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3.44/5

(44 reviews)
    10/13/2019
  • Babar Ali Siddiqui
  • Graduated: 2019

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"My Honest review to Udacity Nano-Degree"

These are my honest review.
I enrolled in Intro to Self Driving Car Nanodegree. I was 100% satisfied. The course seems to be well organised. I was satisfied with the course. The instructor added many quizzes and puzzle to test my knowledge at each stage... Read More

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    5/25/2019
  • Daniel | Front-End Web Developer
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Most expensive links to developer.mozilla.org"

My experience from the beginning was nice because the recruiters there were nice and friendly. After the whole "you'll be able to buy a Ferrari " and "We have the best alumni help" speech; they try to get you to sign up right there and then . I was even... Read More

I told her the money was an issue and so was the driving distance (from Laveen, AZ to Paradise Valley, AZ, 27 mi) would cost to much for a unemployed 20 year old and that I needed a job but that I was confident they had a great team and courses(or so I thought haha....). We ended the call because you know, money. A week later, she calls backs tells me I'm eligible for $5000 extra on a loan (living expenses.) I thought this would be too much and that I was out. (We're talking $15,000 tuition, $5000 living expenses for a grand total of $20,000)

She suggested for just $13,000, I could get the same treatment as going to "campus" if I went for online. Also stated that I could work part-time and online. I bought in (idiot, I know) but I had exception that because they were a "Web-developing" academy and the hefty price tag must mean they must have a awesome, ready-to-go website. NOPE. WORST MISTAKE EVER!!

Keep reading if you you wanna know what $13,000 online course feels like...

After I signed my freedom away without even seeing a glance of what they're online courses looked like, it took them a few days for them to set up my information, then I was told that they would have live lectures that I could watch(maybe they had them but I never found it on their website or emails.) Finally I started getting emails from instructor that I needed to send all my time available to go over "Code Reviews"(Not the live lecture as stated before.)

Finally I log in for the first time, really excited to start learning for my new career(I eventually learned through Treehouse.com, great website!) just to learn that they had a SHITTY websites(excuse my French). Matter of fact the worst website design I had seen at the time in 2017. This turned my stomach, but with $13,000 on the line I still attempted to push thru while working a part-time job. I can not express how disappointing it feels when you know you've literally lost $13,000 for no reason. A debt which must be repaid...

The courses consisted of probably 15 modules in CSS,HTML,JavaScript and another 12 module for SQL , JQuery and so forth. Each "module" was one web-page with one 2-min video about a few keywords, approximately 5 paragraph/articles per page, a link to the mozilla link and no examples on how to use it, because honestly I had no idea how to even use what I just "learned." The worst part is that you would have a workspace to practice your coding skills on every few web pages but the tasks had nothing to do with what the last few pages had been talking about. Courses so short you could read them in 3 mins and learn nothing. I read through every page in about 1 hour but I just didn't know how to apply them or as to why I was being "taught" these matters.

I had no help from online instructor during this period because the only code review I received from an "instructor" was during the first week or so and I told him I had learned nothing and he just suggested me to revisit the webpages and that we would review in a week again, never heard a word from a single person since then, LITERALLY. NOT ONE WORD.

I stopped getting on on the web courses for a few months because I was not able to learn efficiently and yet owe $13,000 was really unmotivating. I waited to get back on with expectations they would update the website to make the experience more enjoyable, but no instead Coder Camps gave up on themselves apparently and was taken over by WOZu. Ever since the change happened , I've been locked out and I can't access that $13,000 website I'm still paying over $200 monthly for. I'm sure it's not the same website when I started back in 2017 but they sure took my money and ran with it.

After a few months, I contacted the recruiter since I had began my payments on the ISA. I asked if there was someway I could join the next campus class or to regain access to the online courses since I'm already paying for something and no nothing. I didn't get a reply for a week or so, then they tell me it looks like I didn't even finish the courses and that I didn't try, so they're not going to do anything to help. For long time and still continue to feel like I've been robbed.

I recommend having the self-initiative trait and use some free online courses or paid courses like Treehouse.com($25/month) to learn programming, if you've been scammed like me , please don't let them win by owing a debt to them and learning nothing. Find a way to learn for FREE!

If you're just looking. STAY AWAY

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    8/17/2018
  • Anonymous | Software developer
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Not terrible but not great."

You can learn a lot but you pay a hefty price and I did not get a job after attending this bootcamp I had to go to another.

