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A Thinking Ape CEO Kenshi Arasaki
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  1. "Great Place to work"

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      Current Employee - 3D Generalist 
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      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great company! Amazing perks here and amazing people. Flexible working hours, loads of career growth and learning opportunities, expands your mind. Highly recommended!

      Cons

      None so far. Great company!

      A Thinking Ape2019-04-29
    • "Amazing Company to work for"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      - So many snacks, cake, ice cream, beers all the time. Catered lunch every Wednesday and Beer o'clock every Friday - Great compensation and amazing benefits - There's always events happening and many excuses to celebrate. A Thinking Ape has won several culture awards for a reason. Every day I'm excited to go into work. - Tight culture with many talented and smart employees. - Software engineers get to work on big...

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      Cons

      - None I can directly think of

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you're doing.

      A Thinking Ape2019-04-26
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      "A fun, albeit disorganized place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time

      Pros

      - Get to work with cool people - Casual and open work environment - Free lunch and snacks - Interesting products to work on

      Cons

      - Lack of sharing of resources / knowledge between teams which leads to repeating the same mistakes - Lack of focus on non-development positions and projects - Can be difficult to get anything done unless you do it yourself, many tasks remain backlogged for months/years

      A Thinking Ape2019-02-05

      A Thinking Ape Response

      April 29, 2019Head of People & Culture

      Thanks for the feedback. We now host functional team meetings so that employees working under the same discipline but on different teams can share resources, talk about problems and share insights. This has been a productive initiative and we are starting to see improvements. In ...

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    • "Great people make for amazing culture"

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      Current Employee - UI-UX Designer in Vancouver, BC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      ATA's values (Ownership, Have Great Arguments, The best Ideas win, and Keep Growing) are not around just for display, but really embodied by every employees in ATA. On every level, everyone is passionate about their job and very respectful with one another. The people team is being very creative and thoughtful to make the healthiest work environment possible, and clearly it is succesful. Great people, great perks, great...

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      Cons

      Can't really think of any...

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing grea

      A Thinking Ape2018-06-01

      A Thinking Ape Response

      January 31, 2019Head of People & Culture

      We love to hear that our core values come to life for you in meaningful ways that impact your experience at work. Our People Team strives to foster a personalized employee experience where employees are supported and can be themselves. Thanks for the kind words!

    • "Good place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at A Thinking Ape full-time

      Pros

      Autonomy and ownership, friendly, good work-life balance.

      Cons

      open office, disorganized, poor communication

      A Thinking Ape2018-02-18

      A Thinking Ape Response

      February 19, 2018Head of People & Culture

      We are thrilled that you were able to live our core value of ownership during your time at ATA. The open office concept definitely does not work for everyone, and we have designed the office space to offer various break out rooms and quiet spaces for our apes to focus. Improving our ...

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    • "Was fun"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at A Thinking Ape full-time

        Pros

        Great office and great hours.

        Cons

        Not all leadership roles have experience in leading/management.

        Advice to Management

        Promote equal value among a teams, all employees.

        A Thinking Ape2017-07-14

        A Thinking Ape Response

        September 18, 2017Head of People & Culture

        Thanks for the feedback. This quarter we are working specifically on building our team lead training program and providing tools to offer more support for our emerging people leaders.

      • "Customer Support Analyst"

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        Current Employee - Customer Support Analyst in Vancouver, BC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Culture, meritocracy, great people, casual environment, lots of fun events

        Cons

        None that I can think of.

        Advice to Management

        Keep on doing a great job!

        A Thinking Ape2017-04-25

        A Thinking Ape Response

        September 18, 2017Head of People & Culture

        As we continue to grow our team, staying true to our culture is important to us. Working with great people, fostering a casual environment and maintaining a meritocracy are important ways we operate here.

      • "A Place to create your own path"

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        Current Employee - People Operations in Vancouver, BC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        ATA offers a lot of autonomy over ones work. They focus a lot on building communities within their games and working towards developing best practises on how to do the same for their internal team. ATA cares about its people, and offers many programs to ensure that people are supported. This includes things like having ergonomic workstations, snacks and social events to having frequent and open conversations with team...

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        Cons

        You need to feel comfortable with having lots of autonomy and freedom to make decisions about your work. Career paths are not always clear, and therefore you need to take ownership of the direction you want to move towards and make suggestions for how you want to accomplish those goals.

        Advice to Management

        Keep asking your teams for feedback. Its great when you do and when you put actionable plans in place for change. Keep working on developing your people, and supporting managers on how best to support their teams.

        A Thinking Ape2017-04-24

        A Thinking Ape Response

        September 18, 2017Head of People & Culture

        Thanks for the specific feedback. We send out quarterly culture surveys to solicit feedback. It's a great way to get qualitative data from our apes.

      • "The apes are indeed thinking!"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        -So many smart people work here. There is a ton of brainpower, and ATA provides a lot of ways to share that wisdom, some structured, some organic. For instance, I learned about second-order logic from an engineer over a game of lunchtime Sudoku! -Literally everyone can make impactful decisions. It doesn't matter what role you fill, if your idea is a good one, you're empowered to put it into action. -ATA has a ton of...

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        Cons

        -ATA is made up of a handful of small teams, all of which function like their own startup. While this design has its benefits, it can also foster a sense of separation. And although there are ample opportunities to socialize outside of your team, these chances aren't always leveraged.

        Advice to Management

        Keep up the transparency and open lines of communication. The fact that Kenshi is so honest and accessible is awesome and makes everyone on the team feel like they matter.

        A Thinking Ape2017-04-23
      • "Good company to work for."

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        Current Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
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        I have been working at A Thinking Ape full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        It's a fun group of people and a really nice office. The benefits are great and they really pride themselves on company transparency, which is evident.

        Cons

        I'm not always super into the work. It would be nice if people in general could be more passionate about the product, but it's hard when most of the games I'd never play. However, it's a paycheck. The People team could also be more approachable and friendly.

        Advice to Management

        Involve employees more in brainstorming new ideas. Continue to improve the company transparency. Also team leads should encourage employees to participate in company events, instead of avoiding them and making employees feel bad about attending.

        A Thinking Ape2017-05-03

        A Thinking Ape Response

        September 18, 2017Head of People & Culture

        Our people team is dedicated to building our internal community and ensuring our workplace environment and culture are happy and healthy. We will continue to work on being as transparent as we can with company updates and information and are always trying new ways to share information ...

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