Recent HackDojo Reviews: Rating 1.17
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Start Date None scheduled Cost $6,500 Class size N/A Location Los Angeles
Deposit N/A Tuition Plans 5 payments of $2,100 where the first payment must be paid to officially consider you enrolled in the program. Scholarship $500 scholarships for women, entrepreneurs and underrepresented minorities
Minimum Skill Level Basic Computer Knowledge Placement Test No Interview Yes
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- Don't count on a great entry level job- 10/11/2015Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Jr. Web Developer Bootcamp • Campus: Los Angeles
I also was told HackDojo was formerly known as School of Devs, but they went through a lot of issues, including inability to pay rent for office space, students dropping out before the bootcamp was over, etc. so it might not be the best source to trust. However, for comparison, I have gotten offers for candidates coming out of alternate bootcamps, the three I would recommend (as of now) based on the candidates I have represented have been Hack Reactor (in SF), General Assembly (LA), and Sabio.la. If you are looking to invest money and are serious about a career in programming, I recommend choosing one of the three schools I listed above.
- Ounie Phakousonh is a Scam artist- 9/17/2015Anonymous
- POORLY RUN BOOTCAMP- 4/9/2015hot4ron
I would give this bootcamp negative stars on everything if this site allowed it.
After reading these reviews, I just want to say that it's all TRUE. I was in the same cohort as these fine people here so I won't repeat most of what they said since our experiences are pretty much the same. If you want to get a more accurate idea of what goes on at this school, just imagine you're at a meetup all day long (9-5) with a group of people who are mostly new to coding, and an industry newbie with zero teaching experience attempting to explain to you blocks of code that were written by teams of veteran programmers. The only difference is that you are paying thousands of dollars for this "bootcamp".
As the previous reviewer stated, make sure to get everything in writing. ANYTHING they present/promise, make sure to get a copy of it. Make sure there is a CLEAR refund/drop policy that you are comfortable with. If they don't present a CONCISE contract to you by the first day of class, DEMAND YOUR MONEY BACK. They say that no programming experience is necessary. That is true if you want to be completely lost and frustrated at all times. If school of devs present the instructors/mentors on their powerpoint during the info sessions, make sure to google them to the max. Demand for their contact info. Our instructor, Adam, turns out was arrested and has a record. They got rid of all the good teachers but saved the criminal. Ironic since the school was at a church.
- Coder 345 • Student
I am also from the same cohort as Coder 123, and everything that was written in the previous post was all true. I don't know how you could take someone's money, tell people they're going to receive all these promises, and fulfill none of it. Even after the 3rd week after we talked to him, the director did not fulfill what he promised to give us by the deadline we gave him. He gave an excuse that he got sick. One of the things we asked for were curtains. I honestly don't think he took it seriously, because how hard could it be to get curtains? He did not even talk to the instructors on the situation. We had to wait around for another week of doing nothing, and having the lead instructor attempt to teach subjects that no one could understand.
If you're looking into a coding bootcamp, I would make sure to steer clear from this one for a while. I tried to give the director the benefit of the doubt numerous amounts of time, but he never lived up to what he promised. It also works out for him, because he only gave us verbal false promises, which makes it hard to file any formal disputes over. Make sure you get documentation if he addresses anything.
- Extremely unorganized. No preparation. Several students filed for chargeback on their credit cards.- 3/31/2015Coder123 • Student
I know at least 5 students filing for chargeback with their credit card companies. The class was extremely disorganized with a bad teacher who couldn’t prepare a lesson plan before class or make it on time to class and then later on an industry professional teacher who left after not being paid on time by the director. The director knew how unorganizezd the class was and then on the 8th or 9th week in, he finally said we didn’t have to pay the 15% of our first year’s salary anymore…it was that bad.
Unless the school could produce a syllabus with resources and lesson plans on it as well as a teacher who is a responsible enough to prepare exercises and daily lesson plans, DON’T GO.
I’m from the 4th cohort of School of Devs. I heard the first one went well as instructors had a lot of experience and came from General Assembly. I heard that the second cohort ended weeks before it should have and the third lasted maybe 2 weeks but since everyone was preoccupied with the holidays in winter, it didn’t last. So now onto my cohort.
We started in Jan, and I would say we started off with about 26 people perhaps on a payment of plan of either paying $12,500 or another option that most people took of paying $2,500 + 15% of your first year’s salary.
The first week, I found our class wasting at least 6 hours throughout the first few days installing programs (Sublime, WebStorm, SourceTree, HipChat). Although the teacher could have just told us what to download beforehand, he couldn’t even prepare a day in advance. There seemed like no preparation for our class and no syllabus was ever provided despite multiple students asking for it multiple times. The teacher kept telling us to ask the director for it.
Our teacher, Adam, would come to class consistently late with an excuse that he doesn’t have a car so has to wait for a ride, who was another student and his friend in the class. Not only that, he would come back from lunches late as well, sometimes drinking beer during lunch. It wasn’t fair to the students who PAID for the class and came on time.
Also, when he would troubleshoot a person’s computer issue or code, I’ve seen him spend up to 2 hours on it, and forget about the rest of the class with nothing assigned to do, in essence wasting everyone else’s time instead of sticking to a schedule and moving forward.
When we would ask questions, he had a tendency to answer a different question, and told us to go online and look for the answers for ourselves and ask our classmates before asking him, which defeats the purpose of paying for the class in my opinion. When we asked him for examples, he rarely had any prepared and he would respond with, “it depends on what you’re doing and you have to know what you’re doing first,” leaving most of us confused still. When he would lecture, he would quickly go over concepts and use a lot of terminology that he never taught us and rarely did he have us code along. I think we all finally gave up listening to him and instead would ask the teaching assistant for a lot of help to learn or look up online tutorials because they were more understandable than he was. I don’t think he realized that the school was for beginners.
Excellent Teaching Assistant
The third week in, the students met with the director, Ounie, as a group and individually to voice their concerns about how unhappy we were with the lack of teaching by the teacher and how unprepared and disorganized the class was. Most days were not planned and it seemed like the teacher was just going in and “winging it.”
Discounts and Chargebacks
I think Ounie knew how royally he f***** up so he said that we no longer had to pay the 15% of first year’s salary. Then back to Adam teaching us or just helping us as we work on “projects” or do whatever we want (still no lesson plan), and Ounie coming in a few days a week to lecture. I know at least 5 students filing for a chargeback on their credit card.
A lot of the class consisted of motivated students looking for resources online, asking each other, and then eventually even getting together to present topics they know or have researched for each other (Yeoman template, SEO, Wordpress, etc.). Although I have learned a lot, I definitely could have learned more, and this was really disappointing how little effort and organization was put into this class, especially since it’s a paid class that people left their jobs for to devote to full-time for 12 weeks.