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Courses: CS Prep, CSX, Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program, Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive, JavaScript for Beginners, Part-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive

Locations

Online, Los Angeles, NYC, Temporarily Online

About Codesmith

At the core of Codesmith is a selective, need-blind, 12-week program teaching Software Engineering and Machine Learning with locations in LA and NY. Codesmith also offers a variety of other resources from part-time, online, prep programs, to free weekly... Read More

Focusing largely on computer science and full stack JavaScript, this program enables Codesmith students (known as residents) to build compelling open-source projects and ultimately move on to positions as leading software engineers. Courses emphasize the most valuable contemporary technologies, including React, Redux, Node, DevOps, build tools, and machine learning.

Codesmith residents become engineers through a deep understanding of advanced JavaScript practices, fundamental computer science concepts (such as algorithms & data structures), and object oriented & functional programming. The curriculum drives Residents to develop strong problem-solving ability and technical communication skills, the most valued capacities in a software engineer.

In addition to its core curriculum, Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides students through white-boarding, advanced technical interview practice, resume and profile development, and interview and networking strategies. Support continues after graduation with bi-weekly check-ins and, after offers, negotiation support. Overall, 25% of graduates receive offers for Senior Engineer positions and above, and about 70% receive offers for Mid-level Engineer. The vast majority of graduates earn over $110,000 annually in their first job after the program (LA median starting salary: $117,500 ; NY median starting salary: $112,500 ; third-party audited & CIRR-member).

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Job Outcomes

$119,850
Average in-field starting salary
91%
Employment rate in-field
95%
On-time graduation rate
Employment Breakdown
Employed in Paid in-field positions 91%
Full-Time Employee 91%
Full-Time Apprenticeship, Internship or Contact Position 0%
Hired by school in-field 0%
Employed in other positions 0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation 0%
Short-term contract or part-time position 0%
Not Employed 8%
Unemployed and still seeking a job 8%
Unemployed and not seeking a job 0%
Non-reporting 1%

This bootcamp uses the CIRR methodology. All CIRR members use a standardized, one-page format. To ensure complete accuracy, CIRR reports account for each enrolled student. You can compare outcomes with other CIRR members side-by-side. Learn more about CIRR.

Courses

CS Prep

  • Cost: $875
  • Duration: 2 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

CS Prep is a structured program that teaches core JavaScript concepts and engineering best practices. CS Prep will help you develop a deep, yet intuitive understanding of JavaScript and prepare you for your Codesmith technical interview or for interviews for other software engineering roles. CS Prep is a 2-week remote course that includes live online instruction, daily problem-solving workshops, office hours with engineering mentors, and extensive technical interview practice.

Subjects: JavaScript

CSX

  • Cost: Free
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Developed by Codesmith, CSX is a free JavaScript learning platform with a variety of video courses and coding challenges from beginner to advanced levels. The platform has a Slack community (CodesmithX) with 5000+ members. Engineers from around the world join this engaging group to find pair programming partners, ask JavaScript questions to mentors and connect with the supportive Codesmith community.

Duration: Self-Paced

Subjects: JavaScript

Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

  • Cost: $19,350
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Los Angeles, NYC
Course Description:

Codesmith is a Full Stack Software Engineering Immersion Program based in Los Angeles, CA and New York City. We prepare our graduates for roles at the leading tech companies around the country. Codesmith's program goes above and beyond a regular coding bootcamp. Every Codesmith graduate is trained in computer science, object-oriented programming, front end development with React and Angular, backend development with Node, distributed systems, mobile and hardware engineering with JavaScript. To prepare you for your application and to experience the Codesmith community & teaching style, attend JavaScript: The Hard Parts or CS Prep.

Subjects: Linux, CSS, Git, HTML, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Scrum, Python, Machine Learning, React.js, SQL, Algorithms, AngularJS, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript, DevOps, Data Structures, Front-End Web Development, Mobile Security

Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive

  • Cost: $19,350
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Temporarily Online
Course Description:

Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive brings Codesmith's first-rate curriculum to a completely remote setting allowing for the driven engineers not located in Los Angeles or New York City to advance their careers in three months. The program teaches fullstack JavaScript and computer science to prepare you for mid and senior-level software engineering roles. The expertly designed curriculum and supportive community immerses you in modern web technologies, such as React and Node.js, and encourages you to tackle unique and unfamiliar problems to prepare you for the ever-changing tech landscape. Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides students through the hiring process, including interview strategies, portfolio development, and post-graduation check-ins. By the end of the 12-week program, you will be an autonomous engineer, ready to make an impact on innovative tech companies worldwide.

