PDX Code Guild
Recent PDX Code Guild Reviews: Rating 4.47
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Start Date None scheduled Cost $8,000 Class size N/A Location Portland
Deposit N/A FinancingAvailable through SkillsFund Tuition Plans Monthly payment plans available Scholarship Save $500 by paying tuition in full before first day of class.
Minimum Skill Level N/A Placement Test No Interview Yes
PDX Code Guild Reviews
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- Retaliatory Expulsion- 7/8/2022Jonathon Cavada • jonathoncavada.dev • Student • Course: Junior Developer Bootcamp • Campus: Portland • Verified via GitHubI had little to no problem with the Guild despite the lead instructor consistently showing up 20 minutes late to class. All was fine and dandy, even though the week before we were going to start working on capstones most people were several labs behind schedule, I couldn't know if it was a reflection of the Guild, or the difficulty of the course.
Then comes the 2nd time I go to study hall, a week ago today. I am immediately asked if I needed help by the same instructor that failed to help me last time, so I thought maybe he might actually want to help me this time. The last time he was clearly looking and typing in another screen before I left saying I would figure it out on my own. This time he feigned interested and threw a couple generic solutions to the problem at hand, but they actually made my situation more complicated, still with no sincere interest to help. So I left, and unwisely posted in their Study Hall that I had only gone twice, and got no help. This was apparently grounds for expulsion and I was expelled by the Director by the next day. This is sick how they would just discard a disabled veteran who dropped out of college to use this VA funded program to get a job to support my now 4-month old and wife that has just returned to hybrid work. It's good that I can spend more time with him, but this is a sick practice that must stop! Reported to VA, but of course that will take it's time to get down the pipe. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable, just not always helpful, and if you join this program, keep your head down and mouth shut and learn from my mistake.
- A good place to learn- 2/1/2019Rob P. • Web Hosting Professional • Student • Campus: Portland • Verified via GitHub
I signed up for their free Intro to Programming (Python) evening class and had a great experience with instructor Al B. & assistant Indu. It was a short Tues-Thurs course for 2 weeks (18 hours total) on the basics of Python and feel more confident about my journey for new career skills. The class style is instructor led on a projector, with group coding practice and 2 individual labs per session which are reviewed by the instructors. Classes are uploaded later to youtube for helpful recall. I had a much better experience here than at a paid Epicodus intro class. They also do another free Intro to Front End (html, css, js, jquery, git) 2 week course which I plan to take.
- Students are cared for...- 2/25/2017Travis R VIck • NOC Specialist 3 • Graduate • Course: Junior Developer Bootcamp • Campus: Portland • Verified via LinkedIn
After 16 years with a company I was laid off. Although I had Computer Technical background and strong WAN Technologies background I was struggling to find any Job. I also had recently made a Career change into software development, but I only had 4 years and never held the title of senior so I was unable to find work in that field either. So, I worked with WorkSource and using the Reboot program and I found PDX Code Guild. Sheri Dover the Schools President was warm and inviting. The interview process left me feeling encouraged that I had found a group of like-minded individuals who were on a similar journey. Although I had read through the program on the website, I came away with a real sense that this program was the best program fo me. We had a small class of six people to start with and the instructor Andrew Hedges had real world experience giving the class a broader depth to real world uses of everything we learned. There was a lot of material to cover in 12 weeks, and it was very intense, but the smaller class size gave us many opportunities to work together and if need be a lot of one on one with Andrew. One of the best parts of the class was not just having recruiters and industry leaders coming in to speak to us weekly, but was the mentoring on how to network outside the guild connecting with local meet ups like Front end PDX or Donut JS. One of the greatest strengths of PDX Code Guild is there continuation of support while in class with gaining understanding and after you done with the class with give you a space to continue to build your portfolio to help you find jobs. My greatest take away after the friendships and professional relationships I have built, is being able to put the code guild completion on my resume. In fact, although the Job I am currently working at is not in software coding my experience with the code guild was the deciding factor with getting this Job. Because of the steep learning curve in the code guild I was able to show that i have the propensity to learn new things and be productive quickly and that gave me the edge I needed to land my current position at XO Communication a Verizon Company. While they may not have traditional Job assistance where they have Job postings I believe I have gained greater skills in finding and getting a Job then I had before because of the networking skills they provide.
