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Pursuit

Avg Rating:3.64 ( 38 reviews )

Pursuit offers an intensive, Full Stack Web Development Fellowship in New York City and online that trains adults from underserved communities to build careers in the tech industry. The Pursuit Fellowship consists of two parts: one year of training (Pursuit Core) and three years of career support (Pursuit Advance). The curriculum includes three major threads: Technical Mastery, Industry Readiness, and Leadership & Personal Development. On average, Fellows go from making $18,000 pre-program to over $85,000 post-program. 

The Pursuit Fellowship has no upfront tuition. Instead, Fellows commit to paying a percentage of future earnings for a set number of payments upon landing a job earning above $50,000. Pursuit has progressive rates based on annual salary. This model enables adults from low-income and minority communities who are representative of the diversity of New York to learn to code. Pursuit cohorts are made up of at least 50% women, 50% African-American or Hispanic people, 50% immigrants, and 60% of their participants do not have 4-year degrees. 

No coding experience is required but applicants should demonstrate both financial need and the potential to succeed in a technical career. Selected candidates from the applicant pool will be invited to a sample coding workshop as well as an in-person interview led by engineers, experts, and other volunteers from the community. 

Pursuit Fellows have been hired at over 150+ tech companies from fast growing startups to Fortune 500s. Pursuit works with hiring partners to create job opportunities exclusively for their Fellows, including companies such as Uber, Peloton, Thumbtack, and Citi.

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  • Full Stack Web Development Daytime

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    OnlineFull Time
    Start Date None scheduled
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    LocationNew York City
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    Placement TestNo
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  • Full Stack Web Development Nights/Weekends

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    CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Front End, React.js, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time25 Hours/week52 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class size36
    LocationNew York City
    A 12-month full-stack web development boot camp including technical training, professional skills development and job search assistance. Classes are Monday to Thursday 7 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
    Financing
    Deposit$0
    Tuition PlansUpon securing a tech job over with a salary over $60,000/year, you commit to paying 12% of your salary for three years.
    Refund / GuaranteeIf you don't get a tech job or make above the salary threshold, you won’t have to start paying.
    ScholarshipMetrocard scholarships available. Laptop loaners as needed for the duration of the program.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone. Need to be 18 or older, earn an annual salary of under $45,000, live in NYC metro area, committed to becoming a developer.
    Prep WorkAll materials for the application process are provided in advance.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Anonymous
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    This place is going down fast. Pre-COVID, they were barely providing adequate learning and getting their grads hired. Now, COVID is exposing all their weaknesses. They didn't have enough donations coming in to maintain the program and the pandemic is making that worse. They furloughed a lot of the staff and cut the pay of the rest. They cut off all alumni from all career services because they are running out of money to operate. Only currently enrolled students are receiving services. So Pursuit promised career support that they couldn't actually sustain. It's pretty obvious this place was barely operating in the black. Now they're deep in the red.

    If this place decides to switch to remote learning, my advice to potential students is DON'T DO IT. I went to in-person classes and I could barely get help when I needed it. It's going to be worse for remote learning because it will be easier for Pursuit to ignore you. The ISA was not worth it before and it definitely will not get your money's worth now.
  • The prcoess
    - 6/21/2020
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    This is a review from an applicant that was accepted but ultimately turned it down.

    The process starts off by submitting an online application. Which to their credit it pretty thorough. They want people who take their time with answering questions. I remember my answers were a paragraph per question. Then you get an email for a testing day. On the testing day you take a 45min logic test, then you are interviewed by two people in the tech industry. They ask you a few questions about your background and why your interested in tech, if your a very tech person. I talked about loving call of duty and using google maps as part of my daily life. They then follow up with a logic test you have to walk them through as your trying to solve it. If you make through that, you are then invited to a two day, 8 hours a day, boot camp, where they give you an introduction to the basic of JS. You work in pairs and groups most of the time, and they give you a assignment to do at home in between days. After the 2nd day of coding , they give you a test to see how much you’ve learned. It’s not graded but I think they want to see how well you are at retaining information. You then get a follow up email thanking you for your time etc. once accepted, they send you every detail you need, including the ISA( income share agreement). That’s where they break down EVERYTHING. THEY ARE NOT PLAYING WITH THEIR MONEY. They have different sceneries of what’s to happen if you get a job, lose a job, promotion, bonus,  everything for 3 years, and that’s where they lost me. I was seeing posts about you could pay upwards of 30k, which is a realistic figure considering out thorough they are, and that wasn’t something I was looking forward to considering I’m raising two kids and every dollar counts. 