Subjects: Linux, CSS, Git, HTML, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Scrum, Python, Machine Learning, React.js, SQL, Algorithms, AngularJS, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript, DevOps, Data Structures, Front-End Web Development, Mobile Security

JavaScript for Beginners

  • Cost: $325
  • Duration: 2 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

JavaScript for Beginners is a 12-hour remote program consisting of two consecutive Saturday sessions. The program is designed for those with no previous coding experience and will teach JavaScript fundamentals, as well as provide a broader context to how coding works. The program offers students a launching point to continue their JavaScript studies, prepare for our more advanced programs, and build a future in software engineering.

Subjects: JavaScript

Part-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive

  • Cost: $19,350
  • Duration: 38 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Part-Time Remote Software Engineering Immersive Program teaches fullstack JavaScript and computer science to prepare students for mid and senior-level software engineering roles. The expertly designed curriculum and supportive community immerses students in modern web technologies, such as React and Node.js, and encourages them to tackle unique and unfamiliar problems to prepare them for the ever-changing tech landscape. Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides students through the hiring process, including interview strategies, portfolio development, and post-graduation check-ins. By the end of the program, students become autonomous engineers, ready to make an impact at innovative tech companies worldwide.

Subjects: Linux, CSS, Git, HTML, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Scrum, Python, Machine Learning, React.js, SQL, Algorithms, AngularJS, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript, DevOps, Data Structures, Front-End Web Development, Mobile Security

Codesmith Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.92/5

(290 reviews)
    12/17/2020
  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Unforgettable experience"

I'm writing this review as a newly hired software engineer at an amazing startup 5 months after graduating. At the end of 2019 after I graduated with a non-technical degree, I wouldn't have thought this was possible. Codesmith played the biggest factor... Read More

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    12/15/2020
  • Linda | Front end Engineer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A smart investment"

Quick summary: I have no technical background, I studied about 500 hours before being accepted into Codesmith, and 4 months after graduating I landed a full time role with a great company, with a 150% higher salary than my previous job, and high career... Read More

Fiscally speaking, investing in Codesmith's immersive engineering program is worthwhile just for the guidance on salary negotiation, but it's a lot more than that.
The immersive program environment reflects the actual workplace for engineers, establishing professional expectations and building teamwork skills and confidence in technical communication. I knew that I wanted to apply to Codesmith after attending a Hard Parts workshop in NYC, where attendees are expected to technically communicate in a group. It gave me instant confidence in what I had been previously studying entirely on my own with minor interest in participating in any kind of bootcamp situation.
I spent at least 90% of my time at Codesmith working collaboratively with others. These team activities included: reporting regularly to stand-ups, preforming code reviews, mentoring newer engineers as well as receiving mentorship, using git collaboratively, preparing tech talks, and pairing - so I felt completely prepared to step into the professional engineering work environment.
Codesmith's curriculum is progressive and up-to-date. If you're like me and have no technical background, you may have to put in a lot of extra effort before, during, and after the program. I don't think I would have landed a job by doing the bare minimum. However, if you're ready to work hard, this is the best program to support you in your journey to professional Software Engineer.

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    12/15/2020
  • Rob | Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Highly Recommend"

Through Codesmith’s CS Prep and Full-time Immersive, I made a full career switch into software development.

After researching several immersive programs, CS stood out to me with their distinguished reviews. It was then learning JS through their CSX platform,... Read More

The full-time program was no exception as it continued to showcase expert-level instruction from guiding you through full stack web technologies to hiring support while fostering a collaborative and communicative learning environment. The curriculum is certainly intense and unapologetic (in a positive way), and it’s up to the students to put in the work in order to get the most out of it - trusting the system and embracing the challenges will set you up for future success in your job search. The solid community of peers and staff support are unique aspects of this program that set it apart from others.

