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LaunchCode is a national nonprofit creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement. LaunchCode matches students with one of their 500 employer partners... Read More

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2.67/5

(12 reviews)
    8/7/2020
  • Anonymous | Freelance Web Developer
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Very poorly run, incredibly disappointing"

I attended the Java Web Development CoderGirl course in 2019-2020. There are three modules, Javascript, Java, and Career Readiness. I don't know how I survived the JavaScript module. My TA had graduated from the program 3 months before she started teaching... Read More

The curriculum was very poorly written. The TAs usually couldn't help the students understand how to solve the problems. For example, there was a graded assignment regarding test driven development that not a single student could finish. After the due date, that assignment was thrown out without explanation and we were expected to just continue with the curriculum.

I dropped out between the Java and Career Readiness modules because the TA told me, verbatim, that I was an idiot and I would never be able to write good code. I worked for two weeks to turn in a working program for a graded assignment, but I was given a 0 because she didn't like how it was written. No constructive criticism or ideas to improve. After I stopped showing up to class, no one from LaunchCode attempted to reach out to find out why. I guess they don't care about their retention rates.

I wasted my time with this program. I've attempted to find a corporate web-development job but I didn't learn enough in the program to qualify for an entry-level position. I have continued to self-study using free resources online that have prepared me much more for my development journey than LaunchCode.

Of the >200 people who started the program, ~15 survived to the point where I dropped out. I know of four graduates personally, and two have found junior level positions without the help of launchcode. I know the other two are still unemployed, three months later.

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    12/19/2019
  • Abbey Northcutt
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Disorganized, But Ultimately Fulfilling"

I came into this program for the second time in 2018 (I had unfortunately not been able to keep up with the CSX50 program a couple years earlier). The pros and cons are as follows:

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The schedule (once a week for two hours with optional study groups... Read More

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Codergirl is still in its growing phase, and the curriculum for my course was highly disorganized and seemed to be constructed week by week sometimes. A lot of it was a video portion that I was required to pay a small sum for, despite the fact that the class is supposed to be entirely free. Halfway through the project track, we switched to another paid video course. The learning track class was massive at around fifty people, and eventually separated into three separate groups based on where the students were in the curriculum (we ignored the stated "deadline" that the rest of the tracks mandated). I was one of the slower workers, and did not even finish the curriculum before going into the project track. That was a double-edge sword. I was grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to stay in the class despite being behind, but felt woefully underprepared for the second half of the course. I was also extremely disappointed to find out that my mentors were being underpaid for all of the work they put in. Finally, I can't stand the name "Codergirl." It sounds like a single-word manifestation of how women are singled out and infantilized in a lot of workplaces.

All in all, I was successful and happy in the LaunchCode program despite some difficulty keeping up with the work and the lack of organization. I would recommend this for anyone who can handle a ton of challenging work and won't be bothered by a frequently hectic and rather messy experience.

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    12/3/2019
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2019

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"It's just a waste of time and energy."

The course is quite bad, run by instructors with not much experience, in quite a hostile environment. I have seen many stories on their greediness. Many people who thought they were not able to make it and wanted to leave during the beginning of the program... Read More

For the projects, there's no real standard for quality. I put in a lot of work to make ambitious projects with pretty web design so they would actually look good on my resume. But looking at other students' work, I saw most people just did the bare minimum to pass the project requirements. I didn't feel like there was any incentive for people to try and become "great" web developers with projects they could be proud of. It definitely seems like they care more about quantity because that's what really serves their reputation.
During the program, I had a friend who went to another intensive bootcamp (which I won't name). But she gave me access to her school's portal, and I did the majority of their workshops. Honestly, the difference in quality was staggering. Their information was much more so up-to-date and their approach to web development so much more engaging and serious.

Job Placement Numbers - While they market their job placement % numbers all over the place, the truth is that they hire a substantial number of their own graduates to be teaching fellows/assistants and instructors for their own program. What this means is that they can claim this as legitimate employment for their graduates but it doesn't really satisfy the true perception that the industry as a whole thinks about their graduates in terms of programming skills & knowledge, as much as their job placement numbers hope to lead you to believe. In reality it's a win-win for them because it allows them to report high job % placement numbers as well as hire relatively cheap teaching staff for their program. And even the lucky few who get into the apprenticeship program, they usually end up working hard for peanuts with no guarantee after completing their apprenticeship which often turns out to be just a cheaply-compensated internship.

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    9/24/2018
  • Anonymous | Webmaster
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Don't Waste Your Time!"

