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A review of CodeOp as a tech bootcamp

Hi, I’m Sam! I have been a product manager for years. Now I work as an industry mentor for the product, strategy, and operations track at Pathrise. I help people land their dream job through workshops and 1-on-1 mentoring. Check out my review of CodeOp.

What does CodeOp do?

CodeOp is a bootcamp that helps women, trans people, and gender non-conforming people launch a new career in tech. They currently offer courses in product management, data analysis, and full stack web development. Students can learn online or in-person at one of their campuses in Barcelona, Spain and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, all classes are in English. In addition, classes have a maximum of 15 students for a 1:5 instructor-to-student ratio.

Product management bootcamp

The full-time product management bootcamp runs for 2 weeks with classes Monday through Friday from 3am to 7am EST. Students in their part-time bootcamp have 2 options: meet for 11 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm EST or meet for 4 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, plus a Saturday class from 4am to 8am EST. All product management courses cover the same material and include about 60 hours of content.

Students in the product management bootcamp learn all the fundamental skills they need to become a product manager. The curriculum teaches students to validate a product hypothesis, write user stories, collaborate with stakeholders, leverage analytics for reviews, and design an effective minimal viable product (MVP). In addition to covering fundamental design skills, the curriculum teaches students Agile delivery as well as the role of a product manager on the job. All students participate in live lectures, activities, assessments, and reading assignments. The course culminates in a final capstone project that allows students to develop a product and pitch it to CodeOp’s international network. Finally, grads get a formal product management certificate that they can add to their resumes.

Data analytics

The part-time data analytics course meets in the evenings for 26 weeks while the full-time data bootcamp runs for 11 weeks with classes Monday through Friday. However, both courses teach the same material and all students take part in about 550 hours of live lectures and assignments. Students learn to use virtualized Linux apps with Docker, program in Python, apply common machine learning algorithms, and query data using both the SQL and NoSQL approaches. In addition, the curriculum covers A/B testing, NLP, and GeoSpatial analysis. The program culminates in a data project that solves a real-world problem.

Web dev

Students in the full-time web development program meet Monday to Friday for 11 weeks. The part-time program lasts 26 weeks with two classes per week and about 1-2 Saturday classes per month. Both cover the same 550 hours of content through lectures and hands-on assignments. Students work with HTML, CSS, data structures, algorithms, and advanced JavaScript. The curriculum also covers Docker, ORMs, Redux, MongoDB, Heroku, & GraphQL. In addition to participating in career services and mentoring sessions, students build polished projects that they can add to their portfolios.

The data analytics and full-stack web development bootcamp include career services. In the final phase of the program, students work 1-on-1 with career coaching as they prepare for the job search. Students craft strong resumes, build online portfolios, and learn interview strategies. Moreover, they also practice technical challenges and whiteboard interviews as well. While the product management course does not include career services, PM students get a formal product management certificate to help them break into the industry.

Free 1.5 hour coding workshops are also available to give students a taste of the program. These workshops teach students to query data using SQL, navigate the command line, as well as work with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Workshops include live lectures, hands-on activities, and QA sessions.

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Who is CodeOp for?

Women, trans people, and gender non-conforming people with little to no experience in product management, web dev, or data analytics who are looking to move into these careers could benefit from a CodeOp course. In addition, their program is especially helpful for people seeking a hands-on learning experience with small class sizes.

What does CodeOp cost? How much work is involved?

Tuition for the product management bootcamp is $1,800. The remote full stack web dev bootcamp and the remote data analytics bootcamp both cost $6,400, while students who learn in-person pay $8,700. 

Students can pay with monthly installments, low-interest loans, or upfront for a $970 discount. Similarly, scholarships are available for students who are unemployed, underemployed, single parents, or providing financial support or care to a family member.

In addition, data analytics and web development students are eligible for an income share agreement (ISA) so they can pay with 12% of their income after they land a tech job. Grads make ISA payments for 36 months or until they have paid $7,500.

The application process begins with a brief online form. Then, candidates move on to a behavioral interview and a technical challenge. While no prior experience is necessary, the data analytics and web dev courses require students to complete pre-work. No pre-work is required for the product management bootcamp. 

Ratings and reviews

Reviews for CodeOp have been mostly positive. The program holds a 4.94/5 star rating on Course Report, where grads praised the hands-on curriculum and the small class sizes with lots of personalized feedback. A recent grad described the curriculum as “very well thought out and constantly adapted to stay up to date with the latest technologies.” The student “felt comfortable asking questions” and noted that the instructor team had a “genuine interest and attention to our well-being.” While this student warned the bootcamp can be “intense” at times, they felt it was “so worth it.” Another grad appreciated the personalized career prep, commenting that “whiteboarding practice, coding challenges, and career week were all extremely useful.”

