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A Thinking Ape Overview

Vancouver, BC (Canada)
51 to 200 employees
2008
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Competitors

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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.

A Thinking Ape Reviews

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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: 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

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    Software Developer Intern Interview

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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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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A Thinking Ape Awards & Accolades

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