    Overall, it was a good and fun experience. They are extremely nice, and encouraging. There are a lot of options with boot camps now a days, all I can say is do you hw. I am currently in one, which I get 1-1 mentorship with someone in the industry, so it really depends on what your looking for m and what your planning on doing after graduation.
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    My experience in the coding program at Pursuit is mostly positive. The instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and committed. They gave us feedback on our code and really try to push us to succeed. The staffs are also supportive and helpful. Be prepared to work really hard in order to succeed in this program. Software development is a job that requires you to find resources and learn on your own, even after the program ends. Just doing the bare minimum won't get you far. You really have to be fully committed. I really appreciate that Pursuit hosts professional skills workshops weekly to help us prepare for interviews, DSA questions, and code challenges. These skills helped me land a job, right when the Core program ended. 
  • Anonymous
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    There is no set curriculum for this program and classes/instruction are created on the fly. Pursuit's only business model is to steal your money. That 12% pay it forward plan is pre-tax and can be upwards of $1000 from your paycheck every month. There have been students struggling to pay this off and Pursuit has just sat there threatening to sue these students. DO NOT GO HERE. There are plenty of bootcamps in NY that have the same pay it forward plan that aren't trying to run you dry of thousands of dollars for years. Take the positive reviews on here with a grain of salt. There are definitely staff members writing fake reviews trying to delude readers that Pursuit is a legitimate establishment.
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    • not a safe space--they allow sexist people to enter and no training on social awareness or sexual harassment 
    • the organization only sees students as money, they do not help previous students
    • staff is not diverse
    • staff is extremely understaffed so they do not care about you and the 4 years of career advancement after graduating is a disappointment because there is none! 
    • when students cheat they lie to other companies about their capabilties
    • the staff ignores students who are sexist or racist because they do not care or know how to handle it
    • at the end of the job hunting process you are by yourself

    all the "good" reviews are asked/begged from staff to students

    please go to a better boot camp this is not worth your money. pursuit is not a real bootcamp, there is no license or cerfication at the end. 

  • Anonymous • Student
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    I had an amazing learning experience at Pursuit, I went from working in retail to having an app in the app store! The instructors and staff are super helpful. They have great knowledge and supported me through the course of the program.

  • Humiliating
    - 6/2/2019
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    This experience was pretty humiliating, after losing relationships, money, sleep, other opportunities on a promise, you are mostly ignored if you are not a top performer from the onset. Staff will use you at will to continue to sell the organization to vulnerable people, all the while being super secretive about next steps in your existing relationship with the organization. 

     

    It's a super hostile environment for no good reason and can get unbearably uncomfortable. I have second thoughts and regrets and I do feel like they pulled a big one over on me and my classmates.

     

    Someone on here or yelp mentioned the google forms. GOSH the google forms the bane of a pursuit students enrollment. Oh how they use google forms to decieve partners and fellows!

     

     

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    Honestly, it was the most exhausting 10 months of my life. Quality of education varies between nights and weekends vs day time students. Students confronted staff about this over and over and we were basically shrugged off. The ISA is a sham. If you already have student loans from pursuing a college degree or have any other significant loan payments or debt already attached to your name - don't come here! Their agreement is incredibly predatory and immoral. They claim to want to help those from marginalized communites rise themselves up and out of poverty - but not before getting their cut to pay off their debt to their investors. They're relying on applicants to overlook the fact that they want 12% of your annual salary AFTER taxes. So they want a percentage of your income that you don't actually take home. It's a huge hit to your wallet and there is no bootcamp on EARTH that is this much money. It really isn't worth it. Teach yourself, go to meetups for networking, you don't need Pursuit. They're scam artists masquerading as a non-profit.

