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A Thinking Ape Overview

Vancouver, BC (Canada)
51 to 200 employees
2008
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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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. We value data, informal leadership, and keeping it all ... Read more

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

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    I worked at A Thinking Ape full-time

    Pros

    - Some smart people doing good work.
    - Good perks and pay.
    - Current head of HR is super.
    - Staff are comfortable and churn is low.
    - Very stable company (for games).
    - Some interesting problems to solve.
    - Possible to learn a lot.
    - Nice office space.

    Cons

    - There's some Kool Aid to be drunk about how great the company is. This can lead to complacency and arrogance from the management team.
    - Aversion to QA and project management staff, meaning work can be pretty chaotic.
    - Crunch is celebrated and teams have burnt-out.
    - Product strategy is very safe, which means work can be dull.
    - Small company compared to more corporate studios (EA, Microsoft, Kabam) and slower than newer startups in Vancouver. This means slow and capped career growth.
    - Some non-standard team structures and job specs can make moving on hard.
    - Lots of the staff aren't passionate about the games.

    Advice to Management

    - Be willing to listen to and accept difficult feedback.
    - Be cautious about playing armchair psychologist.
    - Be bolder in product strategy.

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A Thinking Ape Photos

A Thinking Ape photo of: Do you have what it takes to be an ape? We're looking for smart people who add to our culture. (Photo: Techvibes)
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)
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A Thinking Ape Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at A Thinking Ape (Vancouver, BC (Canada)).

    Interview

    Phone interview from HR about basic personality. Followed up by an hour technical in person interview and finally two more technical interviews with a lunch interview in between.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement a function that returns true if the given input string matches the given regular expresion. The regular expresion will only contain (part a) '^', and '$'; (part b) '.' and (part c) '*' characters.   Answer Question
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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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