Go to a different Coding school!
Coding Dojo interviews you after you apply to make sure you'll be a good fit for the program but this is just a ploy to make you think you’re special by getting accepted. They accept everyone! They don’t care. They just want your money! I couldn’t believe the caliber of people they enrolled, just to get a cohort started. They are false advertising that they can teach anyone to code, that you’ll make $76k+ when you graduate and that the department of labor will provide several companies to interview you and an apprenticeship program. All lies. No one is going to hire a coder with zero experience for anywhere near that amount. The program will NOT make you stand out when applying for jobs. You can forget about passing technical interviews or algorithm screenings! You will fail entry-level tests even for new computer science graduates because Coding Dojo lacks foundation and does NOT replace a computer science degree. The Boise, ID campus was brand new when I started the program. It was so disorganized, there was a lot of late and mis-communication, we had seven different teachers come in from out-of-state to replace a couple of teachers for odd reasons, no teaching assistant, and the interviews we were promised by multiple companies were never set up. Coding Dojo was supposed to establish relationships with several local companies for interviews and apprenticeships, not the Department of Labor, they totally dropped the ball and they still haven't tried to make it right. It's all a lie.
Review by Pandaking Piki7 months ago
Remote Experience only.
The instructor I have is inexperienced and unsure of a lot of basic concepts. She gets confused during her demos, and can not explain the "why" of certain deployments and says "just copy the code, is like magic" when she can not explain it.
The structure of the online material is good but, you could get the same material from Udemy and pay a lot less.
The TAs are rude and unwilling to help students. I only found 1 TA that actually made an effort to explain the material.
Overall I will not recommend them. I feel that anyone can save money and use freecodecamp.org or udemy courses and it will be just the same result.
Review by Sheneka1 year ago
To be honest the remote Coding Dojo Bootcamp program is NOT worth $6,000 or more. A year later, I'm left with NO job in the field and horrible debt! My review is based on the remote experience.
- The remote program value is NOT worth the money.
If I had known that free YouTube videos, free edx.org courses, affordable Udemy, Treehouse, and free Udacity courses were a STRONGER learning foundation than an entire expensive Bootcamp program, I would have SAVED so much money! I wasted both my time and money on this program.
I thought that having direct human interaction with an instructor would be a stronger learning experience. The remote program only includes two live lectures a week from instructors. There are daily online exercises that you complete by yourself. Initially, I was attracted to the remote program because I was working full-time and could do classes in the evening to hopefully transition to a new career change after graduation.
The pacing of the overall program is unrealistic for the working class and the instructors often RUSH the lecture material. The result is that you do NOT get a solid learning foundation but a rushed final product. My fellow Bootcamp classmates struggled to turn in assignments because they had jobs and the lectures didn't cover all assignments.
- The remote program quality is POOR.
The program gives this false perception that you will be fully trained and ready for the software workforce. The program doesn't teach best practices and sometimes the instructors even forgot the basics of setting up an app.
Although I respect and liked the instructors, they do not teach you the core features or basics of a programming framework or stack because they didn't have time. The curriculum rushes them. Something essential and simple like the Django Admin dashboard robust functionality. The MEAN portion also felt rushed and MongoDB lectures were very unclear.
Instead, they teach you the manual, from-scratch approach for login authentication that is dangerous and not secure! I was told I would never get a job using the code that they taught me! They completely rushed and skipped over what frameworks have built-in and the power of the technology.
It got to the point that I had to PAY outside experts to correct the code quality that the instructors taught me. I also had to pay outside experts to redo code samples that were taught in the program, just go get employers to look at me. So not only did I have to pay the Bootcamp monthly $1,000 installment payments but also additional costs for support that they lacked.
- The remote program lacks support.
AWS deployment was required to pass the final Django exam. No TA knew how to deploy on AWS at the time. With the instructors not available on weekends, I had no choice but to pay outside experts once again!
- The program post-graduation experience.
The remote program's learning quality will NOT make you stand out when applying for jobs. You can forget about passing technical interviews or algorithm screenings! You will fail entry-level tests even for new computer science graduates because Coding Dojo lacks foundation and does NOT replace a computer science degree.
