AltaML Culture FAQ

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AltaML has a culture and values rating of 4.

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April 27, 2021

What is the company culture like at AltaML?

Pros

If you love ML and are an ML developer, you will get treated very well. There is no other company in the area that will give you more ML experience than AltaML. You will be given all the tools you need to succeed and will be put on some very interesting projects with some not so interesting projects in there as well, but that is the reality of the private sector. If you are a Project Manager or Product Manager you will also be treated well and be allowed to gain valuable experience communicating with high profile clients in a high stress environment.

Cons

If you are not in one of those rolls mentioned above, you will be treated like an unwanted step-child. Many of the departments outside of Project/Product Management and Data Science seem like they receive almost zero budget. There are many other companies that I would suggest applying to first if you are into software development or anything outside datascience. The culture unfortunately has been much worse than it used to be, due to managers hiring employees that are for lack of a better term, arrogant. I've seen a good portion of the employee base have actual mental breakdowns on a regular basis due to bad culture and workload.

Advice to Management

You need to reevaluate the direction you would like to take the company and invest in the other departments of your company accordingly. Check in on your staff more, like truly check in on them and show them that you care because you are on the verge of losing a lot of key staff.

The culture unfortunately has been much worse than it used to be, due to managers hiring employees that are for lack of a better term, arrogant.

April 27, 2021

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June 25, 2021

How was the interview at AltaML?

Pros

- Direct manager is excellent. I have a resignation letter for the minute it is announced he is leaving. He's the only reason I don't leave right away. - Lots of people to do interview prep with on work time.

Cons

- Turnover is high. Someone has left every day this week. - One new group has lost most of its original employees despite being founded less than a year ago. - Squadley. Ask any rank and file member at AltaML about Squadley. - Senior management is a blocker on everything. - No career growth. - Steady stream of firings. - Management has weekly all-hands meetings to pat themselves on the back. - Company that is deliberately located in Canada for cheap labour. Stated in a pitch deck they presented.

Advice to Management

Idk. AltaML is basically Deloitte for AI so I don't think you really need to change anything.

Lots of people to do interview prep with on work time.

June 25, 2021

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July 1, 2021

What is the hiring process 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.

Company is being strip mined for talent and they cannot hire replacements.

July 1, 2021

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