Sabio is a developer community offering 12-week full-time coding bootcamps in Los Angeles and Orange County. Sabio focuses on .NET/C# and trains across the full-stack in Mobile, Front End, Back End, Source Control, Database and Development platforms. Its project-based learning curriculum and pedagogy provide a superior training experience that exposes its students to the full software development life cycle.
The Sabio curriculum prepares students for entry-level developer jobs by including a real-world project for a client and 4 weeks of career support and guidance. Students also get 6-12 weeks of instructor-led pre-work before starting the intensive bootcamp. All students have access to Sabio's extended mentorship and their professional development program for five years. Sabio instructors have over 100 years of combined professional software engineering experience. Their commitment to small classrooms and expert instruction gives students an edge when competing in the job market.
Sabio is approved by the state of California and is also a founding member and current board member of CIRR, a coding industry organization seeking to provide transparency in outcomes reporting, illustrating their commitment to student outcomes and truth in advertising. Sabio innovates based on experience, expertise and market knowledge.
Applicants do not need previous programming experience, but individuals with prior experience are placed in a faster track than others. The application process at Sabio identifies motivated and engaged students from a variety of backgrounds. Past students include those with advanced degrees in Computer Science, Engineering but also Musicology, Psychology, Finance, Mathematics and many others. All applicants should have a great personality, work ethic, and ability to solve basic logic problems.
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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $15,000 Class size 15 Location Los Angeles, OnlineMicrosoft's .Net Platform is an industry leading framework known for its reliability and wide scale adoption in both small startups and large enterprise organizations. Our Full Stack .Net course will prepare you for the major challenges and opportunities as a software engineer. Learn the client-side frameworks like React, database architectures, APIs, tools and soft skills you need to master Asp.Net and launch your career in just 12 weeks. Master the full stack, and graduate with a deep understanding of both the front and back-end web development that employers are seeking. Our curriculum is open and flexible, and your course instructor will be an industry veteran that’s dedicated 100% to your success.
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Start Date None scheduled Cost $15,000 Class size 15 Location Orange CountyMicrosoft's .Net Platform is an industry leading framework known for its reliability and wide-scale adoption in both small startups and large enterprise organizations. Our Full Stack .Net course will prepare you for the major challenges and opportunities as a software engineer. Learn the client-side frameworks like React, database architectures, APIs, tools and soft skills you need to master Asp.Net and launch your career in just 12 weeks. Master the full stack, and graduate with a deep understanding of both the front and back-end web development that employers are seeking. Our curriculum is open and flexible, and your course instructor will be an industry veteran that’s dedicated 100% to your success.
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- Even after graduating, Sabio still delievers- 3/16/2017Kevin Reevers • Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
It's now been three years since graduating from Sabio, and through the frequent professional development courses, they have been a tremendous help in advancing my career. From fireside chats with the top in the industry (Github, Facebook, and Snapchat just to name a few) to introducing new languages and methods to improve my skills has been a tremendous help. I'm already enthused for what they do with just becoming a developer, but with introducing use cases for implementing Docker and useful ES2015 tips they continue to show that they value my success long after graduating.
- Exceeded expectations, but not without its flaws- 11/3/2019Sam Hong • Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
Bottom line: This bootcamp works. I got a job offer within the first 2 weeks of graduation, and then even a better offer 2 weeks after. It helped me accomplish exactly what I needed to do: find my first dev job, and more: an amazing first dev job, so many valuable connections.
Sabio is effective because Liliana and Gregorio have established a tried and true process that just works: Prework, Lab, cohort (with the big project), interview prep, then post grad support. However, it's important to note that your experience may vary WILDLY depending on your campus, project lead, and your actual project.
Then, the actual cohort of 12-13 weeks (depending on the season) starts you off nice and easy, then leads to a deep dive into a work setting that mimics that of a professional dev once you start your big project, which takes up majority of the cohort. You will learn the meat and potato of full stack development: ReactJs, C# .NET, SQL, etc. There is great value in this setting because your potential employers will appreciate that you have experience in standard software development (GIT, TFS, Agile etc), giving you a huge leg up against other candidates.
The Big Project: This is probably the main selling point of your resume. Sabio connects each cohort with an entrepreneur who needs an MVP. You get a project lead (one of the 3 Sabio instructors) and develop a real web application in a professional setting. For most Sabio fellows on the job hunt, the way they sell this "start up company" work experience is CRITICAL to impressing potential employers.
As mentioned before, this is where some fellows may face problems. Personally, I was fortunate enough to have a great lead and a great project. Not everyone will be so lucky. Your quality of instruction and experience will vary wildly depending on your campus (each campus has an on site instructor), who your project lead is, and overall, your actual project. Your lead is not always the instructor from your campus. You don't choose your project lead or the project, so it's a bit of a Russian roulette.
The last two weeks of cohort always seems to be experimental, and the quality here may again vary. For me, they provided valuable skills for interview prep which landed me 2 job offers.
The instructors provide amazing, high quality post grad support. Liliana and Gregorio have many connections in the industry, and they will definitely help you out during your job hunt. Gregorio and my Project Lead Brijesh really showed how much they cared when they tended to all my questions and doubts.
