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A review of Coding Dojo as a bootcamp for software engineering and data science

What does Coding Dojo do?

Coding Dojo is a bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a software engineer or a data scientist. For software engineering, they offer a full-time onsite bootcamp, an online part-time bootcamp, and an intro to programming course. For data science, they offer a data science immersive program and an intro to Python and machine learning course. Coding Dojo has campuses in Arlington, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, Seattle, San Jose, and Tulsa.

The onsite software engineering bootcamp teaches 3 stacks in 14 weeks. Students start by learning the fundamentals of front-end web development, move onto back-end with Python, and then choose between MEAN, Ruby, Java, or C#.NET as their next 2 stacks. They are given some job search guidance as well. The intro to programming course is also on-campus and lasts 2-3 hours.

The online part-time software engineering bootcamp lets students pick their pace, but recommends 20-25 hours per week for 16 weeks. They teach the same front-end fundamentals, back-end with Python, and then project-building and algorithms. They are also given some career services after graduation. 

On the data science side, the immersive program is only offered in Seattle. It also lasts 14 weeks and teaches the fundamentals of data science and machine learning with the goal of students finding a job in the field after finishing. The data science plus course is a part-time program available online that lasts 4 weeks. The course covers Python, data analysis, modeling, machine learning, and visualization.

Who is Coding Dojo for?

People who have no experience in software engineering or data science but are looking to move into this career path could benefit from Coding Dojo. With their on-campus and online options as well as introductory courses, they can help people who need extra guidance on certain topics.

What does Coding Dojo cost? How much work is involved?

The Coding Dojo on-campus software engineering bootcamp costs $13,495. Students can choose to pay upfront, in 3 installments, or in monthly payments. If they choose to pay upfront, they may receive a discount of up to $2500. In order to be accepted, candidates must fill out an online application, interview with an admissions team member, and then pay their deposit.

The online part-time software engineering bootcamp costs $9,995 and the same payment options are offered. The application process is slightly different for the online program. Students must still fill out the application, then they do an online skills assessment before a decision is made and their deposit is required. The intro to programming course is free.

Coding Dojo’s data science immersive bootcamp costs $14,495. The process is a combination, requiring students to apply, interview, do an online skills assessment, and then pay a deposit. The intro to data science course costs $2,795 and they do not explain their application process.

Ratings and reviews

The reviews online of Coding Dojo are mixed, but skewed towards negative. They are on SwitchUp’s list of best bootcamps. On CourseReport, students felt like they learned a lot, but some did not think there were enough instructors to the number of students. Another issue came with the job assistance, which they did not feel was adequate. Similarly, administrative and curriculum problems arose for students who reviewed the program on Career Karma.

Many grads report that they have had trouble finding a job as a software engineer despite doing well in the program. Some people say that they learned a lot about the 3 stacks, but it wasn’t enough to get them interviews and when interviewing, it wasn’t enough to solve the problems. TrustPilot reviews echo this, explaining that the curriculum does not go far enough into depth, leaving people with only surface level understanding of important topics.

Alternatives to Coding Dojo

If you choose not to enroll in Coding Dojo, there are a number of alternative programs you can consider to learn software engineering or data science.

  • You can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Lambda School, Altcademy, and Pluralsight offer online bootcamps in software engineering and other subjects as well.
  • Students can also consider Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • For people with an interest in data science, Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite and online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • You can also consider DataCamp and Dataquest, which both have in depth tracks and individual courses to hone a specific skill.
  • Coding Temple and RMOTR offer bootcamps in the fundamentals of Python data science and web development. 
  • Offering courses ranging from free to $25,000, Coursera probably has a low-cost college course that meets your needs. Many accredited universities partner with Coursera.
  • With over 100,000 online video courses, Udemy offers individual classes at a cost of around $10 per class through its online learning platform.
  • There is also freeCodeCamp and SoloLearn, which are free alternatives for people looking to learn the basics, though intermediate software engineers can also brush up on their skills or learn new languages.

How does Coding Dojo compare to Pathrise?

Coding Dojo is a bootcamp, with courses for people who are interested in learning the skills needed to become a software engineer or data scientist from scratch. At Pathrise, job-seekers in our program should already have a background in the field they are interested in so that they can participate in and fully benefit from our technical workshops, where we provide a more specific curriculum based on what they will see in their interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, as well as recorded, so that job-seekers in our program can review them afterwards and continue learning. Our program is flexible, with only 4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled whenever job-seekers need them and our curriculum is personalized to work on the specific skills that people struggle with the most.

Specifically, Pathrise focuses on technical and behavioral interviewing as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation templates and guidance. Fellows in Pathrise find a job, on average, within 3-5 months of joining the program. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of their first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise.

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