At a macro level, you will spend the first six weeks learning basic skills and learning the mindset of engineers. The next six weeks are devoted to completing a personal project, a short group project and a large group project, giving you experience programming like you would at a developer job. At the end of the program, there is a demo day to show off your projects to potential employers.
While a coding background isn't a requirement, requires you to complete an admissions coding challenge and a technical interview.
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Hack Reactor programs
|Program: Hack Reactor Core||Cities: Remote, San Francisco||Duration: 12 weeks||Cost: $17,780|
The 12-week San Francisco-based program offers opportunities for recruits to master the full stack while building a variety of apps, games, and application engines. Hack Reactor graduates earn an average annual salary of $105,000.
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Not worth the money you pay. The subjects they cover are an excellent intro to front-end (and a bit of back-end) development, but the instruction and curriculum were sub-par. No one can learn an entire framework in two days after a hasty 1 hour class and a poorly explained "sprint." I had to go online every night and reteach myself through free tutorials to actually retain anything. Much of the curriculum is inferior to the courses you can find online for free. The video solutions in particular were awful and a total waste of time. Not a single person working at the Austin campus, including the instructors, has actually ever worked as a developer. How can you expect to charge people so much money when the teachers themselves don't actually know what they're talking about? They're simply ex-students of the program. I'm sure they were bright students, but that doesn't make it ok to charge so much when they don't have real life experience. The second half of the program, when you broke out into groups and picked a project, was a great way to hone your skills and polish that portfolio. But again, why pay all that money for minimal instruction when you can work on a project like that for free (or heaven forbid, for pay)?
I saved up, quit my decent job, got the training needed to get a better job and now I'm making twice as much. I put in the work and they delivered as promised. Great experience.
Its emphasis on experiential learning, the individual attention I received throughout the entire course, the quality of the curriculum, and the culture of learning and collaboration.
As they advertise, they don't take you from 0-60mph, they take you from 20-120mph. Students must already have a base in programming to be admitted to the program. Also their selection criteria is difficult.
Because it truly pushes you to the limits and gives you the tools, experience and technical proficiency you need to find a job or build your own thing.
Hack Reactor prepared me to both find a job and do a job. I learned a lot of fundamentals, but more importantly I learned how to work on real projects with a team, a skill that is indispensable (mandatory) for a software engineer.
Hack Reactor delivered on everything it promised and was a great experience in the process.
Curriculum, teaching staff
HackReactor was the greatest learning experience I have ever had. There was a great atmosphere, culture, and the people were amazing.
Attending Hack Reactor was a life-changing experience. Nothing is perfect, but given what those three months did for me, personally and professionally, I can't give the program anything less than five stars.
Super accelerated course with good content and guiding. Also Hack Reactor helps past students find jobs even after they already had one.
Outstanding course, you are surrounded by motivated and bright minds, and you're pushed to the limit.
If you were to only look at the curriculum and the price tag Hack Reactor would barely meet expectations. When you tack on immense support from their Hackers-In-Residence, interview preparation, and job search support they're definitely worth the sticker price. However, all of that pales in comparison to connecting with a diffuse cohort of engineers-to-be and becoming a part of their extensive, talented alumni network.
Hack Reactor delivered exactly as it offered -- An immersive program of the skill sets you need to find a software engineering job. I gave them a 4 because I think they can definitely make improvements in accessibility to instructors, and educating students about being more inclusive in the workforce.
Great curriculum and teaching, but I attended over a year ago and I know they're constantly changing the coursework and experimenting with different sprints, so I can't speak for the HR experience nowadays.
It's thought out from beginning to end. They lay out a path to become an autonomous software engineer. It's clear that the work to get through the program is on the student and it is also made clear that getting a job is a job in itself. They have guidance, encouragement, and systems in place to support job seekers but they're very upfront about the work it takes.
The program is very well-designed. Really. There is no room to fuck around. They definitely account for the fact that we're human.
They were instrumental in giving me the opportunity and skills to find a great paying job.
It was one of the best experiences I've had. The atmosphere is like no other in terms of support from your peers. I did not think it was possible to change and learn so much in only 3-months. They followed through on everything they advertised and then some... and then some more.