In conclusion, Sabio is the best choice for a full stack development bootcamp. That being said, just doing the bootcamp will not get you a job; 3 months will go by very quickly. It has its faults, but ultimately how much effort and dedication you put in will determine the outcome.
- Take the leap!- 11/2/2019Ernesto • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
Just completed my cohort at Sabio this month and I must say that I have no regrets. I was hesitatant at first but glad I took the leap. The coding boot camp is definitely challenging but you are given all the tools necessary to be successful in the boot camp and in the work field once you graduate.
- Rebooted my Career in 3 months!- 9/22/2019Crissy C • App Developer • Graduate • Course: Downtown LA ASP.Net // C# Full Stack With React • Campus: Los Angeles
Coming from a research background, I did my due diligence in selecting the right bootcamp that would be rigorous and would hold its students to the highest standards. I was invited to attend a couple bootcamps that had weak and easy "assessments" and I found myself questioning that -- I wanted to be around people who were highly motivated and driven to become software developers, and I found that to be true at Sabio.
The instructors are not afraid of uncomfortable situations and will push you to work hard, believe in yourself, and maintain the highest level of professionalism throughout your time there. It was quickly established that our time at Sabio would be reflective of a professional workspace where you're building a real product and not just a classroom environment.
Shoutout to every single instructor across each of the campuses in DTLA, Culver City, and Irvine!! They are talented developers, mentors, and will always be there for you when you need them to be! Despite how many alums have been through the program, Liliana and Gregorio are always available and check-in with you to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. Definitely check out an info session if you're curious. I came in not knowing a lick of code and received a couple of offers soon after graduating. Trust the process, work hard, and stay curious!
- Great Experience- 8/27/2019Paul • Full Stack Web Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
TLDR: I had a great experience at this bootcamp. I began working (and more importantly performing well) within about 3 months of graduating. I was not very familiar with development before starting, and do not have a college degree and now I work for a company that I am thrilled to work for.
I recently graduated as a full stack web developer from Sabio's .Net offering in Culver City. Gregorio was my instructor. I had the great opportunity to be surrounded by people who were driven and motivated and we were able to accomplish a great deal together. I received great support from my instructor and the staff at Sabio.
When I decied to attend a bootcamp it was very important to me that I learn actual workplace skills and not just be able to pass interview questions. I want to contribute in the workplace and develop my skillset, and I am happy to report that I feel great at work. Development is a career where you never stop learning, and so I don't expect to know everything, but I feel like I did quite well learning skills that are proving useful today.
After graduating I received an overwhelming amount of support. Sabio has a tight community of developers and individuals who will go out of their way to help each other. I was able to find additional mentors and friends within the community who helped me a great deal on my job search. The staff at Sabio definitely had my best interest at heart and kept in contact with me and offered me guidance and advice.
If you are looking for a bootcamp to attend I definitely recommend you drop in for an info session. They host them regularly. I attended my info session in August 2018 and that is where I met Gregorio.
- Not worth the debt- 8/22/2019Justin Richard Verducci • Accountant • Graduate • Course: Downtown LA ASP.Net // C# Full Stack With React • Campus: Los Angeles
I was part of C60 sabio, when signing up with Sabio there were statistics of how great their program was and how they helped a substantial amount of graduates find jobs once the cohort was completed.
Unfortunately for my cohort and myself this wasn’t the case. Out of the 12 members of cohort 60 less than half of us are in a full time coding position.
Our instructor for the cohort was seemingly pushed out near the end of our time which left us with hardly any help for job prospects and assistance. Since our instructor who had worked with us on a daily basis was gone, there was nobody left who could truly speak for us with potential employers.
I have since found employment in a field unrelated to coding but sadly am still left with $20,000 of student loan debt that was used to fund a course that ended up offering no value to me in my career.
Recently, Sabio sent a survey to track where recent cohort grad were in their professional lives so they could use people working full time in marketing. I requested to not be part of their marketing as their course did not help me and have since been removed from their slack channel that was promised to stay open for alumni as an extra resource.
They now have a program in place that requires no money upfront but instead they will take a portion of your salary once fully employed. Lucky for those new students who want to take the risk but for me and many of my cohort members, Sabio left us in debt with no help to actually find a coding career.
- TAKE THE LEAP. You won't regret it- 8/12/2019Jay • Graduate
This review is for the Culver City location.
I enrolled in the beginning of January with Gregorio as my head instructor. Everyday was a challenge, but that's what you want, that's what you're paying for. 3 months may seem like a long time, but if you consider the fact that your life WILL change post bootcamp, it is absolutely worth it.
The thing that separated Sabio from other bootcamps is the sense of community you feel right away. You have access to almuni, instructors, staff, and other students enrolled in a different location right away, and they are ridiculously helpful. Sabio treats you like family and ensures that the money you pay is being used properly. I promise you, YOU WILL BE JOB READY.
If you were like me, you're doing your research and looking up the different bootcamps around the area - looking at reviews, testimonials, price, etc. Let me save your time and tell you YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER BOOTCAMP THAN SABIO. Not only will you come out with all the skills needed to land a gig as a developer, but also, and perhaps more importantly, you will leave with confidence.
