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A Thinking Ape Overview

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

  • "Good tech. startup oriented culture, albeit varies vastly by team."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
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    I worked at A Thinking Ape full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people/HR team is great, led by a very capable individual. They put in a lot of effort to make employees comfortable and cared for.
    It’s a product focussed company that’s experienced good traction, thus being able to invest in future product growth. Engineers, visual designers and artists seem to enjoy their jobs here.

    Cons

    The cultural values of ‘ownership/autonomy’, ‘best ideas win’ and ‘having wonderful arguments’ is actually resented by the senior folk within some teams - the commercial ones in particular. This leads to a very pronounced form of micro-management that stifles original/critical thinking.
    The job descriptions for some roles are also dressed up to signify wider scopes than they actually encompass.

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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 Engineer Interview

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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at A Thinking Ape.

    Interview

    1) online assessment in which two programming challenges are presented (specifically palindromes and how to calculate the angle of clock hands given the digitally equivalent time).
    2) In-person interview in which they asked me to write the backend of a website given various methods and without a database (assuming you have unlimited memory) to "query" different items and to find more efficient ways to implement what you've already come up with
    3) In-person lunch interview, 3 separate sessions of technical interviews with an hour lunch in between.

    Interview Questions

    • They had asked to construct the most efficient data structures so that the retrieval of information should be relatively fast. For example, given a table of users and posts, write a data structure and method that would give us the top favourited posts (no database).   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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