Delivered precisely what was promised. The entire course is a model of iterative improvement. Curriculum changes to adapt to the most relevant industry trends, and lessons learned from the prior cohort are incorporated into the next to make the program even more effective. You're never just learning one thing; you might learn a completely new framework while implementing the test-driven development you learned yesterday. For example, we learned and wrote an app in Backbone, then the next day we wrote a different app in Backbone... in Coffeescript (which I think was recently replaced in the curriculum with ES6. I also think they may have swapped Backbone for React). Absolutely nothing is wasted, and everything you're doing is intentionally designed to teach you several things at once. I'm completely confident that I could learn any language or framework and become contribution-ready in under a week, easy. Other benefits to Hack Reactor: I discovered how much information I was actually capable of absorbing and implementing at once, I realized that I could work a 72-hour week no problem, I will never be intimidated by a job interview ever again, my professional network exploded in both size and quality, and I didn't waste 2 years or go $100k into debt getting a CS degree (which roughly 40% of engineers don't have, anyway).
Extremely hands-on, applied learning. They teach the latest and greatest tech used + great fundamentals of software engineering, creating well-prepared engineers for the job market.
I received a high quality education and feel comfortable taking on much more difficult programming tasks as a result of attending.
Great program. Teaches you what you need to know to get an entry level job and continue your learning on your own. It is a lot of fun because everyone there has drive and so much positive energy.
Very high quality learning experience, obvious that much thought and preparation are put into every learning sprint. Amazingly supportive instructors and support staff that is routing for you throughout the intense three month course. Provided me with huge springboard for career change.
Best education all experience I had. Very professional staff, excellent student peers, and great job outcome. I wish I had done hack reactor earlier.
An excellent opportunity for anyone looking to switch careers into Software Engineering. Hack Reactor gave me the skills, knowledge and ability to exceed expectations of managers here at Red Ventures. Hack Reactor focuses on developing Software Engineers through teaching computer science fundamentals such as Algorithms and Data Structures, the latest technologies relevant to a modern tech company, and how to speak and interact technically at your new position.
It's a great program run by people that really care about helping their students succeed. It's hard work but it's fun and ultimately worth it if you're trying to transition into software engineering.
Hack Reactor was a positive, but rigorous experience. It is a very demanding course that attempts, and does a great job, to accelerate skills and increase a persons ability to be successful at a programming job. The course focused primarily on the front end, but still touched heavily on algorithms, architecture, and backend systems. The best things about HR are it's curriculum constantly adapting to feature new tech and how each cohort is challenged more than the last. A couple words of warning: take the course seriously, some don't. It is almost 18k you're dropping on it. Secondly, the latter half of the course puts a focus on your hire-ability. If you intend to look for a job afterwards, take this seriously as well! Not everything may appear sexy, but they've done this with many students before and will not steer you wrong. Good luck!
I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to transition into software. HR does a great job of fostering an environment where you learn how to be a self sufficient engineer. It was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made.
They know how to teach you just enough to get a job, plus give you all the tools in order to succeed during your job search. The career help alone was worth it, I think. Very high success rate, and overall good program. There were definitely aspects I didn't love, but the curriculum is very comprehensive and they have a very high success rate.
Hack Reactor provided largely a great experience, the curriculum is well structured, relevant and was on point with what I needed to know to get a job a be successful as an engineer. The career curriculum part was outstanding with a lot of effort made to ensure that we were well prepared for interviews.
It was a great experience and I learned more in 3 months than I thought possible. It was one of the most stressful things I've done but it was fun the whole time. Plus I got the job I wanted right after.
I had a fantastic experience. Hack Reactor is full of brilliant, motivated, and caring people. The staff is made up of excellent teachers who really want to see their students understand the material on a deep level. The students come from so many different fields - but are all intelligent, and driven to become the best programers in the industry.
It was a great experience where I learned a lot. The instructors were great and pair programing with other students taught me a lot in a short amount of time. The in person lectures with Marcus were very helpful.
I think it's a great program which provides the skills you need to land a job as a professional developer. I can attest to this personally since I do not have a technical background.
Top notch program with strong instructors and supporting staff. Really enjoyed my time there. As with all programs, there are some kinks they could work on, (which they openly try to address and for which they provide updates) but I got my money's worth.
Hack Reactor is an incredible institution, and I can't recommend it enough. The price is high, but if you can afford it, the education, network, and resources you have access to are more than worth the tuition. If you are serious about becoming a software engineer and you're willing to put in the work, this is the place for you.
