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About Codesmith

Location: Online, Los Angeles, NYC

Codesmith’s Software Engineering Immersive program is an advanced residency designed to help individuals launch a meaningful, high-level career in Software Engineering. They offer full-time (12-week) and part-time (38-week) immersive software engineering... Read More

The top-rated Software Engineering Immersive programs teach full stack JavaScript and computer science to prepare residents for mid and senior level software engineering roles. The expertly designed rigorous curriculum and supportive community immerses residents 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.

In addition to the core curriculum, Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides residents through the hiring process, including interview strategies, portfolio development, and post-graduation check-ins. According to the most recent outcomes reports (January-June 2021), more than 85% found software engineering roles within the first six months of completing the immersive. Codesmith graduates commonly secure jobs upwards of $115,000 annually. More than 17% of NYC graduates, over 21% of LA grads, and over 23% of Part-Time Remote Immersive grads earned starting salaries upwards of $140,000 (third-party audited & CIRR-certified).

Codesmith's mission is to develop an exceptional network of brilliant and collaborative Software Engineers who are passionate about pushing the engineering community forward. With this mission in mind, Codesmith offers numerous payment plans to all applicants and scholarships to women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, minorities, military veterans, prior bootcamp grads, and other underrepresented communities in tech.

Courses

Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive

Cost: $19,950
Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online, Los Angeles, NYC
In-person Available Online
Course Description:

The Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive Program teaches full stack 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 weeks, you will be an autonomous engineer, ready to make an impact at innovative tech companies worldwide.

The Full-Time Software Engineering Program is offered in Eastern Time, Pacific Time, and Central Time. The classes run Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 8:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:30 pm.

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, jQuery, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Docker, Scrum, Test-Driven Development (TDD), Python, Machine Learning, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript, AWS, Data Structures, Web Development

Part-Time Software Engineering Immersive

Cost: $19,950
Duration: 38 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

The Part-Time program offers the same curriculum, projects, and career support as the top-rated Full-Time Software Engineering Immersive program - restructured and perfected to fit a part-time schedule. 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 38-week program, you will be an autonomous engineer, ready to make an impact at innovative tech companies worldwide.

The Part-Time Software Engineering Immersive classes run Monday-Thursday, 5pm-8pm PT, and Saturday, 9am-3pm PT.

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, jQuery, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Docker, Scrum, Python, Machine Learning, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Express.js, JavaScript, AWS, Data Structures, Front-End Web Development

CS Prep

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

CS Prep is Codesmith’s 2-week, online, part-time program covering fundamental JavaScript concepts, engineering best practices and technical communication. The program includes live-online instruction, daily problem-solving workshops and a passionate coding community to help students prepare for top Software Engineering Immersive programs. CS Prep is offered in Easter and Pacific Times and runs Monday - Wednesday and Saturday for two consecutive weeks.

Subjects:
JavaScript

JavaScript for Beginners

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

JavaScript for Beginners is a part-time, remote program, consisting of two consecutive Saturday sessions and homework in between. Designed for those with no coding experience, JavaScript for Beginners covers JavaScript fundamentals and offers a broader context to how coding works. The program provides students a launching point to continue their JavaScript studies, prepare for our more advanced programs (CS Prep), and build a future in software engineering.

Subjects:
JavaScript

NYC Onsite Immersive

Cost: $19,950
Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: NYC
In-person Only
Course Description:

Codesmith’s Software Engineering Immersive program is an advanced residency designed to help individuals launch a meaningful, high-level career in Software Engineering. Codesmith offers a 12-week Full-Time Immersive in both onsite and remote settings, as well as a 38-week Part-Time Remote Immersive. In addition, Codesmith offers a variety of other resources from free beginner workshops, part-time prep courses, the CSX learning platform and an endlessly supportive community. The top-rated Software Engineering Immersive programs teach full stack JavaScript and computer science to prepare residents for mid and senior level software engineering roles. The expertly designed rigorous curriculum and supportive community immerses residents 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. In addition to the core curriculum, Codesmith offers an extensive hiring support program that guides residents through the hiring process, including interview strategies, portfolio development, and post-graduation check-ins. According to the most recent outcomes reports (January-June 2021), more than 85% found software engineering roles within the first six months of completing the immersive. Codesmith graduates commonly secure jobs upwards of $115,000 annually. More than 17% of NYC graduates, over 21% of LA grads, and over 23% of Part-Time Remote Immersive grads earned starting salaries upwards of $140,000 (third-party audited & CIRR-certified). Codesmith's mission is to develop an exceptional network of brilliant and collaborative Software Engineers who are passionate about pushing the engineering community forward. With this mission in mind, Codesmith offers numerous payment plans to all applicants and scholarships to women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, minorities, military veterans, prior bootcamp grads, and other underrepresented communities in tech.

Subjects:
React.js, Node.js, JavaScript

Codesmith Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.92/5 (303 reviews)

Rea
student | Graduated: 2021

2/2/2021

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CS Prep

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"CS Prep"

I just finished up CS prep with Sophie N. as our teacher for our cohort. I have gained lots of knowledge, developed lots of skills, stretched my limits and surprised to learn that I could do more because the way they have designed the program. ultimately,... Read More

Kailee
Graduated: 2021

2/2/2021

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CS Prep

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"Really enjoyed CS Prep!"

