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I was a software apprentice here, 1st cohort. I've since applied to jobs and because of my affiliation no one will hire me. Shereef, the dictator owner, failed at DevBootCamp which just went under. No one has experience working with underserved populations in tech, except for 1 person. Curriculum is a joke and Shereef a characteture of what not to be. Similar to Ian and David - all of their biz have failed.
I have blogged about Learners Guild, calling it an “Unbootcamp”, every week, for the 28 weeks I have been enrolled here (http://stulta.com/forumo). It works well for many of its enrollees. Suppose you thrive in a little-structured setting, where your sources are a mixture of the web, peers, more advanced programmers, solo project practice, and team projects. Suppose you are comfortable discovering that every programming problem has multiple solutions with competing advocates, and you need to choose your own coding strategies because no authority will tell you what is “right”. Suppose you are willing to customize your own curriculum after getting skilled in the fundamentals (joining special-interest clubs on AI, blockchain development, React/Redux, etc.). Then, I would bet, you will find...Read more
I attended this program and was holding my own, managing to teach myself (that's right, you teach yourself because there aren't really any instructors and the ones that we had were pulled in five million directions). I became ill and had to miss a few days and when I came back was given the choice of taking a leave of absence until my health improved if I felt I needed to. So, I decided that was the best option for me. While I believed everything was all right, i found out that my supposed advisor had not alerted anyone to the plan she and I had agreed to and so I racked up enough days of being out to have me removed from the program. When I tried to contact them to discuss this, I was met with silence and no response. Now, after only having attended the program for three months I am b...Read more
There are no pros to this program. You are better off learning on your own or going to a bootcamp that actually cares about your learning.
The facilitators here aren't even engineers but they think know what's best for us. Not to mention it's a cult and you can't really be yourself and say what you want to say without someone getting all sensitive. The founder of this place doesn't know what the hell he is doing.
Once again, don't come here because it's not worth it. Save yourself!
Look elsewhere if you're looking for a good program, that follows through on it's promises. The company is run by an egomaniacal sociopathic founder and all 3 C-level men are all colluding to enrich themselves. There has been few placements and no support to help those looking to get a job in tech AND they can kick you out at anytime and you're STILL on the hook for the tuition well marketed as an "income sharing agreement". When the heads of company all make over $200k with no risk and you pay $30k with all the risk and a poor unstructured curriculum run by a genuine Dictator, run, don't walk away. Run to a program that really cares about you. it's no coincidence that Learners Guild is actively deleting any reviews by the student, most of whom never got a job and are rightly frustrated.
When I first came to Learners Guild, I was happy to see people who look like me and that you didn't have to pay to get in and you get a stipend while attending the program. In the beginning, we would get paired up in groups of two or three and we would vote on a project on what we wanted to work on. We would build projects such as To-do-list, book store, working on algorithms and data structures. At first, I was happy to be here and working with smart, up and coming engineers and while there were some flaws, I left it alone. We would have meetings that didn't involve coding and we would talk about how we were feeling, whether it was good or bad. Basically a therapy session. It felt like a big kumbaya for a moment but things slowly and surely begin to change and not in a good way. I've b...Read more
Go to this Google cached link to see other reviews that have disappeared from Course Report. I suspect this one will disappear too and then I wouldn't be surprised.
Where to start? When I applied, I had an idea that this place wasn't going to be like the usual coding bootcamps out there. To my amazement, they replied to my application, I made it through their tech quiz, then enrollment game process and to the last two interviews. Then I was accepted for their last official cohort.
It's been a very tough experience. The main problem I have is that you are provided with minimal instruction. I wish I were joking. For a total career trans...Read more
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