search, and while I dont have a job yet (lay off! Its only been 2 days since graduation! :P), I can say, I know and honestly feel like I am a well-prepared full stack javascript developer.  I graduated from Stanford in 2010 in a non-technical field, and very much feel like the education I got at HR is far more practical and applicable than anything I got from my University degree (though, of course Stanford always has my heart).  From the team to the curriculum, I think everything was top notch. It is actually kinda shocking how much you can learn in such a short period of time, but the academic team at HR has it down to a science, and I learned so much from all their exercises and instruction that I feel fully prepped. No, this intensive experience won't be for everyone, but for those ready to take on a daunting challenge and ready to hold themselves to task, you really can get a top notch education.  And while I can only speak form about a week of the Job Assistance portion of the course, I feel like so far it has been very helpful, and it is definitely a "you get what you take out of it" situation. The team is there to help you and are super responsive to any requests for input, but they aren't going to submit your resume for you, they arent going to do your technical interviews and they arent going to negotiate your job offers. They will coach you and give you all the info you need, but as with everything else in this world, the end results are up to you!

    I am sad to see some of the negative reviews that recently popped up, but I can honestly say that people who complain that you have to wade through ambiguity, teach yourself how to handle new technologies and be responsible for your own education simply dont understand the point of hack reactor. Yes, all of this info is out there on the internet somewhere, but if you want a focused approach to get you to where you can get a job in only 3 months, HR is for you. Also, I would point out, this review is only for the on campus course, I did not take the Remote course and so am not sure how the two would differ. 

    But I CAN and WILL say, HR earned these 5 star ratings, and I only am here to express my gratitude and excitement for this new career journey I am embarking on as of today! 

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    My 3 months at Hack Reactor were the most productive and intense 3 months of my life so far. Their approach to teaching is very unique, in that you are never given an answer directly, but instead guided to figure out the solution by yourself. I was sceptical at first, but as the course progressed, I realised how quickly I was picking up new material. Having now graduated, I feel confident I can learn any new technology with ease by myself.

    If you are not a self-driven and motivated individual, Hack Reactor is not for you. You are not paying for the teaching material, you can easily find similar content online by yourself. What you're paying for is access to a vast network of software engineers, working space, a community of highly motivated and like-minded individuals to work on projects with, great job assistance, and the brand name. Yes, could probably teach yourself similar material on your own, over a longer period of time, but Hack Reactor will get you a higher paying job faster, so the tuition quickly pays for itself.

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    Okay, I want to start by saying that I would honestly consider HRR a major turning point in my life.  On multiple levels, this program has bettered me: as a software engineer, as a confident adult and as a competent human being.  As much as I would like to say this is entirely due to the program and the instruction given, it wasn't. Like a workplace, the people that are in your cohort are a defining variable in the successful outcome of the program.  I was lucky enough to be part of HRR-19 and genuinely feel that I have made a lasting group of friends who actually care about me as a human and as a professional.  As a group, we are supportive, honest and open - a winning trifecta that I think made a strong program truly transcendental.

    The counselors are quite honest about what to expect when you finish the program, but I will reiterate it here - this program will not guarantee you a six-figure salary, it won't even guarantee you a job, but it will work hard to make sure you are prepared for the pressure of looking for one, no matter where you are. The most important aspect of this is that you will get what you put in. 3 months is honestly not a long time, but it is enough to change the course of your life if you embrace it.  

    I am not jaded enough to believe that the program is perfect, there are definite places for improvement, and I agree with some of the things that have been said - so I will start with those.

    1) I know the instructors work very hard to put together lecture material  - but given the cost and effort that these students are putting into the work, I would at least expect up to date slides - not recorded on-site lectures from 2014.  I also think it would be more effective if we had a clean lecture - no questions from students or time spent listening to hustle and bustle of on-site... if I wanted that experience I would have actually gone on-site.  I think this would help reduce the time input of lectures, and, if we had quick townhalls right after - it would allow us to ask the immediately relevant questions to us - rather than on-site stuff.

    2) There is a pretty apparent gap between instructors level of skill and care of students. I have reached out to staff to discuss this specific issue in hopes that it will be addressed at some point, so that is where I will leave that.  

    Okay, now for the things that have been blown way out of proportion to me:

    1) The sweatshirt thing. Seriously, we spend 20k to go this program... do you know how many sweatshirt you can buy for that? I think that pretending that we care enough about that sweatshirt to be dishonest about our experience is not only hysterical, it is actually insulting. As I said, this program has taught me self-respect on a level that traditional education was wholly incapable of, and I have no need for a sweatshirt to prove that I went here. Moreover, if you didn't enjoy the program, or find it worthwhile, why would you want the sweatshirt?

    2) The stats on hiring rate. We actually had a very honest and frank discussion about the way these are calculated, they are more upfront than I was expecting. Anyone who says that they are falsified clearly was either not given that discussion or chose to ignore that for their own personal issues with the program - either way unprofessional and wholly untrue.

    3) The people who complain about the level of instruction given at HRR aren't being honest with themselves about what it takes to cut it in the industry.  They were very honest about the curriculum, stating that you would get less and less help especially after week 1.  This isn't because they are trying to save money, they actually want you to learn to struggle with a problem and figure out the solution on your own.  This is one of the reasons I am actually as confident as I am now - I don't need you to show me a solution, I need to be able to come up with one on my own, probably for a problem that hasn't been thought of yet.

