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A review of Sabio as a software engineering bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now industry mentor at Pathrise. I have helped hundreds of software engineers land their dream jobs in tech. Check out my review of Sabio.

What does Sabio do?

Sabio is a software engineering bootcamp with courses online as well as on campus in Irvine and Culver City (Los Angeles). They offer full-time and part-time options. Remote students participate alongside their in-person peers through Zoom and Slack.

Before starting the program, students must pass a technical assessment or complete the Sabio pre-work program, which can be taken online or in-person. The 4-week pre-work course, which covers JavaScript, HTML, and CSS fundamentals, meets 2 evenings per week from 7-10pm, as well as Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Once completed, students can enroll in the 12-week bootcamp, which meets from 9am-9pm Monday-Friday and from 9am-3pm on Saturdays. Part-time students meet 16.5 hours per week for 20 weeks or 14 hours per week for 24 weeks. 

Students participate in office hours, lectures (which are not recorded), hands-on projects, meetups, hackathons, and more. During the first 11 weeks, students learn about client-side frameworks, database architectures, and APIs, as well as a number of important tools, including Node.js, React, and GitHub. Students also participate in Code Talks, where they present their ideas to practicing engineers. Each student completes a number of team and individual projects, which form the foundation of their portfolios. In the final week, students participate in coding sprints, which imitate daily life in a busy startup. They meet with career coaches throughout the program to work on resumes, portfolios, interview prep, and more. 

After graduation, students have access to an alumni room on Sabio’s Irvine and Culver City campuses. They can use the bootcamp’s resources to work on their own projects or meet with staff to discuss their job search. Sabio encourages students and alumni to attend their quarterly hackathons as well.

Who is Sabio for?

People who are looking to develop the necessary skills to land a job as a software engineer can benefit from Sabio. The program is especially beneficial for people who are interested in working for tech companies and startups in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, as students can network with local companies during meetups and hackathons.

What does Sabio cost? How much work is involved?

Sabio offers quite a few financing options. Students can pay $15,000 for the program upfront. Payments are due within 30 days of starting the course. All major credit cards are accepted. 

Students can also take out a loan through Skills Fund or Sallie Mae. Rates and repayment plans depend on an applicant’s previous credit history. They can also choose to defer their tuition through an income share agreement (ISA), which means that students do not need to pay back their tuition until they have landed a job earning $4,582 per month or $55,000 per year (gross). Once they have a job, they pay 13% of their monthly gross income. They make 48 monthly payments, but the total cost is capped at $22,500. After 96 months, Sabio forgives the remainder of tuition. 

People in the part-time program pay $9,900 and can finance their program through loans or an ISA as well. In addition, they can participate in a monthly financing program, which charges $8.95 per month until they land a job. As soon as they land a job, they begin making monthly payments of $199 until they pay off their bootcamp tuition. 

Veterans can finance their tuition with the support of the GI bill. 

To apply, candidates must first fill out a brief application. They then either take a technical assessment or attend Sabio’s in-depth pre-work course, which is available online for free or in-person for $99. After passing the assessment, candidates can reserve their seat in the program. 

Ratings and reviews

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While many students benefited from Sabio’s curriculum and job-seeking resources, some were disappointed with the bootcamp’s lack of structure.

People on CourseReport praised the program for its hands-on projects, instruction, and career preparation. One grad said that the group projects “gave me all I needed to sell my skills and experience during the interview process and helped me land a job earning $75,000 shorterly after graduating from Sabio.” Another grad benefited from the availability of the instructors, noting that “you can ask them for advice on many things related to tech, jobs and more.” And as one Reddit grad put it, “I went to Sabio in LA and 90% of the people I’ve met there are employed and significantly increased their salary, including myself.”

Similarly, SwitchUp reviewers benefited from how involved the instructors and students were. According to one grad, “Almost daily I had a message from [the instructor] asking me how I was getting along with the studying. The Slack channel also had a high level of engagement. Not only were there instructors responding to my questions but other students would also pitch in.” 

But, one SwitchUp reviewer said that her cohort mates struggled to find jobs, noting, “Out of the 12 members of the cohort less than half of us are in a full-time coding position.” On a similar note, one Yelp reviewer was disappointed with the program’s unstructured curriculum. He said, “60% of class time was spent researching the answers for oneself because the instructions and directions were not clearly written or stated. The instructors seemed to play the course by ear.” 

Alternatives to Sabio

If you decide not to enroll in Sabio, you might consider one of the alternative bootcamps or online resources available below:

  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly. They have full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics including software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Students can also consider Kenzie Academy. A full-time tech bootcamp, Kenzie offers in-person and online courses in software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • If you are looking for additional online or in-person software engineering bootcamps, you can also check out App Academy, Hack Reactor, Turing, Coder Foundry, and Flatiron School.
  • Similarly, Covalence and Galvanize offer full-time software engineering courses, as well as part-time options.
  • Lambda School, Thinkful, Byte Academy, and Pluralsight are full-time bootcamps that offer programs in software engineering as well as other topics.
  • Aspiring software engineers and web developers can also consider CodeX Academy, which is a self-paced coding bootcamp. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • You can also check out Udacity and Springboard. They are online educational platforms with courses on a variety of topics, like software engineering, data science, machine learning, and more. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • SoloLearn, freeCodeCamp, and W3Schools are free online learning tools with tracks in many coding languages.
  • Online learning platforms like Udemy, Ruby Koans, egghead, GoRails, and Coursera offer thousands of videos in a wide range of topics.

How does Sabio compare to Pathrise?

Sabio is an online and in-person bootcamp for people who are looking to develop the necessary technical and soft skills to land a job as a software engineer from scratch. They provide guidance on multiple aspects of the job search as well.  

Pathrise is a full-service organization that prepares fellows to land the best job possible. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table and fellows receive 1-on-1 support on every component of the job search process, including resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, technical and behavioral interviewing, cold emailing, reverse recruiting strategies, and salary negotiation. 

Our program is flexible, requiring only 4 hours of group sessions per week. All sessions are live, as well as recorded, so fellows can refer back to previous material and continue learning. Fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions with mentors whenever they need additional guidance. The Pathrise ISA is just 9% of a fellow’s first-year 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 are interested in working with our mentors to optimize your job search, join Pathrise.

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