Mission: Our mission is to build and create online communities and technologies that change how people socialize and play on mobile devices.
I worked at A Thinking Ape full-time
- 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.
- 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.
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at A Thinking Ape (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in May 2018.
2 interviews, each for 30 minutes with one of the staff. One of them was focusing on object oriented design and the other wa on basic data structure and algorithms. Environment is not tense and the interviewer is very friendly.