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Software Guild

Average Rating4.66
161 Reviews
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The Software Guild offers immersive full-time, online, 12-week or part-time, 10 to 14-month coding bootcamps. Courses focus on .NET/C# and Java and do a deep dive into the language fundamentals, server side, data tier, user interface, and tools. Software Guild focuses on .NET/C# and Java because those stacks are stable, proven, and in highest demand in the enterprise. The Software Guild takes driven beginners, or more experienced students passionate about development,...
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    Anonymous
    .NET/C# • Online
    Jan 01, 2017
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    Wasted $5000 and 4 months of my time

    Do yourself a favor, don't waste your money and most importantly YOUR TIME on this program. I will be reviewing online .Net program only. The in-person bootcamp might be good due to live interactions with the instructors and some accountability, but please STAY AWAY from the online program.  Here is why:

    1) They will make you buy a $700 laptop for $1500 (Dell Latitude E5470). I’ve owned several PC’s and before the start of online cohort I ask...

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    Eric Wise of Software Guild

    Chief Academic Officer

    Jan 17, 2017

    I am sorry to read this negative experience of our program. Unfortunately we cannot verify this individual was enrolled in our program due to the email address provided not being present in our system.
     
    That being said, I would like to address some inaccuracies in this review:
     
    1. Laptop Cost: Laptop purchases are no longer required. The review’s opinion of the cost of the laptop is inaccurate as they were sold at-cost and did include a premium support package so that if something broke it would be fixed expediently by the vendor with minimal disruption.
    2. Poor Platform: Our staff is wholly focused on delivering content and providing student support. Building our own system would take resources away from students and hosting content is a problem that has been solved by dozens of software packages. 
      That being said we are moving to a new system on 1/23 which provides multiple additional benefits to interactions and grading.
    3. Pre-work $1,000: The Introduction to Web Development course is being updated and released as a free online course in 2017. We feel the public will not agree with the value statement made here.
    4. They don't keep promises: Our mentors, including Randall, are available every weekday via a program we call open office hours from 3pm – 9pm (and often later). Any student can drop in without an appointment during those hours and receive assistance. Any apprentice can also make an appointment with any instructor simply by reaching out to them.
      Flipped classroom weekly sessions were ended due to student survey feedback which stated that they preferred the flexibility of the open office hours to being forced to show up at a specific time.
    5. Busy staff: Our policy is to have assignments graded within 3 business days of submission. If this was not happening notifying any staff member would have resolved the situation expediently.
    6. Unorganized curriculum: Our hundreds of successful alumni would disagree with this assessment. Our curriculum is constantly evolving and we continue to add and update content based on student performance and feedback.
     
    It is unfortunate that I cannot verify this reviewer attended the program. It is also unfortunate that if they did attend our program and walked away with this perception that they did not utilize the resources available to them during the program or communicate these issues so they could be resolved expediently. I am confident that potential Guild students will see that this is not even close to a typical Guild experience.
     
    Eric Wise
    CAO
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    Anonymous
    jr. dev • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Nov 08, 2016
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    Pretty Solid Choice

    I attended the Java cohort over this past summer. My instructor was Mr. Pat Toner. The classes were casual and comfortable. I was really impressed with Pat's patience. We gave weekly code reviews (often the code didn't work for everybody), we asked silly questions, we brought up various software issues for him to fix, and we did plenty of other annoying things. He was always encouraging and approachable.

    As for the course, I had little programming experience so I don't have much ...

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  • anonymous
    Anonymous
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Oct 27, 2016
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    I was very skepitcal...

    When someone tried to sell me on this idea that I could change my whole world in 12 weeks, I was quite skeptical. Long story short, this was the best career decision I ever made in my life. If I could go back, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    As for a little background, I had a lot of education before I showed up at the guild. The problem was that none of my previous degrees helped me land a job doing much more than performing menial tasks for more than $18,000 a year. Just f...

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  • James Spencer
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    Tier 3 Client Support Engineer • Graduate • .NET/C# • Akron
    Jul 21, 2016
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    Would Not Recommend

    The syllabus was impressive, covering a full stack of well-known technologies. 

    Coursework was largely group dependent. If your partner did not hold up their end of the assignment, your grade would suffer. The instructor was extremely poor in grading and giving feedback, even when requested. Not a single piece of code was graded for our second half of the cohort until a few days before the final was due.

    The instructor did not complete the syllabus material, despite us ...

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  • Scott Stahl
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    Software Developer • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Jun 07, 2016
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    Great way to restart my career

    The Software Guild was a way out of a job that didn't make me happy. In high school, I decided to go into my family business instead of pursuing my love at the time which was computers and software. I had turned 30 and started wishing that I had made a different decision. I didn't want to invest the time and money in a university masters program and decided to take a chance on one of these software bootcamps. I chose the Software Guild because it was close to home, had great reviews, and i...

