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Flatiron School provides several scheduling options for its coding bootcamps, with both part-time and full-time programs. Flatiron School hosts on-campus courses in several major cities and has online bootcamps as well. Lambda School, however, is a nine-month, full-time program relying entirely on real-time, remote instruction. As such, it is highly interactive between instructors and peers. Both organizations have Web Developer and Data Science tracks, but Flatiron also has a Cybersecurity bootcamp. Flatiron and Lambda allow students tuition payment options, including an income share agreement (ISA) or monthly installments. Lambda School has a deferred tuition model that commences once graduates meet the minimum annual income requirement.

Flatiron School Lambda School
Overall Rating
Courses Coding Bootcamp Prep, Cybersecurity Analytics Immersive, Cybersecurity Engineering Immersive, Data Science, Data Science Prep, Hacking 101: Intro to Cybersecurity, Online Cybersecurity Analytics, +3 more.
Online Data Science, Online Software Engineering, Software Engineering
Free iOS Development 101, Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering, Full-time iOS Development & Computer Science, Full-time Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Part-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering, Part-time Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, +-1 more.
Part-time Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Cost $15,000 - $17,000 Free
Location(s) Online, New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Brooklyn, Denver Online

What is Flatiron School?

Flatiron School offers programs that prepare graduates for a career in tech, even for those with no prior coding experience. There are four programs available, with part-time and full-time options, and several free prep courses that allow potential students to explore the different career tracks.

Highlights: Programs vary in length from 12-15 weeks. Each track has an online and on-campus option, though locations vary depending on the program. Learn through interactive labs, lectures, and by collaborating with peers. There is also a career coaching team that will support students in searching for jobs.

Financing/scholarship options: Students can pay Flatiron School's tuition upfront or sign an Income Share Agreement (ISA). The ISA allows those with limited finances the opportunity to attend coding classes without monthly payments while in school. Instead, tuition is paid once a minimum income is met after graduation. Monthly scholarships are awarded for individuals who have experienced barriers to education and for those who will increase diversity in the tech field.

What makes Flatiron School unique?

The mission of Flatiron School is to provide students with a community and a career-focused curriculum. Graduates have found employment in notable organizations such as Apple, NASA, and Google.

Go to Flatiron School's full page

What is Lambda School?

Lambda School is a nine-month program that prepares students for a career in the tech industry. Classes are taught remotely in real-time, though Lambda's headquarters are based in Silicon Valley. Lambda School also has a part-time option that caters to students with less flexibility in their schedules.

Highlights: Students must attend class in real-time, as many projects are accomplished online via small, interactive groups. Some part-time options are available for students who have less flexibility to attend a class. Part-time programs take 18 months to complete. Lambda School's curriculum focuses on building a portfolio with real-world projects.

Financing/scholarship options: Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are available for students who cannot pay tuition upfront. Some students have qualified for a living stipend through the Lambda School; this money is only owed if graduates meet a minimum salary requirement.

What makes Lambda School unique?

Candidates for the Full Stack track are required to take the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test, the Employee Personality Profile, the Computer Literacy and Internet Knowledge Test, and a typing evaluation. These assessments help determine acceptance. Graduates work with Lambda School's career development team to prepare a resume, practice interviewing, and negotiate salary.

Go to Lambda School's full page

Flatiron School Reviews

    11/23/2020
  • Jared Matta | Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Flatiron Software Engineering Course"

Attending Flatiron Immersive Software Engineering Course was such a wonderful experience. Before I started I had a hard time grasping the concepts of software design and programming in general. I entered the course on campus, which made me feel at home... Read More

    10/19/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2020

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"🚩***SCAM ALERT*** : Read Before Enrolling"

Oh boy...where do I begin.

My recruiter was Madison Delaney and I would sometimes go weeks without hearing back from her. You can't call Flatiron and get a single person on the phone...always goes to voicemail. I'd constantly have to follow up, and it... Read More

I payed for the in-person program and received the online program. Flatiron still refuses to refund the difference after months of going back and forth with them. No points awarded for ethically. Here's 600 other Flatiron students who are upset about the situtation that Flatiron still ignores and refuses to address publicly.
https://www.change.org/p/flatiron-school-in-person-students-flatiron-school-in-person-students-partial-tuition-refund-effort

On another note, Flatiron's instructors always seemed busy. When in need of assistance, more often than not, you're told to google the problem instead. Why did you pay the tuition then...I don't know. Where is the money going towards...I don't know.
Flatiron is quite big on asking for feedback, and I sure provided a lot of feedback during my time there. For the most part they don't seem to follow up on too many of them...or at least mine.

The instructors are all very nice, many of them are hired right after graduating so they aren't as experienced as the lead instructors. You very rarely get any attention from the lead instructor and even other instructors, so you're on your own for the most part.
The aloted rough schedule they advertise on their website is misleading and false. Your division of the day will mostly result with you being on your own googling answers and teaching yourself. There's a lot of BS in the schedule, like attendance for a half hour, surveys for an hour, "stand-downs" for an hour, "feelings" for an hour, etc... After doing the math, 16% of our day was actually entirely unaccounted for and pair programming was at a minimal percentage. I would have thought they'd be extra careful to not have any false advertising because they lost a lawsuit for $375,000 for having false salary and placement statistics advertised on there website.

Upon finishing the program, I feel cheated out of $17,000. The money-back guarantee sounds nice, but in actuality most people are either ineligible or opt-out and I'm uncertain why. Flatiron even leaked everybody’s personal data in a mass email and it doesn't look like anybody has received the money-back guarantee.

CSS is not taught - maybe it's just touched upon. They do a decent job with Ruby and React, but discourage you from learning Redux. You can graduate this program not knowing CSS, a single algorithm, or have a personal portfolio page. That's a big red flag.

Career services will follow up with you often which is nice, no complaints about that. They do leave everything up to you and it's mostly hands off on their part.

I do believe that at one point in time they used to be good. I came into this program looking to love it, but they definitely left a bad taste in my mouth and that's wildly unfortunate. There are way better alternatives from my understanding - even just teaching yourself is a better alternative...you can do it, don't be discouraged! Udemy looks like they have some great full stack courses for $20. I'd do that if I could go back in time.

Lambda School Reviews

    11/21/2020
  • Angelyn A Liem
  • Part-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Not worth 30K we have to pay if we get a relevant job within 5 years of graduation"

Lambda is a good starting point for learning to code, but they are growing and changing so fast with really poor implementation that it is hurting the current students and these students like me are stuck with their ISAs, especially if they are already... Read More

    11/20/2020
  • Nathan Cowley
  • Full-Time Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Success at Lambda is up to you!"

I started Lambda School at the beginning of Covid 19 lockdown. I came from a construction background and had no prior experience in the tech industry. It was a huge wakeup call for how tough it was going to be. But guess what? Did it suck at first? Of... Read More

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