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    6/25/2018
  • James B
  • Graduated: 2017

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"WASTE OF MONEY (CODER CAMPS/WozU)"

Do yourself a favor and save the money you intend to spend on the program and spend it on something that could actually get you a return. I attended this school after being told everyone that graduates gets a job at 60k+ out of the gate. That was complete... Read More

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    5/31/2018
  • Matt Collins | Full-Stack .NET Software Developer
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Good Program - Could be great"

I am writing my review a bit late but felt it necessary due to some of the comments I'm seeing, so I wanted to be sure to tell of my experience with the course. I took BOTH the Full-Stack course as well as the introductory course online. The way they... Read More

As for the class itself - the language stack they teach is RIGHT on par with what you can expect to see in the real world. The majority of homework assignments and class labs assist the material very well. I feel that something they could improve on would be to incorporate more 'terminology' explanations into their coding classes. While it's important to code, code, code, many of my initial interviews for junior positions were based on terminology (Classes (Base vs Abstract / Static vs Void), OOP Principles, Data types, RESTful terms, etc) in which I struggled with briefly after graduation. While I could visually understand those terms, being able to articulate them well in an interview setting was something I had to spend extra time to understand.

Shortly after graduation, I did receive an offer as junior .NET Developer for a great startup company. The interview process was building an entire form application from scratch with validation and then being able to explain my work. So while there are things that Coder Camps can do to improve themselves, I 100% believe they can and will prepare you for a development position. Many of my classmates and I got development jobs within the first few months after graduation. The ones that didn't were the ones that half-assed their time in class and never participated properly in ANY of the labs or homework projects.

Finally is Job support: This is another area that I think Coder Camps can improve in (And maybe they already have) - A big gripe that myself and other classmates had was the post-finals assistance (or lack thereof). After giving our final group presentation to the audience (Which ended up just being potential students and not recruiters like we were told) the class sort of just....ended. After we signed off - that was it. No Goodbyes, no thank yous, just a "Have a good night" and us online students were left on skype wondering "Now what?" I was never reached out to by any faculty to discuss resume's or gameplans and was left to fend for myself in the job market. And yes, of course I could have proactively reached out to SOMEONE at CoderCamps and I"m sure they would have helped, but I just figured SOME automated assistance or direction would have taken place after the course was over.

TL;DR
Do I think it's worth it: YES
Are you prepared for jobs: YES (But it takes work)
Can they Improve: YES
Am I happy I did it?: 100% the best life-changing choice I've ever made

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    2/18/2018
  • Brian | Content Writer/Freestyle Writer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"READ THIS IF YOU FEEL DEFRAUDED BY CODER CAMP!! WE NEED TO BIND TOGETHER!! SAVE OTHERS.."

I will try to keep this short and to the point. The problem is this company preyed on those wanting to change their lives, and the emotions that coincide with getting DUPED!! I convinced my wife to take the chance now for relavenacy later. Here is our... Read More

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Official Response from Coder Camps

Hi I'm Darian, I was swindled as well. After months of hard work, my mentor started to give up and literally abandoned me to another mentor in which I had to reboot. I was able to finish the courses, but it was not counted and I literally heard nothing... Read More

    1/19/2018
  • Ted Hantgos | Self -Employed for 20 years
  • Coding From Scratch
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Bad to Worse"

Went through basic html and css had 2 mentor meetings , then had issues with java script my mentor didn't show up for 2 or 3 meetings in a row. I was told my new mentor would reach out, never happened and after 10 days of frustration it really took the... Read More

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    8/8/2017
  • Nicholas Bowen | MEAN Stack
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2017

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"A sales driven, unorganized disaster of a bootcamp"

Many people think these boot camps are a golden ticket, they are not. Before I even showed up in Seattle, I had no unreasonable expectations.I am a self-paced learner, I had studied extensively before I showed up. I won’t go over career placement/counseling... Read More

1. A chance to code full time and get financing for the tuition, cost of living and gas.
2. A environment where I could meet others like myself.
3. A place to stay late and code when cramming to finish projects.
4. A instructor to help me when I needed it.
5. A good resume project to leave camp with.
6. A place to find community even after graduation.

Basically, #1 is the only thing I felt was adequately provided, and that was provided through a third party, so hey, thanks to them I guess. I’ll start with #2.