    4) To those complaining about not learning the newest material. You should know that most companies, even big once don't instantaneously switch over material and many times they are using older software, teaching you to do this isn't unhelpful, and they don't pigeonhole you into that version, in fact, because they give you so much space, they actually don't even know what version of software you are using.  For those complaining about angular 1 when angular 2 exists (or anything similar) - both are still used, in fact, angular 1 is still more widely used than angular 2, so if you are asking for a useful skill then they are doing what they should.  Regardless of any of this, the junior phase (first 6 weeks) isn't about learning the specific material, it is learning how to learn and be autonomous. If you didn't get it, this autonomy is the thing that actually makes you a strong engineer.  

    If you really want to get everything you can from this program and are willing to put in the effort it will be effective for you. If you want to be spoon fed information go get a CS degree - it won't get you as far as fast (or possibly period). If you want a sweater - go spend the 20k tuition on some sweaters.

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    I attended Hack Reactor from September to December of 2016, overall it was an amazing experience and I am really glad I made the huge jump to attend. A lot of people worry about the hours, but I really didn't find any issues with it, my life was wake up at 7:30, be at school by 8:30, stay at school until 9-10pm, go home and sleep then repeat. You get into a rythm and actually get used to this schedule and anything less just feels weird.

    For the first six weeks of the program you basically learn all of your frameworks, and libraries, all of the "real" learning comes in the first six weeks pair programming with a different partner every two days.

    The last six weeks of the program is working in a group environment on a team on a project that is entirely up to you to create from ideation all the way through deployment. There is no guidelines and students are allowed to create whatever they please, I really enjoyed this part of the course as I wasn't held to any sort of guidelines or unit tests to complete rather I had a goal for a end product and was able to work towards that goal on a team.

    In closing I really though Hack Reactor was a great choice for me and the people who were successful were those who put in the time and really liked to code.

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    As cliché as it sounds, you really do get what you put into the Hack Reactor program.

    During the first six weeks, students are put through a specific curriculum teaching the fundamentals of coding, JavaScript, and frameworks. Despite the lectures and completing the bare minimum requirements for the given exercises, I felt like I hadn't adequately learned the material. So, I put in extra hours with a classmate to do side projects implementing the material we learned. 

    As for the last six weeks, students are put into groups and work on applications from scratch for the rest of their time. It's all up to you how much time and effort you want to put into these applications.

    Up to this point, I've tried to objectively recap my experience at Hack Reactor. So, now I'll expand on why I rated my overall experience 5 stars. The reason is because of the people in my cohort. While working on applications with them, there were so many things we learned from each other based on the problems we encountered together. The connections and, more importantly, friendships I made are invaluable and irreplaceable. 

    So, all of this to say, I am happy with my investment in Hack Reactor and I hope this review can help others better understand what they're potentially investing in. 

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    Current student here.

    If you are the type of person who gives it its all, is willing to go the extra mile by yourself, shutup and look for your own answers while learning through video lectures mostly then you are the candidate for HR but I would argue that is a sad excuse for paying 20,000 dollars (now they lowered it to around 18000 since no one was applying) not having quality help at hand and for that much I should have just put the high gear on "Self autonomous" and do it all myself going through Free Code Camp and other resourses and making study groups on meetup.

    Just pointing out last couple of reviews were negative so suspeciously in the last 2 days there have been 7 positive ones of 4-5 stars. 

    They sound a big shaidy if you ask me becuse in the last month they barely had 7 reviews total and 7 reviews in 2 days saying HR is the best thing in the world. Does not make sense. 

    I also talked with some HR alumni grads from previous cohorts and they said HR is going through some serious challenges and they are finding it hard to get a job anywhere. HR focus has shifted to squezing profits to the detrament of quality of education. It is also packed like a chicken farm. 

    Maybe the job market has shrinked, maybe there are a gazillion bootcamps now pumping out graduates competing for the same jobs, maybe HR quality has gone down and they are teaching outdated stuff. I think its all of the above. Latter is HR's job to fix.


    And sorry but I dont buy the whole SELF AUTONOMOUS thing. I went to App Academy for their jumpstart before HR and they were so so helpful and colaborative. Its almost like HR is a stab in the back situation if you ask questions. Thats not a good learning envirenment. 


    HR are going through serous challenges so I would stay away until they get their act sorted.

     

     

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    I attended Hack Reactor in San Francisco from September-December. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the program, and it truly did change my outlook on learning and success. Yes, you can teach yourself to program. In fact, you have to teach yourself some basic programming in order to pass their admissions process.

     

    However, Hack Reactor is so much more than learning how to code. Rather, I truly believe they teach you how to think and work like an engineer. Prior to attending Hack Reactor, not knowing an answer was an extremely frustrating experience for me. I always meticulously prepared for exams in college, just to avoid that feeling. The exciting thing about software development is that there really is no way to prepare for every problem that comes your way. I quickly had to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable and adopt a growth mindset. I am not exaggerating when I say that I fundamentally changed in this way in just 3 months. I see challenges as opportunities to learn something new, and I attribute this mindset to the instruction and atmosphere at Hack Reactor.

     

    If you are considering this program, here’s my advice:

    -If preparing to get into HR isn’t enjoyable for you, you are probably not going to enjoy it. You have to really love to program.

    -If you DO love to program, it doesn’t matter what you were doing before this. I promise. I came in with the least technical background you can imagine, and here I am.

    -Be prepared to work very very very hard.

    -As with anything, you get out what you put in. So put a lot into it.

    -Tell your family and friends that you will see them in 3 months.

    -Don’t assume that the hard work is over after HR. It is never over.

Thanks!