For the remote program, algorithm training sessions are optional and not enforced or structured in a way to help you pass the most basic level algorithms. On the contrary, I was told the onsite program requires students to do algorithms every day and the learning quality is better. I was told by staff that the basic on HacerRank was too hard to do.
In conclusion, SAVE thousands of dollars please! Enjoy cheap Udemy courses, go to in-person meetup events, find a Code Mentor and watch free YouTube videos. You will learn so much more and have better code samples to show jobs. Seek certification from a program that uses best practices in programming stacks and does not rush the learning experience or quality.
Review by ClaireCook1 year ago
If you love puzzling together solutions logically and at the same time love letting your creative side flourish, then programming may be your calling--and Coding Dojo is an AMAZING way to immerse yourself into the software development world. Attending the on-site bootcamp was absolutely THE best decision I have ever made!
However, it was an experience riddled with so, so much struggle, and yet it was (maybe even paradoxically) one of the best times of my life.
Can you have zero programming experience and within 14 weeks become a full-stack developer? Absolutely. But, keep the following advice in mind for success:
My Own Personal Background:
I graduated U.W. with a degree in Linguistics, minor in Russian, afterwards I worked for 2 tech start-ups, however in non-technical, customer-facing roles (customer service and inside sales). AKA, zero coding experience.
1.) If you can, ABSOLUTELY self-study coding to prepare yourself for the intensity of the bootcamp. Preparation is like the bulwark to protect your sanity from the tsunami of information that is the Dojo's curriculum. I had only started and completed the pre-bootcamp coursework provided 1 week before starting, and I had to play an exhausting game of catch-up; yes, I completed the pre-coursework, but mentally I was still familiarizing myself with basic syntax--it's hard to focus on the higher level concepts they're trying to teach you, if you're stumbling on the smaller, lower level details. Do yourself a favor by familiarizing yourself with your basic building blocks and tools, so you see the bigger picture more easily
2.) Be prepared to put in A LOT of time. Again, for me personally, coming from a non-technical background, I had to put in 12 - 14 hr days and sustain this workload for 14 weeks, 0 absences, no excuses. It is not easy. But at the same time, nobody is forcing you to stay for half the day. You must be self-motivated, and ultimately PASSIONATE about coding to merely sustain said self-motivation for several months. Oh and also, don't work at the same time as schooling here (unless you're a robot and literally do not need sleep, because sleep is the only thing you're actually going to have time to do outside of studying).
3.) The Dojo's staff sincerely do their best to help you and have fantastic rapport with the students, however the curriculum is intentionally built to NOT give you all the answers. They aren't just teaching you to be programmers, but they are also teaching you to be self-sufficient as well.
As frustrating as it may seem, self-sufficiency is a huge part of learning at the Dojo, and it will make you a better, more adept learner in life.
4.) Break the ice with everybody in your cohort. Make them your best friends during these 14 weeks. Your classmates will be your #1 support system when you're all learning together. If you've hit a wall, seek help from others. Give back and teach in return, as you learn profoundly when you teach and help solidify the information for yourself. Ultimately my experience was so positive because of the strong bond between the entire community, students and Dojo staff alike.
Overall, you get what you put in. Put in the effort. Get the results.
Graduating as a triple black belt, I am confident in my ability to whip out a full MVP app and deploy it under 5 hrs. If you are ready to dedicate time and hardwork, then I would absolutely recommend Coding Dojo to you.
Review by Ozymandias1 year ago
Coding Dojo was a great first step in getting my new career in Web Development to a great start. It's a program that allows you to learn full stack development as opposed to just one stack. While that has its pros and cons, the Dojo does a great job in setting you up for the future. The push for being a self-sufficient developer during your time attending the bootcamp, really is how you get through surviving much of a career in development. It's not just about getting the answers, but understanding the why and how behind it. Someone mentioned that you get out what you put in, and I definitely agree with that as well. If you put in 60+ hours a week, you will definitely see your growth.
While the dojo set a strong foundation, much of what you need in the development world has to come from you forcing yourself to learn and get an indepth knowledge of the language/frameworks you use.
