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    UX Design, Data Science
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The Flatiron School’s WeWork campus in San Francisco is a new addition to its coding bootcamp lineup. Located in the Mid-Market area of downtown San Francisco, this new campus offers programming resources to the city’s growing population of prospective tech workers. The WeWork campus is designed to immerse students in a modern, clean, and comfortable environment, filled with entrepreneurs, instructors, and fellow aspiring programmers. The Flatiron School’s San Francisco campus offers immersive bootcamps for software engineering, UX/UI design, and data science. In addition to its thorough curriculum, the Flatiron School offers job placement resources and income share agreements.

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The curriculum at the Flatiron School is intensive and features a wide range of programming languages. The software engineering bootcamp focuses on object-oriented programming, SQL, Ruby, Sinatra, product management, JavaScript, and front end frameworks (Redux and Rails), followed by portfolio-building, solo-projects, and career support. The UX/UI design program begins with a focus on UX, IxD, IA and UI design. Afterward, students decide if they want to focus on user interface or user experience. Students then proceed to learn the intricacies of their chosen field and practice their new skills with projects. Data science students start off learning Python, data structures, relational databases, SQL, NoSQL databases, MongoDB, JSON, HTML/XML, APIs, CSS, and more. Eventually, students move on to probability, sampling, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and final projects.

The Flatiron School hosts three bootcamps at its San Francisco location, all of which are full-time. The Flatiron School’s programs aren’t all the same length—software engineering and data science take 15 weeks, and UX/UI design takes 24. Flatiron School states that the reason its UX/UI design course takes longer is because of the extra time required to teach design along with coding—which further increases the quality of education in this program. In-person classes run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Flatiron School also offers self-paced and online bootcamps, which can last up to 15 months.

The Flatiron School boasts high job placement rates and starting salaries. Its job placement statistics are transparent and well-researched. According to Flatiron School, 97% of the school’s New York City graduates were employed in tech with an average starting salary of $74,000. Further, 94% of online graduates were employed in tech, reporting an average starting salary of $67,000.

The Flatiron School’s coding bootcamp tuition is $17,000, and students have many ways to pay. While upfront payment is an option for some, students can also cover tuition with monthly payments (starting at $529/month for 36 months with $1,000 down) or income share agreements. For those who don’t already know, income share agreements are designed to incentivize schools to prepare students for jobs. In short, the school doesn’t get paid until graduates land a job with a salary above a certain threshold. Once they do, graduates pay a small percentage of their income for a maximum of 48 payments, and then they’re free and clear.

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  • Anonymous
    March 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Prior to enrolling in Flatiron School’s Online Data Science Bootcamp, I had been studying data science on my own for some time. I used other online resources studying R, but it was difficult to know what I should be learning. Sometimes I would go too deep into a rarely used algorithm or I would just spend a lot of time finding/deciding which resource to use. So in the end, I decided to sign up for Flatiron School’s Online Data Science Bootcamp to provide the structure and organization that I was lacking. Overall, I would say it was a positive experience:

    PROS:
    + You learn how to implement an algorithm on your own from scratch in Python before they introduce you to professional implementations. This really helps you understand the underlying mechanisms and what’s going on, instead of just plugging things in
    + Instructor support was always available whenever I needed it in dedicated Slack channels
    + Portfolio reviews for the non-technical business stakeholders provided valuable experience in learning how to communicate to people outside of the data science field
    + Provided a pretty comprehensive overview of data science skills
    + End-of-module projects were great for building up a portfolio
    + Career coach was great and provided lots of great feedback on my resume and interviewing

    CONS:
    – A lot of typos and grammatical errors in the lessons which made it difficult to understand sometimes
    – The platform would break sometimes, but this was only a minor inconvenience, because you could always access it from Github
    – The technical review for portfolio projects wasn’t as rigorous as I thought it would be, and I was rarely asked to justify and explain my choices
    – Not as much content for more advanced data science/machine learning concepts compared to the first few modules, where it was much more detailed and comprehensive

    During the last month, I also began looking for jobs on my own and approximately two weeks after I graduated, I received an Data Scientist internship at a fintech.

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  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2019 at 7:15 am

    My cohort was one of the beginning cohorts for the new data science program at flatiron. The structure of the program was lacking, but the content wasn’t. We learned so much in a short amount of time. I was able to get exposed to the field of data science and learn the python language and machine learning and did couple projects in deep learning. I think bootcamps like flatiron are really great for those that don’t want to or can’t go to the traditional school and pay so much in student loans. There is a caveat however; because this is data science, it relies on math, and the most relevant subjects are calc. 1, probability and statistics. Everyone learns at their own pace, but not knowing these fundamentals might make the learning curve even harder. This is not to discourage you, the program exposes you to the fundamentals, but it would be easier if you know them beforehand. I was skeptical about the job placement but it was honestly so great. I was able to have about 10 interviews through them and placed at a job through EP. I would recommend flatiron if you do want to switch careers or get a practical sense of DS in industry.

