A Thinking Ape FAQ

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May 5, 2018

How are the career development opportunities at A Thinking Ape?

Pros

- Some smart people doing good work. - Good perks and pay. - Current head of HR is super. - Staff are comfortable and churn is low. - Very stable company (for games). - Some interesting problems to solve. - Possible to learn a lot. - Nice office space.

Cons

- There's some Kool Aid to be drunk about how great the company is. This can lead to complacency and arrogance from the management team. - Aversion to QA and project management staff, meaning work can be pretty chaotic. - Crunch is celebrated and teams have burnt-out. - Product strategy is very safe, which means work can be dull. - Small company compared to more corporate studios (EA, Microsoft, Kabam) and slower than newer startups in Vancouver. This means slow and capped career growth. - Some non-standard team structures and job specs can make moving on hard. - Lots of the staff aren't passionate about the games.

Advice to Management

- Be willing to listen to and accept difficult feedback. - Be cautious about playing armchair psychologist. - Be bolder in product strategy.

This means slow and capped career growth.

May 5, 2018

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August 18, 2018

Does A Thinking Ape have any mentoring programs?

Pros

At A Thinking Ape, you're given a lot of ownership and provided with strong mentorship. Also you have the opportunity to engage with founders and team leads relatively easily.

Cons

None that I can think of

At A Thinking Ape, you're given a lot of ownership and provided with strong mentorship.

August 18, 2018

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May 5, 2018

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at A Thinking Ape?

Pros

- Some smart people doing good work. - Good perks and pay. - Current head of HR is super. - Staff are comfortable and churn is low. - Very stable company (for games). - Some interesting problems to solve. - Possible to learn a lot. - Nice office space.

Cons

- There's some Kool Aid to be drunk about how great the company is. This can lead to complacency and arrogance from the management team. - Aversion to QA and project management staff, meaning work can be pretty chaotic. - Crunch is celebrated and teams have burnt-out. - Product strategy is very safe, which means work can be dull. - Small company compared to more corporate studios (EA, Microsoft, Kabam) and slower than newer startups in Vancouver. This means slow and capped career growth. - Some non-standard team structures and job specs can make moving on hard. - Lots of the staff aren't passionate about the games.

Advice to Management

- Be willing to listen to and accept difficult feedback. - Be cautious about playing armchair psychologist. - Be bolder in product strategy.

- Product strategy is very safe, which means work can be dull.

May 5, 2018

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August 19, 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at A Thinking Ape?

Pros

So many pros for this company! - The Founders, Directors, and Leads care about the people of ATA and strive to create a healthy and inclusive work space where everyone can be themselves and do their best work. - Flexible work hours: Incredible work life balance - Extreme ownership / freedom on projects. - Support and resources from various sources (team leads, annual professional development budget, studio library, company wiki etc.) - Perks: studio snacks, weekly catered lunch, monthly celebrations, monthly in-studio massage clinic, annual fitness benefits, active design open workspace, dogs allowed, games room, patio parties, the list goes on. - Fun, super smart people to work with everyday! - ATA is a company that lives true to the company core values.

Cons

Obviously, as the company has grown over the last year there are certain pain points that come with many new hires coming onboard. However, it’s clear that the leadership team has been very proactive in addressing these issues and adapting to protect the amazing culture in the studio.

Advice to Management

Continue the great work!

However, it’s clear that the leadership team has been very proactive in addressing these issues and adapting to protect the amazing culture in the studio.

August 19, 2019

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June 14, 2019

Does there seem to be diversity at A Thinking Ape?

Pros

Fantastic place to work for self-starters and motivated individuals. Huge growth potential Diverse workplace Great benefits Fun culture

Cons

Not a place for someone who just wants to get by on the minimum amount of work

Diverse workplace

June 14, 2019

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