Bloc

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Bloc offers part-time programs in Web Development, Frontend, iOS, Android, and UX Design.

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Bloc review by Ashley L.
Ashley L.
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"Great software that is developing into more."

What do you like best?

I really enjoyed working with the Blocs app. The software was intuitive to use and forums and customer service was great. It is nice to see that they are continually improving the software and more features are being added.

What do you dislike?

There were definitely limitations to the software as it is still a work in progress. I had several times I had to change direction for a page of a site because the software didn't have the capabilities I needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was leaving a job and this software made it easy to train my replacement.

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Bloc review by Internal Consultant in Internet
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"A sinking ship only staying afloat by marketing and contractors."

What do you like best?

You can move at your own pace. It really fits into the working professionals schedule. The price point is also much lower than alternatives (however the quality is lower as well)

What do you dislike?

They have no idea what they are doing. The content is out-dated. The mentors are barely vetted and not onboarded or trained at all. It is a solid business model but it is being run by idiots. If they continue on the same path they have for the past year, I can't see the business staying afloat. Students are not getting their money's worth.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your research. Your experience can be greatly improved by the right mentor. Finding that mentor is tough. Even with the right mentor, the curriculum is horrible so you better be ready to do a lot of legwork to fill in the gaps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits are that I can work this into my very busy schedule. However it feels like a huge waste to work it into my schedule considering its essentially self study with minimal direction and terrible structure.

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Bloc review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"A great concept that is poorly executed"

What do you like best?

You're given access to the entirety of the course from day one and can move at your own speed. You get a wide selection of mentors to choose from which is both good and bad when it comes to finding the right one.

What do you dislike?

The course content is dated and doesn't keep up to date with current programming patterns. The flow of the lessons doesn't make sense, jumping back and forth between frameworks and technologies at seemingly random. The mentors have no training and most don't have the background or experience to even hold their position. Many of the full time employees are Bloc graduates that have some how made their way into "senior" ranks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to save money and don't mind doing all the work this is probably the most inexpensive product to do so. Just know that your Mentor is most likely not trained or skilled to help assess you and the course work requires you to do a lot of self study and research through Google because its not kept up to date. If you have the drive to do all the work yourself you're probably better off finding other free resources to learn the language of your choice.

If you want to actually learn something and find work in a computer programming field try a different company. HackReactor has a known track record and there are more schools popping up every day that aren't run by a group of unqualified, unethical morons.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits are that it's a completely online course that can be fit into any busy schedule. Mentors are scattered all over the world and it makes it easy get started.

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