- Full Stack Development Bootcamp- 7/2/2022Nathan • Graduate • Course: Junior Developer Bootcamp • Campus: PortlandWith no prior coding experience-- thanks to the instruction and guidance of the PDX Code Guild team, I'm currently in the middle of interviewing for Meta, Google, Amazon and other tech powerhouses of the world. PDX Code Guild was the BEST professional decision I've made for my career.
After making the leap of doing a career switch into software development, I enrolled into the Full Stack Development Bootcamp at PDX Code Guild. They give you an opportunity to test the waters of their curriculum with a FREE two week introduction course where you learn the fundamentals of programming. If you decide they're the right fit for you, and vice versa, you're in for the most rewarding experience of your life.
Pete was our instructor and I have no words to explain how amazing he was. He was patient, his methods were intuitive, and he went out of his way to answer every single question we had. I would contact him endlessly asking him questions about our course AND personal projects/endeavors. Pete set me up for success. The TAs were phenomenal. No matter how chaotic it got in our class, Dustin, Kelsey and Lisa were there to put out the fires.
Keegan was our career counselor. Around a month into the program, I scheduled meetings with Keegan at least once a week. From resume reviews, to technical mock interviews, to fun tech conversations. Keegan was there, and his advice and insight is INVALUABLE. I can't emphasize enough about how important Keegan's services are. Keegan set me up for success.
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Sheri, the CEO was so amazing to work with. My secret is that I came to the Code Guild twice. I asked Sheri about the Code Guild in 2020, attended the introduction classes, and I couldn't continue due to other circumstances. In February of 2022, over a year later, I called Sheri again and not only did she welcome me with open arms, BUT SHE REMEMBERED ME. She cares about her students, and there's nothing that's more important than that.
- Best programming school!- 2/21/2020Haoua Dogo • Student • Campus: PortlandTHE BEST CODING BOOTCAMP ever! Great teachers that give you a hands on experience in the field. The 101 programming class prepares you for what you will learn and gets you excited to learn more. I wish I would have came directly here instead of going to a 4 year college. I was able to learn more and go really indepth with the material within a short-time frame.
- A fantastic experience- 2/17/2020Briseida Pagador • Student • Campus: PortlandI took the Intro to Python class at PDX Code Guild. In a really short time, I felt very familiarized with this coding language -- of course, you can't learn EVERYTHING in two weeks, but I felt the instructors set a very healthy foundation of how to navigate problem solving and troubleshooting on your own. My favorite part of the course was how supportive it feels right from the start, the instructors are open to questions and confusions at every juncture and are at the ready to offer help whenever you're stuck. The class is structured in such a way that you get a quick lecture to understand the terminology and concepts, and then given exercises to put them into practice. There's a lot of independence you can have with the material, developing your own method to resolve the problem. The instructors help you to solve these problems while still considering your style and approach to it. I loved my experience at the school and highly recommend PDX Code Guild to people looking to learn an approachable coding language in a friendly and supportive environment.
- Student- 9/24/2019Peter H. • Campus: Portland
The pre-course was an outstanding introduction to the overall course! I highly recommend attending to get an overall understanding of what this exciting field is all about. The instructors are very knowledgable, down to earth, and willing to take the time to help students learn the topics. Please give it a try if you are considering to enter this field.
- Great Community, Quality Learning- 2/25/2017Jeff L • Graduate • Campus: Portland
As with anything in life, what you put in is what you get out. Learning to be a programmer is no exception. I attended PDX Code Guild, worked hard, and now have a job that I love.
Most of my classmates love code guild and still frequently go there for meetups. If you work hard and are honest with yourself on what you need to improve on you will flourish at code guild. I have seen many people do this: Those that are successful have used programming to augment their passions, interests, or past careers. Those that I have seen fail were focused on making money, or their heart wasn't in it.
