I applied to GA's UX Design Immersive program and was admitted, but in the end decided not to go, for my own reasons.
However, I want to record that the administrator in charge went to considerable lengths to answer my questions. She allowed me to attend an end-of-term exposition of student work, and her discussions with me were very thoughtful. I felt I was in the hands of a sincere professional, and I appreciated being taken good care of in that way.
I took a programming for non-programmers course which was designed for first time internet entrepreneurs who wanted to get a minimum viable product quickly out the door without spending too much money at the bootstrap phase. My instructor was pretty good as he had lots of real world experience in the startup world and a veteran of 3 startups he had founded himself. The class lasted 6 weeks and covered pretty much everything that needed to be covered in order to start. The facilities were excellent and the staff friendly during my time there and above all, I appreciated that this sort of course was scheduled on a weeknight where I could attend after work.
This is a review for the from Excel to MySQL workshop with Paul Chang at General Assembly San Francisco. Easy to follow, useful instruction. You will get your feet wet enough to do some damage on your own at home. My only suggestion would be to have attendees set up the MySQL server and other components before the class. That was supposed to happen but perhaps the requirement and instructions could be more prominent. That said, Paul did not let the lack of preparation hold back the rest of the class.
My background is in business and but I decided I wanted to learn about product management so I signed up for GA's evening workshop on the subject. I think like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in. The communication was pretty good with regard to scheduling. The facilities were ok but nothing spectacular and a bit cramped. The instructors were great, easy to understand and enthusiastic. Overall it was a good experience and I'll think about joining a long term class in the future.
Others have already mentioned the technologies taught here, so I won’t repeat that. GA teaches a similar set of technologies as competing schools. The reason I chose General Assembly over the other schools is because of the community surrounding GA. One of the hardest parts about finding a job is probably networking, but through GA-hosted meet ups, partner companies, I’ve met countless folks from the industry—some of whom have offered me work.
Another thing I was impressed with was the job-prep. Halfway through the course, we began resume review, practice interviews, and salary negotiation workshops. It’s made the whole job-search aspect a lot less daunting (I hadn’t interviewed for a job since I worked at a coffee shop in college).
I noticed someone here posted a negative review because he hadn’t found work yet, but it’s only been a month and a half. A month and a half after the program, half of my class is now working in the field. I have confidence the other half will find work soon.
I graduated from this course in the middle of December and no one in my class of 33 has found a job yet. Most of the other bootcamp companys' graduates seem to have gone more into depth, we received a cursory survey of each technology similar to what you would find on online tutorials. During the graduation job hiring event, the companies in attendance were there for the food and beer, less than 5 were actually hiring for our skill level. This is a great place to learn if you are a beginner who has absolutely no experience with anything and has never done an online tutorial and wants to make very basic web apps. The pace is slowed down to accomodate students who have obviously not bothered to even do a code academy tutorial. If you're looking to go beyond the basics and become employable, I would suggest another one.