I greatly value the skills, experiences and friends that I obtained through CS, and I recommend this to anyone who is looking for the same.

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    12/15/2020
  • Jenessa C.
  • JavaScript for Beginners
  • Graduated: 2020

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"JSB- JavaScript for Beginners is the best thing I have done for myself."

This ended up being an easy way to test the water before diving in. More importantly it confirmed many things for me. That I am ready to learn software development, that the schedule will be doable with my current life situation (full time job and two... Read More

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    12/8/2020
  • Brad Morgan | Senior Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Intense program, but worth it"

The Codesmith program was intense with long days and a large amount of information to take in. There is a lot of hands-on work and a good support system between cohortmates, fellows, and teaching staff. I didn't complete any of the prep style courses... Read More

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    12/4/2020
  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Challenging and Rewarding"

After reviewing many coding schools and their outcomes, Codesmith seemed like the ivy league of bootcamps. Coming from a completely non technical background, I knew it would be hard to get in and even harder when I got there, but I hoped the outcome would... Read More

The hours are very intensive and you have to know what you're signing up for. You are living and breathing code for 3 months straight and it can get mentally exhausting to constantly try to retain loads of new information. Sometimes you might want a break but you can't really have one. But with persistence, as a graduate I can say the hard work pays off. You truly learn what you need to know to secure that first software engineering job.

My personal experience was a little bit rough. I signed up for the onsite immersive program and I felt like I could learn best in that environment. Due to Covid19, after the first week the entire program was forced to go remote. Remote learning was not necessarily for me. It was a lot harder for me to get my work done from my home environment with all the distractions. Codesmith also has a unique teaching style. For each unit, they will give a couple hours of lectures on some new concepts and then throw you into a 2 day project with a partner where you feel like you don't have the slightest idea of where to even start. There is a help desk that the Fellows answer but the teachers aren't really around much. It is definitely frustrating at times but having to learn things the hard way through Google and lots of errors does help you remember and understand what you are doing. I do wish the lectures were a little more related to the code we would be writing and not just overall big pictures. After struggling for 2 days and probably not finishing your project, they give an approach lecture on how to do it and it make it look like a breeze. It helps to reinforce and understand what you struggled with, but some things would just be useful to know beforehand to be able to progress further in each project. You will have a growing list of things to go back and review but probably won't have time to do it.

After 6 weeks of these 2 day units, the second portion of the program is focused on building your own projects and web apps. This is where you get to really apply what you learned and also learn so much more based on what your apps needs are. It was so rewarding to have completed that first project and see the end result of what I coded from start to finish. It shows you that you can actually make cool things! There is one solo project and the rest are done in groups. Most of your time is spent on one prodution project which will be the focus of your resume. You have the opportunity to learn a lot from your group members and help each other out. In the real world you will likely be working in teams so it was good to see the dynamic beforehand.

The best part of Codesmith is the hiring support. They go through rounds of your resume and tear it apart (in the best way), they help you prepare answers to interview questions, and bring in people to practice mock interviews with. They have someone to help you negotiate your salary once you have an offer, and after you graduate there are meetings every week about the job search. You also have access to the alumni community and your own cohort mates for tips and references. The networking aspect is awesome. A few months after graduated I started my first job as a Software Engineer. The role isn't exactly what I wanted but now my foot is in the door, which was the whole point for me. I know after a year or so of experience under my belt I will be even better equipped as an experienced programmer to find the job I'm looking for. Overall, I wouldn't have been able to make this career change without going to Codesmith.

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    12/2/2020
  • Ben Mizel | Backend Engineer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Supportive and Challenging"

It was reading these very same online reviews where I first learned of Codesmith. After seeing their outcomes on CIRR and attending a handful of free JavaScript -- The Hard Parts workshops, I chose Codesmith over other programs for what seemed like the... Read More

My experience was consistent with that initial sense; it was clear that the entire team had thought critically about how people learn and how to teach most effectively. And no small part of that effectiveness was due to the culture that had been thoughtfully created, one of warmth and encouragement that always seemed to be saying "This is new and challenging work, but we're there for each other and we'll figure it out together."

It's a remarkable community that, long after graduating and beginning work as an engineer, I feel lucky to be a part of.

