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Product School and General Assembly have online and on-campus instruction across several countries. Product School's courses are real-time and interactive, while General Assembly also provides self-paced options. Product School has three certificate programs: Product Manager, Product Leader, and Product Executive, while General Assembly has a broad course range and full-time immersion programs in Web Development, Data Science, and UX Design. Product School tuition can be paid in interest-free, monthly installments. General Assembly has monthly tuition payment options and also provides an income share agreement (ISA) option that will collect once a graduate has met the required minimum annual income.

Product School General Assembly
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Courses Product Manager Certificate, Product Leadership Certificate, Product Executive Certificate, +-4 more.
Product Executive Certificate
Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive - Flex, User Experience Design Immersive, Data Science Immersive, Data Analytics, Data Science Part Time, Digital Marketing, +6 more.
Front-End Web Development, Product Management, Python Programming, React Development, User Experience Design Part Time, Visual Design
Cost $4,199 - $6,999 $2,800 - $15,950
Location(s) Online, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Toronto, New York City, Austin, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Irvine, Bellevue, Washington D.C. Online, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Melbourne, Providence, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, Sydney, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Paris, Toronto, Denver, Singapore, Orlando, Scottsdale

What is Product School?

Product School provides real-time online and campus-based courses for individuals seeking a career in product management. Campuses span multiple countries, though the headquarters is in San Francisco.

Highlights: Participants can leverage flexible scheduling options; new cohorts begin each month, and classes can be taken part-time or full-time. Classes are limited to 20 students each and incorporate hands-on training, case studies, and mentorship. Accepted students may have in-class training hours, guest lectures, and additional homework. Graduates are supported with their job search strategy by participating in mock interviews, having their LinkedIn profile reviewed, and by engaging in networking opportunities.

Financing/scholarship options: Tuition can be paid upfront or in interest-free monthly installments. Product School's program managers are available to assist students with identifying potential scholarship opportunities.

What makes Product School unique?

Instructors work at major companies, including Google, Uber, and PayPal. With over 1,000 professional partners and an extensive alumni network, Product School aims to connect its graduates with employment opportunities in software product management.

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What is General Assembly?

General Assembly offers coding classes at 30 campuses around the world and online. Courses can be taken part-time or full-time depending on a student's schedule and professional goals. General Assembly was started in 2011 and continues to evolve its award-winning curriculum to cover current, in-demand skills.

Highlights: Interested candidates work with an admissions representative to match their professional goals and experience. The immersion programs require additional assessments. Many classes require pre-work.

Financing/scholarship options: Students must make a down payment to secure one of the limited program spots, though financing partners, a deferred tuition option, and installment plans assist students with additional financial burdens. General Assembly also works with current employers to sponsor employees seeking additional training and offers tuition discounts to women through the See Her Excel program.

What makes General Assembly unique?

Beginner students have access to basic instruction as well as additional support, feedback, and office hours. Part-time students must complete additional homework assignments outside of class, whereas full-time students will work on portfolio projects and attend networking events.

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Product School Reviews

    11/9/2020
  • Shamima
  • Graduated: 2020

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"No regret in taking the course"

I spoke with a handful of people from different competitor courses and read dozens of reviews before I finally decided on Product School's product management course. Looking back at the decision, I have no regrets. The course was great overall. We were... Read More

    11/6/2020
  • Skyler Holloway | Sr. Product and Program Manager
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great content, Fantastic Instructor (Toby)"

I found the Product Manager Certificate to be a great way to quickly refresh and expand my Product skills. Currently in a new job, this gave me the chance to directly apply my skills in my day job.
The structure of the course was full: we used all of... Read More

General Assembly Reviews

    11/26/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Software Engineering Immersive
  • Graduated: 2020

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"I could never recommend GA."

TLDR,
The bottom line is I could never recommend GA or their software engineering immersive because the course for me was just teachers and all running around like chickens with there heads cut off.

Pros,
- You meet other classmates doing the same thing... Read More

Cons,
- Very little support
- No real hiring potential by going through GA vs anywhere else (Like other students got a job at said company and the employers thought it was a great hire and would love to hire more GA graduates, thats not really much of a thing)
- Teachers don't answers questions. (big one in my opinion because I joined the bootcamp to learn and understand what's going on not just be some attack dog that can only do what's in front of them)
- Recordings of the class were all deleted two months after the course when they explicitly said they would up for 6 months.
- All the teachers are burnouts from other parts of the industry and it's not a good atmosphere
- Constant surveys you have to fill out for them, 2-3+ a day sometimes.
- The class is only really 9 weeks long because 3 of those weeks are taken off to work on your own and make a project, were you get almost no help.
- Costs 15k
- Job support is pretty much non existent unless your have a specific question
- They say they don't do grades, but they do. They grade all your stuff like 9 out of 10 etc. and even one day in class a girl was having loads of problems with what we were going over so she asked for help and the teacher was just like na I have to go grade projects.
- Also the teachers are late a lot, have babies in class etc. (this was almost an everyday thing and maybe they're just not paying there employees enough if they can't afford babysitters?) and it just makes everything so much more stressful then it needs to be.

    11/23/2020
  • Juliane Rossi | Product Owner
  • Product Management
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great material, awesome instructors!"

General Assembly created a very easy-to-follow workflow for the classes. It was a very 'hands-on' approach, where we could put into practice all we learned. A very good comprehensive course, yet easy to follow. The instructors were phenomenal! Since they... Read More

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