Advantages: Really nice instructors with a lot of patience, willing to teach those who have very limited knowledge of the field, learn multiple tech stacks, onsite full time program, multiple assignments in each stack that force repetition to learn the language quicker, onsite career development advisor to help guide you if you're transitioning from another career
Disadvantages: not many TAs onsite to help out if instructors are busy, never really get expert knowledge of a tech stack or language since you learn 3 stacks in 14 weeks, they don't teach React yet but really should consider making the switch from Angular, don't have guaranteed job placements like some bootcamps, didn't have as many tech talks/onsite events during my time there but maybe this has changed
Overall, I enjoyed my time at the Dojo and would recommend it to others who are considering making the switch from another career. Being onsite really helps keep you focused, and having your cohort mates with you throughout the process helps make it feel more like fun than just lots of work. If you want to get the most out of it, put in your 100% and you will see your progress over the 14 weeks. After you're done, don't stop learning and keep pushing yourself.
Review by Bafford1 year ago
Here's the thing. I took the online course and it cost me $6000. I did learn something but not much and certainly not $6000 worth. Save your money, read a couple books and buy a couple of Udemy courses. The pace was ridiculous. I had prior experience with Python, HTML and CSS otherwise i would have been completely sunk. There were large gaps in the curriculum. It is possible to go from writing basic "for loops" to creating a full stack site in a few weeks but only if you skip over everything in between. I found that the course really was not enough. I am not sure it would have been enough even if i had been able to keep up. I had to figure most of it out on my own using material outside of the program. It was frustrating and time consuming to find the answers on my own but I didn't know enough about the material to ask the right questions. Once you get just a little behind, you're finished...the pace is ridiculous.
Here is an analogy....think of learning to go to the grocery store but only knowing one route to get there...what do you do if a road is closed or you need to figure out how to get to another store? If you have a good map and understanding of your surroundings you will find another way to get food, right? BUT if all you know is that one path, you will starve. Not a perfect analogy but i hope you get the idea.
I liked the instructors...i think they were knowledgeable, nice people. They did the best with what they were given. It is just too much.
Perhaps the Dojo would benefit from creating a program that teaches one stack REALLY well.
I left the program feeling robbed and completely unprepared. I did not put Django, SQL, Angular, Mongo, Express or Node on my resume when i finished.
I will make the most of it and circle back to re-learn all of it on my own, then someday I might have the skills to become viable in the developer market.
I am not sure who the people are who found jobs after going to the Dojo. No one i know. Most likely folks who when to the brick and mortar schools ( which costs $13,000 by the way).
If you think i am just some random lazy whiner, you don't have to listen to me. Don't be tempted by the siren song of landing a $70,000 gig after taking this course.
Sorry for the long rant...i just can't warn you enough.
Review by Hedderich Celino1 year ago
Coding Dojo was a great experience. I ended up doing the online program since I am not near any of their campuses. If you are doing online, make sure you can make the time commitment. You can't slack or do just a few hours a week. The lecture schedule was good as they offered 2 lectures per week plus code reviews at the end of the week where we can review assignments or go over anything. The 2 lectures during the week they would offer 2 times, so if you missed one, you can catch the second one later, plus all lectures are recorded so you can access them anytime. The TAs are very helpful, you can message them or your instructor on the Mattermost channel and get help when needed. A few times even while getting help, we ended up starting up a Zoom video conference. The learning platform is nicely laid out. The programs themselves are good, you learn a lot but you also learn how to do things on your own. One of the main focuses of the dojo is to be a self sufficient developer, trying to problem solve and figure things out for yourself first. This definitely helps when you go out into the job market. When online you learn 2 full stacks where if you are on campus you learn 3 full stacks. As you start applying you'll see how much of a benefit this is knowing more than one stack as you can apply to more positions and companies are looking for candidates who know more than one language, framework, DB. There career services is awesome, they really set you up for entering the job market, from your LinkedIn profile to your resume to creating job alerts. Also with networking, how to present yourself, interviews, and when you graduate you are always able to reach out for advice. You can also get the alumni pass once you graduate which gives you access to the entire learning platform so if there any other stacks you would like to learn you have access. I would recommend Coding Dojo to anyone who is serious about starting a career in the web/software development field, but you must be committed. If you are near one of the campuses I would suggest to attend in class, nothing can beat that full immersion but if you can't then the online option is a great choice as well.