Laslty, I want to thank the Sabio family for all they have done for me. Liliana, you're the reason I chose Sabio. I went to the info session and was sold within the hour. Everything you said about the bootcamp turned out to be true..and I greatly appreciate you making me feel comfortable from day 1. Sylvia, everything you do behind the scenes for Sabio made everything in the frontend (pun intended) run smoothly. Instructors (Danny, Hector, Memo, Jack) for always being there whenever I had questions or frustrations about my work - happened a lot. You guys made me a better developer every day, truly. Gregorio for pushing me to become the best developer I could be and being there to answer questions even after I graduated. And lastly, my cohort mates for making the three months of bootcamp enjoyable. I got lucky with you guys.
Oh, and yes, I have gotten a job since graduating as a developer from an amazing company making good money. No prior experience ;)
- Trust the Plan!- 7/13/2019Caroline Yorke • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
This review is for the Culver City, CA location.
Going to a bootcamp is intense. At first I didn’t think I would be able to make it to the end.
A lot of the curriculum and what we were learning didn’t make any sense to me. The ideology of learn how first then why, scared me and was very different from the learning style that I was used to.
However, by the 6-7th week of the program. Of trusting in Gregorio’s plan (putting in the hours, learning how to use Google to research answers, getting on the queue to ask meaningful questions, and actually writing code) I started to feel more comfortable and confident in the work that I was doing. And by the end of the program, I realized just how far we had come from day 1.
A lot of what you learned how to do in the program, you still may not understand the “why” but I noticed that once you start working professional it will start to make more sense. And it’s important to keep learning after the program as there’s still lots more to learn!
the experience you get working with an entrepreneur on a project, using agile methodologies (daily stand ups, sprints, code reviews, demos with product managers, etc) at Sabio is very close to what you’ll experience at work.
I also liked that Gregorio and Liliana are also very responsive to questions, always willing to help, and are encouraging.
Trust in Gregorio’s plan, put in the effort and time to write code, stay positive and don’t give up even when it may feel overwhelming.
- Claire • Front End Developer • Graduate
If you're reading this review, you're probably where I was, about 6 months ago. I was in the middle of a career change, trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do next, when I decided that I wanted to learn how to code and become a developer.
If you want the short version, I highly recommend this program. I learned a TON in just three months, and I got two job offers within two weeks of finishing the program.
If you want the long version, keep reading...
From there, I had to figure out just how I was going to make that career transition. After doing a lot of research between different boot camps, and even considering trying to get into a Master's program for Computer Science (my background is in biology), I ultimately decided on Sabio, and I cannot be more happy with my decision.
I learned an unbelievable amount in such a short time frame. In only 3-4 months, I learned how to code and develop the skills necessary to land a job in the tech industry. I do want to say, however, that that doesn't mean that just because you go through this course, you'll get a job. You have to be willing to put in that work. The hours are long (~12 hours / day) and the work is intense, but if you put in the time and effort, and engage with the instructors and your peers, you will come out of this course successful.
Another comment I want to make is about the class structure / curriculum. I came out of a four-year degree, so I completely understand the college format with lectures and seminars, where you take tests and write essays to demonstrate whether you have 'understood' a concept. Don't expect that here. A huge part of coding, which I also realized during this boot camp, is just diving right in and learning by trial and error. Another key component is learning how to do the research to figure out your own coding problems. Then, you'll have the skillset to keep learning and expanding your knowledge, and keep up with all the changes constantly happening in the world of software development long after you have finished the course. For people accustomed to the traditional classroom setting, you might feel some frustration at the beginning, but if you just trust the instructors, and the curriculum, it will all make sense to you as the weeks go by, as you realize how quickly your ability to code is improving.
I could really go on and on about how great this boot camp is, but to cut things off here, I just want to make one last comment. I am honestly, so, so happy with my experience here. Not just with the course itself, but also with the Sabio community and network that I now have. Gregorio and Liliana (the founders) are so sweet and they really care about their students (like its insane to me how much effort and love they pour into Sabio and their students, and the continued support I have received from them as an alum). I got my first job offer a week and a half after my course ended, and even then, Gregorio made time to speak with me on the phone and gave me awesome advice on how to land the offer for the company I really wanted to work at (my second offer).
If by any chance you still have doubts about Sabio (which I get, choosing a boot camp out of so many options is tough, I went through it), honestly just go check them out -- go to one of their info sessions. That's what I did, that's what gave me the final push to choose Sabio, and now I have an amazing job that I love.
- The Best Decision I've Ever Made- 4/9/2019Matthew • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Downtown LA ASP.Net // C# Full Stack With React • Campus: Los Angeles
Six months ago I was a down on my luck actor, with no college degree, living off of a rapidly decreasing savings account. Now I am a full-time Web Developer with a salary and benefits at a company I love.
Before going to Sabio, I had messed around with teaching myself to code and freelancing. However, I felt like I had hit a point where I needed some more guidance and direction. I had heard about bootcamps but had assumed they were too good to be true.
Earlier this year, I decided it was time to officially make the switch from to a career in software development. I didn't have the time or money to go to a 4-year program but I knew I needed something to kick my skills up a notch. I started researching bootcamps; despite my doubts. Out of all the bootcamps I looked at, Sabio stuck out. I can't say exactly what it was about Sabio, maybe it was simply a gut feeling, but I definately made the right call.