The bootcamp also holds a 4.9/5 star rating on Switchup. Their small class sizes and close-knit atmosphere were a big hit, with grads raving that the “team is always there to support you and encourage you” and that the course “feels like belonging to a community” rather than a grinding tech bootcamp. Similarly, the program is rated 4.8/5 stars on Career Karma, where grads liked the personalized feedback and the “unbeatable” instructor team. However, the job support is only rated 60/100. One grad even felt “the job search support strategies and team needs to be improved.” Overall though, grads were impressed with the hands-on curriculum, supportive environment, though some would have preferred a slightly less intense experience with more help landing a job. 

Alternatives to CodeOp

If you choose not to enroll in a CodeOp course, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you launch a career as a product manager, data analyst, or web developer.

  • The women-owned bootcamp Product Academia aims to help women get back into the workforce by landing a job as a product manager. Like CodeOp’s product management program their students graduate with a formal certificate. 
  • Another well-known tech bootcamp is General Assembly. They teach full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics including product management, data science, software engineering, digital marketing, and more. Their program features 19,000+ hiring partners, hands-on projects, and a 91.4% job placement rate. Learn more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, BrainStation is a bootcamp that runs courses in data science, web dev, product management, and more. Their program is project-based, with networking opportunities and 1-on-1 feedback for students.
  • The online bootcamp Thinkful also offers courses in product management, data analytics, and more. Like CodeOp, their program includes career coaching and group projects with an income share agreement (ISA).
  • Aspiring product managers can check out the product association Product Gym. They offer training, job support, and networking opportunities.
  • Likewise, Product School and Linky Product teach full-time and part-time product management courses. Like CodeOp, students get formal certificates, mentoring, and career support.
  • Another popular product management community is Mind the Product, which has 150,000+ people and workshops, and networking events. 
  • In the same vein, product managers with a few years of experience can check out Product Faculty. Their part-time online bootcamp includes 1-on-1 mentoring, access to their Slack community, and certificates for graduates.
  • You can also check out Bubble no-code bootcamps to learn how to make products without coding. Learn more about Bubble in our review.
More alternatives
  • Aspiring data scientists can check out Metis. They offer both introductory and more advanced data science courses with onsite & remote bootcamp options. Read more about Metis in our review.
  • The full-time bootcamp Kenzie Academy offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design with front-end engineering. Their curriculum is hands-on, includes industry mentoring, and is very fast paced. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Aspiring web developers can check out CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities. Read more about CodeX Academy in our program review.
  • The hugely popular platform Codecademy hosts hands-on courses on web development, dozens of programming languages, and even data science. They offer many full courses for free. However, $20-$40 monthly memberships are available for greater course options and support. Learn more about Codeacademy in our review.
  • Similarly, the online learning program Udacity has tracks in product management, web dev, and data analytics with both free and paid options. Students in their nanodegree programs build polished portfolio projects and work closely with both technical and career mentors. Read more about Udacity in our review.
  • With tracks in data science, data analytics, software engineering, and much more, Springboard can also be a good alternative to CodeOp. Students receive 1-on-1 mentoring and build over 14 portfolio projects. If students don’t land a great job in 6 months, they get a refund. Learn more about Springboard in our program reviews. 
  • Finally, students seeking university courses can look into edX. Their online learning platform hosts self-paced university courses from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and even big tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or take a deep dive into specific topics, like product management. Learn more about edX in our review.

How does CodeOp compare to Pathrise?

CodeOp offers tech courses to help women, trans people, and gender-nonconforming people start a new career in product management, web development, data analytics. Their bootcamps are designed for beginners, with mandatory pre-work to get students up to speed. Pathrise job-seekers should already have some background in their chosen field so they can fully benefit from the technical curriculum.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that has helped 900+ students and professionals land their dream job in tech. As a full service organization, Pathrise works with fellows at each phase of their job search, including resume and portfolio optimization, cold emailing and reverse recruiting, technical and behavioral interviewing, and negotiation. Our curriculum is tailored to each individual fellow’s needs.

Our program is flexible, with only 2-4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled as needed. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) is 9% of their first year’s salary so fellows don’t pay anything until they land a great tech job. We never require upfront payments or deposits.

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

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