#2 :“A environment where I could meet others like myself.”
I was hoping to meet passionate newbies who really had the drive and competency to build awesome thing. The “admissions representatives” aka, sales people, were just pushing as many bodies through the door as they could, regardless of aptitude. Look it up on glassdoor, they work on commission. Students that needed excessive hand-holding through lectures. Students that seemed to be barely able to operate their own computers, let alone build software. I did meet some awesome passionate people at coder camps, but they were in different cohorts who have the same complaints about the program as I did.

#3: “A place to stay late and code when cramming to finish projects.”
When I first got to the camp, I had a late night TA. She was there if you needed questions answered, and to close the building late. However, 2ish weeks in, she got moved to a remote class and started working from home, subsequently causing the camp to close at 5 when the 2 instructors left. It would be occasionally be open a bit longer, but not often. I’d usually end up at the nearby coffee joint when I needed to get work done.

#4: “A instructor to help me when I needed it. ”
This was partially due to #2, it was hard to get my instructor to help me on harder concepts when he had students who were constantly making him repeat basic concepts like git commands and editor hotkeys. Beyond this. He left the company 2 weeks before my final project was over, presumably due to differences within Coder Camps. The instructor in the other class was willing to help when I needed it, but much of the project as in a completely different stack, and I ended up finishing it out. Which leads to our next expectation.

#5: “A good resume project to leave camp with.”
I was in a group of 2 others, one remote and one onsite. We finished, but there were features missing that I sincerely wished made it in. Beyond our instructor leaving, the remote student had to begin working a full-time job for personal reasons. The scope of the project was made for 3 full time developers, and it was more like 2.25. I feel like this made me pick up the extra slack. The project works as a demo, but not as a product, and it still bothers me to this day. I put a lot of heart into it.

#6: “A place to find community even after graduation.”
After I graduated the dot-net class wasn’t receiving new students, and the mean stack class ahead of me was finishing their projects. In total, on a day I would stop in there would be 5 people in the building including the instructor and TA, but often less. This was pretty suspicious, they went from just throwing in any warm body willing to pay them, to mysteriously sending no-one. This turned out to be that they planned to close the Seattle campus. I tried to stop by recently to find out that they closed the camp. They are still active in arizona and Texas (so far as I know). I’ve found a good community outside the camp, the JS community in Seattle is warm and friendly. Unfortunately, Coder camps’ Seattle campus was actually in Redmond! And if you know anything about Seattle, the people here hate driving. So you end up spending a lot of time and gas to go to meetups and events where the community actually congregates.

Most of what I have learned hasn’t been from their curriculum, it was pretty badly outdated. I’m self taught, they taught me nothing. 2 weeks out of camp I found some contract work for a startup. With zero help from Coder Camps. And that’s fine, as I said, I wasn’t expecting it. That lasted about about 2 months, and now I’m on the hunt again. This whole experience was just sad. I came in with reasonable expectations and was disappointed in a spectacular fashion. Don’t trust a word they tell you.

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    7/20/2017
  • Anonymous
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Graduated: 2017

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"High Pressure Sales Followed by Email Harassment"

Pros: With only 200 coding "camps" to choose from this one must be in the top 99.5 percent ... If at least one other camp is no better than this one.

Cons: High pressure sales fed by leads in pay per click ad campaigns, selling the program on credit although... Read More

Vague claims about job placement should be a red flag. As other reviewers said, for some reason they are eager to sell .NET regardless a prospects' interest.

Followup after a sales call suggested frustration masked by a thin film of arrogance. Most people with a minimum of sales training would likely recognize the techniques used to sell this $11,000 month of Web lessons:

1. a false delimna "If you are serious about learning to code..." (Hint: you might be serious but you want to learn at the local college or any one of scores of other for profit coding workshops)
2. flattery (enough said. A person as smart as you who reads Switchup reviews knows how flattery works)
3. create exclusivity: "If you are accepted in the next interview"
4. create scarcity: "this month's (online) class is almost full
5. an alternative close: present two alternatives, both of which involve agreeing to pay $11,000: "you can apply for next week's class or the one the week after"
6. buy now pay later: (with imaginary money you will earn from the implied benefit of receiving the training.

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    5/31/2017
  • John Chleborad
  • Coding From Scratch
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Fantastic Organization and People"

Amazing company, amazing people, fully dedicated to the success of the student. I have not found one person, staff or student, who wasn't willing to help and offer encouragement. I spent 30 years in a completely unrelated (non-technical) industry and... Read More

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Coder Camps's average rating is 3.44 out of 5.0 based on 44 review(s).

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