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Software Guild Alumni Outcomes

92%
Employment Rate
47%
Graduation Rate
$60,000
Median Salary
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92% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 35 graduates included in report:
180 Day employment breakdown
Employed in-field91.7%
Full-time employee87.5%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position4.2%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation0.0%
Not seeking in-field employment0.0%
Employed out-of-field0.0%
Continuing to higher education0.0%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons0.0%
Still seeking job in-field8.3%
Could not contact0.0%
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Recent Software Guild News

Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated February 14, 2022
When elementary school teacher Mark found himself learning how to code alongside his students, he realized tech may be a better career fit for him. Wanting to land a developer job quickly after graduating, Mark enrolled at The Software Guild s part-time, online .NET/C# coding bootcamp to learn the tech stack that would make him most marketable in Minneapolis. But what was Mark actually able to learn at Software Guild ? Take a tour of the car sales application that Mark built for ...
Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated November 30, 2021
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Jess Feldman
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Updated August 17, 2021
Java is a well-established programming language and learning Java can lead you into a great tech career. So what does the path look like from newbie to expert in Java development? Software Guild instructor, David Hunnicutt walks us through the job titles, responsibilities, and average salaries for today s Java developers at the entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level. Plus, David shares insider tips on what to expect in the technical interview for Java developer roles, ...
Liz Eggleston
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Updated June 02, 2021
Since 2013, Software Guild has been offering both virtual and in-person bootcamps teaching Java and .NET/C#. Kishore Pashindla, a Technical Trainer at The Software Guild, joins us for a virtual walkthrough of the Software Guild online classroom and explains a typical day at the bootcamp. Kishore also shares his advice for students interested in making a career change into tech and tells us exactly what sets Software Guild apart from other remote bootcamps. Please note, currently ...
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Updated April 29, 2021
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Jess Feldman
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Updated February 18, 2021
When Miranda decided to pivot from clinical dietitian into software engineering, she was drawn to The Software Guild because of their reputation in Louisville. Miranda explains how The Software Guild s remote Java bootcamp made it possible to make a career-change while working full-time. Plus, Miranda shares how The Software Guild s career services team gave her the support she needed to land her first software engineering role after graduating! What inspired you to pivot ...
Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated January 12, 2021
Their latest CIRR report shows a 91% alumni job placement rate at The Software Guild, but how exactly is The Software Guild preparing graduates for the workforce? Director of Career Services, Kipp Graham, tells us about their commitment to each bootcamper s success, from their initial career goals to landing their first job. Plus, Kipp explains how to assess whether a company is the right fit for you and what employers are actually looking for in today s junior developers. Meet ...
Jess Feldman
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Updated March 11, 2021
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Liz Eggleston
Liz Eggleston
Updated July 02, 2024
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Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated January 25, 2021
The Software Guild and sister company, mthree have launched Aspire 1000, a new scholarship program that gives free training to one thousand underrepresented new techies! The robust program offers skills training as well as thorough career support for graduates. But what makes this program so special is that it is completely free to accepted students! Rachel Green of The Software Guild and Piers Fox, Marketing Director of mthree, walk us through all the elements of the program, ...
Liz Eggleston
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Updated December 26, 2023
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Software Guild Alumni Reviews Summary

Overall Experience
4.7
Instructors
4.7
Curriculum
4.6
Job Assistance
4.7
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Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, Resident School License No. R-0470, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, OHE Assigned Institution ID: 1829945
FAQs

How much does Software Guild cost?

Software Guild costs around $13,750.

What courses does Software Guild teach?

Software Guild offers courses like Java, .NET/C#.

Where does Software Guild have campuses?

Software Guild teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

Is Software Guild worth it?

The data says yes! In 2019, Software Guild reported a 47% graduation rate, a median salary of $60,000, and 92% of Software Guild alumni are employed. Software Guild hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 161 Software Guild alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Software Guild on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Software Guild legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 161 Software Guild alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Software Guild and rate their overall experience a 4.66 out of 5.

Does Software Guild offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like Software Guild offers scholarships or accepts the GI Bill. We're always adding to the list of schools that do offer Exclusive Course Report Scholarships and a list of the bootcamps that accept the GI Bill.

Can I read Software Guild reviews?

You can read 161 reviews of Software Guild on Course Report! Software Guild alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Software Guild and rate their overall experience a 4.66 out of 5.

Is Software Guild accredited?

Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, Resident School License No. R-0470, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, OHE Assigned Institution ID: 1829945

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