Work @ ATA

Values

When we set out to make great games with massive online communities, we knew that we first had to create the ideal environment for building ambitious things. A place where brilliant and inspiring people could come together and build games that make millions of players happy. We realized that we needed to find incredibly talented people and get out of their way. Since then we've paid careful attention to how we like to work together. This is a brief summary of our guiding principles.

OWNERSHIP

We take complete ownership of our work and act in the best interests of the company. We’re the type of people who care - a lot. It’s never “not my job.”

HAVE WONDERFUL ARGUMENTS

We’re comfortable thinking deeply about important issues, and care enough to respectfully challenge decisions when we disagree. Mutual respect and checked egos allow for productive debate and better outcomes than any we would have achieved individually.

THE BEST IDEAS WIN

We want everyone involved in problem-solving, regardless of their position. We frequently seek feedback from each other and our players in order to challenge our assumptions, and make data-driven decisions when possible.

KEEP GROWING

We’re always building and improving on our skills and processes. We understand that when we learn, we see exponential improvement in ourselves, our products and our company. We’re never finished learning.

What We Offer

We make sure our people are happy, in the right mindset to do their best work and aren't wasting time worrying about avoidable issues.

We compensate you well. Our salaries are competitive and we reward you for your performance. We also take care of your health, dental and MSP premiums.

Work-life flow is important. In addition to vacation days we offer unlimited sick days, flexible scheduling and work from home options.

Hungry? We've got you covered! Our kitchen and fridge are always well stocked and we enjoy weekly catered lunches.

We’re constantly learning. We offer each employee a professional development allowance, regular lunch and learns with both invited and in-house experts, hackathons and bi-weekly 1:1s with team leads focused on growth and career goals.

We like to have fun. We celebrate monthly “Birthiversaries,” have quarterly company-wide socials and epic summer and holiday parties! And yes, we have a foosball table.

A healthy ape is a happy ape. In addition to our annual fitness reimbursement we also have regular onsite group yoga sessions and massage clinics as well as company-sponsored hockey and dodgeball teams. (Go Rampage!)

Hiring Process

Together our values and mission are the driving force for why ATA exists and how we operate as a team. These cultural foundations are embedded in everything we do, especially in how we hire. We aim to hire people who share our values, believe in building communities and can add to our culture.

In addition to the typical phone interviews and engineering challenges to test your skills, we have you interview with the team you'll be joining. We understand that there's no such thing as a perfect interview process; however, the team's decision to hire must be unanimous. The strongest teams are formed when people get to choose who they work with.

What to expect when you apply

In July 2017 our crew set aside their usual responsibilities for three days and created all new mobile games in the realm of our latest franchise, Kingdoms of Heckfire. Watch the video for a glimpse into the action.

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What Our People Say

The ability to retain great talent is directly related to the culture at ATA, where if you're smart and ambitious, they will do their best to tailor the role to suit your strengths and give you the support you need to develop your career in whichever direction you choose. Having this type of faith from your employer not only develops confidence but also enables you to take ownership over your work, which goes a long way in keeping employees motivated and happy. - Aeron

I started here as a co-op student having worked previously in larger companies. Within 24 hours A Thinking Ape managed to show me what I was really capable of and left me feeling equipped to work anywhere in the industry by the end of my 4 month term. There’s a reason I didn’t hesitate to return full time. - Geoff

ATA's awesome culture shines through in everything that we do, and has been one of the reasons why I love working here. We work hard to include everyone in making our games great and building our communities, which means anyone can pitch an idea and will be heard, no matter their role. That kind of culture is so valuable, where you know your opinion matters and where you are recognized for your work. - Yara

Have wonderful arguments. One of the four pillars upon which ATA’s strong growth culture stands, this particular value is one that rings loud across our office halls. From deciding whether a growth experiment is high-risk versus high-impact to taking sides in the Great Pro- vs Anti-Pineapples on Pizza War of 2018, there is no room for ego; only space for respectfully challenging each other’s convictions with the ultimate goal for overall positive change. - Chelsea

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