I have interviewed a handful of GA “grads”, and it began to feel like a parallel universe. Their portfolios all look the same. They have the same answers to questions, the same types of things in their portfolio. Very robotic.
To be fair to GA, they are consistent. They are teaching important processes that can be useful and it appears their top performers are really embracing what they learn there. That said, experience across different niches, across multiple platforms, across a variety of clients trumps the GA curriculum all day, every day.
I am all for teaching, mentoring, etc…but with GA, seemingly, what you see is not really what you get.