AltaML Compensation FAQ

Read what AltaML employees think about their compensation at the company.

AltaML has a compensation and benefits rating of 3.4. If you want to know how much AltaML employees make, head to their Salaries page to see a list of salaries per occupation, along with bonuses.

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July 1, 2021

What is the salary like at AltaML?

Pros

AltaML is a good place to start your career, especially if you have little experience. The AI Lab is a great place to get your foot into the door and for full timers AltaML is pretty open to other backgrounds as well. Friendly place to get your feet wet. It is also pretty welcoming of non-traditional candidates, although that has pros and cons for co-worker capability. The company is very strong on diversity and inclusion as well as corporate learning. The name has a good reputation when job searching.

Cons

You would make more at even some of the low paying companies such as CIBC or even the Government of Canada based on their salary ranges, not to mention Benevity or Amazon (even in Canada) or Yelp. The pay here has fallen deeply under market as demonstrated by the perpetual job listings for more experienced people. The problem is that nothing AltaML does scales, meaning that there are no superb margins and most problems being addressed are tiny. That and a ton of government grants. Few opportunities for complex large scale work either. No real processes for anything. Whether this is good or bad depends on your personality. Unlimited vacation has its pros and cons. A big con is that the company gets passive aggressively lectured about using too much of it during all hands. Same with raises. Company is being strip mined for talent and they cannot hire replacements. Tenures are increasingly measured in months, not years. I am joining the stampede out the door.

Advice to Management

Hire more recruiters to deal with the ever surging churn and decreased morale. We need a more ready pipeline of people so projects aren't periodically understaffed. You can probably get away with relatively junior talent for the projects we do so you just need to keep replacing them.

You would make more at even some of the low paying companies such as CIBC or even the Government of Canada based on their salary ranges, not to mention Benevity or Amazon (even in Canada) or Yelp.

July 1, 2021

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July 1, 2021

Do employees at AltaML receive pay raises?

Pros

AltaML is a good place to start your career, especially if you have little experience. The AI Lab is a great place to get your foot into the door and for full timers AltaML is pretty open to other backgrounds as well. Friendly place to get your feet wet. It is also pretty welcoming of non-traditional candidates, although that has pros and cons for co-worker capability. The company is very strong on diversity and inclusion as well as corporate learning. The name has a good reputation when job searching.

Cons

You would make more at even some of the low paying companies such as CIBC or even the Government of Canada based on their salary ranges, not to mention Benevity or Amazon (even in Canada) or Yelp. The pay here has fallen deeply under market as demonstrated by the perpetual job listings for more experienced people. The problem is that nothing AltaML does scales, meaning that there are no superb margins and most problems being addressed are tiny. That and a ton of government grants. Few opportunities for complex large scale work either. No real processes for anything. Whether this is good or bad depends on your personality. Unlimited vacation has its pros and cons. A big con is that the company gets passive aggressively lectured about using too much of it during all hands. Same with raises. Company is being strip mined for talent and they cannot hire replacements. Tenures are increasingly measured in months, not years. I am joining the stampede out the door.

Advice to Management

Hire more recruiters to deal with the ever surging churn and decreased morale. We need a more ready pipeline of people so projects aren't periodically understaffed. You can probably get away with relatively junior talent for the projects we do so you just need to keep replacing them.

You would make more at even some of the low paying companies such as CIBC or even the Government of Canada based on their salary ranges, not to mention Benevity or Amazon (even in Canada) or Yelp.

July 1, 2021

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