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    Beware of the income share agreement, they expect to take 12% of your salary of you graduate and get a job making 60k. For the kind of instruction that they give and resources they provide you can go to a better program and pay less. Lots of free resources that you can use to learn yourself as well out there, which they use instead of creating their own. Very disorganized instruction wise. Too long of a program and nights and weekends students get less instruction yet expected to pay the same. No way to evaluate the program before you commit as well. No job guarantee and if you get a job thru a different referral they will still expect you to pay them. They made it so that they are not held accountable for anything. It’s not a good deal if you expect to put in the work to get a good job after you graduate. Some teachers are recent grads themselves. Unequal opportunities as well for students. Does feel like they want to foster a love of tech in students they highlight the amazing jobs u can get and everyone seems obsessed by that. Don’t seem to care about the students and about inclusivity, not good vibes at all. 

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    Three months after graduating from Pursuit, I was able to successfully triple my original income. After almost 2 years, I've successfully quadrupled my salary when compared to what I made prior to joining Pursuit! It will be a lot of work (especially on nights and weekends while working a day job), but you will learn a lot, and be prepared for your first job in tech. Totally worth it!

  • Anonymous • Full Stack Engineer • Graduate
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    There are better options. Don't even consider it if you're looking to do the night and weekends program. It's a difference of 25 vs. 40 hours per week, and you're expected to keep up with curriculum that's intended for the 40 hour week. The night and weekend cohorts get 400+ less hours of instruction (about 35% less instruction) and they are still expected to pay the same amount back. This utterly doesn't make any sense, considering that the resources and attention that the daytime students get is clearly superior.

    Previous reviews mention this. Without scratching the surface, the concept of Pay It Forward seems like a great idea. But when you read the fine print, it's just deferred tuition and they avoid talking about it as such. Ethically, to target people from marginalized groups who seek a financial stable life in such a way is not following to the mission statement. If things go accordingly for fellows (a $60,000+ job shortly after graduation), this ends up being an incredibly expensive program, when other programs offer more affordable options. They need to put a tuition cap, and restructure the system, because their present agreement has a maximum $36,000 a year tuition (if the student makes at least $300,000...no one is going to make that). It seems like they are milking students for what they got just to fulfill requirements of a hefty loan.

     

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    The cons vastly outweigh the pros. The nights and weekends students didn't get access to the same opportunities as daytime students. A lot of the staff and program guidelines were just outright abusive. The truly good-hearted staff members left before the cycle ended and even before they finished one year of employment there. That's how toxic this place is. The students who get jobs fast are the ones who already had programming knowledge before coming here and some were recruited internally by volunteers. 

    They didn't provided resources that were promised. Office hours were scheduled, but were often cancelled. Apparently, one student needing help is not enough to justify them calling in a volunteer from the tech community. Staff were afraid students would flake. That's not right. You can't deny help to students seeking it. On top of that, they kept encouraging people to sign up because it's a good networking opportunity.

    There's little help post grad that's actually useful. You're more likely to find a job posting with a simple Google alert than by relying on this school's partnerships.

    They told a white lie about the pay-it-forward tuition. For my class, it was explained as being inspired by a past student's donation of his first chec because he was so grateful for the program. In reality, the deferred tuition is really helping the school pay back investors and other loans. WTF. Some students actually take jobs with a low salary on purpose just so they don't have to pay back the school.

    The most shocking incident of abuse happened at graduation. Students who did not finish all requirements were allowed to continue until they completed the program. These students were also invited to graduation and allowed to walk the stage. They were forced to accept blank certificates. The students had no idea this would happen. Some people had families in attendance. Imagine having to explain this to your loved ones. The cermony's program already listed these students with a note saying they were on track to graduate. This humiliation was not necessary. This was all to fill seats.

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