PDX looks to push beyond the basic syntax and one language classes to really help students see the full benefit of a career in the coding world and help them unlock the potential that coding skills give them. PDX Code Guild offers a variety of different coding bootcamps and educational courses ranging from $7,500 to $18,400. PDX code is focused on helping students become well rounded full stack developers. Students will focus on Python, HTML/CSS, Django, Database Design, API’s, and more. PDX grads have went on to work for a variety of reputable companies including Nike, IBM, Elemental, Urban Airship, and many more.
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I want to write as honest a review I can about my experience. For anonymity, I will say that I finished the class in 2015.
Class size is small. For me it was 8 people. During my time there, average class size hovered around 8-12 students. This makes interactive instruction possible, and really allows you to get to know your classmates well.
The school is licensed by the State of Oregon. This means that you may qualify for job retraining grants and other state and federal funding sources. You do need to research this, however. Code Guild staff may help you identify sources of funding, but it’s up to you to do the legwork if you want to avoid paying full price. Being licensed is also for peace of mind: if for whatever reason the school closes, chances are good that you can get your money back.
After 12 weeks, you will learn all the basics of computer programming and full-stack web development.
There is also the chance that you will be taught by an instructor who themselves just graduated from the PDX Code Guild. At this point in time (Feb 2016), there are recent graduates of the bootcamp teaching classes. While I personally know these instructors and can attest to their intelligence and overall competence at programming, I think it’s something to be aware of. You can certainly learn the basics from them, but you will miss out on advanced concepts or years of industry experience. Of course, you are welcome to disagree with me.
Like any code school, you will hear all the success stories, and not hear about the not-so-successful ones. You will be told how you can come with zero experience and leave as a qualified junior software engineer. However, it should not come as a surprise that some of these successful folks may already have a computer or other STEM backgrounds. A recent superstar from the last graduating class had a math degree, for example, and other students had previous careers in software testing or frontend web development. Some already had exposure or training in other languages such as MATLAB, PERL, PHP, or C++.
If you’re coming into this program with absolutely zero experience, you may be frustrated at having to learn absolutely everything from the ground up, while some of your classmates seem to know everything already. I had exactly one semester of computer science training about ten years ago and there were a couple of moments where I felt absolutely lost in this class.
After graduation, it’s not uncommon for students to take up to 6 months to review the course material, build up a portfolio, network, attend meetups, learn more specific frameworks and languages based on their interests and intended area of specialization, and then finally be hired.
Code Guild will teach you all the basics. Being job-ready largely depends on your prior background and your willingness to take more time off following graduation to really hone your skills. Remember, you are competing against graduates of other code schools, and more are graduating every 12 weeks or so. Be aware of who your instructor is and what his or her background is prior to enrolling in the class.
February 4, 2016
The instructor mentioned by so many of the positive reviews below, who was the new head instructor who crafted the “more structured curriculum” left PDXCodeGuild recently.
She quit due to disagrements on what is owed to students. She felt that students deserved better and was burnt out on fighting management to achieve that.
March 25, 2016
September 7, 2016
As with anything in life, what you put in is what you get out. Learning to be a programmer is no exception. I attended PDX Code Guild, worked hard, and now have a job that I love.
Most of my classmates love code guild and still frequently go there for meetups. If you work hard and are honest with yourself on what you need to improve on you will flourish at code guild. I have seen many people do this: Those that are successful have used programming to augment their passions, interests, or past careers. Those that I have seen fail were focused on making money, or their heart wasn’t in it.
So my advice to anyone reading this. Go for it. I had been struggling through online tutorials and books for months. This was a great foundation, when I got to boot camp I was able to take my ability to the next level. There are certain things that the instructors who had been working in the industry can teach you, that books just can’t.
Realistically many of you reading this are probably wondering what the post graduate job hunt is like. There is no magic job tree for junior programmers. I got rejected close to 20 times before I even got a phone interview. But if you keep learning and stay persistent it’s entirely doable for anyone. I had a job within a week of graduation and significantly increased my income. This was coming from a business career which definitely helped, but regardless of your background you can earn a livable wage with the skills you start learning here.
As for Job Assistance. There’s no official placement program or internships, but here’s why that’s a great thing: The instructors work in the industry. They are not just TA’s who are graduates themselves. They have industry connections with companies and recruiters. If you prove yourself to them by working hard and doing the extra credit they introduce you to recruiters and companies. You will have no problem finding a job within a couple of months from graduation. The key is, you have to put the work in, nothing is handed to you. But that’s true with everything life.
tl;dr: If you want to learn programming. Code Guild is a great place to do that. It ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made.
February 25, 2017
After 16 years with a company I was laid off. Although I had Computer Technical background and strong WAN Technologies background I was struggling to find any Job. I also had recently made a Career change into software development, but I only had 4 years and never held the title of senior so I was unable to find work in that field either. So, I worked with WorkSource and using the Reboot program and I found PDX Code Guild. Sheri Dover the Schools President was warm and inviting. The interview process left me feeling encouraged that I had found a group of like-minded individuals who were on a similar journey. Although I had read through the program on the website, I came away with a real sense that this program was the best program fo me. We had a small class of six people to start with and the instructor Andrew Hedges had real world experience giving the class a broader depth to real world uses of everything we learned. There was a lot of material to cover in 12 weeks, and it was very intense, but the smaller class size gave us many opportunities to work together and if need be a lot of one on one with Andrew. One of the best parts of the class was not just having recruiters and industry leaders coming in to speak to us weekly, but was the mentoring on how to network outside the guild connecting with local meet ups like Front end PDX or Donut JS. One of the greatest strengths of PDX Code Guild is there continuation of support while in class with gaining understanding and after you done with the class with give you a space to continue to build your portfolio to help you find jobs. My greatest take away after the friendships and professional relationships I have built, is being able to put the code guild completion on my resume. In fact, although the Job I am currently working at is not in software coding my experience with the code guild was the deciding factor with getting this Job. Because of the steep learning curve in the code guild I was able to show that i have the propensity to learn new things and be productive quickly and that gave me the edge I needed to land my current position at XO Communication a Verizon Company. While they may not have traditional Job assistance where they have Job postings I believe I have gained greater skills in finding and getting a Job then I had before because of the networking skills they provide.
February 25, 2017
I signed up for their free Intro to Programming (Python) evening class and had a great experience with instructor Al B. & assistant Indu. It was a short Tues-Thurs course for 2 weeks (18 hours total) on the basics of Python and feel more confident about my journey for new career skills. The class style is instructor led on a projector, with group coding practice and 2 individual labs per session which are reviewed by the instructors. Classes are uploaded later to youtube for helpful recall. I had a much better experience here than at a paid Epicodus intro class. They also do another free Intro to Front End (html, css, js, jquery, git) 2 week course which I plan to take.
February 1, 2019
The pre-course was an outstanding introduction to the overall course! I highly recommend attending to get an overall understanding of what this exciting field is all about. The instructors are very knowledgable, down to earth, and willing to take the time to help students learn the topics. Please give it a try if you are considering to enter this field.
September 24, 2019