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Learners Guild Reviews

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1.71/5

(7 reviews)
    2/17/2018
  • Amy Grants | Software Apprentice
  • Graduated: 2016

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"It's a joke, just look at Shereef's ex biz"

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... Read More

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    11/21/2017
  • Jonathan Pool
  • Graduated: 2017

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"A startup still figuring out how to achieve an ambitious mission"

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... Read More

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    11/16/2017
  • Anonymous | Product Manager
  • Graduated: 2017

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"One minute you're in the next without warning you are out"

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... Read More

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    10/6/2017
  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"It's a cult and a scam!"

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... Read More

Once again, don't come here because it's not worth it. Save yourself!

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    8/1/2017
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Bad Idea - Don't walk, run away"

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... Read More

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    7/27/2017
  • Anonymous | Software Engineer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Started off good and now it's a waste of time"

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... Read More

Ever since then, my opinion of Learners Guild has changed. I could go on and on about bad this place has gotten but I would be here all day. It's unorganized, we don't have a lot of help, it's not as diverse as the website makes it out to be and they cater more to people who are either white male or part of LGBT and if you don't fit that criteria or say the correct pronoun/, they don't really care about you. The only reason I stuck around was simply because of the stipend and even the stipend doesn't pay us enough for half the crap we deal with. The only good thing about this place is the people I have met. I have grown friendships with the people from the Guild but another than that, it's best to not come here or even think about coming here. I feel like I wasted my time and energy here.

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    5/8/2017
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Learners Guild? More like Drama Guild and not at all as advertised."

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.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6N4wxUeA98EJ:https://www.coursereport.com/schools/learners-guild+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us... Read More

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 transitioner like myself (art major in college), I feel like I have been in the dark from the beginning. There isn't much difference between sitting at a library anywhere working on Codacademy or FCC in terms of what I've been learning. I've made some friends at least and I know that I am not the only one that feels this way. Safety in numbers. I just keep to myself when it comes to the higher ups. Some of them are clearly trying but when you have a megallomaniacal founder, they can only do so much.

The founder/owner has become more scarce since I started. He conducts Monday mandatory meetings where we listen to him use strange antedotes and mostly ramble about more changes. He adviced us to seek out "rejection therapy" as well. It's very disorganized and can be chaotic. His moods are up and down and you never know what to expect.

Out of the first two cohorts, only one person has gotten an actual tech job. Another person got a job , but I don't know if it counts if she already has a CS degree and is white, blonde, and cute, too. Meaning that her odds were better that some of ours. Seems that if you're a white male there's a target on your back as they're waiting for you to do something wrong. There were more women when I joined compared to now and it seems like more people disappear every week.

I'm 100% concerned that I'm not going to get a job from my participation here. Much time is spent at "player support meetings" where we talk about our feelings as opposed to getting right down to coding. There are many distractions too and then the popularity contests. Kind of like high school. But it's people trying to outdo each other with drama that they draw to themselves and how sad some of their lives are. I mean this with no disrespect, just as I see it.

There is no career coaching, no career advice, and the best things are shared with me by other students. In terms of job support, interviewing, and that part, I mean. We are all doing our best in a weird situation. If people don't get jobs, how is Learners Guild going to stay in business?

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Learners Guild's average rating is 1.71 out of 5.0 based on 7 review(s).

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