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A Thinking Ape Overview

Vancouver, BC
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable


Surrounded by mountains and water in beautiful Vancouver, BC, we are smart people who like smart people. We create mobile games with a social core that engage players and provoke us with creative new problems.

When we set out to make great games with massive ... Read more

Mission: We build communities.

Our vision is to build and create online communities and technologies that change how people socialize and play on mobile devices.

A Thinking Ape Reviews

  • "The values aren't just on the wall"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time


    ATA really takes its values seriously:
    - Ownership. ATA gives a lot of ownership. Even a junior can make important decisions.
    - Have wonderful arguments. ATA's leads do a lot of work to make arguments feel safe, so you can really dig down to the truth and say what you think without worrying about hurting your career.
    - Keep Growing. My lead asks me every 2 weeks if I am feeling challenged. If not, we make a plan to change that.
    - Best Ideas Win. OK, ATA is still working on this one but closer than any other company I've seen. The important thing is that the plan for the next few years is really exciting, which is only happening because the best ideas win.


    - Development is slow on live ops games. Too few engineers in the company.
    - Some old tech causes headaches, needs to be replaced. Some old games are not in a modern engine.
    - ATA's social scene didn't survive the COVID shutdown. Most non-work related channels are dead or just filled with useless clickbait articles.
    - Leads might be too soft, some people abuse the freedom they are given

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers

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A Thinking Ape Photos

A Thinking Ape photo of: Work hard, play hard! We've always got games and snacks on deck to keep our team fuelled. (Photo: Techvibes)
A Thinking Ape photo of: Our studio is just a handful of pedal strokes from a bunch of major cycling routes. (Photo: Techvibes)
A Thinking Ape photo of: Our banana obsession is a very, very real thing. Call us cliché! (Photo: Techvibes)
A Thinking Ape photo of: The hallway that leads to our workstations features our mission statement on one side and our core values on the other. (Photo: Techvibes)
A Thinking Ape photo of: Welcome to ATA! (Photo: Techvibes)
A Thinking Ape photo of: Our largest boardroom, officially named Hot Tub Room. Actual hot tub not included.
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A Thinking Ape Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at A Thinking Ape.


    2 Technical video screens, one was one-on-one and another was with 2 interviewers. No behavioural questions asked but a brief introduction was given. Each video screen is 30 minutes long, but had enough time to finish each question efficiently easily.

    Interview Questions

    • You are given a stream of information in the form of "x student is taller than y student". You want to query "who is the tallest student?" at any point in time. Write 2 functions, one that adds the information from the stream, and the second that responds to the query.   1 Answer
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Company Updates

  • You're probably aware that we're pretty proud of the culture here at ATA. Yes, we're guilty of shouting and bragging about it whenever possible. But, it's always hugely rewarding when we get external recognition for the awesome workplace environment we've created. That's why we're absolutely over the moon to be featured on the first-ever list for Best Workplaces™ in Technology in Canada. Congrats to all our fellow winners! #thisisata #bestworkplaces #techculture

    Best Workplaces in Technology 2019

    Great Place to Work® is pleased to announce the 2019 list of Best Workplaces™ in Technology. To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year and work primarily in the technology sector. We ranked the best based on employee responses to our Trust Index survey.

  • We've been listed as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces™ for Mental Wellness, 2019! The health and wellness of our team is something that we're very conscious of and we're committed to ensuring they have the resources available to look after their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. Check out some of the benefits we offer our team below; ✔️ Unlimited sick days, for when you need to take time to reset. ✔️ Access to a network of mental health professionals through our Employee and Family Assistance Program. ✔️ An extended health plan with access to registered counsellors and psychologists. ✔️ An annual fitness fund. ✔️ Mental health in the workplace training for our leadership team. ✔️ Weekly in-house yoga and a monthly visit from a registered massage therapist. #thisisata #mentalwellness #bestworkplaces

    Best Workplaces for Mental Wellness 2019

    Great Place to Work® is pleased to announce the list of Canada's Best Workplaces™ for Mental Wellness for 2019. To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year and at least 80% of employees must agree their workplace is psychologically and emotionally healthy.

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A Thinking Ape Awards & Accolades

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year, EY Entrepreneur of the Year®, 2012
  • Empact100, Empact100, 2012
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