I have been a hobbyist programmer since I was in high school. I don't have a college degree. I do have a lot of on-the-job programming experience. I read about LaunchCode in the newspaper in 2017. It sounded too good to be true, but I applied for their... Read More

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    8/16/2018
  • Anonymous | software developer
  • Graduated: 2017

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"LaunchCode literally changed my life"

I started LaunchCode in the summer of 2017, I was working a dead end food service job at the time and looking for a way out. LaunchCode's LC101 course is one of the best I've seen, it's in person, interactive, and most of all it is FREE! That being said... Read More

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    8/3/2018
  • Megan Hart
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Good Experience"

I was a Massage Therapist. I found an editors list of the top 10 coding bootcamps from around the country. I did some online work for the number one rated, but ultimately chose LaunchCode, ninth rated, because it is completely free to students and it... Read More

LC101, the introduction class, was HARD and you get out of it what you put in. If you don't study enough and keep up you will get dropped, only about 70% of my class graduated.

Graduating doesn't mean job placement, you have to take the skills you have learned and prove you can code projects to completion on your own. They recently added Liftoff (8 weeks), to help with that process, I am taking it and in week 3.

Additionally, once you apply and get into the Apprenticeship Program, you have to be able to prove to companies that your project and your communication skills are good enough to do whatever job they need you to do in the real world. I am the over-achieving type, I coded a project to completion while between Units 2 and 3 and applied to the apprenticeship program with it. Because there are so many people who got into the apprenticeship program before me that they are trying to place, it took them about 7 weeks to get back to me with my first: would you like us to send your resume to company X? email. Then it is up to company X if they want to interview you.

I, apparently, impressed my first company interviewer, but wasn't offered a job. My second interviewer did offer me a job, and my third interviewer (within days of the second) seems to want to meet with other candidates. Additionally, I graduated on a Thursday, and I started to TA the following LC101 class the next Monday, at the time of writing this, that class is 3 of 20 weeks into their program. Yesterday, I decided to accept the offer from the second interview, I spent part of today doing the onboarding.

In general, the community and atmosphere at LaunchCode is amazing and they are super supportive and helpful, they have an online chatroom that is always busy answering questions, offering support, or just trying to make you laugh: Today in the chatroom: person 1: what if the cheese was shredded? person 2: then the answer would be grate!

The student to TA ratio is about 11 to 1, but the class size is generally somewhere in the 250-350 range, meaning that: if your TA or members of your TA group can't answer the question, bounce it off one of the other 23 or more TA's or post it in general chat seen by all. Someone gets back to you fast.

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    8/3/2018
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Free, Accessible, Supportive, Life-changing"

I'd considered getting into computer programming for a number of years, but couldn't afford to go back to college for another degree that may or may not lead to a job, and I had a hard time staying focused when trying free, self-guided programs online.... Read More

I realized later that the only way to do that is if your learning program is actually EXTREMELY good. My LaunchCode experience was filled with excited students, talented teachers, and supportive staff. They taught me everything I needed to know to become a web developer, provided resume and job interview support, and introduced me to a community of learners and developers who could serve as support in my job search. I and several of my friends (as well as many of the people I've met through LaunchCode) have gotten new careers in technology as a result of LaunchCode's entirely free programs.

The thing I've realized most through my interactions with LaunchCode is that they're not some for-profit bootcamp or recruiting firm who is just looking to make some quick money or only help the best of the best. Everyone I've met who works at LaunchCode is working there because they really care about the organization's mission and are determined to help anyone and everyone who is willing to put in the effort get their first programming job.

LaunchCode absolutely changed the lives of me and some of the most important people to me, and I cannot possibly recommend them enough.

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    4/2/2018
  • Anonymous | Unemployed
  • Graduated: 2017

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"No placement"

This is a good intro course to Computer Science, web development and programming in general. Do this if you have the time and motivation, but don't do it for the job placement. After I finished the course, the person "helping" me to get a job or internship... Read More

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    2/5/2018
  • Anonymous | Unemployed
  • Graduated: 2016

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"After 8 Months of Waiting LaunchCode Has Yet to Place Me"

I passed the HackerRank test and got accepted into the LaunchCode apprenticeship-to-work placement program. I have yet to be placed. If you look at the success stories on their blog they seem to give priority in placing people with computer science degrees... Read More

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    12/13/2017
  • Anonymous | Student
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Exciting, fun, yet frustrating"

I attended the first Launchcode class in Portland, OR and was very excited to be accepted. The instructor was great and most of the “teaching fellows” were great also. My frustration came from two things primarily. One being that the curriculum was literally... Read More

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Launchcode's average rating is 2.67 out of 5.0 based on 12 review(s).

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