Roughly two weeks after graduating from the 12-week program, I accepted a full-time job offer. I started last week, and I can say confidently that Sabio more than prepared me for the workforce. The instructors are extremely knowledgable. They never hold your hand but will teach you how to find the answers yourself; which is how the real world works. And the fact that you get to work with a real-world startup through the program is a huge deal. (no other bootcamp I know of does this).
If you're considering a bootcamp, I strongly encourage you to look into Sabio. It changed my life. If you really commit yourself to the work, the results can be truly miraculous.
- College in a few months- 2/26/2019Jay • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
I remeber being in your shoes reading these reviews... Thinking to my self, full of doubt, these can't be true. Why isn't everyone else doing this? And let me tell you most of these reviews are true, because what happened to me is a true story. And to be honest, the reason why not everyone does it, is simply because it is not for everybody. Let me just begin by telling you that the way SABIO does it is really, safe for you as a student. Because they first hold warm up classes and then you take a test to see if you can get into a cohort. And trust me its not just a sham I saw people that had to take it multiple times. So if you pass ,it means the instructors believe you have what it takes to be a dev. Now once you get into the classes, the instructors are with you literally halft the day, feeding you constant information and helping you along the way. The awesome thing is that in this school you get to work on an actual product as a team, its literally your first job as a dev. Well if you see it that way anyways. What I am saying is this school gives you every single thing you need to be sucessful, that can be given by a thirdparty. I mean they literally spoon feed you the best Industry knowledge, and even coach you and give you motivation. HOWEVER, your ultimate sucesss is without a doubt up to YOU. I was lucky enough to be in a cohort full of motivated competitive individuals, who all suportted each other. We would stay late until they kicked us out, and even on sundays we would meet up, me and another guy at the cafeterias to continue grinding,and trying to out-do the other. It turns out this paid off, we were so prepared, we both landed consulting jobs right out the bat. I got mine literally like 2 weeks after, the cohort. After a few failed interviews I kept listening to the advice of Gregorio and Liliana and kept honing my craft. and the rest is history now...I Know have been through a few Jobs and go head to head with graduates from major CS schools. But of course I also had a an undergrad degree , and always kept my mind sharp. what I am saying is when it comes to web development, this school teaches you the best standards, in the best way. 100 % recommend if you are not lazy, have a brain, and are fully motivated to become a software developer. Best wishes, and happy coding :)
- Front End Developer- 10/25/2018Harold Kim • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
By far the best bootcamp to attend in SoCal if you are trying to make a career shift into coding. The reason I'd recommend this place over others such as Hack Reactor or Coding Dojo, is because this place trains you like you are working in a real life environment. You are assigned to a start up during your bootcamp and are responsible for creating a live working product for that entrepreneur. I think this is a game changer.
- A Great Choice- 10/4/2018Ben • Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
It's hard to imagine that 6 months ago I was in an entirely different line of work and now I write code for a living, all thanks to Sabio. I was at a stage in my career where my earnings potential was limited due to not having enough hard skills on my resume. I decided to learn programming and found my way to Sabio's prework, which solidified my interest in programming along with the school itself. Before cohort started, I mentally prepared myself for what I thought would be the toughest 3-months of my life. The actual cohort was tough at times and I did struggle here and there, but I didn't realize how much I would enjoy all of it. If you push yourself and put in the hours, I believe Sabio does a great job at preparing you to be employable as a developer. My recommendation to anyone considering going to Sabio is to check out their prework. I think it's a good place to get a feel of what you'll be getting into in terms of Sabio as a school and programming as a career choice. And if you do decide to attend Sabio, I highly recommend my instructor Dan in the .NET course.
- Stop looking - CHOOSE SABIO!- 8/22/2018Abby • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
I can't say enough great things about Sabio and my experience in their program! I looked at a lot of different courses in LA and on the west coast, even taking part-time classes at other similar schools before starting Sabio. No one else is doing what they're doing. Seriously! I'm a few months out of the program and I still have zero regrets about my decision to trust Sabio with my career change.
Sabio prepares you for a JOB! Instructors have years of industry experience, know engineering best practices and teach you how to be a great developers. You work on a real application, use new technologies and build real features with a team! The professional training I received outside of just learning to code was unexpected, but may have been the best part! It enabled me to feel confident that I could walk into any new team / office / project and start contributing right away.
My instructor, John Lee, was amazing, and really took the time to mentor and challenge each and everyone one of us. Everyone on the Sabio team cares about your success (the alumni are the same!). Gregorio, Liliana and all the instructors go out of their way to make sure you have the tools you need to succeed. The community is truly unique!
My previous professional experiences were in non technical roles with a non STEM degree. Now I'm a Software Engineer at a job I'm loving! I couldn't have done it without them! GO TO SABIO!
