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18 English questions out of 18

July 1, 2021

Does AltaML offer vacation time?

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.

Unlimited vacation has its pros and cons.

July 1, 2021

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June 25, 2021

How are the career development opportunities 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.

No career growth.

June 25, 2021

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July 1, 2021

What kind of career opportunities exist 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.

Few opportunities for complex large scale work either.

July 1, 2021

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July 1, 2021

Does there seem to be diversity 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.

The company is very strong on diversity and inclusion as well as corporate learning.

July 1, 2021

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April 29, 2021

How are senior leaders perceived at AltaML?

Pros

Unlimited vacation (if you have a boss that likes you) Flexible work hours

Cons

Don’t be fooled by how shiny AltaML looks from the outside. It is not a good place it work. The culture has become terrible, upper management does not seem care about employees and their well-being, managers are disorganized and don’t talk to each other, HR is non-existent, the healthcare and benefits are very poor, raises will only be given to those who go “above and beyond” (and that’s as specific as they’ll tell you), they're secretive about financials so you don't know how well the company is actually doing, and they hire under-qualified people for important roles, who then make everything worse. All of their good employees are smartly leaving for other jobs. If you’re looking for that “start-up” feel, in that you’ll be overworked and underpaid, this company is for you. If you want a company where you have an actual career path, managers who care and mentor you, and a positive work environment, do not work at AltaML.

The culture has become terrible, upper management does not seem care about employees and their well

April 29, 2021

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