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Please note: As of July 20, 2017, The Iron Yard is no longer accepting applications.

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4.38/5

(99 reviews)
    9/15/2017
  • Anonymous
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2017

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"The bootcamp experience was difficult but reinvigorated my interest in programming."

Pros:
Instructors were very knowledgeable about the coursework and were willing to review even though the pace of the course was extremely fast.
Recent graduates of previous cohorts helped out with the course work as well. They also kept us motivated when... Read More

Cons:
Campus closing

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    7/10/2017
  • Kalea Wolff
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Solid Foundational Program"

I attended the Ruby On Rails Back-End Engineering course. From day one, we were coding. We started off with the fundamentals of Ruby and over the next five weeks, we learned more about Rails and its individual pieces until we finally started working in... Read More

In the final 6 weeks of the program, we worked on learning front end development in brief, and created full stack Rails apps as well as back-end APIs. In Week 8 we worked in teams of 4 (2 front-end/2 back-end) to rapidly develop a project for a simulated client. And finally in weeks 9-12 we paired up again with front-end students to create our final projects for Demo Day.

After week 12 there was a week of career support. This was a primer to get us ready for our coming applications. I honestly wish this had happened earlier and throughout the program. I waited until after graduation to start applying and am still searching for a position as of this writing. A little over half of my cohort already have positions.

Pros:
Top tier staff
Top tier education
Simulates an Agile work environment
Great community of alums

Cons:
Can be extremely expensive
Requires a lot of dedication and some sacrifice
Career support is available, but feels like it needs to be more fleshed out

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    5/26/2017
  • Anonymous | Front End / Web Designer
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Front-End Development (Javascript/React)"

The Iron Yard in Tampa/St. Pete is lead by some amazing people. The front-end instructor that I studied with, Jason Perry, is extremely well respected in the Javascript AND Ruby communities. That would be enough but he also proved to be an amazing person... Read More

As part of the career prep we did mock interviews with industry professionals and ironically, I made a connection in my mock interview that turned into a real interview and eventually, my current job! I was hired about 4 weeks after graduation and I'm currently working as a front-end/web designer. I had a little bit of design experience prior to TIY but I wouldn't consider myself qualified for a full-time job. TIY filled in the gaps, provided me great opportunities, and now I'm excited to be pursuing a new career.

Overall, my experience was positive but to be completely honest there were some challenges. I spent a ton of time studying and working on projects, at least 80 hours each week and probably more for the weeks leading up to our final projects. I'm also married with 2 kids and it was extremely hard on them. It was a good start but I'm constantly challenged to keep up and learn new skills to be effective in my job. TIY provided me a foot in the door to a new career and frankly it's an expensive door. I would highly suggest that you take as much time as possible to assess whether or not it is a good fit for you. If so, go for it!

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    5/25/2017
  • Anonymous | Full Stack Web Developer
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Totally worth it - if you put in the effort"

I recently completed the Front-End Engineering course at the St Pete/Tampa location and I cannot recommend The Iron Yard enough. Within 6 weeks of graduating I was employed, and honestly, in my opinion, that is the best way to judge a coding bootcamp.... Read More

That said, it is a lot of work, so you need to make sure that you are willing to work your butt off. I describe it to people like you are treading water and little by little bits of word float toward you. You hold on to one piece of wood, the another. You tie those bits of wood together into a makeshift raft. You keep adding to it, and by the end you have a boat. It won't be the best boat, probably

This isn't like high school, or even some college courses, this is an intensive program to teach you things that take many others years to learn. If you expect things to be spoon fed to you, or to come away knowing everything, you will be sorely mistaken. While the instruction was language specific, it is also focused on teaching you how to teach yourself--a valuable skill that not everyone has naturally.