- Sabio is Number 1- 7/3/2018Johnny • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: YPI Tech Hire Bootcamp • Campus: Los Angeles
I always wanted to be a software developer, and Sabio made that dream of mine come true. Just like you I read reviews here and found out about this amazing community. Liliana and Gregorio the founders of Sabio are two of the nicest people I have ever met. Meeting Gregorio assured me that this is unlike any other bootcamp and that they really care about me and my success as a developer. My instructor Dan is one of the most knowledgable, and experienced software developers, and technology specialists on the planet. I am working now as a software engineer and I still benefit from everything that Dan taught us during the 3 months that he was our teacher. At my current job I was able to incorporate multi-threading in my software reducing average run-time from 40 minutes to 5 minutes thanks to Dan's teachings. There was basically no stopping me from exploring different aspects of software development. What you'll experience in Sabio is going to be life-changing. I received 2 software engineering job offers in 2 weeks following my graduation thanks to Gregorio and Liliana's helpful advice, and guidance. The community is there to support you. Every instructor I met helped me take steps toward my goal of becoming a valuable software engineer. Thank you Gregorio, Liliana, Dan, Hector, Danny, John, Victor, and everyone I met at Sabio. You guys ROCK! Wanna learn how to code? You have to go to Sabio.
- Not What They Appear To Be- 6/26/2018Jordan • Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
Sabio does what it says on the tin: they'll teach you to code and(mostly) help you get a job in the field. At least it worked for me. I would take everything they say with a grain of salt though as their talent for marketing far exceeds their ability to deliver on those marketing promises.
For half of my cohort, C44 which graduated in December 2017, have yet to find work. That's a 50% employment rate for *my* peers(I hear it was better in the past). I would be extremely leary of Sabio's reported outcomes as they tend to cherry pick what they report. As a result, their CIRR stats are misleading.
I would also be remiss if I didn't point out that THEY HIRE STUDENTS AS INSTRUCTORS. I was shocked when I found this out and it seems that Sabio works really hard to keep this fact buried. It clearly states in their marketing that they don't do this however a student who graduated from my cohort last December with zero professional experience is now teaching Sabio's course on Blockchain.
My experience with Sabio was pretty miserable: the founders harassed me when I pushed them to allow students to meet instructors prior to starting classes, so much so that I had to involve third parties to protect my interests and hold Sabio's founders accountable. Furthermore, when I began classes at Sabio in the summer of 2017 they were still using instructional materials from 2014, including teaching AngularJS 1.x(AngularJS is dead, Angular 2+ is still relevant). The instructional materials were riddled with spelling and grammatical errors and were very clearly copy/pasted from one module to another as the same typographical errors and verbage appeared in multiple lessons.
I hear from older Sabio alumni that you used to be able to recommend other alumni based on the fact that they attended Sabio, however that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Remember, if you're a veteran using the GI Bill there is essentially zero barrier to entry. Just show up with your money and Sabio will take it, whether you have the aptitude to be a professional programmer or not. As a result, there were an alarming number of students who graduated the program unable to solve rudimentary code challenges encountered in interviews(fizz buzz, fibonacci, palindromes, etc). I feel bad for those students because Sabio should have dismissed them when they weren't meeting the standard instead of leading them to believe they could succeed in the industry.
It sounds like Sabio was really setting the standard back in their hayday, but now it seems like they're struggling to scale up and the quality of the program has deteriorated noticeably. I would advise anybody looking at attending a coding bootcamp to look elsewhere.
Response From: Liliana Aide Monge of SabioTitle: CEO & Co-FounderMonday, Jul 02 2018Jordan,
I do not understand what has transpired since you graduated at the end of December 2017 to make you this upset with our program. I am going to clarify a couple of false claims you made in your post, primarily, that 50% of your cohort is unemployed. This is 100% inaccurate. There is only person that has not found full-time employment, and he moved outside of Southern California, where a majority of our employer contacts are located. Every other person is working or is a tech entrepreneur or a student, your claims are false. Also, you have mentioned on our internal slack channel that you were super happy and grateful to the Sabio Community because all of your reliable job leads came from the community you are now trashing. You work at a job opportunity that was posted on our internal slack jobs channel, and the entire sabio nation gave you a positive referral. I hope that you seek assistance for whatever is ailing you; however, Sabio did nothing but provide you with support and education for 6 months, and for your 3 months while you were searching for a job. May you find comfort and solace and move forward in a positive light.
Lastly, your CSC 1010 instructor was Jitin, and your bootcamp instructor was Dan, both are industry professionals and not Sabio Grads. We have two Sabio grads, Danny and Hector that help during the on-boarding and prework / week zero part of the program that is instruction we provide at very little to no-cost PRIOR to the cohort beginning. Gripping about getting additional assistance before you start the coding bootcamp from Danny and Hector is completely unreasonable and is not tantamount to your erroneous statement "They use grads to teach". That is categorically false.
You got onto our community slack and began to disparage all our community members; therefore, you were removed from slack. I think that is the reason why you came onto this review site to write your review, because we refuse to allow you to belittle and abuse our community members.
You graduated at the end of December 2017 and you have been employed as a software engineer for months now, it is time you move on to greener pastures, and posting on this review site from your cushy tech job is really unnecessary.
- Get out what you put in!- 4/5/2018Eddie • .NET Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Weekday Training (12 Weeks) • Campus: Orange County
I'm a Marine vet who went through the Sabio via Antioch. Let me start off by saying, just like anything else in life you WILL get out what you put in! A little background about myself; I studied computer science for 1 year, dropped out, joined the Marines but never stop learning about web development. The key to getting the most out of this program is to be aggressive in your learning and never let up. It WILL be exhausting but you have to fight through the because the short time you have with your cohort and instructor really will fly by.