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  • Emily Nielsen
    March 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    My situation was a little unique in that I was living and working in DC, but knew I was going to move to Miami soon to be with my new husband. I decided to quit my job, do the in-person immersive program, and then move to Miami and search for jobs there, and it was the best decision I could have made for my career! Flatiron helped me move from a $50k/yr job to an $80k/yr junior dev role in Miami.

    I definitely recommend going into it for the right reasons. Try something technical and see how you like it. Before I applied, I tried Flatiron’s free online bootcamp prep course, which is how I discovered I really liked learning about code. Something employers look for is passion for code, so it’s important to actually like coding before you start.

    During the program: the experience was really amazing. I bonded really well with my cohort (50% male/ 50% female) and got a scholarship for women in tech. The instructors were very understanding, knowledgeable, and always wiling to help and mentor students. They all come from tech backgrounds, so they can tell you what it’s like in the industry too. We learned Ruby as a backend language, and JavaScript and React on the frontend. This enabled me to get a freelance job working on the React frontend of a cancer research website. I’ve found that compared to people who studied CompSci in college, we got a TON of hands-on experience and importantly, we learned how to learn a new language. Both of these skills made me very marketable when it came to the job search.

    After the program: The career coaches are very knowledgeable, encouraging, and keep you accountable in your job search. Since I was job searching in a new city, my career coach was a huge resource suggesting lots of job search activities.

    Overall, a great experience and the results speak for themselves!

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  • Jessie Huff
    March 16, 2019 at 4:32 am

    I did the online Full Stack Web Development program at the Flatiron School, and like any online program, it had its positives and negatives. On the positive side, I do think that the school and the instructors genuinely care about the students and helping them as much as possible. The focus on labs, projects, and practical application was a good approach though I’m sure that there are ways to improve the curriculum which I believe they regularly do. While taking the course, they released a number of additional lessons, edited lessons, etc. It felt like they were constantly trying to stay current and improve what was there. Getting help on the labs were relatively easy through the “Ask a Question” portal, and they did their best to encourage collaboration and helping others. The projects they had me do were immensely helpful in actually understanding the concepts, and they gave me a great portfolio to use when looking for a job. Employers constantly asked about these projects, and they made me feel more confident in my abilities.

    However, like other students have already said, it is what you make of it, especially with online programs. It is self taught and self led so that has its own set of challenges. You definitely have to be self motivated so if that is something that you struggle with, you may want to do an in-person class setting. Another area of weakness they had was support for the projects which I’ve actually talked with them about in trying to improve for the future. When I went through the program, there was only one instructor for each section project so one person had to handle anyone who was currently working on that project which made it nearly impossible to get much help from them during the project. Some instructors were extremely helpful, and I had one that was borderline nonexistent in terms of responsiveness. Hopefully they’ll fix that in the future and make it a little easier to get help when that channel fails during projects. There were study groups that we could attend, but they were meant to be led by students’ questions and sometimes that was a struggle (sometimes we didn’t know what questions to ask- we just weren’t as comfortable with that particularly subject material). I do think they’ve been extremely open to feedback though, and I’ve had multiple people talk to me about how they can improve and how Flatiron can improve.

    In terms of after the course, I thought my career coach was excellent. The coaching I got completely changed my perspective on networking, and I just had a coworker call me a “master networker” because of the things I did with Flatiron after graduation. I was always open with my coach about the ups and downs of job hunting, and I really feel like I was given the push I needed to put in the work and find an absolutely incredible job. (They also helped me draft anything I was nervous about sending ahead of time, and they help you practice with mock interviews.) Some days I can’t believe that I work where I do, and I wouldn’t be here without Flatiron so I’m pretty grateful. I don’t know if you’d get quite as lucky as I did with my awesome career coach, but when my first coach ended up leaving (her husband got a job across the country), my next coach was just as great so I’m pretty confident that they have incredible career coaches if you’re willing to work with them and be open.

    Overall, the program has its ups and downs, but it led me to where I am now, so for that, I’m really grateful that I went to the Flatiron School.

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  • Anonymous
    May 3, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Note: I am still doing the course so I do not feel like I can give a review of the job search help they do provide. I will come back to edit this when I have completed the course.

    PROS:
    + Fairly well rounded curriculum
    + Material is covered quickly enough for those intending to get into Data Science ASAP
    + Plenty of personal assistance is available if needed
    + Free WeWork hotdesk membership for a year

    CONS:
    – Badly organised
    – Some advertised things were not really kept to
    – Course material is lacking in a few significant areas
    – Course material is really badly written. Never-ending typos, serious mistakes, bad explanations, weird learning route, and some incorrect solutions and examples. Also the easiest stuff is covered too often and the important stuff is insufficiently covered. Also one or two modules involve watching a lot of freely available youtube videos.
    – Daily tutorials feel unnecessary and not that helpful