Programming is constantly evolving, so even if you came out being a javascript and react expert, in a year the language would evolve and the frameworks would change. You will constantly need to learn new things, and that is what I liked about The Iron Yard, that it focuses on helping you to keep learning after the program. However, the instructors are on hand to help answer your questions and guide you through the process. You could learn programming on your own, but the major benefit of The Iron Yard is having top notch instructors available to help you. However, you must be willing to help yourself. If you are giving the program your all, the instructors and staff will go out of their way to help you during this stressful time--and it will be stressful. My background is in academia, so I have spent many sleepless months trying to get papers and dissertations finished. Stress wise, TIY is pretty similar, but completely manageable. It's about 12 weeks of tons of stress, but the relief of getting your first job and paycheck afterwards is totally worth it!

I learned Javascript at TIY, but my job is actually a full-stack position, involving ruby and C#. There was a big learning curve for this job, but I felt prepared and capable of tackling it because of TIY. I also have been able to reach out to the instructors when I've been completely stuck. I remember a former student visited during the cohort. He had just gotten a job in C# and the .Net instructor voluntarily worked with him for a day to teach him the language. That instructor hadn't even been in Florida when that graduate attended The Iron Yard, but he was just as invested in this graduate as he was his current students. That's something I feel that really sets TIY a part from a lot of other programs.

I recommend TIY to all my friends who are interested and willing to work hard. Anyone can do it, even if you have no experience. Just do your prework, get some sleep, and (if you are in Tampa), listen to Toni (the campus director), she will be your biggest advocate and will help you get that job! Opt in to all career support counseling!

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    5/22/2017
  • Stanley | Software Developer
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Challenging and Rewarding"

The Iron Yard is one of the most challenging parts of my life. The course is very intense, so you must be all in. Slackers will not make it. Students are given all the resources needed to succeed, so there is no reason for anyone to fail. Before TIY I... Read More

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    5/22/2017
  • Joe Bumbuli
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2017

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"From Zero to Coding in 90 days!"

When I began this course three months ago, I could hardly write an html tag and css. I'm proud that in the past two weeks, I created and coded a functional web app using React and Redux (javascript frameworks). In reflection, I'm blown away by the amount... Read More

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    5/22/2017
  • Marshall Thompson | Solutions Engineer
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Came in with some experience, but left with so much more"

I attended the Fall Cohort in 2017 at the Greenville campus for Front End Engineering. I was working as the IT Director at a small marketing firm prior to making the decision to pursue web development as my career focus. I had some experience with front... Read More

The course is definitely designed to get those with minimal skill up to speed quickly. There is some pre-work that should be done prior to day one - I highly recommend anyone looking to switch to this field via immersing themselves at the Iron Yard, or other code school, to do the pre-work and some exploration on the topics because you won't be spoon-fed every minute detail. Being a resourceful self-starter is a crucial skill to have not only in this course but in professional life as well. We had a good bit of practical application and some computer science theory (although I wish there was more time for that!)

I started to struggle about half way through when the course started to dig into the meatier parts of Front End programming. Having the little bit of experience that I came with helped me think through the daily assignments, but there were a lot of new ideas being presented around software development that required a good bit of trial and error and googling. A pro of being enrolled at the Iron Yard is that there is help nearby should you need it. The instructors and assistants are there to help you along should you need it, but be prepared to explain your issue thoroughly, what you've tried, and also be ready to listen in for clues as to how to solve your problem. They won't flat out give you the answer at first, but the staff in Greenville is great and they care a great deal about the craft and helping you earn your stripes to get started in this industry.

TIY in Greenville also offers student housing, which was a huge plus in my situation. I had to uproot and move to Greenville for the 3 months that was required to be immersed in the course. The apartments are an extra cost on top of the tuition and are for students only, so be prepared to supply some extra funds for that. They're reminiscent of your typical 2 bedroom college dorm with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living space. The apartments are only about a mile from the campus building downtown and there are bikes in the hallway for students to use but they may need some TLC to be ridable. I brought my own bike to ride and it was about 10 mins either way and about equal parts uphill and downhill on the route that I took.