If it's not apparent by the time you finish pre-work, you should know that this intensive training is meant for you to LEARN how to solve complex web development problems on your OWN. The instructors are there to guide you through the process, NOT give you the solution because the truth is there are countless possible solutions you simply want to learn how to figure out solutions to problems you will encounter will writing software.
Like most great products or services there will always be a need for improvements but that doesn't mean you won't learn EXACTLY what you need to land a job as a web developer, software engineer or software developer. The single most important part of this whole experience is YOU. When they say you need to put in 70hrs a week, that's exactly what it means! No exceptions! I really can't stress this enough. It's possible and will definitely show when it's time to go out and find jobs. You’ll feel confident in knowing you learned the most sought after skills in the industry.
Ok the part you've probably been waiting for. What were my results? Well after job hunting for 9 days I was able to land a job on the LAST day of my cohort for the salary I requested, which is well above the average you see posted here.
There is no magic tricks to this program and the results speak for itself. If you're looking for a exceptional software engineering bootcamp. Sabio is definitely the way to go
- A viable way into the tech industry- 2/5/2018Drew • Campus: Los Angeles
Enrolling in Sabio was a great career decision. I enrolled in Sabio knowing little about programming. Their prework gave me a good enough foundation to begin cohort, which is where I received the bulk of my training. Having a great instructor makes all the difference, and mine was terrific with over a decade of real industry experience (I lucked out, I heard he recently left). I landed a good job two months after graduation. Ultimately, you get what you put in, so give it your all if you decide to join this program.
- The Perfect Launch Pad for Your Career in Tech- 1/31/2018Kyle • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
Before Sabio I was a college grad with a Business Degree working in a job doing the same tasks day in and day out. I knew this was not a Job that would move me anywhere anytime soon. My girlfriend was in a marketing position and ended up making the transition into a front end developer role and the work she brought home looks really interesting to me and I have always had an interest in technology. I had experience building PC's and thought it would be a good idea to get into the software side of tech. We both decided to make the journey into Sabio at the same time and I quit my Job and my girlfriend took a "leave of absence", she never ended up going back to that company.
We started the course and were pleasantly surprised by how much we were learning. The environment was almost identical to that of a real world development team. They bring in real world Product Owners and that experience was probably the most helpful part of the whole course. 1 month after graduating I got an offer for 65 and negotiated up to 73 with a review at 6 months in hopes of seeing a raise to 80k upon satisfactory performance.
Sabio helps with the interview process and is an incredible resource even after graduating as I come across real world issues at my current position I can always count on them to help me through the Sabio Slack channel.
I worked my ass off to learn as much as I could during the course and you really need to do this in order to get the most out of it. If you just sort of do the minimum you will have a hard time once you are job searching. Sabio gives you the tools and in order to be successful you need to use those tools as much as possible. Having a natural curiosity is a huge bonus and I would say if you are just in it for the money this career may not be for you. Sabio can increase your salary without a doubt but to truly thrive in this field you need that curiosity and drive to learn and code on weekends.
Don't just copy any piece of code without really knowing what it does. You are only hurting yourself in the long run. You will be paying a good amount for the course but I can tell you without a doubt that it is worth it, however, you must put the work in. The sabio community is incredibly understanding and the instructors really care about each and every student. If you have some personal issues you need to take care of they will be fine with you taking a day to work from home, as long as you don’t short yourself you will learn more than you could ever think possible in a 3 month period.
Best of luck to you all in your endeavors and I hope to see you in the Sabio Slack channel.
- Sabio will set you up for success- 1/3/2018Wendy • Programmer • Graduate • Campus: Los Angeles
When researching bootcamps, extension courses, and computer science degrees, information can be endless. There's so many options. You will hear over and over again that 'you dont need a CS degree to code'. So that's probably why you're reading this. Bootcamps vary and not all have a strong curriculum. After months of research, I found Sabio. I went to the Info Session they had and they answered a lot of questions. But I didn't care about their cool website and fancy graphic portfolio about statistics and numbers. I wanted to know about the graduates. That's when I did more research on the students. I looked at linkedIn accounts and noticed a consistent quality throughout all the profiles. I finally decided to begin pre-work and from the first week I knew that Sabio's instructors were top notch. I felt completely comfortable asking as many questions as needed from either the students or instructors. I noticed immediately that the environment that Gregorio and Liliana fostered was positive and extremely motivating.
Throughout my experience at Sabio I saw results. Which is my main point of all of this. I felt myself catching on, maybe not as fast as others, but I felt myself learning the material bit by bit. I came from trying to teach myself through online tutorials. I found myself getting frustrated because I had no formal direction and the internet is FULL of resources, it can become overwhelming. Sabio provides focus and teaches you the building blocks which will lead you on a clear path of understanding programming languages.