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    12/1/2020
  • Travis Frank | Software Engineer
  • Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Codesmith is the Real Deal"

Everything about my Codesmith experience was exceptional- from the instructors to my peers to the technology, I found Codesmith to be worth every penny.

Some Background: I learned Python when I was younger, but I came to Codesmith with a Bachelors of Music... Read More

Instructors: While researching immersive programs, I was disappointed to learn that most (if not all) bootcamps are taught primarily by prior students, in the form of ‘fellows’. While your mileage may vary, in my Codesmith experience this turned out to be an unnecessary fear. The fellows were bright, eager, kind, and helpful throughout my three months in the program, and served as references during my job hunt. These folks are typically only kept on for three-month contracts after graduation, so I cannot guarantee that your experience will be identical, but Codesmith fosters a can-do attitude in the community, so I am hopeful that you will have a similar experience. (Note that some of the senior instructors are full-time employees and industry veterans, whom I also found to be great teachers)

Curriculum: The curriculum at Codesmith is primarily centered around React, Redux, Node.js, Express, and PostgreSQL. No other front-end frameworks are taught, and while MongoDB, AWS, and OAuth are touched upon throughout, the backend technologies other than Node are explored more shallowly. Codesmith’s approach to curriculum can be summed up in a phrase they’ve coined: ‘hard learning’. Enter my only gripe with my Codesmith experience- while the technologies they’ve chosen to focus on are excellent choices from a popularity-in-the-industry perspective, I do feel that Codesmith’s ‘heard learning’ approach sometimes leaves something to be desired. In particular, as projects become the focus of your days, the ‘hard learning’ approach becomes a burden more than a boon, as your energy is primarily directed towards your projects and the curriculum begins to feel frustrating rather than constructive. This is not to say that the experience is bad- rather, I simply found it to be a minor frustration that mars an otherwise enjoyable learning experience. By the end of the program I felt that I had made great progress in the core curriculum, and that can be attributed largely to ‘hard learning’.

Projects: Perhaps the greatest part of Codesmith is the project portion of your junior phase and the production project portion of your senior phase. In your junior phase, three projects punctuate the conclusion of the core curriculum, small affairs the last only a couple days each. These are the perfect on-ramp to working in a team environment on ‘real’ software (at least, something a little more substantial than a tutorial). The production project, however, is the crowning jewel of Codesmith. Students are required to work in teams to develop an open-source developer tool or similar project, in order to give back to the community and nurture a deep expertise in one technical area. By requiring these production projects to solve problems faced by developers every day, students acquire an intimate knowledge of a corner of the industry, experience that can be spoken to in job interviews with authority. In contrast to other immersive programs, where final projects are often mock-applications, Codesmith’s approach ensures exposure to real problems you will encounter in your career (and it looks great on your resume, to boot).

Job Assistance: Codesmith’s hiring program is exhaustive, and stresses the realities of applying to engineering roles. With lectures and workshops on interviewing, your ‘pitch’, negotiating, networking, resume development, and recruiters, the hiring program provides guidance on every step of your job search, and continues indefinitely post-graduation with weekly workshops for grads in the job hunt. Mock interviews with grads help to ease you into the experience of technical interviews, and the daily emphasis on algorithms and data structures throughout your three months prepares you well for mid-level interviews.

Overall: Codesmith was life-changing for me, beyond a new career and a new job. The people in my cohort were curious, intelligent, and bound by the common goal of bettering their lives. I cherish many of the friendships I made at Codesmith, and I can’t wait to give back to the Codesmith community in the years to come.

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    12/1/2020
  • Joseph R | Sr. Software Developer
  • Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Highly Recommended!!!!!"

I'm the type of person who digs through the internet for reviews. I'm one to make sure of the quality of services and products that I choose before making a purchase or a subscription. I found Codesmith after days of googling, watching vlogs of people... Read More

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    11/24/2020
  • Taylor A Davis
  • CS Prep
  • Graduated: 2020

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"I feel that this prep course has set me up for success in the immersive itself."

I entered into Codesmith's CS Prep program with basically 0 formal experience with coding. I had done some self-study, but found i needed more of a structure. Though the program is only 2 weeks long, it definitely covers a large basis needed to start... Read More

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Codesmith's average rating is 4.92 out of 5.0 based on 290 review(s).

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