    Overall:
    I left a good job to enter Data Science and felt a bootcamp would be best for me. I knew people who had gone through Flatiron’s Software Development programme with much success so was happy to go into their new data science course. I have some experience with mathsy stuff given my undergrad major and high school work. I am finding this course to be very disappointing and feel very mislead. The course price is just as much as the Software Development one and yet this one seems pretty shitty. Clearly nobody even checked the course material before it was shown to by now hundreds of students. WTF. Instructors say they are working on it and that “it was written by PhDs!” but those must be the worst doctors I know. If I had known how it was going to be going in I would have tried to teach myself with all the free stuff one can find online nowadays and saved myself a lot of time and money. Unfortunately I am caught up in the course curriculum and might still end up paying to see the end of it (if I do not quit first). I encourage anyone considering this course to look up other bootcamps such as General Assembly to see if theirs are any good. If they feel up to it they could alternatively try teaching themselves. If somebody from Flatiron is reading this I WANT MY MONEY BACK.

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  • Anonymous
    June 6, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    This is a review for the online Data Science bootcamp full time. The admission process was fairly easy; first, a video chat with someone from admissions and enrollments and then a technical interview, for this second interview they assume you have already gone through the preparation course, heads up: this is a free course open to anyone, and after you finished it they ask you to review it, so a lot of the reviews out there are from people who have NOT actually gone through the full program.
    During the program it really depends of the instructor and the cohort, in my case there was nothing about the community feeling that they advertise, the instructors are nice but don’t expect much individual help unless you ask in the slack channel. Oh, and don’t even think about joining campus communities if you happen to live close to one, the campus directors will treat you as an outsider-space invader.
    The material was difficult to follow, they introduce new concepts and finish with “don’t worry you will learn more on this later”, so the topics shift back and fort. The instructor never reviews the labs and you don’t get a grade or an official statement about the outcome of your projects. All notebooks are on Github and they encourage you to open issues if you find them; I found issues on every single notebook but as a full time student I really don’t want to spend time telling them about the issues they should have reviewed and updated before deploying the notebook. It struck me as a little bit odd that one of the labs was exactly the same as it appeared in a website that I happened to land while searching more about that topic; I’m not a lawyer but it got me thinking about where they source the materials from and how much of this is original content.
    When you are approaching the end of the program, a career coach comes along with a bunch of more Jupyter notebooks about how to set up your resume, linkedIn profile, attend meetups, etc. Is not like they have a list of places asking for placements, they just push you to apply to every single job post that includes the words data and analysis; I myself have not yet landed a job. (I will update the review later on this as I still have a couple of months left before reimbursement, if that happens to be the case)

    PROS
    – A lot of material and resources, they do a good job putting together all related topics.
    – The platform is easy to navigate.
    – Instructors and coaches are nice.
    – WeWork hotdesk membership for one year.
    – Good education coaches.
    CONS
    – Almost every single notebook has misspellings, incomplete or poorly redacted paragraphs.
    – Some lab solutions are completely wrong.
    – No feedback on labs as they don’t get reviewed.
    – You learn online but you learn alone.
    – No information if a project is passed or not.
    – Career services are not a staffing company; they just ask you to apply yourself for as many jobs as you find.

    In conclusion, be prepared as you will go through probably 2 years of college in 5 months + one month for the capstone project.

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  • Anonymous
    July 9, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I completed both the Python Interview Prep and the Math Prep.

    For the Python bit, the information is useful, but if you are new to Python, you may want to sign up for a cheap prep course on DataCamp or Dataquest. DataCamp gave me a solid starting point.

    The Flatiron website did provide a lot of information, but that was the problem, it seemed like just information. I didn’t feel the presentation was allowing the information to create a foundation, but more to state that it is. I guess it was more like ‘this is what you should know already’.

    When it came time for the Math Interview Prep portion, it was more of the same. It was providing information, but not really explaining it. I stared at these pages for hours. This section made me seriously cringe. I really thought I would never get this.

    THEN, I searched online for some help and found a FREE calculus course on Khan Academy. After taking the FREE AP Calculus AB course which explained BRILLIANTLY all I needed to know for this section, I realized I got this.

    So it wasn’t me that had issues, it was the material and how it was presented on Flatiron that was lacking. The material on Flatiron was so poorly written and not remotely conducive to learning, in my opinion. As the lesson tried to explain further, it mentions: Let’s take a second to fully understand this new formula because it’s not going away.

    Willikers! This section should be replaced with the Khan Academy course.

    This Data Science bootcamp is a big step for me and I am ready to poor blood, sweat, and tears over it, not to mention $15,000 for the course. I fear that if the Free Prep work is this bad, what will the actual paid lessons be like.

    Was this written by your finest? Shiver me timbers Flatiron. If this is a preview of what’s to come, then I will have to take my $15,000 elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous
    August 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I took the online full stack web development program and had a great experience. I was brand new to coding when I enrolled and the program and now I can say that I am a full stack web developer! In addition to a great curriculum, the people at Flatiron are absolutely amazing. I never felt alone and was always able to find the support I needed to get through the program. From the education coaches to the technical coaches to the career coaches, everyone was friendly, encouraging and knowledgable. I will forever be grateful to Flatiron!

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