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A review of Code Tenderloin tech bootcamp

Hi, I’m Alex! I’ve been working in sales for innovative startups like SoftBank Robotics and large corporations like NBC Universal for years. Now, I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise. I help people land great sales jobs through workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship. Check out my review of Code Tenderloin.

What does Code Tenderloin do?

Code Tenderloin is a nonprofit bootcamp that teaches people the skills they need to launch a new career as a web developer or tech sales professional. The program meets in person in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with an entirely volunteer staff. Local San Francisco students participate in live lectures, hands-on exercises, and professional development. 

Before starting a bootcamp, students must meet certain job readiness requirements like having a LinkedIn profile and other ubiquitous professional materials. While some students may meet these requirements already, many students will have to complete a 3-day job readiness course. The job readiness course meets Monday-Wednesday from 9am to 1pm PST. Students learn to set goals, build resumes, craft an online presence including LinkedIn, and develop professional communication skills. 

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The full web development bootcamp meets for 15 weeks Monday-Thursday from 6pm to 9pm PST.  Before starting the bootcamp, students complete 3 weeks of pre-work that covers basic HTML and CSS. Students then move on to the 6-week “code ramp” course that focuses on JavaScript. The final 6-weeks of the program, Code Ramp++, partners with Galvanize to dig deeper into JavaScript. Grads leave the program with the web development skills needed to build full stack web apps. 


Students in the SOAR sales course meet for 4 weeks. The entire course only lasts about 48 hours, with biweekly classes from 6pm to 10pm PST. The curriculum covers core B2B tech sales skills including sales processes, methodologies, and in-demand tools. In the final days of the program, students network with sales recruiters.

All students participate in career services. Job support includes soft professional skill training, resume creation, interview prep, and 1-on-1 mentoring. As a nonprofit, Code Tenderloin goes beyond technical training to offer social, legal, and financial support. In addition to free tuition and job placement with local San Francisco corporate partners, the program will even cover students’ transportation costs. 

Who is Code Tenderloin for?

Local San Francisco residents with no prior tech experience who are looking to launch a new career in sales or web development could benefit from Code Tenderloin. Their program is especially helpful for people seeking a free nonprofit bootcamp with extensive professional support beyond the technical curriculum. Local San Francisco residents with criminal records, low income, and little formal education could be a good match for the holistic curriculum that includes professional development and networking with top hiring partners.

What does Code Tenderloin cost? How much work is involved?

As a nonprofit, the program is completely free. Students can get legal help and transportation costs covered if needed. The course includes enrollment in Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program, which helps reduce and expunge criminal records. 

The program is open to everyone regardless of experience, including people with a previous history of substance abuse, mental health issues, low education levels, and criminal records. People living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, students from marginalized communities, and low income students are especially encouraged to apply.

Ratings and reviews

While Code Tenderloin does have too many online reviews yet, so far the reception has been extremely positive. The bootcamp holds a 4.9/5 star rating on Google Reviews. One student praised the supportive staff who “welcomed me in like family” and were eager to “assist in finding employment and even help you with the purchase of work clothes.” Another grad agreed that the nonprofit volunteers were “welcoming” and described the flexible bootcamps as a “wonderful experience” for beginners.

The program also holds a perfect 5 star rating on Facebook. One student loved that their curriculum covers tech skills in a “holistic manner” that focuses as much on professional development as technical skills. Free tuition was also a big hit. 

Grads on Switchup rated the bootcamp 5/5 stars. One grad raved that the program was “the most caring organization ever” that would “give you the shirts off their backs to help you succeed in life.” Another student loved that there “was so much support” and that career services provided her with “lots of resources for employment, including apprenticeships.” On the whole, grads were extremely satisfied with the program’s extensive holistic support and approachable curriculum optimized for complete beginners.

Alternatives to Code Tenderloin

If you decide not to enroll in a Code Tenderloin course, there are many alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you land a job as a full-stack web developer or sales professional.

  • The popular bootcamp General Assembly teaches full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics including web development. Their program features a hands-on curriculum, 19,000+ hiring partners, and a 91.4% job placement. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, BrainStation offers courses in full-stack web development and many other tech topics. Like Code Tenderloin, BrainStation offers in-person learning with hiring partners like Facebook, Google, and more.
  • Aspiring web developers can check out CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our program review.
  • The full-time tech bootcamp Kenzie Academy teaches in-person and online courses in 2 tracks full-stack software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. They offer an income share agreement (ISA) so students don’t pay until they land a tech job with a salary of at least $40,000. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Another short online sales bootcamp like Code Tenderloin’s SOAR course is Flockjay. Their 10-week program teaches people the skills they need to launch a career in B2B software sales, with lots of personalized feedback. They offer an income share agreement (ISA) so students don’t pay until they land a job. Learn more about Flockjay in our review.
More alternatives
  • Students seeking a more comprehensive sales curriculum can check out Tradecraft. Their 12-week program is designed to help people land a job at a high-growth startup, focusing on the entry-level skills students can use to impress employers.
  • Aspiring salespeople who want real work experience can check out Uvaro. Starting at week 4 of the 12-week sales bootcamp, students can join their internship program to put their new sales skills to use for real clients as they continue to learn new skills from the bootcamp.
  • People seeking real sales experience can also look into Vendition. This tech sales program helps students land entry-level account executive positions. They offer an “apprenticeship” program that finds students a tech sales job first then trains them for it, offsetting tuition costs.
  • Aspiring salespeople on a tight budget can check out Aspireship. Their free bootcamp helps people become account executives at SaaS companies. 
  • Prehired is a flexible remote program that can help students launch a career in software sales. If grads don’t land a job after 12 months, they get a full refund.
  • The incredibly popular Codecademy offers free self-paced courses on web development, with dozens of different programming languages. Membership options range from $20 to $40 per month for greater course options and extra support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
Even more alternatives
  • Students seeking university courses on a budget can check out edX. Their platform hosts thousands of courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT, plus big tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or dive deeper into specific topics, like advanced JavaScript. Learn more about edX in our review
  • Another affordable online program with hands-on web development and sales courses is Udacity. Students in their nanodegree program build polished projects for their portfolios and work closely with technical and career mentors. Find out if Udacity is right for your goals in our review.
  • People who want to build and sell software products without learning to code can check out Bubble no-code bootcamps. Learn more about how Bubble can help people break into the tech industry without learning to code in our review.

How does Code Tenderloin compare to Pathrise?

Code Tenderloin is a nonprofit bootcamp that teaches people the skills needed to land a job in sales or web development. All their courses are designed for complete beginners and most students start with no experience. Pathrise fellows should already have some background in their field of interest so they can fully benefit from our more advanced technical curriculum.

While Code Tenderloin does help grads with their job search, support focuses on professional development and job readiness rather than navigating the job search itself. Pathrise mentors help fellows in our program with all phases of the job search for as long as needed. Our experienced mentors have already helped 1,000+ people land their dream by working with fellows on their resumes & portfolios, reverse recruiting and cold emails, behavioral and technical interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. 

Code Tenderloin is a local San Francisco program that meets in person. Pathrise is remote and flexible. All our live sessions are recorded so fellows can easily interact with mentors, ask questions whenever they come up, and review on their own time. Pathrise fellows only have 2-4 hours of group sessions per week and can schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. We offer an income share agreement (ISA) so fellows pay nothing until they land a great tech job. We never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentoring and personalized training. Fellows in our program see their interview scores double and their application responses triple, landing a job in just 3-5 months on average. If you are interested in working with one of our mentors to land your dream job faster, join Pathrise.

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Alex Immel

Alex Immel is one of Pathrise's leading negotiation consultants.

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