I enrolled in CS Prep with the intention of preparing for one of the immersives at Codesmith later this year. I wasn't sure what to expect going in but it was a great experience overall. The whole class (~30 people) was super supportive and encouraging... Read More

Midori Yang
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/18/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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"Codesmith helped me land a job when college didn't"

I'm writing this review about one week into my first full-time job ever as a mid-level SWE, where I've been learning something new basically every hour but without feeling overwhelmed or lost. I am comfortable asking questions to my boss and senior software... Read More

Why + how Codesmith is able to accomplish its immersive program outcomes:

You basically have to do the equivalent of a college-level introductory class before entering. I graduated with a computer science degree and Codesmith not only makes you learn valuable computer science fundamentals in order to pass their technical interviews, but also specific JavaScript concepts that I never learned throughout college. Remember this when you feel like the material is too hard and that you're not smart enough to understand it. You feel that way because the material is hard, and you're trying to teach yourself a new skill in the span of a few months instead of four years! You're attempting a huge challenge and you should feel proud of that choice instead.

Codesmith prioritizes cultural fit and learning potential over technical knowledge. I know this because as someone who stayed on as an engineering fellow, I conducted technical interviews for applicants. Here are some important things to understand about the interview process:
When Codesmith rejects you, it is not because you aren't good enough to do the program. Codesmith's curriculum is extremely rigorous and fast-paced, and we don't want residents regretting their decision to spend $18k on a program where they feel completely overwhelmed. In asking applicants to re-interview, we are asking you them reinforce your knowledge and fully prepare themselves for the program, as mentioned in the first point.

What I cared about most in interviews was determining if the person would flourish in the program and would contribute to the supportive + collaborative community that Codesmith works hard to maintain, as opposed to their technical ability. This is also true when interviewing for SWE positions at actual companies (at least ones that would be pleasant to work at): they care more about hiring a competent engineer with good cultural fit and a baseline level of knowledge over hiring a genius that can't work on a team or doesn't care about the work outside of writing code, and this is reflected in Codesmith's interview process.

Codesmith spends time teaching computer science fundamentals, which means data structures, algorithms, and time complexity. In order to progress as an engineer, you need a foundation to stand on and to understand what your code is doing when it is executed instead of just memorizing syntax that can become outdated on a whim. If the bootcamp you are considering does not touch on foundational CS concepts and seems to only be concerned with teaching you some specific "modern" technologies, it is a BIG red flag for the quality of education.

Expanding on the previous point, Codesmith ultimately wants you to become an autonomous, opinionated engineer rather than an expert in some specific tech stack. Especially in web development, frameworks, libraries, and technologies go in and out of style on yearly basis and anything you learn at a bootcamp may be obsolete 2-5 years from now. What really matters is creating a solid foundation in computer science, code design patterns, and system design concepts that allow you to jump off a cliff into learning any new technology with a really sturdy parachute. This is why Codesmith's curriculum places a lot of emphasis on the WHY of what you are doing: why would you use React over Angular or Vue? How does Node.js handle asynchronous JS and why does that make it a good choice for applications that needs non-blocking event processing? These under-the-hood concepts and informed opinions are what makes Codesmith grads stand out and why they can aim for mid-level positions.
The hiring program is almost worth the tuition by itself (I'll get to what really makes the tuition worth it next), as my new salary would easily cover it. The CIRR outcomes really speak for themselves so I won't talk about it too much, but the difference in comfort and confidence I felt when interviewing for junior positions right after college and when interviewing for mid and senior-level positions after finishing Codesmith was hundreds of miles apart. Codesmith gives you a very detailed and specific guide for handling every aspect of the SWE interview, as well as lasting career support post-graduation.

Everything I've listed so far in terms of academic material is stuff that could be found online with some creative Googling (which Codesmith also emphasizes as an important skill). But if I could do this kind of studying on my own, I wouldn't have spent a year unemployed before doing the program. What I really paid for was the incredible community created by the staff and the careful interview process that chooses good engineers that are also good people. In the pressure cooker that is a three-month immersive program, you will need an emotional support system to lift you up when you're doubting your abilities and I definitely found that in my cohortmates and the instructors. When I became a fellow and stayed on another three months to teach, I saw three more cohorts repeat the process of leaning on each other for support and guidance, and shedding tears at final shoutouts when the process ended. The supportive community continues even after the cohort is over as you go into the job search, as all the alums I contacted for advice were friendly and encouraging.

Ultimately, even though I was initially skeptical of Codesmith and it's weirdly high outcomes, I now understand how it is able to accomplish them after having done the program myself. The remote setting did not diminish the value of the experience in any way. If Codesmith doesn't seem like the right fit for you, I would still strongly advise that any bootcamp you pick meets the criteria described above.

Anonymous
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/17/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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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

Linda
Front end Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/15/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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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.

Rob
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/15/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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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.

Jenessa C.
Graduated: 2020

12/15/2020

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JavaScript for Beginners

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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

Brad Morgan
Senior Software Engineer | Graduated: 2019

12/8/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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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

Anonymous
Software Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/4/2020

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Full-time Remote Software Engineering Immersive

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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.

Ben Mizel
Backend Engineer | Graduated: 2020

12/2/2020

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Full Stack Software Engineering Immersive Program

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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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