Review by Ljsm1 year ago
I was very impressed with the leadership, professionalism, and level of instruction at the Seattle Coding Dojo and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Veterans, it was great to see that the Seattle Area is very veteran friendly. Many places offer veteran discounts and many companies in the area have veteran hiring programs. The Seattle Coding Dojo treats veterans very well and you will meet many others there as well.
Review by Jacarla1 year ago
It's a pretty good experience for a non-traditional "classroom." If you like more structure, then this is not the program for you, but if you like learning from the comfort of your own home, this could be perfect for you.
The instructors (for this course) are knowledgeable and answer questions politely and quickly. That's a huge plus when is trying to learn.
Review by Bronle Humbeeck1 year ago
I thought it was an excellent boot-camp for aspiring engineers. However, I felt that there should be extra work or instruction available for those that excel rather quickly rather than a one size fits all approach.
Review by Dallasandstar Iuliis1 year ago
I was new to programming, I had about 3-4 weeks of prior experience mostly just online courses. My expectation was that I would be able to get a job after bootcamp with the skills acquired at bootcamp. The bootcamp was good that it quickly taught us a lot of new concepts fast, however their strategy to cram 3 stacks in 14 weeks is definitely not a good idea, I think they either need to make this a bit longer or they need to focus on one or two stacks. After bootcamp I felt like I BARELY knew each stack and it was not really enough proficiency to get a job in either. Their platform is not very good, I spent most of my time self-researching on google or asking friends. After you graduate, there does not seem to be sufficient resources for help on projects that you are personally working on. Overall, it's one way to jump start your career in programming but don't expect to be ready to get a job after, I had to spend another 3 months on my own self-studying daily.
Review by Altech Valiauga1 year ago
I learned the skills required to build full stack applications. I created my professional portfolio and got a job as front-end developer and a software company.
Review by Mommyrunner1 year ago
When inquiring about the company they talked it up and made a lot of promises about job placement. When it came time to it, there were no connections to help students work their way into a position. The other issue I had was that as we were working our way through two of the three programs, the material was being created or developed (C# and Angular specifically ). The platform was a mess and made following any instruction hard (literally bouncing back and forth). It was a good intro to programming but for the money very expensive.
Review by Josehine Idette1 year ago
Coding Dojo is a great place if you know some coding but you are not strong at coding. They teach you how to pick a language so fast. I have learned web to mobile app development. Before going to dojo I was always scared to learn new language but now I am not. My confidence had been built. Dojo has great mentors and classmates with no coding to excellent coding background.
It is a place where you should work hard and never give up since time pressure will be there and it is like running marathon till you finish the stack.
Review by Solwazi1 year ago
I've had a bit of coding experience before we started, not much though. I would say I was pretty excited to dive deeper into the world of development. As things progress in the dojo, you start to notice a more hands-off approach as things get more complex. Often found myself dealing with different issues/bugs for hours that I should have only spent minutes on. When these add up, time ends up not being on your side. Assuming this is by design, I felt at first frustrated that I was learning as much as I was on my own, but I will say that struggle prepared me to be an independent developer. Our instructor did a great job. Advice for newcomers, I would prepare somewhat before jumping into a boot camp because any headstart you can get will be needed. By the first day, I had quite a bit of time spent preparing. When things start moving fast, don't expect your cohort to slow down for you. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand 8 hours a day, this may not be for you. Also if you only have eight hours a day to learn, this will take wayy more than that so again may not be for ya. It will take a bit of grit to excel and get the most out of it. Be clear with yourself why you want to join. Define your expectations and be ready to work to achieve them. I did those two things and am now a software engineer for a local company.
Also, the real work starts after the dojo. As you finish your time at the dojo, know that it's only the beginning. There is so much more to know in the stacks you will learn. Plus, new frameworks and different languages that you will encounter as a software engineer. Be prepared to continue learning more. Also, job opportunities will not magically show up at your front door. Be proactive and have projects available to show employers or potential clients. My opinion is it's not about what you learn but what you are capable of doing with that knowledge that will make you stand out.
Review by CoinChimps Derrow1 year ago
Even the expert coders will get a run for their money during the daily algorithm sessions :)
Review by Remer Poitivient1 year ago
I thought it was an awesomely run boot camp. The content helped you learn to code and was fresh. Those provided assets were great but they were only teaching aids for the great staff. Basically it was 4 months of being in an atmosphere condusive to approaching and wanting to be around. The instructors are welcoming, engaging, smart, and just helpful.