Sabio training is hard. It's supposed to be. Anytime you feel comfortable in this environment, you are not moving forward. Gregorio and Liliana said that cohort training is meant to simulate an actual working development environment. Code all day, reviews, research, etc. That's exactly how my current job as a Programmer is structured. You will learn more than just coding as Sabio. They prepare you for job searching, resume building, interview prep, team interaction, project presentation, explaining your code, the list goes on. The best part about that is it doesn't end when you finish cohort. You will have access to resources, the community, and the instructor’s way beyond your graduation date. And trust me, you will need it.
I encourage anyone to reach out to Sabio for more information. Go check out their info session. And if you want to do what I did, you can find me on linkedin and send me a message. Trust me, I was hesitant to do ANY kind of 'dev bootcamp'. I'm so glad I chose the right one!
- Investment in yourself- 11/19/2017Jessica • Software engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Weekday Training (12 weeks) • Campus: Los Angeles
Prior to joining Sabio, I was an account manager in the warehouse logisitics business. At the time I felt like I have already capped out at where I am in my career. Wanting more for myself, I decided to enroll in the Sabio program after a referral from an fellow graduate.
I had no coding/computer science experience prior to Sabio and after the 12 week program, I was able to land a job in a company I'm truly passionate about.
Aside from the curriculam, I think what sets Sabio apart is the amount of love and care Gregorio and Lililiana provides for their students. They make you feel like family and are always there when you need assistance. With that in mind they have carefully selected instructors, who are not only very experienced in the development field but also embodies the same amount of care for their students.
The best part about Sabio is that it doesn't just end when the curriculum ends, the instructors still provide you with brown bag lessons weekly to keep you engaged in coding, there is also a job board where alumnis post jobs for all the job seekers. It's a community that offers you with endless support. Even after my program have ended, my instructors were still helping me with any questions I may have whether it was about coding or job search related. Shout out to Mike and Dan, I couldn't have done it without you both.
To conclude my review, I just want to say investing in yourself is the best investment you'll ever make. With the help of Sabio, you're that much closer to where you want to be.
- Let Sabio make you a beast!- 11/15/2017Jake Westerfield • Software Developer • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development at Antioch University • Campus: Los Angeles
Background: U.S Military Veteran(U.S. Navy), I.T.(Desktop Support) 5+ yrs, B.A. in Economics @NIU, tried coding w/ Code Academy, FreeCodeCamp, w3schools.com, eventually realized an in-person coding Bootcamp would be a lot better investment of time(unless you want to waste years learning on your own) and money.
I moved to Los Angeles, CA from Chicago, IL to look for programs in software development, initially thinking to move to the Bay Area/ Silicon Valley, I found a great program in Sabio. Started the program in Feb ended in Early August, took the course in Culver City, CA, and looked for a job for about 3 months, before deciding to leave L.A.'s job market to hit a slightly better one in Denver(top job market in the country!...supposedly), I found a job a week after moving to Denver making $30,000($73k) more than my last job in Jan 2017 as a Desktop Support Technician($40k) at Chevron in El Segundo, CA. I now work for the Department of Interior, in Denver, CO as a Software Developer. So yea, its real, but I worked late hours coding, asked for lots of help, researched a ton, and put a lot of effort into programming. The better news is not even days after I got my offer, I was able to use the training I learned in Sabio to leverage that offer to get HIGHER offers from other companies once I mentioned I had an offer on the table. Next thing you know I had offers for $85k and $90k! SabioLA training has worked wonders on not only making me a phenomenal developer, developing in almost any language due to the fundamental skills they taught me, but I also now know how to effectively deal with HR and recruiters with some of the biggest companies in the world. Sabio even has connections with Microsoft due to the quality of the developers they put out. We had personal mentors from companies like Github, Twitter, and Facebook(React Team), to name just a FEW rock stars in the software world who personally came to Sabio to give us advice and pointers.
So if the perfect rating doesn't show you already this should be a no-brainer, and your still skeptical that maybe we're paid or something to write a review, just know Sabio helping me make $75k(starting entry level), to possibly pulling in potential offers to $95k, writing this little review is the LEAST I can do to thank them for making me a beast in software development.
Advice for you in the bootcamp, take a deep breath, prework isn't the same as the cohort, ask questions when you don't know not only from the teacher but also maybe more advanced students(don't be shy), it won't be easy or a cake walk, but nothing worth it is, trust the process and good luck in becoming a rock star developer.
Oh, some advice, though I don't know if Sabio would approve. If your having a tough time finding a job, look into relocating to job market that might have a little less competition for .NET jobs like Denver, CO, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, etc. You'll be surprised at how much .NET developers are needed outside of L.A., found a job in Denver, CO in 1 week, and that's with me not moving that quickly.
- why sabio- 11/8/2017Jane • Student • Course: Full Stack Node.js with React • Campus: Los Angeles
I was recommended to Sabio from a family member and decided to attend an info session which confirmed that this was the bootcamp I wanted to go to. I was at a plateau career wise and wanted to start making the big bucks. My job absolutely sucked. As one of the few females in the tech department, I was not getting the respect and recognition I deserved and was ready to try something new and truly excell in the industry. The teachers at Sabio are absolutely extraordinary, not only do they know what they are doing, but they are true mentors: kind, patient, and passionate. My instructor has made such an impact on my career and I can truly call him my mentor. Think about your favorite teachers in the world, now multiply that by 20 and now you get Sabio instructors. Also getting to be around a bunch of awesome and strong women in tech was refreshing!