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Just come to class with a good attitude every day. Things are going to come at you faster than you can handle it and that's by design. Just enjoy it and have fun with classmates. You'll survive and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you've learned by the end.
Be ready to work hard! A good base in Git will make your life much easier, and any knowledge of developing full-stack applications will put you ahead of most people
Have the right reasons for joining - otherwise you won't be adequately prepared for the transformative experience.
Take care of yourself. Have systems in place, maid/family/food delivery, to lessen the physical impact. It's an intense program. Remote costs nearly 18K, spend the 1k more to have support over the 3 months.
Do your research before committing to a bootcamp (or even choosing to do the bootcamp route). Depending on what you're looking for, one bootcamp may be a better fit for you than another. Don't just listen blindly to online reviews and general reputation.
Bootcamps are not an alternative for university degrees. Its an add-ons course.
You get out of it what you put in. Throw yourself in 100%. Also, when you start freaking out, just chill. You're going to be fine.
They were most helpful in their curriculum and classroom format. Instruction was very clear and very little handholding was needed. And sometimes preferred because it forced us to become more resourceful. I would say though there were times when I did wish that the TA's could have helped out more when we were stuck. But sometimes they just didn't know how to help us. It's good to learn how to deal with being stuck though.
They were awesome at answering questions and gave amazing lectures! I think a difference with Hack Reactor is they give you some responsibility on how to manage time and what you should be learning currently.
My instructors were really great at what they did: they were technically capable, spoke from engineering experience at companies I recognized, and assessed my strengths and weaknesses in a no-nonsense fashion.
They were willing to chat individually when I needed more instruction
For Remote the classes are videos and there is time, between 1-1.5 hours of a townhall to ask questions of tech mentors. They were helpful for the most part. Though when I was there only one had industry experience so it was difficult to ask higher level questions.
I had great shepherds who helped in many ways.
They are helpful with the content. Anything advanced and new JS technology, they don't know much about it.
Instructors were great, and I felt like the information presented in the curriculum was the cream of the crop; decades of collective engineering experience distilled into the highest-leverage topics. Rather than give you the answer, they guide you through your particular bug/issue socratically. Worth $18k? I thought so. Sure I could have learned the same info on my own, but I'm positive I never would have learned so much, so quickly.
Fast, high-tech, open to ideas and innovation. Student-centered learning (not teacher centered).
I was impressed at how intelligent yet humble and friendly all my classmates were. The culture was nothing like any education experience I've had before because there was so much enthusiasm for the work and desire to explore.
You had to be positive to make it through the course! The culture is what made Hack Reactor as amazing as it was
The culture at Hack Reactor was very much focused on the transformative experience of gearing up to become a software engineer. While there was time for fun and games the curriculum itself was well curated and the tempo was intense.
Hard working, accommodating, supportive, encouraging
Overwhelmingly, it is encouraging and one of a growth mindset where challenges are faced head on
Instructors are recent HackReactor graduates. They can help with coursework , and know very little outside of curriculum. Its was a remote bootcamp with 9 other co-workers. Most of them were seasoned C++ developers with around 10-15 years of experience.
Fully supportive but never coddling. If you expect to have anything done for you, including the job search afterwards, this isn't the program for you. Support is there 100%, but it's more like coaching from mentors. One of the primary criticisms is that you have to figure so much out on your own, in spite of paying $18k for the program. What they're really teaching you is to be able to figure out the solution to any problem, in spite of a total lack of documentation, ambiguous requirements, a language you've never written in, it doesn't matter. Utter self-reliance. That's the kind of engineer you want to become.
Make sure this is something you want to do. Put in the work and reap the rewards. You just have to want it.
The pre-course work is your best means of starting off strong. Especially if you come from a non-technical background, do not skimp on the work, and try and do as much as the extra /recommended work and reading as you can. Once you start, it is much harder to set aside more study time for subjects.
Make the most of it, explore new technologies.
Be prepared to give your 200% have a open mind and trust the pedagogy. Ultimately it's up to you to maximize your learning at HackReactor.
Be prepared to work hard, but don't be scared of it. Everyone is in the same position and as a class you will all make it :)
If you are ever confused, don't be afraid to ask questions. That, in itself, is a very useful skill to have and to keep throughout your career. It will help you learn more and give you the ability to do so in the workplace where there will always be questions that need to be asked.