Review by Elfredo1 year ago
One of the best learning experiences of my life. Initially, I was skeptical of the bootcamp due to their seemingly fabricated logo: "Learn how to be a developer in 14 weeks". Upon completing a B.S degree from the University of Washington, I thought it would be impossible to learn such a broad topic in a short time. Thereafter, I was completely blown away by the amount of knowledge I have gained during the 14 weeks. With limited prior programming experience, I put in 60 + hours per week including weekends and was able to achieve not only 3 black belts from 3 full-stacks of technology, but I was also able to find a full-time Software Engineer opportunity a couple week prior to graduation.
Review by RobT1 year ago
Review by SirJollyRoger1 year ago
I believe the daily algorithms are a valuable part of the course of study.
Review by Brichet1 year ago
Coding Dojo will give you as much as you're willing to put in to it. I attended the in-person bootcamp in Burbank having very little prior knowledge of web development (but some experience writing code), and came out of it feeling like a confident web developer. And yes, I was able to find a job as a result of the work I did at this boot camp. However, I dedicated nearly 12 hours a day to the curriculum and projects, and aggressively applied for jobs following the program.
Coding Dojo offers a good variety of stacks for you to learn, so it helps to know what languages you are interested in learning or intend to use in your future career prior to attending. The curriculum is incredibly fast-paced, and the material for it is, for the most part, comprehensive (although there are some lessons that could be better-written). The instructors are attentive and make themselves available to answer questions. But if you are seeking more focused, one-on-one instruction at your own pace, Coding Dojo may not be the best fit. The instructors are flexible enough to accommodate to your own learning speed, but you will fall behind the rest of your cohort.
The algorithm sessions and the way the lessons are taught encourages cohesion among cohort members, which makes learning the material easier overall as well in such a supportive group environment.
I have to say I didn't have a perfect experience at Coding Dojo, though. During my cohort's attendance there, the institution was not entirely transparent with availability of some stacks, which led to some confusion in the planning of what stacks some of us wished to learn. Additionally, we lacked an on-site career adviser during the residency period when we were applying for jobs and building our resume, which added to some struggle transitioning into the career search portion of our experience.
Overall, though, Coding Dojo offers comprehensive introductory curriculum that can make you a strong programmer, as long as you're willing to put in the work as well. I would still recommend this program to anyone hoping to learn web development.
Review by Sudie1 year ago
I would not recommend this program to anyone, unless they already have a computer science degree. I would recommend Galvanized probably. The biggest challenge is that they are not teaching what is actually available for junior developers to gain employment. I think it is highly unethical that they would get paid money from Microsoft and encourage students to learn .Net Core instead of Java. I think that they should be offering PHP as well. The program says that they graduate full-stack developers, but I doubt anyone could actually do deployment on their own or build their own microserver. I would also say that since I completed the program 80% of graduates are still unemployed. I have not heard from my career services person 1x. I think that this program false advertise and I cannot wait to join the class action law suit that I have been hearing about from other unemployed students. This program is totally unethical. I have tried to contact instructors and gotten no responses at all. I have gone back and tried to visit and everyone was rude and acted like I was not welcomes.
Review by Uru1 year ago
I really enjoyed my time at coding dojo. From a beginner with no prior knowledge, I learned a ton. I am not sure if I could have actually learned more. My one criticism is that they should be more front end focusing, without deminishing the current curriculum. I think learning great front end development principles and focusing more on front end frameworks would be more practical for student immediately after graduation.
Review by Rollah1 year ago
Coding Dojo was a pleasant experience. The material moved very fast but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing because you have an expectation of what you needed to know. The school was trying to make you job ready as fast as possible. People were very friendly and supportive. The only suggestions I would have is to focus more on object oriented programming and have more real life example projects that employers would want to see. Overall I enjoyed the experience and have had communication with my teachers past my time learning there which lets me know they are supportive in assisting my career. They didn't just see me as a number.
Review by Anandre1 year ago
I had a great time at Coding Dojo. Sure there were frustrating moments but that is to be expected while learning to code. It isn't easy and you will hit walls. The pace is quick so it will certainly not be the best option for everyone.