Learning to code isn't easy, its not just simple HTML, CSS, and vanilla JS anymore, this is serious programming which can be scary at first. Sabio gives you the tools, guidance, and motivation you need to be a successfull programmer in any environment. You aren't working on silly tic tac toe projects. You code on a real web application, in a real work environment as a team, not as a study group in a class. Anyone can do this if they really want to.
Additionally, they don't just care about how well you are doing in class, but they truly care about what's going on in your personal life and give you support and advice if you need any. Not only are the teachers great, but so is the community. You will continue to get full support well after you have graduated from alumni, teachers, and Liliana and Gregorio themselves.
In terms of the curriculum, I was very impressed. It was structured in a very intelligent way so that you really can succeed. The money is completely worth it, I got a job within 2 weeks after the program finished. The company I am now working for is a completely different stack. Sabio has given me the tools I need to be a successful programmer in any language and I am doing well already!
I increased my salary by 16.67 % and I am making above average out of the program.
If you are really looking for something to change your life, give you the confidence and skills you need to make great money, be successfull, or anything else you want out of your future. This is the place.
- Junior Software Programmer- 11/8/2017Kenny Okada • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Weekday Training (12 weeks) • Campus: Los Angeles
Less than a year ago, I decided to fully change my career around from international business to go into the tech industry. I randomly stumbled upon Sabio and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I went from zero knowledge of any programming, development, or even coding in general for that matter to being hired as a junior software programmer. Sabio takes the time and effort for those with zero experience like myself and taking the necessary steps to prepare them for what it’s like to be a developer. With the free online courses to Pre-Work training to Lab work, all were extremely helpful to get my feet wet. Once in the boot camp, working with a team of 12 and 1 instructor made the environment of working on a project realistic. Having the guidance of a very knowledgeable instructor, helped in creating solutions for any problem or questions that had presented itself. Even instructors from other cohorts were more than happy to help with anything.
I was not passionate about international business and the hardest part about switching careers is what to switch to and then making that leap. I am truly grateful for Sabio and I have finally found a career path I am passionate about. If you really put your mind into it, you really can get the most out of everything that Sabio has to offer.
- Invest in Yourself- 11/7/2017Mylinh • Developer Consultant • Student • Course: Full Stack Weekday Training (12 Weeks) • Campus: Orange County
Learning to be a true developer through Sabio was a rewarding journey, and I’m honestly still in awe at how much I’ve gained through it. This whole experience was just a confirmation that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Earlier this year while deciding if I wanted to go back to school, I kept coming across articles and testimonies about how anyone could learn coding, how career changers were able to thrive in development jobs, and how the tech industry needed more women. My curiosity got the best of me as I started realizing how enjoyable the free lessons on Codeacademy were, leading to me doing hours of research into coding bootcamps and happening upon Sabio and their stellar reviews. I lived in Dallas, TX, and this was a huge commitment and move for me to pursue a new chapter in my life. But I flew out to California and was sold after talking with instructors, current students, and fellows that Sabio connected me with. They were down-to-earth and offered nothing but encouragement and confidence that it would be worthwhile – and they were completely right.
Sabio stood out for the fact that they have a rich network of developers, and to have those resources, connections, and advice available to you is priceless. It is not a typical classroom environment – you work day in and day out for the experience of working on a real project with a real team of your cohortmates, learning on the fly. The vast amount of knowledge and the application of that knowledge that you gain in this “bootcamp” environment is no joke – and I wouldn’t have had the discipline or mentorship to learn everything I know now on my own without Sabio.
The stars aligned for me because I personally couldn’t have asked for a better experience or outcome. The OC campus was nice and in a convenient location right across from the bustling Fashion Island. I was grouped with awesome colleagues in my cohort, with whom I had an environment of support and camaraderie as we encouraged each other to keep pushing forward those twelve weeks. I’m indebted to our instructor Jeremy, whose patient mentorship and insane knowledge and experience got us to where we are today. He’s a great teacher and a great guy, and it was uncanny how he knew how to answer all of the questions I had that I didn’t even know how to ask. Vic, the other instructor at the OC campus, was also always so supportive as far as career advice, interview prep, and guidance went.
I currently call myself a developer consultant, which on many days seems surreal, given that I knew nothing about programming at the beginning of this year. At my current company, I came to appreciate how well I was prepared for my position in many ways: working and communicating with a team, knowing how to resourceful enough to solve a problem or produce a solution, and thinking like a developer. The classroom setting itself emulated the environment I am in daily and all the skills I learned in that setting have contributed to my confidence in my growth as a dev and the growth of my career.
It’s possible. If you want a career in development, my advice is to go all in and invest in yourself. If you’re going to commit to Sabio, you’ll be given the right resources to succeed – but it’s up to YOU how effectively you utilize those resources. The most important thing to be conscious of is that there is nothing magical about this process – your success is directly correlated to how hard you work, how much time you put in to understand your craft, and how much you put yourself out there and ask questions. If you keep focused, keep a positive attitude (which is so key when things get rough!), and have fun with the process, this could be the most rewarding decision you make for yourself.
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