Focus on the fundamentals. You can't learn everything in three months, or even three years. You will inevitably feel like you're falling behind because this person will be using this framework and that person will be using that library or build tool, and you think you have to know everything. You don't. Your grasp of JS fundamentals will be the biggest factor in finding a job after the program.
Make sure to mentally prepare yourself. This is a marathon not a sprint.
The entire time you're going to believe you can't do it, but don't give up. You will make it through it and it's totally worth it.
Get to know everyone, don't fuck around, stay later, practice writing good code, and study hard within the 3 months to maximize the sacrifices you had to make. However, if it's late and you've hit the wall, GO HOME, wind down with a glass of wine, shower, and then go to sleep. You do not want to go to sleep fatigued and frustrated, because you're going to wake up fatigued and frustrated.
If you are going to this this make sure you are passionate about getting every thing you can out of it. You would be doing the other students a dis-service by not having a good attitude. Also don't fret what you don't know, you're all there to learn and you all were in fact accepted and are intelligent individuals.
Stay late. Work hard. Practice communication skills.
The really hard work begins after you graduate, having to prove yourself as a software engineer in a very competitive landscape. Don't take the cost of hack reactor (both in time and monetarily) lightly. Like any other bootcamp, Hack Reactor isn't a silver bullet that's going to provide shortcuts to getting a good job in the industry. Also, look around at other bootcamps before committing to one. Nowadays there's many different options and if you're not exclusively interested in developing software (e.g. if you want to do UX design, Product Management, etc.) there may be better alternatives.
You get as much out of it as you put into it. Make sure to sleep and take care of yourself during the program -- it can be really stressful.
Learn to pace yourself and relax every once in a while. Be sure to try to solve the problem yourself by looking online for some guidance. You aren't doing yourself any favors by asking for help all the time. Also, be friendly and helpful to your peers as they will be your network in the future.
A positive attitude will help you learn better than anything else. If you're always smiling and friendly, you'll find that you like yourself better when you run into tough challenges and you'll notice later on that people will really want you on their teams. This will help a lot when you're looking to find a job.
Be ready to give up your life and learn as much as you can while at HackReactor. There is so much to learn about software engineering, and you have to learn a lot to be capable of contributing to a new company on day 1 of your new found engineering job. The program will be tough at times and it will be even harder to land a job. You need to work extremely hard while at the program and work harder after the program to start your new career. There will be plenty of days of frustration while at HackReactor, and there will be days of doubts (even after the program), when you wonder "Am I good enough to be Software Engineer?". The answer is "YES!", and you need to focus on learning, asking questions, and building new projects to gain experience. Never stop learning.
The culture is one that encourages every person to work extremely hard, but not at the cost of each other's success. It is simultaneously collaborative and intense.
Great. People were helpful and enthusiastic.
intense work culture - 6 days a week for 12 hours a day. People are like a big family during the program (and in ways after).
Awesome! Both with the staff and students.
Open, inviting, friendly, passionate.
Everyone was striving to learn and mentor others. It was a culture of curiosity and drive. Everyone was very friendly.
Everyone, from the instructors to the support staff to the students, is very supportive of each other.
Focused on a growth mindset. Everyone is helpful and there's an electricity in the room as soon as you enter
You come out of HR loving the people you're surrounded by. You went through the trenches together and it instantly bonds you to anyone has gone through it.
Very supportive and close-knit.
Very supportive and oriented around self-improvement in all areas from, staying physically in shape to becoming a skillful software engineer.
Everyone was extremely committed to the program, but there was a still a very fun-loving atmosphere that allowed things to not get too stressful. I made a lot of good friends that I still keep in touch with.
It felt very competitive, for better or worse. As a woman or underrepresented minority in tech you may feel more intimidated, which sucks. At the end of the day, though, everyone in my cohort was close friends who supported each other pretty well.
It is intense and tough but the staff are great at checking in with you. They only want you to succeed. It is very much a work hard, play hard sort of culture. Its very similar to that of a well funded startup. You end up with very strong friendships that will last a lifetime.