The Career Services at the Iron Yard are worth signing up for. They provide mock interviews, both behavioral and technical and have much experience in the matter of resumes and portfolios, so they know what works. Listen to them. After you have completed the course, you may opt in to the Career Services support program, where you'll have some time to design and build a portfolio site (to take advantage of your sweet coding skills you've been building up for the past 12 weeks!). You will get in what you put out of this portion of the process. You'll be expected to apply to a certain number of job postings per week and you'll periodically have contact with your Campus Director on the progress of any leads that lead to interviews and second interviews and more. Since the Iron Yard is geographically positioned in certain cities, they'll have plugs into local businesses in the area and can introduce grads to potential employers.

Overall, the experience is a worthwhile one if you're willing to put in the effort. You'll make friends with your cohort mates who struggled alongside you into the wee hours of the morning trying to get projects done and turned in. You'll likely check in every once in a while in slack to see what all is going on with all your mates and may even ask or offer help. It's a great community to be a part of and may lend itself to be a great networking resource various times in your career. If 12 weeks sounds impossible to learn everything - well, it is. What you gain at the Iron Yard is a wealth of working knowledge in and of itself. However, I believe they hope to instill in all of their students that burning curiosity to keep on learning and getting better with time, and that is what anyone in this field should be doing to stay current.

Having landed a job as a junior developer 4 months after graduation, it felt good during orientation/training being able to recognize patterns and making good guesses at what technical things were and asserting how they worked and might be used. You most certainly aren't guaranteed that sexy startup gig, or a job using the latest and greatest frameworks that you just learned about at the Iron Yard, but you most certainly will be able to mentally parse the technical things you weren't totally sure about beforehand. Remember to keep on learning, find a good mentor and never give up! Making the investment in yourself to take your career further is a daunting task, but can be done with some willpower and motivation, and I think the Iron Yard is well equipped to get you started on your journey!

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    5/20/2017
  • Emily
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Great Experience for Career Changer"

After nearly a decade in a different career, I decided to attend the 12-week program at The Iron Yard in order to become a programmer. I can honestly say it was the best three months of my life. It was challenging, to say the least, but I think it speaks... Read More

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    5/19/2017
  • Devon Moubry
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2017

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"EXCELLENT CODE PROGRAM"

I attended the Front End Engineering Course in Spring 2017. The immersive bootcamp was intense. We worked really hard and learned so much in a short amount of time. The staff was amazing, incredibly supportive, and built a strong sense of community. They... Read More

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    5/19/2017
  • Austin | Front End Developer
  • Web Development Career Path
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Serious Brain Training and a Family-like Environment."

I joined the Front End course at The Iron Yard with the intention of getting a foundation in how to build websites in order to be a more competitive graphic designer. Over the course of the cohort I discovered that the critical thinking and creative power... Read More

The course itself was very challenging and fast paced. I had some experience prior to the course in the basics of html and css so I didn't struggle as much at first as some of my classmates, so if you have never tried development before I would definitely encourage reviewing the basics well beforehand so that you don't fall behind. I would describe the style of class as more guided self learning than the lectures of a traditional class at a college. You are given the materials and guidance you need to complete the tasks you are challenged with but the learning comes from running into problem after problem and consistently learning as you work out solutions each time. Because of this I felt I gained way more at the end of this course than I did from my time in traditional school. I didn't learn syntax and simply how to write the code but how to think and problem solve like a developer and not be intimidated by challenges or new more complicated projects.

Outside of the curriculum itself, the culture of my cohort was the other big reason I valued my experience so much. We as students taught each other as much as the instructor as we struggled together and supported each other in our work. I feel like I made lifelong friends and colleagues from my class and instructors. The instructors and staff also kept us encouraged throughout the tough moments and always drove us to strive for excellence and not settle for mediocre in our projects or finding jobs. I was able to find a position within 3 months after finishing the course along with most of my classmates.

My only complaints would be that our instructor was fairly new, and we could all tell that he was brilliant but struggled with how to give constructive feedback and communicate concepts that he understood on a much higher level than us. He cared a lot though about us as his students and I can only imagine he has improved tremendously since that first class. I also wish we would have been able to talk more about back-end technologies in our class but I know that the curriculum has already changed to include that since. Overall I cannot recommend the course highly enough for anyone wanting to learn more about this field and start a career.

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The Iron Yard's average rating is 4.38 out of 5.0 based on 99 review(s).

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