So my advice to anyone reading this. Go for it. I had been struggling through online tutorials and books for months. This was a great foundation, when I got to boot camp I was able to take my ability to the next level. There are certain things that the instructors who had been working in the industry can teach you, that books just can't.
Realistically many of you reading this are probably wondering what the post graduate job hunt is like. There is no magic job tree for junior programmers. I got rejected close to 20 times before I even got a phone interview. But if you keep learning and stay persistent it's entirely doable for anyone. I had a job within a week of graduation and significantly increased my income. This was coming from a business career which definitely helped, but regardless of your background you can earn a livable wage with the skills you start learning here.
As for Job Assistance. There's no official placement program or internships, but here's why that's a great thing: The instructors work in the industry. They are not just TA's who are graduates themselves. They have industry connections with companies and recruiters. If you prove yourself to them by working hard and doing the extra credit they introduce you to recruiters and companies. You will have no problem finding a job within a couple of months from graduation. The key is, you have to put the work in, nothing is handed to you. But that's true with everything life.
tl;dr: If you want to learn programming. Code Guild is a great place to do that. It ended up being one of the best decisions I've made.
- I had a great and challenging experience- 9/7/2016Jeffery Bentley • Student • Course: Junior Developer Bootcamp • Campus: Portland
- Important Note- 3/25/2016Anonymous • Campus: Portland
The instructor mentioned by so many of the positive reviews below, who was the new head instructor who crafted the "more structured curriculum" left PDXCodeGuild recently.
She quit due to disagrements on what is owed to students. She felt that students deserved better and was burnt out on fighting management to achieve that.
- Some good things, some not so good things.- 2/4/2016Anonymous • Graduate • Campus: Portland
I want to write as honest a review I can about my experience. For anonymity, I will say that I finished the class in 2015.
Class size is small. For me it was 8 people. During my time there, average class size hovered around 8-12 students. This makes interactive instruction possible, and really allows you to get to know your classmates well.
The school is licensed by the State of Oregon. This means that you may qualify for job retraining grants and other state and federal funding sources. You do need to research this, however. Code Guild staff may help you identify sources of funding, but it's up to you to do the legwork if you want to avoid paying full price. Being licensed is also for peace of mind: if for whatever reason the school closes, chances are good that you can get your money back.
After 12 weeks, you will learn all the basics of computer programming and full-stack web development.
There is also the chance that you will be taught by an instructor who themselves just graduated from the PDX Code Guild. At this point in time (Feb 2016), there are recent graduates of the bootcamp teaching classes. While I personally know these instructors and can attest to their intelligence and overall competence at programming, I think it's something to be aware of. You can certainly learn the basics from them, but you will miss out on advanced concepts or years of industry experience. Of course, you are welcome to disagree with me.
Like any code school, you will hear all the success stories, and not hear about the not-so-successful ones. You will be told how you can come with zero experience and leave as a qualified junior software engineer. However, it should not come as a surprise that some of these successful folks may already have a computer or other STEM backgrounds. A recent superstar from the last graduating class had a math degree, for example, and other students had previous careers in software testing or frontend web development. Some already had exposure or training in other languages such as MATLAB, PERL, PHP, or C++.
If you're coming into this program with absolutely zero experience, you may be frustrated at having to learn absolutely everything from the ground up, while some of your classmates seem to know everything already. I had exactly one semester of computer science training about ten years ago and there were a couple of moments where I felt absolutely lost in this class.
After graduation, it's not uncommon for students to take up to 6 months to review the course material, build up a portfolio, network, attend meetups, learn more specific frameworks and languages based on their interests and intended area of specialization, and then finally be hired.
Code Guild will teach you all the basics. Being job-ready largely depends on your prior background and your willingness to take more time off following graduation to really hone your skills. Remember, you are competing against graduates of other code schools, and more are graduating every 12 weeks or so. Be aware of who your instructor is and what his or her background is prior to enrolling in the class.
- It just depends- 12/18/2015Anonymous • web developer • Course: Junior Developer Bootcamp • Campus: Portland
Having said all of this I know that there have been much stronger classes with better instruction and there is now a head instructor who has created a more structured curriculum.