The culture is largely strong, welcoming and considerate, although each cohort defines its own culture and unfortunately there were some individuals in my cohort who managed to drag down the overall experience for me and some of the people I worked with. Hack Reactor does stress professionalism and tolerance but it is difficult to enforce so I found it was important to give feedback whenever something bothered me.
Everyone that is there you can tell wants to learn and help each other grow. Everyone was also extremely nice and welcoming so it made moving to a new state easier.
Amazingly energetic. Everyone is incredibly excited to learn, including the instructors. Your cohort mates come from a huge variety of backgrounds but you will all share a common goal of becoming amazing engineers.
Students: Smart, Friendly, Capable, Curious, Mostly Younger (recent college graduates and career changers) | Staff: Dedicated, Caring, Responsive, Available, Sarcastic
Their manner on calling on people ensured that we all paid attention and came to class as prepared as we could. I found the regular lectures and solution lectures among the best I've had.
The lectures were pretty useless for me. I don't know why but I feel like they were too fast paced and I was always worried or pre-occupied (thought-wise) with the sprint material. I think lectures for software engineering are not useful. Actual coding and doing examples at ones own pace or with a pair are much more fruitful.
Instructors are helpful in showing a direction. You still have to do the hard work yourself.
Extremely effective. They give you just enough to start off but do not spoon feed you. This makes you a better autonomous engineer.
Instructors were top notch. I learned from them but I also learned just as much from my peers. At Hack Reactor, you are both student and teacher on any given day.
I wouldn't say that any instructors were useless. Some were better than others, but that is always the case when it comes to teaching. Overall, I thought all of the instructors were great and were always striving to improve if they got feedback about what may have not been clear.
When I left I felt I had the skills to tackle whatever was thrown at me.
They were very effective in providing the outline, the guidelines for us to follow. As in, providing us enough information for us to get started, and then leaving the rest of it for us to struggle with and struggle hard, until it becomes truly counter productive if we're stuck for a long period of time (for me it was around 30-45 minutes).
In 9/10 cases the instructors were incredible. Able to answer any question you asked no matter how low-level(how are HTTP request converted into TCP packets?) or how high-level(How can you scale your database separate from your REST API for the best performance?)
The lecturers are very knowledgeable. The helpers, "help" you figure out the answer, even if they don't know it themselves, which is a common occurrence in engineering.
The instructors were great. Looking back now, though, the tech mentors who help out with projects and sprints generally do not have any industry experience -- they've only gone through HR. They probably know enough to be doing what they do, but I would also NOT feel bad if you're singled out as someone who needs help. The staff seemed to pick people at the very beginning who were targeted as being behind, and instead of helping the students do better I think the staff put unnecessary stress on them while also making their imposter syndrome way worse.
The instructors were great. They really know what they are talking about and are effective at present the information in a way that you can digest it. They only give you enough information for you to try tackling the problem yourself. Again the point of the program is to teach you how to learn and be self sufficient in the working environment.
Instructors were excellent. They challenge you and help you to learn how to troubleshoot the issue you have. We had one guest instructor who was a little too fast in the way that he covered things and as a group we gave feedback to raise our concerns.
Extremely effective. They all have backgrounds in teaching and industry, so they know what real problems are and they know how to best teach you how to solve them.
The instruction is consistent and predictable in the first six weeks of the program. There is structure in projects in the second six weeks, but most of the learning that you do is self-driven, which is part of the program's design. Large lecture format was used most often in the town halls to introduce new topics; lecture actually occurs throughout the entire program. The instructors used wait time effectively to get students to think. The instructors also gauged the level of understanding in the room by asking students to put their thumbs up, sideways, or down. The instructor would pass around a microphone so students could ask questions. Questions were often put back on the students and then the instructor would clarify. Most of a student's time is spent outside of lecture, reading websites, writing code, and debugging errors. The help desk, which is staffed by recent Hack Reactor graduates, takes questions from students as students work on 2 days sprints and larger projects. I didn't find the Help Desk to be a helpful service. Weekly assessments occur in the first six weeks, and the technical mentors who review them are strong and point out parts of your assessment that need improvement. The technical mentors will not provide feedback on the assessment if you are doing well (which is by design), but I believe this is a detriment to anyone learning something new. The instructional team consistently reflects on the curriculum and how students are doing each week in the program so I'm confident HackReactor has continued to improve their instructional strategies, the level of rigor, and the breadth and depth of various topics to this day.