Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a shortlist of the reasons to join CodeBreakers.

  • Increased Pay: Our median graduate receives 145k in total compensation after CodeBreakers. 
  • 1-1 Mentorship: You get to work 1-1 with an experienced software engineer from a FAANG company to make sure you get a great job.
  • Mock-interviews with coaches that interview at their own FAANG company. Companies typically have a cooldown period of 1-year before you can interview again. Doing mock interviews with CodeBreakers identifies weaknesses so you can solidify them before the real interview.
  • Referral Network: The CodeBreakers referral network spans across 25 tech companies which ensure you are able to get the interview once you’re interview-ready.

All lessons and resources provided are fully online. No relocation or commute required.

CodeBreakers is a 100% online program that starts once you enroll. You can complete it at your own pace, working through the program as quickly or as slowly as you choose. 

If you are graduating in the 2020-2021 school year, please see the above section for 

“I’m graduating soon (2020 or 2021). What are my options?”

We charge almost exclusively in the form of Income Share Agreements. Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are a form of deferred payment, allowing students to focus on learning — and not on financing. With our ISA, you pay nothing until after you start working a job that earns at least your target minimum salary. We find that by tying our success to yours, we’re forced to evolve our product to ensure that you are getting job offers that you want and are excited about as fast as possible.

Sign up for a free consultation via the Calendly below. Over that consultation, you’ll share your background and get a quote for an ISA that CodeBreakers can work with you.

 


After a 2-week trial of the program, there is an initial deposit of $997 due. If you follow the program, then this deposit is entirely repaid if you don’t get a job within 6 months.

Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are a form of deferred payment, allowing students to focus on learning — and not on financing. With our ISA, you pay nothing until after you start working a job that earns at least your target minimum salary.

After a 2-week trial of the program, there is an initial deposit of $997 due. If you follow the program, then this deposit is entirely repaid if you don’t get a job within 6 months.

Our ISA is always based on a percentage of the total compensation for any job you receive through completing the CodeBreakers program. Below is a table with those percentages for our standard deal. These are the percentages you would pay CodeBreakers if you are getting your first job in software engineering. If you already have some work experience, check out the FAQ on experienced hires.

Earned Income$80,000-$120,000$120,000-$160,000More than $160,000
Percentage Paid10%15%20%

We find that by tying our success to yours, we’re forced to evolve our product to ensure that you are getting job offers that you want and are excited about as fast as possible. With the ISA, you will pay the given percentage of your total salary over 1-year.

For example if you get a job paying $110,000, you would pay $916 monthly for a year (10% of 110,000 over 12 months).

* Late applicants joining after July 1st 2020 will have an ISA duration of 18 months instead of 12 months. 

Absolutely.

We’re already working with many that have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus. We recommend that you sign up for a free consultation with our founder Coach Darek to see how CodeBreakers can get you a job as quickly as possible.

You would expect to get a job within 3-months, however, we’ve helped some get jobs within 3 weeks.

We understand that due to COVID-19 that many have lost their current jobs and can’t afford the $997 deposit. 

Please still apply via the links on this page and do let us know of your situation and we will be happy to discuss alternatives. If you can demonstrate commitment throughout the first few weeks in the program, we may be able to waive the initial deposit.

We’ve worked with candidates with 20+ years of experience to get roles paying $400k and new graduates getting their first tech job and we understand there is no Income Share Agreement that will work for everyone.

If you already have done internships or have work experience, we can work together to find income share terms that work for you.

Schedule a consultation with the link below to get a quote for the percentages we can offer.

https://calendly.com/codebreakers-mentors/free-consultation

Yes. Any job you accept with salary above our Income Share Agreement minimum regardless of who introduces you to the position.

Consider the following situation. Let’s say we prepare you for a Google interview and then connect you with a recruiter. But then you interview at Facebook with your own referral.

First of all, this would create misaligned incentives because CodeBreakers would not have have incentive to help you with Facebook even though that’s what would help you most.

Moreover, the interview process is 80% the same between all top tech companies. If you’re ready for Google, you’re also ready for Facebook.

This is why we set our minimum salary guarantee very high at $80,000 (many bootcamps start their minimum salary at $50,000). This way it’s unlikely that you’ll have to pay us for a job that you aren’t satisfied with.

We have had many students accept jobs for financial or visa related reasons and still want to prepare with CodeBreakers for other roles.

In the majority of cases, we will continue working with students to make sure they still get help finding their dream job. Of course, all of situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

One common example we’ve noticed is that international students will work for a consultancy company as a back up option to stay in the United States. This consultancy company also charges the student a percentage for their income for finding them work.

For most students in this position, CodeBreakers has not charged the student for the consultancy position and we have continued to work with students to make the transition to a full-time position of their own (one outside of the consultancy). 

We do this for 2 reasons.

  1. We think that through our program you can find a job paying more which is better for CodeBreakers and the student.
  2. We’re aware that paying 2 fees for finding a job can be expensive and we try to be flexible in this case.

We have three different payment plans tailored to your needs:

Option 1: $0 upfront + Full Income Share Agreement. ~15% of total compensation for jobs over 100k.

Option 2: $5,000 upfront + Half of Income Share Agreement

Option 3: $10,000 upfront.

Note: Unlike the ISA there is no guarantee of placing you a job. Most choose the ISA for this reason as it completely reduces your risk. 

Even with a full-time commitment, it will still take at least 6 weeks to become interview-ready for companies like Google. Moreover, the hiring cycle for new graduates starts in early August. 

To accommodate this timeline, CodeBreakers can list you as an unpaid volunteer to satisfy your OPT requirement for the first year. (i.e. before you require the OPT STEM extension).

If you have any follow up questions, please email darek@codebreakersacademy.com.

We’ve gotten this question a lot, and we want to assure you we are nothing like one of these consulting companies. 

We prepare you for interviews and connect with opportunities that will hire and pay you. CodeBreakers will not be your employer after going through our program. If you get a job at Amazon, Amazon is your employer.

The program in total takes ~300 hours. Typically our students commit around 15-hours per week to finish the program within 6 months.

This is not a hard rule and we do not drop students. We understand that things come up and our coaches will adapt to your situation as needed.

While bootcamps are effective in teaching you programming fundamentals, they do not provide sufficient support in the immediate job-search. Oftentimes, graduates of bootcamps find themselves in a situation where they’ve spent $15,000+ on bootcamps but find themselves without direction or guidance in how to find their job or market their new skill. Code Breakers’ mission and highest priority is to make sure you get hired.

You can’t find personalized one-on-one mentorship and a career network online for free.

Our average graduate makes 150k annually for full-time and intern earns 25k for summer internships.

On average it takes around 4 months to complete the program. However, the duration will depend on numerous factors such as your other time commitments, your pace of learning, and prior experience. In any case, your mentor will work with you to find a timeline that works for you.

Absolutely not. We have tracks that are intended for those without any formal coding experience. We mostly look for those who like to solve problems.

There are 2 ways to apply.

  1. Email apply@codebreakersacademy.com with the following information. CodeBreakers will follow up with the next steps within 1 week.
    • Your Name
    • LinkedIn Profile
    • Copy of your Resume
    • Brief description of your programming background
  2. Sign up for a free consultation via the Calendly below. Over that consultation, you’ll share your background and get a quote for an ISA that CodeBreakers can work with you.

 

We have a large focus on the major tech hubs like the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and New York. However, that’s usually because our students prefer living in those cities. FAANG companies are in every major city and once you get an offer, you can choose your location.

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